Monday, 31 August 2015 10:28

Soul Train - The Hippest Trip in America



Few television series were as innovative and influential as Soul Train.
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/Ian Patrick Mac McLagan - Val Weedon
© Words - Val Weedon

Ian McLagan was a keyboard player best known as a member of the Small Faces and Faces.  He sadly died on December 3rd following complications from a stroke.  
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/The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section -The Swampers.
"Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers;
And they've been known to pick a song or two.
Lord they get me off so much.
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how about you?"
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was the resident band at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. Like the Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles, and the Funk Brother at Motown, they were the backing band on dozens of gold and platinum hits. The four founding members were Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger G Hawkins (drums), David Hood
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Sam Cooke 1.
Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931. One of five boys and three girls, his father was Rev. Charles and mother, Annie Mae Cook. In 1933 the Cook family joined the great migration and moved to Chicago. Young Samuel featured as vocalist in his church choir before teaming up with three of his siblings in a quartet dubbed the Soul Children. Sam became a member of the gospel group the Highway QCs. In 1950,
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Wilson Pickett 1
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 whist singing on the streets with the other kids. Wilson was a wild child with a fascination for guns but his love of singing kept him grounded. In 1955 he joined the Violinaires and sang gospel-harmony for four years. In 1959 he became lead singer of the Falcons, singing soul. The line-up of the group included Eddie Floyd (Knock on wood), Joe Stubbs (brother of Levi Stubbs) and songwriter, Mack Rice (Mustang Sally and Respect yourself).
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/Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart 2.

Born Don Vliet was born in 1941 in Glendale, California. He was a gifted child and began painting and sculpting at the age of three. Aged nine, he was declared a child prodigy by the Portuguese sculptor, Augustinio Rodriguez. Despite his obvious talent his parents did not encourage him and moved to Lancaster in the Mojave Desert, outside Los Angles, Don was 13. According to the artist he was offered an art scholarship to study in
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Amy Winehouse 1.
© Words Piers Hernu


At twenty three, jazz singer songwriter Amy Winehouse may be the hottest female singing talent in the world today, she may have cracked America, sung with the Rolling Stones and be lauded by the likes of Prince, Elton John, Jay Z and P Diddy,she may be a married, tattooed, multi millionaire with a reputation for hellraising and doing exactly what she wants when she wants but the dimuitive Jewish girl from North London is still very much Daddy’s little princess.
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Monday, 11 November 2013 19:54

The Supremes

The Supremes Florence Ballard 1
Florence Ballard was a student at junior high school in the Detroit housing projects and became friends with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, (two members of The Primes, later to become the Temptations). The boys encouraged her to form a sister group called the Primettes (1959).
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Thursday, 31 October 2013 19:20

12”/80 Club Classics

1280 Club Classics  1
© Words Matteo Sedazzari

The origin of the 12” single originated from Jamaica in the late 50’s, and developed further into the sixties with the birth of ska, rocksteady, early reggae and sound systems, where party goers would dance to the beat of home grown talent that was longer than the three minute single. Furthermore, with the birth of disco in the 70’s, with the clubs of New York and such like, soul, funk and r ‘n’ b influenced tunes, in 4/4 time, with the bass pumping the music along, the disco dancers needed the groove to go on forever, beyond conventional airtime. 
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Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:33

Nick Churchill Chats to Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson Nick Churchill 1.
©Words Nick Churchill www.thegranvillechambers.co.uk

Her godfather was the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Her mother is Brown’s explosive backing singer Vicki Anderson; her step-father, his right-hand man Bobby Byrd. She grew up with her grandparents during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and by the age of there was singing solos in her grandfather’s church.
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