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Mon May 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

Jerry Butler

by NCTim

Jerry Butler, Jr. is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group the Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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Sun May 17, 2015 at 07:39 AM PDT

Gospel Brunch - Praise Break

by NCTim

Drink that coffee, you're gonna need it.

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Sat May 16, 2015 at 07:39 AM PDT

Saturday Shuffle

by NCTim

Put a spring in your step.  Love is in the air.

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Fri May 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

Funk Friday - Jon Cleary

by NCTim

You are in for a treat today.

Jon Cleary  is a funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was originally from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied for the past 20 years the musical culture and life of New Orleans.  Cleary is an accomplished pianist as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, a vocalist and a song-writer.

Jon Cleary performs with a number of music luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Compositions by Cleary have been recorded by notable musicians including Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt.

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Reposted from Transcripts and Documents by Catte Nappe
Office of the Press Secretary
May 15, 2015

Statement by the President on the Passing of B.B. King

The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend.  B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world.  No one worked harder than B.B.  No one inspired more up-and-coming artists.  No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.  

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House.  I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does.  He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did.  B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever.  And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.


Fri May 15, 2015 at 08:09 AM PDT

B.B. King 1925 - 2015

by ericlewis0

Reposted from Animal Nuz by Catte Nappe

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     (photo credit: Annie Leibovitz)

From AP, via The Washington Post:

VEGAS — ‘King of the Blues’ legend B.B. King dead in Las Vegas at age 89, his attorney says.

It was made public on May 2 that the blues guitar virtuoso was receiving hospice care at his home in Las Vegas.

Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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Thu May 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

Horace Silver

by NCTim

Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Silver is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music, and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

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Wed May 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

Booker T. & The M.G.'s

by NCTim

Booker T. & the M.G.'s is an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.  In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. They also released instrumental records under their own name, such as the 1962 hit single "Green Onions". As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of their era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.'s.
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Tue May 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

John Lee Hooker

by NCTim

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style, distinct from the 1930s–1940s piano-derived boogie-woogie style. Some of his best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'" (1948), "Crawling King Snake" (1949), "Dimples" (1956), "Boom Boom" (1962), and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (1966) – the first being the most popular race record of 1949.
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
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Mon May 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM PDT

The Flying Burrito Brothers

by NCTim

The Flying Burrito Brothers were an early country rock band,
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Sun May 10, 2015 at 07:39 AM PDT

Gospel Brunch

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Sat May 09, 2015 at 07:39 AM PDT

Saturday Shuffle Mix

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And we're off!

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