Rhythm And Blues

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues,"... read more »
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Rhythm And Blues

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

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The Sound Of R&B Hits (CD)
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(Ace Records) 28 tracks - digipack Re-issue of the legendary 64 UK compilation "The Sound Of The R&B Hits". Released on Stateside, at that time Motown was still an underground label without any hits or albums in the UK. The first of a...
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Here Comes Shorty Long - The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (CD)
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Cracking The Cosimo Code: 60s New Orleans R&B And Soul (CD)
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(Ace Records) 24 tracks with 28 page booklet. What is the Cosimo Code? Quite simply, it’s an ongoing, website-based discographical tool at www.cosimocode.com documenting the 1960s recordings from Cosimo Matassa’s studios in New Orleans....
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The Best Of Rufus Thomas - The Singles 1968-75 (CD)
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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 16 page booklet Ian Saddler’s “By The Bayou” series reaches its 21st release this month, with the seventh volume of authentic Rhythm’n’Bluesin’. Presented here are some choice rarities from the vaults of...
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It's Pony Time - Let's Twist Again
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(2010/ACE) 24 tracks - the original Parkway albums 1960/61 with 8 page booklet.
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Beating The Petrillo Ban -The Late December 1947 Modern Sessions (2-CD)
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(Ace Records) 49 tracks While the majority of Americans were decking the halls with holly in December 1947, the recording industry was working flat-out to commit as much music as possible to acetate, before midnight on New Year’s Day...
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Music City Blues & Rhythm (CD)
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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 16 page booklet Something for every shade of Blues fan, from the Juke Joint to the Lounge. Includes 22 tracks making their debut appearance.
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(Ace) 28 tracks. Rare or previously unissued rockers from the vaults of J.D. Miller, Eddie Shuler, Sam Montel, Pappy Daily, Luke Thompson or the artists themselves.
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Memphis Boys - The Story Of American Studios (CD)
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(Ace Records) 24 tracks - 28 page booklet There can be few with an interest in the music of the American South who didn’t welcome the recent publication of Memphis Boys, Roben Jones’ essential history of American Studios. Established by...
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(Ace Records) 30 tracks 1956-64 (79:17) with 12 page booklet. - I suspect that during the golden age of swamp pop, which is often said to be from 1958 to 1963, few people in this country had heard of Cookie and the Cupcakes . I confess...
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Where The Girls Are Vol.10 (CD)
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(Ace Records) 26 Tracks Spanning the years 1962 to 1968, this is the tenth and final volume in our long-running compilation series of girl group treasures from the USA. The tracks were recorded in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles,...
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Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - Livin', Lovin' & Lyin' (CD)
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(2017/Ace) 28 tracks, 1950S, 12-page booklet with liner notes and details to every track by Ian Saddler, plus many rare photos and label scans. - Back in the early 50s manic Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips, the man who broke Elvis, called his...
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The Best Of Slim Harpo (CD)
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(Ace Records) 25 tracks Ram Records was the creation of the late Mira Smith. A multi-talented musician, studio engineer and songwriter, Mira made many fine recordings both of blues and hillbilly artists. Most of them came from her home...
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I'll Be Spinning - The J&S Recordings (CD)
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(Ace Records) 30 tracks 1956-70 with 20 page booklet. Johnnie was Johnnie Richardson who ran the Dice label (The Clickettes) and she was the daughter of Zell Sanders whose J & S Label released the Baby Washington & Hearts discs - so all...
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Bam-A-Lam - The R&B Recordings 1950-1962 (CD)
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(Ace Records) 24 tracks 1950-62 (66:37) 12 page booklet. - Tough female West Coast R&B and Blues from a singer with a long association with Roy Milton's band. Original King, Dootone, RPM, Modern & Aladdin recordings (5 tracks previously...
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The Class & Rendezvous Story (CD)
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(Ace Records) 24 classic masters with 12 page booklet. An excellent compilation covering the classic Los Angeles labels owned by Leon Rene and the brilliant music they produced across the 1950s and early '60s. The Class & Rendezvous...
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Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - Nights Of Sin, Dirty Deals And Love Sick Souls (CD)
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(Ace) 28 tracks. A spicy mix of rarities, alternates and previously unissued R&B goodies from South Louisiana and S.E. Texas, where you are never too far from a bayou and some good rockin’ music. This 15th compilation in the 'By The...
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Beef Ball Baby! - The New Orleans R&B Sessions (CD)
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(2016/Ace Records) 24 tracks. Long before Fats Domino took the city’s music to the masses, 'Beef Ball Baby!' shows that the New Orleans R&B revolution was already under way. In this package we bring you Chubby 'Hip Shakin' ' Newsom and...
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Walking The Dog (CD)
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On The Blues Side (CD)
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(1955-64 'Chess') (55:09/21) Eine wunderbare Zusammenstellung seiner Bluesnummern einschließlich zweier unveröffentlichter Stücke / nice compilation of his blues sides recorded for 'Chess', including two previously unreleased cuts.
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Modernism (CD)
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(Ace) 24 tracks (61:10) with 16 page booklet. 24 tracks of hip-shaking club soul, and vintage R&B compiled by Ady Croasdell and Dean Rudland. The selection would have filled mod dancefloors at any time in the culture’s 50+ year history....
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Bluesin' By The Bayou - I'm Not Jiving (CD)
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(2016/Ace) 28 tracks. Raw blues gems trawled from the swamps of South Louisiana, plus a touch of zydeco. Ten tracks are previously unreleased or alternate takes, while the other 18 are extremely rare.
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Pachuko Hop (CD)
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(ACE) 20 tracks (48:42) Specialty masters 1954-1956 (incl. 11 unissed takes) with 6 page notes by Billy Vera.
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