Don Nix – Gone Too Long (1976)

FrontCover1.JPGDon Nix (born September 27, 1941, Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, composer, arranger, musician, and author. Although cited as being “obscure”[by whom?], he is a key figure in several genres of Southern rock and soul, R&B, and the blues. He was instrumental in the creation of the distinctive “Memphis soul” developed at Stax Records.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Nix came from a musical family (his brother, Larry Nix, became a mastering engineer for Stax and for the Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis). Don Nix began his career playing saxophone for the Mar-Keys, which also featured Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and others. The hit instrumental single “Last Night” (composed by the band as a whole) was the first of many successful hits to Nix’s credit. Without Nix, the Mar-Keys evolved into Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

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The Mar-Keys in the studio, from left, Charlies “Packy” Axton, Wayne Jackson, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Don Nix, Terry Johnson, Steve Cropper and Jerry Lee “Smoochie” Smith. (Phillip Rauls photo)

As a producer, Nix worked with other artists and producers, such as Leon Russell of Shelter Records; Gary Lewis and the Playboys in Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars; George Harrison, of the Beatles; and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. One notable achievement was his collaboration with Harrison, Russell, and many others in the production of the “Concert for Bangladesh”, a star-studded benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in 1971.

DonNix01Throughout his career, Nix worked behind the scenes as producer, arranger, and musician and in other roles for artists including Lonnie Mack, Furry Lewis, Freddie King, Albert King, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Eric Clapton, and many others. He wrote and produced albums for solo artists and for groups, such as Don Nix and the Alabama State Troupers, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers.

The song “Going Down”, originally released by the band Moloch on their eponymous album in 1969, has become a rock-and-roll standard, having been covered by Freddie King, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, JJ Cale, Marc Ford, Chicken Shack, Bryan Ferry, Pearl Jam, Gov’t Mule, Sam Kinison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, Sturgill Simpson, and others. Nix released a version of the song as a single for Elektra Records in 1972. The song “Black Cat Moan” was covered on the 1973 album Beck, Bogert & Appice. The Rolling Stones performed “Goin’ Down” with John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. live on Pay-Per-View television on December 15, 2012, as part of the Stones’ 50th Anniversary Tour.

He did the first time performance in Japan, Tokyo and Kobe, in March 2013 with his friends Terry Wall and Joel Williams.

In 2014, “Alabama State Troupers Road Show” was released as a CD. A celebration event was held in Stax Museum in Memphis (by wikipedia)

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And here´s another solo album by Don Nix … a brilliant nix between Rock, Blues, Gospel and S misuc ..Soul music … he was one of the most underrated musicians in the history of this music !!!

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George Harrison & Don Nix

Personnel:
Don Nix (vocals, saxophone)
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a bunch of unknown studio musicians (with spiritual guidance from George Harrison)

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Tracklist:
01. Goin’ Thru Another Change (Nix) 3.02
02. Feel A Whole Lot Better (Clark) 3.55
03. Gone Too Long (Nix) 3.16
04. Backstreet Girl (Jagger/Richards) 4.01
05. Rollin’ In My Dreams (Nix) 2.50
06. Yazoo City Jail (Nix) 3.37
07. Harpoon Arkansas Turnaround (Nix) 2.28
08. Forgotten Town (Nix) 3.14
09. A Demain (Until Tomorrow) (Denimal/Nix) 4.53

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The Edwin Hawkins Singers – Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (1968)

SAMSUNG CSCEdwin Reuben Hawkins (August 19, 1943 – January 15, 2018) was an American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He was one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He (as leader of the Edwin Hawkins Singers) was probably best known for his arrangement of “Oh Happy Day” (1968–69), which was included on the Songs of the Century list. The Edwin Hawkins Singers made a second foray into the charts exactly one year later, backing folk singer Melanie on “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.

Hawkins was born in Oakland, California, on August 19, 1943. At the age of seven Hawkins was already the keyboardist to accompany the family’s gospel choir. Together with Betty Watson, he was the co-founder of the Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ, which included almost fifty members. This ensemble recorded its first album Let Us Go into the House of the Lord at the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California privately (on the Century 70 custom label), hoping to sell 500 copies. “Oh Happy Day” was just one of the eight songs on the album. The soloists in the album were Elaine Kelly, Margarette Branch, Dorothy Combs Morrison (the lead singer on “Oh Happy Day”), Tramaine Davis (Hawkins), Reuben Franklin, Donald Cashmere, Betty Watson, and Ruth Lyons.

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When radio stations of the San Francisco Bay area started playing “Oh Happy Day”, it became very popular. Featuring the lead vocal of Dorothy Combs Morrison, the subsequently released single (on the newly created Pavilion label distributed by Buddah) rocketed to sales of over a million copies within two months. It crossed over to the pop charts making U.S. No.4, UK No.2,[3] No.2 on the Irish Singles Chart, and No.1 on the French Singles Charts and the German Singles Charts in 1969. It then became an international success, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide, and Hawkins was awarded his first Grammy for it. Hawkins’ arrangement of the song was eventually covered by The Four Seasons on their 1970 album Half & Half.

Their second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts was the 1970 Melanie single “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain),” on which the label listed the performers as Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers. The song peaked at No. 6 in the U.S. In 1990, Hawkins, credited as a solo performer, had a number 89 hit on the R&B chart with “If At First You Don’t Succeed (Try Again)”.[5] In the 1992 movie Leap of Faith, Hawkins is the choir master for the gospel songs.

Hawkins died of pancreatic cancer on January 15, 2018, in Pleasanton, California, at the age of 74 (by wkipedia)

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And here´s the first album of Edwin Hawkins:

You don´t have to believe in Jesus to hear the power of Gospel music … this is music directly from the heart …

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Personnel:
The Edwin Hawkins Singers:

Elaine Kelly – Margarette Branch – Dorothy Combs Morrison – Tramaine Davis (Hawkins), Reuben Franklin – Donald Cashmere – Betty Watson – Ruth Lyons.

Directed by Edwin Hawkins (piano)

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01. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord 2.14
02. Jesus, Lover Of My Soul 4.06
03. To My Father’s House (solo vocals: Elaine Kelly) 5.31
04. I’m Going Through 4.56
05. Oh Happy Day (solo vocals: Dorothy Combs Morrison) 5.14
06. I Heard The Voice Of Jesus (solo vocals: Donald Cashmere, Rueben Franklin, Trumaine Davis) 6.00
07. Early In The Morning (solo vocals: Betty Watson) 3.06
08. Joy, Joy (solo vocals: Ruth Lyons, Trumaine Davis) 5.21
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09. Oh Happy Day (Single version1969) 5.01
10. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (with Melanie) (Safka) 9.28

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Lucky Peterson – Triple Play (1990)

FrontCover1Lucky Peterson (born Judge Kenneth Peterson, December 13, 1964, Buffalo, New York) is an American musician who plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. He plays guitar and keyboards. Music journalist Tony Russell, in his book The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray has said, “he may be the only blues musician to have had national television exposure in short pants.”Lucky Peterson (born Judge Kenneth Peterson, December 13, 1964, Buffalo, New York) is an American musician who plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. He plays guitar and keyboards. Music journalist Tony Russell, in his book The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray has said, “he may be the only blues musician to have had national television exposure in short pants.”

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Peterson’s father, bluesman James Peterson, owned a nightclub in Buffalo called The Governor’s Inn. The club was a regular stop for fellow bluesmen such as Willie Dixon. Dixon saw a five-year-old Lucky Peterson performing at the club and, in Peterson’s words, “Took me under his wing.” Months later, Peterson performed on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and What’s My Line?. Millions of people watched Peterson sing “1-2-3-4”, a cover version of “Please, Please, Please” by James Brown. At the time, Peterson said “his father wrote it”. Around this time he recorded his first album, Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson, for Today/Perception Records and appeared on the public television show, Soul!.

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As a teen, Peterson studied at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he played the French horn with the school symphony. Soon, he was playing backup guitar and keyboards for Etta James, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Little Milton.[2]
The 1990s were a prolific period for Peterson. Two solo Bob Greenlee produced albums for the Chicago-based Alligator Records (1989’s Lucky Strikes! and the following year’s Triple Play) remain his finest recorded offerings. He then released four more for the record label, Verve Records (I’m Ready, Beyond Cool, Lifetime and Move). While with Verve, Peterson collaborated with Mavis Staples on a tribute to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, called Spirituals & Gospel. Peterson played electronic organ behind Staples’ singing.

More albums from Peterson came after 2000. He recorded two for Blue Thumb Records (Lucky Peterson and Double Dealin’), and one for Disques Dreyfus entitled, Black Midnight Sun. In 2007, he released Tete a Tete on JSP Records.
In 2013, the Blackbird Music/55 Arts Club DVD of Live At The 55 Arts Club Berlin was nominated for a Blues Music Award.[4]Lucky Peterson in 1984.Current work and lifestyle
Today, Peterson lives in Dallas, Texas, and maintains a rigorous tour schedule performing all over the world.
Peterson has four children. (by wikipedia)

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Even more impressive than his previous Alligator set, thanks to top-flight material like “Don’t Cloud Up on Me,” “Let the Chips Fall Where They May,” and “Locked Out of Love,” the fine house band at Greenlee’s King Snake studios, and Peterson’s own rapidly developing attack on two instruments. (by Bill Dahl)

It’s a shame that Lucky Peterson has still not been discovered by some blues fans; they don’t know what they’re missing. This collection, recorded at Kingsnake Studios in Sanford, FL and released on Alligator Records in 1990, offers some great music from start to finish. Of the ten songs, I could start naming favorites such as “Six O’Clock Blues”, “Let the Chips Fall Where They May”, and the classic “I Found A Love”, but there isn’t a bad track on this disc. While it was originally released many years ago, it still sounds fresh. All in all, “Triple Play” is one well-done album. (by Blue Ox)

Lucky Peterson is a natural born musician and entertainer. He first exposed his bewildering talent during session work for Florida’s King Snake Records. Then, he progressed to holding stints with Little Milton and Bobby `Blue’ Bland. Given the number of artists and CDs that I see and hear annually, Lucky Peterson consistently rates at the top. Unlike the name of this 42-minute album, Peterson is more than a triple threat. He is an exhilarating multi-instrumentalist (capable of playing organ, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet), flamboyant songwriter, passionate singer, and a radiant live entertainer. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing his multiple talents, check out “Let The Chips Fall Where They May” with its slick and funky arrangement. Here, and throughout Peterson plays explosive lead guitar while backed by his sleek organ and vocals. Just 27-years-old at the time this album was released, Peterson shows infinite potential. (by Tim Holek)

In other words: a brilliant album !

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Personnel:
Bryan Bassett (guitar)
Bob Greenlee (bass)
Dale Horton (bass)
Ernie Lancaster (guitar)
Jim Payne (drums)
Lucky Peterson (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
William Pell Pinner III (drums)
George Taylor (guitar)
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Bob Greenlee (saxophone)
Sylvester Polk (trumpet)
Bill Samuel (saxophone)
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Ray Anderson (trombone of 10.)
Ray”Bruce Staelens (trumpet on 10.)
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Funky Ray”Lester Chambers (vocals on 05.)

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01. Let The Chips Fall Where They May (Greenlee) 4.11
02. Your Lies (Greenlee/Peterson/Payne) 3.11.
03. Six O’Clock Blues (Boylston/Michel) 3.44
04. Repo Man (Payne/Peterson/Boylston/Greenlee) 3.26
05. I Found A Love (Pickett/West/Scofield) 5.47
06. Jammin’ In The Jungle (Payne/Peterson/Greenlee) 3.43
07. Locked Out Of Love (Payne/Peterson/Greenlee) 3.39
08. I’m Free (Payne/Greenlee) 5.18
09. Don’t Cloud Up On Me (Greenlee/Peterson/Boylston) 3.15
10. Funky Ray (Anderson/Peterson/Payne/Greenlee) 5.29

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Don Nix – In God We Trust (1971)

FrontCover1A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Nix’s musical career began back at the beginning of Stax Records. He was a member of the young record label’s house band The Mar-Keys, where he played sax. The band had a hit in 1961 with the instrumental “Last Night”, and they went on to tour extensively as well as providing studio backing for a host of Stax artists. They later broke up, members going on to form off-shoot groups The Memphis Horns and Booker T & The MGs. Nix himself went on to befriend Leon Russell, and started work behind the scenes as a producer and songwriter. One of his most notable compositions was “Goin’ Down”, first recorded by Freddie King in 1971, which has since become a blues standard. He also worked with George Harrison on the Concerts For Bangladesh, and produced an album for Albert King (1971’s Lovejoy, on Stax).
He released his first solo album the same year, on Leon Russell’s Shelter Records label. In God We Trust was a fantastic album, a rootsy blend of rock, R&B and gospel. It was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with backing provided by their house band of Barry Beckett (keyboards), Eddie Hinton (guitar), David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums). Mostly made up of original songs (many with strong Christian themes to the lyrics), it also featured versions of the traditional spirituals “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Another song (“He Never Lived A Day Without Jesus”) was co-written with Bobby Whitlock, who also featured it on his own solo debut a year later.
Somewhere around this time Nix apparently befriended Furry Lewis, the old one-legged bluesman who originally recorded in the 1920s and had recently returned to popularity through the folk revival. Lewis appears in a bizarre guest spot, one short track consisting of just him talking followed by a quick bit of slide guitar. He would later go on tour with Nix. (by stuckinthepast08.blogspot)

What a great debut Album … full of souful gospel songs ! Don Nix was much more as his classic “Goin Down” !

Don Nix was one of the most underrated musiscian of all time !

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Personnel:
Barry Beckett (keyboards)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
Eddie Hinton (guitar)
David Hood (bass)
Furry Lewis (slide guitar)
Don Nix (vocals)
Larry Raspberry (guitar)
J,A, Spell (fiddle)

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Tracklist:
01  In God We Trust (Nix) 4.25
02. Golden Mansions (Nix) 4.04
03. I’ll Fly Away (Traditional) 3.26
04. He Never Lived A Day Without Jesus (Whitlock/Nix) 4.02
05. Nero My God To Thee (Traditional) 1.04
06. Amos Burke  (Nix) 2.57
07. Long Way To Nowhere (Nix/Raspberry) 3.32
08. Iuka  (Nix) 5,15
09. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Traditional) 3.54
10. I’ve Tried (Truckers Lament) (Nix) 1.28

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Hack Bartholomew – Holy Ghost Transfusion (1999)

FrontCover1New Orleans native Hack Bartholomew -who was once stationed at McChord Air Force Base – has been performing outside Cafe Du Monde for 40 years.

“I could play anything I heard from the time I was 6 years old, ” says Bartholomew. “When my dad gave me a trumpet I just put it to my mouth and played “When the Saints”. Just like that. Never held a trumpet. Never had a lesson Anything I heard I could just play.

Mayfield, who studied under Bartholomew, offers this note of caution:

“I would say when you see a musician playing on the street one mistake would be to classify anybody in New Orleans as one thing. He’s not just a street musician. Hack Bartholomew is a guy who plays in church on Sundays so he’s playing in front of 2000 people -4000 people –every Sunday at his church.He teaches younger musicians. I mean Hack Bartholomew is your quintessential New Orleans guy.(by king5)

Hack has played with such talents as George Benson, The Nevilles and Keith Richards. Hack can be found at the Café Du Monde beignet house, one of New Orleans’ major tourist spots. He plays the trumpet, sings and ministers the word of God to a captivated audience.

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And this is his first CD and here are two reviews from amzon customers:

This was the first CD we bought on our first trip to N.O. In 2006. Hack was playing outside of Cafe du Monde. Loved his sound and immediately bought this CD. We got hooked on Hack and The Big Easy. Every year after that, this is the CD we plugged in as we crossed over the Lake and entered New Orleans. This year I got a wireless Bose speaker for Christmas, and started transferring all of my CD’s to my iPad. Much to my dismay, when I opened the case for Holy Ghost Transfusion, the CD was missing!! All we could figure was that we left it in the CD player of the rental van. (by Aunt Sharon)

Hack Bartholomew’s CD is terrific. I bought it from him while he was playing outside Cafe du Monde and didn’t really know what to expect. Turns out to be a marvelous surprise. From the first track to the last, you can hear the joy and wonder in Hack’s life brought to music. Even if you’re not particularly religious (I’m not!), this is one to savor. Give it a try!  (by MeowLady)

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Hack Bartholomew (trumpet, vocals, piano)
Bryon Gitkin (guitar, bass, drums)

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01. Feel Like Goin’ On 4.47
02. Praise The Lord 4.59
03. Amazing Grace (a capella) 3.07
04. Amazing Grace 2000 5.21
05. Get The Best Of Me 6.14
06. Holy Ghost Transfusion 4.33
07. Call On The name Of Jesus 4.12
08. Witness 5.04
09. Thinking And Thanking 7.45
10. Come Unto Jesus 9.53

All songs written by Hack Bartholomew except “Amacing Grace” (Traditional)

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Gospel Train (1956)

FrontCover1“Gospel Train” consists of sessions cut relatively late in Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s career. Though Tharpe’s tenure at Mercury coincided with a controversy among her fan base (many considered Tharpe’s forays into blues and pop material a betrayal of her gospel roots), recordings like 1956’s “Gospel Train” confirm where the singer/guitarist’s true allegiances lay. Whether recounting biblical stories (“Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves of Bread”) or testifying to the power of the spirit (“Up Above My Head There’s Music in the Air”), Tharpe’s combination of traditional gospel and blues (with, by this point, dashes of jazz and R&B influences) is impossible to resist. Though Tharpe is usually remembered as a solo performer (her early recordings feature only her voice and guitar), she is equally compelling when backed by a full band. The sound on “Gospel Train” is full and rollicking: guitar, piano, organ, bass, and drums help punctuate surging, downtempo blues (“Beams of Heaven”) and uptempo rave-ups (“Fly Away”) alike. Gorgeous, tight-knit backing vocals from the Harmonizing Four perfectly complement Tharpe’s dazzling, infectiously enthusiastic singing. Overall, this set is among her best late-period offerings.

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Harry “Doc” Bagby (organ)
George Duvivier (bass)
Panama Francis (drums)
Ernie Hayes (piano)
Ernest Richardson (guitar)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (vocals, guitar)
Lloyd Trotman (bass)
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01. Jericho (Traditional) 2.06
02. When They Ring The Golden Bell (Tharpe) 2.32
03. Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread (Hanighen) 2.36
04. Beams Of Heaven (Tharpe) 3.29
05. Cain’t No Grave Hold My Body Down (Tharpe) 2.44
06. All Alone (Tharpe) 2.40
07. Up Above My Head There’s Music In The Air (Tharpe) 2.32
08. I Shall Know Him (Tharpe) 2.31
09. Fly Away (Tharpe) 2.28
10. How About You (Tharpe) 3.39
11. Precious Memories (Tharpe) 2.42
12. 99 1/2 Won’t Do (Traditional) 1.57

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