Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Margaret Lewis was somewhere around 20 when she made this demo of her composition “Reconsider Me” which later was a hit for both Narvel Felts and Johnny Adams.


Margaret Lewis • Reconsider Me • c. early 1960s



Monday, March 21, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

Thirty years after it was recorded and issued on 78 Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night—Cold Was The Ground” made its first appearance on microgroove via the Folkways LP Blind Willie Johnson and in the decades following, its reputation as one of the most powerful pieces of American recorded music has continued to grow. In 1964 it featured on the soundtrack to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film The Gospel According to St. Matthew alongside music from Odetta and the Missa Luba. The song was also launched into space on the Voyager Golden Record in 1977. In 2003 it was heard in Wim Wenders’ The Soul of a Man segment of The Blues documentary in a re-creation, by Chris Thomas King, of Blind Willie singing on the street.


Blind Willie Johnson



Friday, March 18, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Jimmy Rogers & His Rocking Four • Out on the Road • 1952


Jimmy Rogers, vocal/guitar; Henry Gray, piano; Bob Woodfork or Muddy Waters, guitar; Willie Dixon, bass; A. J. Gladney, drums. Chicago, 17 Aug 1952

Find it: The Complete Chess Recordings

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

They’re back, folks! Those fabulous girl groups that made 60s pop radio so much fun to listen to. 
Erm . . . wait . . . our our programmers have not included one tune that even vaguely qualifies as 
a girl group record. Guess you’ll just have to suffer through several weeks of really good perfor-mances by really good female singers from all over the really good world. Let’s get this fun fest started with Belô Velloso, Caetano Veloso’s and Maria Bethânia’s niece, and her 1997 take on “Send Me Some Lovin’.”


Belô Velloso • Send Me Some Lovin’ • 1997


Find it: Um Segundo

Saturday, March 05, 2016