Hamilton Bohannon

1 06 2011

an American percussionist, band leader and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s music.

 

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Syl Johnson

28 04 2011

Born in Holly Springs, Syl JohnsonMississippi, soul legend Syl Johnson relocated to Chicago at an early age, falling under the spell of Windy City blues men such as his next door neighbor Magic Sam. His brother Mac Thompson was Sam’s bass player and before long Syl was picking guitar and blowing harmonica with Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Shakey Jake, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed and the Magic Man himself. Having contributed mightily to Junior Wells’ legendary Chief sessions, Johnson debuted with his first solo recordings on Federal Records with Freddie King backing him on guitar but his legacy was to come a few years down the road with the blues-fuelled soul rockers he’d cut for Twilight/ Twinight Records in the mid to late sixties. 1967 was the year Johnson made his presence known with the double whammy of “Come On And Sock It To Me” and “Dresses Too Short.” The latter was not only an explosively raw dance-floor filler, it was a meeting of the musical minds, as Johnson trekked down to Memphis’s Royal Recording to cut the song with Willie Mitchell in the production booth and the Hodges brothers (Hi Rhythm Section) backing him up. After seething social commentary such as 1969’s “Is It Because I’m Black” and 1970’s “Concrete Reservation,” Johnson signed to Hi and cut a trio of fine albums and several singles between 1971 and 1976. Remaining, albeit unfairly, somewhat in the shadow of Green, Johnson never gained the widespread popularity of his label mate, yet has kept his reputation as the king of blistering soul music intact with several albums on his own Shama imprint and a 1995 reunion with the Hodges brothers on Delmark. His reputation as a storming live performer is equaled only by his rightfully royal place in the deep soul pantheon.





The Sound Makers of 2011

17 01 2011


Behind the scenes is where the music is captured, created and crafted into moments for the world to enjoy… These two dynamic personalities are two of California’s best and brightest craftsmen ! LD and Delmos Wade have made individual names for themselves by filling up the musical plates of numerous artists around the globe, with both highly regarded for not only their creativity and skill levels but their tireless work ethics and relentless pursuit for musical insight.
Music lovers of the world thanked their lucky stars when these two masterminds combined forces. The synergy between these two dynamic individuals have catapulted them into a explosive production relationship that rivals the top music makers in the industry . With new and fresh ideas combined with the experience and know how to bring them to life, LD and Delmos Wade are 2011′s production duo to keep your ears on!!!!
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Miss Mark & Brian 2010

25 11 2010

Delmos Wade got his blues joint featured in this photo jump off for Mark and Brian!!! Big Ups to LovinLife Media ! peep the new miss Mark and Brian “Natasha” with some Delmos swagger… haha. Enjoy!

Song – Better Off Blue Download here





New Music Monday – FREE DOWNLOAD

28 06 2010

Every Monday on Funk Face we bring you the gift of free music to download and get you through each week!

Song – Better Off Blue

Album – Delmos Wade “New Classic” (unreleased)

[to get your free download click on the “down arrow” button on the right side of each player]





Johnny “Guitar” Watson

15 03 2010

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

(February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996)

His seminal blues album Gangster of Love was recorded in 1953 or ’54, and first released on Keen Records (his labelmates included Sam Cooke) in 1957. It was not especially heralded at the time—the title song in particular was deemed too fast, too raw, and too witty, especially compared to the likes of the then-kingpins of blues Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Watson’s ferocious “Space Guitar” of 1954 pioneered guitar feedback and reverb. Watson would later influence a subsequent generation of guitarists. Frank Zappa, for example, would cite Watson as one of his all-time favorite guitarists.
He toured and recorded with his friend Larry Williams, as well as Little Richard, Don & Dewey, The Olympics , Johnny Otis and, in the mid 1970’s with David Axelrod. He also played with Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and George Duke. But as the popularity of blues declined and the era of soul music ascended in the 1960s, Watson, in his inimitable style, transformed himself from the southern blues singer with pompadour into the urban soul singer with pimp hat. He went all out – the gold teeth, broad-brimmed hats, fly suits, designer sunglasses, and ostentatious jewellery made him one of the most colorful figures in the West Coast funk circle.
He modified his music accordingly. His LPs Ain’t That a Bitch (from which the successful singles Superman Lover and I Need It were taken) and Real Mother For Ya were landmark recordings of ’70s funk. “Telephone Bill” (on Love Jones 1980) featured complex, rapid-fire lyrics that foreshadowed rap music. His subsequent LPs employed and popularized the modern “computer sound”
In his exhaustively researched book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke (2005), Peter Guralnick claims that Watson was an actual pimp, as well as a performer. Watson himself, however, reportedly felt “ambivalent” about prostituting women, even though it “paid better” than music.

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Johnny Guitar Watson’s Superman Lover!!!!





The Queen Of Soul

22 01 2010
Aretha Louise Franklin
An American singer, songwriter and pianist commonly referred to as “The Queen of Soul”. Although renowned for her soul recordings, Franklin is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, R&B and Gospel music. In 2008, the American music magazine Rolling Stone ranked Franklin #1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.
Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 Grammys to date, which include the Living Legend Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy. She has scored a total of 20 #1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, one of which also became her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100: “Respect” (1967). “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (1987), a duet with George Michael, became her second #1 on the latter chart. Since 1961, Franklin has scored a total of 45 “Top 40” hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.