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The Beautiful South

Posted on Dec 28, 2018 in 90s, ROCK/POP

Following the disbandment of the British indie pop group the Housemartins in 1989, vocalist Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemingway formed the Beautiful South. Where their previous group relied on jazzy guitars and witty, wry lyrics, the Beautiful South boasted a more sophisticated, jazzy pop sound, layered with keyboards, R&B-inflected female backing vocals and, occasionally, light orchestrations…

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Jack Scott

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled “The Way I Walk,” wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly attitude, Scott hailed from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and grew up across the river, near Detroit, developing a love for hillbilly music along the way…

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Mungo Jerry

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in 70s, ROCK/POP

Mungo Jerry are one of rock’s great one-hit successes. Outside of England, they’re known for exactly one song, but that song, “In the Summertime,” is a seasonal anthem known by listeners who weren’t even born when it was released. Mungo Jerry was a solid blues outfit as well — in fact, one suspects they were the kind of blues band that purists Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies would have loved, had they ever intersected…

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Phil Harris

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Big Band, JAZZ, Swing

Better known as a longtime actor who made his first film appearance in 1933, Phil Harris was also a successful drummer and singer. Harris played drums and led his own groups during the 30s. He was a regular on Jack Benny’s radio show for a decade from 1936-1946 and had his own show with Alice Faye from 1947-54…

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Sanford Clark

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in 50s, Country, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Sanford Clark found fleeting fame with his rendition of the Lee Hazlewood song “The Fool.” With a vocal style that blended elements of Johnny Cash with Ricky Nelson, Clark released the song in 1956, and it eventually peaked in the Top Ten of the pop charts and in the Top 15 of the country charts – his first and only hit…

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The Cribs

Posted on Nov 25, 2018 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Yorkshire’s the Cribs feature three brothers: vocalist/guitarist Ryan Jarman, bassist/vocalist Gary, and drummer Ross. The trio began playing together at an early age, debuting at a family party in the late 80s when twins Gary and Ryan were nine years old and Ross was just five. The brothers grew up with similar musical tastes, blending quintessentially British influences…

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J.J. Johnson

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 in Bebop, JAZZ

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than slide) trombone…

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Ike & Tina Turner

Posted on Nov 10, 2018 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

As husband and wife, Ike & Tina Turner headed up one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit during the ’60s and early ’70s. Guitarist and bandleader Ike kept his ensemble tight and well-drilled while throwing in his own distinctively twangy plucking; lead vocalist Tina was a ferocious whirlwind of power and energy, a raw sexual dynamo who was impossible to contain when she hit the stage…

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Ike Turner

Posted on Nov 10, 2018 in 50s, BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Rock 'n' Roll

Izear Luster Turner, Jr. was born November 5, 1931, in Clarksdale, MS, the heart of the segregated South. His father was beaten to death by a mob of angry whites, and growing up in a hostile environment unquestionably hardened Turner. He found his calling in music from an early age; he learned boogie-woogie piano firsthand from his inspiration, Pinetop Perkins…

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Trust Fund

Posted on Nov 5, 2018 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary, Indie

Trust Fund, the indie-pop project helmed by Bristol-based songwriter Ellis Jones, broke out in 2015, releasing a pair of mostly DIY albums, No One’s Coming for Us and Seems Unfair, which matched chatty and self-deprecating lyrics with breezy indie-pop and occasional prog flourishes…

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