Category Archives: R&B/Soul

(March 23, 2017): Sweathog – Hallelujah

The title track from the 1972 album, Hallelujah.  This was the band’s second and last outing.  So far as I can tell this was the end of the musical pedigree of all four band members – Lenny Goldsmith, Bob Morris, … Continue reading

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(November 30, 2016): Steve Winwood – Why Can’t We Live Together

From the 2003 album, About Time.  Probably the best cover I’ve heard of the 1972 hit by Timmy Thomas.  It is a question and sentiment that, in my life, has rarely been out of mind.

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(June 24, 2016): Al Green – Want To Hold Your Hand

For the next little while, I’ve decided to put out some little heard covers. This is from the 1969 a-side 7″ 45 rpm promo, Want To Hold Your Hand / What Am I Gonna Do With Myself. The song did not get … Continue reading

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(April 10, 2016): Wess & The Airedales – Crazy

From the 1969 album, A Warmer Side of Wess. Wess Johnson was born in Winston-Salem and got his start in music in New York as the bassist for the Airedales.  He took over vocals in 1967 when Rocky Roberts left and moved … Continue reading

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(February 22, 2016): Booker T. Jones – Father Son Blues

From the 2013 album, Sound the Alarm.  Back on Stax with Ted Jones on guitar.  Book T. is Booker T. and you’ve got to like the entire LP, but the best tunes are the instrumentals, like this one.  Classic Booker T. … Continue reading

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(February 12, 2013): El Pauling and Royal Abbit – Send Me Somebody

From the 1962 a-side 7″ single, Send Me Somebody / Come On Let’s Have A Good Time. Lowman Pauling had been the driving guitar behind the 1950s R & B machine, The 5 Royales.  By the early 1960s, with the ascendancy of … Continue reading

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(January 29, 2016): Odetta – Please Send Me Someone To Love

From the 1999 album, Blues Everywhere I Go.  A duet with Dr. John on piano and accompanying vocals.  This Percy Mayfield classic reached number one on the R&B charts in 1950.  Aside from Odetta, notable covers include Ruth Brown, B.B. King, … Continue reading

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