Category Archives: R&B
You don’t need any details of why this Man was called this. The music says it all.
Jackie was one of the most dynamic performers to watch and listen to. If that man couldn’t make you dance you were DEAD!
Written by George Gershwin – Music
DuBose Heyward – Lyrics
There was no other like Billy Stewart. This man blew this 1935 written song completely apart with his rendition in 1966. Talk about explosive, man a total understatement.
Written By Junior Walker, Harvey Fuqua and Willie Woods.
Originally Released in Sept. 1962 on the Harvey Label.
Junior Walker – Saxophone
Willie Woods – Guitar
Victor Thomas – Organ
James Graves – Drums
Re-Released on Tamla 1966
James Jamerson – Bass
Born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., Walker Smoked on Sax.
Cleo’s Mood is my favorite song from this group.
It’s a raw, seductive, sultry bump and grind number. A combination of Blues & Jazz.
I only wished the song could of gone longer like 30 Minutes. But I’ll take what I can get.
Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman.
Released in 1966 from the “You Got My Mind Messed Up” album.
Written by Ronald Davis
Released in 1963
Written by Jerry Goldstein & War
Released off the album songs title in 1971.
Written by Smokey Robinson
Released in 1963
Lead vocals by Paul Williams
Background vocals by Eddie Kendricks,
Al Bryant, and Otis Williams
Instrumentation: The Funk Brothers
How in the world this didn’t become the very first hit for ” The Temptations ” is beyond me.
Written by Van Morrison
Released in 1971 off his 5th album, Tupelo Honey.
Talk about some blue-eyed soul this mans sound epitomized it.
Born in Goodwill, Louisiana he wrote the song from having been raised and experienced those roots in the swamplands where he was born in 1943. Oak Grove, La. situated just west of the Mississippi River, it’s a land of cotton-fields, where polk salad grows wild and alligators lurk in moss-covered swamps.
And no better day then to highlight my favorite band. And the best version of the song in my opinion ever recorded.
This Version was Recorded in 1952 from his third session on Chess Records.
There are harp players and then there are HARP PLAYERS. You are listening to the Grand Master. And they didn’t get any better.
Released in 1959 on the Tamla Label.
Vernon Williams- added later
You are listening to the very first group ever signed to the ” MOTOWN ” Label in 1959. Yet Berry Gordy never ever gave this group any recognition what so ever. But that doesn’t surprise me.
If anybody can watch this video without tears flooding out of your eyes or by its end not completely breaking down when Levi hits that last high note. Then all I can say is you don’t have a heart beating within you.
From The Heart: The Four Tops – 50th Anniversary Concert (2004) Detroit, Michigan
Released in 1967 on the A2 Records Label/A² 402
Written by Carole King & Ray Davies
Steve Correl – lead guitar, vocals
Bill Figg – drums
Scott Morgan – guitar, vocals
Terry Trabandt – bass, vocals
All the younger people know is this was the song that Baby and Johnny seductively danced to in his room in Dirty Dancing.
The voice behind the recording us older folks knew all to well.
Solmon Burke had a life time of Music behind him, way too many to even count. His journey on this earth left us Sunday Oct. 10th.
Written by Fenton Robinson in 1967
Released in 1969 by Boz Scaggs