A good and bad morning for Philly music legacy as we remember Sid Mark and celebrate G. Love with Schoolly D and Chuck Treece.
The high of 4:20 shouldn’t come with a cloud of sadness. And yet, starting the morning telling you about the passing of Philly radio legend Sid Mark – the on-air personality behind the syndicated nighttime radio program, Friday with Frank, and the daytime, Sunday with Sinatra and The Sounds of Sinatra – is rough. Sid Mark created that job title based on a love and eventual friendship with Old Blue Eyes. And Mark’s six-decade-plus career gave him the honor of hosting the longest-running, single artist syndicated radio program in the United States. That I received Facebook notes from Jerry Blavat and texts from Jacky Bam Bam last night paying tribute to Sid Mark and marking his passing is a tribute to who Sid was, and is to his community of listeners.
The only thing that could bring even a hint of a smile to my face last night was getting another email at the same time from Brewerytown Records boss Max Ochester that he was dropping the vinyl “Love from Philly” 45 starring Garrett “G. Love” Dutton, Schoolly D, and Chuck Treece and released with the help of Andy Hurwitz’s 30Amp Circuit. Along with releasing the track, Ochester did his own special saucy ‘Beats edit” not available elsewhere.
This track is the first salvo from G. Love’s June LP release “Philadelphia Mississippi”, a full album produced by North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther Dickinson and featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Cam Kimbrough, Tikyra Jackson, Schoolly D, Speech, Trenton Ayers, Chuck Treece and more.
A gray day made a bit brighter, I suppose. Still sad.