Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Bell Sisters - Bermuda

How cute, the original version of "Bermuda" by The Bell Sisters on the Dinah Shore show in 1952.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Various Artists - Fever Part One

"Fever" a tale of passionate love was originally recorded by a singer named Little Willie John. In 1937, he was born William Edgar John in Arkansas. He was one of the first R&B singers, fairly popular in the late '50s and early '60s. Although he was a major influence on Soul singers of the '60s, he remains relatively unknown today. His nickname came from his slight height - he was only 5'4". After stabbing a man to death, he was jailed for manslaughter and died in prison when he was only 30 years old. The cause of his death is disputed - with reasons given ranging from a heart attack, pneumonia, asphyxiation, or as the result of beatings received in prison. His songs have been covered by many artists - The Beatles recorded "Leave My Kitten Alone" for the Beatles for Sale sessions, but never released it (It did appear on their Anthology 1 cd-set). Little Willie John was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

There is some controversy over who wrote this, but according to Otis Blackwell, he wrote it with Eddie Cooley. Otis Blackwell was a singer/songwriter/pianist, but most well-known for his songwriting. Some famous songs he wrote/co-wrote are "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender," "One Broken Heart For Sale," "Easy Question," "Great Balls of Fire," "Just Keep It Up," and "Handy Man." Cooley was a songwriting partner on many of his songs, and according to Blackwell, they had an agreement that Cooley would split his weekly paycheck as a jeweler with him. They would pen songs together and Blackwell would go to New York City to "hustle" them. Blackwell had this credited to the name John Davenport (his stepfather) because he was under contract at RCA and was concerned he wouldn't get royalties for it. Blackwell said in an interview that Little Willie John didn't want to record this at first because he didn't like the finger snapping.

Peggy Lee recorded the most famous version of this song. She was born Norma Deloris Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Her break came when she was discovered by bandleader Benny Goodman. Lee was a Blues-influenced Jazz singer and also a songwriter, with such hits as the songs from Disney's Lady and the Tramp, in which she also sang and voiced a few characters. A triple-threat of her day, she was also an actress with a role in a remake of The Jazz Singer and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as an alcoholic Blues singer in Pete Kelly's Blues.

There are many more artists who recorded "Fever". This is a compilation of a couple of them. The last four songs on this compilation are not the song "Fever" but have the same instrumental drive. Check it out.

Tracklist in the comments.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Rosemary Clooney - Mambo Italiano

Various Artists - Popcorn Cha Cha Girls

Here's another Popcorn Cha Cha compilation for you to download, especially for Franky from Belgium. Check out La Lupe's "Take It Easy", a latin version of The Skatalites "Corner Stone".

Tracklist in the comment.
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Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Jokers - Taboo

Here are The Jokers from Antwerp (Belgium) with their "Popcorn" version of Taboo (Tabu).

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Various Artists - Vigerton Two

More early reggae, this time instrumentals from other producers then Coxsone Dodd. If you have a good musical ear you will hear a couple of musicians appearing in more then one group. For example Jackie Jackson (Bass), Winston Wright (Organ) And Hugh Malcom (Drums) appeared in The Crystalites, The Upsetters, The Dynamites, The Rhythm Rulers, ofcourse The Supersonics and many more studio groups.

The song "Vigerton Two" was a song written by King Stitt. Stitt who hang around with Coxsone, in the beginning didn't got the chance to record for him, because Coxsone thought then that King Stitt couldn't make a record. Clancy Eccles, a young starting producer then, tought he could and recorded "Fire Corner". Two months later he saw Coxsone at his shop with a trousy (long) face, Stitt recorded first for Clancy and not for him. So together with Jack Ruby Stitt came up then with the idea of "Vigerton Two" (Vigerton Two was a tonic wine they used to advertise on the Jamaican radio in the 60's).

"Look how you sad and blue,
I King Stitt has got a new discovery for you,
The thank god Vigerton Two, lord have mercy...."

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Blues Busters - I Don't Know

Here are The Blues Busters live with Byron lee & The Dragonairs at The Sombrero Club in 1962.