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THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2018

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THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2018

It is time for the BluesNews From the World of The BluesBlues for the weekend of September 8-9, 2018…

(Music By Lester)
That’s a song called Irene by Lazy Lester…..About a month ago, we told you about Lazy Lester being featured in a Geico Television Commercial with that little Geiko looking lizard thingy…..Lazy Lester has since made the transition…He left us a few weeks ago on August 22 at the right old age of 85…..Leslie Johnson hailed from Torras Louisiana but was raised in Baton Rouge.  He met Lightnin Slim in the early 50’s on a bus.  Slim was going to a recording session in Crowley Louisiana and Lester asked him if he could go with him to the session.  Wouldn’t you believe it, the scheduled harmonica player didn’t show up, and they asked Lester if he could fill in…The rest as they say is history.  He was so impressive that he was invited to sessions with Tabby Thomas, Lonesome Sundown, and Slim Harpo.   Baby Scratch My Back??? That’s Lazy Lester.  Lester also created sounds.  On the song I’m a King Bee, to get a snappy sound, he played a cardboard box with a newspaper to get that sound.  Around 1966, he became somewhat disillusioned with the business because he was not making a lot of money.  He made a comeback in 1987 with some European dates, and recorded an award winning album, Ride Again…. He recorded several more after that, Harp and Soul, and Blues Stop Knockin with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and in 2003, he featured in the Martin Scorsese blues documentary, Lightning In A Bottle.  He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.  His early laid back vocal and instrumental style earned him the nickname of Lazy Lester.  He was definitely a Swamp Blues Pioneer…….His last days were spent at his home in California, a place called Paradise….
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It is time to get your submissions in for the 40th Blues Music Awards.  You have until October 24th to get  your recording in to the Blues Music Fundation.  Recording released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 are eligible for consideration.  There is a process that you must adhere to, and it’s very easy and can be done on line.  If you want to get your works in for consideration, we have a link on our BluesNews Page at BluesTime In the City.com.  The actual awards take place  May 9th in Memphis Tennessee….
http://blues.org/blues-music-awards/

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And I thought this was very cool… In light of the recent passing of The Queen of Soul, Chloe Richardson posted what she thought was some of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Live Performances.  It’s on the American Blues Scene Site.  Here’s a portion of her List and the program she appeared on.

Won’t Be Long on The Steve Allen Show from 1964
Bridge Over Troubled Water at the Filmore West in 1971
Something He Can Feel from The Midnight Special in 1976
Think From the Blues Brothers Movie in 1980
Another Night From The American Music Awards in 1986
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman from The VH1 Divas Special in 1998
I Will Always Love You, A Tribute to Whitney Houston at Radio City Music Hall in 2014
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015

You really can’t argue with any of these performances by the Queen, because they are all great.  She’s nothing saying they are the absolute best, but that she thought they were some of her greatest performances that she’s researched.  The question she asks at the end of the article caught me by surprise because I had never thought of that.  The Question is “Were you fortunate enough to see Aretha Franklin perform Live?”  You know, I’ve seen about every major artist it is, but I never saw the Queen of Soul perform Live……I never thought of that until I read that question…..We have a link to the article and the performances Chloe chose on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeInTheCity.com…
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/aretha-franklins-greatest-performances/

 

 

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