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Remembering Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry

 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”.

“You Never Can Tell” – Pulp Fiction feature

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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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Powerful Blues and Soul of LA’s Vintage Trouble

Powerful Blues and Soul of LA’s Vintage Trouble

Vintage_Trouble Photo credit - Peter Mc Cabe
Credit Feature photo: Press photo of Vintage Trouble. Credits to Vintage Trouble and Peter Mc Cabe

LA-based blues and soul band Vintage Trouble is a Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke joint revival festival. The blues and Soul of the fifties and sixties haven’t come that close since Vintage Trouble took the stage. I’m imagining the way they would perform Otis Redding’s “left all the water running” or Albert Kings “born under a bad sign”. But honestly Vintage Trouble doesn’t need a cover to show how they can play them Blues and Soul.

The blues rockers from Vintage Trouble started playing blues in a Hollywood studio in 2010, inspired by the music of legends like The Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin and Chuck Berry. Vintage Trouble took off like a rocket, performing around the States and Europe in their starting year. In their second year alive, these fellows released first album The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011).

Debut Album ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’

With ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’ Vintage Trouble shows how the love for rhythmic, groovy and rocking soul music can be expressed. In songs like “Blues Hand Me Down”, “Total Strangers” and “Jezzebella” the energy of this band really rocks out of your speakers. “Run Outta You” is a more soulful –Otis Redding- kind of song and a example that the album is as divers as the music they love. it that takes skill Vintage Trouble obviously has.

Vintage Trouble on Stage in Europe and US

Since starting playing music in 2010 Vintage Trouble has gone from playing intimate hometown clubs to opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring North America and Europe with The Who and playing headline shows worldwide.
In 2014 a special five-song EP called ‘The Swing House Acoustic Sessions’ was released by the retro-rockers Vintage Trouble performs one of the new tracks, “Another Man’s Words,” live in the studio in this video.

NEW Album Vintage Trouble

Since the spring of 2014 Vintage Trouble is part of the Blue Note Record family. A new album of the band can be expect in 2015! I’m really looking forward!

Read more about Vintage Trouble on their website and Facebook

 

Credit Feature photo: Press photo of Vintage Trouble. Credits to Vintage Trouble and Peter Mc Cabe

 

Vintage Trouble – “Jezzebella”

Vintage Trouble – “Pelvis Pusher”

Vintage Trouble – ‘ With A Little Help From My Friends ‘

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Blues song Hoochie Coochie Man

Released in 1954 by Chess Records.

Hoochie Coochie Man was written by Willy Dixon and played by Muddy Waters for the first time in 1954. This record is considered one of the most important songs in blues history. And therefore, a reason to write about it on Black Bull Blues.

Awards

When Hoochie Coochie Man was released it reached the #8 position on the Black Singles Chart in 1954. In 1998 the song was awarded with the Grammy Hall Of Fame award. Hoochie Coochie Man is also featured on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Hoochie Coochie

According to Wikipedia Hoochie Coochie was a provocative dance that became widly popular during, and after, the Chicago World Fair in 1893. Since the dance was performed by women, a hoochie coochie man “either” watched them or ran the show. Alternatively, from the directly sexual meaning of hoochie coochie, he greatly enjoyed sexual intercourse.

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