Happy Birthday Lowell George: Demonstrating His Technique On German TV


Today would have been the late great guitarist/vocalist and founding member of Little Feat Lowell George’s birthday had he not tragically passed away in 1979. Best-known for his work with Little Feat as the group’s principal songwriter, George also contributed to a number of other artists records, including Frank Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh as a member of Mothers of Invention, Harry Nilsson’s Son Of Schmilsson, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Bonnie Raitt’s Takin’ My Time and many more. He was tapped to produce the Grateful Dead’s LP Shakedown Street in 1978 and released a solo album Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here in 1979, shortly before he died.

Little Feat was on tour in Europe when they made a stop at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany in the summer of 1977. The performance was filmed for the famed Rockpalast television program and featured George alongside band mates Paul Barrere, Richie Hayward, Sam Clayton, Kenny Gradney and Bill Payne. Along with filming the concert, footage was also captured of George backstage demonstrating his slide guitar technique and discussing his use of open guitar tuning for German television. Watch Lowell talk about his slide guitar style as the band joins in an impromptu performance of “China White,” followed by “Oh, Atlanta” and “Skin It Back” from the concert that followed: