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Wendy Rene – After Laughter (Comes Tears)

The original of this classic Stax Records hit recorded by Wendy Rene and released as a single in 1964. You may recognise the song as used by RZA from Hip Hop collective and family Wu Tang Clan on the song entitled ‘Tearz’, whereby RZA and Ghostface Killah lace the beat with their vocal talents. Otis Redding famously came up with Mary Frierson’s stage name ‘Wendy Rene’, but she has released music under several different names including ‘Wendy Storm’. Most recently the Stax records solo artist has had her music appear in films including ‘The Wackness’ and ‘Lucky Number Slevin’ both starring actor Ben Kingsley, along with countless other superstars, including, Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freedman, Lucy Liu and Bruce Willis. In 1967 Wendy Rene was supposed to accompany Otis Redding and the Bar-Keys for what would have been her last live performance of the foreseeable future. As a new mother however, she backed out at the last minute, and the plane on which she would have travelled on tragically crashed killing Redding and six others.


June 2, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Rythym & Blues, Soul | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eddie Floyd – Big Bird

1968 Stax Records classic soul and rhythm & blues hit. It’s amazing, an absolute tune, with so much energy and life, just a single click on play, and for 3:16 try to contain yourself from moving along to the beat, it’s impossible. Eddie Floyd was born in 1935, and is most notoriously known for his hit single ‘Knock on Wood’, which can be seen below. Floyd enjoyed and still enjoys a hugely successful career, working with some of the biggest names in soul and r&b during the 60’s and 70’s including work with Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG’s and many more. The song “Big Bird” (seen above, featuring Booker T. Jones on organ and guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, and Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass) was written while Floyd waited in a London airport for a plane back to the United States for Otis Redding’s funeral. Although not a US hit, it became an underground favorite in the UK, and was later covered by The Jam, and also was featured on the video game, Test Drive Unlimited. In 2008 Eddie Floyd rejoined Stax records to release his first new album in six years named ‘Eddie Loves You’, and it went on sale in July 2008.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Funk, Rythym & Blues, Soul | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Coasters – Down In Mexico

The Coasters first single, “Down in Mexico”, was an R&B hit in 1956 and appears (in a re-recording from the early 1970s – still with Carl Gardner singing the lead) on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. The song is so powerful, exaggerated by the doo-wop 50’s style. Here’s the video to the re-recorded version, and i couldn’t find the original on YouTube, so below the YouTube link, is the pathway to the original version of The Coasters – Down In Mexico.



January 8, 2010 Posted by | Rythym & Blues | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment