Posts filed under ‘12-bar blues’

Wooly Bully

“Wooly Bully” was the Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs first and biggest hit. It was a worldwide success, selling three million copies and reaching No. 2 on the American Hot 100 chart in 1965. It stayed in the Hot 100 for 18 weeks, the longest time for any entry that year, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It was Billboard’s “Number One Record of the Year” despite never reaching No. 1.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1965 album, “Ventures A Go-Go”. Considering that the lyrics of the original are both fairly unintelligible and nonsensical, it does seem a good candidate for an instrumental approach.

My arrangement was inspired by the Ventures version but is not a cover.

 

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May 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

One Mint Julep

“One Mint Julep” is a rhythm and blues song, written and composed by Rudy Toombs, that became a 1951 hit for the Clovers. Ray Charles’ 1961 instrumental version peaked at #8 on the charts in the USA.

This tune has been covered by numerous artists, both as a vocal and an instrumental. The Ventures’ 1964 version inspired my arrangement.

May 13, 2018 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Hot Wings Blues

“Hot Wings Blues” is an original jazz/funk/fusion track. The bass line was inspired by Jaco’s work in “The Chicken”.

April 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Yellow Jacket

“Yellow Jacket” was an album track for the Ventures, from Colorful Ventures. As far as I know, it was never released as a single. Still, it’s pretty catchy garage-band style rock’n’roll. You might note a resemblance to the “American Bandstand” theme.

December 30, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

PT Blues Part 4

“PT Blues Part 4” is an “original” instrumental 12-bar blues.

November 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment


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