79 posts by Rich Orlando

‘Jail Guitar Doors’ – International Clash Day 2019

Red-faced admission: I’ve known and enjoyed this song for forty years and only recently discovered that the second verse refers to Peter Green (and that was only because someone told me!) In my defense it is not a ...

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Otis Rush’s ‘Homework’ – Part 1 – Origins

Influential guitarist Bill Jennings wrote and recorded a jazzy ballad called ‘Have You Ever Had the Blues’ with Juanita Lenoir in 1955, (the record, released on the King label, was credited to Nita Lore). In ...

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Roots and Branches – ‘Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)’ to ‘Rollin’ Man’

Special thanks to Jimmy Dukes for bringing this to my attention – Recorded in December of 1952, B.B. King’s ‘Woke Up this Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)’, was his first release for the year 1953. B.B. ...

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Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis was born this day, November 30, in 1953. Even for a child of the legendary Johnny Otis, Shuggie (legally, John Jr.) was a true prodigy, a versatile multi-instrumentalist like his father, at sixteen, he ...

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Eddie Boyd November 25, 1914 – July 13, 1994

Eddie Boyd was born this day, November 25, 1914 on Stovall’s Plantation, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  In his early twenties, he moved to Memphis, working Beale Street with his band the Dixie Rhythm Boys.  Eventual...

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Happy Birthday Ike Turner

Izear Luster Turner (Ike Turner to the world) was born on November 05, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Although now mostly known as a tabloid caricature of a very bad man, Turner was an important figure in the ...

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Peter Green and the Sonny Boys, I & II Part II

Part I featured Green performing a song by the second Sonny Boy Williamson; Part II takes a look at his version of a rather obscure number by the original Sonny Boy, John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson. The second ...

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Peter Green and the Sonny Boys I & II – Part I

Peter Green is rightfully considered one of the greatest guitarists to come out of the British Blues scene of the mid-to-late sixties but as we celebrate his seventy-second birthday (born October 29, 1946) I’d like to ...

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‘Can’t Hold Out Much Longer’ / ‘Crazy ‘Bout You, Baby’

In May of 1952, during the sessions for what would be Little Walter’s first release under his own name on Checker Records, he recorded ‘Can’t Hold Out Much Longer’; this would be chosen as the B-side of his ...

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Chuck Berry – ‘Too Much Monkey Business’

‘Too Much Monkey Business’ was Berry’s fifth single, the second of three that would be released in 1956, sandwiched between ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘You Can’t Catch Me’. Berry's music proved hugely ...

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