Suggested Listening Feburary 1, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the photo of the albums to stream them)

Recommended Freegal Streaming Albums & Playlists (Genre: Many!):

Black History Month Playlist featuring Various Artists:

February is Black History Month, offering us the opportunity to learn more about the history and rich cultural heritage of African Americans, and by extension the history and cultural heritage of America itself; as America is a nation of many diverse peoples who contribute their individual threads of culture and history, that when joined together create the tapestry that is the United States.

With that in mind, Freegal is featuring a Black History Month playlist. The list runs more than six hours and features 92 songs. Most of the songs are by great vintage artists including: Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Harry Belafonte, Louis Jordan, Aretha Franklin and Dinah Washington; although the collection also includes some contemporary artists including, Bad Brains, Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

And Martin Luther King Jr. is also featured in the collection. He gives a short speech titled We Shall Overcome.

Songs in the collection include: Wade In The Water by The Staple Singers, Me And The Devil Blues by Robert Johnson, No More Auction Block For Me by Odetta, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday and A Change Is Gonna Come by Same Cooke.

It is a great playlist – check it out!


El Sofisticado Jazz & Lounge De Cocktail Inn (2009) by Cocktail Inn (Genre: Jazz, Cocktail Music, Pop, Instrumental):

I couldn’t find any information online about the group “Cocktail Inn.” What I can tell you is that their collection titled El Sofisticado Jazz & Lounge De Cocktail Inn features 14 cool lounge songs – perfect for background music during dinner, cocktail parties or during a cold weekend afternoon!

And I can tell you that according to Google, the English title of the album is Sophisticated Jazz & Lounge by Cocktail Inn.

The songs on the LP are all lounge classics including: Brief And Breezy, Days Of Wine And Roses & The Pink Panther Theme written by Henry Mancini, Corcovado, Wave and The Girl From Ipanema composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Way You Look Tonight written by Jerome Kern and Green Onions originally written and performed by Booker T. & the MGs.


Live in Atlantic City (2019) by Heart (Genre: Rock):

The classic band Heart, led by sisters Ann & Nancy Wilson, offers us a live LP, Live In Atlantic City, for this their twenty-third album.

The group plays their greatest hits accompanied by some terrific guests including: Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction founding member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, country singer-songwriter Gretchen Wilson, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and the band Alice In Chains.

Songs in the set include: Crazy On You, Bébé Le Strange & Straight On (w. Dave Navarro), Lost Angel & Rock n’ Roll (w. Gretchen Wilson), Dog & Butterfly (w. Rufus Wainwright), Rooster (with Alice In Chains) and Barracuda (w. all guests artists).

This is a fun album and perfect for weekend listening! The songs are all familiar but with the guest artists joining in they have an extra spark that makes them even more enjoyable to listen to.


Out of Sight (1968) by Maxine Brown (Genre: R&B, Pop, Vocal):

Out Of Sight is classic album by the sixties R&B singer Maxine Brown.

Brown really is a top notch singer and should be much better known today than she is. This album is from the pivotal year 1968 and features the following songs: Sugar Dumplin’, I Wish It Would Rain, I’m In Love, In My Entire Life & When A Man Loves A Woman.


Liberty: Piano Songbook (2018) by Lindi Ortega (Genre: Piano, Popular Music, Instrumental, Country):

Lindi Ortega is an award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose previous five albums clearly showcase her great voice and country music style. With her Liberty: Piano Songbook, which is an instrumental album, she changes pace completely and shows, that in addition to being a great singer/songwriter, she is also a fine pianist.

Songs on the LP include: You Ain’t Foolin Me, Til My Dyin Day, Forever Blue, Pablo, The Comeback Kid and Nothing’s Impossible.


Somewhere in Between (2018) by Adam Hood (Genre: Country, Americana): 

Somewhere in Between is Nashville singer-songwriter Adams Hood latest LP. And on the LP Hood shows off his relatable-slice-of-life songs and his laid back Americana style.

Songs on the album include: Easy Way, Locomotive, Alabama Moon, Downturn, Easy Way and Heart of a Queen.


Standards: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (2018) by Alexander Claffy (Genre: Jazz):

According to his hip website, Alexander Claffy is a New York City based bassist and bandleader.
Standards is his new album and it offers a collection of Jazz standards, obviously!  – the songs are indeed standards and thus great songs!

Songs in the set include: Blues on the Corner, You Must Believe in Spring, Michelle, Just One of Those Things & So in Love.


Videos of the Week:

What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue by Louis Armstrong:

Poor Man’s Blues by Bessie Smith:

Oh, Freedom by Harry Belafonte:

The Bourgeois Blues by Leadbelly (aka Lead Belly):

Am I Asking Too Much? by Dinah Washington:

Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan:

To Be Young Gifted And Black by Nina Simone:


Hard Times by John Legend & The Roots:


Blue Moon by Cocktail Inn:


Crazy On You by Heart with David Navarro:


I Wish It Would Rain by Maxine Brown:


The Comeback Kid by Linda Ortega:


Easy Way by Adam Hood:


Blues On The Corner by Alexander Claffy with Kurt Rosenwinkel & David Kikoski:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL



Alexander Claffy’s Official Website

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

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Weekly Recommended Listens: April 2017: Week 2: Sixties Rock: Early Sixties Soul Music Continued

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our month-long look at Early Sixties Soul music.

Our artists for this week are Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke & Little Willie John.

And our weekly recommended music posting features the following sections:

I. Brief Artist Bios

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music*)

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week

VI. References (for those who’d like to know a bit more about the artists of the week).

I. Brief Artist Bios:

Jackie Wilson: Wilson was born in Detroit in 1934. And like all the other musicians who helped create the new musical genre of Soul, he started out singing Gospel, then incorporated traditional Rhythm & Blues and Pop influences into his music to produce a classic early sixties Soul sound.

Wilson initially sang as a solo artist before joining Billy Ward’s band, the Dominos in 1953. He took over the singing duties from the great Clyde McPatter who left Ward’s band to form The Drifters. During Wilson’s tenure with The Dominos they had one hit Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet) in which you can clearly hear the styles of Rhythm and Blues, Pop and Swing being woven together.

In 1957, Wilson left Ward’s band and launched his second solo career. He scored numerous hits in the next ten years starting with 1958’s To Be Loved. Other Wilson hits of the era include: Lonely Teardrops, I’ll Be Satisfied, Doggin’ Around, A Woman, A Lover, A Friend, Alone At Last, My Empty Arms, Baby Workout, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher, and I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Wilson’s was a very energetic singer and a great performer. He was also a consistent hitmaker during the 1960s. However, it is notable that when Wilson recorded albums he focused on creating hits and so sometimes the depth and energy of his singing wasn’t captured in his studio recordings.

All in all though, Wilson richly deserves his place in music history as one of the founder of Soul Music – few singers of the era sang more energetically, and his rich tones when complimented by the right songs/song arraignments are wonderful to hear.

Wilson continued to perform into the nineteen seventies but, unfortunately, suffered a stroke while performing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1975, at the very young age of 41, and was never able to perform again. Wilson died in 1984.

Solomon Burke: Burke was born on March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both his mother and his grandmother were preachers so he grew up with the sounds of Gospel woven into his life. And as a young man, Burke worked as a preacher and mortician before turning his launching a singing career.

Burke never had a pop hit, although he had many R&B hits, but he had a huge impact on the genres of Pop and Rock Music and was another founding pillar of the genre of Soul Music. Burke started out singing Gospel in his family’s church and went on to sing music that mixed Rhythm and Blues and Country Music with Pop overtones, polishing and transitioning that music into Soul Music as he went.

In the mid-sixties a radio show host referred to Burke as “The King Of Rock and Soul” and Burke loved the description and went with it, creating a stage persona that showed him larger than life, decked out like a king and sitting on a throne while he sang.

Burke recorded for Atlantic Records during its sixties heyday. And with his smooth vocals, flamboyant style and knack for storytelling, influenced a whole host of subsequent artists and groups including the Rolling Stones who covered two of his songs in their early years– Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Rolling Stones No. 2), and Cry To Me (Out Of Our Heads). Burke’s R&B hits of the sixties included: Cry To Me, Just Out of Reach, Tonight’s The Night, Got To Get You Off My Mind, If You Need Me and Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye).

Post sixties, Burke continued to record and perform and actually died in an airport in Amsterdam while on tour in 2010. He was seventy years old, and according to his New York Times obituary, he was survived by 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Little Willie John: John was born in Cullendale, Arkansas on November 15, 1937. He grew up in Detroit and his first hit was 1955’s All Around the World.

John’s vocals had great emotional depth and his voice was youthful in tone giving his music a very vibrant feeling.

John recorded for King Records, a lesser known label that the great sixties R&B/Soul labels Atlantic and Stax, and, was cited as a musical inspiration by many other performers including B.B. King, Al Green, Clyde McPhatter, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.

John was a passionate individual and hot tempered when it came to slights – particularly those based on his lack of height – he was five feet, four inches tall. And in 1964 he stabbed a man and as a result, was sent to The Washington State Penitentiary. He died there under suspicious circumstances in 1968. Some sources say John died of a heart attack, others that he died of pneumonia and several contemporaries interviewed for his 2011 biography, Fever: Little Willie John A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and The Birth of Soul by Susan Whitall, claim that he was murdered. Whatever the cause of his John’s death, he died at the very young age of 30 leaving behind some great music. His hits include: Are You Ever Coming Back, Fever, Heartbreak, Home At Last, I Need Your Love So Bad, I’m Shakin’ and Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good.

Freegal Notes:

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The Freegal Music app can be found in your app store and it looks like this:

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

Jackie Wilson:Archive ’57-’61:

This album contains a number of Wilson’s best songs including: Reet Petite, To Be Loved, Lonely Teardrops, I’ll Be Satisfied, Doggin’ Around, Night and more!

Here’s a link to stream the album Archive ’57 – ’61:

Solomon Burke: Proud Mary with Bonus Tracks

 The songs on this collection include: These Arms Of Mine, I’ll Be Doggone, Please Send Me Someone To Love, The Generation Of Revelations, In The Ghetto and more.

Here’s link to stream the Proud Mary album:

Little Willie John:

All Around The World by Little Willie John from the Various Artists collection All Star Rock & Roll Revue:

In addition to Little Willie John, this album  features a swinging version of Oh Babe by Lucky Millinder, a bouncy Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee by The Platters and Sixty Minute Man by Billy Ward & His Dominoes featuring Clyde McPhatter on vocals.

Here’s a link to stream the All Star Rock & Roll Revue album:

Fever by Little Willie John from the Various Artists collection 20 Soul Rarities:

Other musicians features on the album include: Big Joe Turner, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Eugene Church and more.

Here’s a link to stream the album 20 Soul Rarities:

Freegal Wild Card Streaming Pick Of The Week:

The Complete Sessions with Bobby Hackett by Jackie Gleason:

If you’re only familiar with Jackie Gleason as portraying the everyday common man Ralph Kramden on the classic TV show the Honeymooners, than you are in for a treat! Jackie Gleason also had a musical career! In the fifties, he said that he thought there was a need to create smooth, romantic, easy listening instrumental music like the kind he saw, during romantic scenes in the movies, while he was growing up – and boy did he! Jackie Gleason’s albums feature rich, horn based instrumentals that are perfect to play as back ground music while reading, relaxing, unwinding while working out or even just de-stressing, wine glass in hand, after a hectic day.

If you go to the Freegal checkout page to stream the set you’ll notice Freegal has the musical category listed as Jazz. However, Jackie Gleason’s music really isn’t Jazz – it is the soft background music that later became known as lounge music and it is perfect music to play when you just want to shut your eyes and relax!

Freegal has several different Jackie Gleason albums in its catalog, including this set of Gleason’s featuring albums released between 1953 and 1960 which feature trumpeter Bobby Hackett. This collection features more than 100 songs – so stream away!

Here’s a link to stream the Jackie Gleason Sessions:

III. Compact Discs Recommendations:

Jackie Wilson:

Jackie Wilson 7 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles And Live Tracks:

This multi disc collection includes seven albums originally released between 1958 and 1961 including his first three albums: He’s So Fine, So Much & Lonely Teardrops. Also included are the albums Jackie Sings the Blues and A Woman, A Lover, A Friend both released in 1960 and 1961’s You Ain’t Heard Nothin Yet and By Special Request. Since that is seven albums worth of material to listen to and not everyone has that much free time, I’ll note that the AllMusic site gives the highest ratings to the albums Lonely Teardrops and Jackie Sings The Blues.

Here’s a link to request the Jackie Wilson 7 Classic Albums set  via StarCat:

Solomon Burke

The Very Best of Solomon Burke:

This album, unlike the mega Jackie Wilson set, features one single-album of music; sixteen of Solomon’s best songs including: Just Out Of My Reach, Cry To Me, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love and Tonight’s The Night.

Here’s a link to request the Very Best of Solomon Burke CD via StarCat:

Little Willie John:

Little Willie John: All 15 Of His chart Hits From 1953 To 1962:

This album is a solid greatest hits collection featuring, as the title says, all of Little Willie John’s hits from the fifties and early sixties. The album includes the songs: All Around The World, Need your Love So Bad, Cottage For Sale, Fever and more.

Here’s a link to request the Little Willie John CD via StarCat:

Wild Card CD & DVD Picks Of The Week:

Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive (Silent):

This collection of silent American films is a great find! The set includes early movies, previously unavailable on video, by John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and other early American cinematic favorites. The films and were found in a New Zealand archive where they had been carefully stored for over a century – and they are a great find because they are the only known versions of these videos.

The 3-1/4 hour DVD set contains the following short films and film shorts:

John Ford’s Upstream (1927) and a preview for his lost feature Strong Boy (1929)

The White Shadow (1924), 3 reels from the first surviving feature credited to Alfred Hitchcock, the assistant director, art director, writer, and editor

Won in a Cupboard (1914), the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand

Lyman H. Howe’s Famous Ride on a Runaway Train (1921), reunited with its sound-effects disc for the first time in decades

Stetson’s Birth of a Hat (ca. 1920)

The Love Charm (1928), a South Seas romance filmed in two-color Technicolor by Ray Rennahan and written by Duncan Renaldo (the “Cisco Kid”)

Andy’s Stump Speech (1924), directed by Norman Taurog, following funny-paper favorite Andy Gump (played by Joe Murphy) on the campaign trail

The cartoon Happy-Go-Luckies (1923), 5 newsreel stories, and an episode from Dolly of the Dailies (1914) in which the unstoppable newspaperwoman saves the day and gets the scoop.

Here’s a link to request the Lost and Found DVD set via StarCat:

IV: Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

Jackie Wilson:

That’s Why (I Love You So) – from The Ed Sullivan Show

Lonely Teardrops – from an unnamed TV show:

Solomon Burke:

Cry To Me – studio recording with a montage of photos of Burke from the era and, at the end of the clip, much later in his career

A Picture of You – another studio recording with featuring only a single, vintage, lonely photo of Solomon Burke – but it is great song!

Little Willie John:
Two studio recordings featuring vintage photos of John:

Need Your Love So Bad

I’m Shakin’

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week:

Fever: Little Willie John, A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul by Susan Whitall with a forward by Stevie Wonder

This week I’m not going to divert from the Soul Music category and go off on a different music path, instead, I’m going to recommend Little Willie John’s biography titled:

Here’s a solid description of the book provided by the Publisher – Titan Books:

Little Willie John lived for a fleeting 30 years, but his dynamic and daring sound left an indelible mark on the history of music. His deep blues, rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and swinging ballads inspired a generation of musicians, forming the basis for what we now know as soul music.

Born in Arkansas in 1937, William Edward John found his voice in the church halls, rec centers and nightclubs of Detroit, a fertile proving ground that produced the likes of Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. One voice rose above the rest in those formative years of the 1950s, and Little Willie John went on to have 15 hit singles in the American rhythm & blues chart, with considerable cross-over success in pop. Some of his songs might be best known by their cover versions (“Fever” by Peggy Lee, “Need Your Love So Bad” by Fleetwood Mac and “Leave My Kitten Alone” by The Beatles) but Little Willie John’s original recording of these and other songs are widely considered to be definitive, and it is this sound that is credited with ushering in a new age in American music as the 1950s turned into the 60s and rock ‘n’ roll took its place in popular culture.

The soaring heights of Little Willie John’s career are matched only by the tragic events of his death, cutting short a life so full of promise. Charged with a violent crime in the late 1960s, an abbreviated trial saw Willie convicted and incarcerated in Walla Walla Washington, where he died under mysterious circumstances in 1968.

In this, the first official biography of one of the most important figures in rhythm & blues history, author Susan Whitall, with the help of Little Willie John’s eldest son Kevin John, has interviewed some of the biggest names in the music industry and delved into the personal archive of the John family to produce an unprecedented account of the man who invented soul music.

And here’s a link to request Little Willie John bio via StarCat:

VI. General References & Artist Specific References:

General References:
All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide To R&B And Soul. (Backbeat Books. Fresno. 2003.)

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Clyde McPhatter Biography by Bruce Eder

Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Recommended Artists Specific References:

Jackie Wilson Biography by Richie Unterberger


Little Willie John Biography by John Floyd

Solomon Burke Biography by Richie Unterberger

Solomon Burke, Influential Soul Singer, Dies at 70 By BEN SISARIO. OCT. 11, 2010. New York Times.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

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Weekly Recommended Listens: March 2017, Week 4: Sixties Rock: Blues Rock Concluded

Hi everyone, we’re concluding our cliff notes look at Blues Rock music of the 1960s with this posting.

Next week we’ll kick off a month long look at another category of 1960s Rock – Early Sixties Soul.

And we’ll jump into our last Sixties Blues Rock posting by noting each week’s posting features the following sections:

I. Brief Artist Bios

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week (a print book that focuses on a musician, musicians, songwriters or other musical genres, styles etc. from any musical era)

VI. References (for those who’d like to know a bit more about the artists of the week).

For our final week of listening to Sixties Blues Rock, we’re going to take a closer look at two British Blues artists and a group that were better known in the U.K. than the U.S. but that nevertheless played some great music! The two artists and one group are: Alexis Korner, Cyril Davis & The Graham Bond Organization.

Beginning Terminology Note:

To those of us who grew up after the 1960s it is helpful to note that 1960s Jazz was more closely related to Big Band music and to Rhythm and Blues music than jazz music of the seventies, eights or nineties.

Also of note, and again just for those of us who came of age after the sixties, you may have an impression of the term “R&B” as describing music with soft soulful vocals; however, in the early sixties Rhythm & Blues, R&B for short, was a term used to describe music that had strong blues roots, music that might be described as traditional rhythm and blues – today most of us would simply refer to this style of music as Blues. And I thought I should point that out, as the music of Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, Blues Incorporated and The Graham Bond Organisation is on a different musical path than R&B music made since the 1970s. Their music really is blues with a mixture of jazz and traditional rock influences thrown to add musical color.

I. Brief Artist Bios:

Alexis Korner: Alexis Korner was born in Paris in 1928, and moved with his family to the U. K. in 1940. As a teenager he became a huge fan of American R&B. Korner learned to play piano and guitar and began playing professionally in the 1940s. It was in the mid-fifties that he ran into a guitarist and harmonica player named Cyril Davis and found that they shared a love of American Blues music.

In 1962, Korner and Davies formed the renowned Blues Incorporated band which really was the first British Blues band to break their music to a large audience. Korner and Davies not only played the blues, they encouraged others to play the blues too and, also, brought in American Blues players to play for British audiences. And thus the duo and the group they founded – Blues Incorporated, had a huge impact on British rock and blues players of the era.

Some of the musicians that played in the ever revolving line-up of Blues Incorporated included future Rolling Stones Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, early Rolling Stone member and the man subsequently known as the “Sixth Stone” Ian Stewart, future Graham Bond Orgaisation members and Cream co-founders Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce, Long John Baldry who went on to sing with Cyril Davies’s All Stars, Dick Heckstall-Smith who later played with The Graham Bond Organization & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Paul Jones later lead singer of Manfred Mann (he sang lead vocals on their biggest U.S. hit Do Wah Diddy Diddy), Steve Marriott who went on to play with Humble Pie & The Small Faces and many others.

The great British Bluesman John Mayall has even noted of Korner, Davis and their band Blues Incorporated, that their success influenced him to form his renowned Bluesbreakers band.

If you want to know more about Alexis Korner YouTube offers a BBC documentary which you can access here:

Here’s a list of Korner’s sixties albums: R&B from the Marquee, Red Hot from Alex, At the Cavern, Sky High, I Wonder Who, A New Generation of Blues & Blues Inc./Alex Korner All Stars.

Korner continued to play and record through the 1970s and into the 1980s. Unfortunately, Korner died of lung cancer in 1984 at the relatively young age of 56.

Cyril Davies: Here’s the AllMusic biography of Cyril Davies: “The Cyril Davies R&B All-Stars were, after the Rolling Stones, the best British blues band of the early ’60s — and if they’d gotten to stay together a little longer under Davies, they might even have given Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and company a real run for their money. This regrettably short-lived blues band was assembled by harpist/singer Cyril Davies (1932-1964) in 1963, following his exit from Blues Incorporated. The group’s original lineup, featuring Davies on harp and vocals, had Bernie Watson on guitar, Nicky Hopkins on piano, Ricky Brown playing bass, and Carlo Little on the drums — all four had been recruited from the ranks of Screaming Lord Sutch’s Savages. This quintet recorded an initial single, “Country Line Special,” driven by Davies’ wailing harp and vocals, that was sufficiently authentic to get it placed alongside the British releases of songs by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and the rest of the Chess Record luminaries in England’s Pye Records catalog,” and “The Cyril Davies R&B All-Stars remain an impressive footnote in the history of British blues, however, for their handful of recordings, including “Country Line Special,” “Preachin’ the Blues,” and a hard-rocking rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” They never recorded an album, but their songs appear on numerous anthologies including: A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (Sequel Records), Stroll On (Sony Music), and Dealing With the Devil (Sony Music).”

And I think that review nicely sums up Davies’s importance in the history of British Blues!

Cyril Davies, who had been diagnosed with Endocarditis, died suddenly after collapsing during a concert in 1964. Had he lived longer Davies might be better known today, as it is he left behind a handful of great songs and influenced numerous other British Blues musicians.

The Graham Bond Organisation: And yes indeed, the spelling is correct! They were called The Graham Bond Organisation with an “s” instead of a “z” – it is the British spelling and as they were a British band – we’ll go with the British spelling! Even though you will sometimes see the band referred to in print as The Graham Bond Organization.

Graham Bond is not well known in the U.S. However, he was an important figure in the British Blues movement of the early 1960s. R&B fan Bond played the saxophone and keyboards and was a member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated.

And it was while he was playing with Blues Incorporated that Bond met future Cream members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith. In 1963 Bond, Bruce, Baker & Heckstall-Smith exited Korner’s band to form The Graham Bond Organisation.

The GBO played a mixture of blues based rock with strong R&B and jazz influences mixed in. Bond, who had a gruff voice, played keyboards and sang lead vocals on most songs, while Bruce played bass, wrote a few songs for the group and occasionally sang lead vocals with a smoother voice, Baker played drums and ran the band and Heckstall-Smith played the sax. This classic line-up of the band recorded three albums together: Live at Klooks Kleek (1964), The Sound of ’65 (1965) and There’s a Bond Between Us (1965).

After their third album was recorded, Bond moved to American where he continued to perform and record, Baker and Bruce who had, to say the least an acrimonious relationship, found themselves forming Cream with Eric Clapton and Dick Heckstall-Smith continued playing R&B and jazz music with John Mayall and many other musicians over the years – he even published two biographies which offer a solid look at the British Blues scene of the early sixties: The Safest Place in the World: Personal History of British Rhythm and Blues and Blowing the Blues: Fifty Years Playing the British Blues. Bond died in 1974, Heckstall-Smith in 2004 and Bruce in 2014.

Ginger Baker continues to record and even has his own website found at:

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II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

1. Alexis Korner – Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated…Plus

This album features mellow saxophone, jolly piano playing and rave-upish guitar playing! Songs on the album include: Taboo Man, Rainy Tuesday, Preachin’ the Blues, A Little Bit Groovy and more – check it out!

Here’s a link to stream the album Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated…Plus

2. Cyril Davies – The Blues Anthology CD2 by various artists

This album, really is digital despite the CD2 in the title! And it and features the songs Someday Baby and Not Fade Away by Cyril Davies and the Rhythm and Blues All Stars. This set also includes songs by a number of other British Blues artists of the sixties including: Albert Lee, Jo-Ann Kelley, Earl Vince, Rod Stewart, Nicky Hopkins, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and more.

This is a fun collection!

Here’s a link to stream The Blues Anthology album:

3. The Graham Bond Organisation – Live At Klooks Kleek:

This album is the first GBO album and was recorded live in London in 1964. It features the songs: Wade in The Water, Early in The Morning, Person to Person Blues, What I’d Say, Spanish Blues, First Time I Met The Blues, Stormy Monday and Train Time. And despite the sound quality, which by modern standard is rough, this album give you an excellent idea of how well the band played together – the music really does swing!

Here’s a link to stream the album Live At Klooks Kleek:

Freegal Wild Card Streaming Pick Of The Week:

The Aaron Copland Collection: Orchestral Music And Music For Solo Piano:

This week’s Freegal Wild Card Pick is a long ways away from the Blues! It is a cool Aaron Copland album!

And If you’re not really into classical music you might not be aware of how important Aaron Copland’s music is in the history of American music…

Before Copland came along if someone said “Classical Music” they were apt to be referring to music composed by a European composer. The cliff notes version of the story is that when Copland first came to the public’s attention in the 1940s – he changed all that – here was an American composer who could create fantastic, majestic music! And for that reason alone, if you aren’t a classical music fan you should check him out – at least listen to Fanfare for the Common Man.

And for anyone else who is game, give a listen to the entire album The Aaron Copland Collection: Orchestral Music And Music For Solo Piano album. The album features the songs Fanfare for the Common Man, An Outdoor Adventures, Our Town, John Henry, songs from Rodeo, Billy The Kid, Appalachian Spring, Lincoln Portrait and much more!

Here’s a link to stream the Copland album:

III. Compact Discs Recommendations:

This week I’m only going to recommend two CDs as Cyril Davies didn’t record any full-length albums and the two songs of his I recommended from the Freegal Catalog give you a good idea of what his music sounded like. (If we get a request for a CD that features Cyril Davies’s music – we’ll get one!)

Alexis Korner – R&B from the Marquee:

Despite the title the album was not recorded live in concert, although it was recorded live in the studio during one long session. This album features the multi-instrumentalist Alexis Korner on vocals, Cyril Davies on harmonica and vocals, Dick Heckstall-Smith on sax, Keith Scott on piano, Graham Burbridge on drums, Spike Heatley on bass and Long John Baldry singing on a few songs. This is a great collection of music. Standout songs in the collection include: Spooky But Nice, Gotta Move, Got My Mojo Working, I Though You Heard That Train Whistle blow, I Want’ To Put A Tiger In Your Tank, and, honestly, the whole album is swinging fun!

Here’s a link to request the R&B from the Marquee album via StarCat:

The Graham Bond Organisation – The Sound of ’65 and There’s A Bond Between Us

The AllMusic site has a great review of this double album set, written by Bruce Eder, and here it is:“This two-LPs-on-one-CD package is essential listening for anyone who is seriously interested in either British blues, the Rolling Stones’ early sound, or the history of popular music, in England or America, during the late ’50s and early ’60s. In England during the years 1957-1962, jazz and blues used to intermix freely, especially among younger blues enthusiasts and more open-minded jazzmen — by 1963, most of the former had gone off to form bands like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, etc., with guitars a the forefront of their sound, while the latter (most notably British blues godfather Alexis Korner) kept some jazz elements in their work. The Graham Bond Organization (along with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and other, similar outfits) represented the jazzier side of the British blues boom, less charismatic and sexually provocative than blues-rock bands like the Stones or the Yardbirds, but no less potent a product of the same inspiration, sax and organ being much more prominent in their sound. Indeed, Bond’s playing on the organ as represented on this CD is the distant antecedent to Keith Emerson’s more ambitious keyboard excursions of 3-4 years later, without the incessant copping of classical riffs. The playing and singing (by Graham Bond and a young Jack Bruce) are curiously soulful, and when Ginger Baker takes a solo on “Oh Baby,” it’s a beautiful, powerful, even lyrical experience (as drum solos go), and one of those bold, transcendant, virtuoso moments, akin to Brian Jones’ harmonica solo on the Stones’ version of “Hi Heel Sneakers.” The band was more exciting on stage, as the evidence of their one surviving early live performance indicates, but they were worth hearing on record as well.”

Here’s a link to request the CD set The Sound of ’65 and There’s A Bond Between Us through StarCat:

Wild Card DVD Pick Of The Week:

Our Wild Card DVD recommendation of the week is a new addition to the library’s collection put out by  from The Criterion Collection:

 In a Lonely Place (1950)

Here’s a description of this classic film: When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca), in a revelatory, vulnerable performance becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbor (The Big Heat s Gloria Grahame) with her own troubled past. The emotionally charged In a Lonely Place, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller, is a brilliant, turbulent mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama, fueled by powerhouse performances. An uncompromising tale of two people desperate to love yet struggling with their demons and each other, this is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, and a benchmark in the career of the classic Hollywood auteur Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause).

Here’s a link to StarCat to request In A Lonely Place:

IV: Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

Alexis Korner – Angel Band 1978

Alexis Korner – Spoonful

Cyril Davies All Stars featuring Long John Baldry from 1963 – I’ve Got My Mojo Working –  Davies covers vocals and Long John is the one with the tambourine:

The Graham Bond Organization – Hoochie Coochie Man: 

I suspect this video was recorded from the TV and it is fuzzy but it does open a window into the 1960s and lets us watch The Graham Bond Organization play live — and wow, how young Jack Bruce looks!

Here’s the link to the video:

The Graham Bond Organization – Green Onions – 1964: This video isn’t a concert clip but it does feature a neat & clear photo of the band. The GBO band members are, from left to right, Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker.

Here’s a link to the clip Green Onions:

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week:

25 Folksong Solos for Children: with Recorded Accompaniments
(Vocal Collection). Folksongs especially arranged for a child’s solo voice (including a unchanged boy’s treble voice), with a limited range, designed to encourage lyric singing, and easy piano accompaniments. Contents: All the Pretty Little Horses * Animal Fair * Annabel Lee * The Ash Grove * Bill Grogan’s Goat * Cradle Song * Every Night When the Sun Goes In *Father’s Whiskers * The Generous Fiddler * How Can I Keep from Singing * Hush, Little Baby * The Lark in the Morn * Little Brown Dog * The Mermaid * My White Horse * On Mondays I Never Go to Work * Poor Lonesome Cowboy * The Red River Valley * Scarborough Fair * Shenandoah * Simple Gifts * The Streets of Laredo * Sweet the Evening Air of May * Tell Me Why * The Water Is Wide.

Here’s a link to StarCat to request the book 25 Folksong Solos for Children:

VI. General References & Artist Specific References:

General References:

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Blues: The British Connection by Bob Brunning, London: Blandford Press. 1986

Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Winwood’s life after Traffic By MIKE ZWERIN and INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNEFEB. 25, 2004.

Artist Specific References:

Alexis Korner Biography

Alexis Korner, Father of Us All: The man who has influenced a universe of British musicians and movements

Alexis Korner The Biography – Amazon Review:

Cyril Davies AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder

Graham Bond Biography by Richie Unterberger

Graham Bond Live at Klooks Kleek – AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

Graham Bond Organisation: The Sound of 65 AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

Graham Bond Organisation: There’s a Bond Between Us AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

Alexis Korner AllMusic Discography

Graham Bond Organization AllMusic Discography

R&B: From The Roundhouse, To The Ealing Club, To The Marquee – Amazon Description

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

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