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Month: December, 2010

Wednesday, 12/15/10

A Brief History of American Popular Music Since World War II

1950
chicks & cars

1960
chicks & cars

1970
chicks & cars

1980
chicks & cars

1990
chicks & cars

2000
chicks & cars

2010
chicks & cars

Big Boi, “Shutterbugg,” 2010

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Tuesday, 12/14/10

This guy moved to Chicago, after World War II, from Birmingham, Alabama.

The temperature outside, on this mid-December day, is 7 degrees.

Is it any wonder springtime meant so much?

Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra, “Springtime Again,” 1979

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Happy (90th) Birthday to Clark Terry!

(Yo, Michael: Thanks for the tip!)

Monday, 12/13/10

Here, following Big Mama Thornton’s, are two more takes.

Elvis Presley, “Hound Dog,” live (TV broadcast, Milton Berle Show), 1956

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The Rock and Roll Trio (with Johnny Burnette), “Hound Dog,” live (TV broadcast, Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour), 1956

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In 1952, the Burnette brothers and Burlison formed a group called The Rhythm Rangers at the time. Johnny Burnette sang the vocals and played acoustic guitar, Dorsey played bass and Paul Burlison played lead guitar. For economic reasons, in 1956, the three young men moved to New York, where they managed to get an audition with the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. They won the competition three times in a row, which gained them a place in the finals, a recording contract with Coral Records and they officially became The Rock and Roll Trio.

Wikipedia

Sunday, 12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

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Saturday, 12/11/10

The older you get, the more time you don’t have.

—James Moody

James Moody, March 26, 1925-December 9, 2010

“Easy Living” (with Barry Harris, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Alan Dawson, drums), 1969 (I have no idea why, but this track, on my Mac, seems to play much better with Safari than Firefox.)

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With Moody, it’s all meat—there’s nothing superfluous.

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radio

WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) pays tribute to Moody through noon (EST) today.

Friday, 12/10/10

two voices

Some voices are so distinctive and indelible that, once heard, they occupy rooms all their own in your mind.

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, “Hound Dog,” live (TV broadcast; Buddy Guy, guitar; Fred Below, drums), Europe, 1965 (originally recorded 1952)

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Happy (180th) Birthday, Emily!

I’d subscribe to her Twitter feed in a heartbeat.

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

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Escape is such a thankful Word

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Our lives are Swiss –

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,

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My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun –

—Emily Dickinson (first lines)

Thursday, 12/9/10

Some music asks nothing more than to be a source of delight.

Wim Mertens Ensemble, “Maximizing the Audience,” live, Spain (Madrid), 1998

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Wednesday, 12/8/10

Some sounds never grow old.

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, “Find My Baby,” live

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mail

In response to yesterday’s post, a reader writes:

No, you were right the first time, the movement to bebop was immense progress. . . . To deny progress in art or politics is bad politics, tho there are clearly eddies and flows as we know from being currently enmeshed in a backward eddy.

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reading table

They don’t live long
but you’d never know it—
the cicada’s cry.

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Awake at night—
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold.

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Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (trans. Robert Hass), 1644-1694

Tuesday, 12/7/10

The history of jazz, I once thought (like a lot of folks), is a story of progress. The shift from swing to bebop, for example, wasn’t simply a change; it was an advance. What bunk.

Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, “Swinging in Harlem,” 1938

Monday, 12/6/10

Here’s more from the city that does death like no other.

Funeral for Juanita Brooks, New Orleans, 2009

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Here’s a taste of the Syl Johnson show I recently saw.

Syl Johnson, “Same Kind of Thing,” live, Chicago, 11/27/10

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