Back in the late sixties and early seventies, a band from Los Angeles called Pacific Gas & Electric made some fame with their rock driven blues and soul dripping vocals. Led by singer Charlie Allen the band recorded several albums and recorded their biggest hit “Are You Ready?”. Worth listening is the live album Live ‘N Kicking at Lexington which features the guitar shredding hit “32-30 Blues”.
Hailin’ from Madrid, Spain Freedonia is a high flying soul, funk and rhythm and blues band. Freedonia released a new double album called Shenobi this year. It is the follow-up of their debut album Dignity and Freedom. Listen here the full album!
Betty Harris made fame in the sixties with her uptempo Soul. Back in the day, she had three big hits with: “Cry to Me” (1963), “His Kiss” (1964) and “Nearer to You” (1967). Although her song “12 Red Roses” didn’t reach as high as other songs, this is really a cool story built on a grooving beat about love and life.
She makes you think back to the days of the Doo Wop singers era and the nostalgic sound of the sixties, The Drifters meet the sixties music scene in a pessimistic soulful duet. With her band, she creates a unique stage presence, always beautiful dresses and melodious soundscape in a dreamy theatre. Prom Queen is definitely a unique voice in today’s music scene.
They had a huge hit with “Stay” Just a little bit longer, but Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs recorded several cool soul songs during the 50s and 60s. The last few days a listened to a uptempo song called “Being Without You”.
Performing under different names
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performed under several names. Back in the day a whole lot of musicians did it. I alway guess the reason behind it. Williams and the Zodiacs started as the (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to the Gladiolas in 1957 and the Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on the Zodiacs in 1959.
Hit single “Being Without You”
“Being Without You” was recorded on a vinyl 7″ single in the US in June 1966. The up-tempo rhythms, swinging horns, and tight lyrics make songs enjoyable for many hours. I also like the fact “Being Without You” is completely different than “stay” which is remarkable for the slow but intense rhythm and vocals.