June 25, 2014
Little Jimmy Scott: “Someone to Watch Over Me”
by Peter Guralnick
The first time I saw Little Jimmy Scott was at a memorial for Big Joe Turner that Doc Pomus had organized in December 1985. I had been hearing about Jimmy from Doc for years – “the best ballad singer I ever
June 25, 2014
Jimmy Scott. The singer.
by Joe McEwen
This was original published on http://www.caughtbytheriver.net
Jimmy Scott was a singer. Though his musical support was mostly jazz-powered, he was not your typical jazz singer but instead sang ballads and sang them as if the delivery of each syllable was an
May 15, 2014
The “5” Royales were always at the heart of the discography of my book, Sweet Soul Music. As one of their album titles proclaimed, their music represented “the roots of soul.” Long before the internet made it possible to have the world at your fingertips, Joe and I discussed such matters long into the night. There was never any question in our minds that the “5” Royales should have been one of the first groups inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – if there were any justice (if James Brown had truly ruled the world, as it seemed for a while he might), they would have been voted in by acclamation. It wasn’t so much the vast influence of their performances and compositions, for which Joe makes so eloquent a case, as the striking originality, the still-startling “presentness” of their music. But let Joe tell you about it – and then just give yourself over to the music. (But don’t forget “The Slummer the Slum,” and “It’s Hard But It’s Fair,” and “Monkey Hips and Rice,” and…oh, once you start, you’re never going to stop.
"Soul and Swagger" is a bold and declarative title for the new Rockbeat five-CD set, The Complete “5” Royales (1951-67). It’s also cool and entirely appropriate. Soul and Swagger is pink-tinged and packaged in a user-friendly, 45-sleeve-size bound book, a design model used in the
April 10, 2014
Ever since attending the “Celebration for Young Americans,” Lee Atwater’s Rhythm and Blues Presidential Ball, in 1989, I have been meaning to write about it. I kept extensive notes at the time (I mean, it was such an amazing experience!), and I always thought I would include it, under the title “My Adventures Among the Republicans,” in the anthology I’m still planning to
February 02, 2014
January 30, 2014
photo by George Korval
The first time I heard Eli play, he was doing impassioned versions of Elmore James songs, with wild slide guitar and heartfelt (but very young – he was only 18 or 19) vocals.
The next time I saw him, his playing was just as impassioned, but his singing was of an entirely different order. He explained how it had