Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fun time at Ryles

Here's some video footage of Friday's appearance at Ryles. Thanks to James Jones for his fine sound engineering!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The great Wilson Pickett-- Don't Fight It.

We got a lot of response when we posted Wilson Pickett's 1965 recording of "Don't Fight It." on our Facebook wall. Recorded in 1965 at Stax Studios and produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler, this recording features the Stax house band Booker T and the MG's, plus The Bar-Kays' horn section. The recording peaked at #4 on the R&B charts and #53 on the pop charts.

Other singles from Pickett's three 1965 Stax sessions were Pickett's first #1 hit "In the Midnight Hour" (a million seller), and "Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do," (#13 on the R&B charts).

All of Pickett's Stax recordings from 1965 were co-written by Pickett, Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd, except "634 5789," (#1 on the R&B charts), which was attributed to Cropper and Floyd only.

All classics in the southern soul tradition. Gritty with a huge back beat!