Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2023

“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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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 30, 2022

“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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Happy Holiday

December 29, 2022

“Happy Holiday” by The Shells, from Brooklyn, NY. We don’t know who wrote this tune, but it sure wasn’t Irving Berlin.

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A Soulful Hanukkah In Brooklyn

December 18, 2022

Dust off your menorah tonight and fire it up. Brooklyn’s Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings cook the sizzling latkes out of Hanukkah, all 8 days of it, in this video by illustrator Rich Terrana.

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

June 11, 2022

“Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” written by Jesse Stone (as Charles F. Calhoun), recorded by Joe Turner and His Blues Kings, 1954. The orginal recording of this song. Joe Turner (vocal), Van Walls (piano), Wilbur DeParis (trumpet), Haywood Henry (baritone sax), Sam Taylor (tenor saxophone),  Mickey Baker (guitar), Connie Kay (drums). Writer Jesse Stone and producers Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler help shout the chorus.

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New Years Resolution

January 1, 2022

“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 31, 2021

“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 29, 2021

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

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Hey Santa Claus

December 28, 2021

“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 (payola). The sax soloist is Red Holloway.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 24, 2021

“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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