Bizarre, and with a great soundtrack. Oorutaichi [via].
Pokey LaFarge performing “La La Blues” at Music City Roots live from the Loveless Cafe on 20 April 2011 [via]. So what should follow that? Maybe something in C Am F & G…
The Crows‘ “Gee” from 1953 may have been the first R&B crossover hit, and it was a B side experiment. Ike Turner earned the prize for the first rock and roll hit “Rocket 88” in 1951, recording as Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats . Y’all have heard that classic, or should have by now, and James Cotton did a kickass version.
More recently Dan Akroyd took a shot at it and pulled it off.
Have a great weekend, folks.
The Clarks! Tip o’ the Tarboosh to coldwarrior.
Dan Akroyd plays James Cotton‘s version of Ike Turner‘s Rocket 88.
Eubie Blake was awesome. He was 95 in 1978 when this interview was recorded.
During the break there’s an advertisement for the troublesome RadioShack TRS-80 computer system, using magenetic tape cassettes for data storage. Only cost $599! That’s about $2,000 in today’s dollars. Later on, after users complained about problems with the cassette drives, Tandy eventually offered an awesome 5MB hard drive accessory, about the same size as a PC today, for $1,500 – a whopping $4,900 today.
Okay, 1978 was probably the peak of the (gag) disco phase, and the birth of R&B pop love anthems. There is absolutely nothing that ranked in the top 20 that I’d post here, except for maybe for the Stone’s “Miss You.” Worst song they ever did IMO.
On the other hand, this song made No. 41, and Randy Newman gets kudos for writing the most misunderstood song of the year:
Have a great weekend, folks, and meet me back here tomorrow.