They had a huge hit with “Stay” Just a little bit longer, but Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs recorded several cool soul songs during the 50s and 60s. The last few days a listened to a uptempo song called “Being Without You”.
Performing under different names
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performed under several names. Back in the day a whole lot of musicians did it. I alway guess the reason behind it. Williams and the Zodiacs started as the (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to the Gladiolas in 1957 and the Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on the Zodiacs in 1959.
Hit single “Being Without You”
“Being Without You” was recorded on a vinyl 7″ single in the US in June 1966. The up-tempo rhythms, swinging horns, and tight lyrics make songs enjoyable for many hours. I also like the fact “Being Without You” is completely different than “stay” which is remarkable for the slow but intense rhythm and vocals.
Song of The Day: Buzz Buzz Buzz by the Hollywood Flames
This Rhythm and Blues band from Watts, Los Angeles was formed in 1957. Over the years these guys went through a variety of names. Like: Four Flames, Hollywood Four Flames, Jets, Ebbtides and satallites. The song above this article however was their biggest hit. Buzz Buzz Buzz was released in 1957 on Ebb Records.
Clarence Samuels could sing the doowop, the swing and the boogie. He was an excellent blues shouter like Wynonie Harris and Big Joe Turner. During the forties he work alongside the finest blues orchestra’s and blues band and toured alongside Johnny Copeland.
Clarence Samuels, born in Baton Rouge a son of Beulah Woodward Samuels made quite some fame alongside Roy Brown the Rhythm and Blues musician, who recorded the original song and hit recording “Good Rocking Tonight“. All though there isn’t a lot of music of Samuels available online, Clarence Samuels is absolutely worth listening!
If you listen to Samuels music you will feel the boogie and the swing. The jazzy bassline and horn section really make a like song “Lolly pop Mama” . Clarence voice smoothly grooves over the orchestral music. “Boogie
Woogie Blues” is a song Clarence Samuels sang together with Dave Young’s Orchestra in September 1947.
Rhythm and Blues and Soul: Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes hail from Australia since 2009. Listen to the music of this gal, close your eyes and you will find yourself in the 50s of the twentieth century. In Clairy Browne’s music you hear the love for old-school Rhythm and Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Soul and Doo-wop mixed into a cocktail made by Clary Browne.
With her harmonizing girl group the Bangin’ Rackettes she brings thrilling songs and exciting live shows. Like “Baby Caught the Bus”, a swinging song that is musically similar to the work of Big Maybelle. Clairy Browne also reminds me of Etta James rhythmic songs like “Tell Mama” or Ruth Brown’s “Wild Wild Young Men”.
Love for Rhythm and Blues and Soul
“Vicious Cycle“ is a song that reminds you of the vintage 1950 nightclubs where Etta James used to perform. It is great the love for Rhythm and Blues and Soul is still alive. The story of this group starts in 2009 over the mutual love for this great music. Clairy and the Bangin’ Rackettes began rehearsing in an abandoned coffin factory called “The Pound”. The band found a solid line up and began playing sold out shows in small bars and clubs around Melbourne.
Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes album and tour
Clairy’s debut album “Caught By The Bus”, is a mix of heart-wrenching doo-wop, noir theatrics, party attitude and tough-as-nails soul. This year Browne continued to record songs which resulted in the release of her single “Jenny”. Expect big things of Clairy Browne and the Bangin´Rackettes in 2015 we will hear a lot of new songs, new costumes, better hair and lots of soul. We are really looking forward.