Shouting out “Merry Christmas everybody” Detroit Junior sets the central theme for this compilation just before the beat kicks in. Emery Williams, Jr., never lost his nickname Detroit Junior after the successful release of his first single, “Money tree”, under this nickname in 1960. However, in his musical career spanning more than five decades he spent only a little time in Detroit.
In fact, some say that Motown superstar Marvin Gaye actually modelled his whole act after Lee Rogers, the so-called Prince of Detroit. Unfortunately, Lee Rogers never really achieved the fame he should have. Shortly after the release of “You won’t have to wait till Xmas” in 1965, the little Detroit label D-Town Records went bankrupt.
Vocalist Gary Walker (who recorded a couple of 45s on the JIN label in Louisiana and later teamed up with the Boogie Kings) should not be mistaken for the drummer Gary Walker (that came to some commercial success in the UK in the 1960s). This Christmas tune from 1965 obviously renders homage to James Brown’s original from earlier that year which had marked nothing less than the beginning of funk music.
Like many other funk and soul artists, Vernon Garrett started from singing in local gospel groups. Together with his wife, Jewel, he recorded several singles for Kent in the 1960s. When his wife died and the label folded, he later released numerous songs as a solo artist on various local labels – one of them being this Christmas gem on Glow Hill Records.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Sidney Simien recorded a lot of less successful R&B and soul tunes on local Louisiana labels such as JIN or Goldband. Like 1967’s “Soul Christmas” they were released under the name of Rockin’ Sidney or Count (Rockin’) Sidney. More than a decade later Simien became internationally known for the million-seller “My toot toot”, the first zydeco-style song which received major airplay.
Only little is known on this track except that it is by far the funkiest version of a song that actually used to be a bluesy tune written and released by Vida Mays. The Rose Graham version was issued on Klondike Records out of Memphis, Tennessee. Klondike was a subsidiary label of Holiday Inn Records which for some time in the 1960s had been quite successful.
The top 5 movie scores from 2008 . . ..
What are your favorite music scores from 2008? Here are my top 5:
1. Alexander Desplat's score for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. I saw this with my family on Christmas day. Big budget high production, with all the resources to make an epic soundtrack.
2. Thomas Newman's WALLE. As a father of two little monkeys, FINDING NEMO is always on the TV is our apartment, and I recognized some of the same styles and motifs going on. I loved the allusions to Star Wars throughout. Kudos to Peter Gabriel for the closing credits song (the use of the electric organ with a bit of distortion was perfect!)
Ventimiglia: per la rassegna 'Percorsi Musicali 2014', domani sera Recital dell .. — Sanremonews
Ha effettuato numerose incisioni discografiche, tra le quali spiccano l'opera organistica di Carlo Mosso, registrata in prima mondiale per la prestigiosa etichetta TACTUS, ed il recentissimo ' Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas organ music' edito da ..