Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

1964: JB @ T.A.M.I.

August 8, 2014

1964: JB @ T.A.M.I.

There’s a new film portraying the life of entertainer James Brown. You youngsters need to see it, but after you’ve seen the 18 minute film (below) of Mr. Brown’s 1964 performance at the Teenage Awards Music International Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

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Bobby Womack, 1944 – 2014

June 28, 2014

Bobby Womack 1944 -- 2014

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Bobby Womack died yesterday.

 More:

“Soul poet Bobby Womack dead at 70,” Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune 

“The Unimpeachable Songs of Bobby Womack,” Ben Greenman, The New Yorker

“Bobby Womack, gospel-soaked baritone and the very last of the Soul Men,” Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian

“Bobby Womack, R&B singer with brave second act, dies at age 70,” Chris Talbott, AP via Detroit Free Press

“Bobby Womack, Royalty of the Soul Era, Dies at 70,” Paul Vitello, New York Times

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Happy Birthday, Marvin Gaye

April 2, 2014

Singer Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939. In his set at the the 1964 T.A.M.I Show (above) he performed four of his early hits: “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Pride and Joy,” “Can I Get a Witness,”and “Hitch Hike.” The dancers are goofy but the band, Jack Nitzsche‘s Wrecking Crew, includes Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell,  Glen Campbell, and Plas Johnson.

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Singing True

February 24, 2014

Ray Charles, interviewed by Joe Smith on June 3, 1987 during the writing of Off the RecordAnimation by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital).

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Ach du Lieber und Stoller!

January 24, 2014

Herr Marvin Gaye singt das Lied “Wie Schon Das Ist.” Wunderbar!

Okay, it’s a Holland-Dozier-Holland tune and not by Lieber and Stoller. And it’s in German. Motown stars recorded their hit tunes in other languages, for export.  Of course, so did The Beatles.

More:

“3 Motown Greats Who Recorded German Versions of Their Hits,” Arika Okrent, Mental Floss

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Winter Wonderland

January 2, 2014

For your storm-watching pleasure: “Winter Wonderland,” written by Felix Bernard with lyrics (unused here) by Richard B. Smith. Recorded by Booker T & the MGs in 1966.

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Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas

December 31, 2013

“Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas,” written by Carla Thomas, Steve Cropper, and Vincent Trauth. The title alludes to the hit record Ms. Thomas recorded when she was 16, “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes).”

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Happy Holiday

December 28, 2013

“Happy Holiday” by The Shells, from Brooklyn, NY. We don’t know who wrote this tune, but it sure wasn’t Irving Berlin.

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Christmas in Vietnam

December 26, 2013

“Christmas in Vietnam,” written by John Wilson and John Wessler, recorded by them as “Johnny &  Jon,” and released on Stan Lewis’s Jewel Records in 1966.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 25, 2013

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Ray Charles at Ettal Abbey in Bavaria in 1979.

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