Tagged: rhythm and blues

Vol. 12


The Retreds-Black Mona Lisa
The Shooters-She’s All Right
Sara Lee-Jim Dandy
The Good Guys-Whoa Whoa
Dorothea Fleming-The Devil is Mad
The Ric-A-Shays-Turn On
The Butanes-Don’t Forget I Love You
Irma Thomas-Somebody Told You
The Famous Ward Singers-I’m So Glad
The Groupies-Primitive
The Jaye Sisters-Pitter Patter Boom Boom
Arthur Grisworld-Pretty Mama Blues
Irene & the Scotts-I’m Stuck On My Baby
Hank Davis-One Way Track
The Cadillacs-Holy Smoke Baby
Little Miss Janice-Scarred Knees
Billy & the Kids-Say You Love Me
Charles Clark-Hidden Charms
Duane Eddy-Stalkin’
James Brown & the Famous Flames-Good Good Lovin

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Vol. 10

Sister Lucille Barbee-Let the Church Roll On
Johnny Knight-Rock n’ Roll Guitars
Ric Cartey-Scratchin’ on My Screen
Harold Burrage-She Knocks Me Out
The Pleasure Seekers-What a Way to Die
The Coasters-I’m a Hog for You Baby
Phil Flowers-No Kissin’ at the Hop
Verna Rae Clay-I’ve Got it Bad
Ronnie Fuller-Do the Dive
The Tormentors-Didn’t it Rain
Little Walter-Mellow Down Easy
The Avantis-Wax ‘Em Down
Betty O’Brien-She’ll Be Gone
The Volumes-County Jail
The Pharaohs-Isle of Love
Lazy Lester-I’m a Lover, Not a Fighter
Sugar & the Spices-Boys Can Be Mean
The Dixie Nightingales-I Don’t Know
Guitar Slim-I Got Sumpin’ for You
Ricky Nelson-Milk Cow Blues
Barbara Dane-I’m On My Way

Vol. 9

The Snowmen-Ski Storm
Screamin’ Joe Neal-Rock n’ Roll Deacon
Otis Rush-Sit Down Baby
Helen Troy-I Think I Love You
Linda Glover-Counting Sheep Over You
The Pretty Things-Don’t Bring Me Down
Otis Smith-Sunday School Woman
The Titans-No Time
Earl Curry-One Whole Year Baby
The Fabulous Swingtones-You Know Baby
The Electrodes-Go Away
The Esquires-Come On Come On
The Orioles-Thank the Lord! Thank the Lord!
Bobby Hendricks-Itchy Twitchy Feeling
Roosevelt Nettles-Heartaches and Trouble
Thee Mighty Caesars-Young Man Afraid of His Horses
Kathy Zee-Buzzin’
Laurel Aitken-Judgment Day
Slim Harpo-I’ve Got Love If You Want It
Lee Moses-Bad Girl

Vol. 8

Young Jessie-Shuffle in the Gravel
The Rangers-Justine
The Storey Sisters-Bad Motorcycle
Al Casey-If I Told You Wouldn’t
Walter Vaughn-Down On My Knees
The Chantays-Move It
Jimmy “Playboy” Knight-Little Ann
Pat Clayton-I Said No
The Split Ends-Rich With Nothing
The Dixie Hummingbirds-Bedside of a Neighbor
Richard Wylie-Money
Roy Gaines-Worried ‘Bout You Baby
Jimmie Lee-Cry Over Me
The Liverbirds-Talking About You
Maurice & the Zodiacs-Come and Get It
The Supertones-Slippin’ and Sloppin’ (pt.1)
Freddy King-Now I’ve Got a Woman
Del Shannon-Move It On Over
The Charts-Zoop
Titus Turner-Walk on the Wild Side Twist
The Gun Club-Preachin’ Blues

Take // 2

(Take // 2 is a video feature of two artists on the latest Good Times! End Times! mix playing a different song from their catalog)

Lee Dorsey rides his pony hard into the night while putting that trite Gangnam fad out to pasture. Giddy up…

 

Marva Whitney’s version of “Tell Mama” is damn loud and clear,  so clean out those ears and don’t make her tell you twice.

Fever of the Week: Mickey & Sylvia // New Sounds

(Freshly Caught // Highly Contagious)

 

The simple ampersand brought together a myriad of guy-girl duos in the ’50s and ’60s. This once unassuming symbol soon became synonymous with two like-minded artists who hoped to mix the right dose of musical classiness with just enough sexual chemistry bubbling underneath. A simple Google search would yield hundreds of such results and yet, as always, there was an exception to this formula. That exception was: Mickey & Sylvia. They were not the mushy-married type such as Tarheel Slim & Little Ann, who went as far as to bill themselves as The Lovers originally. They didn’t present soap opera style singles like Shirley & Lee either. They weren’t even interested in Les Paul & Mary Ford’s ‘let’s-fake-it-till-we-break’ mentality. Nope, Mickey & Sylvia pretty much hated each other right from the start. And yet that didn’t stop them from bypassing all the other gender-mixed duos and turning themselves into the hottest ticket around, which is exactly what they did. Mickey ‘Guitar’ Baker was one of the finest and most intuitive session men around New York in the early ’50s, having already left his indelible fret marks on such songs as Ruth Brown’s “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”, Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and Big Maybelle’s “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On”…just to name a short few. If he never had met a young guitar student of his by the name of Sylvia Vanderpool, Mickey Baker would have still gone down in history as one of the all-time greatest guitarists.  But he did. And this Sylvia was no novice to the record industry either, as she had already begun making a name for herself with her sultry voice and songwriting prowess. Shortly after joining forces, Mickey & Sylvia inked a deal with Groove Records and quickly scorched the charts with their million seller ‘Love Is Strange’ in 1956 (which happened to be penned by Bo Diddley). Less than a year later they would jump onto a bigger label, Vik, and release their first LP titled New Sounds. Their call-and-response rhythm + blues was practically trademarked with this release, showcasing Mickey & Sylvia in absolute top form. Pulling and teeming like Pharaoh’s stubborn horses, Mickey & Sylvia charge full steam ahead, all the while knowing there was an inevitable watery grave awaiting them in the near future. Best enjoy it, cause it certainly wouldn’t last.