Favorite "Light" Songs #5 - "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 3, 2017 10:34am CST
After a two day hiatus, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. #5 in my Favorite "Light" Songs series is "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights") by Pat Travers, making his first appearance on one of my music countdowns. Guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist Pat Travers, from Toronto, Canada, began making music professionally in 1976, and although his popularity has waned from his heyday in the late 1970's and early 1980's, is still going strong. An extraordinary guitarist, Travers was inspired to learn the instrument at the age of 12 after seeing Jimi Hendrix. (Fun Fact: Travers is a Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate.) From the Platinum 1979 live album Go For What You Know (a Top 40 record,) "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) is a Smokin cover of the Little Walter song, written by Stan Lewis. While the tune did not perform particularly well (it charted at #56 in the United States,) it remains a fan favorite and a staple of Travers' live performances. If you are of a certain age, you might remember it as boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini's entry music. Performed by the Pat Travers Band's classic lineup of bassist Mars Cowlings, guitarist Pat Thrall, and drummer Tommy Aldridge, the hard rocking "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)" is one of my favorite songs from the 1970's. It certainly deserved better than #56. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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