Friday, August 29, 2014

10 More Lost N.O. Soul Heroes

Whew! Trying to come up with a follow-up to the first run on this theme was more difficult than I had imagined -- I didn't want to reach back to the R&B era nor did I want to tread too far into the Funk era and thus detract from my available choices on future mixes that I have planned. I also wished to stay with the more obscure guys that hadn't received much coverage in this modern age where worldwide interest in our musical history has grown considerably. My first volume had been constructed with no concern for a second volume and so I had skimmed the cream (IMO) and left a tough road for this mix. I wanted to follow the same format too, so there had to be at least 3 useable tunes.

Eventually I came up around 2 short of a "full deck" until a friend pointed out that just because guys like Earl King, Johnny Adams, Lee Dorsey, Eddie Bo and Ernie K-Doe were "mainstream" to us here, that didn't mean that the rest of the world felt that way. Now I feel bad I couldn't fit them all in.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Eddie & Ernie - Lost Friends

Aficionados of "deep soul" (or, as those of us over 12 call it, "soul") should flock to score these seminal, rare recordings from a criminally neglected pairing. Edgar Campbell and Ernest Johnson met in Phoenix, then throughout the '60s made astonishingly emotive music for several labels, together and solo, their scorched, passionate vocals matched only by their unerring ability to avoid a hit. By 1970, after another bad-luck business balls-up, Eddie died of drink and Ernie sank into depression. The angst can be heard in their art: try "It's A Weak Man That Cries" and "Outcast". Tender, troubled, textbook torch songs.

Soul Jewels 1 & 2

Dealing with The Devil

Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based King Records began as a country label in 1943, but moved quickly into the burgeoning blues and R&B market as the decade progressed, and by the early '60s, Nathan had issued countless classics in the genre through his King, Federal, and Deluxe imprints, 25 tracks of which are collected (in chronological order of release) on Dealing With the Devil. There are easily a dozen gems here, including Lonnie Johnson's elegant 1948 version of "Tomorrow Night," which opens the disc, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson's 1961 oddity "Cuttin' In" (featuring Watson's signature guitar lines fronting a full violin section), which closes it. In between, listeners are treated to John Lee Hooker's raw "Devil's Jump" (which Hooker recorded under the name Texas Slim in order to sidestep his Modern Records contract), fellow Detroiter Eddie Burns (with help from Washboard Willie) on "Dealing With the Devil," a delightfully swinging "Let the Doorbell Ring" by venerable New Orleans pianist Champion Jack Dupree, and Roy Brown's sighing, melismatic vocal style on "Hard Luck Blues." Another obvious highlight here is the incredible soul vocal (a decade before the term "soul" was widely used) by Little Willie John on 1955's "Need Your Love So Bad." The shifting nature of the music business meant that King Records and its various imprints were all but forgotten by the time of Nathan's death in 1968, and the masters were sold to Starday Records, which sold them to Lin Broadcasting, which passed them on to Tennessee Recording and Broadcasting, which in turn sold them to GML, Inc. GML has maintained a vigorous reissue and licensing campaign of the material in the King backlist since the 1980s. Fans of urban blues and early R&B will find that a blessing, and one hopes that albums like Dealing With the Devil (which is issued here by Varese Sarabande) will continue to be assembled from the vast King, Federal, and Deluxe vaults.

Friday, August 22, 2014

KC's Jukejoint Jukebox #2

Yep -- another 'customer select' set from the jukebox. Some pot-bellied fellah with a really ugly shirt and one of those 'Hand Grenade' drinks from Bourbon Street in each hand wandered in and mistakenly put a $20 in the jukebox -- he got annoyed when I told him that the box don't make no change and he punched up all these songs and walked out! It turned out to be a pretty nice set even tho he din't recognize a thing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chick Willis - From The Heart And Soul

Cousin to the late blues ballad singer Chuck Willis, Robert "Chick" Willis is primarily beloved for his ribald, dozens-based rocker "Stoop Down Baby." The guitarist cut his original version in 1972 for tiny La Val Records of Kalamazoo, MI, selling a ton of 45s for the jukebox market only (the tune's lyrics were way too raunchy for airplay).

Willis left the military in 1954, hiring on as valet and chauffeur to cousin Chuck, then riding high with his many R&B hits for OKeh Records. At that point, Chick's primary role on the show was as a singer (he made his own vinyl debut in 1956 with a single, "You're Mine," for Lee Rupe's Ebb Records after winning a talent contest at Atlanta's Magnolia Ballroom), but he picked up the guitar while on the road with his cousin (Chick cites Guitar Slim as his main man in that department).

When Chuck died of stomach problems in 1958, Willis soldiered on, pausing in Chicago to work as a sideman with slide guitar great Elmore James. A few obscure 45s ("Twistin' in the Hospital Ward," cut for Alto in 1962, sounds promising) preceded the advent of "Stoop Down Baby," which Willis has freshened up for countless sequels ever since (he developed the song by teasing passersby with his ribald rhymes while working in a carnival variety show).

Risqué material remained a staple of Willis's output in recent years. He released a steady stream of albums on Ichiban Records in the 1980s and 1990s, and continued to record into the 2000s.

He died on December 7, 2013, aged 79.

Clarence Reid - Dancin' With Nobody But You Babe 1969

Before there was Blowfly, there was Clarence Reid, a fine Southern Soul singer a little too late for his time. This is his first album.

"Singer/songwriter/producer Clarence Reid, like David Bowie and P-Funk's George Clinton, had multiple musical personalities. One was of an earnest Southern soul singer, born February 14, 1945, in Cochran, GA, and recorded for TK Records president Henry Stone's Alston imprint. His Billboard-charting singles were "Nobody but You Babe" (number seven R&B summer 1969, on the Atlantic LP), "Good Old Days" (early 1972), and "Funky Party" (summer 1974). He co-wrote hits for Betty Wright ("Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do"), the million-selling "Clean Up Woman," "Baby Sitter," and "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker." For Gwen McCrae, Reid co-wrote and co-produced "Rockin' Chair," which reached the pop Top Ten in 1975,

In his other persona, he performed X-rated material under the pseudonym Blowfly. Reid also helped Richard Finch get a job with TK Records and introduced Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey to junkanoo, the festive party music that would be the core sound of Casey and Finch's '70s supergroup KC and the Sunshine Band. Clarence Reid-related releases are When a Man Cries: The Deep Soul of Scepter/Wand, in addition to many Blowfly releases."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Serve Somebody - A Personal Look At Smelly Bob

Oneof those things that started with one idea and morphed to something else whilst retaining most of the original concept - I am pleased with it - what do y'all Think? (there won't be any links until folks begin to push Play and then comment.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Henry Butler - Orleans Inspiration

Hello.  My name is poppachubby.  You may remember me from such blogs as The Crypt and The Cult.  I also brought you classic like those found at Chitlins.

Found this CD a while back at a local thrift for a couple bucks... score!!!  Just a really feel good album y'know?  Ripped it with EAC for 16/44.1 FLAC files.  All scans are hi-res and included.  Enjoy!!!
Henry Butler, who had recorded a pair of post-bop sets for MCA/Impulse, switches to New Orleans R&B on this spirited program, cut live at Tipitina's in New Orleans. Assisted by guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist Chris Severin, drummer Herman Jackson, and the synthesizer of Michael Goods, Butler puts on a fine show. He plays and sings (in a gospel-ish baritone voice) a variety of originals, plus Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere," "Goin' Down Slow," and Professor Longhair's "Tipitina's" and "Mardi Gras in New Orleans." - Scott Yanow / AMG

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Earl Hooker - Two Bugs & A Roach [1968], Sweet Black Angel (1970)

"Jimi Hendrix called Earl Hooker "the master of the wah-wah pedal." Buddy Guy slept with one of Hooker's slides beneath his pillow hoping to tap some of the elder bluesman's power. And B. B. King has said repeatedly that, for his money, Hooker was the best guitar player he ever met."

" If there was a more immaculate slide guitarist residing in Chicago during the 1950s and '60s than Earl Hooker, his name has yet to surface. Boasting a fretboard touch so smooth and clean that every note rang as clear and precise as a bell..."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Harmonizing Four 1950-1955

A second service this morning --

The Harmonizing Four was an American black gospel quartet organized in 1927 and reaching peak popularity during the decades immediately following World War II.

Sources disagree as to the original membership when the group was established in 1927 to sing for school functions at Richmond, Virginia's Dunbar Elementary School. Some sources include Thomas "Goat" Johnson and Levi Hansly as founding members, with others indicating they joined the group in the early 1930s after the departure of original first tenor Joe Curby and original bass Willie Peyton; likewise, eventual leader Joseph "Gospel Joe" Williams is identified as a founding member in some sources, and others claiming he joined as much as six years later. In 1937 the group added Lonnie Smith, who later became father to keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith.

The group recorded for Decca Records in 1943 and toured in the postwar years, performing at such high-profile events as the 1944 National Baptist Convention, to an audience of 40,000; the funeral ceremony for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945; and the wedding ceremony of gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison, an event recorded for a live album to which the group contributed four songs. During this period the group recorded for different labels, including Chicago company Religious Recording, Coleman, and MGM. As of the early 1950s, they signed with Philadelphia's Gotham Records, where they recorded some 40 songs before moving on in 1957 to Chicago's Vee-Jay Records, where they experienced their greatest popularity. Smith retired in 1962, and following a period in the late 1960s of recording for various labels in various membership configurations, the group was essentially semi-retired for the ensuing decades.

The Best Of The Fairfield Four

The Fairfield Four is an American gospel group that has existed for over 90 years. They started as a trio in Nashville, Tennessee's Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921. They were designated as National Heritage Fellows in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts. The group won the 1998 Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. As a quintet, they featured briefly in the motion picture O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

The group gained more popular recognition after appearing on John Fogerty's 1997 album Blue Moon Swamp, singing on the track "A Hundred and Ten in the Shade". They also undertook live appearances with Fogerty.

During the 1940s, the Fairfield Four were among the top-ranked gospel quartets, along with the Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys, and Soul Stirrers. Originally a gospel duet created in the early '20s by the pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville to occupy his sons, Harry and Rufus Carrethers, they became a gospel trio with the addition of John Battle. The group was transformed into a jubilee quartet by the '30s and began the first of numerous personnel changes. They recorded for RCA Victor and Columbia during the decade and were known for their reinterpretations of standard hymns, featuring bright, close baritone and tenor harmonies. When the Fairfield Four sang, they utilized the full extent of their voices, moving easily from deep, rolling basslines to the staccato upper peaks of the tenor range, all executed with precise, intricate harmonies and ever-shifting leads.

the Fairfield Four reached their broadest audience when the Sunway Vitamin Company sponsored a nationally broadcast radio show for them daily at 6:45 a.m. on WLAC, Nashville. At the same time, they also continued touring; it was a grueling schedule, especially with the drive to Nashville, and often the group would be missing a member or two on the show. In 1942, the quartet recorded for the Library of Congress, but by 1950, it all became too much. Coupled with some financial trouble and a dwindling radio audience, the Fairfield Four broke up, though one member, Reverend Sam McCrary, used the group name to perform with other quartets. In 1980, the Fairfield Four from the '40s was reunited for a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, by Black gospel specialist Doug Seroff. In 1989, they were designated as National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts. They continue to perform, though the original members are either deceased or retired.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

KC's Juke Joint Jukebox #1

Hey there folks; welcome to KC's Juke Joint, home of KC's Jukebox. My Jukebox currently holds 190 45 rips (I.E. 380 selections), but you never know when it will expand. Not every 45 is perfect, you will note a fair number of clicks and pops; I only cleaned up the worst offenders because I like that it sounds like a real jukebox.

Today's selection is a 'patron played' set - 30 tracks selected using a random process (sorta like a tourist pumping the box) -- occasionally I'll do a bartenders choice where I actually choose the tracks with a theme in mind, but I must say that this one is so successful that I ain't motivated to choose 'em myself any time soon; I did the first edit, after all, and I trust the selection pool.

Most of these artists are pretty obscure and the rips are either from my own collection or from the amazing Fritz over at 'Don't Ask Me, I Don't Know'. I've been combing thru his tapes ever since he began posting them - a lot of work but WELL worth it. Thank you Brother Fritz!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Soulful Gospel

 Some very serious singing going on here so put on those nice slippery leather sole shoes this morning and do a little dancing with the Lord. Just the right blend of musical instrumentation here, none of the over production type stuff that came soon after. The singing is always front and center. 

Are you one who skips the Gospel? Check out track 9 - 'Jordan River' by The Sensational Jubilettes on disc 1 and come back and tell me how you hated it. I dare you! The Chambers Brothers tracks and the Wilson Picket tracks are quite good, but they don't really qualify as highlites, the other stuff is too good!

There is a volume 3 & 4 out there, but I don't have them, anyone got them by chance?

Vol.1Soulful Gospel Vocal Groups Vol.1
01.The Harps Of The Coast - Where The Soul Of A Man Never Dies
02.The Harps Of The Coast - Up A Little Higher
03.The Chambers Brothers - I Trust In God
04.The Chambers Brothers - Just A Little More Faith
05.The Morning Echoes - Jesus Showed Us The Way
06.The Morning Echoes - I'm Singing, Lord
07.The Sensational Saints Of Ohio - Come On
08.The Sensational Saints Of Ohio - Ain't That A Shame
09.The Sensational Jubilettes - Jordan River
10.The Sensational Jubilettes - Judgement Day
11.The Gospel Five - He Woke Me Up This Morning
12. The Gospel Five - Race, Creed And Color
13.The Original Soul Revivers - Lord, I've Done You Wrong
14.The Original Soul Revivers - Lord, Don't Turn Me Away
15.The Bonner Bros. Spiritual Quartette - You Ought To Pray Sometime
16.The Bonner Bros. Spiritual Quartette - Walking Thru The Streets
17.The Clefs Of Calvary - Save Me
18.The Clefs Of Calvary - God's Love
19.The Prodigal Sons - It's A Blessing
20.The Prodigal Sons - I Found The Lord
21.The Divine Travelers - Rock Of Ages, Pt. 1
22.The Divine Travelers - Rock Of Ages, Pt. 2
23.The Jollyaires - You Need The Lord
24.The Jollyaires - The Lord's Been Good To Me
25.The Zion Travellers - Milky White Way
26.The Zion Travelers - Eternity
Vol.2-Soulful Gospel Vocal Groups Vol.2
01. Hightower Brothers - Good Time In Heaven.
02. Hightower Brothers - Nobody's Fault But Mine
03. The World Wonders - Don't Give Up
04. The World Wonders - Two Wings
05. The Spiritual Five (Featuring Wilson Pickett) - Call Him Up
06. The Spiritual Five (Featuring Wilson Pickett) - Christ Blood
07. Hightower Brothers - Come By Here
08. The Bullock Brothers - Telephone To Glory
09. The Bullock Brothers - Let Jesus Lead You
10. The Brooklyn Skywaves - Oh Lord
11. The Swindell Brothers - There's Nothing Between
12. The Swindell Brothers - I Started In Heaven
13. The Royal Travelers - Jesus Called My Name
14. The Royal Travelers - Standing In The Need Of Prayer
15. The Royal Silvertones - Build Me A Cabin
16. The Royal Silvertones - Savior Don't Pass Me By
17. The Pearly Gates - Blessed
18. The Pearly Gates - Gods Love
19. The Oakland Silvertones - Blessed Quietness
20. The Goldentones - Won't It Be Wonderful
21. The Sensational Skylarks Of Detriot - A Sinner's Prayer
22. The Sensational Skylarks Of Detriot - A Little More Grace
23. Mighty Wings Of Zion - You Don't Know How The Lord Has Blessed Me
24. Mighty Wings Of Zion - Please Sir Jesus


Vol.1Soulful Gospel Vocal Groups Vol.1
01.The Harps Of The Coast - Where The Soul Of A Man Never Dies
02.The Harps Of The Coast - Up A Little Higher
03.The Chambers Brothers - I Trust In God
04.The Chambers Brothers - Just A Little More Faith
05.The Morning Echoes - Jesus Showed Us The Way
06.The Morning Echoes - I'm Singing, Lord
07.The Sensational Saints Of Ohio - Come On
08.The Sensational Saints Of Ohio - Ain't That A Shame
09.The Sensational Jubilettes - Jordan River
10.The Sensational Jubilettes - Judgement Day
11.The Gospel Five - He Woke Me Up This Morning
12. The Gospel Five - Race, Creed And Color
13.The Original Soul Revivers - Lord, I've Done You Wrong
14.The Original Soul Revivers - Lord, Don't Turn Me Away
15.The Bonner Bros. Spiritual Quartette - You Ought To Pray Sometime
16.The Bonner Bros. Spiritual Quartette - Walking Thru The Streets
17.The Clefs Of Calvary - Save Me
18.The Clefs Of Calvary - God's Love
19.The Prodigal Sons - It's A Blessing
20.The Prodigal Sons - I Found The Lord
21.The Divine Travelers - Rock Of Ages, Pt. 1
22.The Divine Travelers - Rock Of Ages, Pt. 2
23.The Jollyaires - You Need The Lord
24.The Jollyaires - The Lord's Been Good To Me
25.The Zion Travellers - Milky White Way
26.The Zion Travelers - Eternity - See more at: http://zonadicto.org/musica/12473/soulful-gospel-vocal-groups-vol-1y-2-the-famous-groove-records-black-gospel-1-link.html#sthash.41zQbVkZ.dpuf