Monday, 17 January 2011

STAR BLUES on 16th January 2011 at 22:00

Several other radio shows run a chain feature to link two tracks, as far as I know STAR BLUES is the only one that links two shows. So it was that Fleetwood Mac's "Need You Love So Bad" from 9th joined with Gary Moore's "The Blues Is Alright" at the top end of yesterdays show. Most folks got the connection that Gary Moore had had a minor hit with a cover of "Need Your Love So Bad".

Elsewhere legendary label owner, writer and producer Bobby Robinson has died so music in tribute was the order of the day. He knew how to record L-O-U-D so had great success with Elmore James, Wilbert Harrison, Tarheel Slim and Buster Brown - we went to the vaults of Fire, Fury, Enjoy and Red Robin for the hits. More sad news that Etta James is gravely ill and we remembered her at her imperious best in 1961 with her Argo single "Somethings Got a Hold Of Me". We found out about her status along with the squabble over her power of attorney being acted out. Better words on Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin that recent health worries have eased.

Shemekia Copeland gets some props with a "Deluxe Edition" set that opens up the 40th anniversary celebrations of her label Alligator. Memphis Slim did us proud with his piano and Sister Rosetta Tharpe held down the gospel spot. Her recent documentary shown on BBC4 has put her box set into the top ten charts on Amazon ahead of Thin Lizzy. Our son - who is a fan of Linkin Park - watched her play guitar while his jaw was on the floor. Awesome is too small a word.

The second of our "1001" feature was Billy Boy Arnold's "I Wish You Would" without which there's be no Yardbirds or Eric Clapton? All that was left was a choice to "Chain" with the afore mentioned Gary Moore ...

Since Little Milton wrote "The Blues Is Alright" the closing chain had him on "We're Gonna Make It". All I need do is get a join with it at the start of next Sundays STAR BLUES at ten. How will I make out? - until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.

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