Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Trails - Cab Calloway & The Nicholas Brothers - Jumpin Jive (1943)

From the movie Stormy Weather, Cab is overshadowed by Fayard & Harold Nicholas, whose dance performance that followed Calloway was described by Fred Astaire as the greatest musical movie sequence he had ever seen...and he was quite good too.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gospel Slot - Jubalaires - Noah

The Jubalaires tell the Bible story with customary R&P "Rhythm & Precision".  Bill Cosby did it slightly different...



Friday, October 19, 2012

Midnight Hour #7 Cloudcast

Doris Troy
Spend another Midnight Hour in the company of the chosen ones.  As well as the classic version of Just One Look from Doris Troy, there's a sublime soul tune from the Millionaires, killer Reggae from Jacob Miller, stirring Gospel from Dorothy Love Coates, the great Conway Twitty at his late 60's Country best and hypnotic Doo-wop from the Bel-Larks. And so much more...a selection we think is one in a million.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Modcast 21 – Mark Lamarr & Luke Morgan

Joining Eddie and Dean this month is Mark Lamarr and Luke Morgan talking all things Mods Vs Rockers. Listen here





Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Live Session - Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three

...are playing dates throughout October in Europe, November in US...




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Featured Artist - Barbara Lynn (Part One)

This month we bring a series of posts covering tunes from one of R&B's most talented female performers. An excellent (left handed) guitarist, with a soulful voice and a talent for song-writing  this rare combination resulted in a number of classic recordings throughout the 60's.  Barbara was less often found in a recording studio after the mid 70's but has never fully retired from music.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Featured Album - Jamaica - Rhythm And Blues, 1956-61 (Part One)

Like the Calypso CD set from Trinidad we featured in January, this is another wonderful trawl from Fremeaux through the archive of historic Caribbean recordings, this time highlighting the significance of American R&B in the development of Jamaican popular music. It was released this Summer to good reviews and comes filled with great recordings by well known pioneers like Laurel Aitken, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray and Derrick Morgan, along with a few less celebrated performers.

We'll be bringing you a generous selection throughout this month, starting right here:







Monday, October 1, 2012

Aural Massage - Jackie Ross - Selfish One (1964)

This tune on Chess records made the R&B and Pop charts and should have been the first of many to do so for a former gospel singer who had been given a start by family friend Sam Cooke. For whatever reason it didn't work out for Jackie Ross.  The song is a classic, so may be it was just too hard to follow.