1970

The Detroit Spinners – It’s A Shame

18th February 2024 · Uncategorised

It’s a shame… but after 70 years together, The Detroit Spinners are finally no more. Henry Fambrough was the last surviving original member of the group who were born in the Motor City but came to define the lush Philly sound. (more…)

RIP Wayne Kramer (1948-2024)

3rd February 2024 · Uncategorised

Here is the MC5’s infamous hometown performance by a Detroit highway in July 1970.  Thirty-four years later I finally got to see them play for myself.

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Ebony Rhythm Band – Intro/Interlude/Outro

17th January 2024 · Uncategorised

The only thing wrong with this slice of psychedelic funk is that it’s too short; far too short. Put all three parts together and the whole thing is less than two and a half minutes long.

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Merry Clayton – Poor White Hound Dog

28th November 2023 · Uncategorised

Merry Clayton is best known for her gospelly backing vocals on the Stones’ anti-war anthem Gimme Shelter, wailing in harmony with Jagger. But there was much more to her than that.

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Bo Diddley – Pollution

26th November 2023 · Uncategorised

Bo Diddley’s heyday was long gone by 1970 and he was mostly seen as a heritage act on the oldies circuit (if at all) by the time he tackled the topical issue of Pollution. But it’s a great track.

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Michael Chapman – Stranger In The Room

24th November 2023 · Uncategorised

Michael Chapman was a guitar virtuoso, acclaimed for his acoustic fingerpicking. But it’s Mick Ronson’s electric guitar that steals the show here.

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Area Code 615 – Devil Weed And Me

5th November 2023 · Uncategorised

I’ve never heard of Area Code 615 though I do know one of their songs without even knowing it – their number Stone Fox Chase is the theme music of the Old Grey Whistle Test. 

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Swamp Dogg – Synthetic World

2nd October 2023 · Uncategorised

Jerry Williams Jr is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music – better known by his eventual stage name Swamp Dogg.

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Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can

8th August 2023 · Uncategorised

Here’s a slice of slinky, sinuous, sweaty, steamy Southern funk from the natural home of that sort of thing – New Orleans.

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RIP Tony McPhee – The Groundhogs (1944-2023)

9th June 2023 · Uncategorised

Tony McPhee never achieved the fame and fortune of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck, his fellow British guitarists to emerge from Britain’s blues boom in the 1960s.

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