Today in Blues History
Roy Brown was born on this date in 1925 in New Olreans, LA. He was an American R&B singer, songwriter, and musician who had a significant influence on the early development of rock and roll and changed the direction of rhythm and blues. His original song “Good Rocking Tonight” was a hit for him and has been covered by Wynonie Harris, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone, James Brown, and The Doors. Brown was the first singer credited with singing R&B songs with a gospel delivery. Also his pleading vocal style influenced such artists as B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, and Little Richard.
Good Rockin’ Tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgdzS4OSQ1M
Soul Blues Singer Johnny Rawls was born in Hattiesburn, MS in 1951. As a singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter, and record producer he was influenced by the deep soul music of the 1960’s as performed by O.V. Wright, James Carr, and Z.Z. Hill. To date, Rawls has released more than a dozen albums under his name and been nominated twelve times for a Blues Music Award.
Born To The Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM0b2g7btsk
In 2005, the world lost the great Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown who passed away in Orange, TX. Even though he is best known for his blues work, he utilized a number of styles synthesizing old style blues with country, jazz, Cajun music, and R&B styles. His work also encompassed rock and roll, folk, electric and Texas blues. He was an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola, harmonica, and drums. He won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1983 for his album Alright Again!.
Okie Dokie Stomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wq_2A7sDAk