NO SPOILERS: Better Call Saul Season 4, Episode 4, titled "Talk," won't be summarized here, consistent with our no-spoilers policy. But enough can be said about the two songs heard in the number, one at the beginning, the other at the end.
In discussing the fuzztone sound for guitars and basses, a lot of claims are made by fans about how it all began. Everybody knows Keith Richards' used it on the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. And of course Paul McCartney played "fuzz bass," using the same or similar tone-altering device as Keith, on tune "Think For Yourself" on Rubber Soul. As noted so often on this blog, for various reasons, the truth is often not that simple. I'll try to put it in a coherent order.
Johnny Smith was jazz guitar royalty, even though he hadn't recorded for many decades and performed only infrequently over the past 30 years or so. When he died in Colorado Springs at 90 on June 11, he's not only remembered as a jazz guitar fountainhead, but for composing a tune that became a rock guitar standard.