Friday, December 25, 2020

Yes! He’s sleeping . . . in heavenly peace

Peter Guralnick’s recommendation of this track in his 1986 book Sweet Soul Music captured my interest and I looked around from time to time for the 12" single but never came across it anywhere. Over the years I would give a half hearted try to find it, maybe see if it made it onto a CD or mp3 somewhere; then it was forgotten until a recent rereading of Sweet Soul Music got the case reopened and this time I found it. As Solomon sings, “Oh, glory hallelujah!” 

Recorded in midsummer in a little church in Macon, Georgia, this is what people in Hawai‘i might call “chicken skin music.” 

Solomon Burke • Silent Night • 1982

Label pic: Discogs

Monday, December 14, 2020

Boogie, boogie, children

Southern white kids pay homage to their blues heroes: Elmore James, Chuck Berry, and John Lee Hooker (and Frankie Lee Sims).

Rod Bernard • No Money Down • 1962

Margaret Lewis • Dust My Blues

John Fred & The Playboys • Boogie Children • 1964

Photo: Rod Bernard & The Twisters from Boppin’ by the Bayous - Drive-Ins & Baby Dolls