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JR Promotions
Promoting blues worldwide
Reaching adolescence in the sixties, I experienced great relationship difficulties with my parents. The Animal’s hit number ‘Please don’t let me be misunderstood’ becaame my anthem to life. Working as a Southend-on-Sea cinema projectionist, I remember walking past a record store and hearing Booker T’s ‘Green Onions’ for the first time. I fell in love with its almost magical melody. Now is the opportunity for you to share memories of how your ‘treasured tracks’ added that extra dimension to your life. Bring along your timeless treasures on CD, mp3 or vinyl to share your stories. After record owners have shared their story, other group members will have the opportunity to provide further input. Full details to follow shortly.
We al have timeless treasures, music tracks that have played a significant part in our life story. Many of us are able to state our whereabouts when we first heard these numbers, or we may have an amusing tale that cemented them in our memories. Harry Belafonte’s ‘Islands In the Sun’ became indelibly printed in my mind, when as a youngter one Christmas I accidently broke my parent’s treasured 78rpm copy. Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was the first record I ever heard in a large Romford Record Store. I recollect being ushered into a listening booth to hear my rock idol through the antiquated speaker system. Sadly, not only the listening booths but record stores themselves are largely, a thing of the past.
Exploring the ever evolving world of blues music.
At the end of the 19th Century America was still establishing its identity, as with so many nations coming together, it lacked any common traditions. Instead, it turned to Europe to provide a heritage. Many public buildings boasted neo-classical columns. The upper middle classes filled their houses with art from the European masters, whilst they enjoyed the music of its great composers. At the same time, vaudeville became a popular entertainment. Theatres were established for separate white and black audiences. Some welcomed anyone able to purchase a ticket. For each performance, a wide variety of entertainers appeared on the same bill. Each act provided about 20 minutes entertainment. Black-faced minstrels were a popular draw, with musicians applying black polish to their faces and performing ‘coon’ songs. In 1895, Ernest Hogan, a black entertainer wrote a piece of popular music entitled “All Coons Look Alike to Me”. This was based upon a song he heard in Chicago entitled ‘All Pimps Look Alike to Me.’ Hogan altered one word and syncopated the piece with a popular piece of ‘cakewalk’ style. Tom Fletcher, an African-American vaudeville entertainer stated that Hogan was the, “first to put on paper the kind of rhythm that was being played by non-reading musicians.” He called this new type of syncopated music ‘ragtime’, named after the ‘Shake Rag’ district where he was born.