On their fourth album the Beatles were still treading the same boards as on their first album. There was a mixture of covers (Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins,Dr Feelgood) plus their own material. There was less of the R&B and to me it sounded less raw than that superb first album. This was their teeny bop years but the quality of the material was far better than teeny bop.
Today I’m going to revisit my youth. I’ll go back in my mind to that day I came rushing home with the album to put it on the record player on the morning it came out. From Please Please Me on I bought every Beatles single and album on the day it came out and still remember the buzz of hearing it for the first time. I was never disappointed.
The Beatles – Beatles for Sale (full album) – YouTube
These groups had a big impact on the British Beat groups like the Beatles. I love that sound!
My favourites are:
Martha and the Vandellas
I was talking last night to my mate Mike about the mighty Bo Diddley. It filled me with a great desire to play some classic Bo. I’m going to have a Bo Diddley day!!
Bo Diddley – The Best Of Vol 2 (Full Album / Album complet) – YouTube
Little Richard based a lot of his act and appearance on Esquerita. They tried to make him a replacement for Richard when he left the biz in the 50s. That didn’t work out.
His Rock stuff had all the Little Richard trademarks – the ooohs and aaahs – and his hairstyle had the biggest pompadour ever.
Esquerita – All the Best (FULL ALBUM – BEST OF R&B – BEST OF ROCK) – YouTube
I always extend this a little to include bands that weren’t West Coast or weren’t strictly Acid Rock (such as Byrds and Zappa) but they were part of the scene.
I used to love these bands and fortunately managed to see them all live
These are my favourites:
Country Joe and the Fish
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
The Mothers of Invention
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Big Brother and the Holding Company
It’s a Beautiful Day
Rock Music has been a good part of my life! From Country Blues through the 60s Underground, punk and Roy Harper to White Stripes – I’ve been there and loved it all! This is my story.
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I like words and some of these guys come up with some great words!
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Lee Scratch Perry
Althea and Donna
Toots and Maytals
So brilliant!! The best voice and band. Those Willie Dixon numbers are genius. The power and raw brilliance. I shall enjoy listening to some Wolf today!!!
Howlin’ Wolf – The Best Of Vol 1 (Full Album / Album complet) – YouTube
Of Course, all of the solo R&B singers had bands behind them. Some were definite groups of individuals. The R&B combos had a huge impact on the development of the British Beat scene of the 1960s. I do make a disction between these R&B and other Doo-Wop bands.
Here are my favourites:
Don and Dewey
Black 50s R&B was not heard in the UK. All these fabulous singers were unknown in Britain. Merchant seamen brought singles and albums back into the ports. They were like gold dust. All the local bands in the early sixties were eager to get their hands on these songs so that they could incorporate them into their act. We see these songs surfacing on all the early albums of bands such as the Beatles and Stones.
Here’s my favourite US R&B singers:
Screaming Jay Hawkins
Little Willie John
Huey Piano Smith
Big Mama Thornton
I bet I missed a few off!