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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

Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind

So i haven’t known about this song for that long, but when i first heard it a few months ago now, i was absorbed by her voice. So distinctive, powerful, absolutely stunning, i couldn’t believe such a motown classic had never passed my ears before. Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, gospel and jazz singer and songwriter. James is the winner of four Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards, and she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Etta has released 27 studio produced albums, and countless live albums, with over 25 singles making it into the US music charts, she truly represents a modern day hero and icon for the music industry. The song ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ was first recorded by Etta James, and done so in 1969, but to this day sever other versions exist, these include efforts by BB King, Clarence Carter, Rod Stewart and Beyonce Knowles. However i think it would be difficult to argue with people that suggest the Etta James version still maintains the highest props. The emotion in the track, provides a raw power that is seldom seem with music in the current generation, whilst the lyrics (written by Ellington Jordan), serve to emphasise James’s voice to perfection. So here it is, hope you enjoy.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Soul | , , , , , | Leave a comment