Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

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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Percy Sledge, 1940 – 2015

April 20, 2015

When singer Percy Sledge died last week, everyone agreed he would be remembered for 2 minutes and 55 seconds of transcendent music, his 1966 recording of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Ian Crouch has an appreciation:

“Percy Sledge, Pop Miracle,” Ian Crouch, The New Yorker

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Don Covay, 1936 — 2015

February 6, 2015

Don Covay, 1936 -- 2015

Singer and songwriter Don Covay (Donald James Randolph) died last week at the age of 78. The best-known of his many compositions is “Chain of Fools,” a hit for Aretha Franklin.

Don Covay sang with his family’s Gospel quartet and The Rainbows in Washington DC before moving to New York and fronting Don Covay and the Goodtimers and recording as a solo artist. His song “Mercy Mercy” was later recorded by his British admirers the Rolling Stones.

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 31, 2014

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser, and became a hit R&B record for The Orioles two years later.

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New Years Resolution

December 31, 2014

“New Years Resolution,” written by Stax Records staffers Randle Catron, Willie Dean “Deanie” Parker Catron, and Mary Frierson, recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967.

Related:

Stax Museum website

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Mr. Santa’s Boogie

December 30, 2014

“Mr. Santa’s Boogie,” written by Lee Magid, recorded by The Marshalls (aka The Marshall Brothers) in 1951. There was really only one Marshall in the studio, lead vocalist Maithe Marshall, formerly of The Ravens. The background singers were Phil Shaw, Willis Sanders, and Raymond Johnson. Sax solo by George Kelly.

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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 30, 2014

“Xmas Done Got Funky,” by Jimmy Jules (Charley C. Julien) & Nuclear Soul System, with Jackie Spencer.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 29, 2014

“Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects,” written by Sharon Jones and Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth), performed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, released as the Daptone Records 2009 Christmas 45 (DAP-1048). The video was animated and directed by Ryan Louie.

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Dig That Crazy Santa Claus

December 28, 2014

“Dig That Crazy Santa Claus,” written by by Albert Johnston, Jr., Leon René, and Rafael René, recorded by Oscar McLollie & The Honeyjumpers in 1954. The Brian Setzer Orchestra recorded a version of the song in 2005.

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Hey Santa Claus

December 28, 2014

“Hey Santa Claus,” written by Harvey Fuqua and recorded in 1953 by his group, The Moonglows. Their manager, DJ Alan Freed, is given co-writer credit on the label, as was the practice. The sax soloist is Red Holloway.

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