Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Life - Snake Bite
This was originally posted on 8/26/08 but I'm re-posting this little number because i had a very cool comment left and because this post is so old would most likely would not be seen by many, but one of the members of "The Life' left a very informative comment. So while maybe i'll bitch about no one leaving comments (see previous post) events like this make it worth my while, knowing that members of long forgotten bands are out there and approve of the devil trying to keep their memory alive is very cool. So please if you didn't check this tune out the first time around please do so now and leave some more comments!!!
I couldn't find anything about this kooky little garage number here except that it is from 1967 or 1968? But that might not even be correct because this sounds earlier unless these guys were just stuck in time.... Every time i searched all i came up with was "records" of people losing their life from snakebite! And not the good kind of records but those lame ass ones cops put in folders and then box up and go on your permanent RECORD...
So enjoy this little odd garage type number on HI records and recorded in Memphis in 1967? and written by Walt Stewart.
Here is the additional info given by Bill of "The Life"
Great to come across "Snakebite" on your blog. Here's a bit more info about "The Life". We recorded this in about '67, along with about five other songs by Walt. "Snakebite" was a "pick-hit" in a handful of cities in the South, but faded from play in a few months. "The Life" was the recording name for our group, otherwise known as the "Hungry I". We were a seven piece (keyboard, bass, 2 guitars, 2 trumpets & drums) group that did a lot of traveling across the south in the late 60's, based in Auburn, AL, where most of us were students at the university. Walt Stewart was lead singer & guitarist, and did a good bit of song writing. Marvin Taylor was lead guitarist, Stacy Goss and Mike Stough-trumpets & vocals, Bill Stubblefield on keyboards & vocals, Ed (Sunshine) Roberts on drums & vocals and Bill Baggett (me) on bass.
Can't recall how the opportunity to record in Memphis came about, but we were all pretty hyped about finally getting what we considered to be, our share of sunlight. Although the group was a good combination of talent and personalities, we finally split up after a couple of years and everyone went in different directions. A web search today indicates that most have stayed in music and have done very well for themselves, although a couple of us eventually headed in a different professional direction. The visual arts turned out to be my calling.
I've got a great photo of the group that was a publicity shot made around the time of the recording, but don't know how to enter it on the blog.
Keep up the good work. I appreciate your ear for the choices you consistently shed a bit of light on.
February 28, 2009 11:18 AM
Bill if your still out there many thanks! and email me that photo so i can add it to this post!
Check the comments for a link the more info!!!
The Life - Snake Bite