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Texas Flood Blues

May 30, 2015

Texas is prone to gully-washers and toad-stranglers, thunderstorms that turn washes and arroyos into rivers, and rivers into inland seas. Every couple of decades there’s a big one.

Larry Davis co-wrote and recorded the song “Texas Flood” in 1958, with Fenton Robinson on guitar. Texans Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan jammed on the tune in the CHCH-TV studio in Hamilton, Ontario on December 6, 1983 for the television series In Session.

Mr. Vaughn’s 1983 studio recording of this Blues is the most well-known, but Fenton Robinson’s 1974 version has a lot to offer.

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Luciano Pavarotti & James Brown

May 24, 2015

James Brown performed with Luciano Pavarotti on May 28, 2002 at a concert in the latter’s home town, Modena, Italy. The Godfather of Soul was 69 and Maestro Pavarotti was 67.

Each year from 1992 to 2003 the operatic tenor held “Pavarotti & Friends” concerts with guest performers from all musical genres to raise funds for people in need due to disaster or conflict, and this one benefited the people of war-torn Angola. Other guest performers included Andrea Bocelli, Grace Jones, Gino Paoli, Lou Reed, Sting, and Zucchero.

“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” was written by Betty Jean Newsome and originally recorded by Mr. Brown in 1966.

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The Thrill Is Gone

May 19, 2015

“The Thrill Is Gone,” written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell, recorded by Mr. Hawkins in 1951.  The record went to Number 6 on the R&B chart, and disc jockey Riley B. King played Hawkins’ record on WDIA Radio. Mr. King soon left broadcasting for a full-time career as a musician, performing as B.B. King.

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Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9

May 18, 2015

Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9
Next week rock guitarist and gun-happy NRA Board Member Ted Nugent will play a concert in Waco, a few blocks from the site of the biker gang gunfight that killed nine people and injured 18 on Sunday. Mr. Nugent lives nearby. The shootout started at the Twin Peaks Restaurant, where Thursday is Bike Night.

192 people were arrested and their bail set at $1 million each.  The biker gangs have allegedly sanctioned executions of Waco police.

More:

“Rocker Ted Nugent to play solo show at Waco Hippodrome,” Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune

“A former undercover agent explains what’s behind the Waco biker gang shootout,” Libby Nelson, Vox

“How the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs, Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Texas Lawmakers Talk About Expanding Gun Rights Day After Mass Shooting,” Ahiza Garcia, TPM Livewire

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B.B. King, 1925 — 2015

May 15, 2015

B.B. King, 1925 -- 2015

Influential singer and guitarist Riley B. King died yesterday at the age of 89. He popularized electric Blues guitar and the Urban Blues musical style, performing under the name he adopted as a disc-jockey on WDIA radio in Memphis, B.B. King.

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Johnny Gimble, 1926 — 2015

May 15, 2015

Johnny Gimble, 1926 -- 2015

Award-winning Western Swing fiddler Johnny Gimble died last week at the age of 88. For many years he played with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and was a first-call Nashville session musician. More recently he played and recorded with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel.

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La chanteuse Patachou est morte

May 12, 2015

Henriette Ragon, the French vocalist known as Patachou, died on April 30th at the age of 96. She was a noted singer in the post-war Chanson tradition. Her stage name derived from the name of the Montmartre cafe where she first sang after WWII, Chez Patachou, then owned by her first husband. “Patachou” is a contraction of pâte à choux, cream puff dough.

Above: Mme. Ragon sings Georges Brassens‘ “Brave Margot,” accompanied by Léo Clarens and his Orchestra.

More:

“Patachou, French Singer With a Habit of Snipping Neckties, Dies at 96,” Margalit Fox, New York Times

“La chanteuse Patachou est morte,” Le Figaro

Patachou biographie, RFI Musique

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Baltimore

May 11, 2015

“Nobody got in nobody’s way
So I guess you could say
It was a good day
At least a little better than the day in Baltimore”

— Prince

More:

“Prince Is Dropping a Song, Guitar Solo for Baltimore,” Asawin Suebsaeng, Daily Beast

“Prince takes the stage for ‘Rally 4 Peace’ show in Baltimore,” Lacey Johnson, Reuters
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The Well-Tempered Boomwhacker

May 7, 2015

“Prélude n°1 aux tubes musicaux (boomwhackers),” extrait du spectacle “Liaison Carbone,” une création de Denis Paumier (compagnie Les Objets Volants).

Yes, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major, BWV 846 from Das Wohltemperirte Clavier (1722)

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Ben E. King, 1938 — 2015

May 1, 2015

Ben E. King, 1938 -- 2015

Soulful vocalist Ben E. King (Ben Nelson) died Thursday at age 76. He sang with the Five Crowns and the Drifters before recording the solo hit records “Spanish Harlem” (1960) and “Stand By Me” (1961).

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