Chitlin Circuit Double-entendre -filled Soul 2004 (and onward) Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It" is a song of the year

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I've heard Theodis Easley's single "Stand Up In It" on my local DC Pacifica station's Saturday afternoon blues and soul show and I just read that it has charted in Billboard's R & B sales charts. Call 'em formulaic and retro if you wish, but I like these double-entendre-filled soul-blues songs(by the likes of Clarence Carter, Marvin Sease, Bobby Rush and others) and checking out such performers live. Has anyone heard Theodis' 2004 cd (which includes a song called "All My Baby Left Me Was A Note, My Guitar & A Cookie Jar") ? Also, how are the 2004 efforts by Charles Wilson, Tad Robinson, Betty Lavette, and Mavis Staples?

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 05:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I need to get back to Lamont's in Pomonkey, Maryland, around 35 minutes south of Washington D.C. The fried chicken's not that great, but it's a nice comfy place for soul-blues (without any blooz-rock thank you very much). I bet Sunday night regulars Jim Bennett & Lady Mary are doing a cover of "Stand Up In It" by now...

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 05:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I wonder if Malaco label acts tour much out of the East Coast? I don't know what label Easley's on.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 14:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I should have put Easley's song in my P & J Voice poll ballot. How did I forget? It's as good as any of the hiphop, pop, and dancehall I listed. It's also as good if not better than much of the material on that Kompakt 100 cd or the Arcade Fire or Ghostface or Gretchen Wilson cds.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 15:20 (sixteen years ago) link

( hmmmm, can bluesy soul made by middle-aged African-Americans cross over in 2005 to other audiences--urban radio, Pitchfork readers, the blogosphere....)

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 15:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Hurtt, Wolk, Blount, Haibun, Matos to thread...

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 16:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I like the Bettye Lavette record a lot, Mavis Staples a little less so. Bluesy soul/Malaco releases tend to be a bit patchy IMO, but there are some excellent tracks on both - search Bettye's "Through The Winter." Also check out Willie Walker, who recorded on Goldwax in the 60's and has a really nice new CD, "Right Where I Belong."

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 17:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I've been meaning to check out Lavette. She seems to have gotten a bit of press from outside the Living Blues magazine/blues society newsletters/soul fanatics inner circle. I'll check for Walker as well.

steve-k, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

New Year's pledge: I need to keep up better with this genre, and write about it myself.

steve-k, Thursday, 6 January 2005 13:54 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
While it's not bluesy-soul, I saw the Stylistics, Chi-lites, Delfonics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Cuba Gooding Sr., and Ted Mills from Blue Magic last night at Constitution Hall in DC. Early 70s lush soul still sounds good, even if many of the original performers are long gone.

Steve-k (Steve K), Saturday, 19 February 2005 19:19 (sixteen years ago) link

essential chess/stax/soul

steve-k, Saturday, 19 February 2005 22:28 (sixteen years ago) link

I understand that Willie Walker & the Butanes play out a bit in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

steve-k, Saturday, 19 February 2005 22:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Mavis Staples was ok but not quite as impressive as I hoped she'd be on that gospel segment on the Grammys with Kanye West and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

steve-k, Sunday, 20 February 2005 20:31 (sixteen years ago) link

I have only heard "Hard Times Come Again No More" by Mavis. She was also just about the best thing on the '04 tribute to Johnny Paycheck. I keep hearing about the LaVette. But shame on me, being a fan of candy lickers and other southern-fried soulsters, I seem to have missed Theodis Easley. Must correct that, looks like.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 21 February 2005 02:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I only know that Easley song they play on the Saturday afternoon WPFW 89.3 radio show, but it's a good one. I'm gonna use this thread as the all-purpose thread for soul and candy-licker style soul.

So I failed to mention above that at that 70s Soul Jam event at Constitution Hall in DC, me and the gf were like 2 of the 5 white people there in a crowd of 3,000 age 45 and up black people. I figured that 30 years after their prime the Stylistics would appeal to oh, non-music fanatic regular joe white folks who listen to Motown, but I guess not. It was a pretty pricey ticket. Who cares, I guess. Ted Mills and the current version of the Stylistics sounded great(beautiful falsettos), and I love that in unison choreographed footwork and hand motion dancing.

steve-k (Steve K), Monday, 21 February 2005 23:08 (sixteen years ago) link

bump

steve-k (Steve K), Tuesday, 22 February 2005 04:17 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I finally picked up the latest Denise Lasalle. While a tad predictable, it's pretty nice.

Steve K (Steve K), Sunday, 24 April 2005 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Somebody please YSI this "Stand Up In It" song.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Sunday, 24 April 2005 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Audio CD (March 30, 2004)

Original Release Date: March 30, 2004

Label: Ifgam Records

steve-k, Sunday, 24 April 2005 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Amazon US has a sample...

steve-k, Sunday, 24 April 2005 20:05 (fifteen years ago) link

bump.

I can't seem to get the Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings supporters(M. Matos, D. Wolk, others) to bite at any of this stuff.

I guess I need to get hish-speed internet and start posting mp3s and yousendit stuff.

steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 12:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Part-time freelancer me's gotta find the time to write about this stuff, since the fulltimers don't seem to know about it, or care.

steve-k, Monday, 25 April 2005 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw the Dells and Bobby Womack Friday night at the Showplace Arena in Maryland, near DC. I got there late and unfortunately missed the Intruders("Cowboys to Girls") and most of Heatwave. There were about 2,500 people there. Other than one 20-something white guy with a black date, I was the only other non-African American in the crowd. I continue to find this odd (see my post above about the crowd at the 70s Soul Jam). The Dells were very good, if not quite as great as when I saw them years ago at Carter Barron in D.C.

steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:06 (fifteen years ago) link

From Monday May 9th Washington Post Style C5 (washingtonpost.com)

The Dells have been around a long, long time. While many acts on the oldies circuit are lucky to have one original member, the Dells have four and haven't had a membership change since 1960. Friday night at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, this soul harmony quintet, formed in 1953, exhibited the chemistry that comes from being together for decades.

Emphasizing their R&B hits from the late '60s and early '70s, baritone Marvin Junior and falsetto/tenor Johnny Carter exchanged leads, supported by the shared notes of the three other members and the sweet tones of their horns- and piano-led big band. Like veteran basketball stars, these inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame no longer dazzle at will, but their skills remain at a high level and they can turn on that special magic periodically.

On "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)," Junior shifted on a dime from breathy whisper to powerhouse gospel-rooted cry in a manner that was stunning both technically and emotionally. "Stay in My Corner" showcased Carter's still-amazing ability in the high range. These hits also demonstrated Carter and Junior's gymnastic abilities to stretch out notes, and the rest of the combo's exquisite tunefulness.

Opener Bobby Womack has had quite a musical life -- teenage gospel singer, guitarist with Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone, pal of the Rolling Stones and successful solo artist off and on from the '60s through the '80s. Unfortunately, he left the strumming to a band mate, and either rushed through his hits or languidly lagged behind the beat. His voice retains a distinctive bittersweet feel, but his renditions of "Across 110th Street," "Harry Hippie" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now" lacked the melancholy passion of his studio versions.


-- Steve Kiviat

steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:10 (fifteen years ago) link

I really like "Grown Folks Party" by the Problem Solvas (I think). It's driving r and b/soul w/ a small touch of blues. It's getting radio airplay in the states from the same folks who play Theodis Easley. It has a synth on it. It's not going for that Sharon Jones retro thing, though it is retro in its own way.

steve-k, Monday, 9 May 2005 14:44 (fifteen years ago) link

six months pass...
revive.

Saturday afternoon the Gator on WPFW 89.3 in DC (and online when it is working) keeps playing great new double-entendre filled Souterhn soul.

Also, I finally got the new Bettye LaVette--I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, and am impressed. I was worried that the Joe Henry production and the choice of songs (non-soul women country and folkies plus Fiona Apple & Sinead O'Connor) would be too 'tasteful', but it is not.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 November 2005 15:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Lavette's gonna be at the State Theatre in Falls Church, outside DC on Thursday, and Aaron Neville's gonna be at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia that night. Sadly, I can not make either event.

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 02:14 (fifteen years ago) link

http://soulandbluesreport.com/SouthernSoulChart.html
1
Can't Nobody Do Me
Lenny Williams
Universal

3
2
Going Crazy
Willie Clayton
Malaco

2
3
Stroke It Easy
Tazz
Mardi Gras

6
4
The Blacker The Berry
Chairman OTB
Surfside

5
5
Inseparable
Lorenzo Owens
B-Town

4
6
Dance Like You're Naked
Lee Fields
BDA

9
7
Ease On Down In The Bed
Lee Shot Williams
Ecko

7
8
Baby, I've Changed
Floyd Taylor
Malaco

8
9
Ten Toes Up
J Diamond Washington
2Brothers

10
10
Cheating & Lying
T. K. Soul
Soulful

The Top 25 Chart is calculated on a formula based on reports from our reporting panel of Radio Stations, Clubs, & Retail Stores

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 02:16 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The Gator on WPFW 89.3 (Pacifica station that is also online) just played "Slap That Booty" by Gary Brown and "Junk in the Crunk" by David Brinston. Raunchy great recent stuff that gets no UK or US media attention outside of some obscure newsletters and Southern US radio stations.

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:09 (fifteen years ago) link

More Gator faves:

3. Big G Stomp, Big G
CD: Love on the Run, Bigsounds.com

4. Same Girl, Hardway Connection
CD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records

5. Come On and Dance With Me, Hardway Connection
CD: Hot Ticket, WILBE Records

6. Brand New Dance, Jesse Yawn
CD: Forever More, Houseday Music

7. Hootchie Dance, Barbara Carr
CD: Stroke It, ECKO Records

8. I Came to Party, Monique Ford
CD: Get a Maid, Total Smash Music

9. The After Party, Gridloc Band
CD: Gridloc Band, (301)808-7272

10. Sweet Man of Mine, E.C. Scott
CD: Hard Act to Follow, Blind Pig Records

11.Was It Me, Big G
CD: Love on the Run, BigSounds.com, (804)615-2196

12. Touching Me, Lynn White
CD: Touching Me, (901)398-4948

13. Live in Freak, Jim Bennett & Lady Mary & the Unique Creation Band
CD: One More Go Round, (301)753-4335

14. A Woman Needs Money, Denise LaSalle
CD: Wanted, ECKO Records

15. I Don’t Come Cheap, Jim Bennett & Lady Mary & the Unique Creation Band
CD: One More Go Round, (301)753-4335

curmudgeon (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

D.J. Freight Train also plays this stuff:

http://freighttrainsblockparty.com/index.html

Also I see that it was Carl Marshall, not the Problem Solvas, who did "Ain't No Party(Like a Grown Folks Party)" It came out in Nov. '04 on his Takin it to a higher level cd

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 19:28 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't like that Lavette album. sounds like they threw her into a phone booth for some sorta cut-rate rick rubin vibe. at least they didn't have her cover marilyn manson.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

i've been having a good time listening to all the ichiban records i bought from 1990/1992. some are great. some are bad. some are soul. some are blues. all very local and downhome. sorry, not recent. but they fit this thread. records by:

pic & bill
lv johnson
yvonne jackson
clarence carter
travis haddix
legendary blues band
john mooney
backtrack blues band
raful neil
bob margolin
troy turner
johnny sansone
the dells
artie "blues boy" white
roshell anderson
chick willis
charles wilson
nappy brown
trudy lynn
jerry mccain
dicky williams
joe beard
tommy tate
ruby andrews
prince philip mitchell
tom principato
smokehouse
drink small
noble "thin man" watts
gary b.b.coleman
david dee
sonny rhodes


scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 17 December 2005 20:31 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Scott, I've liked the Chick Willis stuff I've heard. Have you checked out the record you got by him?

Also, I think the below is the link for an online station that streams current Southern double-entendre filled soul

http://alldownsouth.tripod.com/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

At soulandbluesreport.com

The 4th Annual Best Southern Soul

Please Vote For Your Favorite Southern Soul Performers Of The Year

Vote On Our Special Page ... The Funky's 2005 ... Results Announced Jan 16, 2006,

Vote Often


I like the "vote often"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought I'd hate the Lavette because of the approach taken--have her sing lots of songs by middlebrow performers popular with NPR listeners(Rick Rubin and Joe Henry)--but I still do like it. The press kit with the release says she picked the songs from a selection provided by her hubby and the folks at Anti(who did the same with Solomon Burke). I want to check out her release from a few years ago and see how she sounds on that.

She gets virtually no airplay on the soul radio show in DC.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I do not know if producers Rubin and Henry listen to NPR, but their approach generates NPR attention is what I mean! But as I said upthread I think Lavette's voice cuts through no matter what, and I bet the Southern soul stations who like the raw double-entendre stuff might like it if Anti was smart enough to market it to them as well.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:34 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.soulandbluesreport.com/Page4.html

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Still no articles by Harvell, Finney, or Sherburne on contemporary Southern Soul in Pitchfork!

The SOULANDBLUESREPORT TOP 25
May 19, 2006 http://www.soulandbluesreport.com/top%2025.html


Mel Waiters
Willie Clayton
Bobby Rush
Vick Allen
J Blackfoot
Renea Mitchell
Sir Charles Jones
Lenny Williams
Donnie Ray
Ms. Monique
Carl Simms
Floyd Taylor
Team Airplay All Stars
Chairmen Of The Board
Lorraine Turner
Miz B
Wendell B.
Ms. Jody
Sheba Potts-Wright
Lacee'
Lorraine Turner
William Bell
Theodis Ealey
Bob Steele
Chairmen Of The Board
NEW SOUTHERN SOUL THIS WEEK
SBR's Top 25 Is Calculated On Reports From Our Panel Of Radio Stations,Clubs, & Syndicated Shows

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 June 2006 03:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Just got Marvin Sease's 2005 Malaco effort-Live with the Candy Licker. His schtick (spelling?) is kinda tired, but he's got a nice church-groomed timbre and a solid horns and more band with him. He's gonna be performing with Chick "Stoop Down Baby" Willis, Roy C., Jim Bennett & Lady Mary, and Floyd Haywood (once with the Hardway Connection)at Lamonts in Pomonkey, Maryland, south of DC on Saturday June 10th.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 June 2006 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I missed Captain Fly’s DC Soul revue at Carter Barron tonight(see the writeup in the Washington Post weekend section by Richard Harrington). In recent weeks I missed Eddie & Denise with Theotis Easley at Lamont’s, I missed Marvin the Candylicker Sease at Lamonts. I missed Gator Day at Lamonts. Work and life are getting in the way of chitlin circuit soul.

So on Saturday July 15th Denise Lasalle is at Lamonts, and Captain Fly has a revue that night at Fort Dupont Park:
WPFW Night "D.C. Juke Box Review" featuring Al Johnson, William
DeVaughn, Sir Joe Quarterman, Mark Green & Captain Fly & Friends.
Opening: Hardway Connection

I need to try to make one of these events, or surely, I will be kicked out of the blue-eyed soul club.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 1 July 2006 04:12 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
So the Denise Lasalle show got postponed to today, and I'm gonna miss it. For shame. Just heard her song "Dirty Old Woman" on WPFW 89.3 (and online). Lee Fields, who's been in Europe for awhile, is back and he's performing there as well.

I picked up the recent Mel Waiters cd. Not bad.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 26 August 2006 18:26 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
The Waiters cd is actually really nice.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:15 (fourteen years ago) link

lotsa stuff from rolling country thread, earlier this year:

Listening to a pile of Southern soul discovered via CD-baby channels. The album by a jowly guy named Jimmy Taylor leans toward the blues end of things (with lady backup vocals not far from the ones on last year's Bobby Bare album); the EP by the lady named Candis Palmer ("All Men Ain't Dawgs,* since some are electric boogie dawgs apparently) leans toward the disco end; the single by Harold, "Chill Step Party," is steppin' music. He mentions Milwaukee, Chitown, Harlem, and Atlanta in it. More fun than R. Kelly, as far as I'm concerned, but mainly all this stuff obviously has a connection to county music too. (and though candis palmer is happy to have found a man who is not a dawg, jimmy taylor insists that when women say they're looking for a good man, they're lying. really, he says, they're looking for a fool.) (apparently the kinda fool who will let her spend all his money.) (he also directly quotes zz hill's "cheating in the next room in one of his songs.) (he's from alabama; I don't know where candis or harold are from. they're not actually on cdbaby.com per se, but i was sent their cds in the same package that the jimmy taylor CD came in.) jimmy taylor on his album is totally paranoid, and in just about every song he's either cheating or being cheated on or both, and as i said, he seems fully convinced that his woman is going to put him in the poor house (where, in real life, for all i know, he may already be.) in "you're busted" he hires a private detective to follow her around, and gets a photo of her cheating. "love catcher" has a pretty good sax solo. and though some songs sound more blues to me than soul, a couple (like "all i want is you") still veer more toward disco than anybody in country music has, i think, even shannon brown on her new album.
candis palmer, as i said, gets even more disco, but her disco is maybe 1975 where taylor's is 1973. (i think i wrote on the '05 thread that shannon brown's disco sounded 1979, but maybe that was hyperbole; i'm not sure. these two soul singers FEEL more disco.) but even at her most disco, in a song called "don't let someone else come and jingle my bell" or something, palmer gets backed by HARD blues guitar riffs, so the music really rocks. if i had to compare her vocal style to anybody, it'd be the staple singers in "i'll take you there."

-- xhuxk (xedd...), January 28th, 2006


glamorous bertha payne, *bedroom offer* EP: southern country soul millie jackson style (i.e., as many parts talked as sung, many of 'em bawdy), from memphis, via cdbaby.com. starts with a good riddance song where glamorous bertha (who on the cd cover is a big girl in her red dress with a red glass of wine) tells you "i don't need your face in my face" so "go away like a bad day" and "you might as well pack your rags." then the title track, which is not about her bedroom offer to him but the other way around, which offer she says isn't enough and the two backup singers (favorite artists: denise lasalle, mary j blige) chorus "bang! bang!" but by song's end glamorous bertha is saying "i need a man who will love me all night long. are you qualified? if not, get off the pot!" then one where she promises to shake it and break it (and maybe hang it on the wall) and she tells "all you womens with big elephant ears" that with her man every day is pay day. then supposedly "part two" of the same song, which means same slinky rhythm track as part one but now with sexy breathy pillow talk all over the top where bertha tells you to lift up her skirt. then finally another good riddance song, this one a tough and funky blues, where he leaves her with a sink full of dishes in a "one-room [some word i can't make out]", hence the best dishwashing song since ray parker jr's "bad boy" if not anita ward's "ring my bell." also she brings him food in bed, which means this might also be a breakfast breakup song in the tradition of the 5th dimension's "one less bell to answer" and karyn white's "superwoman." five songs total, but two around 4:00, three around 4:25, which means glamorous bertha takes her time and surely deserves a lover with a slow hand.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), February 23rd, 2006.

the legendary moody scott, *simply moody: we gotta bust outta the ghetto*: more cdbaby southern soul, from louisiana. cover has moody, a dapper old guy seemingly in his 60s, in front of a rundown rural shack; interesting, since "ghettos" are usually assumed to be urban, right? first track "bustin out of the ghetto" is a sort of james brown rip, five minutes long, where moody as i recall reels off some towns in the south train conducter style (am i imagining this? i THINK he did that, anyway) and ends singing "america america god grant his grace on thee." then he covers tyrone davis's great "can i change my mind," my favorite track. and from there the more soul oriented stuff ("last two dollars," the misspelled cheated-on song "one man's hppiness" which for some reason makes me think of billy stewart sitting in the park even though billy had a high voice and moody really doesn't, "something you got baby") is more likeable, to me, than the more blatantly blues stuff, but then again i always think that. both the soul and blues are generic, i suppose; with the soul i don't mind. best song title: "annie mae cafe." and the closer "son of a southern man" starts with moody telling his guitarist "tattoo" suarez ("my man from argentina") about his grandpa drinking corn liquor and singing "downhome blues". so yeah, country for sure.
-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.


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He does get urban and/or urbane once, though -- a nice slinky silk-shirt early '80s style quiet storm soul croon called "The Best of Me." (Not sure if any songs other than the Tyrone Davis are covers. "Last Two Dollars" and "Annie Mae Cafe" are writing-credited to one George Jackson; wasn't there a soul singer of that name once? But if so, I never heard him, though.)
-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.


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"something you got baby" wouldn't be chris kenner's "something you got" would it? since moody's from louisiana...and yeah, george jackson (I'm assuming it's the same guy--I don't know "annie mae cafe") wrote z.z. hill's "down home blues" and a lot of stuff for candi staton, clarence carter, pickett, james carr; a memphis guy who later worked for malaco and wrote for all them: johnnie taylor, latimore, shirley brown, bobby bland...
enjoying jace everett, so far. it's quite a collection of somewhat off-the-wall guitar effects, interesting guitar chromatics (as in the first song), definitely a '70s pop thing happening; and in my mode of concurrent listening (lately it's been dusty springfield/the latest numero group comp of obscure '70s female singers/the new, beautiful nara leão bossa "nara '67"; and jace/radney foster/jessi colter, partly because they all have cool first names, I guess) I notice that both radney and jace hark back to stiff records, which I find interesting.

xps

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 11th, 2006.

George Jackson was an occasional great old soul singer on Goldwax then Hi, and kind of a house writer at both. I'll try to remember tomorrow (just in from a party, and why I'm doing this rather than going straight to bet I've no idea) to YSI his absolutely magnificent Aretha, Sing One For Me. He was among the greatest writers in southern soul - he wrote for Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright, Otis Clay, James Carr, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Denise LaSalle, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton and even wrote the Osmonds' first hit!
-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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if I'm not mistaken, Alvin Robinson recorded for AFO (All for One), a New Orleans label of the '60s that Harold Battiste started; house band included Toussaint and Red Tyler. And he had a hit with Kenner's "Something You Got" (which was later covered by lots of folks, including Bobby Womack, who did a reggae remake on his "Safety Zone" LP in the mid-'70s. Alvin Robinson also recorded for Leiber and Stoller at Red Bird in New York, and did a real classic called "Down Home Girl."
I gotta get that Moody Scott record.

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.

That YSI:
George Jackson - Aretha, Sing One For Me
It'd be in my top 100 favourite singles ever, I think.

-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I gotta get that Moody Scott record.<
I have an extra copy, Edd! I'll send it to you.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.


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great! thanks Chuck!

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I don't know anything much about Moody Scott, just a handful of tracks, <
So Martin, did Moody have regional hits or something? I never heard of him before I saw his cdbaby page, and haven't really taken time to research him. I'm surprised you even heard of him!

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.

I don't know, Chuck, but bear in mind that I've been a huge fan of soul for a long time, and do know quite a lot about it (though not as much as Eddie, I'm pretty sure). The odd track does get on compilations of one sort or another, which suggests that Moody isn't incredibly obscure - but I don't even know exactly where he worked or anything, so he isn't famous either, clearly.
-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.

also really liking irma thomas's *after the rain* on rounder, the "rain" obviously being katrina, though i kind of hate the mooshy shelter-from-storm piano ballad the album ends with though i do hope it provides solace to new orleans. what i love so far is "flowers" (soul about flowers on roadsides after car crashes, with a sound that i swear reminds me of "uncle tom's cabin" by warrant), "make me a pallet on the floor" (cheating with a painter, wow), "till i can't take it anymore" (country music in a soul voice, about how "you work your thing so well/I dream of heaven and live here in hell"), "these honey dos" (vampy bawdy boogie woogie where the honey dos are at first temptations but wind up also being about manners like please and thank you), and "stone survivor" (which is just plain funky).

-- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.

And Irma also does an extremely gorgeous version of "I Count the Tears" (the "na-na-na-na-na-na late at night" song) by the Drifters..
-- xhxuk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.


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And she also does "Another Man Done Gone," a trad blues tune I swear I've heard hundreds of times by some huge classic rock group (Creem? Zep? the Allmans? somebody...), though no classic rock groups seem to be listed on AMG as doing it, so maybe whoever did it (which will probably hit me as really obvious once I found out) did it under a different title or something, or maybe with different words? (Also, I'm thinking now that maybe "These Honey Dos" and "Stone Survivor" and the palette one aren't quite at the level of the Warrant one and the country one and the Drifters one, but they're close.) -- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.

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also liking (speaking of southern soul) *candy licker: the sex & soul of marvin sease* (jive/legacy) not all of which concerns muff diving, and at least "hoochie mama" of which has zapp-style robot-funk freakazoids reciting the names of several of the united states.

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 12th, 2006.

*Most of the Marvin Sease album is gloppy ballads which aren't all that good, but some of it is kinda fun. (The first track is awful though.)

-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 13th, 2006.


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Marvin Sease CD is way less gloppy and ballady than Matt suggests (or maybe I just have a higher glop tolerance than he does; see also the Alan Bros!); most of it gets a good '70s smooth-jazzy funk disco groove going. And lots of the songs have pre-old-school "raps" (i.e., talking as singing, sometimes like a preacher's sermon) in them, which are really fun. And sure, the opening track "Do You Want a Licker?" is awful if you want it to be, but it's just too silly to complain about; ditto the other bookend, a five-minute live "Candy Licker 2005." Also, the ballads are pretty good, for the most part. "Don't Forget to Tell On You" sounds kind of like "Tell it Like It Is." But my favorite cuts are probably "I'm Mr Jody," the backdoor man song that starts with an ominous phone call, and the 12-step fix-your-life number "I Gotta Clean Up." (Has anybody ever written a good essay about Jody? He's the guy back on the block who's having sex to your girl while you're in the Army, and I get the idea he shows up in lots of Southern soul songs: Doesn't Johnnie Taylor have one about him, too*? As do, I would assume, other folks.)

* - yep, I just checked Whitburn: "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," went to number 28 in 1971. (Hey, sounds like a good EMP proposal!)

-- xhuxk (xhux...), June 14th, 2006.


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having sex WITH (or) making love TO.
and courtesy of HIS new truck.
).

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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Johnnie Taylor was the king of Jody songs. "Standing In for Jody" and "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" are just two; I mean every song he does is kind of about Jody-ism in some way or another. I am a nut for Johnnie Taylor (I like Johnny Taylor a lot, too, and Ted Taylor, the Louisiana soul singer, is also excellent--so I think an EMP paper on the Sooper Taylors would be good!!), and Taylor is also the king of fucking-around songs. There are these nifty new Stax reissues that includes stuff by Frederick Knight, the Dramatics, etc., and if you ask me one of the very best Stax albums-as-albums is Johnnie's "Who's Making Love," which is the typical collection of singles but which really has variety and which totally hangs together. "Hold On This Time" has a great Cropper riff, cubist guitar, and "Woman Across the River" is one of the best Stax blues ever.
I only know the older, cunnilingual and happy to oblige, ma'am, Marvin Sease stuff--he's really good. "Marvin Sease" on London from late '80s is a good 'un. One of those artists who've been working the I-55 corridor from Memphis to the Louisiana border, forever.

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), June 14th, 2006.


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Well, a Taylors EMP report would probably be really interesting, but I was thinking (theoretically, not volunteering!) more in terms of one about Jody himself. Who was he? And how far back do Jody songs go? Did Johnnie Taylor invent them? Or does Jody show up in blue songs during World War II or something? Was he a real person, like maybe Stagger Lee? (Was Shine who swam the Titanic a real person? I forget.) Seems like real *Mystery Train* mythology stuff, and I'm surprised nobody has tackled the research (unless they have and I just didn't notice, which is very possible. I haven't even done a google search.) (Also, do I only associate Jody with making cuckolds of military guys stationed overseas because I was *in* the military, and he was always showing up in cadences used while marching and/or running? Or is that his main deal? And otherwise, to what extent if any does he exist outside of the culture of Southern blacks--who, when I was in, seemed to make up a sizable portion of the Army?)
-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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This could really be hella interesting, absolutely. Is "Trapped in the Closet" the Ulysses of Jody songs?
-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 14th, 2006.

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Here's some info I found while googling Jody songs:
http://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/10238/9918.html?1079610632

-- Sang Freud (jstrell...), June 14th, 2006.


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x-post. Taylor didn't invent the Jody song. Jody / Jodie / Joe the Grinder are pretty common figures in blues tunes.There's Louis Armstrong's "Jodie Man" which makes the "GI Joe de man" connection explicit. I wouldn't be surprised if that military connection is at the origin, though it's obviously gone through lots of transformations.
-- Roy Kasten (rfkaste...), June 14th, 2006.


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Yeah, I'd forgotten Joe The Grinder. I used to own a copy of that *Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me* prison-rap comp (on Smithsonian or Rounder or something?), and I think there might even be a Joe the Grinder rhyme on there (I *may* even have mentioned it in the pre-rap rap chapter of my second book). Anyway, this link from the link above has great stuff about Jody Army cadences; also says Johnnie Taylor himself learned about Jody while in the military:
http://p211.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm4.showMessage?topicID=153.topic

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

lotsa stuff from rolling country thread, earlier this year:

Listening to a pile of Southern soul discovered via CD-baby channels. The album by a jowly guy named Jimmy Taylor leans toward the blues end of things (with lady backup vocals not far from the ones on last year's Bobby Bare album); the EP by the lady named Candis Palmer ("All Men Ain't Dawgs,* since some are electric boogie dawgs apparently) leans toward the disco end; the single by Harold, "Chill Step Party," is steppin' music. He mentions Milwaukee, Chitown, Harlem, and Atlanta in it. More fun than R. Kelly, as far as I'm concerned, but mainly all this stuff obviously has a connection to county music too. (and though candis palmer is happy to have found a man who is not a dawg, jimmy taylor insists that when women say they're looking for a good man, they're lying. really, he says, they're looking for a fool.) (apparently the kinda fool who will let her spend all his money.) (he also directly quotes zz hill's "cheating in the next room in one of his songs.) (he's from alabama; I don't know where candis or harold are from. they're not actually on cdbaby.com per se, but i was sent their cds in the same package that the jimmy taylor CD came in.) jimmy taylor on his album is totally paranoid, and in just about every song he's either cheating or being cheated on or both, and as i said, he seems fully convinced that his woman is going to put him in the poor house (where, in real life, for all i know, he may already be.) in "you're busted" he hires a private detective to follow her around, and gets a photo of her cheating. "love catcher" has a pretty good sax solo. and though some songs sound more blues to me than soul, a couple (like "all i want is you") still veer more toward disco than anybody in country music has, i think, even shannon brown on her new album.
candis palmer, as i said, gets even more disco, but her disco is maybe 1975 where taylor's is 1973. (i think i wrote on the '05 thread that shannon brown's disco sounded 1979, but maybe that was hyperbole; i'm not sure. these two soul singers FEEL more disco.) but even at her most disco, in a song called "don't let someone else come and jingle my bell" or something, palmer gets backed by HARD blues guitar riffs, so the music really rocks. if i had to compare her vocal style to anybody, it'd be the staple singers in "i'll take you there."

-- xhuxk (xedd...), January 28th, 2006


glamorous bertha payne, *bedroom offer* EP: southern country soul millie jackson style (i.e., as many parts talked as sung, many of 'em bawdy), from memphis, via cdbaby.com. starts with a good riddance song where glamorous bertha (who on the cd cover is a big girl in her red dress with a red glass of wine) tells you "i don't need your face in my face" so "go away like a bad day" and "you might as well pack your rags." then the title track, which is not about her bedroom offer to him but the other way around, which offer she says isn't enough and the two backup singers (favorite artists: denise lasalle, mary j blige) chorus "bang! bang!" but by song's end glamorous bertha is saying "i need a man who will love me all night long. are you qualified? if not, get off the pot!" then one where she promises to shake it and break it (and maybe hang it on the wall) and she tells "all you womens with big elephant ears" that with her man every day is pay day. then supposedly "part two" of the same song, which means same slinky rhythm track as part one but now with sexy breathy pillow talk all over the top where bertha tells you to lift up her skirt. then finally another good riddance song, this one a tough and funky blues, where he leaves her with a sink full of dishes in a "one-room [some word i can't make out]", hence the best dishwashing song since ray parker jr's "bad boy" if not anita ward's "ring my bell." also she brings him food in bed, which means this might also be a breakfast breakup song in the tradition of the 5th dimension's "one less bell to answer" and karyn white's "superwoman." five songs total, but two around 4:00, three around 4:25, which means glamorous bertha takes her time and surely deserves a lover with a slow hand.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), February 23rd, 2006.

the legendary moody scott, *simply moody: we gotta bust outta the ghetto*: more cdbaby southern soul, from louisiana. cover has moody, a dapper old guy seemingly in his 60s, in front of a rundown rural shack; interesting, since "ghettos" are usually assumed to be urban, right? first track "bustin out of the ghetto" is a sort of james brown rip, five minutes long, where moody as i recall reels off some towns in the south train conducter style (am i imagining this? i THINK he did that, anyway) and ends singing "america america god grant his grace on thee." then he covers tyrone davis's great "can i change my mind," my favorite track. and from there the more soul oriented stuff ("last two dollars," the misspelled cheated-on song "one man's hppiness" which for some reason makes me think of billy stewart sitting in the park even though billy had a high voice and moody really doesn't, "something you got baby") is more likeable, to me, than the more blatantly blues stuff, but then again i always think that. both the soul and blues are generic, i suppose; with the soul i don't mind. best song title: "annie mae cafe." and the closer "son of a southern man" starts with moody telling his guitarist "tattoo" suarez ("my man from argentina") about his grandpa drinking corn liquor and singing "downhome blues". so yeah, country for sure.
-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.


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He does get urban and/or urbane once, though -- a nice slinky silk-shirt early '80s style quiet storm soul croon called "The Best of Me." (Not sure if any songs other than the Tyrone Davis are covers. "Last Two Dollars" and "Annie Mae Cafe" are writing-credited to one George Jackson; wasn't there a soul singer of that name once? But if so, I never heard him, though.)
-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 11th, 2006.


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"something you got baby" wouldn't be chris kenner's "something you got" would it? since moody's from louisiana...and yeah, george jackson (I'm assuming it's the same guy--I don't know "annie mae cafe") wrote z.z. hill's "down home blues" and a lot of stuff for candi staton, clarence carter, pickett, james carr; a memphis guy who later worked for malaco and wrote for all them: johnnie taylor, latimore, shirley brown, bobby bland...
enjoying jace everett, so far. it's quite a collection of somewhat off-the-wall guitar effects, interesting guitar chromatics (as in the first song), definitely a '70s pop thing happening; and in my mode of concurrent listening (lately it's been dusty springfield/the latest numero group comp of obscure '70s female singers/the new, beautiful nara leão bossa "nara '67"; and jace/radney foster/jessi colter, partly because they all have cool first names, I guess) I notice that both radney and jace hark back to stiff records, which I find interesting.

xps

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 11th, 2006.

George Jackson was an occasional great old soul singer on Goldwax then Hi, and kind of a house writer at both. I'll try to remember tomorrow (just in from a party, and why I'm doing this rather than going straight to bet I've no idea) to YSI his absolutely magnificent Aretha, Sing One For Me. He was among the greatest writers in southern soul - he wrote for Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright, Otis Clay, James Carr, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Denise LaSalle, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton and even wrote the Osmonds' first hit!
-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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if I'm not mistaken, Alvin Robinson recorded for AFO (All for One), a New Orleans label of the '60s that Harold Battiste started; house band included Toussaint and Red Tyler. And he had a hit with Kenner's "Something You Got" (which was later covered by lots of folks, including Bobby Womack, who did a reggae remake on his "Safety Zone" LP in the mid-'70s. Alvin Robinson also recorded for Leiber and Stoller at Red Bird in New York, and did a real classic called "Down Home Girl."
I gotta get that Moody Scott record.

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.

That YSI:
George Jackson - Aretha, Sing One For Me
It'd be in my top 100 favourite singles ever, I think.

-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I gotta get that Moody Scott record.<
I have an extra copy, Edd! I'll send it to you.

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.


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great! thanks Chuck!

-- edd s hurt (eddshur...), March 12th, 2006.


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>I don't know anything much about Moody Scott, just a handful of tracks, <
So Martin, did Moody have regional hits or something? I never heard of him before I saw his cdbaby page, and haven't really taken time to research him. I'm surprised you even heard of him!

-- xhuxk (xedd...), March 12th, 2006.

I don't know, Chuck, but bear in mind that I've been a huge fan of soul for a long time, and do know quite a lot about it (though not as much as Eddie, I'm pretty sure). The odd track does get on compilations of one sort or another, which suggests that Moody isn't incredibly obscure - but I don't even know exactly where he worked or anything, so he isn't famous either, clearly.
-- Martin Skidmore (lonewolf.cu...), March 12th, 2006.

also really liking irma thomas's *after the rain* on rounder, the "rain" obviously being katrina, though i kind of hate the mooshy shelter-from-storm piano ballad the album ends with though i do hope it provides solace to new orleans. what i love so far is "flowers" (soul about flowers on roadsides after car crashes, with a sound that i swear reminds me of "uncle tom's cabin" by warrant), "make me a pallet on the floor" (cheating with a painter, wow), "till i can't take it anymore" (country music in a soul voice, about how "you work your thing so well/I dream of heaven and live here in hell"), "these honey dos" (vampy bawdy boogie woogie where the honey dos are at first temptations but wind up also being about manners like please and thank you), and "stone survivor" (which is just plain funky).

-- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.

And Irma also does an extremely gorgeous version of "I Count the Tears" (the "na-na-na-na-na-na late at night" song) by the Drifters..
-- xhxuk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.


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And she also does "Another Man Done Gone," a trad blues tune I swear I've heard hundreds of times by some huge classic rock group (Creem? Zep? the Allmans? somebody...), though no classic rock groups seem to be listed on AMG as doing it, so maybe whoever did it (which will probably hit me as really obvious once I found out) did it under a different title or something, or maybe with different words? (Also, I'm thinking now that maybe "These Honey Dos" and "Stone Survivor" and the palette one aren't quite at the level of the Warrant one and the country one and the Drifters one, but they're close.) -- xhuxk (xedd...), May 5th, 2006.

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also liking (speaking of southern soul) *candy licker: the sex & soul of marvin sease* (jive/legacy) not all of which concerns muff diving, and at least "hoochie mama" of which has zapp-style robot-funk freakazoids reciting the names of several of the united states.

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 12th, 2006.

*Most of the Marvin Sease album is gloppy ballads which aren't all that good, but some of it is kinda fun. (The first track is awful though.)

-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 13th, 2006.


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Marvin Sease CD is way less gloppy and ballady than Matt suggests (or maybe I just have a higher glop tolerance than he does; see also the Alan Bros!); most of it gets a good '70s smooth-jazzy funk disco groove going. And lots of the songs have pre-old-school "raps" (i.e., talking as singing, sometimes like a preacher's sermon) in them, which are really fun. And sure, the opening track "Do You Want a Licker?" is awful if you want it to be, but it's just too silly to complain about; ditto the other bookend, a five-minute live "Candy Licker 2005." Also, the ballads are pretty good, for the most part. "Don't Forget to Tell On You" sounds kind of like "Tell it Like It Is." But my favorite cuts are probably "I'm Mr Jody," the backdoor man song that starts with an ominous phone call, and the 12-step fix-your-life number "I Gotta Clean Up." (Has anybody ever written a good essay about Jody? He's the guy back on the block who's having sex to your girl while you're in the Army, and I get the idea he shows up in lots of Southern soul songs: Doesn't Johnnie Taylor have one about him, too*? As do, I would assume, other folks.)

* - yep, I just checked Whitburn: "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," went to number 28 in 1971. (Hey, sounds like a good EMP proposal!)

-- xhuxk (xhux...), June 14th, 2006.


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having sex WITH (or) making love TO.
and courtesy of HIS new truck.
).

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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Johnnie Taylor was the king of Jody songs. "Standing In for Jody" and "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" are just two; I mean every song he does is kind of about Jody-ism in some way or another. I am a nut for Johnnie Taylor (I like Johnny Taylor a lot, too, and Ted Taylor, the Louisiana soul singer, is also excellent--so I think an EMP paper on the Sooper Taylors would be good!!), and Taylor is also the king of fucking-around songs. There are these nifty new Stax reissues that includes stuff by Frederick Knight, the Dramatics, etc., and if you ask me one of the very best Stax albums-as-albums is Johnnie's "Who's Making Love," which is the typical collection of singles but which really has variety and which totally hangs together. "Hold On This Time" has a great Cropper riff, cubist guitar, and "Woman Across the River" is one of the best Stax blues ever.
I only know the older, cunnilingual and happy to oblige, ma'am, Marvin Sease stuff--he's really good. "Marvin Sease" on London from late '80s is a good 'un. One of those artists who've been working the I-55 corridor from Memphis to the Louisiana border, forever.

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Well, a Taylors EMP report would probably be really interesting, but I was thinking (theoretically, not volunteering!) more in terms of one about Jody himself. Who was he? And how far back do Jody songs go? Did Johnnie Taylor invent them? Or does Jody show up in blue songs during World War II or something? Was he a real person, like maybe Stagger Lee? (Was Shine who swam the Titanic a real person? I forget.) Seems like real *Mystery Train* mythology stuff, and I'm surprised nobody has tackled the research (unless they have and I just didn't notice, which is very possible. I haven't even done a google search.) (Also, do I only associate Jody with making cuckolds of military guys stationed overseas because I was *in* the military, and he was always showing up in cadences used while marching and/or running? Or is that his main deal? And otherwise, to what extent if any does he exist outside of the culture of Southern blacks--who, when I was in, seemed to make up a sizable portion of the Army?)
-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


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This could really be hella interesting, absolutely. Is "Trapped in the Closet" the Ulysses of Jody songs?
-- Haikunym (zinogu...), June 14th, 2006.

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Here's some info I found while googling Jody songs:
http://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/10238/9918.html?1079610632

-- Sang Freud (jstrell...), June 14th, 2006.


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x-post. Taylor didn't invent the Jody song. Jody / Jodie / Joe the Grinder are pretty common figures in blues tunes.There's Louis Armstrong's "Jodie Man" which makes the "GI Joe de man" connection explicit. I wouldn't be surprised if that military connection is at the origin, though it's obviously gone through lots of transformations.
-- Roy Kasten (rfkaste...), June 14th, 2006.


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Yeah, I'd forgotten Joe The Grinder. I used to own a copy of that *Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me* prison-rap comp (on Smithsonian or Rounder or something?), and I think there might even be a Joe the Grinder rhyme on there (I *may* even have mentioned it in the pre-rap rap chapter of my second book). Anyway, this link from the link above has great stuff about Jody Army cadences; also says Johnnie Taylor himself learned about Jody while in the military:
http://p211.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm4.showMessage?topicID=153.topic

-- xhuxk (fakemai...), June 14th, 2006.


xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 19 November 2006 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

all white chitlin circuit

and what (ooo), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:38 (fourteen years ago) link

huh?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:53 (fourteen years ago) link

My man Mel Waiters "Throw Back Days" song is still in the top 5 on the soulandbluesreport.com chart

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Hey Edd and Chuck, there's a song called "Jody's creepin'" by Mr. David (Tony Mercedes label) (?) on that soulandbluesreport.com chart. I bet it might fit in with those 'jody' songs you guys were talking about.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 19 November 2006 22:10 (fourteen years ago) link

If only I could get a promoter to bring that current soul package tour that has Pokey Bear & Tucka on some dates, to the DC area

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:25 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I need to look for some live video streaming. Maybe when this is over, southern soul acts will come to DC DMV at a price that they make money on and a promoter doesn’t lose money on

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:01 (one year ago) link

David Whiteis was working with Denise Lasalle on her autobiography when she passed away. The book is now out and Daddy B Nice is a fan

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 April 2020 03:59 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Bigg Robb featuring OB Buchana “Cuttin Up” is as worth listening to as that Fiona Apple some of y’all are getting excited about

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:22 (one year ago) link

DieDra Hurdle-Ruff - Size Of The Ship is another great tune

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 April 2020 01:04 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Heard a great Theotis Ealey Mother’s Day song

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 May 2020 04:37 (eleven months ago) link

I spelled another great guy's name wrong several times upthread - but he had a wonderful song (he's still no longer with us)

"Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"----Bishop Bullwinkle

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:28 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

RIP Frank Bey Soulful bluesman

https://www.americanbluesscene.com/soul-blues-man-frank-bey-dead-at-74/

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 June 2020 19:05 (ten months ago) link

https://www.soultracks.com/story-larome-powers-dies

Larome Powers Was 67.

He became a Southern Soul star late in life, but music was part of his existence forever. Today we say a sad goodbye to singer, songwriter and musician Larome Powers. He was 67.

Powers first made his mark as part of the Detroit soul music scene in the 70s, often working with legendary producer Don Davis. He continued his ascent working with artists such as Joe Tex and Millie Jackson, and became known as both a top notch soul music writer and musician.

Powers moved to the front as a performer in the new millennium, issuing three albums between 2003 and 2014

curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:26 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Bill Avery “Black Lives Matter “ song

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:13 (eight months ago) link

Oops that’s Chuck Strong. Shazam was wrong

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:14 (eight months ago) link

Lenny Williams “Southern girl” is a good one too. Dr. Nick is playing good southern soul on WPFW till 2 pm eastern time. Sounds good online or on my car radio

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:18 (eight months ago) link

He plays a bit of blues as well as old school soul too

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:20 (eight months ago) link

Big online southern soul show Saturday August 15. There’s a $ charge to view . Will post link soon

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 August 2020 18:30 (eight months ago) link

Happening now tonight at 8pm CST: the Blues is Alright - Virtual Concert, featuring Theodis Ealey, Pokey Bear, Tucka, Nelly "Tiger" Travis, & Chick Rodgers.

Tickets to watch on Vimeo on Demand are $16.49: vimeo.com/ondemand/blues…

curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 August 2020 01:25 (eight months ago) link

Theodis Ealey played mostly standard blues , but done well, and finished with “Stand up in It” his great southern soul classic. Nellie Tiger Travis nicely did her top songs . Pokey Bear was the only artist not to use a band. He sang over tracks. Chick Rodgers did a bit of an Aretha tribute—pretty good though not great. Headliner Tucka was worthy of that slot— soulful and charismatic. There was a brief soul twerking dance interlude that was something ( earlier before Tucka).

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 August 2020 14:57 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Lady C playlist via DR Nick from Wpfw:

To everyone who went Southern Soul Rumpin' this past Saturday, September 12th, THANK YOU! I turned controls of the Air Chair over to my weekly co-host, Lady C, and I must say, she did a magnificent job!!! Here's the playlist:

Ghetto Cowboy - Let's Party
Karen Wolfe Bass & Denise LaSalle - Shake A Little
Lebrado - Fire
Sweet Angel - I Wanna Ride It
Johnnie Taylor - Good Love
LJ Echols - I Had To Tell Somebody
Karen Wolfe Bass- Just Goodbye
Barbara Carr - Juke Joint Jumpin'
Big Yayo, Krishunda Echols, LJ Echols, Miss Candy, Arena - Southern Soul Anthem
Big G - Work That Thang
Klass Band Brotherhoo - Sugar Shack
Solomon Thompson - Happy Birthday Song
Bigg Robb - Salt & Pepper
Hardway Connection - Strong Woman
Mr. David - Make Your Toes Curl
Jay Morris Group - 4 Fa 4
Jesi Terrell - Knock It The Box
Tes Lanay - Red Beans & Rice
Lamar Brace - Krunchin'
MsJody Vertie - I Did It
Jackie Neal - Nookie Thang
Willie Clayton - Boom Boom Boom
Mel Waiters - Got My Whiskey
Jesse Redmond aka J Red The Nephew - Lov-N-On-You
LaVell - Bring Back The Love

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:05 (seven months ago) link

I should post these 2 below on the r'n'b 2020 thread so someone here other than me would see them:

Klass Band Brotherhoo - Sugar Shack

Bigg Robb - Salt & Pepper

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 September 2020 02:24 (seven months ago) link

https://artsfuse.org/211996/arts-remembrance-soul-iconoclast-roy-c/?fbclid=IwAR28vNcDWiA7dUnddDXlLXd9u-gfzz4-nE-V4aMbeMmbt-ng9fKKEDMf7S4

RIP Roy C (Hammond)

https://www.wjbf.com/csra-news/soul-singer-roy-charles-hammond-aka-roy-c-has-died/?fbclid=IwAR0ppYaA8crmJH-8aYrUnC4D4UqyFAoO7ivYzcw-YuYYRbW2YKl2UgsO_MU

1965 hit, “Shotgun Wedding”. Another song, “Impeach the President”, which he recorded and produced with a high school group, the Honey Drippers, has had one of the most sampled drum tracks in hip hop

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 September 2020 03:39 (seven months ago) link

Roy C special on now on WPFW

Jon Caramanica wrote a nice obit in NY Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/arts/music/roy-hammond-dead.html

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 September 2020 16:46 (six months ago) link

Real nice Roy C special... covered his soulful stuff (sometimes which included creepy lyrics that at their best were funny or self-deprecating...("your thing is too short" from "Peepin in the Window")

curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 September 2020 15:36 (six months ago) link

https://youtu.be/yd9mscCtDJ4

Narvel Echols “Pour Me a Drank” melds Southern soul, blues, rap & “Jody “ reference.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 October 2020 04:53 (six months ago) link

RIP Rev John Wilkins gospel- blues guitarist and bandleader

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2020/10/06/rev-john-wilkins-obit-dies-memphis-music-blues-gospel/5902177002/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:48 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Listening to Jackie Neal

https://youtu.be/jRFRSVJYX1Y

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 20:03 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Big Head Hundreds" by the late Johnnie Taylor is a great tune

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 November 2020 07:04 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I bet blogger Daddy B Nice and WPFW DJ Dr Nick Johnson will have impressive album and song of the year lists. Both usually wait till January of the next year though, to post

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:50 (four months ago) link

Not seeing other southern soul year end lists. Need to do one myself.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 December 2020 15:24 (four months ago) link

Forgot to post here about the Queens of Southern Soul concert that was on Facebook Saturday night. A nice evening of x-mas tunes and soul and blues classics

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 December 2020 14:41 (four months ago) link

Y’all should be listening to Theo Huff, LJ Echols, and Theodis Ealey among others here plus Nellie Tiger Travis and others who shined on that event over the weekend

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 December 2020 14:43 (four months ago) link

Theo Huff does southern soul and funky songs; latest Theodis Ealey has southern soul and 12 bar blues

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 20:00 (three months ago) link

Beat Flippa- POTY ( producer of the year) has a who’s who of great southern soul singers guesting—Cupid, Omar Cunningham, Pokey Bear, Ghetto Cowboy, Tucka , Donnie Rays

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 December 2020 03:49 (three months ago) link

Pokey Bear 2020 album was pretty nice too

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 14:56 (three months ago) link

https://www.southernsoulrnb.com/corner2021.cfm

Big Daddy Nice did an end of 2020 essay earlier; here’s his top singles

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 14:59 (three months ago) link

RIP Winfield Parker, 1960s Baltimore soul singer whose song "Mr. Clean" on Ru-jac Records became a Northern soul favorite. A retrospective Ru-jac compilation was issued a few years ago. He later acquired a new audience singing gospel, and also gained new fans for his soul music via gigs at Ponderosa Stomp, Dig Deeper, & MOJO WORKIN' Donostia R&B Weekend in Spain. He got Covid a few weeks ago, and didn't recover.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 01:54 (two months ago) link

Royal Height is more old school soul than southern soul, but this song fits here

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 15:27 (two months ago) link

My votes for Beat Flippa and Pokey Bear albums were probably the only ones in the ilx album poll

I still need to go through all of Big Daddy Nice's 2020 faves

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 05:35 (two months ago) link

Not the right kind of beats or guitar on any of the cuts above to convince the rest of the ilxors in the poll.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:03 (two months ago) link

I Can't Breathe From Jus' EPIK ft. Krystal D is a heartfelt good new one as is Margo Thunder “Paper or Plastic “

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:56 (two months ago) link

Big Daddy Nice did a more comprehensive list of best 2020 albums, best blues songs, best male vocalists songs , best female vocalist songs,

His fave cd is the Wendall B - Real Talk one, his other fave finalists are below:

Dee Dee Simon----Da Fire

Jeter Jones----Mufassa

R&B Pooh----The Prince Of Trail Ride Blues

Wendell B----Real Talk

Beat Flippa (Various Artists)----P.O.T.Y. (Producer Of The Year)

Ju Evans----All About Soul

Uncle Wayne----The Birth Of Hithm & Bluez Vol. 2

King Fred----A Taste Of Soul

Unkle Phunk (Various Artists)----Unkle Phunk's Juke Joint Vol. 1

Big G----Keep On Rockin'

Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones----The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings

CoCo Wade----Get Up And Dance

Lenny Williams----Fine

Ricky White----Southern Soul Nation

LaMorris Williams----Another Level

LaMorris Williams----Unfinished Business

Gregg A. Smith----The Real Deal

T.K. Soul----Chocolate Jamz

T.K. Soul----Southern Soul Royalty

Sir Charles Jones----Intimacy

Bobby Rush----Sitting On Top Of The Blues

Sheba Potts-Wright----So Damn Good

Pokey Bear----Crown Me

Tyree Neal----I'm Missing My Baby

Nelson Curry----It's Time For Soul

Jaye Hammer----Best Of Jaye Hammer

Willie Clayton----Born To Sing

Cupid----Capricorn

Big G----Midnight Love

Bigg Robb----Smooth Grown & Sexy

T.J. Hooker Taylor----Who Is T.J. Hooker Taylor? EP

Arthur Young----Funky Forty EP

Ronnie Bell----365

Magic One----The Magic Show II

Johnny James----The Book Of Isaiah

R.T. Taylor----The Mule Man

Itz Karma----Karma Unleashed

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:53 (two months ago) link

oh here's the link to it all

https://www.southernsoulrnb.com/corner2020.cfm

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:54 (two months ago) link

Wendell B has a deep almost Barry White esque voice. Sometimes goes for a polished nearly mainstream r’n’b style. Not bad but not my album of the year

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 02:53 (two months ago) link

Kinda quiet storm

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 03:11 (two months ago) link

I listened to Wpfw DJ Dr Nick play a bunch of great Ms Jody songs Saturday, but I still haven’t caught up on all the 2020 albums and tracks that Daddy B Nice listed in blogposts I linked to above

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 March 2021 16:34 (one month ago) link

Great Southern Soul Rompin radio show from Dr Nick today—

Thanks to everyone who went Southern Soul Rumpin' with me today on WPFW, 89.3 FM in Washington, D. C. Maybe you listened online at wpfwfm.org. Hopefully you followed the show on TWITCH!!!

The music featured Southern Soul Duets. Here's the playlist:

Hardway Connection - Southern Soul Rumpin' (Opening Theme)
Bigg Robb & O. B. Buchana - Cuttin' Up
Mr. David & Nelson Curry - By My Damn Self
Theodis Ealey & Lacee - Think It Over
Omar Cunningham & Big YaYo - The Boots On Song
Willie Clayton & Sir Charles Jones - Do You Feel It
Joe Tex II & Sharnette Hyter - Hold On
Jeff Floyd & William Bell - Somebody's Gonna Lose
Missy B & LJ Echols - Choose Between 2
J Wonn & Mel Waiters - Jigga Jigga
J. Blackfoot & Sir Charles Jones - I'm Just A Fool
Sergio Davis & Jeff Floyd - Let's Go
Rosalyn Candy & Tucka - Boom Shaka Laka
J. Red The Nephew & Karen Wolfe - What's Up For The Night
William Bell & Snoop Dogg - I Forgot To Be Your Lover
Stevie J Blues & LJ Echols - My Ex
Rashad Tha Bluz Kid & J. Wonn - Shake It
Willie Clayton & Pat Brown - Equal Opportunity
Sir Jonathan Burton & Bishop Bull Winkle - Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
Floyd Taylor & Mel Waiters - It's On Me
Fat Daddy & Sir Charles Jones - Mr. Mailman
Arthur "Funky Forty" Young & Jeter Jones - Flashlight

See you next Saturday from 12 noon til 2pm EST!

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:02 (one month ago) link

The Boots On song is a classic

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:04 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/03/23/malaco-records-the-last-soul-company-rob-bowman-music-books/4735772001/

Rob Bowman who wrote a book about Stax has a new one about Malaco. Southern soul roots

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 April 2021 04:47 (two weeks ago) link

Rob Bowman will be talking about his Malaco book tonight with great writer/ professor Scott Barretta at 6:30 et , 5:30 central zoom via Oxford, Ms book store Square

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P7DGZsL9TrOg2QprwqPLrw?fbclid=IwAR3cOaI25CJsGzEZyuaTswmbg_ZaqOp4Zu4WpUtZTXYEgPshBu80900H9Es

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 14:51 (five days ago) link

Fascinating interview that focused on beginning of Malaco w/ regards to southern soul ( Zz Hill and Denise Lasalle) plus how it stumbled into gospel and then became a leader in releasing black gospel quartets and some mass choirs .

Interview is archived for now on Square Books Facebook page, and may get added to their YouTube page.

Bowman talked about how the label put out Black music for Black people ( as compared to Alligator and other labels). Plus there was talk re how federal deregulation of radio allowed Clear Channel to buy up many southern soul and gospel stations, leaving less around now and hurting the musicians and labels

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 00:15 (four days ago) link


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