When Ruth Brown’s “I Wanna Do More” kicks off you might think this is a collaboration with Little Walter. His Hit “My Babe” contains the same groove and tune, but Ruth added a whole lot of sax and rhythm to the song. Also, Her Vocals and lyrics are unique in her own style; rhythmic, soulful and happy.
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.
Hailin’ from Madrid, Spain Freedonia is a high flying soul, funk and rhythm and blues band. Freedonia released a new double album called Shenobi this year. It is the follow-up of their debut album Dignity and Freedom. Listen here the full album!
With their hit song “Be Brave ” they bring you back to fifties Rhythm and Blues tracks in style of Bo Diddley‘s sound. The Strange Boys are also clearly influenced by garage rock bands. These songs are laid back and most of the time create a vibe that makes you forget the troubles in life.
You’d recognize them for making rhythm and blues with a flavor of Garage and for picking the finest cover songs from the sixties to make their own blend of music. the first two albums of The Detroit Cobras were an ode to musicians like Mickey Lee Lane, Otis Redding and Davis & Jones And The Fenders. We are looking back at the second album of the Detroit Cobras ” Life, Love and Leaving”, released 1 May 2001
Detroit Cobras – Shout Bama Lama
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.
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”