Posted 4 years ago
Ok, today we are going to have a little cultural music lesson for all you CW friends that are too young to remember when music was real music, which heavily influenced what you are listening to today.
These are some more LP's I acquired in that storage building behind the junk store in Nevada.
You will note Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding with Little Joe Curtis and Gladys Knight & The Pips. These were some of the most influential Soul/R&B people there ever were, along with many others, of course.
Again, for all you young people that do not know what I am talking about here, let me help you out.
“Soul music has its roots in Gospel Music and Rhythm and Blues. The term 'soul' in black American parlance has connotations of black pride and culture. Gospel groups in the 1940s and 1950s occasionally used the term as part of their name. The Jazz that self-consciously derived from gospel came to be called Soul Music. As singers and arrangers began using techniques from gospel and soul jazz in black popular music during the 1960s, soul music gradually functioned as an umbrella term for the black popular music at the time. The term "soul music" itself, to describe gospel-style music with secular lyrics, is first attested in 1961.”
“Rhythm and Blues, often abbreviated to R&B and RnB, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s.The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, Jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular.”
That will save you looking it up on Wikipedia, I did it for you, lets move on.
If you really want to see how great Aretha was, you must watch her as Mrs. Murphy in the all time great classic movie "The Blues Brothers."
Here is some FYI stuff for you:
John Belushi(aka “Joliet” Jake Blues) was from my home town and graduated High School the same year I did. I used to watch him perform in a band called The Ravens in H.S. The Ravens and the Leftovers would perform on Saturday night in the basemant of a building downtown.
More FYI stuff for you:
“Chicago based Alona's Dream Records made their debut recently with a reissue of a 45 originally released in 1965 by The Ravens. Hailing from the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, IL the band included high school students Michael Blasucci, Tony Pavolonis, Dick Blasucci, Phil Special, and a 16 year old future Blues Brother named John Belushi.”
“The band self released a single, “Listen To Me Now” backed with a cover of The Kingsmen‘s “Jolly Green Giant” in 1965, with fewer than 50 copies being produced. The reissue is limited as well, just 200 copies pressed with 100 on red and 100 on black vinyl.”
Tony Pavolonis was the President of my HS class(more FYI stuff.)
Ok, ok, I got a little off topic, sorry, but there you have it, a cultural music lesson for all you younger CW friends.