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Looking Back | The Detroit Cobras finest covers on Life, Love and Leaving Album

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

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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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