Friday, July 24, 2009

George Hughley @ Carl's A Go Go 13 Nov 1967

I recently posted about the forthcoming gig with George Hughley and Hermon Hitson on the bill in Atlanta.

This week, I came across the above poster for an appearance in Atlanta by George at Carl's A Go Go 13 Nov 1967. I've posted his Buddah outing That's Why I Cried which I think was a few years after this gig?

After listening to George, perhaps you could have popped down the street to this show:

Pat Powdrill & Nick Risi

After, I posted a feature about Pat Powdrill, I was contacted by Paul Rice who sent the above photo from the archives of Nick Risi and Nick has kindly given me permission to post the above photo.

I was also reminded of a discography on Pat from the ever excellent Soulful Kinda Music. I was intrigued to notice on the discography that Pat had a group with an old friend of mine Alex Brown who used to be a Raelette and part of Wonderlove - Stevie's backing singers.

Mighty Hannibal's 70th-BIRTHDAY CONCERT, NYC JULY 31!!!

I've had a message from the Hannibal to say:

Please join me as I celebrate my 70th with a big concert bash at the HIGHLINE BALLROOM in New York City on Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m.....I'll be backed by my friends the Sweet Divines, and I'm expecting some special guests to drop by with birthday wishes! Don't miss it! And check out my new single, "Yes We Can"!



See you on the 31st!

Rubber Room Tomorrow Night

Another shout for the above!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Brighter Side of Darkness "Love Jones" Performance

Don't forget to check out an interview with the group here.


In the very cool news department, Detroit R&B/"punk blues" pioneer Andre Williams was recently in town to record a new project with some of D-Town's finest musicians, past and present.

For those few of you who don't know, Williams first made a name for himself in the late '50s on Detroit's legendary Fortune Records label. During the next several decades, he had numerous historical landmarks -- such as writing "Shake a Tail Feather" (which was a hit for the Five Du-Tones and later Ike & Tina Turner, as well as a standout on the soundtracks to both The Blues Brothers and Hairspray films); co-writing Stevie Wonder's first-ever song, spending time doing various things at Motown (where he supervised the recording of two albums by the Contours and served as manager and roadie for Edwin Starr of "War" fame); recording for Chicago's pioneering Chess label; writing songs for Parliament/Funkadelic, etc., etc. In other words, the man who comedian Redd Foxx once dubbed "Mr. Rhythm" is one monster of an icon and has been on an artistic comeback after years of drug problems and even a brief period spent homeless in Chicago, where he now resides. Read the full article on Metro Times

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Magnetics

The well-known UK soul expert John Smith has re-activated his The Soul Smith blog with a post featuring The Magnetics.

The above YouTube video is the great Bonnie outing whose haunting breaks will always remind me of the Wigan Casino. Below is a video of the group performing the cut live at the Prestatyn Weekender in March 2009.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Marilyn Barbarin Just A Teenager

You can find out more about the lady in a previous post.

You can also hear more of her music over on Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven.

I've also discovered that she was married to Wilbert “Junkyard Dog” Arnold who sadly died last year:

New Orleans, and likely the planet’s, funkiest drummer Wilbert “Junkyard Dog” Arnold passed away at 8:10 a.m. this morning at University Hospital in New Orleans. The Dog, as he was affectionately known by so many, was surrounded by family and friends including his wife, Marilyn Barbarin, his children Shanta and Wilbert, Jr., his long time partner in rhythm, Jack Cruz, and former band-mates Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Tom Fitzpatrick, Tom Worrell and many other longtime close friends who have kept vigil by his bedside in the last couple of weeks… Read full article on NNSeek

Wilbert played, performed and recorded with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters for more than two decades and most recently with the New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy on "Dancin' Ground" and with Brother Tyrone on "Mind Bender"

Here's his send off from earlier this year in NO:

Read more about Wilbert “Junkyard Dog” Arnold on Home Of The Groove.

Since I last posted, I have also discovered that she did vocal on an album by the New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy Release Date: 2007. More details on Louisiana Music Factory site You can listen to snippets on CD Baby.

Dan Phillips over on Home Of The Groove also wrote a short snippet on her whilst talking about another N.O. soulstress. He says that she is still active and that she performed at the N.O. Jazzfest in recent times.

Another recording that I turned up is Tell Me Why on this CD:

Martin Lawrie has also cleared up whether she was in the Eddie Bo produced group The Explosions - read the interview with Eddie Bo and the discography of the Explosions

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Eddie Bishop Call Me

I've always loved this song. I am posting it for my wife Barb to say hello. Plus I found a great live version by Donna Loren on YouTube which I posted over on Soul Of Liverpool.

Nooney Rickett Player Play On

This is poppy but I like the song and I think it is catchy. Nooney Rickett had a big 45 on the Northern scene back in the 70s called Tomorrow Is A Brand New Day - however I prefer this side.

I have just posted a clip of Nooney over on my Soul Of Liverpool blog.

Detroit 9000 Trailer

I have finally come across a decent trailer of this movie which features Laura Lee. You can see her in the trailer at around 0.37 seconds and she is singing the backing track with The Meditation Singers.

I managed to get a copy of the movie last year and it should still be available from Amazon

Read what Laura had to say about the video on my Dark End Of The Street blog.

Hermon Hitson and George Hughley @ The Highland Inn Lounge Atlanta 31/7/09

My mate Brian Poust has been in touch to tell me about the above gig:

The Peachtree Soul Club is extremely pleased to present, for the first time ever on the same bill, two Atlanta soul legends, Hermon Hitson and George Hughley. The show is Friday, July 31 at the Highland Inn Lounge and the show begins at 9pm. Additionally, PSC DJs Tim Lawrence and myself will be DJing the event as well for your further dancing pleasure. Oh, in the above picture you'll see George on the right. Unfortunately, that's not Hermon on the left though. There's a little bit more about that fella to come soon enough.
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The Perceptions Rock Steady

A performance from the recent SAINT PAUL SOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL - July 2009.

Check out their MySpace page for more information on the group.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dig Deeper and Eli "Paperboy" Reed present The Brooklyn Soul Festival August 28 & 29, 2009

Dig Deeper and Eli "Paperboy" Reed present:
The Brooklyn Soul Festival
at the Bell House
August 28 & 29, 2009

Featuring: Otis Clay, Barbara Lynn, Maxine Brown, Roscoe Robinson, Hermon Hitson, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves, and the Sweet Divines.

Two nights of full sets from legends of soul music from around the country, rarely seen individually, never before on the same bill together – backed by two of the most in-demand bands in soul music today. Before and after the live performances, top soul DJs from around the world will spin the finest 45s for the dancefloor (Germany, Italy, LA, and NYC confirmed so far).

$15 advance tickets ($20 at the door if not sold out)
$25 special advance 2-day pass (limited quantity!):

Day 1: Friday, August 28, 2009
8pm – 4am
Barbara Lynn (The Soul Queen of the Gulf Coast)
Roscoe Robinson (The Baron of Birmingham, AL)
Hermon Hitson (The Georgia Grinder himself)

Friday's artists backed by The True Loves, fresh off their world tour with Eli "Paperboy" Reed, performing songs from his forthcoming album on Virgin Records between sets.

Day 2: Saturday, August 29, 2009
8pm – 4am
Otis Clay (The Crown Prince of Chicago Soul)
Maxine Brown (The Lovely Lady of New York Uptown Soul)
The Sweet Divines (NYC's Old School Soul Sensation)

Saturday's artists backed by The Sweet Divines and the Divine Soul Rhythm Band.

Come early on Saturday - 11am – 5pm, vinyl record & vintage clothing fair, vendors from around the world – No cover!

In association with The Subway Soul Club.
First batch of record fair vendors and DJs confirmed - many more to come:

Saturday, August 29 record fair vendors confirmed so far: (many more to come)

Mike Vegh (Records - thatgirl75 on ebay)
Thorsten Wegner (Records -
Les Temps Modernes (Records & Vintage, France/NYC)

DJs confirmed so far: (many more to come)
DJ Honky (Dig Deeper, NYC)
Mr. Robinson (Dig Deeper, NYC)
Eli "Paperboy" Reed (Tear it up, NYC)
Marc Forrest (Hip City Soul Club, Berlin, Germany)
Thorsten Wegner (, Hamburg, Germany)
Mr. Finewine (WFMU, Bumpshop, Botanica, NYC)
Phast Phreddie (Subway Soul Club, NYC)
Brian Poust (, Atlanta, GA)
Mike Vegh (thatgirl75, Los Angeles)
Greg Belson (Beat Surrender, Los Angeles)
Andy Cobb (Los Angeles)
Andrew Mair (UK)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Volumes Story

Read the story of The Volumes on Twirl Records

Here's my fave by the group:

You can now download the Twirl tracks from Amazon.


Read an in-depth feature on the group which featured Bob Babbit and Dennis Coffey


Another Rare Scopitone from Jools and Brian.


Jools and Brian on a budget lip synching to Dylan's "This Wheels on fire"! This rare Scopitone catches Jools in a Martha Graham mode.

The Condors feat. George & Terry - "Ain't That Just Like Me" (Scopitone)

George & Teddy and the Condors were the King's of North Beach in San Francisco. They were known as one of the most exciting live acts of their time. The Beatles visited their show in Italy, Sly was George's first bass player, and Tower Of Power said they grew up idolizing their every move.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Cal Tjader - Walk on by


I have been having a bit of a jazz day. Regular readers will have noticed that I have given IDR a makeover which has continued today with the inclusion of many new jazz links being added. Check out those jazz blogs because there is some fantastic to be heard.

Darondo Listen To My Song

Killer cut from his 2006 Let My People Go album on Ubiquity that has finally got a video release. Love it!

Monday, July 06, 2009

“Beautiful Philosophy” by Miss Goldie

Listen to Beautiful Philosophy on Daptone Records Podcast
Miss Goldie is based in Melbourne, Australia and spins every week on PBS Boss Action, where she plays 2hrs of down and dirty funk along with scorching soul, ranging from deep, sweet, crossover to northern and R&B all on original 45’s from the 60’s and 70’s. She is also part of “Square Deal”, a monthly night dedicated to rare dance floor Funk 45’s along with Soul nights at Baba, Southpaw and Gertrudes Brown Couch.

*Special Thanks to Pierre Baroni for the Boss Action Logo.

Be sure to check out:

Soul A Go Go-Australia’s biggest Funk & Soul party over two floors.
Square Deal- Monthly Funk 45 party.
PBS Boss Action-Miss Goldie spins on the radio every Thursday!


Marvelle Hampton - I truly believe (in love) - Piggylo
Nick Allen - Hard way to go - Walas records
The Internationals - Beautiful philosophy - D’ar
Little Melvin & the Boleros - Jealous Lover - Valarie
The Lovations - Later Baby - Cap city
The New Yorkers - Don’t want to be your fool - Tac-ful
Bob & Gene - I really really love you - Mo Do
The Attractions - You don’t know boy - June Bug
Bernard Smith & Jokers wild - Gotta be a reason - Groove
The Ascots - Just a few feet from the gutter - American Playboy
Lee “Shot” Williams - It ain’t me no more - P M
Jesse James - Are you gonna leave me - Shirley
Ray Frazier & the shades of madness - Lonliness - Stanson
Carmelita - Rosebud - Carmen
Percy Stone & the explosions - Chained – Ram
Claude “Baby” Huey - Drifting - M.I.O.B
The Soul Injections - Stay off the moon - Accent
The Cold Four - Love and care - Drells
Little Janice - Since you’ve been gone - Pzazz
Flip-Dip - Tomorrow - Fada
Paul Burton - So very hard to make it (without you) - Music Go Round
Eunice Collins - At the hotel - Mod Art
Frank Hutson - Old man me - Goodie Train
E.t.White - Got to find a true love - Great potential
Cheryl Williams - I’m your fool - Bengee

The Otis Funkmeyer Band brings Summer Madness to NYC

The Otis Funkmeyer Band Featuring Leslie Rochelle will be serving up our signature raw funk sound at this sweet new venue on the Lower East Side. We've got some new songs ready for you so don't miss this show! We play originals as well as smokin' covers of artists like Inell Young, Eula Cooper, Betty Wright, and Sylvanus!

Friday July 10th 9pm
at Pink (199 Bowery at Spring - connected to BLVD)
$10 (videos and music)

Leslie Rochelle - Vocals
Steve Hoffman - Guitar
Adam Shlahet - Trumpet
Tony Morrone - Percussion
Marc LaGana - Bass
Marius Dicpetris - Trombone
Josh Moyer - Drums
Zac Vacanti - Saxophone
Shannon Seals - Trumpet
and special guest Steve Zeller on Keys

See you there!
- Otis

Otis Funkmeyer Band Feat Leslie Rochelle

Green Berets On Sitting In The Park

Fantastic footage of the Green Berets re-listening to their records during their interview with Bob Abrahamian on his great Sitting In The Park show.

You can listen to the full show on Sitting In The Park

Junious Bugs Hughes On WVTF Radio

The stories behind the story of the Arcania record label continue. Arcania founder Brent Hosier put out a series of compact discs focusing on soul, psychedelic and garage bands that recorded around Virginia in the 1960s. WVTF's Connie Stevens has the story of Junious Bugs Hughes, featured on the Ol' Virginia Soul collection. Listen to WVTF

Wrong Brothers All I Want Is You Glades

Pat Powdrill Do It

Following from the post on the Ikettes - here is former Ikette Pat Powdrill on the Wigan casino classic Do It.

You can see more about Pat Powdrill here:

Excerpt from "Spectropop Presents Looking for Pat Powdrill by Brian Nevill"

"In September 1991 I had an article published in Goldmine magazine.It was about a small independent record label called Downey, which operated from the late 1950s through the late 1960s and produced one huge hit, "Pipeline" by the Chantays. The label was run by Bill Wenzel and his son, Jack, whose younger brother, Tom, later ran a collector's record store called Wenzel's from the site of the old Downey studio, with his wife, Maxine, in Downey, Southern

"My next project presented itself during my research for the Downey article. The label had produced and released a motley mixture of different artistes, from SoCal surf/guitar bands to cabaret acts to black vocal groups and R&B singers. One of the obscure artistes tucked away on two Downey releases was a female singer named Pat Powdrill. She started as a name in a discography as far as I was concerned, and then I got more interested when I discovered that one of the records she made for Downey was written by a yet-to-make-it-big Barry White. I then discovered that Pat Powdrill had been a member of the Ikettes, Ike Turner's girl group, and that there were pictures of her in Tina Turner's autobiography, 'I, Tina'. At this point I was getting more intrigued by Pat Powdrill than most of the other artistes on the Downey label, and my first move toward finding out more was to buy a copy of Tina's book. I decided to do an article on the Ikettes and their convoluted history as soon as I had finished the Downey piece."

To read the entire, excellent, in-depth article / interview with the late Pat Powdrill, go to:

Pat Powdrill On Spectropop

Ikettes There Was A Time (Live)

Ikettes There Was A Time

A storming version from the girls from a 1969 Minit LP, ‘In Person: Ike and Tina Turner and the Ikettes’.

You can read more about the different versions of the Ikettes on Wikipedia.

Terry Black RIP

Black & Ward RCA This Is My Confusion

Black & Ward Back Up RCA

I was recently requested to post the 2 above tracks by Black & Ward. I had never researched the group before and sadly discovered that Terry Black the male voice on the songs died last week.

You can read more about Terry Black here:

IC Blog
Canoe -Jam

Terry Black is best remembered on the Northern Soul scene for Long Time on RCA with his singing partner Laurel Ward.

Stan Deveraux Sad Tomorrows

Stan Deveraux Sad Tomorrows

Stan Devereaux's site doesn't mention the above 45 but I am certain that it is by him even with the slightly different spelling of his name.

Stan Devereaux, an accomplished singer and songwriter, has more than 25 years of performing experience throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Far East. His extensive repertoire includes Jazz, R & B, Pop, Blues and Top 40 hits. Combined with the powerful showmanship of a skilled musician he has earned his reputation as an important and talented vocalist.

He has toured and performed with many national acts. Stan toured throughout the United States, with the late Jazz great, Cal Tjader. He also performed in Korea and Japan with the Bob Hope U.S.O. Orient Tour. Stan was the Musical Director and Vocalist for The Coasters. He opened for Al Green, Average White Band, Lenny William's and Wild Cherry among others.

Stan's recent performances include Royal Caribbean Song of America Cruise Ship; Sao Paulo, Brazil with Les Paul Roque; as member of the Drifters Show, at the Benedorm Palace, Spain one of Europe's largest shows; a Four Tops Tribute in Tenerife, Canary Islands and another premier spectacular show with The Four Tops at the Palladium Casino in Palmas de Mallorca, Spain.

Alvin Green

Alvin Green The Sun Shines Lu Lu

Alvin Green was born in the small town of Lamar, South Carolina, A town which only had one stop light in the middle of the city. At a very young age Alvin knew he had a tremendous love for music. Near the age of ten, Alvin was introduced to singing by his mentor, Grover Damon. Alvin says "I was so shy, Grover would have to give me candy to get me to sing in public, but that was how I got started singing publicly. During his teens, Alvin sung with a local group until he migrated to New York City, it was here that he started singing lead for the 5 Singing Stars (A group still active in the recording and performing scene, led by legendary gospel artist Tommy Ellison). After remaining with the 5 Singing Stars for a while Alvin started singing and recording secular music with his own group. More
Also check out 3 Cds by Alvin Green on CD Baby

Alvin Green 1

Alvin Green 2

Alvin Green 3

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Ron Holden -- I'll Forgive And Forget

I hadn't heard this for an age - one of my favourites from the late 70's Wigan Casino playlist.

Ron Holden (August 7, 1939, Seattle, Washington – January 22, 1997, Mexico) was an American pop singer.

Holden was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer to start his own record label. Holden spread the rumor that he had been heard singing by Nelson while being held in prison after being arrested for marijuana and alcohol possession, but the story has not been confirmed.[1] Holden then released the single "Love You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at #11 on the Black Singles chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.[2] Donna Records bought the rights to Holden's recordings shortly after and issued a full LP entitled Love You So; this record was re-issued by Del-Fi Records in 1994.[1] Holden returned to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (U.S. R&B #49).[2] He died in Mexico in 1997. Wikipedia

Ron Holden Discography

More Ron Holden on Fleamarket Funk

Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders on the Jackie Gleason Show

One Night In Harlem - Jimmy Radcliffe

A great post on Youtube from Chris Radcliffe:

Studio Craftsman Known As Session Musicians And Engineers! I Only Wish I had More Pictures To Honor Some Of Those Incredible Talents Not included In This Video. Brooks Arthur For One!

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings In-studio performance

Soul survivor and Daptone Records diva Sharon Jones is living proof of the continuing relevance of classic old-school funk and soul sounds. She is hot as a firecracker here with The Dap-Kings in this exclusive live set recorded at The Triple Door.-A. Boyd

In-studio performance

Fred Wesley Interview

JB and Horny Horns trombonist Fred Wesley reflects on the years he spent as musical director for the great James Brown, specifically their 1974 performance in Zaire, which forms the centerpiece of the new documentary, SOUL POWER. Directed by Jeffery Levy-Hinte from footage originally captured by Leon Gast and crew during the Ali-Foreman fight and music festival, Soul Power will open theatrically in NY and LA on July 10. Visit for more details.

Visit for tour dates and info on his autobiography, HIT ME FRED, which is available through

Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center, NYC - July 16, 17 & 19

Bob Koester of Delmark Records and Jazz Record Mart in NY Times!!

Read "Happily Seduced by the Blues" LARRY ROHTER in NY TimesWith great pics and full song streams of Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Eddie C. Campbell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Big Joe Williams, Roscoe Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes,
quotes from Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, George Lewis, and Bruce Iglauer and find out how Iggy and the Stooges got their name...