July 11: Elvis recorded Mystery Train in 1955

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July 11: Elvis recorded Mystery Train in 1955

“Mystery Train” is one of Presley’s most haunting songs, a stark blues number that sounds ancient but was actually first cut only two years before by Memphis blues singer Junior Parker. Presley recorded it with the groove from the flip side of the same Parker single, “Love My Baby,” and Sun producer Phillips’ taut, rubbery echo effect made guitarist Scotty Moore’s every note sound doubled. Presley added a final verse — “Train . . . took my baby, but it never will again” — capped by a celebratory falsetto whoop that transformed a pastoral about death into a song about the power to overcome it.
~rollingstone.com

Train arrive, sixteen coaches long
Train arrive, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, comin’ ’round, ’round the bend
Train train, comin’ ’round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again (no, not again)

Train train, comin’ down, down the line
Train train, comin’ down the line
Well it’s bringin’ my baby, ’cause she’s mine all, all mine
(She’s mine, all, all mine)

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July 9: Jack White was born in 1975 – Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Jack White!

Jack White (né Gillis), often credited as Jack White III, singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He was best known as the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes until they split in February 2011, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. He has recorded two albums as a solo artist, Blunderbuss (number 4 on our year-end list 2012) and this year’s wonderful, Lazaretto.

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“Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have.” – Jack White

Music is Jack White’s calling, it is his mission in life, and we at JV are regulars when he preaches. Jack White is a musical genius. He’s a rock auteur. You can hear “his voice” on everything he’s involved in. That is a good thing, and his solo albums really shines.

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Van Morrison – Videos, concerts, albums and more..

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This is a collection of links to posts here @ borntolisten.com about Van Morrison.

Concerts

Albums

Other

-Egil

Van Morrison @ Donegal Square, Belfast 1995 (video)

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On 30 November, Van played to sixty thousand people in Belfast city centre as a preview to Bill Clinton´s appearance. .. Van sang “Days Like This”, which had become the official anthem of the peace movement, and the theme music for a television advert licensed by the Northern Ireland Office.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Broadcast live on Sky News, BBC Northern Ireland C4 News – Peace Rally for President Clinton visit.

  • Ralph Salmins – drums
  • Leo Green- saxophone
  • Brian Kennedy – vocals
  • Dermont Harlan – saxophone
  • Linley Hamilton – trumphet
  • Peter O´Hanlon – guitar

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Van Morrison & Jerry Lee Lewis @ Hammersmith, London 1989 (videos)

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In November [1989], Van appeared with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Hammersmith Odeon, performing two songs, “Goodnight Irene” and “What´d I Say”. On the first of these, Lewis looks half stuffed, stiff back and trading phrases with Van, who badly needs a haircut, but drives the old rock´n´roller on. Lewis´s stubby fingers can still coax magic out of his grand piano.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Wonderful to see these two giants perform together.

Jerry Lee Lewis & Van Morrison
Hammersmith Odeon, London
November 1989

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July 3: Muddy Waters At Newport was released in 1960

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July 3: Muddy Waters At Newport was released in 1960

For many back in the early ’60s, this was their first exposure to live recorded blues, and it’s still pretty damn impressive some 40-plus years down the line. Muddy, with a band featuring Otis Spann, James Cotton, and guitarist Pat Hare, lays it down tough and cool with a set that literally had ’em dancing in the aisles by the set closer, a rippling version of “Got My Mojo Working,” reprised again in a short encore version.
~Cub Koda (allmusic.com)

A stomping live document of the period when Waters’ Chicago blues started reaching a wider pop audience. Newport has his classics – “Hoochie Coochie Man,” a torrid “Got My Mojo Working” – delivered by a tough, tight band anchored by harp genius James Cotton.
~rollingstone.com

Got My Mojo Working (part 1 & 2)

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