Over to France for a sampling of Adrienne Pauly, an artist who has fit in comfortably with rock, pop and acting and has gained an international reputation from all three.
Tonight it’s a track off her first self-titled album. Released in 2006 it quickly establish Pauly as an artist on the way up. Mèchant Cafard is pure Pop, not of the 60’s Yè-Yè variety but something more along the lines of Pop/Indie and gives some idea Adrienne Pauly isn’t fooling around. And for a multi-talent, that’s good news.
Probably not as well known as her label mates Etta James or Fontella Bass, Sugar Pie DeSanto was part of that galaxy of divas who put Chicago blues label Chess/Checker on the map.
She recorded a considerable number of material for the label and had many singles that, although not mega-hits were nonetheless memorable and have given credence to the argument that she’s one of the many underrated and overlooked artists who were active in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Tonight it’s a single from 1965. Never Love A Stranger is a nicely laid out song that borders on Deep Soul, but is further evidence DeSanto was a powerhouse and could keep up with the likes of Etta James, whom she recorded several duets with.
Still active today and gathering a growing reputation for her down-and-dirty Blues interpretations as well as her catalog of great material, she is far from being forgotten.
Back to the 60’s tonight with Dana Gillespie, who began her career at 14 singing folk music and later switched to Pop from where tonight’s track comes from. You’ve Just Got To Know My Mind was written by Donovan and enjoyed a goodly amount of success in the UK and Europe (even a French version was released at the time). She later became associated with David Bowie and went from Pop to Glam before settling in on a long and productive Blues career.
Even though she is often regarded as a multi-talent (a lot of acting for stage, screen and TV went on between gigs), Gillespie is highly regarded in British Blues circles and often has a virtual who’s who of talent backing her on stage and in the studio.
But this is her in the early days, and the number is catchy.
Slim Gaillard – The man who introduced the world to the word Wowtee.
Live Jazz from the 1950’s this weekend with a double bill, live from Birdland in New York City on September 9,1952. Starting off the set is the ultra-smoothe and mellow Arthur Prysock, who does several tasteful turns with some standards. Next up is the inimitable, incomparable (their words, but mine too) Slim Gaillard and his trio who rip things up nicely for this NBC radio program Stars In Jazz.
And if you ever wondered how the word Wowtee got its start, here’s the man responsible.
Despite the fact that she bristles at the notion, Francoise Hardy IS an icon.
Heading into mellow territory this weekend, with the inimitable Francoise Hardy and a track from the early 70’s. More than anyone else, Hardy put the “yè-yè” genre on the world map in the early 1960’s. But unlike many of her contemporaries, she outgrew the kitschy Pop stereotype and emerged as a major talent, not only as a singer-songwriter, but as a multi-faceted talent who is still a strong and vital force in World Music.
Here is a track from her 1971 album La Question, Bati Mon Nid.
An alternative to an otherwise high-voltage Saturday night. No?