Deuce And A Quarter

Scotty and Keith Richards at Levon Helm's studio in NY
Photo© courtesy Jim Herrington

On Tuesday, July 9, 1996 during the recording sessions of "All the King's Men" Scotty and D.J. went to Woodstock, NY to record "Deuce and a Quarter" with Keith Richards and "The Band" at Levon Helm's studio there.   The song "Deuce and a Quarter", written by  Gwil Owen and Kevin Gordon was performed as a duet between Keith Richards and Levon Helm, and is backed up by Rick Danko (harmony, bass), Scotty Moore (guitar), Jim Weider (guitar), D.J. Fontana (drums), Stan Lynch (drums), Richard Bell (keyboards), and Garth Hudson (organ).  The evening got hotter an an all-night jam session resulted.

Scotty, Paul Burlison and Jim Weider of The Band
Photo courtesy of The Band Website

Also on hand were Graham Parker, Marshall Crenshaw, and Rock 'n' Roll Trio guitarist Paul Burlison. The jam session was still going strong at 4 a.m. They tore through cover after cover, including a hair-raising version of "Willie and the Hand Jive" that found Richards playing a floor tom while Fontana and Helm dueled on their kits.  

Scotty, Paul Burlison, Jim Weider and Keith

Keith Richards brought his 82-year-old father Bert to meet Scotty. He wanted to meet the man that made Keith want to play guitar.  

Jim Weider and Scotty

In total, Scotty and D.J. spent three days in Woodstock

"It was way out in the woods in a beautiful, huge log studio. Keith Richards came in and did the vocals with Levon.  Again, a big party, but we did get a good cut out of it."

Scotty Moore
December 1996


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