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bodiddley

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Re: Music
« Reply #60 on: April 29, 2020, 05:16:36 PM »

Duke Ellington Radio until midnight:
http://wkcr.streamguys1.com/live.m3u
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« Reply #61 on: May 09, 2020, 11:42:12 AM »

Banks had a great post on Little Richard over in the Trump thread.   I hope we can move the topic of that great,  now late,  rock icon over here.

Fun fact:  L R could only play piano in three keys.   Well,  that's all you need,  really. 
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« Reply #62 on: May 09, 2020, 12:07:29 PM »

Little Richard was great.  Listen to Don Covay's first recordings and he's totally imitating Little Richard.  Little Richard himself swiped his famous Whoooo! from gospel great Marion Williams.

In college, I was interested in this girl named Jenna, so for Valentine's Day I gave her a flower, a poem I modified, and a 45 record of Little Richard's Jenny, Jenny which she had never heard.

One time on Chinese TV, they were showing some US star search type show.  A performer finishes belting out a tune.  They go to the judges.  One of them was Little Richard.  LR: "Whoooo! Oh honey.  That made my big toe stand up straight in my boot!"

A random classic LR moment.
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« Reply #63 on: May 09, 2020, 12:40:43 PM »

I have a compilation: Little Richard the Formative Years 1951-1953.
And on both ballads and uptempo numbers, mostly Little Richard sounds a lot like R&B singer Roy Brown, who was tearing up the race charts back then.
It's solid stuff, but derivative.  And LR sings with a deeper voice in that blues shouter mode (think Jackie Wilson, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris).

It's interesting how short-lived the careers of many of the rock pioneers were. 
Little Richard had 2 or 3 prime years, and then retired for a while.  Buddy Holly went down in a plane crash.  Chuck Berry got tossed in the clink.  Jerry Lee Lewis faded into country music.  Elvis disappeared into anodyne movies for a long stretch.  Bo Diddley had a 4 year or so run.  Fats Domino had a pretty good run, but NO R&B/rock got left behind.

Kind of wonder about the history of rock and roll if white British boys didn't take it up with a vengeance. 

One early rock great who was fairly similar to Little Richard -- they were labelmates at Specialty in NO in the mid-late '50's --  but is largely forgotten today = Larry Williams.  Bony Maronie, Slow Down.  Dizzy Miss Lizzy.  Short Fat Fanny.  The very funky She Said Yeah, which the Stones covered early on.
He tried to keep up with the times, hooked up with Johnny Guitar Watson for a time.  Wake Up is a great piece of black consciousness soul.  Died in 1980 in suspicious circumstances.
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« Reply #64 on: May 09, 2020, 02:22:04 PM »

I never did get to see Little Richard.  During the period when I was catching a lot of aging musical greats -- 1981-87 -- Little Richard didn't appear in NYC to my knowledge.  I was once scheduled to see Fats Domino at the Bottom Line club, but for some reason I called before we left and he had cancelled.  We ended up with Plan B which was catching Big Jay McNeely, an R&B sax honker, who put on a terrific show, walking down the bar blowing, and on top of tables.

Among Little Richard contemporaries, I did see Bo Diddley a few times; Big Joe Turner; James Brown -- and Little Richard followers such as Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, Sly Stone, etc.  The 80's in NYC was a very fertile time&place to catch live music from Jazz, R&B, Soul and Blues greats.
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« Reply #65 on: May 20, 2020, 09:26:44 AM »

The Google doodle this morning was honoring Bruddah Iz,  who would be sixty-one today.   Due to extreme morbid obesity,  he is somewhere over the rainbow. 
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« Reply #66 on: June 17, 2020, 03:15:13 AM »

Coming out soon is Neil Young's Homegrown - an album he recorded in 1975, but decided not to release. Until now!

I'm moderately excited!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homegrown_(Neil_Young_album)
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« Reply #67 on: June 19, 2020, 02:47:49 PM »

"is this song racist? "

A Key & Peele video,  for Juneteenth...

https://youtu.be/TLnUJzueBOQ

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« Reply #68 on: June 22, 2020, 08:54:46 AM »

Tom Petty's Family Doesn't Want Trump Using His Music For A 'Campaign Of Hate'

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/21/881444533/tom-pettys-family-doesn-t-want-trump-using-his-music-for-a-campaign-of-hate

Hopefully,  the family won't back down.
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