Posts Tagged ‘Rhythm and Blues’

If You Need Me

November 16, 2019

“If You Need Me,” written by Wilson Pickett, Robert Bateman, and Sonny Sanders, recorded by Solomon Burke in 1963. Solomon Burke (vocal), Ernie Royal and Irving Markowitz (trumpet), Sam Taylor and Ben Smith (tenor sax), Haywood Henry (baritone sax), Artie Butler (piano), George Barnes and Bob Bushnell (guitars), Russ Saunders (bass), Bobby Donaldson,(drums) Phil Kraus (tambourine).  Don’t know who sang the backup vocals.

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Each Night I Cry

November 2, 2019

“Each Night I Cry,” written by Carolyn Franklin, recorded by Erma Franklin, 1962.

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Let the Good Times Roll

October 20, 2019

“Let the Good Times Roll,” written by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee and recorded by them as Shirley & Lee, 1956.

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Something’s Got a Hold on Me

October 19, 2019

“Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” written by Etta James, Leroy Kirkland and Pearl Woods, recorded by Ms. James, 1962.

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Gotta Get You Off My Mind

October 12, 2019

“Gotta Get You Off My Mind,” written by Solomon Burke, Delores Burke and Josephine Burke Moore, recorded by Van Morrison. Van Morrison (vocal, harmonica), Shana Morrison (backing vocals), Joey DeFrancesco (organ), Dan Wilson (guitar), Troy Roberts (bass), Michael Ode (drums).

Van Morrison website

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Jim Dandy

October 5, 2019

“Jim Dandy, written by Lincoln Chase, recorded by Lavern Baker, 1956. Tenor sax solo by Sam Taylor; backing vocals by The Cues.

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Bad Boy

September 15, 2019

“Bad Boy,” written and recorded by Larry Williams, 1959. Larry Williams (vocals, piano), Earl Palmer (drums), René Hall (guitar), Jewell Grant (baritone sax), Plas Johnson (tenor sax), and Ted Brinson (bass).

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Can’t Shake It

May 5, 2019

“Can’t Shake It,” written by Ed Townsend and interpreted by Elise LeGrow, 2017. Recorded by Etta James ca. 1964, but apparently unreleased.

Elise LeGrow website

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Maybe

March 16, 2019

“Maybe,” credited to Richard Barrett, recorded by the Chantels, 1958. The tune may have been written by lead singer Arlene Smith and arranged by Mr. Barrett, who played piano on the track. The singers were all students at St. Anthony of Padua High School in the Bronx.

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Alone On New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018

“Alone On New Year’s Eve,” written by Winfred “Blue” Lovett, who recorded it with his group, The Manhattans, in 1966. Get out your hankies.

Related:

“I promise: no one dies alone because they didn’t get a kiss on New Year’s Eve,” Jen Doll, The Guardian

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