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Posted 5 years ago


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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.


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Nice post Packrat.
    A little info to add from a Canadian perspective, it was Dan Aykroyd, who introduced Belushi to Blues music in 1977. Dan had been influenced by many great artists that played at a small club in Ottawa, they included the likes of James Cotton, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, and Muddy Waters. There was only one Canadian band, that played there.
    The name of the band was "The Downchild Blues Band", they started in a time & place so far removed from the Blues roots that people in Canada in 1969 didn't know what to make of it. They persisted & became the premier Blues Band in Canada.
    The Blues Brothers are loosely based on the founding members of the band the Walsh brothers, their style & their songs.
    The Walsh brothers were influenced by all the great Blues artists from the U. S. & their name was derived from Sonny Boy Williamson II song, "Mr. Downchild".
    So around it went from the South to the North & back again, & spread the great music across the Continent.
    Dan still performs with the Downchild Blues Band periodically.

    Now I've got one of the songs stuck in my head.....oh well it's a good one!

  2. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    I can hear the SOOOUL TRAIN JINGLE IN MY HEAD!!!!! I love soul also!!
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much musikchoo, walksoftly & ho2cultcha.
    walksoftly, thanks for the great info! We have quite a bit of pre-Blues Brothers info. here.
    I was also a fan of Soul-Train, it was right up there with American Band Stand.
    Don Cornelius just passed away last February.
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much mikielikesigns2.
  5. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words BELLIN68.
  6. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you for the love BELLIN68 & tester123.
  7. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    thank you very much mrmajestic1.
  8. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    Im just sittin on the dock of the bay,whatchin the tide roll away. <CLASSIC><CLASSIC><CLASSIC>that song NEVER gets old.
    10,000 miles i've roamed, just to make this dock my home.
  9. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    mikielikesigns2, Thank you very much, what a pal.

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