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Lula Reed’s finest soul ballads from the fifties

I ran across some of the finest voices in soul music when I listened to the album Walkin’ By Myself And Other Blues Hits Of The Past”, released by Chess Records in 1959. Lula Reed or in earlier days Lulu Reed recorded Anything To Say You’re Mine in 1958 for Argo records.

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Classic Blues Songs Howlin’ Wolf: “I Walked From Dallas”

Classic Blues Songs Howlin’ Wolf: “I Walked From Dallas”

Howlin’ Wolf released the single “I Walked From Dallas” in 1965 along with B-side  “Don’t Laugh At Me”.  Like you hear in more work from Howlin’  Wolf mostly his later work, he mixes guitar, bass and drum with saxophone accents to create an ultimate groove. Complemented with his deep gritty voice Howlin’ Wolf brings true unique blues!

Howlin’  Wolf Album and TV Appereance in 1965

In 1965 Howlin’ Wolf also released the great Real Folk Blues album with killer songs like “Killing Floor”, “Taildragger” and “Built for Comfort”.  And also made his appearance on the American misic TV show Shandig. The Rolling Stones had the opportunity to invite one of their idols and chose Wolf.

I Walked From Dallas
Tell Me What I’ve Done
Don’t Laugh At Me
Ooh Baby (Hold Me)

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Unique voice in the Blues: singer Little Miss Cornshucks

Unique voice in the Blues: singer Little Miss Cornshucks

She was a talented performer of Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul ballads in the ‘after hours blues’ nightclubs from Los Angeles to Harlem. She also enjoyed a long stay as a singer in the famous Chicago club DeLisa. With her unique soulful voice Little Miss Cornchucks is an big influence in blues history.

Loneliest Gal In Town Album

This afternoon I was searching through the Chess records discography and discovered besides a whole lot of fantastic musicians Little Miss Cornshucks’ album LP-1453 – “The Loneliest Gal in Town”. When she recorded this album for Chess Records in 1961 she already had a long career behind her as a performer in Nightclubs and recording for several labels. She met Atlantic records owner Ahmet Ertegun in the late forties before he started his label and she blew him away.

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Special version Built For Comfort – Howlin’ Wolf

Special version Built For Comfort – Howlin’ Wolf

In November 1968 Howlin’ Wolf recorded for Cadet Concept Records (a subsidiary of Chess Records) the Howlin’ Wolf Album which contains a whole different sound than we are used from Wolf. The album incorporates use of wah-wah pedal and fuzzbox, unconventional rhythms, beats and influences from Psychedelic Rock. Producer Marshall Chess augmented the rhythm of Howlin Wolf’s live band with the use of electric organ and saxophone.

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Remix of blues songs: Bo Diddley by Felix Helpless

Remix of blues songs: Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing (Paspar2 Edit)

Blues music is and will always be an inspiration for musicians and dj’s. Now and then you find on the internet pretty cool remixes of blues and rock n roll songs. Like Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing which was mixed by Russian artist Felix Helpless. This blues remix stays close to the original but is edited was some pretty cool bass, beats and hand clapping.

Hailin’ from Yekaterinburg in middle Russia Felix Helpless makes all kinds of remixes from abstract ambient breakbeat downtempo electronic hip hop idm trip hop and classic songs like “Pretty Thing” of Bo Diddley.

On Felix Helpless Bandcamp and Soundcloud you will find more nice remixed of all sort of songs!

Bo Diddley “Pretty Thing” Remixed

Pretty Thing”  was recorded on july 14th, 1955  for checker records and is a product of Chess bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon. Bo Diddley however added his own musical and textual style to it.  The song was Diddley’s third single release through Checker Records after “Diddley Daddy”. British Rock band the Pretty Things took their band name from this song .
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Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”

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”

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

In 1968 Chess studios released a unique album it was a collaboration of the greatest blues musician of that time; Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley recorded The Super Super Blues Band. This album is full of rocking blues classics, produced by Willie Dixon under the supervision of Phil and Marshall Chess. The fun part of this albums is that all three legends sings and play on every song together. You will hear Howlin’ Wolf sing Bo Diddley’s song “Diddley Daddy and  Muddy sings along on Wolf’s classic “Spoonful“.

Wrecking My love Life

A song you can listen all day is “Wrecking My Love Life”, besides the vocals of Muddy, Wolf and Diddley that really blast out of your speakers like it is a jam that is played in front of you, a magnificent woman sings soulful ‘woohoowoo baby…’ throughout the song. Wrecking My love Life is a blues version of Reggae.

Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters

Long Distance Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson

Long Distance Call the 3 versions

Long Distance Call was first released in 1951 by Chess and reached #8 in the R&B chart. The song originates in the song “Long distance Moan” released by Texas bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1929. While Muddy changed the name and lyrics of the song slightly, in the music you still hear a lot of moaning. Long Distance Call is a great example of the modern blues, there aren’t a lot of songs that show so good how blue someone can become as Long distance call. This song gets in your veins, bones and soul. Not only because of the lyrics but also through the guitar, the slow drums and the interludes that make this song so magical.

In comparison to the original Muddy Waters version, on the Super Super Blues band Record Long Distance Call is transformed into a rocking blues song. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Sing and the slow drums are changed into a rhythmic beat. The guitar screams are replaced by harmonica grooves.

Long Distance Call – Super Super Blues Band

 Diddley Daddy

Diddley Daddy is another song worth listening on Super Super Blues Band. Diddley Daddy was recorded on May 15, 1955 in Chicago and became a signature song of Bo Diddley. It is cool to hear how Howlin’ Wolf easily takes over the lyrics of Bo. Like the original version, the Super Super blues band version is rockin’ blues. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters make the song grooving like a jam. Interesting about this song is the 1963 cover by the Rolling Stones which was part of their first demo recording.

Rolling Stones – Diddley Daddy

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