Posts filed under ‘R&B’

Night Train

Night Train” is a twelve-bar blues instrumental first recorded by Jimmy Forrest in 1951. It has been recorded and performed countless times, by musicians in virtually every genre.

The Ventures recorded at least two versions, the first released on their 1960 album “Walk Don’t Run” and the second on the 1964 album, “Walk Don’t Run ’64”.

My arrangement is not a cover of any one specific rendition, but incorporates elements of many.

November 4, 2018 at 3:38 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

I Can’t Turn You Loose

I Can’t Turn You Loose” was written and first recorded by Otis Redding. It was released as the B-side to his 1965 single “Just One More Day”. The up-tempo song was a bigger hit on the US R&B chart than its A-side and became one of Redding’s signature songs — often appearing in his live performances.

It is a popular cover tune, done by Wayne Cochran and Edgar Winter. In 1968, the Chambers Brothers’ version of this song reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

December 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Little Wing

“Little Wing” was composed by Jimi Hendrix and released on his 1968 second album, Axis: Bold as Love. It has been covered by artists such as Sting and Eric Clapton. Stevie Ray Vaughn has a notable instrumental version. My version is also instrumental, but is a quite a bit more subdued.


November 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment


“Sunny”  was a #2 hit for Bobby Hebb in 1966. Written by Hebb, it is an enormously popular song, covered countless times and charting repeatedly. BMI ranks it at #25 of the top 100 songs of the 20th century.

My instrumental version is firmly rooted in the 1960s style.

October 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Since I Don’t Have You

RIP Jimmy Beaumont. October 21, 1940 – October 7, 2017.

October 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Big Hairy Year

“Big Hairy Year” is an original jazz/rock/funk/fusion composition.

I decided on the this title because 2017 is a major milestone year for me in a number of ways:

1. My wife and I both turn 65
2. It is the 100th anniversary of my father’s birth
3. I am retiring this year
4. I got my first black belt in Karate 10 years ago ( I am now a 4th degree master)
5. My father passed away 15 years ago
6. My mother passed away 10 years ago

June 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Baby Love

“Baby Love” was recorded in 1964 by the Supremes for their second studio album, “Where Did Our Love Go”. It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland: Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many of the songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s.

My instrumental version is slower than the original and has some “Sleepwalk” vibe.

April 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

My Girl

“My Girl” was recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label and became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations’ first U.S. number-one single.

April 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Green Onions (Surf Scallions)

“Green Onions” was a 1962 hit for Booker T and the MGs., peaking at #3 on the Hot 100. Much like the west coast “Wrecking Crew” and Motown’s “Funk Brothers”, Booker T. and the MGs were the house band of Stax Records. They played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. Of course, they had a number of instrumental hits on their own as well. 

The original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums)…a racially integrated band.

The Ventures included a cover of “Green Onions”on their 1962 album,” The Ventures play Telstar and the Lonely Bull.”

My arrangement transplants the tune and many of the original recordings recognizable moments into a surf-rock style. I have therefore subtitled this “Surfin’ Scallions”.

January 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Go Tell It on the Mountain

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” is an African-American spiritual song, dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus.

Given its Gospel music roots, turning it into an R&B/Rock-n-roll number is a pretty small step.

November 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Blue Bari Hill

This is my instrumental take on the classic “Blueberry Hill”, retitled because I play the melody on my Baritone guitar.

October 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Twine Time

“Twine Time” peaked at #18 on the top forty charts in 1965. Do you remember? My version is much more guitar-intensive than the original.

September 6, 2016 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

Hip Hug Her

This is another classic non-surf 1960’s instrumental originally from Booker T. and the M.G.s.  It was a top-40 hit for them in 1967.

August 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Toowunbee Seveneoh

Fusion? Instrumental Rock? You decide!

March 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

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