The Eagles sing on. Sly Stone would raid Bland's "Turn On Your Love Light" next, appropriating the "little bit higher" riff into an entire song called, aptly enough, "Higher. At least, so we thought then. The work, the material, was there. Evocative, memory-stimulating songs, all anchored by Bland's authentic, weathered vocals. But, in the ultimate irony which is the world's way , Bobby Bland has lived to see the rock revolution started by the Beatles come full circle.
Bland outlived John Lennon by decades. Most of the Bland's greatest songs were collaborations between Bland and his unsung partner, the great horn-man, arranger and producer Joe Scott.
Scott forged the sound that would become Bland's trademark: the saucy, come-hither horns and frenetic, wild-side-of-gospel arrangements. Bland's one-of-a-kind vocals, augmented by Scott's arrangements, were as mesmerizing and sexy as female hips on the move--God's natural poetry.
Reggie P. Name a young male vocalist in contemporary Southern Soul, and you will find some respect in which his material was shaped by Bobby "Blue" Bland. The point? It's taken over a quarter-century for the music that Bobby "Blue" Bland inspired--today's Southern Soul--to make it evident what his place in history will be.
Along with Johnnie Taylor, Z. A strange selection, you might say, but in this case, with an artist with absolutely nothing left to prove, it's no stranger than Bland's oft-expressed admiration for the singer Perry Como.
What better way to throw the qualities of Southern Soul into high relief than to record a piece of Americana and see how it differs from the versions of "What A Wonderful World" that came before it? Because Bobby "Blue" Bland does take this song over. He throws it in a Southern Soul gunnysack and ties the top and throws it on our doorstep, transformed into a rhythm and blues classic. Bland's voice has always had a ravaged, spiritual quality, but here it takes communion with the words in such a subdued and respectful way you feel it was written for him, and conversely, he was born to sing it.
Everything distinctive about Southern Soul--its country-ness, its swing, its modesty, its life experience, its buoyancy, its willingness to face reality, its lack of pretense--is here, swirling around in the atmosphere created by the perfect "faded-glory" arrangement and Bobby "Blue" Bland's singular vocal. Red roses too. I see them bloom For me and you. It brings home the one great truth about Bland, and the reason he is such a primary influence and model for Southern Soul performers.
The secret to Bland's power is his belief in the stories his songs tell. When Bland gets hold of good lyric, such as-- "It reminded me of my problem, That I was having with you. Oh, how I trusted someone, Who would be untrue. Now I'm sitting here hurting, And feeling sorry for myself. I shouldn't have been sitting there listening. I caught the blues from someone else. His family moved to Memphis in , where he began his career with a gospel group called the Miniatures and would compete in talent contests hosted by Rufus Thomas.
His first secular group, the Beale Streeters, included such future stars as B. King, Johnny Ace, and Junior Parker. He began recording in the early fifties, but it wasn't until he signed with Houston-based Duke Records that his career took off. His first national chart hit, "Farther Down The Road" in , was the early culmination of a series of chitlin' circuit-style blues records. Mihaleez December 25, at PM. Mihaleez December 26, at PM. Vinyl Solution December 28, at AM. Mihaleez December 29, at PM.
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His grandfather, a preacher, was also musical. When Johnny was 11, his grandfather offered to give him a guitar if, and only if, the boy didn't play any of the "devil's music". His mother moved to Los Angeles , and took Watson with her. In his new city, Watson won several local talent shows. This led to his employment, while still a teenager, with jump blues -style bands such as Chuck Higgins 's Mellotones and Amos Milburn.
Watson affected a swaggering, yet humorous personality, indulging a taste for flashy clothes and wild showmanship on stage. His song " Gangster of Love " was first released on Keen Records in It did not appear in the charts at the time, but was later re-recorded and became a hit in , becoming Watson's "most famous song". But as the popularity of blues declined and the era of soul music dawned in the s, Watson transformed himself from southern blues singer with pompadour into urban soul singer in a pimp hat.
His new style was emphatic — wearing the gold teeth, broad-brimmed hats, flashy suits, fashionable outsized sunglasses and ostentatious jewelry. He modified his music accordingly. Watson had album Love Jones in Reviewing Watson's LP A Real Mother for Ya , Robert Christgau wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies : "Watson has been perfecting his own brand of easy-listening funk for years, and this time he's finally gone into the studio with his guitar Freddie and his drummer Emry and a bunch of electric keyboards and come up with a whole album of good stuff.
The riff-based tracks go on too long but go down easy and the lyrics have an edge. Granted, Watson can't match George Benson 's chops, but this is dance music, chops would just get in the way. The shooting death of his friend Larry Williams in and other personal setbacks led to Watson briefly withdrawing from the spotlight in the s.
The release of his album Bow Wow in brought Watson more visibility and chart success than he had ever known. The album received a Grammy Award nomination. And I wasn't the only one. Mister on the radio, stereo The way you move ain't fair, you know Hey, soul sister I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight.
Just in time I'm so glad you have a one-track mind like me You gave my life direction A game show love connection we can't deny. I'm so obsessed My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest I believe in you, like a virgin, you're Madonna And I'm always gonna wanna blow your mind.
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