Claudia Lennear talks about Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones at the Claremont event – Daily Bulletin
Wednesday screening of the documentary “Learning to live together: the return of the madmen and the English” at Laemmle Claremont 5 brought out a few dozen music lovers. We were eager to learn more about the legendary Singer Joe Cocker Tour 1970, who had a massive group assembled by Leon Russell, and to meet one of the performers.
It was Claudia Lennear, a longtime resident of Pomona who was part of the tour’s backing group and also participated in a 2015 meeting of surviving participants that inspired the film.
In a question-and-answer session afterwards, Lennear, 75, explained how she got involved. The former Ikette said that the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards introduced her to country-rock singer Gram Parsons, and that she and Parsons were in the studio recording demos when he suggested they walk across the hall to meet Cocker and Russell.
The couple were hastily planning a tour and invited Lennear to join. The nearly two dozen participants traveled to the United States for about four months.
âI think the last one was in San Bernardino,â Lennear said, âat, what’s his name? Several people shouted the response. âAuditorium Swing,â said Lennear.
It was May 17, 1970, the Internet tells us. If you were there, let me know. Follow-up may be warranted.
After the tour, Russell hired her as part of his short-lived group The people of the refuge, then came the Concert for Bangladesh, also hosted by Russell and the First All-Star Humanitarian Fundraising Concert, in August 1971.
âI was lucky enough to switch from one to the other,â Lennear said.
She spoke of her friendship with David Bowie, renewed in the months leading up to his death in 2016. And she is still in contact with Richards and Mick Jagger. “They sent a car to take me to their concert a few weeks ago,” she said of the Stones shows in Inglewood. “I said, ‘I guess it’s a lifelong friendship, eh, Mick? “”
She was disappointed that the group hadn’t performed “Brown Sugar”, a song she claims to have inspired. The song has been unofficially withdrawn for now to avoid criticism of its slavery and rape lyrics.
âEveryone is so sensitive,â said Lennear, who is Black. Since the song is recognizable in seconds and gets fans on their feet, she came up with a solution: âWhy don’t they just do it as an instrumental and let the audience sing it? Mick said, âHmm. That means he was treating him.
Is this thing on?
As you may have read in Wednesday’s newspaper, Victorville City Councilor Blanca Gomez brought – why not? – a personal karaoke machine at Tuesday’s board meeting. Rather than singing a few numbers, she used it to record a 45-minute Facebook Live video.
She recounted the action in Spanish as it unfolded, starting with her fascinating walk inside the parking lot.
I used to cover Victorville and the surrounding area in the mid-1990s, and I have to say, as I attended insane local government meetings, at no point did an elected official bring in a Mr. Microphone.
What did Gomez’s colleagues think of his antics? The video captures one of them turning to her and knocking her over, twice. Keep it classy, ââVictorville.
Earlier on Tuesday, Gomez was charged with three misdemeanors. They imply a disruption at a meeting in July where she was arrested. We will let the justice system deal with this.
Regardless, Gomez’s video does not appear to address his arrest. It’s legally wise, but a missed opportunity. She could at least have played backing music on her karaoke machine and singing, “I did it my way.”
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