Parking Lot Symphony features 10 new original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint’s“Here Come The Girls” and The Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use” and was released las month. Trombone Short released “Here Come The Girls” recently and is a real hit. This song could be featured on all radio stations because of the approachable beats, soulful vocals, and the New Orleans style arrangement.
It was on Dr. Johns Gumbo, the Dr. John album where he ‘honored’ the great artists and music of New Orleans when I first heard the music Huey “Piano” Smith. Dr. John recorded a medley of Huey’s songs. One song that was not part of Dr. John mix is “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”.
Ace Records 1957 release by Huey “Piano” Smith
Ace Records was the biggest independent label in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s containing a roster of Mississippi blues artists and Louisiana musicians like Huey “Piano” Smith. Alongside label owner Johnny Vincent, Huey Smith wrote the “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” in 1957 and scored a minor hit, nr 52 in the billboard Chart.
The song gained a whole lot of attention in 1972 when Johnny Rivers scored and international hit with it and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1973.
Johnny Rivers – 1972 version “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”
“My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up – not to be escapist but to take you out of misery.”
ALBUMS | Allen Toussaint: 3 Albums you should listen
Last week the legendary producer, songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint passed away. Following a concert at the Teatro Lara on Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo in Spain, he suffered a heart attack at his hotel and was pronounced dead on his arrival at hospital.
Allen Toussaint wrote songs for musicians like Jessie Hill, Ernie K Doe, Soloman Burke, Dr John and The Meters. Allthough he wrote songs for a whole lot of musicians, Allen Toussaint recorded also some very good solo albums.
Allen Toussaint – 1975 -Southern Nights
In this article I’ll show you three of my favorite Allen Toussaint albums. Starting off with Allen’s Southern Nights which was released in 1975 and consists some great soulful songs. This album has been called Toussaint’s signature album. Southern Nights really has the boogie, and bassplayers will like the album very much. According to wiki ” Southern Nights” was Toussaint’s tribute to evenings spent with his Creole family on a porch in the song-writer’s native Louisiana.”
Allen Toussaint – Last Train
A cool example of that boogie is “Last Train” a song with like you would expect a nice groove, the bassline is funky and the vocals are smooth and soulful.
Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2009)
The Bright Mississippi is an album with a whole lot of different sound. The funk and soul is replaced for New Orleans Blues and Jazz
According to Wiki: “The album title is taken from the 1963 Thelonious Monk song of the same name and features a new version of the song. The album is a unique juxtaposition of modern and traditional jazz tunes with stylistic cues drawn from both worlds”.
Some great tunes on this record are “St. James Infirmary”, “Egyptian Fantasy” and “Blue Drag”. The trumpet and piano really connect on this album which is ideal to come back to earth after a wild night.
Allen Toussaint – The wild sound of New Orleans
Allen Toussaint’s debut album concist a crazy mix of New Orleans part music inspired on Rhythm and Blues. WhirlAway is by far my favorite song on this album, mostly becvause of the speed the catchy piano tune and the train-esque saxophone.
Johnny Adams from New Orleans was already a well known musician when he released the album Heart and Soul in 1969. Born and raised in the Cresent Ciy Adams was part of a group musicians which absorbed the local music heritage. “Georgia Morning Dew”, is a wonderful song which contains Gospel, Soul and Blues influences.
Group of Gospel, Blues and Soul Musicians in New Orleans
During the Sixtees Johnny Adams work alongside Dorothee Labostrie who you might know for co-writing Little Richards ” Tutti Frutti”. Dorothee ask Johnny to Sing some lines on a song he had just written “I Won’t Cry” produced by a 19-year-old Mac Rebennack aka Dr John. I Won’t Cry is featured on the album Heart and Soul. But the song that may touch you the most is “Georgia Morning Dew”
Standing On This Mountain Looking over L.A. at the break of day Takes My Mind Back To Georgia Many Years Ago
And No Resemblens Between L.A. and Georgia But The Morning Dew Later On In The Afternoon We Gone Picking Peaches And Sing A Song Or Two
I Am Looking Out Of LA With My Eyes Full Of Georgia Dew
Walk in the park on a rainy day
You feel the Soul and Blues through you bones and in a certain way I notice some similarities to Otis Redding‘s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay“. Otis and Johnny share the same relaxed style of singing that can be best described as a walk in the park on a rainy day.
Johnny Adams started singing at a young age, he was a member of several gospel singing group including The Soul Revelers and Bessie Griffin & The Soul Consolators. In the fiftees however Adams was drawn into secular Rhythm and Blues. It did him good!
Louisiana Blues harmonica monument Schoolboy Cleve
‘She’s Gone’ is one of the finest rocking blues song around and was recorded for Feature Records in 1954 by Schoolboy Cleve. As you can hear Cleve was an excellent harmonica player and one of the founders of the New Orleans, Louisiana Blues sound. He managed to preserve this Blues legacy for over fifty years.
Louisiana blues harmonica players
Back in the day Schoolboy Cleve was part of a group harmonica players in New Orleans that made a whole lot of fame. Buddy Guy was one of the musicians that was impressed by the work of these guys that included people like Cleve, Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester. In his biography “When I Left Home: My Story”, Buddy Guy tells “I was into the Baton Rouge harmonica players: They were the original harmonica players, and Cleve and Slim were first around. Those guys were always talking about New Orleans music”. All these guys found a place in the Blues history books, but I like Schoolboy Cleve the most because of Rhythm ‘nd Blues approach.
South To West: Iron & Gold
His monumental work has been brought to getter in what CD Baby calls ‘A historical musical treasure’. It is the album South to West: Iron & Gold, with Schoolboy Cleve’s original recordings and unreleased material from the period 1954 to 1998. “Schoolboy Cleve felt living in the South was hard like iron. After moving to the West it felt like he struck gold. The title, South to West – Iron and Gold, represents his journey”.
During production of this CD, Hurricane Katrina and Rita hit New Orleans, Louisiana and other parts of the South.
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She’s Gone and Strange Letter Blues
In She’s Gone you hear a fast rhythm a groovy harmonica and swinging vocals. It is the easy listening blues sound that especially with a nice beer or whisky makes a man wanna dance. Alongside his regional college’s he recorded several songs. Saidlt enough his solo work wasn’t released that much. You can hear him on Lightnin’ Slim’s recording ‘Sugar Plum’ and a whole lot of other songs on Slim’s album “”It’s Mighty Crazy!”. Schoolboy Cleve is known worldwide and is considered one of the greatest harmonica players that ever lived. He played with other legendary artist like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Grammy nominee Ron Thompson and many others.