75 posts by Rich Orlando

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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Jeremy Spencer: ‘Bleeding Heart’ 1968 and 1998

Jeremy Spencer has always acknowledged his admiration for slide master Elmore James; there are twenty-two recordings, studio sessions and live performances, of Spencer covering songs that had been done by James during ...

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Spotlight: On Duster Bennett – ‘Trying to Paint it in the Sky’

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer Duster Bennett was born September 23, 1946. Bennett is fondly remembered by all who knew him and retains a passionate fan base, but he deserves to be better known.  Despite ...

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B. B. King – A Celebration of his life and music

Early in 2008, eighty-two-year-old B.B. King, an age at which most performers have either long since retired or a simply coasting on their laurels, went into the studio with a producer whom he had never met, and no ...

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Bukka White – The Roots of ‘Do You Give a Damn For Me’

A few months ago, I got an e-mail from a PeterT who was writing to inform me that in an earlier blog about ‘Show-Biz Blues’ https://smilingcorgipress.com/rory-gallagher-showbiz-blues/ I had neglected to mention that ...

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