Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Formed in Long Beach, CA. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Beat Goes On. Pure Dirt. Rare Junk.
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Fire in the Sky. Browne was in the band for only a few months before he left to concentrate on a solo career as a singer-songwriter. McEuen's older brother, William, was the group's manager, and he helped the band get signed with Liberty Records , which released the group's debut album, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during A second album, Ricochet , was released later during the year and was less successful than their first.
Bruce left the group to form WordSalad and of the People. He was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Chris Darrow. By , the band adopted electrical instruments anyway, and added drums. The first electric album, Rare Junk , was a commercial failure, as was their next, Alive.
The band continued to gain publicity, mainly as a novelty act, making an appearance in the film, For Singles Only , and a cameo appearance in the musical western film, Paint Your Wagon ,  performing "Hand Me Down That Can o' Beans". Bojangles" became the group's first hit, peaking at No. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band next sought to solidify its reputation as a country band when band member John McEuen asked Earl Scruggs if he would record with the group.
Earl's "yes" was followed the next week when John asked Doc Watson the same question, receiving the same answer of 'yes'. Carter , and reflects the album's theme of trying to tie together three generations of musicians: long-haired boys from California and older veterans of the middle American establishment.
The track " I Saw the Light " with Acuff singing, was a success, and the album received two nominations for Grammy Award. Veteran fiddler Vassar Clements was introduced to a wider audience by the album, and a new career. The band also toured Japan twice soon after this period. After the next album Les Thompson left the group, making the band a foursome. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. United Artists reissued the title in , at which time it charted. Both the reissued single and aforementioned album ascribe phonographic copyright to Liberty Records.
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St Ives, N. Recording Industry Association of America. Hot Country Songs toThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been performing for almost fifty years. So much for the myth of rock stars all dying young. They are still performing. This weekend, they are playing in Colorado, This album contains some of their greatest hits, including Mr. Bojangles in the lead off spot. This is all great music/5().