Category Archives: R&B

LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING.

LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING. After a three years absence, Little Richard hit the comeback trail on the 11th March 1970. That was when he began work on his new album The Rill Thing. This would be the first album the thirty-five year old rock ’n’ …

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JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE.

JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE. The history of soul music is littered with artists who could’ve and should’ve gone on to greater things, but for whatever reason, commercial success and critical acclaim passed them by. That, sadly, was the case with Jeanette Jones. She had talent in abundance, and a voice that was a mixture …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-NIGHTS OF SIN, DIRTY DEALS AND LOVE SICK SOULS.

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-NIGHTS OF SIN, DIRTY DEALS AND LOVE SICK SOULS. The state of Louisiana means different things to different people. For some, it’s the state’s rich literary heritage. One of its most famous writers was Tennessee Williams, the author of A Street Car Named Desire. Then there’s Anna Rice the nineteenth …

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JAY STRONGMAN PRESENTS POPCORN HEARTBREAK 1958-1964.

JAY STRONGMAN PRESENTS POPCORN HEARTBREAK 1958-1964. Throughout musical history, songwriters always revisit certain subjects. Especially, angst, betrayal, heartbreak and love lost. Countless songs have been written about these subjects. That has been the case since the birth of popular music. However, for many music lovers, the late fifties and early sixties was a golden age …

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HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS-UNWIND YOURSELF-THE KING RECORDINGS 1964-1967.

HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS-UNWIND YOURSELF-THE KING RECORDINGS 1964-1967. Hank Ballard played an important part in musical history. He was a successful singer and songwriter, whose career spanned fifty-two years. The most successful period of Hank Ballard’s career, was between 1953 and 1969, when he was the lead singer of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters.  …

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LONNIE MACK-THE WHAM OF THAT MEMPHIS MAN!

LONNIE MACK-THE WHAM OF THAT MEMPHIS MAN! By 1963, twenty-two year old Lonnie Mack was already an experienced musician. He had been making a living as a musician since he was thirteen. That was when Lonnie Mack quit school, after getting involved in an argument with a teacher. For most thirteen year olds, this would’ve …

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MODERNISM.

MODERNISM. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, youth cults have come and gone. Some have been nothing more than passing fads. Others have lasted longer. None of the youth cults of the past sixty years have enjoyed the same longevity as the modernists. Their longevity is unrivalled, and is celebrated on Modernism, a new compilation …

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THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES: BEEF BALL BABY! THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS.

THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES: BEEF BALL BABY! THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS. While Deluxe Records headquarters were in New York, the label’s founders David and Jules Braun weren’t averse to heading out on the road in search of new artists to add to their rooster.  Previous trips to L.A. and Charlotte, North Carolina during …

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NEW BREED WORKIN’-BLUES WITH A RHYTHM.

NEW BREED WORKIN’-BLUES WITH A RHYTHM. Not many compilation series survive to release six volumes, never mind thirteen. That’s almost unheard of. However, recently, two compilation series celebrated the release of their sixth and thirteenth volumes. They seem to have found the ‘secret’ of a successful compilation.  For those waiting with baited breath, there’s no …

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SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU-TROUBLES, TEARS AND TRAINS.

SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU-TROUBLES, TEARS AND TRAINS. One of Ace Records longest-running, and most successful compilation series, is their By The Bayou series. Compiled by Ian Saddler, the thirteenth instalment in the By The Bayou series was recently released. However, Swamp Pop By The Bayou-Troubles, Tears and Trains is only the second compilation of …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4. KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.   Summer wouldn’t be summer without the latest instalment of the Legendary Wild Rockers’ series. So, in May 2015, Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Volume 5 was released by BBE Music.   Somehow, Keb Darge …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5. PRIVATE WAX VOLUME TWO. Private Wax Volume Two was released on BBE Music in October 2015. This is another compilation of “Super Rare Boogie and Disco Compiled By Zaflovevinyl.” Given their rarity, it’s no wonder it’s taken three years to compile Private Wax Volume Two. However, if anyone …

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SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS.

SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS. Back in February 2013, Kent Soul released South Texas Rhythm ‘N’ Soul Revue, a compilation of some of the finest soul and R&B to emerge from the Lone Star State. It was recorded at Huey Meaux’s studio, and featured many of the …

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JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED.

JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED. It was the best of times, it was the worst of time. That’s the best way to describe 1966, which musical historians and cultural commentators remember as the year that transformed music. 1966 was a game-changer. Nothing would ever be the same again. Jon Savage explains why …

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GEORGIE FAME HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

GEORGIE FAME HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. Not many compilation series has enjoyed the longevity and success of Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First series. There’s a reason for this. The series allows music lovers to hear the music that influenced some of the biggest names in music. This has previously included The New York Dolls, …

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RHYTHM ‘N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-VOCAL GROUPS.

RHYTHM ‘N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-VOCAL GROUPS. When compilers are looking for inspiration for a new compilation series, there’s a tendency to focus on a city or region. That’s all very well. However, far too often, compilers focus on the same cities. Detroit, Memphis and Philly are favourites. So are Chicago, Los Angeles and New …

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REACHING OUT! CHESS RECORDS AT FAME STUDIOS.

REACHING OUT! CHESS RECORDS AT FAME STUDIOS.  There aren’t many recording studios that play such an important part in their town’s history, that they’re added to the list of local landmarks and designated part of the town’s heritage. That’s what happened to the Fame Recording Studios in December 1997, when the recording studios were added …

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ALL ABOARD! 25 TRAIN TRACKS CALLING AT ALL MUSICAL STATIONS.

ALL ABOARD! 25 TRAIN TRACKS CALLING AT ALL MUSICAL STATIONS. Nowadays, most compilations seem to be genre specific. They feature only soul, funky, jazz, psychedelia, pop or rock. Some compilations go even further, and focus on a sub genre of music.  That’s because nowadays, many people seem to gravitate to one genre of music. It …

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UNLOCK THE LOCK-THE KENT RECORDS STORY VOLUME 1 1958-1962.

UNLOCK THE LOCK-THE KENT RECORDS STORY VOLUME 1 1958-1962.  In 1944, Jules Bihari, a Hollywood based musical entrepreneur, founded Modern Music with his brothers Saul, Joe and Lester. Little did anyone realise, that within a few years the nascent Modern Music would become one of the most successful independent labels. Commercial success visited Modern Music …

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IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS.

IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS. The Stax Records’ story began in 1957, when Jim Stewart founded Satellite Records. Four years later, in 1961, Satellite Records changed its name to Stax Records. That day, one of what become one of the most successful independent soul labels was born. This success lasted fourteen years. Then on December …

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