Listeners of this new sound were mostly only getting it in small doses in clubs and hearing it on regional radio stations. However, smaller independent record labels were popping up between 1940 and 1950 to fill the void left by the major companies who had stopped producing “race music” which became known as R&B (Rhythm and Blues) by about mid 1940. So with this odd transformation of a type of music gaining popularity yet strangely being avoided by the major record labels, independent labels such as; Specialty, Aladdin, Modern, Swing Time, and Imperial in Los Angeles, King (Cincinnati), Peacock (Houston), Chess (Chicago), Savoy (Newark), Atlantic (New York), and many more filled a growing niche market that was about to explode.
I Write the Songs
Well I don’t write the songs but I am about to feature some people who did. And yes I stole the (song) title from Captain & Tennille’s “I Write the Songs” written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson and popularized by Barry Manilow. I have talked about many singer songwriters like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Taylor Swift who are famous for writing their own songs. We know Stevie Wonder writes most of his own songs and for other artists, then there are the Springsteens and Madonna’s of the world not to mention the iconic duo of Lennon and McCartney. But these artists are all known for their singing and/or instrumental talents. So today I am focusing on people who may have all these talents and more but are primarily known for songwriting.Read More »
Beginnings of Rock and Roll (Part one)
The recent passing of the legend, Little Richard has some people trying to write their own version of Rock & Roll history, so here is my take. Trying to pinpoint the first actual ‘Rock and Roll’ song in my opinion is a bit of folly. That of course has not stopped people from trying. There has been a fair bit of research into the roots of the music we know as ‘Rock and Roll’ (R&R). So what is it anyway? It’s a pretty wide umbrella of ‘pop’ or popular music that developed in the early 1950’s, there was no one particular style of music, but it was different than Blues, Country & Western, Swing, Big Band or Jazz which was developing at the same time.
At its heart I think (from my impressions and research) it was essentially an outgrowth of what was being identified at the time as “Rhythm and Blues” (R&B) music and formerly known as believe it or not “Race Music”. Much of the influence came and still does come from the ‘Delta Blues’, that being artists coming from the geographic region of the Mississippi Delta. You will find many references throughout my posts about these singers and for the most part guitar players. So skipping ahead a bit…
Happy blogiversary… to me! Two Years of Blogging
May 6, 2020 Post #122
So “blogiversary” has been a real word for some time now (who knew?) and I’m not sure who came up with it, I started to use “covid-ient” on April 2 so maybe it will catch on as well! I’m pretty happy to still have an audience after blogging for this long as I had no idea when I started if anyone would read it. I came across a stat once that said as many as 95% of blogs either fail and/or are abandoned after four months. I’m not sure how much longer I will keep this going as I have other writing projects I’ve been neglecting (like many of us wanna-be writers) but we shall see, it is a true labour of love. The more I put into it the more I find myself caring about whether people are reading it or not. A big thank-you to my small but mighty list of 25 subscribers, I hope you still find some of my posts of interest! Read More »