Sound & Groove: "First Name Basis" Part 1
With rough-hewn vocals that could belt out soul and blues, but also provide a soft crooner warmth to handle the ballads, Bobby "Blue" Bland emerged from the thriving Memphis Beale Street blues scene of the early 50s to carve out a career as one of the more influential R&B singers over the next 2 decade. A carer lull as tastes changed toward Philly Soul and funk in the late 60s/early 70s would end when he made a mid-70s comeback to commercial and critical success with a series of fine, blues-influenced releases on ABC records. He eventually settled into the blues revival scene during the 80s and toured those circuits until his death at age 83 in 2013. One of his mid-70s comeback hits is featured on this 1st official S&G Podcast of 2018.
This is the 1st official podcast episode of 2018 here on the Sound & Groove Podcast. It's long overdue but no need to worry, as this will be followed by 5 more during the calendar year. This is the 1st in a 2-part theme on songs that discuss songs with first names in it, ie Rick or Jack or Emily or Alice, except none of those names are used here (but you get the idea!). So check out some of my favourite tracks that fit with this motif I've come up with this time around.
And if you haven't been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind and/or its home at www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam-packed with my analysis, synopses, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited-down versions of each tune. And not to worry, because each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening, all.
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1. Adam's Rib- Melanie Doane (1998)
2. Rosemary- Suzanne Vega (1988)
3. Smokey Joe's Cafe- The Robins (1955)
4. Yolanda- Bobby "Blue" Bland (1974)
5. Oliver James- Fleet Foxes (2008)
6. Three Marlenas- The Wallflowers (1996)
7. The Letter That Johnny Walker Read- Asleep At The Wheel (1973)
8. Romeo & Juliet- Dire Straits (1980)
Info of note:
Intro- "The Good In Everyone" by Sloan (1996)
Outro- "The Other Man" by Sloan (2004)
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