Sunday, 11 August 2013

STAR BLUES on 11th August 2013 at 22:00

If you are a fan of Jamelia, or know someone who is, STAR BLUES had some Foxy R&B last night on STAR BLUES though there may well have been something lost in translation in the definitions. She will have had a blast because our R&B means Rhythm and Blues: as put out by Richard Stamz on his Foxy and Paso labels. he was based in Chicago and in 1956 he was a popular radio show host before buying Paso four years later. we did a couple of tracks in each hour of STAR BLUES with selections from Lee "Shot" Williams, Harold Burrage, Freddie Robinson and Willie Walker - we've done their other stuff before but nothing quite like this! Label shots, session details and the story in the booklet make this a handsome document of a lesser known player on the Chicago scene.

Roy Gaines is an elegant player who has a birthday today (Mon 12th) and we showed him as he was in 1957 for the deLuxe label. Our other birthday boy was Joe Jones and his single "You Talk Too Much" had a quintessential Crescent City groove as befits its maker. Like Otis Redding, when Joe Tex started out he was pushed into copying Little Richard's style and it was just one little gen I found on Saturday. That survey of Federal Records plugged a couple of gaps in my set of Cal Green recordings and unearthed a very rare Syl Johnson treat. In case you needed reminding that Cal Green single is electric blues guitar. Full Stop.

Wynonie Harris is one of my favourite singers he could make my vicar's shopping list sound dirty. Our piano feature was triggered during a fascinating exchange on Facebook about the true identity of Black Bob who played on dozens of Chicago recording sessions. Current wisdom says it was actually a nom-de-disque sequestered by one of several men who were jobbing musicians on hand that particular day. While I venture we'll never really know we showed him off backing Casey Bill Weldon and Lil Johnson (who we played without a safety net or crash hat). I also read this week that Blind Blake's "Police Dog Blues" is regarded as the greatest of all blues recorded pre-war - IMHO its definitely up there.

Our two hours flew past, which was remarkable given the need for gentlemen of a certain age to pace themselves when offered anything Foxy in the way of R&B. Pretty sure we staked yet another claim as Britain's Other Blues Show last night - round your place next Sunday at 10pm we'll do some more. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Track.Title Track.ArtistSort Index Album.Title Album.ArtistSort Label
hip shakin' woman Carl Weathersby 15 Best Of Carl Weathersby Carl Weathersby EVIDENCE
Walking the Back Streets and Crying Little Milton 2 The Complete Stax-Volt Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975 Various Artists STAX
Gainesville Roy Gaines 4 Rock-A-Billy: Boogie Woogie Blues Man Roy Gaines
Feel Like Going Home Robert Lucas 5 Blues Masters Various Artists AUDIOQUEST
Too Proud Mighty Sam McClain 2 Give It Up To Love Mighty Sam McClain AUDIOQUEST
you ought to love me harold burrage 14 foxy r&b various artists ace
going back home willie williams 17 foxy r&b various artists ace
You Little Baby Faced Thing Joe Tex 17 Rock On Various Artists ACE
You Talk Too Much Joe Jones & His Orchestra 28 The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll - Volume 9 Various Artists ACE
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Chuck Martin 22 Rhythm 'N' Bluesin' By The Bayou Various Artists ACE
Lone Wolf Johnny Big Moose Walker 3 Blue Love Johnny Big Moose Walker EVIDENCE
The Search is Over cal green 2-2 i'll go crazy: federal records story various artists one day
Linda Lu Ray Sharpe 6 Rock On Various Artists ACE
Pontiac Blues Sonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller) 1 American Masters Vol. 2 : Urban Blues Various Artists Arhoolie Records
Feel Like Cryin' Again Mel Walker With Johnny Otis Orch 15 That's Your Last Boogie! Johnny Otis Fantastic Voyage
Dig This Boogie Wynonie Harris 6 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Nashville Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
How Blue Can You Get Johnny Moore's Three Blazers 25 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: New York Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Black Gal What Makes Your Head So Hard? Joe Pullum 23 Texas Blues Various Artists CATFISH
Back Door Blues Casey Bill WeldonBlack Bob 20 Broke Black And Blue Various Artists PROPER
Press My Button Lil Johnson 22 History Of Rhythm And Blues Part One Various Artists Rhythm and Blues Records
Gypsy Woman Muddy Waters 8 The Aristocrat Of The Blues Various Artists MCA/CHESS
Friendless Blues Lonnie Johnson 5 Why Should I Cry? Lonnie Johnson SPV
Police Dog Blues Blind Blake 10 Essential Blind Blake CLASSIC BLUES
i'm tryin lee "shot" williams 10 foxy r&b various artists ace
the hawk freddy robinson 12 foxy r&b various artists ace
Fine Fine Fine Gene Terry 5 Boppin' The Bayou Again Various Artists ACE
i got love syl johnson 2-19 i'll go crazy: federal records story various artists one day
Created: 11/08/2013 23:46:16

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