Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

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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Christmas in Heaven

December 27, 2014

“Christmas In Heaven,” written by Billy Ward for the Dominoes, sung by James Brown. Don’t confuse this with the Monty Python tune of the same name.

On the Billy Ward & His Dominoes version, Jackie Wilson sings the lead:

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I Want to Come Home for Christmas

December 27, 2014

“I Want to Come Home for Christmas,” written by Forrest Hairston and Marvin Gaye, recorded and produced by Mr. Gaye in 1972. While there were other R&B Christmas songs about the Vietnam conflict, this may be the only one written from the POW point-of -view. The recording was not released until after Marvin Gaye’s death.

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