Daily Discovery - Ain't Gonna Move b/w Baby Don't Leave by Johnny Guitar Watson - Northern Soul 45 on Jowat Records #118
Johnny Guitar Watson moved to Los Angeles with his mother in the early 1950's. Johnny quickly made an impact in the LA music scene. A few of the major stars that he influenced were, Etta James, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and there's no doubt in my mind that there were countless others. "Ain't Gonna Move" was released in 1964 and was his only release on the Jowat label, as far as I know. Going back to his roots, the flip side "Baby Don't Leave" decided to sing and record a Blues tune. If you don't know much about Johnny, check out one of my favorite songs by him, it's a Bluesy Soul tune titled "Cuttin' In", and let me know what you think.
Daily Discovery - The Place by Big Mama Thornton - R&B Soul Lp on Arhoolie Records #1028
"It's that crazy beat that moves the body and the feet" the lyrics tell it all. Funky guitar that breaks into a Mod dance beat, and of course Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's voice! A short but impressive tune. Yeah, no doubt, this will be on your want list shortly.
What about the rest of the album, you ask? Yes, it has "Hound Dog"! The liner notes mention the 1952 song (which was also later recorded by Elvis Presley) by the soon to be legendary writing team Leiber & Stoller. They actually handed "Big Mama" the song on a brown paper bag! She liked the song but didn't actually record it until 1953. When it was released, it quickly brought her fame, nationwide.
"My Heavy Load" is a tear jerker! Instantly my heart felt synchronized to the plucking of the guitar. I felt heavy, my shoulders seemed to slump through the pain in the music and in the voice! Talk about the blues, oh man! I remembered my mom saying to me as a child when I was about to do something wrong "don't do it, don't get yourself in trouble". I couldn't help listening to the song 6 times in a row. Through chills and almost fever, I couldn't get enough!
That's just the beginning!
Side 1 - Swing It On Home - Sweet Little Angel - The Place - Little Red Rooster - Unlucky Girl - Hound Dog
Side 2 - My Heavy Load - School Boy - Down Home Shake Down - Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be - Session Blues
Recorded in London, England in 1965 then later pressed in Berkeley, California
Daily Discovery - Rhythm Rockin' Blues b/w In My Neighborhood by Rollee McGill - R&B Rocker 45 on Mercury Records #70652
An absolute R&B Rockin' monster! Chicago, Illinois produced many great R&B, Soul, Blues, and Funk artists. Rollee McGill may not be a household name but after hearing this tune, I wondered what else he recorded. To my surprise Rollee released enough music to have a full CD. I am not sure what year this was released but it's definitely from the mid to late 50's.
Honkin' sax, amazing piano, funky guitar, head bobbin' bass and strong screamin' vocals. What more can you ask for in a R&B stomper? If you can't move to this one, we need to check your pulse!
Daily Discovery - I Dig Your Wig by Buddy Guy - R&B Soul (Blues) 45 on Chess Records #1899. Flip Side is "My Time After While" which is a blues tune. Today's discovery was brought to you by my 7 year old niece. I went through a stack of records and she said thats the song you need to share. I guess it's not surprising that the title caught her eye, a wig is a funny thing when you are little. Little did she know she picked a stomping R&B rocker.
Daily Discovery - Well I Done Got Over It by Guitar Slim. Killer R&B at its finest from 1953. Specialty records was a Gospel, R&B, Blues, Doowop label out of Los Angeles. Specialty was started in the late 1940's and went on to release music all the way into the 1980's.
Daily Discovery - Help I'm A Rock by Mothers Of Invention. This is from "Freak Out" their debut album. Frank Zappa and his group. Psychedelic Rock at its best! Funky, freaky, disturbing, odd but you can't help but be pulled into trying to figure out this 8+ minute track off this double LP. The wide ranges of genres Frank uses on this masterpiece include but are not exclusively from R&B, Doowop, Blues, Classical influences to what it is Progressive Rock, Psych Rock unlike any one else you have ever heard. If you have the opportunity to pick this or any other Mothers Of Invention Lp's up you would definitely enhance your collection.
Daily Discovery - Old Folks Boogie by Sidney Maiden w/ Slim Green & Cats from Fresno. Killer Jump Blues. Los Angeles based label, Dig #138 the picture is of the flip side or record, Hand Me Down Baby.