I’ve just had a great afternoon with my mate Mike (ex-roadie for Free, Bad Company and Robin Trower) going through the rich vein of 50s R&B for our next radio programme.
It was hellishly difficult selecting a dozen tracks. We would have had trouble getting it down to a hundred.
So we missed out all the Chicago Blues for a future show, then all the girl groups, then the Doo-wop and the Rock ‘n’ Roll cross-over, then the New Orleans, then the females and finally came up with a group of artists which created a range of brilliant styles that is indicative of the amazing brilliance of the time. You can get an idea of the quality when I tell you that Ray Charles and James Brown both got dropped!
We’ve selected our sixteen artists with a view to range and variety. We wanted some familiar and some less so. We love them all:
Don and Dewey
Screaming Jay Hawkins
Little Willie John
Hopefully there will be some familiar names and a few less well known.
We’re now sorting out what we’re going to say and put the show together.
What do you think so far?
Have a listen:
Anyway, this week it was fifties R&B. We had a great time writing, rehearsing and recording. If you like 1950s US black R&B this might be the show for you. We love it. It was the stuff that turned on the Beatles and Stones.