Wednesday, 31 July 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 15



01. Earl 'Duke' Jenkins & The Roulettes - 1966 - Oh Boy (Bee 1175a)
02. Earl 'Duke' Jenkins & The Roulettes - 1966 - Misusin' Me (Bee 1175b)
03. Reuben 'Tutti' Jackson - 1967 - (I Can Say) Baby (Wheel City 0005a)
04. Reuben 'Tutti' Jackson - 1967 - Come Home (Wheel City 0005b)
05. Sunny Carrington - 1967 - A Girl Every Guy Should Know (Deep 004a)
06. Sunny Carrington - 1967 - Now I Need You (Deep 004b)
07. Jackie Russell - 1967 - Don't Trade Love For Money (Soul Kitchen 0010a)
08. Jackie Russell - 1967 - If You Don't Want Me Let Me Be (Soul Kitchen 0010b)
09. Dottie Clark - 1968 - Since I Fell For You (Hollywood 1138a)
10. Dottie Clark - 1968 - All Woman (Hollywood 1138b)
11. Channie Blanchfield - 1968 - Hurt (Verve 10600a)
12. Channie Blanchfield - 1968 - Where Was I (Verve 10600b)
13. The Soulmasters - 1967 - I'll Be Waiting Here (Raven 2020a)
14. The Soulmasters - 1967 - You Took Away The Sunshine (Raven 2020b)
15. Mississippi Joe - 1969 - The Funky Blues (Midas 9010a)
16. Mississippi Joe - 1969 - Soul Power (Midas 9010b)
17. Alice & The Soul Sensations - 1969 - I Found Love (Pzazz 045a)
18. Alice & The Soul Sensations - 1969 - The Funky Judge (Pzazz 045b)
19. Johnny & Delores - 1968 - A Little More Understanding (True Soul 121142a)
20. Johnny & Delores - 1968 - Sockin' Soul (True Soul 121142b)
21. Tempting Ones - 196? - Heartaches (Vaughn ARS-45-30a)
22. Tempting Ones - 196? - Watch Me Now (Vaughn ARS-45-30b)
23. King Davis House Rockers - 1967 - Baby You Satisfy Me (Verve 10492a)
24. King Davis House Rockers - 1967 - We All Make Mistakes Sometimes (Verve 10492b)
25. Dee & Don - 1968 - I Can't Stand It (Abet 9429a)
26. Dee & Don - 1968 - How Much It Hurts Me (Abet 9429b)


OY!15

Monday, 29 July 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 29



Big Jay Bush & The House Rockers - Discography 1962-69 [4sides]

01. Big Jay Bush & The House Rockers - 1962 - Dynamite (Redbug 0007)
02. Big Jay Bush & The House Rockers - 1962 - Come On Home Baby (Redbug 0007)
03. Big Jay Bush & The House Rockers - 1969 - Funky Horns (Vangee 305)
04. Big Jay Bush & The House Rockers - 1969 - Soul Meeting (Vangee 305)


James Fountain - Discography 1969-70 [6sides]

01. James Fountain - 1969 - Soul Charge [Part 1] (Stop 264)
02. James Fountain - 1969 - Soul Charge [Part 2] (Stop 264)
03. James Fountain - 1969 - My Hair Is Nappy (Peachtree 124)
04. James Fountain - 1969 - Burning Up For Your Love (Peachtree 124)
05. James Fountain - 1970 - Malnutrition (Peachtree 127)
06. James Fountain - 1970 - Seven Day Lover (Peachtree 127)


Carleen & The Groovers - Discography 1970-71 [4sides]

01. Carleen & The Groovers - 1970 - Right On (Music World 198)
02. Carleen & The Groovers - 1970 - The Thing (Music World 198)
03. Carleen & The Groovers - 1971 - Hot Pants (CJB 221)
04. Carleen & The Groovers - 1971 - Can We Rap (CJB 221)


Israel Tolbert - Discography 1969-71 [15sides]

01. Israel Tolbert - 1969 - Habit (Warren 105)
02. Israel Tolbert - 1969 - Darling, I Love You (Warren 105) (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
03. Israel Tolbert - 1970 - Big Leg Woman (Warren 106) (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
04. Israel Tolbert - 1970 - I Got Love (Warren 106)
05. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Shake Your Big Hips (Warren 107) (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
06. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Lost Love (Warren 107) (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
07. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - You'll Lose A Good Thing (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
08. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Kentucky Waltz (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
09. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Happy Birthday Misses (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
10. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Saving My Love For You (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
11. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Driving Wheels (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
12. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Bitter Tears (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
13. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - I'm In Love (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
14. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Got To Get Away From You (Warren 108)
15. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - Hot Pants Breakdown (Warren 108)


GGB29

Saturday, 27 July 2019

A Lucky Loser

Technical difficulties delayed me from sharing this collection yesterday. All good now and we're wrapping up July's J's with the big one here. One of the greatest pure vocalists that deep Southern soul ever produced, James Carr is often mentioned in the same breath as Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Aretha Franklin in terms of his iconic vocals and the gut wrenching emotional power in his delivery. Or at least he is by hardcore soul aficionados; despite producing several classic R&B singles and some of the most intense country-soul ever waxed, sadly Carr never achieved the pop crossover success that could have made him a household name.


James Carr was born June 13, 1942, in Coahoma County, MS. His father, a minister, moved the family to Memphis when Carr was very young. Carr began singing in church at age nine, and performed with several area gospel groups in his teenage years, including the Harmony Echoes (though not, as legend had it, the Soul Stirrers). Both Carr and Echoes manager Roosevelt Jamison had been harboring ambitions for careers in secular music, and the two began looking for a solo deal for Carr in 1963. Stax turned him down, but in late 1964 he caught on with Goldwax, a Memphis label started by Quinton Claunch (who'd earlier co-founded Hi Records) that, in its early days, also featured O.V. Wright (with whom Carr had sung in the Redemption Harmonizers). Over the next couple of years, Carr cut several singles that ranged from Motown-ish pop to soul-blues, searching for the best stylistic match for his richly expressive baritone. Carr finally hit in 1966 with the country-soul ballad "You Got My Mind Messed Up," a Top Ten R&B hit that earned him comparisons to Otis Redding. It kicked off the prime period of Carr's recording career, and among his next few singles was his clear-cut masterpiece "Dark End Of The Street." Given a tortuously intense performance by Carr, "Dark End Of The Street" was a bleak tale of adultery that marked the first songwriting collaboration between Dan Penn and Chips Moman; although the song was recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Linda Ronstadt, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Carr's original version still stands as definitive. Featuring other hit singles like the Redding-esque "Love Attack" and the exquisite "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man," Carr's 1966 debut LP, You Got My Mind Messed Up is also considered a classic by many Southern soul collectors. Despite Carr's first flush of success on the R&B charts over 1966-1967, things were not looking up. Carr signed on with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager, in 1966, but without Roosevelt Jamison around (he'd served as Carr's caretaker just as much as his manager), Carr found himself unable to deal with the stress of touring; he frequently wandered off alone and got lost. By 1968, his mental state had deteriorated greatly, making even recording sessions a challenge. He was able to complete a second LP, 1968's A Man Needs a Woman, but in Muscle Shoals for his last Goldwax session in 1969, he simply sat at the microphone and stared into space, singing only one song (the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody"). Not long afterward, Goldwax went bankrupt; wary of the singer's instability, Capitol rescinded an offer to buy out his contract, and although Carr signed with Atlantic, he released only one single in 1971. Ultimately, Carr's greatest obstacle was himself: he was plagued for much of his life by severe depression and eventually a drug addiction that made pursuit of a career - or, for that matter, even single recording sessions - extraordinarily difficult, and often derailed his occasional comeback attempts. In 1977, Carr released one single on the small River City label, which was run by Roosevelt Jamison. The following year, he undertook a tour of Japan that started off well; however, at the Tokyo gig, Carr - apparently having taken too many anti-depressants - stood motionless at the microphone as though in a hypnotic trance. He returned to Memphis, where he lived with his sister (in between institutionalizations), and spent much of the '80s barely conscious of the world around him. With medication, his condition improved to the point where Jamison and Quinton Claunch cut an album with him in 1991 for a revived Goldwax. The record, Take Me to the Limit, received mixed reviews, although its very existence was an achievement in itself. Carr was even able to return to the road, touring the blues circuits in America and Europe. In 1994, he released another album on Claunch's new Soultrax label, titled Soul Survivor. Unfortunately, Carr was soon diagnosed with lung cancer, and spent several years battling the disease before finally succumbing on January 7, 2001. ~ Steve Huey [allmusic]

A Lucky Loser collects the James Carr kit and kaboodle ... both of his late 60s (deep southern soul staple) LPs, 1977's Freedom Train LP (chock-full of unissued and alternate Goldwax recordings), 1978's Oriental Live & Living LP (Japanese bootlegged performance), both CDs from the early 90s and a two-part 'Singles & Rarites' collection including a ridiculous number of alternate and unissued cuts. All files chronicled (to the best of my abilities), cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 23

In alignment with July's artist retrospectives, we have our first special installment of Deep Dish Delicacies for you. This volume is entirely comprised of artists with 'J' names. Enjoy.


01. Johnnie Morisette - 1962 - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere (SAR 126)
02. Johnny Payne - 1962 - Can't Take Another Heartbreak (Brent 7038)
03. Johnny Adams - 1963 - I Want To Do Everything For You (Ron 995)
04. Jimmy Lewis - 1963 - Feelin' In My Bones (Four-J 508)
05. Jeff Dale - 1964 - Don't Forget About Me Baby (Atco 45-6332)
06. James Carr - 1964 - Only Fools Run Away (Goldwax 108)
07. Joe Hinton - 1965 - Darling Come Talk To Me (Back Beat BLP 60)
08. Jackey Beavers - 1965 - I Want Somebody (Checker 1119)
09. Johnny Truitt - 1966 - There Goes A Girl (A-Bet 9416)
10. Jackie Lee & Delores Hall - 1966 - Whether It's Right Or Wrong (Mirwood 5528)
11. Jo Armstead - 1967 - I Who Love You So (Giant 701)
12. JT Rhythm - 1967 - All I Want Is You (Palmer 5021)
13. JJ Barnes - 196? - Harder You Love (Groovesville Unissued)
14. JP Robinson - 1968 - Only Be True To Me (Alston 4570)
15. Jackie Montre El - 1968 - I Worship The Ground You Walk On (ABC 11035)
16. Jimmy Robinson - 1969 - Don't Take It So Hard (Unissued)
17. Johnny Soul - 1969 - I Almost Called Your Name (SSS Int. 763)
18. Jimmy Hughes - 19?? - Tell Him Tonight (Volt Unissued)
19. Joe Perkins - 1970 - Thing Of The Past (Chris 001)
20. Johnny Robinson - 1970 - Nothing Can Touch This Love (Epic BN 26528)
21. Joe Wilson - 1971 - When A Man Cries (Dynamo 147)
22. Jean Battle - 1971 - Unsatisfied Woman (Clintone 004)
23. James Govan - 1972 - Way Over Yonder (Fame Unissued)
24. Johnnie Taylor - 1973 - Starting All Over Again (Stax 3014)
25. Jimmie Baker - 1974 - Funny How People Forget (Renegade 5610)


DDD23

Monday, 22 July 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 28

I know several of you have been waiting for the Soul Twins. Well friends, the waiting is over. They kick off this Goodie Grab Bag alongside two other deadly vocal duo's ... Robbie & Darryl and Chico & Buddy. A big big thanks to @hwolf for the Twins LP.


Soul Twins - Discography 1967-70 [16sides]

01. Soul Twins - 1967 - Quick Change Artist (Karen 1533)
02. Soul Twins - 1967 - Give A Man A Chance (Karen 1533)
03. Soul Twins - 1967 - Just One Look (Karen 1535)
04. Soul Twins - 1967 - It Ain't What You Do (Karen 1535)
05. Soul Twins - 1967 - What Good Is Love (Karen Unissued)
06. Soul Twins - 1967 - Mr Pitiful (Karen 1537)
07. Soul Twins - 1967 - Searching For My Baby (Karen 1537)
08. Soul Twins - 1968 - Can't Make This Move (Back Beat Unissued)
09. Soul Twins - 1968 - I've Got A Whole Lot Of Lovin' (Back Beat Unissued)
10. Soul Twins - 1969 - She's The One (Back Beat Demo)
11. Soul Twins - 1969 - She's The One (Back Beat 599)
12. Soul Twins - 1969 - Mr Independant (Back Beat 599)
13. Soul Twins - 1969 - Two Lives (Unissued)
14. Soul Twins - 1969 - Soul Is In The Air (Unissued)
15. Soul Twins - 1970 - Everyone Get Some (Love) [as Gas & Funk Factory] (Brunswick 55434)
16. Soul Twins - 1970 - The Goodnight Song [as Gas & Funk Factory] (Brunswick 55434)


Robbie & Darryl - Discography 1969 [4sides]
(Robbie Mitchell & Darryl Patterson)

01. Robbie & Darryl - 1969 - I Lost My Love (Tangerine 990)
02. Robbie & Darryl - 1969 - No One Can Do The Things You Do (Tangerine 990)
03. Robbie & Darryl - 1969 - Your Job To Satisfy (Tangerine 997)
04. Robbie & Darryl - 1969 - It Hurts To Say Goodbye (Tangerine 997)


Chico & Buddy - Discography 1970-7? [8sides]

01. Chico & Buddy - 1970 - Party Time (TCB 828)
02. Chico & Buddy - 1970 - I Don't Know What You Got (Unissued)
03. Chico & Buddy - 1970 - A Thing Called The Jones (Tay-Ster 6025)
04. Chico & Buddy - 1970 - Can You Dig It (Tay-Ster 6025)
05. Chico & Buddy - 197? - Let's Have A Ball (Unissued)
06. Chico & Buddy - 197? - Soul Funk (Unissued)
07. Chico & Buddy - 197? - You Won't Miss The Water (Unissued)
08. Chico & Buddy - 197? - It Ain't The Beauty, It's The Booty (Unissued)


GGB28

Friday, 19 July 2019

Love Is Not A Stranger

Several years ago, when I started getting serious about soul scavenging, I was quite lucky to stumble upon southern souler J.P. Robinson. The bulk of Robinson's recordings were issued by the legendary Henry Stone, with many of the titles written and produced by his go-to cohorts, Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. If these names are chiming any bells for you, then you can probably tell that the caliber of these cuts is high. If not, take it from me, you're in for a treat.


In the late 50's John (J.P.) Robinson began his music career with the R&B group The Chanteers. This vocal group from Roosevelt Senior high school, West Palm Peach, Florida, included J.P. Robinson, Berdell Macon, Levon Kinsey and Joe Fisher. The Chanteers were playing gigs in many of the clubs around Miami, it's been stated that The Chanteers were already a 'recording act' back in 1958 though the first 45 by the group, titled "Jungle Twist" was supposedly issued in 1960 or 1961. The group later signed a recording contract for Mercury records and cut two singles in 1962. Three years later in NYC, Robinson with Victor Kerr cut one single as "Vick & John", issued via Allert Records in 1965. Come late 1967, former Chanteer Joe Fisher, who at that time was a south Florida disc jockey, introduced Robinson to Henry Stone who immediately signed Robinson and gave the okay for Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke to write and produce his songs, which they did with a flamboyant, energetic sound. Stone released several singles via his 'Alston' and 'Blue Candle' imprints between 1968 and 1973. With a small handful seeing wider distribution by way of Atco Records. According to Willie Clarke, “J.P. seemed to go berserk at the microphone. He was so caught up in the feel of his songs, at times we thought we would have to hit him with a bat to calm him down. He was electric!” When he was going to do a recording session, people would try to get in on it to watch him work. His sessions were like watching a show. Willie got the idea to write “Hot Love”, in which you can easily hear Robinson’s energy in the lyrics. Robinson was an instant sensation with the release of the hit 45 single, “I Got My Thing On A String.”. I'm not quite sure how Robinson spent the mid 70s but by the tail of the decade, J.P. left South Florida and moved to New Jersey, where he went to work for the automotive industry. He quit the music business to feed his family.

Love Is Not A Stranger gathers the near entirety of J.P. Robinson's recordings. I can't find, let alone confirm the existence of The Chanteers supposed 'Jungle Twist' 45, however both Mercury 45s are included, along with an unissued Chanteers cut. There's an unissued Vick & John cut also, their lone 45 and of course, the complete solo recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 14



01. King Richard & The Poor Boys [aka 5 Royales] - 1962 - I'm Not Ashamed (Apollo 1201a)
02. King Richard & The Poor Boys [aka 5 Royales] - 1962 - Didn't We Fool Them (Apollo 1201b)
03. Rochelles - 1964 - Please Hear My Plea (Spacey 201a)
04. Rochelles - 1964 - Teardrops (Spacey 201b)
05. The Four Rivers - 1963 - I Confess (Josie 901a)
06. The Four Rivers - 1963 - Sooner Or Later (Josie 901b)
07. Lil (Preacher) Roy - 1963 - Won'tcha Be My Girl (Saber 104a)
08. Lil (Preacher) Roy - 1963 - Listen To Me (Saber 104b)
09. Larry Seibert & The Jaguars - 1963 - Never Come Back (Whit W-1a)
10. Larry Seibert & The Jaguars - 1963 - You Said (Whit W-1b)
11. Delores Lynn - 1965 - Just Tell It Like It Is (Junior 1008a)
12. Delores Lynn - 1965 - The Big Search Is On (Junior 1008b)
13. The Soothers - 1964 - I Believe In You (Port 70041a)
14. The Soothers - 1964 - The Little White Cloud That Cried (Port 70041b)
15. Leona Buckles - 1965 - Baby We're Through (Watch 6344a)
16. Leona Buckles - 1965 - I'm Waiting To Give My Love To You (Watch 6344b)
17. Casualiars - 1965 - This Is A Mean Old World (Autumn 21a)
18. Casualiars - 1965 - Just For You (Autumn 21b)
19. Alan Bruce - 1965 - I Feel Better (Gait 1443a)
20. Alan Bruce - 1965 - Where Do We Go From Here (Gait 1443b)
21. Lord Luther & The Counts - 1964 - Two Of A Kind (Lusan 101a)
22. Lord Luther & The Counts - 1964 - Tough (Lusan 101b)
23. Maxine Thomas - 1964 - Rome Wasn't Built In A Day (Bo-Bo R-133-8666a)
24. Maxine Thomas - 1964 - Your Promises (Bo-Bo R-133-8666b)
25. The Sparks - 196? - Don't Be A Fool (Path ZTSP 94562a)
26. The Sparks - 196? - I'm Forever Yours (Path ZTSP 94562b)


OY!14

Monday, 15 July 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 27



Dorothy Williams - Discography 1964-65 [4sides]

01. Dorothy Williams - 1964 - Closer To My Baby (Volt 118)
02. Dorothy Williams - 1964 - Watchdog (Volt 118)
03. Dorothy Williams - 1965 - Country Style (Goldwax 115)
04. Dorothy Williams - 1965 - The Well's Gone Dry (Goldwax 115)


Rose Hargrove - Discography 1965-6? [4sides]

01. Rose Hargrove - 1965 - Once A Day (Afco 523)
02. Rose Hargrove - 1965 - Why Am I Losing You (Afco 523)
03. Rose Hargrove - 196? - Knocked Down Kicked Around (Hell's 484)
04. Rose Hargrove - 196? - Somebody's Gotta Give (Hell's 484)


Little Janice (Janice Tyrone) - Discography 1967-69 [15sides]

01. Little Miss Janice - 1967 - Scarred Knees (Proverb 1030)
02. Little Miss Janice - 1967 - Won't Be Back (Proverb 1030)
03. Little Janice - 1969 - I Am A Soul (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 034)
04. Little Janice - 1969 - Texas Woman (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 031)
05. Little Janice - 1969 - Since You've Been Gone (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 034)
06. Little Janice - 1969 - Stay Away From My Man (Pzazz LP-323)
07. Little Janice - 1969 - Grown-Ups (Pzazz LP-323)
08. Little Janice - 1969 - Not Til Him (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 024)
09. Little Janice - 1969 - Walk Right In (Pzazz LP-323)
10. Little Janice - 1969 - Mirror Mind (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 024)
11. Little Janice - 1969 - I've Got The Blues (Pzazz LP-323)
12. Little Janice - 1969 - Granny's Got A Bikini (Pzazz LP-323)
13. Little Janice - 1969 - Good Bye, Baby (Pzazz LP-323) (Pzazz 031)
14. Janice Tyrone - 1969 - I'm Gonna Make It (Pzazz 041)
15. Janice Tyrone - 1969 - Meet Me Baby (Pzazz 041)


Sunday Williams - Discography 1969-70 [4sides]

01. Sunday - 1969 - Ain't Got No Problems (Alteen 9631) (Chess 2074)
02. Sunday - 1969 - Where Did He Come From (Alteen 9631) (Chess 2074)
03. Sunday Williams - 1970 - That's What You Want (Red Balloon 02)
04. Sunday Williams - 1970 - You've Hurt Me Now (Red Balloon 02)


Jean Battle - Discography 1971-72 [4sides]

01. Jean Battle - 1971 - Unsatisfied Woman (Clintone 004)
02. Jean Battle - 1971 - I've Got to Come In (Clintone 004)
03. Jean Battle - 1972 - Love Making (Red Lite 119)
04. Jean Battle - 1972 - When A Woman Loves A Man (Red Lite 119)


GGB27

Friday, 12 July 2019

Just One More Time

If musicians are truly married to their music then this man might be considered a polygamist. Much like the great Bobby Bland, Johnny Adams or Little Milton, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland had a hard time picking his pony; deeply in love with soul and the blues alike. Through the first two decades of his career, Copeland recorded in both styles extensively, and of course as a by-product, produced a third outlet where in which these styles converged into a remarkable and unmistakable brand of deep soul/R&B. I believe there's a little something for everyone here!


Johnny Copeland was born March 27, 1937, in Haynesville, Louisiana, about 15 miles south of Magnolia, Arkansas (formerly Texarkana, a hotbed of blues activity in the '20s and '30s). The son of sharecroppers, his father died when he was very young, but Copeland was given his father's guitar. His first gig was with his friend Joe "Guitar" Hughes. Soon after, Hughes "took sick" for a week so the young Copeland discovered he could be a frontman and deliver vocals as well as anyone else around Houston at that time. His music, by his own reasoning, fell somewhere between the funky R&B of New Orleans and the swing and jump blues of Kansas City. After his family (sans his father) moved to Houston, a teenage Copeland was exposed to musicians from both cities. While he was becoming interested in music, he also pursued boxing, mostly as an avocation, and it is from his days as a boxer that he got his nickname "Clyde." Copeland and Hughes fell under the spell of T-Bone Walker, whom Copeland first saw perform when he was 13 years old. As a teenager he played at locales such as Shady's Playhouse -- Houston's leading blues club and host to most of the city's best bluesmen during the '50s -- and the Eldorado Ballroom. Copeland and Hughes subsequently formed the Dukes of Rhythm, which became the house band at the Shady's Playhouse. After that, he spent time playing on tour with Albert Collins (himself a fellow T-Bone Walker devotee) during the '50s, and also played on-stage with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Big Mama Thornton, and Freddie King. He began recording in 1958 with "Rock 'n' Roll Lily" for Mercury, and moved between various labels during the '60s, including All Boy and Golden Eagle in Houston, where he had regional successes with "Please Let Me Know" and "Down On Bending Knees," and later for Wand and Atlantic in New York. In 1965, he displayed a surprising prescience in terms of the pop market by cutting a version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" for Wand. After touring around the "Texas triangle" of Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, he relocated to New York City in 1974, at the height of the disco boom. It seems this move was the best career move Copeland ever made, for he had easy access to clubs in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Boston, all of which still had a place for blues musicians like him. Meanwhile, back in Houston, the club scene was hurting, owing partly to the oil-related recession of the mid-'70s. Copeland took a day job at a Brew 'n' Burger restaurant in New York and played his blues at night, finding receptive audiences at clubs in Harlem and Greenwich Village. He recorded seven albums for Rounder Records, beginning in 1981 and including Copeland Special, Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat, Texas Twister, Bringing It All Back Home, When the Rain Starts a Fallin', Ain't Nothing But a Party (live, nominated for a Grammy), and Boom Boom; he also won a Grammy award in 1986 for his efforts on an Alligator album, Showdown! with Robert Cray and the late Albert Collins. Although Copeland had a booming, shouting voice and was a powerful guitarist and live performer, what most people don't realize is just how clever a songwriter he was. Considering the amount of time he spent steadily rolling from gig to gig, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland's rise to prominence in the blues world in the early '90s wasn't all that surprising. A contract with the PolyGram/Verve label put his '90s recordings into the hands of thousands of blues lovers around the world. It's not that Copeland's talent changed all that much since he recorded for Rounder Records in the '80s; it's just that major companies began to see the potential of great, hardworking blues musicians like Copeland. His releases for the PolyGram/Verve/Gitanes label, including Flyin' High (1992) and Catch Up with the Blues (1993). Because Copeland was only six months old when his parents split up, and he only saw his father a few times before he passed away, he never realized he had inherited a congenital heart defect from his father. He discovered this in the midst of another typically hectic tour in late 1994, when he had to go into the hospital in Colorado. After he was diagnosed with heart disease, he spent the next few years in and out of hospitals, undertaking a number of costly heart surgeries. Early in 1997, he was waiting for a heart transplant at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. As he was waiting, he was put on the L-VAD, a then-recent innovation for patients suffering from congenital heart defects. In 1995, he appeared on CNN and ABC-TV's Good Morning America, wearing his L-VAD, offering the invention valuable publicity. Despite his health problems, Copeland continued to perform his always spirited concerts. After 20 months on the L-VAD -- the longest anyone had lived on the device -- he received a heart transplant on January 1, 1997 and for a few months, the heart worked fine and he continued to tour. However, the heart developed a defective valve, necessitating heart surgery in the summer. Copeland died of complications during heart surgery on July 3, 1997.

Just One More Time ties together the near entirety of Johnny Copeland's first two decades of recordings with a hodge-podge collection of songs containing all the 45s plus a hefty number of home-made and studio demo's, outtakes, alternate cuts and (polished but) unissued recordings. Rounding off the pre-Rounder discography, I've included the Crazy Cajun Recordings compilation CD, containing even more unissued recordings and alternate cuts, recorded for Huey P. Meaux (mostly) in the mid 60s. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 22

Soul music, for me at least, is all about love! I'm not talking about the particular subject matter from song to song, but rather the raw, emotive expression and execution of the music itself . It's empowering, inspiring and cathartic ... and I'm lucky enough to be able to wrap myself in it's warm embrace nearly everyday. I started this site as a means to share this music (mostly of yesteryear) with hopes of spreading this love and helping foster a community of fans, collectors and creators alike. For the most part, I feel it's been successful. However there's always gonna be someone or someone's who are so entrenched in their own self-hatred that they can't help but bring negativity with them everywhere they go in attempts to bring everyone around them down to their depths. These types of people can't help themselves and they can't ever be helped by anyone but themselves. Life is painful for most of us and the true measure of a man or woman, is what they do with that pain. A couple years ago, I was overwhelmed with pain and grief but I took those feelings and turned them into Groovy Gumbo ... a happy place. As of late, some negative nancy's have been trying to hi-jack that from me ... from us. It's not about me, it's not about this site, or the majority of visitors. That shit is all about their inability to process their pain and their unwillingness to try turning their negative thought into a positive action. Their reign here is done! This is a long winded way of saying that I've now switched to comment moderation. I know some of you wonderful people won't like that but think of the upside. No more petty, pathetic tiffs and personal attacks, only comments of gratitude, requests or additional links and information will appear, returning this site to the happy place it was intended to be. So, positive people, keep commenting and I will do my best to promptly publish your kind and/or informative contributions. Thanks for reading, now dig into this latest edition from the 'Deep Dish Delicacies' series and enjoy.


01. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Baby, Is There Something On Your Mind (Soultown 109)
02. Appointments - 19?? - Sweet Daddy (Dart 3510)
03. Joe Towns - 1968 - Down And Out World (Top Dog 105)
04. The Experts - 1969 - Wake Me When It's Over (Whirl World SL 1001)
05. Alice Rozier & Little Joe - 196? - I'm Gonna Hold On To You (Stone #??)
06. Nate Williams - 1972 - She's A Woman (Honey B 1001)
07. Sam & Dave - 1970 - When You Steal From Me (You're Cheating Yourself) (Atlantic 2728)
08. George Jackson - 197? - A Few Precious Moments (Fame Unissued)
09. Patterson Twins - 1973 - Come To Me (King 6422)
10. Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper - 197? - How Many Times (Unissued)
11. The Sim-Aires - 1971 - Sometimes I Have To Cry (Song Bird 1194)
12. Lee Moses - 1971 - Free At Last (Maple LP 6001)
13. Bette Williams - 1971 - Another Man Took My Husband's Place (GreGar 71-0110)
14. O.V. Wright - 1973 - Are You Going Where I'm Coming From (Backbeat BBLX-72)
15. Bobby Womack - 1976 - Take It On Home (United Artists UA-LA638-G)
16. Wayne Warren - 197? - Oh I Really Love You (Four Ace 1000)
17. Loleatta Holloway - 1973 - Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool (Aware AA-2003)
18. Syl Johnson - 1975 - That's Just My Luck (Hi SHL 32096)
19. Johnny Adams - 197? - The Best Of Luck To You (Gamma 101)
20. David Robinson - 19?? - I Care For You (Orbitont 1001)
21. Israel Tolbert - 1971 - You'll Lose A Good Thing (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
22. William Garvin - 1971 - Bring Them Home (Will 003)
23. Trudy Johnson - 1969 - Your Good Thing (Is About To End) (Capitol 2631)
24. Soul Twins - 1969 - Two Lives (Unissued)
25. Gerald & Nancy Ray - 1968 - I Got Everything I Need (Atco 6586)


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Monday, 8 July 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 26



Eddie Jefferson - Discography 1964-66 [4sides]

01. Eddie Jefferson - 1964 - I Don't Want You Anymore (Stax 147)
02. Eddie Jefferson - 1964 - Uh-Oh (I'm In Love Again) (Stax 147)
03. Eddie Jefferson - 1966 - When You Look In The Mirror (Goldwax 316)
04. Eddie Jefferson - 1966 - Some Other Time (Goldwax 316)


B B Brown - Discography 1967 [4sides]

01. B B Brown - 1967 - I Weep (Dit Dot 001)
02. B B Brown - 1967 - That's It Let's Quit (Dit Dot 001)
03. B B Brown - 1967 - Low Down Dirty Tramp (Dit Dot 100)
04. B B Brown - 1967 - My Love For You (Dit Dot 100)


L.H. & The Memphis Sounds - Discography 1967-68 [4sides]

01. L.H. & The Memphis Sounds - 1967 - Double Up (Hollywood 1112)
02. L.H. & The Memphis Sounds - 1967 - House Full Of Rooms (Hollywood 1112)
03. L.H. & The Memphis Sounds - 1968 - Out Of Control (Hollywood 1122)
04. L.H. & The Memphis Sounds - 1968 - I'm A Fool In Love (Hollywood 1122)


Marvin Preyer - Discography 1968 [5sides]

01. Marvin Preyer - 1968 - What Can I Call My Own (Wand 1173)
02. Marvin Preyer - 1968 - It's Coming To Me (Wand 1173)
03. Marvin Preyer - 1968 - Climbing Up To Love (Wand 1181)
04. Marvin Preyer - 1968 - Don't Stop Loving Me This Time (Wand 1181)
05. Marvin Preyer - 1968 - You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Love Her (Wand Unissued)


Dynamic Adam - Discography 1968-69 [4sides]

01. Dynamic Adam - 1968 - Forgive Me (ANLA 113)
02. Dynamic Adam - 1968 - She's Gone (ANLA 113)
03. Dynamic Adam & The Excitements - 1969 - Groove Maker (ANLA 117)
04. Dynamic Adam & The Excitements - 1969 - Be A Man (ANLA 117)


Sonny Holley - Discography 196?-70 [4sides]

01. Sonny Holley - 196? - Someone On Your Mind (FMH 1001)
02. Sonny Holley - 196? - Titilate Your Sensibilities (FMH 1001)
03. Sonny Holley - 1970 - Mr Fix-It Man (Vee-Eight 270)
04. Sonny Holley - 1970 - I Need You More (Than You Need To Be Free) (Vee-Eight 270)


Hersey Taylor - Discography 1971-72 [4sides]

01. Hersey Taylor - 1971 - We're Gonna Run Out Of Time (Future Stars CC-1001)
02. Hersey Taylor - 1971 - Let Me Make You Happy (Future Stars CC-1001)
03. Hersey Taylor - 1972 - Cut You A Loose (Future Stars CC-1003)
04. Hersey Taylor - 1972 - Ain't Gonna Share Your Love (Future Stars CC-1003)


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Friday, 5 July 2019

I Want To Love You

As mentioned earlier this week, just for the month of July each retrospective I'll be posting will be of artists whose name starts with the letter 'J' and befittingly, I've got some juicy offerings planned. Kicking it off with this savvy southern souler by the name of Joe Wilson. Amazingly, Wilson never garnered national acclaim, though the majority of his recording efforts certainly ought to have.


Wilson was born May 5, 1943 and was gigging around the New Orleans club scene since the early 60s. His first records were released by White Cliffs, a subsidiary of Cosimo Matassa’s Dover distribution company. Of the three 45s Wilson had on the street the best cuts were his two deep soul ballads 'Now You Want To Do Right' and 'I Want To Love You'. The former has some lovely harmony vocals and an impassioned lead, while the latter is even better. An absolute belter of a song with great chord changes complete with a really heartfelt vocal from Joe and a big big horn section. Sadly when Dover collapsed in 1968 Wilson was left without a record company and several other titles still in the can, as so many other New Orleans artists were. Help came from Wardell Quezergue who took Joe to Malaco in 1970, one of a seemingly endless number of NOLA singers he ferried to Jackson after the huge success of his first visit there with Jean Knight and King Floyd. Their first collaboration was an immediate artistic success. 'When A Man Cries' is an exquisite deep soul ballad, brim full of emotional power from Joe’s light high baritone and featuring one of Wardell’s most heartfelt string arrangements – superb guitar fills as well. Tommy Couch licensed this to Dynamo on a trip up to New York after both Stax and Atlantic had passed on it. The song got a second chance several years later when it came out again on Musicor. A couple of years later Joe recorded another superb cut at Malaco. 'You Need Me' is a track of great beauty, featuring one of Joe’s most impassioned performances inside perhaps the lushest set of horns and strings that Wardell ever brought to a studio. Maybe the stories about him writing out charts for 75 strings for an Aaron Neville track with just a tuning fork for assistance are true! A near-decade later Wilson reunited with Wardell for a 45 in 1980 featuring a rather disco-fied uptempo cut 'What Would I Do' and the more subtle and funky 'Pretty Oakland Woman' with its pronounced Caribbean slant before recording his first album for Burnell Moliere’s RIA label in 1987. 'Come Inside' was a fine set, almost a throwback to the 70s in feel, using real (and very expert) musicians together with the usual quality Wardell arrangements. The gentle island sound of 'Sugar Is Sweet' was very catchy, as was the strong beat ballad title track. But perhaps the cream of the crop were the fine 'Touch Me', and the two tracks that formed the only 45 taken from the LP, the melodic 'Family Man' and the recut of his masterpiece 'You Need Me' which retained all of the charm of the original. Joe was reported to be still gigging around the Crescent City but since the Katrina disaster nothing further has been heard about him sadly. ~ Sir Shambling

I Want To Love You collects the complete works of Wilson's 1965-72 stretch and includes over a half dozen unissued cuts recorded in the early 70s. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 13



01. Miss Soulsational Trisha Brown - 1968 - I Am Nothing Without You (Soulsville USA 1002a)
02. Miss Soulsational Trisha Brown - 1968 - You're Gonna Pay (Soulsville USA 1002b)
03. Johnny Cameron & The Camerons - 1969 - Funky John (Atlantic 2734a)
04. Johnny Cameron & The Camerons - 1969 - I Love You (Yes I Do) (Atlantic 2734b)
05. Russ Lewis - 1969 - Brand New Recipe (Sharp 6040a)
06. Russ Lewis - 1969 - Love Made Me Blue (Sharp 6040b)
07. The Eldorados - 1970 - In Over My Head (Torrid 100a)
08. The Eldorados - 1970 - You Make My Heart Sing (Torrid 100b)
09. The Johnson Brothers - 197? - I'm Takin A Train (Smoke House 601a)
10. The Johnson Brothers - 197? - When I Was A Boy (Smoke House 601b)
11. Gene Kador - 1971 - Why Not My Baby (Golden 115a)
12. Gene Kador - 1971 - Don't Be Afraid Mary Ann (Golden 115b)
13. Corzette Holly - 1971 - Holding My Hand (Flaming Arrow 46a)
14. Corzette Holly w James Havior - 1971 - Jumpin With Popeye (Flaming Arrow 46b)
15. Samuel T. Robinson - 1973 - Take Time To Go Crazy (Vilma 3SR73Ma)
16. Samuel T. Robinson - 1973 - Somewhere In Mississippi (Vilma 3SR73Mb)
17. Bill Sampson - 197? - Stronger & Wronger (Motion 1001a)
18. Bill Sampson - 197? - Sweet Angel Child (Motion 1001b)
19. Ellen Jackson & Big Star Band - 197? - Hard Times (Big Star BS-038a)
20. Ellen Jackson & Big Star Band - 197? - Ghetto Boogie (Big Star BS-039b)
21. Lori & Lance - 1969 - All I Want Is You (Federal 12548a)
22. Lori & Lance - 1969 - I Don't Have To Worry (Federal 12548b)
23. Big J B Stewart - 1968 - Bright Tomorrow (Smogville 04a)
24. Big J B Stewart - 1968 - Player (Stole My Wife) (Smogville 04b)
25. Oscar Bishop & The Bishops - 1969 - Oscar's Dog (Rip Cor 6002a)
26. Oscar Bishop & The Bishops - 1969 - Gonna Have To Put You Down (Rip Cor 6002b)


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Monday, 1 July 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 25

A few slight adjustments moving into July ... first off, for the foreseeable future I'm alternating the 'O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!' series with the 'Goodie Grab Bag' series and just for the month of July, all of Friday's retrospectives will feature artists whose name's begin with the letter "J".  So, let's roll out the new regiment with a Goodie Grab Bag jam pact with deep soul and rich rhythm n blues.


Sherman Evans - Discography 1962-64 [8sides]

01. Sherman Evans - 1962 - There's Gonna Be Some Crying (Manco 1036)
02. Sherman Evans - 1962 - Looking For My Baby (Manco 1036)
03. Sherman Evans - 1963 - Yo Yo Twist (Manco 1049)
04. Sherman Evans - 1963 - If I Should Die (Manco 1049)
05. Sherman Evans - 1964 - In My Heart (Manco 1062)
06. Sherman Evans - 1964 - The Craze (Manco 1062)
07. Sherman Evans - 1964 - There's Gonna Be Some Changes Made (Manco 1065)
08. Sherman Evans - 1964 - I Don't Care (Manco 1065)


Charles Farren - Discography 1964 [4sides]

01. Charles Farren - 1964 - You've Changed My Whole Life Around (Hawk 200)
02. Charles Farren - 1964 - A Girl Like You (Hawk 200)
03. Charles Farren - 1964 - You Got Everything (Hawk 202) (Limelight 3030)
04. Charles Farren - 1964 - Alone (Hawk 202) (Limelight 3030)


Art Grayson - Discography 1964-66 [7sides]

01. Art Grayson - 1964 - Oh My Heartache (4 Corners Of The World 106)
02. Art Grayson - 1964 - Bad Dreams (4 Corners Of The World 106)
03. Art Grayson - 1965 - Better Hush (Congress 233)
04. Art Grayson - 1965 - Love Is Hurt (Congress 233)
05. Art Grayson - 1966 - I Got Soul (Live on The Beat)
06. Art Grayson - 1966 - When I Get Home (HBR 462)
07. Art Grayson - 1966 - Be Ever Mine (HBR 462)


Soul Lee - Discography 1966-6? [4sides]

01. Soul Lee - 1966 - I Still Have A Feeling For You (Atlas 1258)
02. Soul Lee - 1966 - I Love You (Atlas 1258)
03. Soul Lee - 196? - I Lost Someone I Wish I Had (Little Lynn 133-560)
04. Soul Lee - 196? - I Need You (Little Lynn 133-560)


Joe Johnson - Discography 1966-73 [8sides]

01. Joe Johnson - 1966 - Santa Bring My Baby Back (A-Bet 9417)
02. Joe Johnson - 1966 - Dirty Woman Blues (A-Bet 9417)
03. Joe Johnson - 1968 - Otis Is Gone (Cry 1100)`
04. Joe Johnson - 1968 - Got My Oil Well Pumping (Cry 1100)
05. Joe Johnson & The Adorations - 1970 - Better Days And Better Ways (Crown 13)
06. Joe Johnson & The Adorations - 1970 - No More Worries (Crown 13)
07. Joe Johnson - 1973 - Perfect Love Affair (GSF 6909) (Malaco 1019)
08. Joe Johnson - 1973 - The Blind Man (GSF 6909) (Malaco 1019)


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