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PostPosted: Tue September 30th, 2008, 14:09 GMT 
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Had a Dreamtime email a couple of days ago where a reader asked a couple of questions on the closings credits. One, on who are the musicians playing the jazz version of "Top Cat," I couldn't answer, although I have some guesses, and two, on the closing credits on the Rocktober Classic Rock show of Season 2.

The credits of that show are unique in at least two respects. Instead of the usual jazzy "Top Cat," we get what sounds like a fuzz guitar version. And during his free-wheelin' acknowledgments, ol' lucky Pierre - who sounds as if he's phoning in through Skype - notes, "super-special thanks to Val 'McCowan.' That's him you hear groovin' in the background."

Both my correspondent and I thought the last name sounded like "McCowan," but I was unable to turn up anything even though I was guessing that he was a musician friend of Eddie G.'s, if indeed that was him groovin' in the background.

I was right about that, although wrong about the spelling of his name. But Fred is nothing if not dogged, and after repeated listenings I finally discerned that what our friend Pierre is actually saying is Val McCallum.

Val McCallum is an L.A.-based guitarist who has worked with a variety of artists including Natalie Merchant, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne and Tim McGraw. That info is from The Wallflowers web site - McCallum has provided guitar work on various Wallflower tracks - which gives us our connection to Mr. D. McCallum is also a regular player in Vonda Shepard's band (whose music was regularly featured on the Ally McBeal sitcom), which gives us yet another connection to Eddie G.

McCallum also has an improbably-named band, which modesty forbids me to note here. You can get that info, plus more on Val MCCallum by Googling him or checking out my full post at the Dreamtime blog.


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Man, if you're not already, they need to hire you for the TT research team!


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