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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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