Posts Tagged ‘Rhythm and Blues’

Please Please Please

July 23, 2016

“Please Please Please,” written by James Brown and Johnny Terry, performed by Mr. Brown and The Famous Flames at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for the  Teenage Awards Music International (TAMI) Show in 1964. His 1956 recording of the song was an R&B hit, and it became the closing number at all his concerts, complete with cape.

More:

“Mr. Brown,” Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker

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Mack Rice, 1933 – 2016

July 1, 2016

Mack Rice, 1933 – 2016

Singer and songwriter Mack Rice died Monday. He was 82. He wrote and recorded “Mustang Sally” in 1965, but 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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Too Many Men

June 12, 2016

“Too Many Men,” recorded in 1953 by Ruth Brown with Taft Jordan (trumpet), Sam Taylor (tenor sax), Ernest “Pinky” Williams (baritone sax), Hank Jones (piano), Mickey Baker (guitar), Lloyd Trotman (bass), and Connie Kay (drums).

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What A Man

June 11, 2016

“What A Man,” written by Dave Crawford, performed by Linda Lyndell (Linda Rowland) in 1968. Another version was recorded in 1993 by En Vogue, with rapping by Salt-n-Pepa.

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Nothing Takes The Place Of You

May 29, 2016

” Nothing Takes The Place Of You,” written by Toussaint McCall, performed by Timi Yuro in 1979.

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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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