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John Lee Curtis (Sonny Boy) Williamson was born near Jackson, Tennessee in 1914. He played the harmonica starting with country blues before developing a unique urban blues. Singularly he developed the harmonica as a lead instrument influencing a large number of blues harmonica performers, including Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Sonny Terry, Little Walter, and Snooky Pryor among many others.
I can’t say for certain when I developed my love of Ska music. There was no defining moment when I heard “Willow Tree” by Alton Ellis and my world was turned on its head. My coming of age was in the dark and distant nineties, a world of MDMA fuelled warehouse parties and the guitar bands of Manchester.

John Henry Hammond II (Born Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1910 - Died Manhattan, New York City, July 10, 1987) was an American talent scout and producer, whose achievements in the record business will never be surpassed. As well as producing several significant American musical icons, he was a civil rights activist, a music critic, a philanthropist, and had a career that spanned six decades. His name is synonymous with Columbia Records (now Sony Records), and with artists from Billie Holliday to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

At the time of writing, this playlist was dedicated to the best new album and EP releases of the first three months of 2018, January to March. Since then there’s been a raft of other great musical discoveries wafting through the door like an aromatic winter draft, but sadly it’s all going to have to go in the reject bin for now until June has passed, after which I may well attempt an April to June list. For now though, you’ll have to make do with this. 

 

Music - 1983-2018                    

Apart from the Rangers songs I'd been brought up on I never really knew there was a music scene unless it was ' I belong to Glasgow ' or ' The Northern lights of old Aberdeen ' sung by drunken aunties and uncles at new year parties, or some Tammy Wynette or Rod Stewart on a Sunday courtesy of my mum.That changed as the Bowhill war memorial club started underage discos playing brutal 80s Stock Aitken & Waterman dross.
Sounds & Vision' is the new podchat coming soon online hosted by the original Rolling Stones manager/impresario/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, hoping for more of the same as his past shows such as 'From The Road' or the popular SiriusXM programme he shared with E-Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt - 'Sounds & Vision' will be the man himself sitting down and chopping it up with an exciting line up of names from both the past & present. From the music industry to art, fashion and of course the on-line world - its shaping up as one not to miss.
The origins of hip-hop share provenance with clog dancing as a street dance art form. Clogging was brought to the US in the mid-nineteenth century and local performers refined the steps into tap. Tap dancing was originally performed as an accompaniment to song and the percussive and rhythmic patterns produced by the snags heightened effectiveness. The movement grew larger as rhythms grew more intricate and greater emphasis was placed on elements of dance composition and design. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, refined the minstrel tradition, and Fred Astaire made ‘hoofing’ a modern art form and the cornerstone of Hip Hop.
In the liner notes to P.P. Arnold’s long-overdue release The Turning Tide, Barry Gibb refers to the singer as “a girl inside a woman. Childlike in many ways, and yet her voice was somehow ancient.” His words only begin to describe a too-oft-overlooked voice of the sixties, and the artist behind that voice, whom he brought into the studio to record ten tracks in 1969.
There’s no doubt that pop, rock and rap stars are some of the highest-paid entertainers on our planet. They have worldwide followings, with sold-out tours wherever they go, as well as millions of album sales. You’d think that would be enough money in the bank but, for some people, the challenge of going into business and building on that foundation as a global icon has proved too great.
Wilson Pickett was born in 1941, in Prattville, Alabama and the fourth of 11 children. The family moved to Detroit in his mid-teens and he sang in several Baptist church choirs. His forceful, passionate style of singing was developed between the sacred and the secular whilst singing on the streets with the other kids.
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