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Lee Dorsey’s better known work is without a doubt the material he released for the Amy label in the 60’s. Everybody knows his “Working In a Coalmine,” that much is for sure. I myself love his early 60’s “Ya Ya” and the 1965 single “Get Out Of My Life, Woman.” But that was all that sprang to mind when I heard his name — which is, I admit it, a crying shame.
Lee Dorsey was born in New Orleans on christmas eve 1924 but moved to Portland, Oregon as a child. Before meeting Allen Toussaint, who became his producer and had him signed to the Fury label, Lee had already served in the US Navy and, as Kid Chocolate, had established a successful career in boxing.
“Ya Ya,” his first recording, went straight to # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. As so often in music history, the label folded, and Lee, a golden disc in the pocket, returned to his mundane job as an auto mechanic.
When Allen Toussaint began to work with him again on the Amy label, Lee had a string of Hot 100 songs, including “Working In The Coal Mine” in 1966, his second top ten title.
Toussaint and Dorsey continued their collaboration and released two more albums. “Yes We Can” for the Polydor label in 1970 and “Night People” in 1978. These albums have been reissued on one disc by the Australian Raven label.
The backing band, by the way, on these albums was The Meters.
Lee Dorsey died at age 61 in 1986 in New Orleans.
From allmusic. com:
“Soul singer and pianist Calvin Scott started out as a partner of Clarence Carter before moving to record as a solo artist for Stax. Born in Tuskegee, AL, on January 6, 1938, Scott began playing the piano at age five, and first met Carter while attending a school for the blind in Talladega. Scott played several instruments in the school band, and formed a partnership with Carter. With the help of some older friends they’d impressed, the two got a record deal with Fairlane in 1961, but soon moved on to Duke. In 1965, recording under the name Clarence & Calvin, the duo cut several songs at the famed Muscle Shoals studios, one of which — the ballad “Step by Step” — was given a wider national release by Atlantic. The two assembled a small backing band and played regularly in Birmingham in 1966, but unfortunately, their partnership soon ended. Scott was seriously injured in a car accident after a gig one night, and wound up taking Carter to court for help paying his medical bills. Upon his recovery, Scott switched to the organ, formed his own band, and gigged around the South. He landed a solo deal with Atlantic, recording four songs over 1968-1969, and in 1971 he switched over to Stax. The following year, he recorded his first and only full-length album, I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See, with Clarence Paul (Stevie Wonder, etc.) producing and members of the Jazz Crusaders supplying studio backing. Discouraged by the lack of promotion for the attendant singles “Shame on the Family Name” and “A Sadness for Things,”Scott quit the music business and returned to Alabama, where he took a job with the state government and continued to perform on a local basis. Scott‘s son, Calvin Scott Jr., went on to become a smooth jazz saxophonist.”
Calvin and Clarence, “I Like It.”
Sunday, June 24, Barry Fowden will be on the air again with another great Vintage Soul Show. Take a look at his playlist, and you will get a first taste of the treats waiting thee for you.
Howdy everyone from Raggedy’s patio on another beautiful Saturday morning in Texas. Besides the noisy birds, Big O. keeps me company today, while hubby is out jogging.
Before I close my eyes now for 2 minutes and 53 seconds to soak up the sound of the heavenly horn section, I’ll turn up the volume, though … and here goes your ol’ Raggedy.
Oh, and by the way, this is how a saxophone is supposed to sound!
“Keep your Arms Around Me” is from Otis’s second LP,“The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads” (Volt, 1965.)
Friday is just right for the Funk. “Cat Walk” from the album Soul Sesame Street (Abbot, Original recording reissued) is a fine piece of music by The Village Soul Choir. The original album by the New York based quintet was released in 1970.
Albert Collins’ (see previous post) Texan style blues is today’s pick.
The track is from the “Complete Imperial Recordings,” Disc 2 which is an excellent compilation. So go and get it here!
00:00 Joe Perkins — Try Love
4:04 Rose Davis — Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
7:24 Robert Earl — Love Will Find A Way
9:44 Phil and Del — These Feelings
This title is probably better known sung by Wilson Pickett. Although I adore Wilson Pickett’s delivery, I thought I should post the version by John Edwards. He put the seventies into that song, so to speak.
Please check out my other posts on this artists.
The track is from the 1973 album “John Edwards.” It can also be found on this great comp.
A happy Father’s day to all dads who deserve to be called father. Cheers!
Enjoy and have a wonderful Sunday everyone!
Well, here’s the one and only, the incomparably wonderful, fantastic (lol) Wilson Pickett.
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For all the Fathers out there.
June 14, 1951 – June 14, 2006
After great pain a formal feeling comes–
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions–was it He that bore?
And yesterday–or centuries before?
The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.
This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow–
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.
This is one of the saddest songs ever. How desperate must you be to willingly believe a lie because you don’t want to lose someone?
I didn’t find much info about this artist. On the Soulful Kinda Music website I’ve read that he was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Until his death in 2004, he seemed to have lived under less than favorable circumstances.
Although he was without a doubt one of the great voices of Southern Soul and had several records to prove it, he never made it to the top. Reuben Bell also is credited as composer on many recordings, including some of Bobby Blue Bland’s and Geater Davis’.
Today’s pick was first released on the Alarm label in 1975 as the flip side to “I’ll Be Your Woman.” “Asking For The Truth” was written by Reuben Bell and Jerry Strickland. having listened to the so-called “A-side” of the 45, I honestly wonder whether Reuben Bell was sabotaged. That track was lame at its best.
Get the album here.
Marc already mentioned that the song can be found on the group’s “Greatest Hits” album. Originally, “Pool Of Love” was on Stay, simultaneously released by Mercury, Polygram Records (Australasia), and Polydor (U.S.) in 1981.
I just heard this cover of the Bonnie Raitt song this morning, and I thought I should share it with you. I never thought it possible that anyone but Bonnie could sing “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It is one of those titles that no one should ever even try to touch. To me it was another “My Girl” that simply couldn’t be made more immortal than it already was with David Ruffin’s voice — if you know what I mean.
So, here your old Raggedy by chance comes across the cover version by Tank. And my ears pricked up the second I heard this voice. I don’t know who’s on the electric piano, but it doesn’t sound as if it were Bruce Hornsby … The electric piano’s softer sound is the only thing I liked better in the original.
Of course, I listened to Bon Iver’s and Adele’s covers. They are not bad, and Bon Iver’s being the one I liked better — but the one that has the power to touch something inside me is this one:
By the way, the voice reminds me of Lemar’s …
– who sang: I Took A Dip In The Pool of Love?
– the title and artist of this song: listen
You definitely should get this compilation. Even if you don’t like my pick of the day, this compilation bears witness to the most fertile era ever in Soul music, the 60’s and 70’s. There’s the crisp Northern Soul flavor (‘You Don’t Know, You Just Don’t Know”) on the same platter with that sweet sweet taste of Deep Soul (“Cryin’ For My Baby.”) And then there is the gem I’m posting today. It will make every Woodstock veteran’s heart beat faster … The flip side of “Hangin’ On In There,” “Soul Flow” was released in 1971 on the Happy Tiger label.
Also on the comp. “It’s My Baby” and “Only Your Love”
I told you: “Get this compilation!”
[-]by Steve Huey
And the party goes on … It’s Lovers Friday with a lot of Lovers Rock. So, let’s take it easy with lots of ice cold drinks and some rocking Reggae …
Moonlight Groover — Winston Wright
My Whole World — Beres Hammond
Teenager In Love — Bob Marley
All My Loving — Prince Buster
What Does It Take — Alton Ellis
Spanish Lace — Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
You Make Me Feel Brnad New — Boris Gardiner
My Precious Love — Desmond Dekker
Dreams To Remember — Toots and The Maytals
To Love Somebody — Busty Brown
Guava Jelly — Johnny Nash
Love At First Sight — Brentford Rd. All Stars
Whine And Grine — Prince Buster
Prisoner of Love — Prisoner of Love
Neither the muffled sound nor the annoying ad can destroy the magic of this clip.
“Baby, I’m Sorry” is one of the Manhattans’ hopelessly under-appreciated early recordings. To me, it sounds as though their signature 70’s sound is just around the corner somewhere. The trademark background harmonizing and the understated pleading lead vocals are already there …
George Smith is singing lead, and he does a wonderful job. For a detailed bio of the artist, please go here.
I’m in a Ska mood today. So, let’s hear some Laurel Aitken.
Something’s Gotta Be Wrong (Superstar, CD 2005, Liquidator)
Take Off My Pyjamas (Godfather of Ska, Grover, 2000)
Woman Is Sweeter (Raggedy says: Yessssssss!) (Godfather of Ska)
R.I.P Herb Reed
.. and a favorite of mine
For a great article about Herb Reed, please go here.
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1. Right On – Syl Johnson – Twinight
2. Funky Driver On A Funky Bus – Charles Leonard – Loadstone
3. Make It Good To Yourself – James Brown – Polydor
4. Evil Vibrations – Mighty Riders – Sun Glo Records
5. Put The Music Where Your Mouth Is – Olympic Runners – London
6. (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop – The Fatback Band – Event
7. You’re The One – Little Sister – Stone Flower
8. Zero Point (Pt. 1 & 2) – Kashmere Stage Band – Now Again
9. World Spin – A Taste Of Honey – Capitol
10. I Love Music – O’Jays – Philadelphia International
Now personally I’m not usually a Summer person, but…………….
anything that let the ladies dress like this I can tolerate.
On a side note, a big Happy Birthday to Mrs. Raggedy. I hope you enjoy your day.
Rockie Robins — For The Sake of A Memory
Seems Like The Love We Had Is Dead And Gone — Skip Mahoney & The Casuals
Fool Of The Year — Tavares
Bishop & The Wallace Bros. — Sad Man
Glen Miller — For The Good Times
The Temptation with an unforgettable voice left us way too early. He is dearly loved by his fans.
May his soul rest in peace.
A brand-new summer, the same old pool, and, of course, great hand picked classic Soul and Reggae music to move to. Everyone is invited. Let’s have fun again …
James Brown — Shout and Shimmy
Aretha Franklin — Think
Cornelius Bros. and Sister Rose – Treat Her Like A Lady
Ivory Joe Hunter — Don’t You Believe Him
Val Martinez — Someone’s Gonna Cry
The Contours feat. Dennis Edwards — I’ll Turn To Stone
Harold Burrage — Betty Jean
The Kingstonians feat. Jackie Bernard — Mix It Up
Toots and The Maytals — Doctor Lester (African Doctor)
UB40 — Here I Am, Baby
The Temptations — Since I Lost My Baby
Johnny Adams — Stand By Me
LaBelle — What Can I Do For You
George Jackson — I Found What I Wanted
Roscoe Gordon was born 1928 in Memphis and would become one of the legendary Beale Street Blues men. He created the beat that became known as the Rosco Rhythm which is referred to as the foundation of Jamican Bluebeat and Reggae.
His early recordings were for Sun Records. He later signed with Chess, VeeJay and RPM records.
Rosco Gordon died of a heart attack in 2002 shortly after filming a documentary about Blues musicians who returned to Memphis t pay tribute to Sam Phillips.
George Jackson was born 1936 in Mississippi. He began recording in 1963 for Ike Turner’s Prann label, but “No One Wants To Ch-Cha With Me”only made enough waves to get him signed with STAX Records.
Although he has a very expressive, soulful voice and the material to match it perfectly, he was never achieved the success he should have had. He sang with the Ovations for whom he wrote their hit “It’s So Wonderful To Be In Love.” And as a song writer, George Jackson would remain most successful for the rest of his career.
He later recorded for various labels under pseudonyms, but the big success as a singer kept eluding him. He was quite successful though as a writer and producer, writing for such greats in southern soul as Clarence Carter and Candi Staton. During the 70’s he recorded for Verve, MGM, and HI Records. And in the 80’s he was a producer and writer for Malaco. According to an article on Soul Cellar, “George’s successful compositions for the label included the huge seller for the late Z.Z.Hill, ‘Down Home Blues’, which he originally wrote some 10 years earlier.With the likes of Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Latmore and Denise Lasalle all recording for Malaco, Jackson’s brand of southern soul songwriting had plenty of scope.”
For a detailed discography, please visit Sir Shambling’s.
Today’s pick is from the “Don’t Count Me Out” compilation (KENT, 2011)
Does this song sound a bit like a Chi Lites title? Nevertheless, it is a gem of a composition. Written by Ronald Sinclair, Thomas Williams, and Tony Boyd — no Eugene Record involved.
Anacostia started out as The Presidents, best known for their “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love).” Produced by Van McCoy, the song reached #11 on the Pop charts. After a handful other releases that were not as successful, they changed their name to Anacostia after a housing development in D.C.
Anacostia released two self- titled albums. The first one in 1977 for MCA and the second one for Tabu Canada and USA. “I Can’t Stop Loving Her” is from their debut album.
Sunday, May 27, Barry Fowden will be on the air again with another great Vintage Soul Show. Take a look at his playlist, and you will get a first taste of the treats waiting thee for you.
“Think well of us, oh land for which we fell …”
(from a British war poem.)
Three weeks gone and the combatants gone
returning over the nightmare ground
we found the place again, and found
the soldier sprawling in the sun.
The frowning barrel of his gun
overshadowing. As we came on
that day, he hit my tank with one
like the entry of a demon.
Look. Here in the gunpit spoil
the dishonoured picture of his girl
who has put: Steffi. Vergissmeinnicht
in a copybook gothic script.
We see him almost with content,
abased, and seeming to have paid
and mocked at by his own equipment
that’s hard and good when he’s decayed.
But she would weep to see today
how on his skin the swart flies move;
the dust upon the paper eye
and the burst stomach like a cave.
For here the lover and killer are mingled
who had one body and one heart.
And death who had the soldier singled
has done the lover mortal hurt
WARNING: EXTREMELY DISTURBING IMAGES!
Roy “C” Hammond is best known for his classic “Shotgun Wedding.” I just laugh every time I hear that song … And although the video seems not to relate to the song or issue of being in a hurry to get married, I was wondering how many of these happily dancing young people may have had a shotgun wedding …
Today’s pick is … not going to happen after I have visited the artist’s website.
I said it before, I know. But I’ll say it again, Gladys Knight is my favorite lady in the world of soul. She’s got the voice, the looks, the charm, the class … In short, she comes closest to being perfect. In addition, with The Pips harmonizing in the background, she has one of the best groups supporting her.
Listen to them on this track! They deserve attention in their own right.
The song is on the Essential Collection
Willie Nix, born 1922 in Memphis, TN, started tap dancing as a child and in the 40’s worked as both dancer and comedian in a number of variety shows. He recorded for Memphis and Chicago labels (RPM, Sun, Chess and Chance) but never saw the success he definitely deserved.
Willie Nix played with such Blues greats as B. B. King, Joe Hill, Elmore Morris and Sonny Boy Williamson. He played the drums and guitar.
His trademark driving beat tunes and witty lyrics can be found on numerous compilation albums.
Trucking Little Woman
Here’s the proof: You’re never too old to fall in love. I just fell in love with this song. The strings just did it … “Standing On The Outside” is one of these songs that want me to spread my imaginary wings and just fly.
I have to admit, though, that the artist’s name didn’t sound familiar. But, thank goodness, I found an informative article about him here. The article ends with the sad conclusion that, “he seems to have just vanished into thin air. And that’s all I can tell you about the late Lee Charles Nealy. His legacy comprises twelve solo releases, all worthy of a place in your collection, a couple of mystery 45‟s that probably don‟t exist (there always are!), and a host of co-writer credits.”
Thank God for all the vinyl junkies who dig out such gems as Lee Charles’ songs and share their treasures with us.
Here’s a song he recorded for the Brunswick label, “Wrong Number.” It took me a while to find out whose voice it reminds me of: Al Wilson’s? Right?
Standing On The Outside
Up to now, I didn’t know of any other version of the Dells song “The Love We Had Stays On My Mind.” Then I came across a version by one mysterious Freddie Henry. He’s released an album, “Get It Out In The Open” for Clouds Records in 1979. And that’s about all I know about this artist.
Here’s another one of Freddy Henry’s cover versions of a well-known song. The original is by the great Otis Clay.
And finally, the original Dells version of “The Love We Had Stays On My Mind.” (Just in case there’s someone out there who hasn’t heard it yet.)
Now listen to Freddy Henry’s cover.
Most of us probably have asked themselves this question at one point in their lives. And it is exactly this type of question that makes us aware of the significance of two very short, very simple words: yes and no. I couldn’t agree more with the 17th century Spanish Jesuit Balthasar Gracian who said that “No and Yes are words quickly said,” and that “they need a great amount of thought before you utter them.”
Back to the music, though. Calvin Leavy’s is a sad story. He was born in 1940 in Arkansas as the youngest of 15 children. He was off to a good start, first locally with his band The Leavy Brothers and later even nationally. His most famous song is “Cummins Prison Farm” whose lyrics draw from one of the Leavy Brother’s prison experience. The song, clearly a Blues tune, reached the R&B charts in 1970.
“Is It Worth All That I’m Going Through” was recorded in the late 70’s with his new group The Professionals. It is more of a Deep Soul than a Blues tune. You find his riveting electric Blues titles on two compilations. “The Best of Calvin Leavy ,”(TAM, 2000) and “Cummins Prison Farm,” (P-Vine 2003).
Unfortunately, Calvin Leavy was arrested in a drug related offence and sentenced to a life behind bars. He died in 2010 only 18 months before being eligible for parole. May his soul rest in peace. He truly left a legacy of wonderful Blues and Soul music behind.
Have a happy Sunday — Reggae Sunday that is — everybody. I hope I will be able to post regularly again. It’s been quite busy around here, but as it looks now, things are back to normal.
So here we go!
John Holt — Ali Baba
Bob Marley & The Wailers — Keep On Moving
Eric “Monty” Morris — Jenny
The Gladiators — Big Boo Boo Day
Roscoe Robinson’s tenor voice is at home in many genres. He sang with the finest of Gospel groups, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama as well as The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. He has the know-how that keeps a Deep Soul ballad from becoming a schmaltzy tune. And he knew how to put the right amount of urgency into a Soul piece like “I’m Burning and Yearning For You.” In a nutshell, Roscoe Robinson has talent galore.
Roscoe Robinson was born 1928 in Arkansas. In the late 30’s his family moved to Indiana where, now in his early teens, he began singing with several Gospel groups. He started recording in 1951.
After switching to secular music in the 60’s, he had his first major hit, “That’s Enough,” for Wand in 1966. Before that happened, however, he was trying to make it through a dry spell by founding his own record label named after his wife, Gerri. (You’ll find the story here.)
In the 80’s he returned to his Gospel roots and recorded several albums.
His early recordings spanning from 1965 – 1965 are available on the fantastic collection “Why Must It End.” It was released in 2009 by Soulscape.
Today’s pick is the flip side of “That’s Enough,” the song he first recorded for his own Gerri label in 1965 but only became a hit after being released by Wand a year later.
I wish I never had to light another candle again. Unfortunately, however, every life has to come to an end.
Donna Summer, the most beautiful, sexy singer of the disco era has passed away May 17th.
R.I.P Donna Summer.
It is such a shame! I heard only a few days ago of his passing. A German Blues fan keeps me informed about such things. Louisiana Red died Feb. 25, 2012, at age 79 at a hospital in Hannover, Germany. He lived there since 1981 with his wife Dora.
With him, another through and through traditional and genuine blues man is gone.
RIP Louisiana Red
Unfortunately, Sidney Joe Qualls sounds too much like his idol, which in my opinion, might have contributed to his lack of success. Honestly, who appreciates a copy of the original as long as the original is still available?
Here’s a track on which Sidney Joe Qualls sounds like himself.