Posts filed under ‘R&B’

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. They had a number of instrumental hits as well.

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

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