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Wayne's Music 7/8 August 2010. Rhythm & Blues

This week, one of the most identifiable musical art forms of the 20th century, Rhythm And Blues. It has been defined as a synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and Latin which would influence all popular music from the 1940s to the present.

Take It And Git Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy in 1942 with the first single to hit #1 on The Harlem Hit Parade. Don't You Know Della Reese, Delloreese Patricia Early , actress, singer, game-show panelist, talk-show hostess and ordained Minister, who gained a whole new generation of fans when she played Tess in the Television Show Touched By An Angel.
Apollo Jump Lucky Millinder - was his big band the greatest ever to play Rhythm and Blues Music?
Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson with a song from the then struggling songwriter Berry Gordy who used the royalties from this number to open up Hitsville USA Studios which soon became the home of the Motown artists.
Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulsom had trouble getting anybody to release his song in 1954, so he cut it himself in texas, in a few months it was out and since Elvis Presley covered it in both 1956 and 1960, it has become a classic in the repertoire of countless blues artists.
Solo Flight Benny Goodman - the genius of Charlie Christian when he was with the Goodman band.
I've Got A Woman Ray Charles with his ground-breaking and controversial first #1 Rhythm and Blues Hit establishing him as the prime mover in what would become known as soul music.
King Size papa Julia Lee, best known for her trade-mark double entendre songs, or as she put it "songs my Mother taught me not to sing".
All She Wants To Do Is Rock Wynonie Harris - Mr Blues - one of the premier blues shouters of his era, with his most popular #1 song in 1949.
Hands Off Jay McShann American jazz pianist, singer, band leader and composer in Kansas City in the 1930s and '40s. Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown with her first major upbeat hit song.
Goin Home Fats Domino.
Rock The Joint Bill Haley And The Comets. Even though he started out in Western swing bands, Haley had a penchant for Rhythm And Blues, so he decided to have a crack at this Jimmy Peston classic.
You'll Never Walk Alone Roy Hamilton - with my favourite version of the old number from Carousel.
You Upset me baby B B King - The Beale Street Blues Boy, shortened to Blues Boy then B B.
The WallFlower Etta James.
Bad Bad Whiskey Amos Lilburn - from Texas, one of 13 children and by the time he was 5, he was playing full tunes on the piano.

Wayne's Music Sunday 8 August

Run Joe Louis Jordan's heyday was in the 1940's, and his shuffling, swinging "jump" sound combined with his goofy and humorous man-about-town schtick and sax solos.
Soul On Fire LaVern Baker who took her stage name from her aunt, Merline Baker.
Hamps Boogie Woogie Lionel Hampton.
Don't Stop Now Bonnie Davis, sang with Teddy Hill's band in New York.
I Almost Lost My Mind Ivory Joe Hunter with his Rhythm and Blues number that became a pop standard.

Further Up the Road Bobby Bland … the Lion Of The Blues was one of the original members of the Beale Streeters, and although he wasn't one of the top-line performers of his era, he notched up an amazing 23 Top ten Hits On The Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart.
Mr Lee The Bobbettes.
Twilight Time
The Platters.
Candy Big Maybelle (Mabel Louise Smith) - originally one of the members of the Sweethearts Of Rhythm, an all-female swing band whose white members had to black up their faces to avoid arrest when touring in the southern United States in the 40s.
You Better Know It Jackie Wilson
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hank You pretty Baby Brook Benton
Kansas City Wilbert Harrison a little known bluesman when he recorded this surprise hit in 1959. e cover versions all over the place. Leiber/Stoller
Unchained Melody Roy Hamilton
Adorable The Drifters.
Love Me
Elvis Presley produced this song at a session in RCA's Hollywood studios in September 1956.
Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On jerry Lee Lewis.
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Can't Stand Losing You Ink Spots
Need Your Love So Bad Little Willie John burst into the charts in 53 with this.
Whiskey And Gin Johnny Ray with a vocal delivery that many thought was too emotional for mainstream audiences.