April 15, 1990 |
Walking on a tightrope Heading for the twilight zone Where the future never makes it Until the past has gone. --"Walking on a Tightrope" by Percy Mayfield Singer Johnny Adams and singer/songwriter Percy Mayfield both knew the ups and downs of the blues life. Mayfield, who died of a heart attack six years ago at 64, was a major R&B star in the early '50s after his "Please Send Me Someone to Love" became an R&B standard. He also wrote songs like "Hit the Road, Jack" for Ray Charles.
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January 15, 2010
Bobby Charles Louisiana singer and songwriter Bobby Charles, 71, the singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans,""See You Later Alligator" by Bill Haley and His Comets and "But I Do" by Frogman Henry, died Thursday at his home in Abbeville, La. Charles had diabetes and was in remission from kidney cancer, said his publicist, Karen Johnson, but she did not know the cause of death. He had been living in his native Abbeville since his home in Holly Beach in south Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005.
December 1, 1987 |
"Louisiana Scrapbook." Rykodisc. If you liked the New Orleans R&B and Cajun sounds in the "The Big Easy," this 62-minute sampler from the Rounder Records catalogue is worth exploring. While not as enticing as the sound track (partially because this set steps away from the strict bayou focus of that LP for other regional jazz and blues sounds), "Scrapbook" is highlighted by the disarming Cajun offerings of Beausoleil, Jo-El Sonnier and D. L.
March 3, 1986 |
B.B . . . Albert . . . Freddy. In the royal family of blues, New Orleans singer-guitarist Earl King is easily the least-heralded member. Making his local debut Friday at Cal State Long Beach's Nugget club, this Crescent City crowned head showcased the idiosyncratic instrumental style and the stellar songwriting skills that become a semi-legend most. Picking with his thumb, the self-taught guitarist packs a sackful of original licks.
September 11, 1988 |
Event: Long Beach Blues Festival. Performers: Albert Collins, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby (Blue) Bland, Albert King, the Staple Singers, James Cotton, Ruth Brown, the Kinsey Report, Johnny Adams with Walter (Wolfman) Washington, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials.