Wednesday, November 19, 2014

40 Year Itch : Kid's Play

     Harry Nilsson's The Point wasn't the only animated kids movie to emerge from the mind of a 1970's rocker. On the other side of the spectrum, there's former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover's tuneful The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Fest, released in November of 1974. Based on a book of early 19th Century verses that became wildly popular in the early 70's, the album is beloved by an entire generation of kids. Glover was asked to produce the soundtrack album and played just about every instrument. Make no mistake. This is children's record. But it features vocal performances by Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
   Glover always had kind words to say about Dio especially.
   “He was a very caring guy,” Glover said. “He was a hard-bitten, upstate New Yorker. He could be tough, and he could be cynical. He could be very funny. But his heart was pure. He loved what he did, and he always had respect for the fans. That means a lot to me.”

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