Irma Thomas in New Orleans!

Rhythm & Blues

It was awesome to catch Irma Thomas – the Soul Queen of New Orleans – playing in New Orleans.

She was fabulous – Ruler of my Heart (covered as Pain in My Heart by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones) and Time is on my Side (Also covered by the Stones) were both in her performance.  A great show.

The 2022 Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival – The Alligators

After Dogfinger Steve had warmed us up it was time for the old festival favourites, The Alligators, to get us all up and bopping with their high-power Blues!! As a raw, dirty R&B Blues band they don’t come much better. Hot, sweaty and ROCKIN’.

Towards the end they were joined on stage by the saxophones of Ben Beatty and Simon Cunliffe-Lister for a raucous end to a great day.

Today’s Music to keep me SssSSAAaaAnNNNnEEE in Isolation – Hound Dog Taylor – Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers

These guys could rock!! Raw and rough!! Over amplified. Simple. PERFECT!!! These guys would wake up the dead!! I need a dose of pure unrefined R&B!!

Today’s Music to keep me SsSssSaaAAaaaNNnnnnEeeee in Isolation – Bo Diddley – Have guitar will travel

What an amazing guy. He rocked! I remember buying this album back in the sixties!! It’ll take me back!

Bo Diddley “Have Guitar, Will Travel” – Full Album – YouTube

My Favourite Rand B male vocal groups from the fifties and Sixties

I make a distinction between Doo-wop and male vocal groups. I’ll deal with Doo-wop separately.

These vocal groups had a huge impact on the British Beat Groups. I loved their stuff

The Contours

The Drifters

The Coasters

The Platters

The Dominoes

The Midnighters

The Clovers

The Miracles

Isley Brothers

Four Tops



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