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In It for the Climb

Greg Willoughby takes The Buzz to the peaks (in spirit)

by Peter Richards

I first met Greg Willoughby of Backmandy Collectibles in Charlottetown in the course of doing some Buzz business. Eventually I found out that Greg is not always sitting behind his counter buying and selling hockey cards. He is a hiker.

Greg and his wife Shelagh spend most of their holiday time hiking up mountains—in Canada, the United States and around the world (Himalayas done, a New Zealand climb imminent).

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration in 2013 we were giving out anniversary pins. To our pleasant surprise we learned that Greg had attached his pin to the knapsack that he takes with him. And he now sends us bulletins from his climbs, along with photos of our Buzz pin achieving new heights.

Here are a few excerpts from Greg’s emails to The Buzz:

“Seek the Peak was success and a great time on Mount Washington. I hiked two different routes this trip. I did the Boott Spur going up with 4300 feet of vertical gain in 5.4 miles and Tuckerman Ravine going down 4300 feet in 4.2 miles for a total 9.6 miles, or 15.45 km, in 6 and a half hours. I blazed down the ravine trail in 2 hours 17 minutes even with the traffic of humanity on the trail.

“Here is a photo of the Buzz just below the summit marker at 6288 feet above sea level. Shelagh and I will be back in New Hampshire on the 9th to 16th so a couple of more hikes for the Buzz that week.

“Cheers and as always bringing the Buzz to new heights!

“…Shelagh and I are back from our vacation in the White Mountains. The first picture is the Buzz and the Summit Marker on Mount Lafayette at 5249 feet. On this hike we also summitted Mount Lincoln(5089') and Little Haystack Mountain(4780'). The hike is 9.1 miles and about 4000 feet of vertical gain with 1.7 of it on an exposed ridge see photo attached.

“The second was the Welch Dickey Loop which afforded us a views of the backside of Franconia and a little perspective in the mountains. Welch Mountain is only 2605' and Dickey Mountain is 2734'. All in all a great week and a Moody Blues concert thrown in for fun and a day in Boston you can't go wrong. Cheers, Greg Willoughby.”

A Musician’s Life

Doug Riley makes PEI his full-time home

by the editor, Peter Richards

When I visited Doug Riley in his Eastern Kings County home in June, workmen were busy transforming the century farmhouse from Doug and wife Jan’s summer retreat into their year-round home. Doug showed me the music room, which is just about large enough for his very grand, grand piano, a massive Hammond B3 organ, and a well-used and (I think) famous Wurlitzer keyboard. On the walls were mounted framed gold and platinum records given to Doug for his work with Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Seger. A U.S. platinum record marks sales of one million copies.

A summary of the highlights of Doug Riley’s musical career as a musician, composer and producer fills two pages of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com), but it all began when Doug was three years old, and his parents bought a piano. By age four Doug was studying the Royal Conservatory program, and these studies continued until he attended the University of Toronto to study composition with Canadian composer John Weinzweig.

But all through these years of study, Doug had been leading a double life in music. When he was six years old he began listening to his father’s jazz records, and in a few years he was mastering the stride piano styles of American greats such as James P. Johnston, and Fats Waller. In the late 1950s Doug was in Montreal studying pipe organ when he heard the music of electric organist Jimmy Smith. Another arrow in the jazz quiver. Fast forward to 1967 when, at the age of 22, Doug was hired to perform on and produce an album for none other than Ray Charles. As Doug modestly says “that opened some doors.”

Soon Doug became a one-man centre of music production in Canada (with a few years off as a member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band). Besides working with all of Canada’s top musicians, Doug wrote commercials, film scores and “serious music” including, at the request of Placido Domingo, an arrangement for the London Philharmonic of a piece for tenor and piano by Tchaikovsky.

Doug continues to perform (PEI Jazz & Blues Festival, Indian River Festival), produce (new CD by David Clayton Thomas) and write (with pencil and manuscript). On PEI he has worked with Island musicians like Roy Johnstone, Joey Kitson, Teresa Doyle and Peter MacDougall, and others. Keep your ears open.

Guitar Artist

By Peter Richards

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will perform at Myron's Cabaret in Charlottetown on Wednesday, August 13. Taylor's CV is a who's-who of rock royalty. John Mayall brought him in to replace Eric Clapton in 1967 [at the age of 17!], and over the years, Taylor has appeared on 16 records with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. It was in 1969 that Taylor was brought in once more as a replacement, this time taking over the guitar duties of Brian Jones, when he left the Rolling Stones. Taylor would play lead guitar for the Stones from 1969 through 1973, and appears on many classic Stones records, including Exile On Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Let it Bleed and Goat's Head Soup. His distinctive guitar work can be heard on Stones hits such as "Brown Sugar," "Tumbling Dice" and "Honkey Tonk Women."

After deciding to leave The Stones, Taylor embarked on a prolific and varied career, recording and performing with dozens of artists. He has recorded and toured extensively with Bob Dylan (appearing on Infidels and Real Live). He also toured with Jack Bruce (Clapton's Cream bandmate) for several years. Taylor's solo music is guitar driven blues, featuring his trade-mark slide, made so famous during his years with the Stones.

We reached Mick on his "mobile" in England at home in the back yard and had a chance to talk to him about his amazing career. He is modestly happy to talk about the early days with John Mayall, and how playing six nights a week as a Bluesbreakers developed his playing and opened his ears.

Mick Jagger's phone call inviting him to join the Rolling Stones-"my first rock and roll band"-is obviously the key carreer moment, but it is still apparent that what means most to Mick Taylor is the music. The best thing for him about being a Rolling Stone?-the opportunity to be spend so much time in the studio (six major Stones albums) and so much time performing. "It was a constant inspiration" says Mick. "They were very innovative albums, quite adventurous." He learned a lot about recording and began songwriting. "It was a very productive period, and a really good time."

Other perks included being able to meet and play with many of his blues heroes in Chicago, and travel the world.

Since leaving the Stones Mick has never stopped playing, and tours often these days as a solo artist. At the end of July he played a special UNICEF benefit concert in Liverpool with Eric Clapton and John Mayall. The show was also a celebration of Mayall's birthday. At 70 years old "he's just amazing", says Mick. "We played for two hours; it was so much fun…I enjoy playing even more than ever now."

A now he's coming to Myron's. We expect every electric guitar player on PEI (especially you Les Paul dudes) to be on hand to give Mick a warm, enthusastic and respectful welcome. You will hear one of the finest electric guitar artists that England has ever produced.

The Myron's show will be the only performance by Mick Taylor east of Montreal this summer.

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