Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

Expressway to Your Heart

August 28, 2016

“Expressway to Your Heart”, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, recorded by the Soul Survivors in 1967. It was the first hit for Gamble & Huff and the only real hit for the Soul Survivors.

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Aw Shucks Baby

August 28, 2016

“Aw Shucks Baby,” recorded in 1957 by Tiny Topsy & The Five Chances. Tiny Topsy was Otha Lee Moore, the Five Chances were The Charms. Tenor sax: Ray Felder.

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The Answer To My Prayer

August 27, 2016

“You’re The Answer To My Prayer,” by  Varetta Dillard & The Roamers, recorded in 1955. Accompanists included Mickey Baker (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Ernie Hayes (piano), Jerome Richardson and Sam Taylor (tenor sax), Budd Johnson (baritone sax), and Dave Bailey (drums).

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Take Me To the River

August 20, 2016

“Take Me To the River,” written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges, performed by Turkuaz at the Brooklyn Bowl in 2015.

Video by Human Being Media.

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Just a Little Bit

August 7, 2016

“Just a Little Bit,” written and recorded by Rosco Gordon in 1959. The song is now a Blues and R&B standard, and has been recorded by many artists (we like the version by Magic Sam).

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Summer

July 31, 2016

“Summer” by War, released as a single in 1976.

Ridin’ ’round town with all the windows down
Eight track playin’ all your fav’rite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians tryin’ to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here

War website

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Please Please Please

July 23, 2016

“Please Please Please,” written by James Brown and Johnny Terry, performed by Mr. Brown and The Famous Flames at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for the  Teenage Awards Music International (TAMI) Show in 1964. His 1956 recording of the song was an R&B hit, and it became the closing number at all his concerts, complete with cape.

More:

“Mr. Brown,” Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker

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Love Don’t Love Nobody

July 23, 2016

“Love Don’t Love Nobody,” written by Roy Brown, recorded by Roy Brown and His Mighty-Mighty Men in 1950. Not to be confused with the tune of the same name by the Spinners.

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Each Step I Take

June 26, 2016

“Each Step I Take,” written by Steve Cropper and Willa Dean “Deanie” Parker, recorded by Ms. Parker in 1963.

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You Won’t Do Right

June 18, 2016

“You Won’t Do Right,” written by Bobby Marchan and Steve Cropper, sung by Mr. Marchan.

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