Billboard Bits: Daugherty, Kaukonen, Thorogood

News on Jay Dee Daugherty, Jorma Kaukonen, and George Thorogood.

Jay Dee DaughertyJay Dee Daugherty, longtime drummer for the Patti Smith Group, is recovering at New York's Bellevue Hospital following a motorcycle accident Friday (Feb. 8) in which he was struck head-on by a motorist in lower Manhattan.

Daugherty, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, has had four surgeries on his leg since the crash. His doctors expect him to fully recover, according to a statement from Arista Records.

There is no word yet on whether Daugherty will be able to play with Smith during her planned spring U.S. tour in support of the anthology "Land 1975-2002" (Arista) -- which, as previously reported, is due for a March 19 release.

Smith also plans to perform at the 12th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert, set for Feb. 22 at New York's Carnegie Hall.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Jorma KaukonenRock veterans Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, both of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame, have recorded pieces of Mark Isham's score for the forthcoming Touchstone Pictures film "Goodbye Hello." The duo worked on six pieces that comprise about 20 minutes of score, which Kaukonen described in a statement as "a sonic landscape that enhances the mood of the film." Kaukonen also recorded a piece that will play over the film's closing credits.

"Goodbye Hello" tells the story of a young man played by Jake Gyllenhaal ("Bubble Boy") who, after his fiancee is murdered, is taken in by her parents, portrayed by Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman. The film, which also features Holly Hunter and Dabney Coleman, is due out in the fall.

In other news, Kaukonen has dubbed his next album "Blue Country Heart." As previously reported, the set of covers of vintage country material from the late 1920s through the '40s will be the artist's first album under a new deal with Columbia.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

George Thorogood Veteran rocker George Thorogood has reworked his trademark song, "Bad to the Bone" for a UPS commercial that will be unveiled Sunday (Feb. 17) during NBC's coverage of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Winston Cup auto race. The ad is part of a series featuring NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett and various individuals pleading with him to race one of UPS' trademark "big brown trucks."

The new ad features Thorogood playing guitar in a bar, and singing the new lyrics to the song: "Dale races the truck/Fans gather 'round/They'll gaze in wide wonder/'Cuz it's big and it's brown/The truck moves up/In front all alone/People could see right away/That it was brown to the bone..." A second ad featuring Jarrett's response to Thorogood will debut during a race later in the NASCAR season. For more information, visit

Thorogood and his band, the Delaware Destroyers, are in the midst of recording a new studio album, due out in the spring or summer, according to his official Web site. Thorogood's last studio album was the 1999 CMC set "Half a Boy, Half a Man." In 2000, Capitol released a two-disc "Anthology" set.

The band will kick off its 2002 touring schedule with a 14-date West Coast outing that begins March 8 at Harrah's in Stateline, Nev.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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