Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Trails - Al Dexter - Honky Tonk Blues (1936)

Texan Albert Poindexter made it big with "Pistol Packin' Mama", which sold a million copies in 6 months, was covered by Bing and turned into a movie by Hollywood. Six years earlier, Al Dexter recorded this tune, which maybe the first country song to use the term honky tonk, or it may not.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

RIP - Bobby Bland (27/01/1930 - 23/06/2013)

One of the greatest R&B singers has died, age 83

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gospel Slot - The Gospel Believers of Detroit - Bless My Home (1950)

We came across this recently, but can find nothing much on the origins of either the recording or the group, other than it was a Fortune Records release. Listed here as a 1950 recording, this may be correct. If so, it seems to us that the song must have been a template for The Impressions Your Precious Love, featured here covered by South African group The Flames...

Additions, thoughts or corrections to any of the above are welcomed.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Featured Album - Devil's Jump: Indie Label Blues 1946-1957 (Part Two)

Four more from the 4CD set and its trawl through post-war King Records Blues and R&B recordings...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Live Session - UK Latitude Festival - 2013

Just 15 miles from the God's Eternal Jukebox HQ, in July this year Mark Lamarr returns God's Jukebox to the pink sheep of Suffolk. Guest performers will be Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers, The Dustaphonics, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers and Lack of Afro...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Featured Artist - Joe Bataan (Part One)

Learning music while serving time as a teenager for his membership of the Puerto Rican street gang The Dragons, New York singer Bataan Nitollano began recording for the Fania label on his release. As Joe Bataan & The Latin Swingers he hit in 1967 with a dance cover of The Impression's 1961 tune Gypsy Woman. Leaving his gangster days behind he came up with a string of great records in the late 60's and early 70's, earning him the title "King of Latin Soul". We begin our series of posts this month with that first hit...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Featured Album - Devil's Jump: Indie Label Blues 1946-1957 (Part One)

JSP released this 4CD set 3 months ago, with 100 post-war tunes compiled by Neil Slaven, a man who knows what he's about when it comes to the Blues. Our friends at Red Lick are equally steeped in the genre, so here's their review. And here's the start of our YouTube trawl through the CD's. More to follow.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Aural Massage - Arthur Alexander - Sally Sue Brown (1960)

To the good people at God's Eternal Jukebox, it's inconceivable that this bluesy tune from the always superb Arthur Alexander was recorded well over 50 years ago. It hasn't aged at all as far as we're concerned. Great then, great now. It's on a soul compilation we'll most likely be featuring in the future, but here it is today in all its YouTube glory. And Arthur didn't flirt with the name June for long...