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Post War Blues, Soul & Rock. 1945 - 1975

Discussion in 'Radio' started by majormajor, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

    I hope I am not treading on any toes here.

    Threads in the Outerwear section have been morphing wildly off topic into music threads, so it was suggested that we decamp to here.

    I grew up in the 50's and 60's, and there were sure alot of folks wearing hats and overcoats in those days, and it is so long ago, now, that it will be historical in context to many FLers. So I hope this thread is seen as being in context with the forum.

    Anyhow, here's a guy who started singing in the late 50's and stopped quite abruptly 45 years ago this month, when he was killed, along with most of his backing band (although not the one you see here, which is essentially Booker T & the MGs), in a plane crash on a flight to Wisconsin. If you like this, please post YOUR faves here:D;)

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  2. [video=youtube;hdCACn5ry8M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdCACn5ry8M[/video]
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  4. I'm not able to view the embedded videos in these threads due to the age of my computer, so I'll just ask that people be careful not to post material that isn't in harmony with established Lounge standards. And please keep posts in line with material that has definite roots in the Era: no acid rock, no psychedelic rock, no hippy-dippy stuff, no punk, no heavy metal, no rap. If it gets too far afield from what I consider to be Era-relevance, I reserve the right to close the thread -- we're a bit stricter on Era-orientation in this part of the Lounge than in other parts.

    As you were, then.
  5. [video=youtube;MLsNUt3x6u0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLsNUt3x6u0[/video]
  6. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

    Good stuff, HD:D;)
  7. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

  8. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

  9. Good stuff,MM :cool::eusa_clap
  10. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

    Love the Chicken scratch by Slim Harpo

    I Saw Billy Boy Arnold Live last month in Oakland CA.
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  11. Rudie

    Rudie Call Me a Cab

    James Brown in his prime. What a live act!

  12. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

    Another brilliant voice...

  13. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

    An hour of blues from 1963

  14. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

  15. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

    ever been in a small club & have this happen
  16. Now you're talking. The post-war jump blues of the late 40s and early 50s is just fantastic! Some of my particular favorites are:

    Louis Jordan:


    Chuck Willis:


    And of course, the king of jump blues, Big Joe Turner:

  17. And here's a classic early soul number, Chuck Willis' 1952 recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy:

  18. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

  19. Peacoat

    Peacoat My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I see you are a Lois Jordan fan. He has always had excellent horn players in his group--probably because he was one. The mention of his name brings to mind a story (yes, there is always a story).

    Early one morning in NYC in 1952, he and his band were having breakfast at one of the early morning/all night establishments. There was a juke box in the restaurant. An instrumental came on, and the musicians were crowded around, listening intently, trying to figure out what type of instrument it was. The consensus was that it was a horn, but there was disagreement as to whether it was a reed instrument or not. No one had ever heard anything quite like it. They kept dropping nickels in the jukebox, playing it over and over. Other musicians wandered in (may have been Count Basie's horn players), and they too were stumped. No one figured it out that night, nor for many more nights to come.

    The sound was Little Walter's* amplified blues harmonica, and the song was Juke. Probably the first truly national hit using the fully amplified sound of blues harp. Walter had been playing with Muddy Waters for several years by that time, but a nationwide hit, showcasing the Chicago blues sound, was still in the future. Well, the future came early that morning in NYC.

    Although Juke initially has the feeling of spontaneity, several close listenings reveal the organization and well developed structure of the song. I could be wrong, but I think this version was the first take of the song. The label is Checker, which was a subsidiary of Chess Records (heavily featured in Cadillac Records), owned by Leonard and Phil Chess.

    It has been said that Honky Tonk, Part Two is the grandaddy of all instrumentals. Well that is true as far as it goes, but this the grandaddy of all harmonica instrumentals.

    Here is Little Walter's Juke:


    *Born Marion Walter Jacobs, May 1, 1930 in Marksville, LA, the greatest of the great blues harmonica players.
  20. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

    I'm with you there. PC. What a record! Was a big favourite in the Blues & Soul Clubs in England back in the 60's. A fave of mine ever since!

    Here's Walter, along with Hound Dog Taylor, on one of the European Blues Tour sessions:

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