For the last couple of months, I’ve been really delving into the roots of our popular music. Chicago blues, early R&B, Caribbean sounds, and country are the staples of my listening these days and this is reflected in my selections.
Kicking off this installment are two storming R&B tracks. One is by Albert King and the other is by Little Johnny Taylor. Although, known for his stinging guitar playing, Albert King’s “C.O.D.” is a swinging, Hammond organ-led dancer. Little Johnny Taylor’s “Somewhere Down The Line” is a bit more traditional, featuring guitar and harmonica. ” followed by Little Milton’s “Can’t Hold Back The Tears”.
Next up is fairly new interest of mine: Calypso. I’ve been getting into artists such as Lord Kitchener and The Mighty Sparrow, who’s “Man Before Morning” I’ve decided to feature here. Prince Buster’s double entendre “Sheep On Top” keeps us in the Caribbean and the Artwoods (Ron Wood’s older brother’s band) betray a Caribbean influence in the cover of Chuck Berry’s “Talkin’ About You” Buddy Guy’s “The Slop Around” is a great piece of Chicago blues/R&B and is perfect for a dance floor.
It’s often shocking to some people to hear me playing the country music sounds of The Gosdin Brothers in my car. Their version of “The Sounds Of Goodbye” is stunning. The imagery evoked by the detailed lyrics is near cinematic. Also stunning is the mid 60s pop of Sweden’s answer to the Beatles, The Mascots. Despite the Beatles comparison, “This Proud Crowd” is them doing their best Bob Dylan and succeeding wildly.
There’s no way I could do a Clifton’s Corner without a little bit of funk. Here, blues artist Little Sonny’s “Memphis B-K” represents the funk. And to wrap things up is one of my all-time favorite blues songs, Muddy Water’s “Still A Fool”.
Related: Find archived Clifton’s Corner entries, HERE…