Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2019

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

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Hello Mr. New Year

January 1, 2019

“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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Sweet Little Baby Boy

December 25, 2018

“Sweet Little Baby Boy,” written by James Brown and Nat Jones, recorded by James Brown & the Famous Flames, 1966. Angela Strehli recorded a version in 1983.

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Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto

December 24, 2018

“Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto,” written by Alfred Ellis, Hank Ballard, and James Brown. Performed by Mr. Brown and his ensemble.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 24, 2018

“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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I don’t know what you’ve got (but it’s got me)

November 18, 2018

“I don’t know what you’ve got (but it’s got me),” written by Don Covay, recorded by a soulful Little Richard, 1964. Little Richard (vocal, piano), Billy Preston (organ), Ronny Miller (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums). The guitarist was Jimi Hendrix, performing under the name Maurice James. Songwriter Covay provided harmony vocals.

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New Years Resolution

December 31, 2017

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

Related:

Stax Museum website

“Rudyard Kipling’s Little-Known Poem on New Year’s Resolutions,” Ellen C. Caldwell, JSTOR Daily

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 30, 2017

“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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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 27, 2017

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

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Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto

December 23, 2017

“Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto,” written by Alfred Ellis, Hank Ballard, and James Brown. Performed by Mr. Brown and his ensemble.

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