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Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups

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Subject: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:43 PM

The purpose of this thread is to share examples of songs from African American, African, Caribbean cultures and other Black cultures.

I consider this thread as a companion to thread.cfm?threadid=8776&messages=122
Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know.

While reading that thread, I realized how many of those songs I didn't know, and how few songs from Black cultures were included in those list. I then got to thinking about which songs that were sung by African American singers and other singers from Africa and the African Diaspora I would list as my favorites. And so I started listing some songs, and then went searching for them on YouTube.

I'm sharing these examples not as a means of segregating Black singers from non-Black singers, but hopefully as a means of increasing awareness about these songs for those who may not have been aware of them. I'm also starting this thread as a way for those who are already aware of these songs to enjoy listening to them once again.

I hope that other Mudcat members, and Mudcat guests will join me in adding your favorites to this thread.

Thanks, in advance, for your participating in this thread.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:50 PM

OMG The Fairfeild Four make me melt. I think if somehow I manage to make it through the pearly gates the Fairfield Four will be singing right by God's throne. They are incredile. A ton of blues singers come to mind but for the time being I will not mention them because I am sure they will be talked about. Jeffery Gaines man what a writer and singer. I did some gigs with him about a year ago super nice guy I mean a real down to earth cool guy. Ladysmith Black Mambazo are incredible too.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:53 PM

These songs are listed in no particular order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUULrCJvwBQ&feature=related
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDI1UvSv7pk&feature=related
Nina Simone - To be young gifted & black

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9H2vbQnAK0
Patti LaBelle- "Walk Around Heaven All Day"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edBGuudFeu8
Patti LaBelle- "Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvV6JH0WZ3k
Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_YVRnX5gIw&feature=related
bob marley-no woman, no cry

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7pAvbjChQM
Bob Marley - Redemption Song

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtwGyxzxBDg&feature=related
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmXvy0X0lGw
miriam makeba-click song

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpl8rPQBASU&feature=related
Miriam Makeba - Malaika (Audio)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:53 PM

oh I do have to give props to Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcgee, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Leadbelly, Sonhouse, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Charles Brown, man I could keep going and going.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:55 PM

Redemption Song is like a standard around here (western Kentucky) It is played by almost every band around. I love that song. The Rivers of Babylon is another song I just totally love.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 09:57 PM

Jayto, thanks for posting to this thread.

I just recently learned about the Fairfield Four from a Mudcat thread. I've got to find one or more YouTube videos of them.

Ditto Ladysmith Black Mambazo-finding a Youtube video, I mean...
I did know about them before Mudcat :o}


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 10:03 PM

Oj, Jayto, I'll never be able to keep up with finding YouTube videos for all the great artists you've mentioned.

I'm glad you've added their names to this list.

I admit that my list will have more African American artists and more R&B & gospel artists than artists from other genres, because that is what I know the best. So, I hope that you and others will help a sistah out by adding examples from Blues, jazz, and other musical genres.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 10:09 PM

In No Particular order, my favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqKxXkU57CY&feature=related
Aretha Franklin - Someday We'll All Be Free

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYOKKyz3Qg
Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman 1967

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZ3_obMXwU&feature=related
Aretha Franklin - Respect (1990)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgKSdyNJ-TM
Shiloh Baptist Church-"Peace Be Still"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_7yBFovdtE&mode=related&search=
Take 6 Live - "Mary"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yKgAEkCKxY&feature=related
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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Mahalia Jackson - "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gta4B1MBU0

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xl-jq08AGU&feature=related
Celia Cruz - Guantanamera con la Fania

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmZdvVnMXCc&feature=related
Sam Cooke "Chain Gang"


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 10:35 PM

Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald OMG they are angelic I swear their voices just hit me like a brick wall. The Carolina Chocolate Drops you have to check them out I love thier music. You have to check them out they are a modern bad but a must hea thing. Oops gotta run my son is wanting a ham sandwich lol but you have to check them out Carolina Chocolate Drops.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 11:00 PM

In no particular order, my favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imsB543zqSM
Stevie Wonder-For Once In My Life
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2XUiVwAuas&feature=related
Stevie Wonder-you are the sunshine of my life
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfWPDGWP568&feature=related
Al Green- Love and Happiness

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo&feature=related
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STKkWj2WpWM&feature=related
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer; 1970

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hajBdDM2qdg&feature=related
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbxxkwBQk_o&feature=related
The Shirelles-Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGbnua2kSa8&feature=related
Dionne Warwick & Friends {Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder}-That's What Friends Are For

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7r7ylML-bI&feature=related
Luther Vandross & Gregory Hines - There's Nothing Better Than Love

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzrXc68gNjQ
Otis Redding: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 11:18 PM

Jayto, I do know the Chocolate Drops. Well, I don't know them but I do know of them.

Here are two links to two of their YouTube videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKTXJUYiAT4
Carolina Chocolate Drops performing "Hit' Em Up Style"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xOxHyTP91c
Carolina Chocolate Drops- "Cornbread and Butterbeans"


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 11:31 PM

Here's a link to my favorite Farfield Four video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3lxCuJa8JA
Fairfield Four-Po Lazarus


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 11:48 PM

Hey, Jayto-Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbuCiBPB9Q4
Jimmy Cliff Live @ The Marquee, London - By The Rivers Of Babylon

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1g8FFRArc
Boney M : Rivers of Babylon

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And, here's another song that is one of my all time favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkMzuXlKQv8&feature=related
Jimmy Cliff-Many Rivers To Cross


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 12:11 AM

Here are two links to YouTube videos of Ladysmith Black Mambazo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5tngHfemWc&feature=related
Ladysmith Black Mambazo-Homeless

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA2Qw3j2bxw&feature=related
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The Lion Sleeps Tonight


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Janie
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 12:38 AM

"Squeeze Me" by Fats Waller

Joe Thompson "Oil in My Vessel"

GuideMe Oh Thou Great Jehovah - Sweet Honey in the Rock


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Acorn4
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 06:01 AM

"So Strong" Labi Siffre


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 06:26 AM

I'm not a religious guy, but "Early in the morning" (the original single) by the Dixie Hummingbirds is a heart-stopping masterpiece.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 07:44 AM

Acorn4, thanks so much for reminding me of this song. How in the world could I have forgotten it?

Here's a link to an excellent photo/pictoral collage with the recorded version of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uPuiQOn9w&feature=related
Labi Siffre - something inside so strong

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And here is Labi Siffre in concert without other voices & added instrumentation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otuwNwsqHmQ&feature=related
Labi Siffre - something inside so strong {in concert}


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 07:57 AM

Will Fly, I couldn't find that song in YouTube by the Dixie Hummingbirds, but here's a link to another song by that gospel group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WASq4p8NW74&feature=related

Dixie Hummingbirds - Maybe It's You


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:00 AM

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jayto, and Janie, and Acorn4 and Will Fly for posting on this thread.

I hope other people understand the reason why I started this thread was not to segregate Black singers from non-Black singers as an end goal. Instead, I started this thread as one Mudcat resource for examples of songs from Black singers so that other Mudcat favorite songs threads hopefully would be more integrated in the future.

Of course, people posting to this thread have their own reasons for adding names and/or video links to songs here. It may be just that they like a particular song and want to share it with others. And that's okay with me-there doesn't have to any other motive but that.

I intend to add other songs to this thread and I hope that other people will continue to add songs to this thread.

And if some people don't understand why I started this thread, then so be it.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:27 AM

Jayto, here's a link to a classic YouTube video of Lena Horne and Stormy Weather {1943}:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCG3kJtQBKo&feature=related


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And here are several more links to videos of some additional songs by Black singers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYG7FLL5gU
Barrett Sisters- I Don't Feel No Ways Tired

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHvUvlzznc
Mahalia Jackson - "Precious Lord Take My Hand"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL9bW6YRoEg
Hector Lavoe con Willie Colon - Che Che Colé Live

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_XcsRhkfgM
Mighty Sparrow - Dancing Shoes


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: kendall
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:30 AM

Paul Robeson. Old Man River. Head and shoulders above all others. (In my not so humble opinion)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: bankley
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:31 AM

okay, just about anything by the Neville Brothers ..and

Irma Thomas

Ray Charles

The Staples

Tina Turner

Ranee Lee

Bobby Lee Silcott

Robert Cray

Otis, Wilson, James, Sam&Dave, Fats, Chuck, Lil Richard, Marvin, Stevie, Jimi , Satchmo, Muddy, Josh White, Gatemouth Brown, Buddy Guy, and sometimes Tupac...

to name a few...and then there's the instrumental guitarists...

can't imagine a world without all these folks.... dead or alive


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:46 AM

Azizi

Hey, thanks for the Dixie Hummingbirds link on the Tube - absolutely stunning! The sheer power and emotion is just masterful.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:50 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csoMt1CiP04
Etta James-At Last

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs_CxmMMpW4
Miriam Makeba- When I've Passed On

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcIi80diGVY
Miriam Makeba-West Wind

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLh73RPvfgI
Nina Simone-House Of The Rising Song

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1n8uTgBcyc&feature=related
Nancy Wilson-The Days Of Wine And Roses

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkqyLsDqgv0&feature=related
Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Early 90s

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJg5Op5W7yw
Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 09:20 AM

Here are some more songs by artists that were given above and some additional examples of songs are my favorites:

{Thank goodness for unemployment compensation! But can you tell that I'm procrastinating doing what I'm supposed to be doing today?}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgQD3p6NyzM
Paul Robeson - Ol' Man River (1928)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thls_tMuFkc
Georgia on my Mind- Ray Charles

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depfUO1fmVI&feature=related
Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon: Relaid Audio

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP2ecwIc2xk&feature=related
The Neville Brothers- In The Still Of The Night
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXvKRZRofDE
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzitOsxKJNY
Al Green "How do you mend a broken heart"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AezyNohMiRI&feature=related
Al Green - Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yKgAEkCKxY&feature=related
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRqYMTpXHc&feature=related
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 09:31 AM

I see I put Summertime on here two times. I guess that means thzt I really like it...I better remember that song when the snow starts falling.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 09:37 AM

Azizi you have dome wonderful songs on here. I am glad you put this thread up. I haven't had time to go through all of them yet but I am working on it. Memphis Minnie is another ragtime/blues/jugband type singer I really enjoy. Man there are just so many. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was on Woodsongs old time radio hour last week and man it was a great show.
Steve Earle recorded a song with the Fairfield Four the name of it wa Ellis Unit One. Does anyone else on here remember that. He recorded it for the movie Dead Man Walking. It was a great song and having the Fairfield Four on there with him made it even better. Thanks again Azizi for this wonderful thread.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: kendall
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:01 AM

Azizi, thanks for that link. It's great to hear that marvelous voice again.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:03 AM

Arizona Dranes I shall wear a crown

Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas (prob) Pick poor robin clean

Geeshie Wiley Last kind words blues

Henry Thomas Fishing blues

Little Hat Jones Kentucky blues

Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo hand

Robert Nighthawk Maggie Campbell

Johnny Shines   Sweet home Chicago

Mississippi Sheiks Sitting on top of the world

Tommie Bradley Nobody's business if I do

Big Maceo Worried life blues

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:14 AM

ELLA...John Lee Hooker, Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Leontyne Price, Mississippi Fred MacDowell...oh , too many to name. Loads of fifties groups. I Love the Coasters, The Mills Brothers, The Inkspots...Yep..too many to name. Great thread.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:31 AM

HI, AZZIZI, Charlie here, this could run and run.
Here are the winners (in no particular order)
Marvin Gaye - Aint that peculiar, Baby, Don't you do it
Leadbelly - most things
Ray Charles - Tell the truth and virtually all the Atlantic tracks
"    "   - Sticks and stones, Let's go get stoned, In the heat of the night
Howlin' Wolf - most things especially No place to go
Richie Barrett - Some other guy
Bobby Bland - just about anything on Duke
Chuck Berry - "      "    "      " Chess
Muddy Waters   - just about anything
Bo Diddley - Road runner, Diddley daddy, I can tell
Many singers/groups/songs already mentioned and many more to come.
Lovely thread, Azzizi
PS I got a B for psychology X


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: bankley
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:39 AM

Jayto, I heard Earle sing 'Ellis Unit One' last week, solo... one of the strongest tunes of the night... of course the story behind it is gripping as well... I'll keep an ear out for the version you mentioned.... thanx... R.   

good work Azzizi... too bad you ain't gettin' paid for it !


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: pdq
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:41 AM

Mills Bros


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:49 AM

Then there are loads on Tamla Motown, Stax and Atlantic.
Black Nativity
The Impressions - Talkin 'bout my baby
I'll stop now, there are still too many to mention.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Newport Boy
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 12:46 PM

Janie mentioned Sweet Honey in the Rock - one of my favourite a capella groups. I prefer some of their own originals, particularly On Children

Phil


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 01:08 PM

Anything done by the Manhaden Chanteymen or the Northern Neck Chanteymen

Anything done by the Birmingham Lining Bar Gang

Any thing in the Lomax collection on Prison Worksongs
Bruce Jackson's CD/collection of prison worksongs "Wake Up Dead Man"
Both Jackson & Lomax are out on Rounder

"Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs & Ballads" various groups also out on Rounder

"Negro Work Songs & Calls" again out on Rounder, various groups

Virginia Traditions/Virginia Work Songs out on Global Village CD1007. Various groups

"Deep River of Song/Black Texans-Balladeers & Songsters of the Texas Frontier", out on Rounder, various Black cowboys & work groups & cowboy songs (Lomax collection)

Deep River of Song/Bahamas 1935-Chanteys & Anthems from Andros & Cat Island" (Lomax Collection

"Peter Was A Fisherman" 1939 Trinidad Field Recordings of Melville & Francis Herskovits out on Rounder CD 1114

Barry


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 01:16 PM

Ah man yeah the Lomax Prison worksongs. Man that was some great stuff. I haven't heard it for years but man it was POWERFUL. I had forgot about that. Thanks for reminding me.

Bankley, Steve released a version on the soundtrack of Dead Man Walking but I can't remember if that one had the Fairfield Four on it or not. I have heard about 3 or 4 versions of Ellis Unit One. That is such a great song. The whole soundtrack for Dead Man Walking is great. If you haven't heard it I would strongly recommend it.
Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (omg amazing he is one I never hear mentioned on here he was unreal), Eddie Vedder,Bruce Springsteen, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter,... that's all that pops to mind right now but it is a great soundtrack. All the songs were written about or inspired by the movie and it is great.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: GUEST,Marymac90
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 01:25 PM

From the Carribean, not sure exactly
where, came Joseph Spence.

Also from off the shore, but not so far,
were the Georgia Sea Island Singers.
Didn't Bessie Smith come from them?

GREAT thread, Azizi!

Marymac


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: bankley
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 01:26 PM

yeah , I really liked that film.. it's been awhile so I'll have to give it another look and listen... I believe Sarandon got the Award for it and Penn in the pen... what can you say ???


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: GUEST,Marymac 90
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 01:28 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention Kim and Reggie Harris.

Marymac


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: topical tom
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 02:05 PM

As a female black singer I would pick Odetta and as a male singer Taj Mahal.As for a group ,I like the Carolina Chocolate Drops.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 02:15 PM

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread. There are a number of vocalists, groups, and recordings that are unfamiliar to me, but given time, I'll give all of them a listen to.


There's no way I can keep up with finding video links for all the artists mentioned, but I'll be adding some links along with links to other artists/groups/songs that may not have been mentioned yet.

It's great that we are sharing and learning from each other.

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Charlie {fat B****rd} that's good news about your "B". I'm glad the class was receptive to the information that I shared with you. As the song says "That's what friends are for".


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 02:22 PM

Henry Roeland "Professor Longhair" Byrd.

No one song, the entire recorded works...


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 02:54 PM

Here are some more video links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miXQ265dMZM&feature=related
{a young Odetta playing at Newport festival}

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34HEGq3joC4&NR=1
Odetta-Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aaya8jYZBO8&feature=related
Odetta Live in concert 2005, "House of the Rising Sun"


I've never met Odetta, nor have I ever seen her perform, but Odetta has been an important, positive influence on my life since the mid 1960s when I saw an album cover of her with her hair in a natural {an afro}. I credit her as being the first Black folk singer I ever knew about-except for children, youth, and adults who sang playground rhymes, and vocalists & choirs who sang gospels & spirituals.

Unfortunately, I grew up without any familiarity with Blues, and Jazz and didn't start learning about these musical genres of African American origin until my mid thirties and older. I still remember with great appreciation how supportive Mudcatters were when I started a thread about learning the Blues in Feb 2005 thread.cfm?threadid=78209#1402357 "Feelin The Blues".

Thanks!!!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: John Hardly
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 02:57 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmjULeODgqc Donnie Hathaway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7t_AD_rbsI Mavis Staples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX8fZ-lWhFA Gladys Knight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwfrvNNoIGU&feature=related Brook Benton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my36wsyfH-0&feature=related David Ruffin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD4O0KBCPHw Stevie Wonder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAO7XFjXzYo Tower Of Power

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ew3BtOb_u8 Veronica Nunn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oJ8ZuvVSwA Marvin Gaye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCbdpG1WJYA Major Harris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q3a1rH_fAI Ray Charles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEke7QrtVLs&feature=related Johnny Hartman


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 03:02 PM

Azizi you had me at 17 Aug 08 - 09:53 PM

Marley's songs are better than mere music.

Sam Cooke, Nina Simone!!

B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry are some of my favorites, though I liked Chuck a lot more when I was young.

Smokey Robinson - The tracks of my tears
Blind boys of Alabama
that dude from Oh Brother Where art Thou, the young guy who played guitar in the movie.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:18 PM

John Hardly, here are the hyperlinks to the artists you posted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmjULeODgqc Donnie Hathaway
Donnie Hathaway

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7t_AD
Mavis Staples

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX8fZ-lWhFA
Gladys Knight

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwfrvNNoIGU&feature=related
Brook Benton

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my36wsyfH-0&feature=related
David Ruffin

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD4O0KBCPHw
Stevie Wonder

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAO7XFjXzYo
Tower Of Power

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ew3BtOb_u8
Veronica Nunn

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oJ8ZuvVSwA
Marvin Gaye

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCbdpG1WJYA
Major Harris

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q3a1rH_fAI
Ray Charles

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEke7QrtVLs&feature=related
Johnny Hartman


I haven't tested these links to see if they work. Hopefully, they will, 'cause I'm feeling like it's Christmas and I have some good musical treats to look forward to seeing & hearing.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Michael S
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:29 PM

To me, this is hugely unanswerable but fun, so I'm writing the first thing that pops into my head. A pop song from my youth that I NEVER switch away from on the car radio--What Becomes of the Broken Hearted by Jimmy Ruffin. Not folk or blues, but great.

Michael Scully
Austin, Texas


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Subject: RE: Favorite Songs by Black Singers/Groups
From: Jayto
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:30 PM

Oh yeah man!! The Blind Boys of Alabama are tremendous. Have any of you checked out Cephas and Wiggins? I mentioned them earlier in the thread but there have been so many great artists mentioned that I wanted to make sure they didn't get lost in the mix. For Piedmont style blues man they are top notch. I love hearing them play. Charles Brown has a voice that takes me away to a distant land. I melt and warm feeling inside. My thoughts are anything but blue while my ears swim in a tasteful ocean of jazz inpired runs hammered out on the piano by Charles Brown.
Well I'm drifting I'm drifting
Like a ship out on a stormy sea
piano starts it's blee blee blee blee blee blee
a higher 7th note run that just seals the deal between the listner and Mr.Browns elegant and tasteful jazz inspired blues.
I love Charles Brown his earlier stuff is by far his best in my opinion.


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