Murray Saul’s 80th Birthday Party Get Down!
It was an oddity back in the mid seventies.
Here’s this bald guy with long mutton chops in his late forties on a radio station for listeners in their twenties welcoming the weekend every Friday night at 6 PM in an ode to the weekend wrapped in a review of topical themes and spiced with passionate dose of sex and drugs and rock and roll.
It was called the “Get Down” and delivered on WMMS by Murray Saul every Friday at 6 PM in what we called our own version of the Holy Trinity. Bookended by Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and Earthquake’s live extended version of “Friday on my Mind,” it became the sanctioned passage of the workday grind to the weekend.
It was plagiarized and even pirated by a few unscrupulous rock stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and even overseas. But nothing compared to the delivery of the Murray Saul original.
Back then, no one would have believed that over thirty years later that Murray Saul would be celebrating his eightieth birthday by delivering a live “Get Down” to a packed house at one of the best known and respected live music clubs in the country – the Beachland Ballroom.
But here we were. Friday, May 16, 2008.
Surrealistic barely defines the evening.
More photos from Murray Saul’s 80th will be added to the Buzzard Book blog over the next few days.
For more on the Murray Saul please turn your The Buzzard book to Chapter Nine.
Murray Saul’s The Get Downs, Vol. 1(TaurusGold) is available from Amazon.com, LittleFish.com, and select retail outlets. Distributed by Traditions Alive, Lakewood, OH 216.226.6200