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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On My Own (CD)
Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson: On My Own (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD705

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Apollo recordings, 1950-55, 8-page booklet with history and session details
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It's Great To Be Young And In Love (CD)
Doc Pomus: It's Great To Be Young And In Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD713

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(Mr. R&B) 19 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Gotham (a.o.) recordings, 1947-60, 8-page booklet with the story and session details.
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The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues (CD)
T-Bone Walker: The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD304

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​(Mr. R&B) 17 tracks Anthology from his earliest recordings 1929 until 1953. A retrospective. The booklet contains session details. Rare Swedish CD!
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Ditto From Me To You (CD)
Nellie Lutcher: Ditto From Me To You (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD1103

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Capitol recordings, 1947-55, 8-page booklet with session details. Nellie swings it up - Fine Rhythm & Blues out of the Los Angeles area!
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G.I. Jive (CD)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: G.I. Jive (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD602

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks Rare Swedish CD, Jumpin' G.I. Jive, 1940-47, 8-page booklet with informative liner notes and session details. The beauiful part in the World War II scenario - The soundtrack to Europe's Liberation from Nazi Terror!
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You're On The Right Track, Baby (CD)
Martha Davis: You're On The Right Track, Baby (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD1104

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(Mr. R&B) 18 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Jewel recordings, 1946-51, 8-page booklet incl. lyrics and session details.
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Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (CD)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD619

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Decca recordings, 1938-42, 8-page booklet with the story and session details.
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Ugly Papa (CD)
Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends: Ugly Papa (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD603

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks Rare Swedish CD, original Capitol recordings, 1945-57, 8-page booklet with liner notes by Bill Millar and session details. Oh, Chuck It In A Bucket!
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Say Ella - with Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra (CD)
Ella Johnson: Say Ella - with Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD604

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks Rare Swedish CD, original early recordings up through her Mercury hits, 1942-57, 8-page booklet with the story and session details. Ella and Buddy got the 'Walk 'em Rhythm'-tempo perfect for Lindy Hop!
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7th Street Boogie (CD)
Ivory Joe Hunter: 7th Street Boogie (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD4

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, 1945-50
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Sweet Baby Of Mine (CD)
Ruth Brown: Sweet Baby Of Mine (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD16

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(1988/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Atlantic recordings, 1949-56, 12-page booklet with session details.CD includes a previously unissued track plus some rarities, eg. a session in New York City together with Eddie Condon's...
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Laughing But Crying (CD)
Roy Brown: Laughing But Crying (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD2

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(1986/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original King recordings, 1947-59, 8-page booklet with session details.
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You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (CD)
Solomon Burke: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD108

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(Mr. R&B) 21 tracks, original Apollo recordings from Burke's early career, 1955-59.
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Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town (CD)
Wynonie Harris: Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD3

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(Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original King recordings, 1946-54, 8-page booklet with session details.
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Can't Do Sixty No More
The Du-Droppers: Can't Do Sixty No More Art-Nr.: CDRBD805

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(1987/Mr. R&B ) 17 tracks and the story of a vocal group. Rare Swedish CD containing original RCA Victor recordings, 1952-55 incl. some great session musicians, like Jesse Stone, Mickey Baker, 'Big' Al Sears, Sam 'The Man' Taylor, 'Riff'...
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I Feel Like Steppin' Out
The Big Three Trio (Feat. Willie Dixon): I Feel Like Steppin' Out Art-Nr.: CDRBD804

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(1986/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Bullet and Columbia recordings, 1946-52, 12-page booklet with the story, photos and session details.
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Darktown Strutter's Ball
Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers: Darktown Strutter's Ball Art-Nr.: CDRBD601

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(1986/Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, very rare Swedish CD, original Exclusive and Specialty recordings, 1945-50, 8-page booklet with liner notes by Peter Grendysa and session details.
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The Grandfather Of R&B
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders: The Grandfather Of R&B Art-Nr.: CDRBD600

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(1986/Mr.R&B) 17 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Hamp-Tone, Juke Box aka. Specialty recordings, 1945-51, 8-page booklet with informative liner notes and session details.
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