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Remembering Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner


Ohio Players~Funk on Fire:The Mercury Anthology

Ohio Players~Funk on Fire:The Mercury Anthology (Photo credit: bamalibrarylady)

 

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner passed away on January 26, 2013.  He was 69.  Sugarfoot was with Ohio Players from its inception in 1959 until he left in 1985 to go solo.  He played guitar and sang for the band.  They played a version of funk that hit pretty much the same sound, and was very popular during the disco era of the 70’s.  Great stuff that makes you want to jump up and move.  The track I have pick features the band on “Midnight Special” with Wolfman Jack introducing them as they play “Love Rollercoaster“.  We old-timers will remember all the above.

 

 

 

 

Remembering Pete Cosey


Miles Davis

Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pete Cosey, guitarist extraordinaire, passed away on May 30, 2012.  He was 68.  He was a session guitar player at Chess Records until 1973, playing on recordings by Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, among many others.  In 1973, he joined the Miles Davis Band and played with them until 1975.  When the band broke up in 1975, he pretty much disappeared, surfacing from time to time to play on someone’s record.  He resurfaced somewhat in 2001, forming a band, The Children of Agharta.  Check out the clips I have included.  The guy was amazing.

Pete Cosey Jamming

Calypso Frelimo

Song of The Day – Marvin Gaye – "Heavy Love Affair"


 

Marvin Gaye in 1973

Marvin Gaye in 1973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Marvin Gaye.  Not much to say about one of the greats.  Terrific singer, smooth R&B guy who is missed to this day.  It is hard to believe he died in 1984, holy crap.  I heard this song on my way to work the other day and was blown away….again.

 

 

Heavy Love Affair

 

 

Song of The Day – The Meters – "Come Together"


 

The Meters (album)
The Meters (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My trivia question on George Harrison’s cover version of “Got My Mind Set On You” set me to thinking.  Hmmm, George, Beatles, great songs, covers.  Made me want to hear a Beatles song, but not by the Beatles, and not a cover that was well-known.  I settled on one of my favourite songs by them, “Come Together” and remembered this version done by The Meters.  These guys were a New Orleans funk band that were together in the 60’s and 70’s.  They did not have much mainstream success but were held in high regard by many in the know.  They backed up a lot of people, names like Dr. John and Robert Palmer.  This cover has a great edge to it, as edgy as the original I would venture.  As a special add-on, Ii have also included an all time funk classic.  Enjoy.

Come Together

Cissy Strut

 

Song of The Day – The Meters – “Come Together”


The Meters (album)

The Meters (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My trivia question on George Harrison’s cover version of “Got My Mind Set On You” set me to thinking.  Hmmm, George, Beatles, great songs, covers.  Made me want to hear a Beatles song, but not by the Beatles, and not a cover that was well-known.  I settled on one of my favourite songs by them, “Come Together” and remembered this version done by The Meters.  These guys were a New Orleans funk band that were together in the 60’s and 70’s.  They did not have much mainstream success but were held in high regard by many in the know.  They backed up a lot of people, names like Dr. John and Robert Palmer.  This cover has a great edge to it, as edgy as the original I would venture.  As a special add-on, Ii have also included an all time funk classic.  Enjoy.

Come Together

Cissy Strut

Song Of The Day – Sly and The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay”


The Original Family Stone live, 2006. Jerry Ma...

The Original Family Stone live, 2006. Jerry Martini, Rose Stone, and Cynthia Robinson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cleaning out my tags on Shazam and came across this one. Sly and The Family Stone is one great band with a super bass player.

If You Want Me To Stay

Trivia Question of the Day

Who was the first British musician to have a #1 single in the USA.

The last Question answered

Q. Who was the first African-American recording artist?

A: Willie “The Lion” Smith. He played piano on Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” in 1920


This is a terrific find, flipping hilarious.

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