Friday, November 5, 2010
Walter Payton Jr. tribute
The great New Orleans bassist Walter Payton Jr. passed away last week and was given an unintentional tribute last night on the David Letterman show. When Letterman announced that one of the rescued Peruvian miners would be a guest on the show Will Lee began playing the distinctive solo bass line that begins the Lee Dorsey hit "Working In a Coal Mine." That bass line was played on the record by Payton. Nobody mentioned the connection but the music was all you needed to tell the story. Nice to hear Walter's music surviving him on national television.