Louis Allen Rawls was born in Chicago on December 1, 1935, and was raised on the city’s south side by his grandmother. He sang in the choir at his Baptist church starting at age seven, and became interested in popular music as a teenager by attending shows at the Regal Theatre, with genre-crossing singers like Joe Williams, Arthur Prysock, and Billy Eckstine ranking as his particular favorites. Rawls also tried his hand at harmony-group singing with schoolmate Sam Cooke, together in a gospel outfit called the Teenage Kings of Harmony.
From gospel and early R&B to soul and jazz to blues and straight-up pop, Lou Rawls was a consummate master of African-American vocal music whose versatility helped him adapt to the changing musical times over and over again, while always remaining unmistakably himself. Blessed with a four-octave vocal range, Rawls’ smooth, classy elegance â€” sort of a cross between Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole â€” permeated nearly everything he sang, yet the fire of his early gospel days was never too far from the surface. He made his name as a crooner, first by singing jazz standards, then moving on to soul in the mid-’60s, and capped the most commercial phase of his career with a productive stint at Philadelphia International during the latter half of the ’70s. Even after his days as a chart presence were over, Rawls remained a highly visible figure on the American cultural landscape, pursuing an acting and voice-over career in addition to his continued concert appearances, and doing extensive charity work on behalf of the United Negro College Fund.
Lou Rawls Passed on January 6th of 2006. May he rest in Peace..
Biography by Steve Huey
From the opening number “Whole Lotta Woman” you know that you are in for a swingin’ time. The ballad “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing” and “Breakin’ My Back” were played on top 40 radio. (And with good reason.) “You’re The One” is a wild, soulful number. Lou’s “Don’t Explain” is one of the sassiest versions ever done! There is a little story as Lou sings “Memory Lane” and continues with a monologue followed by “It Was A Very Good Year”. Lou is very loose as he gives this song new definition and life. No one has ever sung “On A Clear Day” like this before or since. Instead of a ballad, Lou sings this song uptempo, but with conviction.
Recommended for those who like a soulfully upbeat male jazz singer.
Sex in the Paradise, Red Elvis’
Angry Inch, Sleater-Kinney&Fred Schneider
Hedwig’s Lament, Yoko Ono&Yo La Tango
Midnight Radio, Cyndi Lauper&Minus 5
She’s Trippin’ out, Chris McDermott&his wild combo
Coffeeshop Girl, McDerrmott&his wild combo
4th of July, Soundgarden
Touch, Peel and Stand, Days of the New
Army’s on Extasy, Oysterhead
Shock the Monkey, Coal Chamber/Ozzy
London’s Burning, The Clash
Should I Stay, the Clash (live)
Ten Years Gone, Led Zeppelin
Black Country Woman, Led Zeppelin
French Fries w/Pepper, Morphine
Be Aggressive, Bling Kong
Ramble Tamble, CCR
Baby, What You Want me to do?, Lou Rawls w/Junior Wells
I put a Spell on you, Buddy Guy w/Carlos Santana
Hen Layin’ Rooster, Dr. John/BB KING/Gatemouth Brown
Taxman, Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings
Two Little Kids, Peaches -N- Herb
Smooth Operator, Greezy Wheels
For those listeners who have been faithful and loyal to their Saturday mornings from 9-12, we have some news of interest. Our very own Dave Estell has been promoted to King of the Newer York region. His castle will be somewhere on the city streets where he will be sure to spread his wit and good will to any and all who can hadle HIS way. If you ever want to know how Dave is feeling, JUST ASK. Personally, I have been a fan of his show for many years in a row and feel that the FILTH has influenced my musical choices at times but certainly was an inspiration to do good radio. Greenarrowradio is sort of the BIZARRO Filth, we end in the blues where on the filth the show always kicks off with something of a bluesy origin. So, as his show will still be on for the time being, make sure to check it out and give Dave a shout to let him know what YOU think. Maybe he will find his way to the airways in NYC and we can once again be the musical peasants that thirst for our mighty musical king to lead us to the sound.
Perhaps, we will have the honor to replace the Filthy time slot with something similar yet GREEN—->
When I heard that President Bush said yesterday that he secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists because it was “critical to saving American lives” and “consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, I thought I was certain to bump into George Orwell at the coffeepot.
Bush said the program has been reviewed regularly by the nation’s top legal authorities and targets only those people with “a clear link to these terrorist networks.” Noting the failures to detect hijackers already in the country before the strikes on New York and Washington, Bush said the NSA’s domestic spying since then has helped thwart other attacks Ah yes, just like those pesky walking err should I say hiding weapons of mass destruction, this too sounds like Mr. Bush doing what he wants without true justification. His ready, shoot, aim policy grows tiresome and embarassing.
The NSA “authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists,” Bush said. “It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I’m the president of the United States.”
I think we ALL see the answer here…..”as long as you live under my roof you will do as I say”…”yes Papa W.”.
How long before our voices are heard??? Search Monkey is looking for these and many other answers. Any thoughts?
Today on the show, we arrived at the studio in knee-deep snow and both Moose and I were in a mood for METAL. We spun some old scholl vinal, even even a purple 45 shaped like a heart from the band Suicidal Tendencies. We gave away 2 Tixx to the Anthax show this Sun at the Webster in Hartford. www.webstertheater.com
The show settled down a bit once 6A.M. rolled in. Many a happy listener called in to thank us for the Jethro Tull and I must say the Mrs of the G. was pleased with her wake-up set of music…..Maybe she won’t be upset with a live interview as she wakes up next week?? HMMMMMM Do I dare.
Here is what filled your Thrity Ears this week on greenarrowradio:
5 year Plan, DRI
Built for Speed, Motorhead
Electric Funeral, Black Sabbath
The Small Hours, Metallica
Snake Charmer, Rage Against the Machine
Won’t fall in Love Today, Suicidal Tendencies
Why Go, Pearl Jam
Tonite the Bottle let me down, Lemme/Throw Rag
The collector, Nine Inch Nails
Natural’s not in it, Gang of Four
Anthrax, Gang of Four
Ground, Red Wakes Red
Thin Black Line, Red Wakes Red
Electric Goat, Cubby Creatures
White Fang, Bill Frisell
Rock El Casbah, Rachid Taha
Nokta, Rachid Taha
A new Day Yesterday, Jethro Tull
Love on one Condition, Bonnie Raitt
Drinking Antiseptic, James Mathus
Mama Boulet, Leftover Salmon
Euphoria, Leftover Salmon
Jumping in the Morning, Ray Charles
Good time Baybe, Gov. Davis & the blues Ambassadors
Sooooo What do you think..We have left the the old in the dust and have busted out the NEW. A NEW look that is. What do you think? The midnight backgroud is quite a change but Mustapha and I think we are finally heading in the right direction..Although as you know, we will certainly be off track before you know it. This week has reaffirmed the fact that large groups of people is a thing that yours truly MR.G needs to avoid. As a person who says it like it is….LOOK OUT. I went to Quincy Market in Boston the other day and oh man if there wasn’t a freak buggin me a each streetcorner. I tried to take a leak in the hotel that Red Sox’s slugger (disgruntled) Manny Ramierz lives, to no avail. I imagine his pee is better than mine. The blueman group was the true reason for this venture. It was worth the time. Yet, a small gathering of f thrill-seekers is still too much for me these days. With a strobe light and a hungry belly, a blue faced man is the last thing I guess I want in front of me….regardless, I reccommend the show to all who don’t mind crowds and some wacky fun. http://www.blueman.com
Hey, WHY SO BLUE?????
Today we at greenarrowradio, were fortunate enough to revisit with Playas and Hata ceo Hota. He is a local guy on the fringe of making a hit in the urban entertainment industy. http://broodmoor.com/
We reflected w/theblog-master himelf Theron from thought mechanics. He has had an eventful 2005 as well and he led us to a new voice/mind on greenarrowradio, Mr. Matthew Good. You know him from the music world, but he is also a web-designer and blog captain himself. You can check out both of their work on our blogroll. Listen to the podcast now.
in the meantime…we actually played a little bit of music this show…..your thirty ears were refreshed with:
Everyone is Totally Insane, Dandy Warhols
Sugarcube, Yo La Tango
Big Day Coming, Yo La Tango
Time to Start, Blue Man Group
White Rabbit, Blue man Group
Man of Action.. Matthew Good Band
Fall of Man, Matthew Good Band
Be Aggressive, Bling Kong
Cha Cha, Balkan Beatbox
Mambo Sinuendo, Ry Cooder/Manuel Galban
* THERON MUSICAL CHOICE
Hey Ladies, Beastie Boys
Shake your Rump, Beastie Boys
Relax, Frankie goes to Hollywood
Story in a Nutshell, Bettie Serveert
Fall of Man, Matthew Good Band
Teeth out, Frank Zappa (for Ruby Vine)
X-Files Theme, the Dust Brothers
Mourning Air, Portishead
Banana, Robbie Roadsteamer
Kashmir, Matt Haimovitz
ROBERT PLANT @ Festival in the DESERT
All Night Ride, Drew Emmitt
Brazilian Breeze, David Grisman Qunitet
Fela the Conquerer, Tuatara
Mr. Magic, Grover Washington
Don’t Explain, Nina Simone
I Put a Spell on You, Screaming Jay Hawkins
Men are Getting Scarce, Chairman of the Board
All you need, Matt Schofield
the Letter, Matt Schofield
Back @ Square one, Matt Schofield
Just like I treat you, Hubert Sumlin
Come back little Girl, Hubert Sumlin
Blues for Henry, Hubert Sumlin
Stay tuned…GreenArrowRadio will be bringing it’s any direction unknown style of ra-did-i-o to your thirty ears twice this week. Our normal wednesday morning gig and also this Saturday from 2-4pm. We will revisit some of the great moments in GreenAroowRadio history from the year 2005.
We will revisit some of our past guests and see what they hope to accomplish in 2006. Hopefully, we will have a chance to talk to Matthew Good on this afternnon. The invite is out to PLAYAS and HATAS CEO, Master Blogger, Theron and perhaps WHUS’ own Tam will stop thru to end the year right.
Passage tp Promise, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mouna Loba, Manu DiBango
Nemere, Deep Forest
Angel Standing By, Jewel
Make it Home, Juliana Hatfield
Winterlude, Bob Dylan
Twas the Night Before Christmas, Henry Rollins
Holiday Season, Various
Good King Werscelas, Various
Joy to the World, Woody Phillips
Sleigh Ride, A X-mas Cocktail
That’s what I want, Tiny Tim
O’ holy Night, Tiny Tim
Give us a Kiss, 50,000 Elves can’t be Wrong
X-mas dressed in blue, Iceberg Slim
The Grinch, Whrilees
O Come all ye Faithful, Various
Winter Wonderland, Fleming & John
Santa Claus, The Waistcoats
Eggnog, Rory McBride
I saw Mommy, Ian Mail
I did it for the Toys, Dance Hall Crashers
Rockin’ round the x-mas tree, Element
X-mas Celebration, Weezer
Good King…., BUSH
The Little Drummerboy, Dnady Warhols
It’s x-mas time, Mojo Nixon
Santa Claus go straight to the Ghetto, Mojo Nixon
I hope to see some text as to Mustaphas experience programming and being in charge of the show…..Stay Tuned it may suprise us…..
A friend of mine is collaborating with his favorite musician…on a web designing adventure….which brought me to this cd. With the release of IN A COMA, Matthew Good’s recent best of release….I went to a comfort zone.
This album is one of those rare treats. Solid from top to bottom. Like a perfect cup of morning coffee, the blend of mellow acoustic and ramming electric riffs makes it a sure repeat on the sound system. It travels well on any ride and is a good companion in a snowstorm for sure….
Take a reminder listen to this album if you forgot about it, if you have yet to uncover tis gem….take my advice and check it out.
**** Mr. G
Burgandy Blues, Breakestra
Sunday, David Bowie
A little Word in your ear, Tom Vek
Organism, Tommy Guerrero
Bassism, Sun RA
Whiskey River, Willie Nelson/Sheryl Crow
Outskirts of Town, Willie Nelson/Keb Mo’
Rainy Day Blues, Willie Nelson/Jonny Lang
Ain’t Nobody’s Business, Willie/Jonny
Texas Flood, Willie Nelson/Kenny Wayne Shepard
Maggie’s Farm, Bob Dylan
Rip it up/Ready Teddie, John Lennon
Be Bop a Lu La, John Lennon
Baby Please don’t go, Jonh Lennon
Imagine This, Mediacracy
You Speak My Language, Morphine
Test-tube Baby, Morphine
Everytime I …….,Big Joe&the unknown blues band
Down the Road, Van Morrison
Yellow Snow, Frank Zappa
Too Much to Dream, Electric Prunes
No true time like the right time, Blues Project
Pushing too Hard, The Seeds
Steel Rider, Cosmic Farm
Strange Train, Cosmic Farm
Move with You, Pork Tornado
Dice Game, Sound Directions
Theme For Ivory Black, Sound Directions
He’d Send the Army, Gang of Four
Bubblegum, Books on Tape
We Call you NASTY, Books on Tape
Devil’s Haircut, Beck
My 36 Fav. punk Songs, Jason Forrest
ice-cream, Steve Kimock Band
B-Ball Jones, Barry White/Chris Rock
Ramble Tamble, CCR
Blue Railroad Train,, Jorma Kaukonen
Just Because, Jorma Kaukonen
Whiskey River, Willie Nelson
Shakin’ all Over, the WHO
Sad Hours, Little Walter
See Me in the Evening, Hound Dog Taylor
Hoochie, Coochie man, Muddy Waters
Borrow Your Love, Carey Bell
She just wants to Dance, Gary U.S. Bonds/Dicket Betts
Comanche, The Revels
So What’cha Want, Beastie Boys
No Sleep ’til Brooklyn, Beastie Boys
Sabatage, Beastie Boys
What We All Want, Gang of Four
Shark Fin Blues, the Drones
Lotion, the Greenskeepers
Art School Girl, Stone Temple Pilots
River of Freedom, Deeelite
No one to Run with Anymore, Allman Bros.
Man of Constant Sorrow, Soggy Bottom Boys
She’s my Baby, Travelling Wilburys
I feel Free, Eric Clapton(cream)
Blues Power, Eric Clapton
Eyes of the world/2 Sisters, Jazz is Dead
Freedom, Jimi Hendrix
Before you Accuse me, Bo Diddley
All your Love, Otis Rush
On my Knees, Son Seals
The things you do to me, Robert Cray
I had such an odd mix of feelings when I found out Morcheeba had a new cd. I was ready for it, I planted myself firmly ready to go…but, that soon ended when I got this cd and realized something was VERY wrong. SKYE is gone!!!! There is a new vocalist who just DOESN’T do it for me.. Skyesound brought the soul to Morcheeba, and her airy, seductive vocals were a HUGE part of what made this band so incredible. Former Noonday Underground member Daisey Martey, a powerfully voiced singer who now sits in the lead position. There is something too different, but maybe change is just difficult for my ears. I like the fact that I can catch a hint of the Velvet Underground throughout this release…..I will give it more chances….
“Mister, you’re a baseball man
As anyone can plainly see.
Greatest game in this great land,
Take a little tip from me.
I’m working nights, parking cars
Underneath the moon and stars.
Same ones that we all knew
Back in nineteen fifty-two.
And if you want to know
Where a local boy like me is coming from:
Third base, Dodger Stadium
This disc pulls from the four albums Dr. John recorded for the British Parlophone label from 1997 to 2004 (released in the United States on Blue Note and Virgin). In the several decades since his popular emergence as the Night Tripper he’s become one of the respected men of New Orleans music. These 17 songs show him to be drawing from deep Crescent City traditions, as well as R&B, jazz, swing, balladry. The tunes also showcase his work with a range of notable guests (from Paul Weller to Randy Newman to Mavis Staples). These artist prove just how broad their shared influences are. Dr. John truly is a regular guy with a shadow that looms large over New Orleans.
Walter is a long-time favorite in New Orleans, and he has done some great work, but he really outdid himself here. The horn section in “Blue Moon Rising” has that majestic feel of Coltrane’s “Blue Trane”, and his melody line in that song is a downward walk down the stairs of longing like no other melody line I have heard in a blues song – deliberate, pensive, refraining from the acrobatic vocal loop-de-loops of modern R&B / soul. His voice can be both smooth like a crooner and tormented like a screamer. Songs like “Stop and think” and “Glasshouse” left me hitting repeat many times after the first listen, and true to his birthplace, Walter writes lyrics that not only *mean* something (are you listening, pop world?) but also decry the troubles of this world without becoming larmoyant. If you don’t listen to the lyrics, you might think “He Will See Us Through” is from Prince’s Purple Rain rather than a wonderfully soulful, hopeful, and danceable *gospel* addressing someone who has lost a loved one. When the going gets tough in New Orleans, people go dancing, so the same music that makes your foot tap also makes your heart cry and open up. (Maybe we should build better levees instead of partying – get to that next life.)
This is the second installment in the collaboration between Hunter (master of the 8-string guitar ) and Previte (electronic and acoustic drum virtuoso). This time around the rotating third member slot is filled by turntable wizard DJ Logic. Together they’ve turned up the heat, further progressing their sound into a more aggressive mix of funk, jazz, and jam band-style rock.
Guest DJ Logic’s messing around with turntablism allows Previte & Hunter to ride free in continuous sound hints and sparkling solos. Previte is powerfull and heavy-beating on acoustic drum; Hunter turns distorsion on and plays lots of dramatically-bare riffs for high moments of interplay.
Less ‘jazz-like’ than Latitude, maybe difficult to listen to for predictability-bound ears, but fresh and stimulating if you approach music by the what-could-it become.
Take the time to check the whole album out and you won’t be disappointed.
Mr. G reccomends ****
Daby Balde is one of Senegalâ€™s best-kept musical secrets, long celebrated at home and now filtering onto the international scene. His amazing arrangements are based on his Fula traditions from the south of the country and feature the fiddle, accordion and flute accompanied by the more familiar West African sounds of the kora, acoustic guitar and percussion. With handsomely rich and beautiful melodies, captivating vocals and a repertoire that ranges from euphoric to melancholic, Daby Balde is a West African star on the rise.
MR G Rating *****
Must Listen for any world music fan.