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Blues, rock and roll, soul, fifties and sixties pop, cajun, jazz, folk, vinyl records, LPs, EPs, singles, New Orleans, Memphis, UK rock, nostalgia, girl groups, ska, rocksteady.
My personal top tens from around this date 1960-65:
Former Exciters member Carol Johnson has died aged 62. The Exciters were one of the best girl groups of the sixties, with a string of hits written by top songwriters like Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich that lived up to their stage name including Tell Him, He's Got the Power, Get Him, the original of Do Wah Diddy Diddy and a remake of A Little Bit of Soap (a copy of which I coincidentally bought yesterday in Reckless's continuing closing down sale). They included a male member in Herb Rooney, but their records had the classic sixties girl group sound. They also made history by recording what was probably the first full colour pop video (see it on YouTube here http://youtube.com/watch?v=ah-tui1ubnU ) for a jukebox company. Carol left the group before their disco hits of the seventies, but was a key group member in their glory years.
Day 3 of Jazzfest and another beautiful day. Probably the best day of the entire festival. Kicked off with local favourite Jean Knight who rocked through her big hits Mr Big Stuff and Toot toot, then on to another long term favourite Clarence Frogman Henry, still going strong despite being confned mostly to a wheelchair these days. Next was Marcia Ball who delivered some first rate New Orleans R and B as ever. Her rendition of Louisiana 1927, recallint the great floods of that year, brought a tear to the eye post-Katrina. One of the highlights for me was Jerry Lee Lewis, fresh from his success with the Last Man Standing CD. He rocked through Roll Over Beethoven, Chantilly Lace, Drinking wine spodie-odi and a couple of country numbers and was in fine form, but sadly the scheduling meant that I had to leave half way through to catch the wonderful Irma Thomas. Looking and sounding great I arrived in time for what is now her anthem Time is on my side and she finished off as usual with Simply The Best. From the Soul Queen of New Orleans to the Queen of New York Soul Jill Scott. A largely black audience just loved her jazzy big voiced numbers. A great day and as ever many many acts that I would have loved to see if only there was time.