Category Archives: Blues

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN II.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN II. On 12th January 1969, the lives of the four members of Led Zeppelin were transformed. Their debut album Led Zeppelin reached number ten in the US Billboard 200 and number six in the UK. Led Zeppelin was certified platinum in the US eight times over. In the UK and Australia, Led …

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LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN. Music critics don’t always get it right. Sometimes, they fawn over third-rate albums, just because of who recorded the album. That’s often the case with ageing artists. I could quote numerous examples where critics had their head turned by sentiment.  This is nothing new.  Thirty-five years ago, on 12th January 1969, Led Zeppelin …

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PEE WEE CRAYTON-TEXAS BLUES JUMPIN’ IN LOS ANGELES.

PEE WEE CRAYTON-TEXAS BLUES JUMPIN’ IN LOS ANGELES. Musically, Pee Wee Crayton was a late developer. He only started playing the guitar seriously in 1935, when he was twenty-one. That just so happened to coincide with Pee Wee Crayton moving to Los Angeles.  He’d moved to Los Angeles from Rockdale, Texas. That had been home …

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LITTLE MILTON SINGS BIG SOUL.

LITTLE MILTON SINGS BIG SOUL. Although Little Milton eventually became one of the biggest soul singers of sixties, his background was in the blues music. Growing up, Little Milton modelled himself on legendary blues player T-Bone Walker. By the age of twelve, Little Milton was playing the blues in the streets of Greensville. That’s where …

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THE DOORS-WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE.

THE DOORS-WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE. By 1972, The Doors were history. Their charismatic frontman Jim Morrison had died on the 3rd July 1971. The Lizard King became the latest entrant into the twenty-seven club, where he joined Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Alan Wilson and Jimi Hendrix. This meant that The Doors’ career ended …

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MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY.

MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY. Nine years after releasing his debut album Rainmaker, on Harvest Records, Michael Chapman released Playing Guitar The Easy Way which has just been released on CD for the first time by Light In The Attic Records. This is no ordinary reissue. Far from it. It’s a no expense spared …

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CATFISH HODGE-DIFFERENT STROKES-THE COMPLETE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND RECORDINGS.

CATFISH HODGE-DIFFERENT STROKES-THE COMPLETE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND RECORDINGS. Great things were expected of Bob “Catfish” Hodge. He was born into a musical family in Detroit, and began playing in clubs when he was still in high school. Before long, he was a regular in Detroit’s clubs. Despite not being able to read music, music came …

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IMARHAN TIMBUKTU-AKAL WARLED.

IMARHAN TIMBUKTU-AKAL WARLED. Over the last ten years, Imarhan Timbuktu have been providing the soundtrack at dance clubs and private parties in Northern Mali. Imarhan Timbuktu have starred at the famous Festival au Desert. Gradually, word began to spread about Imarhan Timbuktu. Recently, Imarhan Timbuktu’s music has been heard further afield.  This includes in Europe …

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BEVERLEY MARTYN-THE PHOENIX AND THE FUTURE.

BEVERLEY MARTYN-THE PHOENIX AND THE FUTURE. It’s nearly fifty years ago since Beverley Martyn made her recording debut. This was as a member of The Levee Breakers. They were a jug band which featured Mac McGann, Johnny Joyce and Beverley. Their debut single was Babe, I’m Leaving You, which they released on Parlophone in 1965. …

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THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967.

 THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967. Mention Southern Soul, and certain labels spring to mind. Among them are Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. These three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together, they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul. Indeed, the artists who walked through the doors of …

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JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES.

JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES. After enjoying a renaissance in its popularity during the early sixties, blues music was in doldrums. Soul had replaced the blues in popularity. However, many of the new breed of rock bands had been inspired by the blues. This included Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Yardbirds, The Animals and …

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T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES. T-Bone Walker was, without doubt, one of the most innovative and influential blues guitarists ever. He was a pioneer of both the jump blues and electric blues. That may seem like a bold statement, but it’s not. It’s the truth. After all, T-Bone was one of the first …

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OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES.

OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES. For many people, Otis Spann will always be remembered as Muddy Waters’ pianist. Granted Otis spent fifteen years as a member of Muddy Waters’ band. However, there’s much more to Otis Spann’s career that that. Much more. No wonder. Otis Spann was without doubt, one of the greatest postwar …

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WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS.

WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS. Five long years have passed since Withered Hand recorded their debut album Good News. It was released to critical acclaim and praised for its stark honesty. There was a reason for this. The man behind Withered Hand, Dan Willson was  a latecomer to music. He was already thirty when he wrote his …

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THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE.

THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE-THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE. In 1955, Sean Bonniwell’s life changed when he heard The Platters’ Only You. That’s when he decided to become a musician. Eventually, his dream became a reality, and he became one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the mid-sixties. With his band The Bonniwell Music Machine, …

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YOU TALK TOO MUCH-THE RIC AND RON STORY VOLUME 1.

YOU TALK TOO MUCH-THE RIC AND RON STORY VOLUME 1. Joe Ruffino founded his Ric and Ron labels in 1958. For the next five years, they were one of New Orleans’ premier independent R&B labels. During this five year period, artists of the calibre of Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo and Eddie …

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GIL SCOTT-HERON-PIECES OF A MAN.

GIL SCOTT-HERON-PIECES OF A MAN. Just a year after the release of his 1970 debut album Small Talk At 125 and Lenox, Gil Scott-Heron returned with his landmark album Pieces Of A Man which was recently rereleased by BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records. Pieces Of A Man was Gil’s second collaboration with musician …

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BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK.

BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK. In 2007, Jim Dickinson described Bob Frank as: “the best songwriter you never heard.” That’s no surprise. Jim Dickinson first met Bob Frank way back in the summer of 1963. Back then, Bob was part of a group of singers and songwriters hanging out in an old butcher’s shop in Crosstown Farmer’s …

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STEIN URHEIM-STEIN URHEIM.

STEIN URHEIM-STEIN URHEIM. Last year, 2013, Stein Urheim’s collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Daydream Twin was nominated for a Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy Award. No wonder. Over the last few years, Stein has established a reputation as one of Norwegian music’s most innovative artists. The story begins back in 2009. That’s when …

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COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE.

COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE. By 1970, Count Basie was sixty-six and a legend of jazz. The Grammy Award winner had achieved just about everything. Count Basie had come a long way since he dropped out of school to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Soon, he was playing regularly. Whether it was …

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