Elvis Presley recorded “Little Sister” June 25 & 26, 1961

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Great song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, recorded by Elvis Presley June 25 & 26, 1961.

Here are some great videos of Elvis and others; Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam & Ry Cooder.

Wikipedia:

Released August 8, 1961
Recorded June 25 & 26, 1961
Genre Rock, Blues
Length 3:00
Label RCA
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Producer(s) Steve Sholes

 

Little Sister” is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who turned it into a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame”) reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. An answer song with the same melody, but different lyrics was recorded and released under the title “Hey, Memphis” by Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961. In 1970 Elvis Presley performs this song as part of a medley with “Get Back” in the rockumentary film, That’s the Way It Is.

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June 26: The Band Rockpalast Loreley 1996 (video)

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Rockpalast Festival,
Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
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This is from the tour in support of their album, High on the hog. It is one of the last concerts by The Band, they ended the tour in august 1996, and they played a few stand-alone gigs after that. I think this is the last filmed concert by The Band (correct me in the comments if I’m wrong).

Interesting show, good picture and sound, enjoy!

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June 25: Eddie Floyd is 79 Happy Birthday

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.. a workmanlike singer and a very accomplished songwriter, who showed occasional flashes of brilliance.
~The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B

“…I’d had nothing directly to do with Motown while I’d been in Detroit, I’d still been around a lotta their artists and seen from a distance how they did things. And so, when I eventually got to Memphis, I could see that it was pretty much the SAME – you know, musicians getting together producing music, with everybody in the same groove… So yeah, working at Stax was very easy, because everybody was open-minded. You know, Al and I first met (legendary MGs guitarist) Steve Cropper at the same time we met Jim Stewart. So what would happen is, Cropper and I would more or less go off to the hotel, sit down and talk about music – and BOOM, almost immediately we’d WRITE something! While Al Bell and Jim Stewart would go off and talk about music and BUSINESS… So yeah, that’s the way it started – and it just moved on from THERE! I later went on to write with Booker T., which was great too. You know, Stax was all about TEAM-work. Like if an artist was recording and needing backing singers, I’d go and sing on THEIR record, and in turn they’d sing on MINE! That’s just the way we DID things.”
– Eddie Floyd (Blues&Soul.com, issue 1067)

Raise Your Hand – Live in Oslo 1967:

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Van Morrison – Setlists, Photos & Videos from Summer 2016

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photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Van Morrison is playing Bergen, Norway in July this year.

In order to feel well prepared for that concert I need to map out his performances from “Europe Summer Tour 2016”. This post will be regularly updated.

Van Morrison – Europe Summer Tour 2016

  • 29-May-2016 – Town Hall (Early Show), Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 29-May-2016 – Town Hall (Late Show), Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 07-June-2016 – Donald Gordon Theatre, Cardiff, Wales
  • 09-June-2016 – Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, England
  • 14-June-2016 – Hampton Court, East Molesey, England
  • 15-June-2016- Nells Jazz And Blues, London, England (Early Show)
  • 15-June-2016 – Nells Jazz And Blues, London, England (Late Show)
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    Upcoming:
  • 03-July-2016 – Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Hotel
  • 04-July-2016 – Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Hotel
  • 09-July-2016 – Lucca, Italy, Lucca Summer Festival
  • 13-July-2016 – Stuttgart, Germany, Jazz Open
  • 29-July-2016 – Ostersund, Sweden, Storsjöyran
  • 30-July-2016 – Bergen, Norway, Plenen Ampitheatre

 Songs played the most in 2016:

updated June 24, 2016

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June 24: Happy birthday Jeff Beck

I don’t care about the rules. In fact, if I don’t break the rules at least 10 times in every song then I’m not doing my job properly.
~Jeff Beck

Every time I listen to Jeff Beck my whole view of guitar changes radically. He’s way, way out, doing things you never expect.
~Brian May

Jimmy Page inducts Jeff Beck at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009:

Jeff Beck accepts the award at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Induction:

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Van Morrison´s Most Underrated Album: Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)

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Almost a forgotten album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart takes listeners to the deepest, most inward areas of Van Morrison‘s renegade Irish soul, the culmination of his spiritual jazz period and also — perhaps not coincidentally — the last record he made for Warner Bros. Four of the 11 tracks are moody instrumentals, which might partly explain the indifference of many rock critics toward the album, although the album’s very title gives a clue to their presence.
-Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)

Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is a highly underrated piece of art.

I decide to check out what the Van Morrison “experts” had written about it (books, websites, magazines, etc..), and express my own opinion as well.

TOC

  1. Facts
    1. Recording sessions
    2. Track listing
    3. Personnel
  2. The best songs
  3. Audio/video
  4. Opinions
  5. Lists
  6. Sources

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