Hello Jazz Lovers
A Beautiful Hot Dusty Day In Bahrain..
When I went out on my own for the first time in my late teens, I went to work in Downtown Houston, I lived in Downtown Houston and went to school in Downtown Houston and it was an exciting time to be young...I walked everywhere I went except on weekends to see my Mother...then I took the bus. I was discovering everything, the theater, the symphony, Jazz Clubs, Dance clubs, and shopping!!! And I discovered Della Reese ! and believe me I was hooked.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVF4W2DVzMs I had nothing but I had everything I needed...I was happy......
I have always loved Junk Shops and found an old portable Magnovox record player, took it apart and covered it with contact paper and was in heaven ! I know I drove my next room neighbor crazy with Della Reese on vinyl 33 1/3!!! This is also the time I discovered Woolworth's bargin bin, record albums were 1 dollar and some 3 for a dollar, (some of those albums are worth a fortune now)I bought any cover that looked interesting, and of course the people I knew, even Areatha was there...I found a copy of Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington which had been issued under Columbia Records in 1964. It is still one of my favorites. Here are a couple of cuts from that album.
Then Jazz lovers I found this from 1960 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYDFpC8Qpzc&feature=related, did I mention that I was a hopeless Romantic at that time(I still am)so I was truly into love songs as I waited to fall in love....Aretha did some wonderful work at Columbia it is sad it did not get the reconition it should have, but now is what's important. This next song I played over and over and over , I am sure if any of my friends at that time ever here these songs today, especially this one I know they think of me I am sure I drove them crazy!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XKisuzJJKQ Cissy Houston is cutting up in the background!Aretha really worked it before going to Atlantic and soaring to current fame and this next song is what really set it off!!!!....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyolMNsN0Ig, but I was in love with the flip side, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAujPhoZyJo. Both sides went to number one!!!
The wonderrful thing about shopping in Woolworth's bargin bin is that I discovered some fantastic singers, This next Lady I bought just because I liked the cover of the album and boy was I surprised!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLC9PnefeEI, We were moving into the 70's and Camille Yarbrough "But It Comes Out Mad" from the album "Iron Pot Cooker" released in 1975 stayed on the player it seems forever...I have just reordered it on CD..This I truly recomend you get this one Jazzlovers>>>It was issued on Vanguard Records.. I must say here that there are some very cutting edge cuts on this album that are not posted here but well worth hearing. Here is another cut from the album...
This whole CD now is very thought provoking, highly recommended...OK Just one more!!!
Another Album I discovered in Woolworth's bargain bin was Zulema 1972, "If This World Were Mine" became my new favorite and I listened to this Album for hours and still Love it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HROa75lQ4GE&feature=related The other cut I was was mesmerized by was This one...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XX9j9AZ7Og&feature=related If This Child of Mine..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-wfxq4FSF0&feature=related A Whiter Shade of Pale 1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D990bd8HTEU&feature=related 1973 Giving Up
As I said JazzLovers This was a special time in my life, and writing this blog brings all my friends and happy times back into my life! So enjoy!!
P/S I also found and discovered Gill Scott- Heron In that Bin!!!!It was a wonderful time to be young and set my adventure into exploring new music for life! so enjoy this new journey.
Until Next time Jazzlovers
Keep the beat.....
Love feels better than hate.
P/S An Interview with James Moody,For My Bahrain readers, He will be here in Bahrain 10 August 2009 at The Cultral Center. Check it out Jazzlovers