Posts Tagged ‘Rhythm and Blues’

Got You On My Mind

May 28, 2016

“Got You On My Mind,” written by Howard Biggs and Joe Thomas, recorded by Varetta Dillard, with King Curtis (tenor sax), Haywood Henry (baritone sax), George Berg (bass sax), George Rhodes (piano) Mickey Baker (guitar), Lloyd Trotman (bass) Panama Francis (drums) and the Four Students (backing vocals). Leroy Kirkland was the arranger.
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Mustang Sally

April 30, 2016

“Mustang Sally,” written and performed by Mack Rice (Bonny Mack Rice) in 1965. It was a bigger hit the following year for his former bandmate Wilson Pickett, and it’s still a Rock & Roll standard.

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Tell Him

April 17, 2016

“Tell Him,” written by Carlton Black, performed by Patti Drew. That’s Mr. Black pretending he can sing bass between her phrases. Nice production, otherwise.

More:

“Patti Drew,” Ed Hogan, AllMusic.com

“Now. . .’Everybody Knows’ Patto Drew … in ‘The Butler,'” Dino Robinson, Shortfront Journal

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Piece of My Heart

April 16, 2016

“Piece of My Heart,” written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. Big Brother and the Holding Company had bigger hit with the song the following year, but Ms. Franklin (like her younger sister Aretha) sings with better phrasing and dynamics.

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No Tears

April 16, 2016

“No Tears,” by the Tonettes. Recorded for Volt in 1962. Several members also recorded as the Dixie Belles and the Charmels. Not to be confused with the Jamaican Ska group of the same name.

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Motor Head Baby

April 9, 2016

“Motor Head Baby,” written by John Watson and Mario Delagarde, recorded in 1953 by “Young John Watson,” later known as “Johnny Guitar Watson.”

“I said motor, motorhead baby
She wanna ride all night long
If you don’t have transportation
Yeah, she treats you wrong.”

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But It’s Alright

March 27, 2016

“But It’s Alright,” performed by J.J. Jackson, who co-wrote the song and arranged it. Originally recorded in 1966, it remained a hit for the rest of the decade, a dance floor favorite.

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Drown In My Own Tears

February 26, 2016

“Drown In My Own Tears,” written by Henry Glover, performed by Ray Charles in 1956. Mr. Glover was an executive at King records, where Lula Reed originally recorded the song in 1951, but this is the version the world knows. Rightly so.

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Make Me Yours

February 14, 2016

“Make Me Yours,” performed by Bettye Swann in 1967.

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Are You Lonely for Me Baby?

February 14, 2016

“Are You Lonely for Me Baby,” written by Bert Berns, performed by Freddie Scott. The 1966 recording went to Number 1 on the R&B charts, and the song has been recording by many artists since, including  Hank Ballard, Al Green, Chuck Jackson and Otis Redding and Carla Thomas.

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