Posted April 9th, 2010 09:08 PM IPGood God, apologies for putting up the wrong sound file for Po Joe above, couldn't believe it just now when I checked - I don't even know who or what that crap I had up there was, but it's fixed now. Damn.
Posted April 9th, 2010 10:35 PM IP
John the Conqueror was an African prince sold into slavery, High John The Conqueror is a plant related to the sweet potato, the root of which resembles testicles and is part of a magician's mojo bag.
Posted April 9th, 2010 11:16 PM IP
The thing to remember, if it's worth doing, is that there are two Sonny Boy Williamson's, both extremely talented blues singers and harmonica players. To make matters worse, "Sonny Boy II" was born before "Sonny Boy I". They are:
John Lee Curtis Williamson, born in Tennesse, 1914, died in 1948.(Sonny Boy I)
Aleck "Rice" Miller, born in Mississippi anywhere from 1898 to 1912, died 1965 (Sonny Boy II)
John Lee was a quick starter, recording "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" as a "race record" 78 in 1937. He was so popular that Rice MIller appropriated the name (and most of the style), and there were probably no lawsuits simply because John Lee lived a short life (although, simultaneously, they played the circuits using "Sonny Boy Williamson", Rice Miller's first record came out after John Lee had passed away). The significant thing about it is that they're both equally esteemed as blues pioneers (some say "II" was better than "I"), and they both have significant influence in blues history - they're both cornerstones of the whole thing. But anyway, all the Sonny Boy 78s are John Lee, all the 45s are Rice Miller.
Posted April 10th, 2010 12:31 AM IP
Another great harmonica player, Buster Brown, likely his real name, born 1911 in Georgia, died in 1976, major claim to fame penning "Fannie Mae". Great sounding voice, I think.
Posted April 10th, 2010 01:16 AM IP
This EP a-side was both sides of Bo Diddley's first 45, which was an R&B chart hit in 1955. Wiki says "Bo Diddley" was "the first recording to introduce African rhythms into rock and roll directly by using the patted juba beat". Note that "I'm A Man" refers to John the Conquer Root (see Howlin' Wolf above). The clip is both songs.
- People's Choice - another great Northern Soul number, this one goes for about 800 bucks. Subtle but deadly, this song has one of those Sublime Soul Moments in it that send me over the edge, comes in at :37 and lasts a couple seconds, where he sings "I'm gonna save my love" - that's the magic, somehow, the vocal working slightly against the grain of the beat. You can hear a thousand soul songs that are all great but don't happen to have that kind of moment in them. Check it out, maybe I'm crazy:
That bit's great, just replayed it half a dozen times. I like how the vocal melody is slightly discordant against the horn note on "love". Not sure i would've registered it if you hadn't pointed it out. Cool song, thanks!"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
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Shan-Dells, I'd put this around '68, from across the river from me in Harrisburg. They could be white, can't tell (and no one knows anything about them, of course), one helluva single if you're only going to have one and it's going nowhere anyway. A dancer, nice horns and "oooohs".
Lovely stuff. I was gonna say "white" too - the guy's voice reminds me of some of the tougher Righteous Brothers stuff. This is going on every mix cd i make for the next few months
(Edited by MoogDroog)"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
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That bit's great, just replayed it half a dozen times. I like how the vocal melody is slightly discordant against the horn note on "love". Not sure i would've registered it if you hadn't pointed it out. Cool song, thanks!
You're dead-on about the horn/"love" dichotomy, Tom; that didn't precisely register for me 'til you noted it - thanks!
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This is going on every mix cd i make for the next few months
Glad you liked it, a sweet track - I'm gonna try dragging pop&click across it and see what does (I'll PM it to ya if the results are good).
Lula Reed had been knocking around King records for more than a decade, with a couple of singles that had hit the R&B charts in the early 50's by the time she joined up with Freddy King for a few 45 releases in the early 60's (this one is 1962). Lula (record spells it Lulu) was deeply religious and never felt quite right about belting out some of the R&B lyrics; soon after this 45 she quit the business altogether and went back to her church, and small-town life. Freddy King spent most of his 42 years working on his blues guitar career. He worked with a lot of the greats, including Little Walter, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson. On Federal from '60 to '67, and Atlantic for a period after that, King was an influence on the usual suspects: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Peter Green. The song "We're An American Band", which name-checks King, was written about Grand Funk's experiences touring with Freddy.
Posted April 10th, 2010 04:10 PM IP
Christine Kittrell started out on Republic Records, working several times with Little Richard. This 1965 single was her next-to-last; she recorded one more single (on King) and then was wounded while performing for troops in Vietnam in 1967, effectively ending her recording career.
Posted April 11th, 2010 09:32 AM IPPuttering around the house, looking to do anything to avoid yard work. Free-for-all on sounds, just grabbing any 45's for a listen regardless of category.
Colossus was a label that signed and had hits with Dutch groups The Shocking Blue, The Tee Set, George Baker Selection. The Mob, though, had been knocking around Chicago since the mid-60's, prominently featuring horns in their sound before Chicago Transit Authority or Blood Sweat & Tears came along. This '71 blue-eyed number off their sole LP for the label doesn't aim to be earth-shattering - it's just a well-done sweet soul track (grows on ya, too).
Posted April 11th, 2010 09:41 AM IP
Joe Hinton is pretty much a forgotten figure, but he had his run; this, a cover of a Willie Nelson song, was his biggest charter, #13 on Billboard in 1964. Check out how he closes it out!
Posted April 11th, 2010 09:52 AM IPThat Joe Hinton one is really nice. I love it when people sing about themselves in the third person and that last note was pure Prince! Willie Nelson wrote a load of songs for other people didn't he, as well as being covered loads? I know next to nothing about him.. any recommendations?"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
Woooah, this one really swings. Total party music. Only other i know by him is Sweet Soul Music which has got a similar feel to this, i suppose. You got any more by him?"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
I should have few somewhere...will up 'em if I run into 'em.
That's not Larry David and Garret Morris in the pic, it's producer Jerry Ragovoy and Howard Tate. Now, it's a picture from after the period when they did 10 great singles together, and also after Howard Tate then became a homeless and nameless drug addict - it's a rebound pic. Back to Ragovoy, he produced Garnet Mimm's "Cry Baby", Howard Tate's "Get It While You Can", Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart"; in other words, a good chunk of what would form Janis Joplin's greatest hits! Howard Tate had (probably still has, he's 71 now) a great soul voice, and I upped both sides here; I prefer the "b", but the a-side is a hoot that anticipates Viagra and is pretty good itself.
There's been at least eleven "Valiants", but this was the first; this is the flip to their 1957 doo-wop hit "This Is The Night".... I prefer this rockabilly-tinged send-up (always the standard that groups were allowed to do what they pleased, and let it all hang out, on their b-sides).
I should have few somewhere...will up 'em if I run into 'em.
Would be much appreciated, thanks.
LOVING the Gino Washington - so this is the guy Dexys were singing about! Puppet On A String is a very strange, creepy song. Really captures that fragile state of mind that you get in a dependent relationship. Not many hit singles have lyrics about cutting your wrists either.."The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."