Today terrible news came out in the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Chuck Berry the father of Rock ‘n’ Roll died at age of 90. All over the web you find beautiful contributions to his music and life. Chuck Berry is also a huge inspiration for Black Bull Blues. With his music he influenced many musicians. I made up a little list with Chuck Berry favorites.
Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll is a true dance classic. This song fits every setlist in a bar, concert venue or house party. The tight guitar riff is amazing, but above all Chucks vocals really make this song. Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll was released on his 1971 album San Fransisco dues by Chess Records.
“There’s only one true king of rock ‘n’ roll. His name is Chuck Berry.”
— Stevie Wonder –
Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll
Berry recorded many great songs and logically the movie world featured some of his songs. The 1994 Cult classic Pulp Fiction is one of the movies that featured a Chuck Berry song. Pulp Fiction is a fantastic movie and one of the funniest scenes is the ‘dance’ performance of Vincent and Mia where the dance to “You Never Can Tell”.
James Sayer is a pianist, singer / songwriter, session player and recording artist, originally from Birmingham, UK. It were artist like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John who inspired him in playing piano Rock n Roll songs. It is a sound James Sayer fits perfectly. He is noteworthy for his tight boogie rhythms and pure voice, you will hear this back perfectly in his cover version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On”.
James moved to London in 2012 where he became a gigging musician, performing almost every night in piano bars, clubs and pubs. In London James met American producer, Alan Glass and they started working together in early 2015. He currently works on the recording of his first full length ablum.
Currently recording an album
James Sayer released his debut single “Takin Back My Love” in the summer of 2016. It is now waiting for the release of his full length album which is planned to be in stores in early 2017. I spoke with James about recording, his inspiration, the future and the Music scene in London.
Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”
These two musicians need no introduction. They made both fame at Checker / Chess records and scored multiple hits in the 50s and 60s. Two Great Guitars: Bo Diddley / Chuck Berry is a very nice studio album by labelmates Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, which was released in August 1964.
Blues & Rock n Roll Session
Chesss Records made it a sort of tradition to let the stars of the label work together. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf Would release a few years later in 1968 their album “Super Super Blues Band” which contain some grooving blues songs like “Wrecking My Love”. A year before Bo had recorded an album alongside Muddy and Little Walter called “Super Blues”
Many people can tell stories about the great Andre “The Rhythm” Williams. How he can play the Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Funk, Punk and Soul. They will all recall that his songs should be played in every bar around the world because it turns every place into a limbo lounge. Andre Williams is a diamant in the blues scene and still rocking the house.
The Singer, Producer and Arranger made his mark a while ago and gained fame in Detroit, Memphis and Chicago. His best song Bassology is one of my favorite!
He is one of the old dogs that still hits the stage and even at age 82 he is able to make some swinging blues and rock ‘n roll albums. Williams born in Alabama grew up in Chicago where he was a bad m*therf*cker. He tells Joss Hutton during a 2001 interview: “It was like a situation of survival. With my father not being around often I had to go to work to buy little things that I wanted. I went to work washing dishes at one of the famous black cafes in Chicago called Cadillac Bob’s Steakhouse”. (Interview by Joss Hutton(September 2001)
Andre Williams Trademark Songs
You will get a good impression of his style in songs like ‘Jivin’ Around’, ‘Black Bull’, ‘Rib Tips’ and ‘Sweet Little Pussy Cat’. Song that you will find in this article.
He Tells Hutton about the Chicago days: “We was right down the street from a club called the 708 Club. Cadillac Bob’s and the 708 was just half a block away. You’d go and eat and then you’d go to the 708 club, or you’d go to the 708 and go to Cadillac Bob’s. Sonny Boy Williamson, Dr Jo Jo Adams, Andrew Tears, Wynonie Harris, you name it, all of them was playing the 708 club.” (Interview by Joss Hutton(September 2001)
Andre Williams Inspiration
A lot of Chicago Blues Musician played and recorded together, Williams did not. But in he did found his inspiration: “At Cadillac Bob’s we had only records on the juke-box. So by me being the dish-washing and bus boy, I heard them all. But them guys did not impress me as much as Cab Calloway did in Stormy Weather<, the movie with Lena Horne. Cab Calloway! Man! When I saw him, I said to myself [slowly emphasising each word] “I’m-a-gonna dress like that man till the day I die!” (Interview by Joss Hutton(September 2001)
Like many other Blues musicians Williams was a streetwise man. Growing up in a though environment he learned the life of the streets. “‘The Rhythm” made fame went rock bottom and rised again. After all we will remember Williams as the man who can play every style in the black music genre music.
J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band
J. Roddy Walston and the Business have crossed my mind a couple of times yesterday. Although they play together for more than ten years, these guys from Cleveland Tennessee were new to me. Somehow I missed J. Roddy and the Business along the musical crossroads. Nevertheless: these guys are a must listen! Continue reading J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band→