Sunday, 28 June 2015

STAR BLUES on 28th June 2015 at 22:00 (BST) Willie Dixon was born 100 years ago: twenty of his songs

barely do justice to the influence of his gifts. According to his autobiography there are 521 songs in his canon; that doesn't take into account the dozens of sessions he played proper stand-up bass on, countless times acting as producer. He worked for both Chess and Cobra labels (among others), and he had two of his own.

In a colourful life he started out singing gospel and was a useful boxer, winning a Golden Gloves title. When Led Zeppelin included his 1962 song for Muddy Waters called "You Need Love" into a track on their iconic second album, he sued, got an out of court settlement and the song writing credits amended on all subsequent versions of the Zep album. If that wasn't enough, the money was used to help set up the "Blues Heaven Foundation" charity (now administered by his family). It's probably better left to the listener to fire up a search engine to get more detail. Pretty sure the legal niceties are the reason the movie hasn't been commissioned (the plot is terrific).

His "Signifying Monkey" was a big sheet music seller before the Big Three cut a record of it and we went to his final solo album called "Hidden Charms" stuffed full of his own songs on silvertone. (The following project "Ginger Ale Afternoon" was a soundtrack).
We inadvertently chose a poor copy of Charles Clark's version of "Hidden Charms" - the fidelity probably through the radio may not have been great: sorry (sourcing old vinyl does that sometimes).

I was away from the bridge for just two weekends and look what happens: the blues died. Well it did if you read Uncut magazine. Patent nonsense easily rebuffed when you consider Mavis Staples had just done a terrific set from the stage of Glastonbury. I also have a handsome heap of brand new albums for airplay audition arrived while I was away. Classical music didn't die when Beethoven died.. Sure BB King was a gifted musician who continues to influence so many other players, his real loss is that of a humanitarian of grace, patience and understated wisdom. Celebrate what he did and what we have now. I struggle each week trimming my playlist into a two hour slot: the blues will be dead when I can't find enough good stuff (not while I have so much).

We paid tribute to Big Time Sarah and Wendell Holmes who died this month; Wendell's passing is particularly poignant given band-mate Popsy Dixon's recent death and the lovely cover feature in the newest Living Blues magazine. His version of "Beast of Burden" showed off a smoky voice and textured guitar and organ.

If you want to write off our music, you should probably note our next planned holiday is 15th November. Before then - Sunday in fact - I'm plotting more trivia, tomfoolery and good old-faashioned blues, be good to have you along. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

one bourbon one scotch one beerJohn Lee Hooker4-20chess bluesVarious Artistsmca[ 2 mins 50 secs ]John Lee Hooker
Iou BluesBobby 'Blue' Bland17Ace's Wild!Johnny AceFantastic Voyage[ 3 mins 12 secs ]Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Overworked and UnderpaidSelwyn Birchwood7Don't Call No AmbulanceSelwyn BirchwoodAlligator[ 4 mins 6 secs ]Selwyn Birchwood
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Beast of BurdenWendell Holmes7Paint It Blue : Songs Of The Rolling StonesVarious ArtistsRuf[ 4 mins 46 secs ]Wendell Holmes
Long Tall DaddyBig Time Sarah1Wild About That Thing - Ladies Sing The BluesVarious ArtistsDELMARK[ 4 mins 55 secs ]Big Time Sarah
Statesboro BluesGuy Davis13Juba DanceGuy Davis (Featuring Fabrizio Poggi)Dixiefrog[ 3 mins 56 secs ]Guy Davis
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Black Angel BluesRobert Nighthawk2Weak Brain Narrow MindWillie DixonORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 3 mins 3 secs ]willie dixon
Seventh SonWillie Mabon19The R&b Years 1955 Vol.2Various ArtistsBOULEVARD ENTERTAINMENT[ 2 mins 52 secs ]Willie dixon
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Young Fashioned WaysMuddy Waters8Messin' With The ManMuddy WatersEssential Music and Marketing Ltd[ 3 mins 0 secs ]willie dixon
Hidden CharmsCharles Clark With The Willie Dixon Band29Goin' Down To Eli's (The Cobra And Abco Rhythm And Blues Anthology 1956-1958)Various ArtistsWESTSIDE[ 0 mins 0 secs ]Willie Dixon
When the Lights Go OutJimmy Witherspoon3Weak Brain Narrow MindWillie DixonORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 2 mins 51 secs ]willie dixon
29 WaysWillie Dixon16Chicago Bound: Chess Blues, R&b And Rock 'N' RollVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage[ 2 mins 11 secs ]Willie Dixon
Shake for MeHowlin' Wolf24The Back Door ManHowlin' WolfEssential Music and Marketing Ltd[ 2 mins 13 secs ]willie dixon
forty fourHowlin' Wolf4The Back Door ManHowlin' WolfEssential Music and Marketing Ltd[ 2 mins 13 secs ]
Do Me RightLowell Fulson6Complete Chess RecordingsLowell FulsonMCA/CHESS[ 2 mins 30 secs ]willie dixon
You Know My LoveOtis Rush8Weak Brain Narrow MindWillie DixonORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 2 mins 40 secs ]willie dixon
Too Many CooksJesse Fortune10The Way I FeelVarious ArtistsFLYRIGHT[ 2 mins 55 secs ]willie dixon
Crazy Mixed Up WorldLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)21Blues With A FeelingLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)ROOTS[ 2 mins 20 secs ]willie dixon
Pretty ThingBo Diddley7Jungle MusicBo DiddleyORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 2 mins 0 secs ]willie dixon
Whatever I Am You Made MeKoko Taylor9Koko TaylorKoko TaylorMCA / CHESS[ 2 mins 40 secs ]willie dixon
Third DegreeEddie Boyd6Weak Brain Narrow MindWillie DixonORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 3 mins 15 secs ]willie dixon
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Mellow Down EasyLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)11Weak Brain Narrow MindWillie DixonORBIS BLUES COLLECTION[ 2 mins 41 secs ]willie dixon
Created: 29/06/2015 13:26:44

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