Classic Songs: How a St. Louis murder led to the traditional “Frankie and Johnny”

There is something special about the city of St. Louis in music history. It is the songs and the musicians who created history. We all know the legendary St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy, and don’t forget the great St. Louis Jimmy Oden who wrote the Blues classic “Goin ‘Down Slow”

Murder in St. Louis as inspiration

Well, I heard a song called Frankie and Johnny multiple time through Leadbelly and Sam Cooke, who both made in their own way made beautiful soulful versions of it. Also, Elvis has an album titled Frankie and Johnny which was part of the movie with the same name where he performed the song. But behind this great song, there is a story.

According to the Smithsonian Folkways, “In October 1899, a murder took place in a St. Louis apartment (St. Louis murders have inspired multiple ballads, such as “Duncan and Brady”).

Frankie and Albert

Frankie Baker (1876–1952) killed her lover Al “Albert” Britt in a jealous rage after he went to a dance with another woman”,  In some lyrics, Frankie was a prostitute and Al, her pimp.” They also say that The shooting occurred in Britt’s room at 212 Targee Street. You can find multiple investigational stories about the murder online.

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New Album “Same Sun Same Moon” by Rocking Duo Little Hurricane

This April Little Hurricane released their third full-length studio album called Same Sun Same Moon. the 2-person alternative rock band from San Diego, California, featuring frontman Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina are back with 12 new tracks and ready to roll around Europe and the US!

Interesting about the backstory of the album is that while they were recording in their studio (built on Native American lands), the guitarist was “inexplicably drawn” to remove his shoes and climb an ominous 3,400-foot mountain in a “trance-like state,” without food and water or notifying his wife.

“We may not all share the same beliefs, but people are still more alike than different. No matter if you’re in San Diego or South Africa, living 10,000 years ago or today, we all look up to see the same sun and same moon. We are all connected in one way or another. This message of unity beats at the heart of Little Hurricane’s latest release, Same Sun Same Moon.”

 

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Remixed blues songs: Billie Holidays “Glad to be Unhappy” By DJ Logic

Her voice was one of the most beautiful in history and even today her music is an inspiration for many musicians. In this serie of blues remixes she can’t be missed. Billie Holiday was an american jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young,

DJ Logic remixed her version of “Glad To Be Unhappy” brilliantly. This song was written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers for their musical On Your Toes in 1936.  Billie Holiday Recorded her version in 1958 for her Lady in Satin album.

Billie Holiday Glad To Be Unhappy
(DJ Logic Remix)

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Album | Sophia Urista’s Solo album Ratchet Punk

She gives awesome Blues Rock performances and her songs contain some dark and soulful vocals that could easily be the soundtrack of neo-noir movie. Sophia Urista made fame as a contestant of The Voice US and as lead singer of Brooklyn-based Rock ‘n’ Roll band the VeeVees.

Blues rocker and former Voice contestant Sophia UristaSophia Urista - blues music - press photo black bull blues

Sophia has been dubbed the most promising artist in rock n roll music. Alongside guitarist Brian J (Pimps of Joytime/Bernard Purdie) she released an EP called Ratchet Punk in 2016. She’s also made her mark in New York as MC at Duane Park, The Box, and Sleep No More and stunned audiences at Brooklyn’s Afropunk Music

Especially “Riches” show very well how she mixes blues, soul, and heavier fuzz-infused rock into a longdrink full of obtainable grooves. Her songs are divers and she is prepared to step out of the box of the traditional blues genres.

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Lucy

Burnin’ Up

Tuyo (Narcos Theme Song)

Rock ‘n’ Roll of A Giant Dog speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps

Well, it was half way the second round of the usual friday night beer session, when I heard A Giant Dog through the speakers. “Sex and Drugs” was on and I thought It was an unheard soundtrack of the 2017 version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Later we listened more of their songs and discovered a similar groove you hear in Garage Rock music, except there is a theatrical juice over their music. We discovered these folks are hailin’ from Austin, Texas and releases their ablum Pile last hear.

Speaking to the hearts of slackers. Rockers. Sluts and creeps

Curious about their style we searched the web and found out that “No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps everywhere than A Giant Dog.”, Which is a perfect description of their music.

AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett

Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. 

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