Monday, July 29, 2013

Ray Charles - "Rockhouse Parts 1 & 2"

Speaking of Ray Charles, here is a great instrumental single from his first gold album "What'd I Say" in 1959. The song was later covered in 1985, by The Manhattan Transfer as "Ray's Rockhouse" with lyrics by Jon Hendricks.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ramsey Lewis Trio - "Delilah"

Here's a nice one from 1958, by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, released on the Argo label.
Set up in Chicago, 1955 as the jazz subsidiary of Chess Records, Argo Records changed its name to Cadet Records in 1965, after the discovery of the UK based jazz, classical and spoken word label Argo Records that was already in existence.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Percy Mayfield - "I Need (Your) Love So Bad"

Percy Mayfield is probably best known as the songwriter of "Hit The Road Jack" which Ray Charles had a big hit with in 1960.
This single from 1954 is a smokey downtempo R&B number, heavy on the B and was possibly recorded at Universal Recorders in Hollywood, CA. A great example of Percy's early years with Specialty Records.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mongo Santamaria - "Don't Bother Me No More"

Divshare seems to be working for me again, so let the good times roll

Here is the awesome flip to Mongo's also-awesome version of "Watermelon Man" which was the biggest hit for the Battle label.
Battle Records was a record label founded as J.V.B. Records in Detroit, Michigan by record shop owner Joe Von Battle in 1948. The label specialized in gospel music, jazz and rhythm and blues.
In 1962, the J.V.B. label was replaced by the Battle label which was taken over by Bill Grauer Productions which also owned Riverside Records.