Carefree and wonderful free spirit, taken from us all too soon. A white woman with a voice like Aretha. A Soul singer, a blues singer, a great singer, a Soulful singer. A life of great promise cut short by an addiction to drugs, a lonely Soul, she just needed support and love.
Cry Baby (original – Garnet Mimms)
Piece Of My Heart (original – Erma Franklin)
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LIFE IS HARD
The great white Bluesman
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I’m A Little Mixed Up (1961)A fantastic blues track played a lot at the first Twisted Wheel (Brazennose Street) by the DJ Roger Eagle; who introduced an entire generation in Manchester to the Blues, and a simultaneous thing a year or so later with Soul music. This record is a fine example of simple rhythmic blues that became synonymous with the Blue boom in England in 1963. I remember the times fairly well but was Betty a woman? Sounds like a man; I’m a little mixed up too about the label name and the artists gender, because we thought that She was a Man. She did an answer record to “Mixed Up” with girl backing singers sort of in the style of Rock & Roll in 62: I’m Not Mixed Up Any More , but this is well below par in comparison to her own great blue number. From SOULFUL DETROIT forum: Betty James was a blues singer from Baltimore. She sang in clubs there during the 1950s. She was “discovered” by Joe Evans and his cousin, Bobby Johnson in 1961. They recorded her for their New York label, Cee-Jay Records. This is a portion of “The Carnival Records story by Dave Moore, in Hitsville Magazine: “As the 50’s turned to the 60’s, Jack and Joe released records by a number of artists with limited success. In 1961 they came across the James Family. Betty James was a blues singer from Baltimore, Maryland who was ably supported by her husband on guitar and her son on bass. They got the group studio time, hired a session drummer with instructions to play the sticks as much as the skins and the session produced “Betty James – Im A Little Mixed Up – Cee-Jay 583.” The single went on to local success and demand for it became such that Chess Records made an offer that the pair accepted. Joe and Jack were a success! They had also seen the national sales of their record go higher and the rewards go to a bigger company….a valuable lesson was learned.”
“Ain’t Gonna Grieve No More”
Ramblin’ Jack An American A Legend:
I went to a Blues & Folk Show at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in 65′.
Afterwards in the Mitre Hotel just across the road on Fountain Street (long since gone) I met Ramblin Jack. He had a broken leg, he told me and my pal he did it in the USA on a skate board … fell off. His show was indeed: ramblin’. He was Ramblin’ on about all sorts of stuff; how he knew Woody Guthrie and that Bob Dylan who he said had stole his style of playing and a singing. He was a cowboy and did the rodeo, he certainly had a ten gallon cowboy hat.
He was interested in what we did and the music we liked, we liked blues and of course Soul, Ray Charles, we were Mods and told him about Mods. He was crazy about the one man band “San Francisco Bay Blues” man Jesse Fuller and tol us that the other man who also influenced Dylan apart from Woodie Guthrie and of course himself was Jesse Fuller the One Man Band: one of our all time favourite blues men too.
We told him about all nighters and he asked if he could get some purple hearts. We took him to the Twisted Wheel. He was a great – HIT THERE DANCING ALL NIGHT WITH A BROKEN ANKLE.
I wondered for years whatever happened to him and the stories he told.
Well, his daughter did a BBC documentary about him. He was awarded a medal by bill Clinton as a popular American Legend.
“If the name of folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is unfamiliar, know this: He was Woody Guthrie after Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan before Bob Dylan.”
Real name Elliott Adnopoz
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B B King was one of the last of the great blues performers. The tracks featured were favourites in soul clubs in Manchester in the sixties.
B B King was a blues man that has made it on the popular entertainment circuit, unlike most of his influences and contemporaries. He constantly appears in live TV shows and featured in the Blues Brothers 2000 film.
ROCK ME BABY
PAYING THE COST TO BE THE BOSS
THE THRILL HAS GONE
Every Day I Have The Blues – Blue Horizon, 1967
Sweet Little Angel
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