Etta was the flip side of the hit Something's Got A Hold On Me, and the opening track on her Argo album, Etta James. Melody by Burt Bacharach, lyrics from Bob Hilliard, it is simply magnificent.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Curtis Mayfield and released on Chess, this was the singer's only proper hit. She quit recording and became a social worker, which we guess is probably the right way round to do things.
Monday, October 7, 2013
died last year after a long and fruitful career during which he recorded in a number of styles and labels. This jump blues was recorded for Modern with his classic Blues Blasters group.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cosimo Matassa. Maybe the title of this, their first hit, betrayed their reluctance to trade hymns for rhythm and blues, but they had four further R&B top 10 records before lead singer Chuck Carbo and his brother Chick broke up the group to start solo careers.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
the pianist and singer recorded this tune for Imperial, who had cut his first records in 1949. He also recorded some great R&B for Decca, Atlantic and a host of smaller labels, but we like this performance as much as any for its lazy energy.