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Category: R&B

Friday, October 12th


Otis Rush (vocals, guitar) with Little Brother Montgomery (piano), Jack Myers (bass), Fred Below (drums), live, Berlin, 1966

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving)”



“Sweet Little Angel”




reading table

The silence will be sudden then last.

—Deborah Landau, from “The Silence Will Be Sudden Then Last” (Poetry, 10/18)

Monday, October 8th


Otis Rush, guitarist, singer, April 29, 1935-September 29, 2018 

Today, remembering him, we revisit a couple of posts.


Otis Rush (with Fred Below [drums], et al.), “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, Germany, 1966


I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.

—Otis Rush



basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-)

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958



“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” 1956



“Double Trouble,” 1958


Thursday, October 4th

like nobody else

James Booker (piano, vocals [1939-1983]), live, France (Nice), 1978


Thursday, September 27th

basement jukebox

“Can I Change My Mind” (B. Despenza, C. Wolfolk)

Alton Ellis (1938-2008), 1969



Tyrone Davis (1938-2005), 1968




reading table 

How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1441 (Franklin)

Friday, September 21st

sweet soul music

Ry Cooder featuring The Hamiltones, “I Can’t Win,” Danbury, Conn., 2018


Thursday, September 13th

basement jukebox

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (R. Shannon), 1967



“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (C. Moman, D. Penn), 1967



“Respect” (O. Redding), 1967


Saturday, September 8th

two takes

“Livin’ on a Prayer”

August Greene (Common [vocals], Robert Glasper [piano], Karriem Riggins [drums], et al.), live (backstage, Tonight Show), 8/13/18



Bon Jovi, 1986


Friday, August 31st

what’s new

August Greene (Common [vocals], Robert Glasper [keyboards], Karriem Riggins [drums], et al.), “No Apologies,” live (TV show), 8/13/18


Thursday, August 23rd

what’s new

Erykah Badu, live (“Rimshot,” “Green Eyes”), Washington, D.C., 8/15/18




random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

Tuesday, August 21st

what’s new

Tower of Power, live, Washington, D.C., 8/13/18


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