Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

Give Me One More Chance

January 31, 2016

“Give Me One More Chance,” written by Doug Brown, performed by Wilmer & the Dukes. The lead singer is sax-playing Wilmer Alexander Jr. Doug Brown was the band’s guitarist. Great Western New York R&B show band of the Sixties, popular at area colleges and clubs.

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Hello Mr. New Year

January 1, 2016

“Hello Mr. New Year,” recorded in 1958 by the The Coolbreezers, of Washington ,DC: Joe Reuth, Richard Steward, Bob Armstrong, William Primrose, Earl J. Williams, Sonny Williams. Like many African American harmony groups, the ensemble originally sang Gospel music. The Coolbreezers recorded for Bale Records, a short-lived venture of long-time DC R&B empresaria Bea Williams, sister of two group members.

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New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2016

“New Year’s Resolution,” written by Randle Catron, Willa Dean “Deanie” Parker, and Mary Frierson; recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1968.

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Mistletoe & Me

December 29, 2015

“Mistletoe & Me,” written and performed by Isaac Hayes (1969).

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May Every Day Be Christmas

December 25, 2015

“May Ev’ry Day be Christmas,” sung by Irma Thomas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. An interesting blend of musical traditions, since Ms. Thomas is known for R&B, the PHJB is the foremost interpreter of the earlier Hot Jazz, and the song was written by Jump Blues practitioner Louis Jordan. Here’s the original 1951 recording by the composer and his Tympany Five, with Bill Davis on the Hammond B3 organ:

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Just a Lonely Christmas

December 25, 2015

“Just a Lonely Christmas,” written by Harvey Fuqua, recorded by the Moonglows in 1953.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 25, 2015

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Otis Redding in 1967. It was originally recorded in 1947 by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, featuring singer/pianist Charles Brown, and by many artists thereafter.

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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 22, 2015

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

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Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

December 22, 2015

“Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” written by Leon René,  recorded in 1948 by Mabel Scott. Patti Page recorded the tune as the original flip side of “Tennessee Waltz” two years later.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 21, 2015

“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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