Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Music photos from 2000/2001

I've been going through some of my old music photos again and picked out some from 2000 and 2001 which I hope are of interest.
In the autumn of 2000 Ace Records put on a series of shows at the Jazz Cafe featuring some great names from soul and R and B. First, here is Memphis R and B performer Roscoe Gordon, whose shuffle beat tracks such as No More Dogging went on to inspire the early ska movement in Jamaica. Roscoe died in 2002 aged 74. Mary Love is a favourite among Northern Soul fans as a result of early records including Lay This Burden Down and You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet. In the 80s she began to record gospel under the name Mary Love Comer.
William Bell is one of the true soul greats and his You Don't Miss Your Water, recorded in 1961, was one of the first hits on Stax/Volt. He went on to record many great records for Stax and other labels, and also wrote many songs, including Born Under a Bad Sign, made famous by Albert King. I saw him in New Orleans last year and he is still excellent.
The next two photos were taken at a gig at a pub in north west London - no doubt Dave can remind me of the name. Laurel Aitken was known as the Godfather of Ska, having recorded mento records for Island records in Jamaica as early as 1958, and ska records throughout the 60s, having moved to the UK in 1961. He died in 2005.
Trombonist Rico Rodriguez was another Jamaican ska musician who moved to the UK in the early 60s and recorded many great records. He is probably best known today as having played on many of The Specials hits.
The final four photos were all taken at the Hemsby rock and roll festival in 2001. I don't go to many UK music festivals (crap weather) but this one was well worth the visit. Here is Sanford Clark, who had success in the late 50s/early 60s with a run of hits such as The Fool (written by Lee Hazlewood), Son Of a Gun and Run Boy Run, with Al Casey backing him on guitar.
Al Casey, who backed Sanford at Hemsby, was a session musician, played on many of Duane Eddy's ealy hits and had success of his own in the 60s. He died in 2006.
Sanford Clark was introduced on stage by Lee Hazlewood, who was involved with Sanford, Al and Duane Eddy and found worldwide fame when he teamed up with Nancy Sinatra in the mid 60s. He died in 2007.
Canadian born Jack Scott has one of the great voices of rock and roll and he is equally effective on rockabilly numbers like Leroy and ballads such as What In the World's Come Over You. He proved at Hemsby that he had lost none of his vocal power.


At 7:37 pm , Blogger Dave C said...

The pub in which Laurel Aitken and Rico were appearing is the Rayners Hotel. Sadly this venue, which provided music or dance classes seven nights a week but failed to compete with the advent of a local Wetherspoons, was purchased by property developers who closed it down in January 2006. It would have been demolished but for the intervention of the local MP, resulting in it becoming officially listed as a protected building, and it remains boarded up over three years after its closure.

On a happier note, in 2009 Pressure Drop (a division of Cherry Red Records) has released six cds of Laurel’s recorded output from 1963 to 1972. Each cd comprises the re-release of one LP together with bonus tracks, making up an amazing total of 154 tracks altogether, over 90% written by Laurel. Judging by the liner notes to the last issue by Club Ska's Mark Wyeth (to whom all Laurel Aitken fans owe an unrepayable debt of gratitude), this is where the reissue programme ends.


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