Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Soundings 3/20

Friday Soundings - John Gaguine

The Doors - Wintertime Love (not jazz or blues, of course, but seemed appropriate on this alleged first day of spring when it's still below freezing and snow is still everywhere)

Solomon Burke - from 1993 CD Soul of the Blues - My Babe (Willie Dixon), Along About Midnight, Pledging My Love

Nnenna Freelon - It's You I Like (from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, the kids TV classic - written by Mr. Rogers himself), Buy and Sell (Laura Nyro), I Won't Dance (Dorothy Fields/Oscar Hammerstein)

Percy Sledge - Big Blue Diamond, My Old Friend the Blues (Steve Earle), Rubies and Diamonds - all from his 2004 CD Shining Through the Rain; When A Man Loves a Woman (his late 1960s R&B classic)

Bombay Jim and the Swinging Sapphilres - Minnie the Moocher (Cab Calloway, the hi-de-ho man). Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (WWII song made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra), Air Mail Special (co-written by Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian)

Lots of bluesmen are named "Slim." Here are three:
Sunnyland Slim, legendary Chicago singer/pianist - City of New Orleans (NOT the Steve Goodman song made famous by Arlo Guthrie)
Magic Slim and the Teardrops - Tell Me What You Got on Your Mind
Fillmore Slim - Tired of My Old Lady

Monica Mancini, Henry's daughter - Two for the Road, Moon River (both by her dad)

John Lee Hooker - from The Best of Friends CD - Boom Boom (probably his signature song, featuring Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray's brother, on guitar), Chill Out (Change Gonna Come) (co-written by Hooker and Carlos Santana, and featuring Santana on the guitar)

Cleo Laine - Streets of London, Eleanor Rigby (Beatles song, of course)

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