How Gadd’s Riff Became Part of ‘Fifty Ways’

SKF NOTE: Steve Gadd was inducted into the Rochester (New York) Hall of Fame on April 22, 2018. Steve was joined as a new inductee by longtime friend and band mate bassist Tony Levin, and by one of Steve’s great percussion mentors, John Beck.

I know because I watched interviews with Steve and friends at the Democrat & Chronicle web site discussing the genesis of Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.” There’s also footage of the Hall of Fame ceremony. Paul Simon flew in to honor Steve and Tony. And Paul gives the audience his recollection of how Steve Gadd’s drumming came to be such an integral part of “Fifty Ways.”

And in looking for more stories, photos, videos of Gadd’s Hall of Fame induction I found a musical excellent posting of live footage of Gadd and Levin with Mike Mainieri at The Red Creek Inn, Rochester, NY performing the song “Love Play.” Mainieri’s album, “Love Play,” is a favorite, and it includes some of favorite Steve Gadd drumming.

Congratulations Steve Gadd.

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