Monthly Archives: August, 2020

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY-CRY TO ME.

Loleatta Holloway-Cry To Me. Label: Tidal Waves Music. Format: LP.  Before being transformed into a disco diva by arranger, guitarist and producer Norman Harris at Salsoul imprint Gold Mind Records, Loleatta Holloway released two albums of Southern Soul for Michael Thevis’ Aware Records. This includes her sophomore album Cry To Me, which was released in …

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CULT CLASSIC: CAN-SOON OVER BABALUMA.

Cult Classic: Can-Soon Over Babaluma. When Can released their fifth studio album Soon Over Babaluma in In November 1974, it was  another ambitious album of innovative music that saw the Cologne-based band continue to push musical  boundaries to their limits. This is what they had been doing since they Can was founded in 1968.  Although they would release six more albums, what …

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CULT CLASSIC: SHINA WILLIAMS AND HIS AFRICAN PERCUSSIONISTS-AFRICAN DANCES.

Cult Classic: Shina Willians and His African Percussionists-African Dances. By 1979, Afrobeat had grown in popularity in Nigeria, and was influencing and inspiring a number of Western musicians including the legendary vibes  player Roy Ayers. He was just one of many musicians who had started to incorporate elements of Afrobeat into his unique and inimitable …

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CULT CLASSIC: RYO FUKUI-MELLOW DREAM.

Cult Classic: Ryo Fukui- Mellow Dream. Ryo Fukui, who was born in Biratori, Hokkaido, in Japan, on the ‘1st’ of June 1948, was a late starter when it came to the piano and unlike most of the musicians he encountered during a career that spanned five decades, had never learnt to play the instrument as a …

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BOBBIE GENTRY-THE DELTA SWEETE.

Bobbie Gentry-The Delta Sweete. Label: UMC. Format: CD. Less than three weeks after Bobbie Gentry released Ode To Billie Joe as a single on the ‘10th’ of July 1967 the song topped the US Billboard 100 and US Country charts. The song was penned by Bobbie Gentry and was the twenty-five year old’s debut single …

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CULT CLASSIC: CARL PERKINS-ON TOP.

Cult Classic: Carl Perkins-On Top. By the time Carl Perkins signed to Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in 1954, he had already been a professional musician for eight years. His career began in 1946, when he was fourteen and still living in Tiptonville, Tennessee, where his parents worked as sharecroppers. Life was tough for Buck and …

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CULT CLASSIC: GUITAR SLIM GREEN’S “STONE DOWN BLUES” WITH JOHNNY AND SHUGGIE OTIS.

Cult Classic: Guitar Slim Green’s “Stone Down Blues” With Johnny and Shuggie Otis. Guitar Slim Green was never the most prolific of musicians despite his career lasting four decades. However, during that period, he only released a handful of recordings. This included his one and only album, Stone Down Blues, which was released in 1970 and …

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BARRENCE WHITFIELD AND THE SAVAGES-1977-1987: THE FIRST TEN YEARS AND THREE ALBUMS.

Barrence Whitfield and The Savages-1977-1987: The First Ten Years and Three Albums, Barry White, who later found fame as the frontman for Barrence Whitfield and The Savages was born on June the ‘13th’ 1955, in Jacksonville, Florida, but his family moved to East Orange, in New Jersey when he was a child. That was where the Barry …

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CULT CLASSIC: DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF INNOCENCE.

Cult Classic: David Axelrod-Songs Of Innocence. By the time David Axelrod began work on his debut album Songs Of Innocence in 1968, the thirty-seven year arranger, composer, drummer and producer old had enjoyed a chequered career. He had started off as a boxer, before changing direction and finding work in film and television. However, in …

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CULT CLASSIC: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-MANY A MILE.

Cult Classic-Buffy Sainte-Marie-Many A Mile. Although Buffy Sainte-Marie started out as folk singer in the early-sixties, her career was transformed when she cowrote Up Where We Belong with Jack Nitzsche for the 1982 film An Officer and A Gentleman. The million selling single topped the charts in America, Australia, Canada and South Africa and went on to win Buffy Sainte-Marie an Academy …

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CULT CLASSIC: SANDRA PHILLIPS-TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE BED.

Cult Classic: Sandra Phillips-Too Many People In One Bed, Maverick producer Swamp Dogg, hadn’t known Sandra Phillips long before he signed her to Wally Roker’s Canyon Records where he had a production contract. Swamp Dogg was introduced to the singer by her ex-husband who let him hear a single she had cut for Epic. This was kismet.   …

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