Cameron K

Saturday, 04 October 2014 17:43

A Short History of Sparks

/sparks - morrissey

Ron Mael was born 1949 and his brother Russell in 1951. They grew up in LA and their parents put them to stage school. Later the teenagers went to UCLA to study film, graphics and English. By 1968 the Mael brothers along with John Mendelson (drummer) and Earle Mankey (guitar) formed the band Halfnelson.
Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:11

A Brief history of Delta Blues

-Brief history - Delta Blues.
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Blues is based on the use of the minor pentatonic scale with and added blue note. The blue note is a semi tone sharper than the third note of the pentatonic scale that is used depending on key. Major scale is 3 semi tones lower than minor and phrasing of country would be played normally on a major pentatonic scale and blues vocals and accompaniment (melody) are generally
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,
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).
/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
/Buddy Holly 1

Charles Hardin Holley was born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. The youngest of four children, Buddy grew up in a modest environment. The Holleys were a musical family and Buddy started the piano when he was 11 years of age. After nine months of lessons he went onto the guitar and violin. Buddy met Bob Montgomery when he was thirteen. at Hutchinson Junior High School and they teamed up as the duo, "Buddy and Bob".
Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:13

A Brief History of Bebop

Bebop 1

Bebop was a term used to describe the nonsense syllables used in scat singing which was a popular vocalising style around the late 20s in the US. It had originated in Ragtime music and was taken into mainstream jazz by Louis Armstrong. Many artists recorded scat music including Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway. Released from the constraints of formal words, nonsense words and meaningless syllables allowed the human voice to be used as an effective instrument for vocal improvisation. Some of the nonsense words like "doo-wop”, “razzamatazz,” “skoobie-doobie-do,” “hi-de-ho” and bee-bop-a-lula,” survived to enter the common lexicon.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 18:29

A Brief History of Status Quo

Early Status Quo 1.
The Spectres were a London-based beat group which formed in 1967 with Francis “Mike” Rossi (vocals, lead guitar) and Alan Lancaster (bass) their core members. John Coughlan (drummer) joined the line-up which was complete with Roy Lynes (organ). After a trio of unsuccessful singles the band changed its name to Traffic Jam and concentrated on mod psychedelia but their early efforts were no better.
Saturday, 15 February 2014 14:10

The Zombies

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They started to play at local venues in St Albans. Paul Arnold, left the group to become a doctor was replaced by Chris White. The lads were all clever and university bound at the end of the summer of 1963. For fun they entered themselves into a local band contest (The Herts Beat Contest) with the first prize a recording deal with British Decca Records. Rod and Chris hoped winning the contest would keep them together.
Carl Perkins 2.

Son of a Tennessee sharecropper, Carl Perkins was born in 1932 and the middle son. He grew up picking cotton and got his first guitar aged 7 and it was made by his father from a cigar box, broomstick and baling wire. Carl would practice endlessly behind the chicken house pretending he was singing on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. His boogie rhythm guitar style developed with lessons from a neighbour. He won a talent contest when he was 13 and had written a song called “Movie Magg," which a decade later would convince Sam Phillips to sign him to his Sun Records label.
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