Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pirate's Choice - Mark Lamarr Calypso Selection

Podcast from Rock A Shacka - on-line from today and available here

Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Trails - Jimmie Rodgers & Sarah Carter - Why There's A Tear In My Eye (1931)

Jimmie Rodgers and Sarah Carter?  What else do you need?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Featured Artist - Major Lance (Part Five)

A final selection of tunes from a remarkable soul singer, beginning with another TV turn from 1965, and ending with three 1970 recordings, written and produced yet again by Curtis Mayfield on his own record label.  The last two were Major Lance's last chart successes.  He died in 1994.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Featured Album - Juke Joints 3 (Part Five)

Last tunes from the wonderful collection of Blues cuts released earlier this year, ending with a rare energetic turn from Jimmy Reed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Featured Artist - Major Lance (Part Four)

Four more from July's chosen one, the Mayfield footprint left all over each sound as almost always, except the last tune, written by Van McCoy.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cloudcasts - Midnight Hour on Mixcloud

We've been running this blog for 18 months and have recently discovered Mixcloud.  We'll be uploading 60 minute Cloudcasts on a regular basis to what we've cunningly called the Midnight Hour. Although of course this can be played at any old hour of the day.

Follow the link above and there are 2 sets of tunes already.  Each Cloudcast has a theme of sorts, it just makes it more interesting to put together. The tunes feature some  previously posted each month as YouTube links, while others will be new.  Feel free to email the blog any you think worthy of inclusion - they just need to fit with the overall theme of GEJ, which we think is clear enough.

Like everything we've done with this blog, whenever we've done anything new it's been the first time we've done it.  So if you do listen please excuse technical glitches - we're doing this in our spare time.

Just to emphasise again, Mark Lamarr is not involved in the production of the blog at all, but there are links to his broadcasting post God's Jukebox in the Archive section, and in fact he's on web radio tonight.  More info here.  If we hear of any other broadcasting Mark plans in the future, we'll let you know.

Thanks for reading.

Featured Album - Juke Joints 3 (Part Four)

Another round of tunes from the Proper Box set bringing great blues recordings in 4 CD's.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Featured Artist - Major Lance (Part Three)

More from a great Chicago Soul artist, the last tune a 1972 TV performance and a jump forward from 60's soul to a disco sound - still pure class and joy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Featured Album - Juke Joints 3 (Part Three)

Further choice cuts from the excellent Blues CD set covered this month.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gospel Slot - The Sensational Nightingales - Somewhere To Lay My Head (1955)

This vocal group featured on a post in 2011 and make a welcome return with their original recording of Somewhere To Lay My Head. It's followed by a great TV performance of the same tune (with a different lead) from the CD/DVD set that provided last month's gospel slot.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Featured Artist - Major Lance (Part Two)

Four tunes to follow last week's post, all from 1964 and all making the R&B Chart.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Live Session - UK Latitude Festival - 2012

God's Jukebox returns to the Film & Music Arena next week, with 4 featured artists to be introduced by Mark Lamarr.

Big Boss Man, Gizzelle, The Delegators & the great Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Featured Artist - Major Lance (Part One)

Major Lance (his real name) was a Chicago Soul / R&B singer who made great records in the 60's for Okeh, often written and produced by Curtis Mayfield.  The two had known each other since school, and the pairing of Mayfield's song writing talent and Lance's sweet vocal sound was productive. Only when Mayfield began to concentrate on his own recording career did the hits dry up for Lance, but he continued to record and he developed a cult following in the UK among Northern Soul fans in the 1970's.

Here we start with a group of early recordings, including his first hit from 1959 on Mercury, also written by Mayfield.  More to come later.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Featured Album - Juke Joints 3 (Part One)

A 4 CD set released in May this year on Proper, this follow up to 2 earlier volumes is a marvellous collection of mostly 1950's Blues tunes, from familiar performers to others less celebrated. A selection from the 104 cuts feature in this post, with further later in the month.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Aural Massage - The Cables - Baby Why (1968)

This Rock Steady classic from The Cables drives along exuding joy and heartbreak in equal measure. Always a toxic combination.