Sunday, February 19, 2017

R.I.P Clyde Stubblefield

It is great to pay tribute to Black Artists during Black History month. I just wish they weren't dying. Another important musician, Clyde Stubblefield passed away during the weekend. He is best known for his work with James Brown.

James Brown "Funky Drummer"


The beat from the above song is the most sampled segment in the World and Stubblefield is considered one of the greatest drummers.Here he is with "Funk Thing"


Back with James Brown "Ain't it Funky Now"


He will be missed but his music will live on!

Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

Today is Smokey Robinson's 76th birthday! I celebrated his 75th birthday last year with this post.  I am also featuring one of his songs in my current Battle of the Bands post. There is still time to vote if you like!

Five years ago, I had the honor of reviewing his performance at the Kennedy Center. It was for a charity event and Robinson still gave a full show. You can read my review here.

Enough about what I've posted, you know my celebrations are all about the music.

Here he is with the Miracles, "You Really Got a Hold of Me"




Elliptical Man posted last year his favorite song from Smokey was "Just to See Her"



I do requests and mentions so feel free to share your Smokey Robinson memories, favorite songs and such in the comments. Here is "Baby Come Close"



Hope you enjoy and I will be back soon!

Friday, February 17, 2017

R.I.P Walter Morrison

The music world lost another one. Walter "Junie" Morrison has passed away,  He was a member of the Ohio Players and later joined P-Funk, Parliament-Funkadelic. Morrison also released seven solo albums.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Parliament-Funkadelic. 

Here is "Friends" from his last solo album in 2004..


"Tightrope" from his first solo album..



Here he is singing lead for the Ohio Players...


Here is some P-Funk...


May he rest in peace!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Cruisin' into Black History Month



February is cruising along. February is Black History month and I am using it for a theme for my Battle of the Bands. I started with the blues and this time I am going to another musical place called Motown.

Smokey Robinson is a legendary singer and songwriter. He was is one of the greatest artist from the Motown era and he has a birthday fast approaching. Obviously he is a great choice to pick a song from since he has a large catalog of songs and he has been covered by many musicians.

The Song: Cruisin'



Smokey Robinson isn't in this competition so please don't vote for him. 

Contender One: D'Angelo



Contender Two: Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis



Who gets your vote? I think they are both great covers. One has two big names, so we have a little bit of a Samson and Goliath thing going on. Names don't matter. Hopefully it is all about the music and who you vote for, I just count them up and provide the results sometime after the 21st. Vote in the comments and we will have a winner soon! Please check out the other Battle links here. That site has the most up to date list.

Well I hope you enjoyed the Battle and come back and visit soon!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Absalom Jones

Absalom Jones died on this date in 1818. This date being February 13th. An important figure in black History for his abolitionist activity. Jones was also the first African American ordained priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States. 

Connections are easy to find when celebrating musicians, sports figures, and actors. As fans they become part of your life. But what do I have in common with Absalom Jones?

I'm Episcopalian and he is part of my church's history. He is listed among the Saints and is even included in our Book of Common Prayers. 

If you belong to a denomination, who was your first Black clergy member?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

R.I.P Al Jarreau

Seven time Grammy Award singer Al Jarreau passed away today. His music crossed the genres of R&B, jazz, and soul. If you were a television fan in the 80's you might remember him for the Moonlighting title track...



He won his first GRAMMY Award for this song.."Look to the Rainbow"


He won his last GRAMMY Award by himself for this song..."Heaven and Earth"



He would win another one for a song featuring Jill Scott and George Benson as well. What is your favorite Al Jarreau song? Do you have any Al Jarreau memories? If you do feel free to share in the comments. We will miss Al Jarreau's vocals but we are thankful for his recordings.





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Battle of the Bands: The Doors win but results closer then you think!

The Doors were the bigger name and the clear favorite to win my Battle of the Bands. Sometimes these Battles look like they are going to be blowouts before I even push publish. Sometimes battles I think will be close end up being shutouts.

Stephen thought the results of my Battle of the Bands would be "a slam-dunk for THE DOORS!."  Battles The Battle ended up being a 4 to 3 nail biter with Quicksilver Messenger Service hanging tough.


"Celebration of the Lizard" (very long)



But I celebrate winners on BOTB result posts. It's "Love Street"


Bringing it back to my Black History Month Theme..The Doors with the great John Lee Hooker..


I think the real winner is Howlin' Wolf ...


Stay tuned for my next Battle on the 15th....