Musical Military Brats of the 1970s
This installment is merely a collection that I put together based on easy-to-find Wikipedia information. I’m sure more military connections can be made, but I’m unwilling to devote the time toward that endeavor. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it’s still somewhat surprising to me considering that I used to believe that music and the military were mutually exclusive and at odds with each other.
Of course, It could be argued that many men were in the military during WWII and that these musicians may have renounced their parent’s military leanings. Valid arguments, but It matters little because I’m not trying to prove anything or change anybody’s opinion. It should already be abundantly clear that the entire entertainment industry is comprised of elites and military intelligence operatives who do not have our best interests at heart. I wouldn’t even cross the street to fart in their general direction, and I’m sure they feel the same about us.
ELTON JOHN AND MICHAEL CAINE APPEAR IN COMIC COVID VACCINE AD https://www.nbcnews.com/video/elton-john-michael-caine-appear-in-comic-covid-vaccine-ad-100789317733
ELTON JOHN: His father served in the Royal Air Force (having risen to the rank of sergeant, he was commissioned in May 1944, rising to squadron leader and serving at RAF Basrah in Iraq in 1949.)
Throughout the decade of the 70s, Elton’s musical producer/handler was a man named Angus ‘Gus’ Boyd Dudgeon. Their collaboration is considered one of the most successful artist-producer pairings, with Dudgeon “guiding” John throughout the decade.
This photo shows Gus’ maternal grandmother Ludovica “Louisette” Elizabeth Adolphine Lefebvre and his uncle Dick Crighton. Ludovica’s parents are unknown…scrubbed from history because people like that have no interesting ancestors worth documenting, right? Gus’ paternal lineage, on the other hand, is loaded with peerage connections.
Gus Dudgeon also produced David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Were there two more significant songs pushing fake space in the 70s than Rocket Man and Space Oddity?
COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD: Joe was born in Washington D.C. and enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. His mother, Florence Plotnick, was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants and served on the Berekely (CA) City Council for many years. In their youth, both of Country Joe’s parents were Communist Party members, and they named Joe after Joseph Stalin…how sweet. McDonald is best known for his anti-war song, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die-Rag, from the album of the same name. The album was produced/handled by Samuel BARCLAY Charters IV, who was born into an UPPER-“middle”-class family. After completing military service during the Korean War, Samuel received a degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. How silly of me to have always thought that one of the benefits of growing up rich was not serving in the military. Were these guys truly disillusioned with war and the military or merely controlled opposition?
MICHAEL NESMITH: He is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Monkees. He enlisted in the US Air Force before graduating high school. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, and then was permanently stationed at the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
You’d better catch that last train to Vaxville, so you don’t miss out on The Monkee’s farewell tour because there are only two of those chimps left, doncha know.
TED NUGENT: Wikipedia states that “Nugent grew up in a military family.”
STEPHEN STILLS: Wikipedia states that Stills was “raised in a military family.”
JOE WALSH: His father, Lt. Robert Newton Fidler, was a flight instructor for the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star in the US Air Force and died in a plane crash in Okinawa in 1949. Walsh’s albums during the 1970s were co-produced/handled by Bill Szymczyk, who has no background as a musician. Szymczyk was originally a sonar operator for the US Navy and took some audio production classes as part of his Navy training. The “some audio production classes” must’ve been the part of his resume that convinced the Eagles to have him produce all of their albums.
ROGER WATERS: In the early years of the Second World War, the Pink Floyd founder’s father was a conscientious objector who later changed his stance on pacifism, joined the Territorial Army, and was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as a Second Lieutenant. He was killed five months later during the Battle of Anzio. There is a 16-minute video on YouTube titled, “Roger Waters: Covid 19 is Only the Tip of the Iceberg.” It’s nice to see Roger taking a break from his Israeli controlled opposition duties.
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: Kristofferson’s father was a Major General in the US Air Force. Kris joined the US Army as a Second Lieutenant eventually attaining the rank of Captain. According to Yahoo! News, Kris Kristofferson (84 years old and suffering debilitating memory loss) has quietly retired from touring after more than 50 years in the music business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pretty good for a guy who can’t sing.
JOHN FOGERTY: During the Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist’s time in the Army Reserve, he attended training at Fort Bragg, Fort Knox, and Fort Lee.
In his new music video, he comments on the Covid-19 pandemic and the late George Floyd. “Out in the street, on your neck with a knee/All the people are crying your last words/I can’t breathe.”
HELEN REDDY (died 2020): Helen was born into a well-known Australian show-business family. Her Scottish great-grandfather, Thomas Lamond, was a one-time mayor of Waterloo, New South Wales, and Patsy Reddy, New Zealand’s governor-general, is a distant cousin. Her father was a sergeant in the Australian Army, serving alongside one of his actor friends Peter Finch.
Helen Reddy did not die of Covid-19, but according to her ex-husband, “She really took a nose dive…in terms of her dementia. The Covid thing really did a number on her. She wasn’t able to see her friends, socialize, you know, she was someone who loved all of that.”
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Her father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project who took Rudolf Hess into custody during World War II.
Newton-John didn’t elaborate on her decision not to get the Covid-19 vaccine, but her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, explained, “I’m not an anti-vaxxer. I’m anti-putting mercury and pesticides in my body, which are in a lot of vaccines. To me, real medicine is what comes from the earth. I think people trust vaccines because the doctor says it is safe. I used to.” Lattanzi said that she wished she had never been vaccinated for anything.
Hey Olivia and Chloe, I Honestly Love You guys!
AL STEWART: His father served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. He died in a plane crash during a 1945 training exercise before Stewart was born.
AMERICA: The trio known as America met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live.
ANGUS AND MALCOLM YOUNG: Brothers who founded the band AC/DC had a father who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
BRIAN JOHNSON: Lead singer of the band AC/DC had a father who was a Sergeant Major in the British Army’s Durham Light Infantry. Brian himself served in the Territorial Army with the Parachute Regiment in Germany for two years.
ANN AND NANCY WILSON: Sisters who founded the band Heart had a father who was a Major in the US Marine Corps. They lived near American military facilities in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle, Washington.
EMMYLOU HARRIS: She is from a career military family. Her father was a Marine Corps officer who was reported missing in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war.
JON ANDERSON: This former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes had a father who served in the Army in the Entertainment Division.
JONI MITCHELL: Joni was born Roberta Joan Anderson, and her father was a Royal Canadian Air Force flight lieutenant who instructed new pilots at RCAF Station Fort Macleod. It’s unknown if he trained the pilots to ride shotgun in the sky or turn into butterflies. “I was not part of the anti-war movement. I played Fort Bragg. I went the Bob Hope route because I had uncles who died in the war, and I thought it was a shame to blame the boys who were drafted.”
LEO KOTTKE: A mishap with a firecracker permanently damaged the hearing in his left ear, a condition that would be exacerbated by exposure to loud noise during firing practice while he served in the US Navy Reserve.
LIONEL RITCHIE: His father was a US Army Systems Analyst.
MICK FLEETWOOD: In early childhood, Michael John Kellis Fleetwood’s family followed his father, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, to Egypt. Six years later, they moved to Norway where his father was deployed by NATO.
PETE TOWNSEND: Pete’s father Cliff was a professional alto saxophonist in the Royal Air Force’s dance band.
ROBERT PLANT: The Led Zeppelin founder’s father was a civil engineer who worked in the Royal Air Force.
ROD ARGENT: Rodney Terence Argent came to prominence in the mid-1960s as the English rock band The Zombies founder. His father was an aeronautical engineer who machined parts at the De Havilland aircraft factory. The company’s founder was Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, whose Mosquito has been considered the most versatile warplane ever built.
STEWART COPELAND: Drummer of The Police is the son of Alabama-born CIA officer Miles Copeland, Jr. According to files released by the CIA in 2008, Miles was a founding member of the OSS and the CIA.
TINA WEYMOUTH: Best known as a founding member of the new wave group Talking Heads and its side project Tom Tom Club. She is also the daughter of US Navy Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth.
JOHN PRINE (died 2020) Prine was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War era, serving in Germany.
DUANE (died 1971) AND GREGG (died 2017) ALLMAN: The Allman Brothers were the sons of Willis Allman, who was a Second Lieutenant on active duty in the US Army at the time of his death. In 1949, when the family was living in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was stationed, Willis Allman was murdered. The boys’ mother then sent the boys to Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee.
GRAM PARSONS (died 1973): Born Ingram Cecil Connor III, his father, Ingram Connor II, was a famous World War II flying ace decorated with the Air Medal, who was present at the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Gram Parsons attended the prestigious Bolles Military School in Jacksonville, Florida.
JIM CROCE (died 1973): He enlisted in the Army National Guard to avoid being drafted and served on active duty for four months. Croce, who was not good with authority, had to go through basic training twice.
NICK DRAKE (died 1974): Drake’s father, Rodney Shuttleworth Drake was an engineer with the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation. His mother, Molly Llloyd was born to Sir Idwal Geoffrey Lloyd. Both of Molly’s parents were involved in the military.
TIM BUCKLEY (died 1975): Timothy Charles Buckley III was born in Washington D.C. to Elaine Scalia and Timothy Charles Buckley, Jr., a decorated World War II veteran. Buckley was managed (handled) by Herb Cohen, who after a “period” in the Army, moved to Los Angeles to put on concerts with folk singers.
SID VICIOUS (died 1979): Born Simon John Ritchie, he was an original member of the punk rock band The Sex Pistols. His mother dropped out of school early due to a lack of academic success and joined the British Army where she met Ritchie’s father, a guardsman at Buckingham Palace.
HARRY CHAPIN (died 1981): He briefly attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
FRANK ZAPPA (died 1993): Zappa’s family moved often because his father, a chemist, worked at the Edgewood Arsenal chemical warfare facility of the Aberdeen Proving Ground run by the US Army.
CONWAY TWITTY (died 1993): Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, he received an offer to play baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies after high school but was drafted into the US Army. He served in the Far East and organized a music group to entertain his fellow soldiers.
JOHN DENVER (died 1997): Denver’s father, Major Henry John Deutschendorff, was a US Army Air Force pilot who set three-speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber and earned a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame. The Major would have certainly been disappointed by how his son faked his death by forgetting to refuel his plane and losing control while attempting to switch fuel tanks.
JOHN PHILLIPS (died 2001): John Edmund Andrew Phillips was best known as the leader of the vocal group the Mamas & the Papas. Phillips was born on Parris Island, South Carolina, since his father was a United States Marine Corps officer. After graduating from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, John Phillips gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy but resigned during his first year. FUN FACT: In 2009, his eldest daughter Mackenzie claimed that she and her father had a 10-year incestuous relationship.
DEE DEE RAMONE (died 2002): This founding member of the band The Ramones was the son of an American soldier. As an infant, his family relocated to West Berlin, West Germany, due to his father’s military service.
ROBERT PALMER (died 2003): Robert Allen Palmer’s father was a British Naval Intelligence officer.
JOHNNY CASH (died 2003): As a member of the US Air Force, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsburg, West Germany. He allegedly worked as a morse code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions.
RICK JAMES (died 2004): Due to his stints in jail for theft, he entered the US Naval Reserve at 14 or 15, lying about his age to avoid the draft (who was going to draft a 14 or 15-year-old anyway?). Due to missing his twice-monthly Reserve sessions aboard the USS Enterprise, he found himself ordered to Vietnam. What? Nothing about this story makes sense.
DELANEY BRAMLETT (died 2008): Delaine Alvin Bramlett was an American musician best known for his musical partnership with his then-wife Bonnie Bramlett in the band Delaney & Bonnie. Bramlett joined the US Navy before he was 17 (so when he was 16 then?), serving for two to three years. He took boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, spending over half his hitch there.
J.J. CALE (died 2013): “I didn’t really want to carry a gun and do all that stuff, so I joined the Air Force and what I did is I took technical training and that’s kind of where I learned a little bit about electronics.”
JOE COCKER (died 2014): His father was an aircraftman in the Royal Air Force.
DAVID BOWIE (died 2016): Bowie was born David Robert Jones and his mother was born at Shorncliffe Army Camp.
DAVE HLUBEK (died 2017): This founding member of the southern rock band Molly Hatchet was born in Jacksonville, Florida and at the age of 5, moved with his family to the US Naval base in Oahu, Hawaii.
BILL WITHERS (died 2020): He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17, and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs.
For this crisis I think the Bill Withers song “Use Me” is a more appropriate sheeple anthem.