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The Live Rock’n’Roll Soul Surf Show: The Dustaphonics

London based the Dustaphonics are not an average band. It all began when actress Tura Satana, who you might know from the ’65 cult classic Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, asked DJ Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano to create some music for her new movie. So it happened “Healer Selecta’s Live Rock’n’Roll Soul Surf show”, Dustaphonics, was born.

Not a Traditional band: The Dustaphonics

The Dustaphonics is not a band in the traditional sense; instead, it is composed of founder bandleader, music director & producer Yvan Serrano, who selects and assembles a specific rotating line-up of London-based talented singers. This results in the diverse sound from Surf, to Rhythm and Blues and from Garage to Soul.

THE DUSTAPHONICS: Tura Satana Faster Pussycat Kill KIll

But above all, the Dustaphonics will let you dance to the best surf beats and swinging Rhythms. Think of bands like The Excitements, Guantánamo Baywatch and the Blueswater to get an idea of their sound.

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Huey “Piano” Smith’s Hit song: Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu

Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu

It was on Dr. Johns Gumbo, the Dr. John album where he ‘honored’  the great artists and music of New Orleans when I first heard the music Huey “Piano” Smith. Dr. John recorded a medley of Huey’s songs. One song that was not part of Dr. John mix is “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”.

Ace Records 1957 release by Huey “Piano” Smith

Ace Records was the biggest independent label in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s containing a roster of Mississippi blues artists and Louisiana musicians like Huey “Piano”  Smith. Alongside label owner Johnny Vincent, Huey Smith  wrote the “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” in 1957 and scored a minor hit, nr 52 in the billboard Chart. 

The song gained a whole lot of attention in  1972 when Johnny Rivers scored and international hit with it and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1973.

Johnny Rivers – 1972 version  “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”

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Up Tempo Rhythm and Blues songs by The Blueswater

Up Tempo Rhythm and Blues songs by The Blueswater

For your daily dose of up-tempo blues you should listen to Edinburgh-based band The Blueswater cause these guys will deliver! The Blueswater is an award-winning, band that tours internationally. 

Single “Better Apart”

Their repertoire contains a mix of self written songs and covers of classics blues songs like John Lee Hookers “Boom Boom” and W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”. “Better Apart” is a high tempo Rhythm and Blues song containing some very smooth vocals, swinging harmonica and rhythmic rock ‘n roll guitar. Especially the harmonica solo in this song kicks ass!

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Song of The Day: Buzz Buzz Buzz by the Hollywood Flames

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. 

Flames founding member Bobby Byrd

Buzz Buzz Buzz was written by founding Member Bobby Byrd who also had a solo career as Bobby Day. He had a big hit with classic Rock ‘n Roll song Rockin’ Robin.

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Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues by The Excitements

Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues by The Excitements

They throw us back to the fifties and sixties of Lavern Baker and Esther Phillips and make us dance to some extreme gooving tunes. The Excitements are a hardworking band, almost hyperactive in the best tradition of Rhythm and Blues. Nowadays you won’t easily find a band that’s capable of bringing so much soul and rhythm to your living room, bar, venue or festival.

Rhythm and Blues out of Barcelona

Since 2010 the Excitements are slowly building a huge fan base in Europe. They’ve performed their R’n’B and Soul cocktail old school style, and tell us in their band bio: “leaving audiences wondering how a band from Barcelona (Spain) is able to channel the show-stopping fierceness and class of such classics as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, or any act to come out of Memphis, Detroit or New Orleans during the late fifties and sixties” .

Debut album “S/T”

In march 2011 these soul rockers released their first album after a long year of touring called “S/T”. From this Album “Take The Bitter Sweet” is really worth listening. This song is not a cover from the Muddy Waters Similar song.  Wait a Minute is my favorite song on this album and contains deep vocals, and above all a catchy melody. This song really reminds me of New Orleans version of Lavern Baker’s “Voodoo Voodoo”.

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