Rock Chain #16: Raining down in Africa

David Paitch

This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.

David Paich is not only the co- writer of many Toto hits like “Rosanna” and “Hold the Line” and singer of another blockbusting hit “Africa”, but he also wrote for artists as diverse as Donna Summer, Andy Williams, George Benson and even Jon Anderson, former Yes lead singer.

Jon Anderson was a guest on the album Lizard, by British Prog band, King Crimson.

King Crimson is led by guitarist Robert Fripp and it was supposed to be hated by all Punk bands. However, Clash leader and main songwriter Joe Strummer declared he was a fan of the band and Fripp.

Joe Strummer’s father was a diplomat, hence his birth in Turkey.

Turkey is also the birthplace of Ahmet Ertgün, founder and owner of Atlantic Records, who was loved by his artists, especially Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin was in such good terms with Atlantic that the company didn’t complaint when they formed their own label, Swan Song.

Swan Song was also home of Bad Company formed by former Free members vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, bass player Boz Burrel from King Crimson and guitar player Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople.

Mott the Hoople struggled in the beginning of their career until they released the album and single “All the Young Dudes”. The song was gift from friend and huge fan David Bowie.

David Bowie whose covers album Pin ups features “Rosalyn” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” two songs by underrated British band The Pretty Things.

The Pretty Things who recorded their most recognized album SF Sorrow at Abbey Road at the same time Pink Floyd was recording A Saucerful of Secrets and The Beatles were recording The White Album.

The White Album is credited as featuring one of the songs that served as blueprint for Heavy Metal (later fully developed by Black Sabbath): “Helter Skelter”.

“Helter Skelter” was re-recorded by Mötley Crüe in their Shout At The Devil album and recently by Paul McCartney’s band with Roger Daltrey on vocals at The Art Of McCartney tribute album.

The Art Of McCartney, besides Roger Daltrey, features a stellar cast with people like Bob Dylan, Kiss, Def Leppard, B.B. King, Heart, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Dr.John, The Cure, Cheap Trick, Billy Joel and Steve Miller.

The Steve Miller Band’s first two albums feature another guitarist and vocalist in the formation: Boz Scaggs.

Boz Scaggs’ album Silk Degrees sold five million copies and do you know who co-wrote two big hits featured in it? David Paich.

Current playlist:


Little Feat – s/t

Malice – License to Kill

Crashdïet – Rest In Sleaze

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