From the time I was a little kid and saw The Blues Brothers for the first time, I've always loved 50's and 60's R and B and soul. There is something real and dangerous and romantic and perfect about this kind of music. As a seven year old, I turned my attention from Grease worship to a love of Sam and Dave, Ray Charles, and James Brown. Belushi and Akroyd were so fucked up and badass as they cruised to Wilson Pickett. However, as a little suburban Jewish boy, it was easier for me to want to be Danny Zucco than it was to grow up to be a gospel singer in James Brown's choir. Plus Stone Groove was always more interested in the more sedate Motown stuff than the real good stuff out there.
Recently, I've been listening to a lot of Irma Thomas. And, god damn, she is fine. One amazing song after another. The CD cover dubs her "The Soul Queen of New Orleans." I didn't know one thing about her until Alex J. lent me the CD.
Alex also lent me Arthur Alexander as well. I knew one or two of his songs and, of course, all the songs that the British Invasion bands (particularly the Beatles) covered. And I love the Brit boy versions, but they don't compare to the genuine article of Alexander.
Last year, I discovered Howard Tate (thanks to Sujan's co-worker) and Little Willie John (thanks to the movie I Hired a Contract Killer).
Hot Tub Eric keeps generously supplying Youthlarge and me with amazing mix after amazing mix of incredible R and B and soul from the 60's. The Stax box set (thank you Whiskey Drinker) continues to blow me away and I've barely even made a dent in it.
So my question is- how many more amazing bands and singers are out there that I'm unaware of? Please do tell.
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