December 31, 2011
November 25, 2011
I've never been able to find more information on Connie Christmas. May be a pseudonym or not. If anyone knows let me know. Still, a rockin' mid-tempo mover.
November 7, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 13, 2011
September 24, 2011
Loleatta Holloway 1946 ~ 2011
Loleatta Holloway will probably be remembered as one of the top "disco divas" of 70s soul/disco. Certainly deserved, but like many early soul singers she started out singing gospel.
Outside of a few records she recorded with the gospel group 'The Caravans', this 1971 Galaxy 45 is her first straightforward, secular, "soul" record.
Originally on the Apache label, Galaxy records put it out and distributed it the same year.
The flip "A" side is the Curtis Mayfield penned 'Rainbow 71'
I've always had an interest in San Francisco soul labels, especially the early incarnation of the Galaxy label.
Started by Max & Sol Weiss, the Galaxy record label was started in 1951 as a subsidiary of Fantasy records both of which they founded.
Galaxy records was located on Natoma Street in San Francisco from 1951 to 1967.
In 1967 it relocated across the bay to 30th Street in Oakland, before moving again to 10th street in Berkeley in 1971.
Loleatta really sings it out here, belting out some fast moving singing which begins to sound like shouting towards the end!
August 18, 2011
Vocalist Pancho Villa I believe is aka Charles Miller or Charles Winfield?
Just don't know for sure. Sloppy soul with some well written lyrics...
"Whip It - Whip It - Whip It, Come On And Sip It"
a-AH! Yeah-Ha! Ah
June 22, 2011
June 17, 2011
"another one... going places..."
Unfortunately Gino Park's records didn't really go anywhere. Though the dozen or so sides he did record, including a few on the 'Fortune' label, now stand out as a large part of the early Motown sound.
Which says a lot considering Tamla-Motown helped to invent and define much of the sound of what we now call "soul music".
The flip side of this 45 is 'Same Thing'.
May 10, 2011
Pianist, vocalist, songwriter, Jimmy McCracklin started recording around 1945, releasing about 75 singles from the early 50s to about 1970.
I like the fact that his records/recordings are elite in the sense that they crisscross musically from R&B to Blues to Soul so easily, but still remain pure in their sound.
At 90, he is now primarily a blues performer and is still recording and performing.
April 2, 2011
March 17, 2011
Punk Rock does Heavy Metal.
Down the cluttered steps of my yesterhood...punk rock and a LP track no less.
Musical genres are quite parallel for me most of the time. Though my graduation from rock, to punk, to R&B and soul seems natural, been digging and playing a few of my neglected LPs lately.
Had forgotten how much I love this record.
Love the Dickies, especially their many covers.
February 12, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 19, 2011
Maestro alto sax player, singer/songwriter, and later actor, Louis Jordan started playing clarinet at the age of thirteen. Arguably, he was one of the first composers to invent the "Jump Blues" sound and segue R&B music into Rock & Roll.
'Cho Cho Ch'Boogie' was one of his biggest hits, selling over a million copies in 1946.
Quite amazing in fact, this record was just one of 56 top ten hits he sold from 1942 to 1951.
Considering the 45 rpm record format didn't exist until 1949, all of Louis Jordan & the Tympany Fives' recordings initially were pressed on 78 rpm records only.
So originally on a Decca label 78 rpm, this same 1946 recording of "Cho Cho Ch'Boogie" was repressed years later on 45 rpm.
Most all of Louis Jordan's records tell a story. Listening to Louis Jordan always makes me happy. I really love all his early recordings. So many to choose from...This, more or less, is a "classic."