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EM68 - William Bell

Stax legend William Bell joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days of discovering music, seeing Sam Cooke as a kid, getting started with The Del-Rios as a young teenager, how he first connected with Stax Records, meeting Sam Cooke and what he learned from him, what the environment was like working with such Stax legends as Booker T & The MGs and Mavis Staples, he shares a wonderfully funny road story from his time touring with Otis Redding, what it was like to tour in the segregated South as part of the Stax family, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr, bringing that full circle in regards to performing… 63 more words


The King of Covers

Covers can be terrible and disgraceful things. But they can also be amazing triumphs, total reimagines that forever change the legacy of the song. Otis Redding’s covers are always the latter. 1,415 more words


My culture picks of 2017

As a person who loves getting out and about to sample everything cultural London has to offer, I feel like I’ve been spoilt for choice this year. 1,059 more words

Bbc Proms

25 Days Of Christmas Songs: Day 10

Hello, Vixens!!!  Welcome back to the countdown.

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I can remember the exact moment when I fell in love with this singer.  I was seven or eight years old, and I was in the back seat of my mom’s car while we were on our way home.  726 more words


on music, memphis and blue jays

Today while grading papers, I saw not one, not two, but three blue jays outside my window. Their color reminds me of the pieces on found wood on which I have been working in between the usual on my plate. 196 more words


Friday Afternoon Vinyl

I’m slipping out for a ride this afternoon (20.35k) on my Dad’s steel bike (click HERE).  C’mon, it’s November 24th and I’m still riding outside. 401 more words


Knock on Wood

A while ago I was thinking about the origins of the phrase ‘touch wood’ or ‘knock on wood’, and I also found ‘knock on/tap/touch wood and whistle.’ There is no one answer to the origin of the phrase, and since wood has been so universally used since the earliest days of humans, then there are likely to be many, many different and correct origins of the phrase… 244 more words

Music... And My Favourite Gigs