Friday, November 23, 2007

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

Le Disquaire du Mange-Disques (Clermont de l'Oise) a toujours des histoires magiques à raconter saupoudrées de "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"...

Frank Wilson
était un arrangeur/songwriter pour la Motown bossant sur quelques chansons pour les Supremes ("Stone Love"), les Temptations, les Four Tops, Brenda Holloway... Un jour, le Wilson eut la possibilité de sortir son propre disque "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" sur une sous-filiale de la Tamla-Motown baptisée "Soul". Sans promotion particulière, le disque fait son chemin dans les clubs et est pressé à 250 (ou peut être 500 vu que l'Histoire a tendance à s'emmêler les pinceaux très facilement dès qu'on évoque la Pop Music) exemplaires.

Berry Gordy (patron de la Motown qui a fait de son label une gigantesque compagnie de travail à la chaine - Ce n'est pas pour rien qu'on est à Detroit), ayant eu vent de l'affaire, convoque Wilson fissa dans son bureau : "Good Morning buddy... J'ai pu écouter ton 45 et Whoaaaa ! Chapeau ! But Frank, il reste un problème : tu es arrangeur pas chanteur, jete un oeil, c'est écrit noir sur blanc sur ton contrat. On va en rester là, le reste des exemplaires on va les balancer à la poubelle. Tiens, tu as encore fait tomber une liasse de billets de ta veste..."

Donc il ne reste plus rien... mis à part 2 ou 3 exemplaires ! Qui selon "The Northern Soul Top 500" de Kev Roberts est côté à 15 000 £ !

Et cet homme, born again Christian depuis 1976 avec sa femme Bunny, gospel producer, bibles publications, seminary et tout l'attirail ricain du commerce religieux, n'acceptera de monter sur les planches pour chanter cette chanson qu'une seule et unique fois sous les acclamations de la scène Northern ...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tracks of my Tears #5

Everybody remembers of the song "Return To sender." (released on the B.O of Girls Girls Girls, one of three elvis hawaiian movies peaked at #2 for 5 weeks in its 16-week run on Billboard's pop singles chart. And #1 during three weeks in British pop charts)... That's not an elvis rock'n' roll song but still sounds good (the session reunited scotty moore on guitar, drums for D.J Fontana/Hal Blaine, the yakety sax Boots Randolph... and the Jordanaires for vocals backup), the song is so cool, so pop with an universal theme that anyone can appreciate it.

Written by the duo Winfried Scott & Otis Blackwell, this song tells us the break-up story between a guy (that we'll call elvis) and his girlfriend. Refusing that their love affair is over, Elvis keeps mailing letters to her girlfriend and each letter returns to him thanks to the postman with the mention "return to sender". We don't know what happened before but i think the girl doesn't take time to answer, to give some explications... Bitch.

It's a real damn good novelty song about a love&hate relationship ! Over 14 millions copies only in the us territory (and it really meant something in the past)!

In January 8, 1933, an elvis commemorative stamp has been print in order to celebrate his birthday (his 58 th ! Can someone explain me why have we to celebrate this year?) ... All along the year 1992, America was tear, on the verge of explosion : WHAT MUST WE CHOOSE ? A young dashing elvis by Mark Stuntzman or an old but mature elvis by John Berkley? Ballots paper were distributed in every post offices across america.
It was tough times, America was divided : if you're not with me, you're against me! (personaly, i think both are ugly so...). Even Bill Clinton (ran for president at this time) voiced for the younger elvis ! The counting gave a huge lead (more than 75 %) for Elvis the young.

This elvis stamp remains far far far the most popular stamp of the U.S Postal Service ahead collections of "Legends of Baseball", "Wonders of America" or "Civil War" and for your own pop culture trivia, you should know that many americans after this special release, wrote invalid adresses on their letters just for having their letter back with the mention "return to sender" on it !!!

And now ladies & gentlemen, you can listen this answer song to "Return To Sender..." called "Don't Want Your Letters" by Gerri Granger, soul woman with few songs on northern soul compilations, which shows the point of view of the "ex elvis girlfriend" aka exactly the opposite meaning of the original song ! And we can see abyssal depths separating boys & girls...

Gerri Granger - Don't Want Your Letters

Top 25 Most Popular Commemorative Stamps

Willie Tee Passed Away

The curse of Turbinton's family goes on... One month later after his older brother Earl, a jazz saxophonist, Willie Tee has succumbed quickly of his colon cancer at the age of 63 on Touro Infirmary this september 11. Friends remembered of Willie on and it's very blessing...

That's a tough period for me and not only with deaths of willie tee & bobby byrd... But death of any persons related to "Pop Music" remains a terrible shock for me... I think it's just the reflect of the near end of the music I love.

Born Wilson Turbinton in september 6 1944, Willie Tee is an important figure in the creation of this distinctive sound of new orleans. Keyboardist, arranger, producer, songwriter,vocalist, he is also known as one of architects of the early funk of crescent city funk.

When he was a teenager, he made succes with "Teasin You" fantastic mid-tempo soul on Nola produced by the owner Wardell Quezergue who added punchy horns (national distribution by Atlantic). There is many great tunes like "Thank You John", almost the same soulful mid tempo than "Teasin you", "It Was You" with the girls during the chorus and the song that made me cry, completely fall in love with "Walking Up a One Way Street", his majestic nostalgic Northern side powdered by magig trumpets. This song remains one of the best tunes when your gal left you and "tears flow just like rain" and you're walkin' up a one way street... Pretty Picture.

We can remember his part of work with the Gaturs, almost always instrumental, one of the band pionner of the original funk in new orleans where he holds the place of keyboard player... Same funky work with the Wild Magnolias backing with his older brother Earl... With his brother, he also backed up Cannonball Aderley (he dad see Willie performing while he was touring in the same city) (the keyboardist of Cannon, Joe Zawinul died this tuesday... The Curse...) for his passage on Capitol.

Removed in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina ("I litteraly lost everything in a flash") but nevertheless full of life, he shared his passion with the students of Priceton's university and he's always touring until the ultimate dawn of his life. We can see a long moment of his show on youtube (Willie Tee At the Carolina Beach Music Awards nov 2005) ad a short video of Walking Up... in Columbia 2007 here

All my condolences to the Turbinton's family and a funeral will be held on september 22, 2007 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church, 1835 St. Roch Ave, New Orleans.

Home of the Groove, your private pillow blog about new orleans, did a couple of great posts on Willie Tee. Have a look !

Willie Tee - Walkin' Up A One Way Street

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Did You See Arthur Lee Maye Hit That Ball ?

Theme Time Radio Hour Special Baseball with our host Bob Dylan gave me a crazy passion about the ballgame... People may be find boring but they don't understand the sense of the game with a batter all alone encircled by nine guys obsessed about the ball. They don't feel the tragedy of the game when your teamates are on the bases and your knees are shakin' cause' you are the key of the inning.

Let's have a look about The Greatest Singing Athlete That Ever Lived... I'm talkin' about Arthur Lee Maye, famous baseball player and one of the best doo wop/r&b singers that I have ever heard. He was an outfielder for 13 years with good power, he could really hit that ball (94 home-runs in carrer!) and standing on the stage with his enjoyful voice at the same day during his minor league days. He gave an edge to baseball when he became a Major League player because "Baseball was my first love. I always said I could sing at 50, but I couldn't play baseball at 50".

He was one of men of the Jefferson High School Sound (South California) just sittin' behind Cleve Duncan, leader of The Penguins, Alex Hodge, a founding member of The Platters, his brother Gaynel Hodge of The Hollywood Flames and The Turks, Curtis Williams of The Hollywood Flames and The Penguins, Obie Jessie, Cornell Gunter, an original Platter and early-Coaster's lineup, and the legendary Richard Berry (Louie Louie's composer). What a crew ! They formed the Carmels during this era but there is no sound material... Is anyone has got better fish pond ? After that, there will be the Crowns, then, of course the Jayos on a Johnny Otis' album with covers exceptionnally good ("Gee") and a bunch of solo recordings.

With his pal Berry, they have written a bunch of good stuff typical of this magic period. Be recognizing to SpectroPop who re-discovered the outfielder of the Milwaukee Braves.

Career Stats : 13 years, 1288 games, 94 HR, 419 RBI for a batting average of .274. Led MLB with 44 Doubles in 1964. He put his career high in almost every categories with a AB of .304 in 1964 ... aka The Second Dead-Ball Era.

Arthur Lee Maye - Hey Pretty Girl

Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns - Don't You Know (I Love You)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thai Beat A Go-Go Series

sodsai chaengkij - shake baby shake

johnny's guitar - bangsaen '66

Cat - Do The Watusi

Starlights - Day Tripper

Traces - Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus

Sakarin Boonpit - Kotmorn Yoop Yap (All Shook Up)

Viparat Piengsuwan - Yok Yok (Jump Jump)

supaphorn - lua chen see

Flash - Where Is The Love

erawan band - khon muangkhan