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Category: R&B

Friday, May 13th

like nobody else

James Booker (1939-1983, piano, vocals), “True” (L. Cottrell, D. Albert), live, Montreux, Switzerland, 1978

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, May 6th

what’s new

Thee Sinseers, live (“What’s His Name,” “Hold On,” “Lovin’ You,” “There Must Be Something”), Los Angeles, published 5/2/22

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, April 20th

basement jukebox

Ray Charles (193–2004, vocals, piano), “I Don’t Need No Doctor” (N. Ashford, V. Simpson, J. Armstead), 1966

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Friday, April 8th

sounds of New York

Amber Mark, live, New York, published 1/31/22

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, April 1st

basement jukebox

Tyrone Davis (1938-2005), “Can I Change My Mind,” 1968

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Ann Peebles (1947-), “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down,” 1973

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O. V. Wright (1939-1980), “A Nickel and a Nail,” 1971

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 22nd

basement jukebox

Nina Simone (1933-2003), “Come On Back, Jack,” 1961

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 19th

basement jukebox

Roy Montrell (1928-1979), “(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone,” 1956

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 12th

passings

Syl Johnson, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, July 1, 1936–February 6, 2022

“Different Strokes,” 1967

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“Is It Because I’m Black” (S. Johnson, et al.), 1969

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“Take Me to the River” (A. Green, M. Hodges), 1975

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 5th

another take

Chuck Berry (1926-2017), “The Things That I Used to Do” (E. Jones), live, 1965

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 1st

like nobody else

James Brown (1933-2006), live, Paris, 1968

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The river didn’t flood
no friends
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sigh relieved
and say it’s spelled just like it sounds
boogie-woogie

—Adam Zagajewski (1945–2021), “Boogie-Woogie” (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

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