Lee McBee and Bill Lynch “Help Me Spend My Gold” from Friday Night Live (Pacific Blues 2000) —recorded in 1995 at the Friday Night Blues Revue radio program in Los Angeles, KPCC 89.3 FMBuy it!
Hook Herrera “Mr. Taximan” from Puro Mestizo (Mitik Records 2003) —Hook recorded this in Spain as he was recovering from a grave, nearly fatal illness. Hook's a gifted singer, and multi-instrumentalist (as well as being a favorite artist of mine.)Buy it!
Guitar Harp James McKinley “A Closer Talk” from Old Original Spiritual Blues (Collectables www.oldies.com 1995) —Born in 1935, James lived a pretty hard-scrabble life, trying to make ends meet while scrambling to play music and record every once in a while.Buy it!
The CBS Trumpeteers “Milky White Way” from The Best Of Nashboro Gospel (Nashboro 1994) —Originally recorded by The Trumpeteers in 1947, this re-recording is powerful stuff - sung by group founder Joseph Johnson in both cases.Buy it!
Marion Williams and The Stars Of Faith “Just Can't Help It” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Volume Three (Rhino 2001) —Marion was the lead singer for the Ward Singers for a decade prior to her going out with The Stars of Faith. She was one of gospel's all-time greats !Buy it!
Mike Morgan and The Crawl “I Cried for My Baby” from Stronger Every Day (Severn Records Inc. 2008) —Lee McBee singing here. He was no longer in the band when this CD was recorded, but sang 2 songs on it as a guest vocalist. Sang them beautifully, too.Buy it!
Lee Mcbee “Twelve Hours from You” from soul deep (Pacific Blues 2002) —Lee's trademark chromatic workout - Mr. McBee passed away last week, on June 24th.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha” from Anthololgy (THE RIGHT STUFF 2003) —Bobby passed away on Friday, June 27th. He was 70, but had been battling health issues for quite some time. He was a prodigy, a gifted guitarist: singer and songwriter. He will be missed. RIP, Mr. Womack.Buy it!
Paul Pena “Let's Move And Groove Together” from New Train (Hybrid Recordings 2000) —Paul is the composer of "Jet Airplane". Needless to say, his version of that sounds more like "Let's Move..." and less like Steve Miller's mega-hit version.Buy it!
The Emperors “Looking For My Baby” from Looking For By Baby Soul Treasures From The Vaults Of Amy-Mala-Bell (Sundazed Records 2003) —Mala Records, 1967Buy it!
The Emperors “Tic-Tac-Toe” from Looking For By Baby Soul Treasures From The Vaults Of Amy-Mala-Bell (Sundazed Records 2003) —previously unreleased - used as bed onlyBuy it!
Mike Morgan and The Crawl “I Ain't Worried No More” from Ain't Worried No More (Black Top unk 1994) —Lee McBee sings his heart out on this one.Buy it!
Long Tall Deb “What Would a Good Woman Do” from Raise Your Hands (VizzTone Label Group 2012) —Phil Pemberton (of Roomful of Blues) on the vocal duet - a little good-natured sparring going on. I like Deb's energy and voice, and am looking forward to seeing her perform live someday.Buy it!
Lee McBee & The Passions “I'm Gonna Love You” from 44 (Me and My Records 1998) —The Passions featured Kid Ramos, Anson Funderburgh, Willie Campbell, Stephen Hodges and Kevin McKendree. Honestly, it just doesn't get much better than that.Buy it!
Joe Krown “Slap It” from Buckle Up (STR Digital Records 2000) —I know there's a lot going on in St. Louis this weekend, but the music line-up at Broadway Oyster Bar might be the top pick on Thursday - featuring the Joe Krown Trio and also The Iguanas. That's pretty fine !Buy it!
The Iguanas “Flame On” from Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart (Yep Roc 2003)Buy it!
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats “Keep Your Big Mouth Shut” from You Asked For It - Live (Alligator 2014) N —Brand NEW music from Rick & his Nightcats - this CD is going to be released to the public on July 8th. If you can't be at one of their live shows, then may I suggest this CD as a most adequate substitute.Buy it!
Earl Hooker “The Screwdriver” from There's A Fungus Amung Us (M.I.L. Multimedia 1999) —One of the worst-titled blues LPs ever by one of the best guitarist ever. Ol' Earl was a character, that's for sure. The cuts on this CD were all recorded in Sauk City, WI in sessions held from 1964 to 1967.Buy it!
Mike Morgan and The Crawl “You Better Watch Yourself” from Raw and Ready (Black Top unk 1990) —a cool groove from Morgan, McBee and crew. One last tune today in tribute to one of my all-time favorites - Lee McBee.Buy it!
Wild Jimmy Spruill “Kansas City March” from Harlem Rock n Blues Volume 2 (Collectables www.oldies.com 1995) —Jimmy Spruill was one of the top session-men on the East Coast during the 1950s and 60s, and he did manage to record some tracks under his name as well.Buy it!
Hal Paige And Wailers “Pour The Corn featuring Bobby Robinson” from Harlem Rock n Blues Volume 1 (Collectables www.oldies.com 1995) —Bobby Robinson was the head of the Fire, Fury, Everlast & Red Robin labels, which this collection is documenting. Robinson is most famous for his recordings of Elmore James (late in Elmore's career).Buy it!
Willis Jackson “Hello... "Gater" Speaking” from Harlem Rock n Blues Volume 3 (Collectables www.oldies.com 1995) —Willis "Gator" Jackson... yes, the song title misspelled his nickname. That doesn't change the cool factor of the song one iota.Buy it!
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