Πέμπτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Magic Slim - I Need Lovin'

...continued from the previous post...

Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s. He recorded his first album in 1977, "Born Under A Bad Sign", for the French MCM label.

In 1982 the guitarist John Primer joined the Teardrops and played with them for 13 years. Another great guitarist who played with Magic Slim (for 6 years this time) is Michael Dotson.

In 1994 Slim moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years. Slim was frequently accompanied by his son Shawn (Lil' Slim) Holt, an accomplished guitarist and singer.

In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy Award as "Blues Band Of The Year" for the sixth time. They released a live performance on CD and DVD in August 2005, entitled "Anything Can Happen".

Last year Slim released an album with the title "Bad Boy" (Blind Pig label). He was the last record of a very successful career!...

Sending a final farewell to his last trip of him, we enjoy Magic Slim in a song entitled "I Need Lovin'"...


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You sure have our love Magic Slim... Good bye... We are never going to forget you...

Δευτέρα, 25 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Blues Keeps On Losing Its Last Representatives, One After Another... Even Magic Slim Is Dead!...

Magic Slim, the Mississippi native blues guitarist and singer who died early Thursday in Philadelphia at age 75, for decades was a standard - bearer for Chicago blues.

Magic Slim died Thursday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said manager Marty Salzman. Slim had been scheduled to play a show in Harrisburg in early February when he was stricken with bleeding ulcers. He was first treated at a hospital in Pottstown, then transferred to Jefferson two weeks ago for surgery. He also suffered from lung, heart, and kidney disease, and "it all turned out to be too much for him," Salzman said.

The bluesman (August 7, 1937 – February 21, 2013) was born in Torrence, Mississippi. He was still very young when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin mishap so he was forced to give up playing the piano. He moved first to nearby Grenada. He first came to Chicago in 1955 with his friend Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam) let the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with his band.

The great Chicago blues star Magic Sam (born as Sam Maghett) was Slim's mentor. "Magic Sam had told me don’t try to play like him, don’t try to play like nobody" he once recalled. "Get a sound of your own." So, it was Magic Sam who gave a teenager named Morris Holt the stage name Magic Slim when the two performed together in Chicago in the 1950s.

At first Slim was not rated very highly by his peers. He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined him in his group, the Teardrops. They played in the dim, smoke filled juke joints popular in Chicago in the 1970s on bandstands barely large enough to hold the band... the rest of this short tribute in the next post...

Boogie wasn't Magic Slim's personal style (as it was for the great John Lee Hooker) but in that case he did his best! So, in the following audio we listen him in a wonderful song which has the title "I Wanna Boogie"...

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Σάββατο, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Τα Περίφημα Καθημερινά Ελληνικά Δρώμενα

Το πρωί του Σαββάτου πήγα στην Αθήνα. Είναι γεγονός ότι δε μου αρέσει πλέον η πόλη καθόλου γι' αυτό και δεν την επισκέφτομαι πολύ συχνά. Ήθελα όμως να ψάξω για μερικά πράγματα κι έτσι βγήκα για μια σύντομη βόλτα. Ξάφνου, εκεί που βάδιζα, και περνώντας από μια μεγάλη πόρτα, έπεσα πάνω σε μια ταμπέλα. Η μεγάλη πόρτα δεν ήταν άλλη απ' το Γενικό Λογιστήριο του Κράτους κι η ταμπέλα είναι ακριβώς αυτή που ανέβασα στη σημερινή ανάρτηση, αφού πρώτα τη φωτογράφησα με μεγάλη μου έκπληξη (να 'ναι καλά τα κινητά που τα έχουμε διαρκώς πάνω μας και μας διευκολύνουν πλέον προς πάσα χρήση).

Για να τοποθετήσουν, πάντως, μια τέτοια ταμπέλα στην πόρτα του Γενικού Λογιστηρίου του Κράτους κάτι θα ήξεραν, σίγουρα κάτι αντίστοιχο με αυτό που αναγράφονταν θα γινόταν εκεί μέσα. Όπως και να 'χει, εγώ τη φωτογράφησα και την ανέβασα για να καμαρώνουμε όλοι μαζί για τα "περίφημα" καθημερινά ελληνικά δρώμενα...

Πέμπτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Spain: Paco Cepero - Despertar En Jerez

Another post for Paco Cepero in order you get a better opinion for the sound of the great Spanish guitarist. The song is instrumental, it has the title "Despertar En Jerez" and it's from the 2004 album "Corazon Y Bordon"...

Paco Cepero is one and only! Enjoy!...











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Δευτέρα, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Spain: Paco Cepero - Farruca

Paco Cepero is a Great Spanish Flamenco guitarist. In addition to accompanying numerous artists, he has released several solo albums, including "Corazon Y Bordon" and "De Pura Cepa". He was born on March 6, 1942 in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz Province).

At the age of 16, Paco Cepero made his debut as a professional in the Grand Theatre Falla in Cadiz. In 1963 he arrived in Madrid and started work in the tablao "Los Canasteros" (owned by the legend Manolo Caracol).

From then until now he has been travelling the world with his guitar, alone or accompanying numerous singers. Evidence of his status as Flamenco Guitarist are the numerous awards he has won throughout his career. Premio Nacional de Jerez in 1975, Premio Nacional de Cordoba in 1977 and Castillete de la Union, in addition to the Yunque Oro of the city of Ceuta, the prize Melchor de Marchena Accompaniment and Cabal Silver Circle of Fine Arts for the year 1999.

Paco Cepero has played and recorded with figures of incomparable singing including Manolo Caracol, Camaron de la Isla, Tio Borrico, Terremoto, and El Turronero. Besides his work as a guitarist, there is also a lot of work as a composer of numerous successful Flamenco and popular songs for such singers as Isabel Pantoja, Julio Iglesias, Lolita and Chiquetete.

In 2008 Paco Cepero celebrated the fact that he has been in the music field as a professional for a half of a century!...

We enjoy him listening the following song which has the title "Farruca"...

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Πέμπτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Mississippi Blues: Come On Boogie

Παραμένουμε στην ίδια περιοχή κι ακούμε την ίδια παρέα σ' ένα εξίσου με το προηγούμενο καταπληκτικό τραγούδι, που αυτή τη φορά (και πάλι υποθετικά) έχει τίτλο "Come On Boogie".

Αν υπήρχε περίπτωση να βρισκόμουν εκεί κατά τη διάρκεια του τραγουδιού, εγώ θα έκανα μια άλλη εκτέλεση. Θα "εκτελούσα" τους συντελεστές του, καθώς τέτοια αριστουργήματα είναι ανόητο να διαρκούν τόσο λίγο!

To Boogie αποτελεί ένα τεράστιο κεφάλαιο στο χώρο του Blues και πρέπει κάποτε να του γίνει ξεχωριστό (κι ενδεχομένως αναλυτικό) αφιέρωμα. Εν ευθέτω χρόνω λοιπόν...

Boogie...πάντα στα μέτρα και στα σταθμά του θεμελιωτή του είδους, κολοσσού John Lee Hooker...

Blues...Boogie...η μουσική απ' την οποία προέρχομαι...


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Δευτέρα, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Mississippi Blues: Blues For France

Με τη σημερινή ανάρτηση γυρίζουμε αρκετά χρόνια πίσω κι επισκεπτόμαστε την περίφημη Blues Land, το Mississippi! Το τραγούδι που ακούμε διέπεται απ' τα γνωστά (για τους μυημένους) θετικά χαρακτηριστικά που έχουν όλα τα ακούσματα της περιοχής! Για τον τίτλο του δεν ξέρω αν είναι αυτός, απλώς, έβαλα κάποιον που ταιριάζει με τους στίχους του...










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Πέμπτη, 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

The Cream (Reunion) - Sleepy Time Time (2005)

...Ένα τραγούδι ("Sleepy Time Time") απ' την επανένωση του Ροκ συγκροτήματος "The Cream".

Μεγάλες στιγμές!...

Πριν 8 χρόνια...

Ελπίζω να απολαύσετε το video!...










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