Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roosevelt Jamison RIP

Red Kelly has reported on his blog that Roosevelt Jamison, one of the originators of Memphis soul, has died aged 77. Jamison wrote the classic That's How Strong My Love Is for O V Wright, which was released on the Goldwax label in 1964. He discovered both O V Wright and James Carr, whose career he managed and mentored throughout his successful period with Goldwax and later recorded a comeback record for James on his own River City label.

Another death reported today is that of Gordon Stoker, a member of the Jordanaires, at the age of 88. He sang tenor on Hound Dog and many other Elvis Presley records and the group also backed Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Kenny Rogers, as well as having several successes in their own name.
Another recent death is that of rock and roll pioneer Hardrock Gunter, aged 88, whose early fifties records Birmingham Bounce and Gonna Dance All Night are considered some of the earliest rock and roll records - indeed the latter song was the first to use the phrase 'rock and roll'. 

Interested to hear that the Rolling Stones will be playing Glastonbury for the first time this year. I won't be there - too much mud and I prefer a bit of warm weather at my festivals - but it's good to see the old boys breaking new ground after 50 odd years.


At 11:54 am , Blogger Topazine said...

I'm always sad when this happens. Our generation is of that age now. May he RIP.


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