Billy has been battling Multiple Myeloma, and recently underwent a leg amputation to stave off further complications. For more info, click the link and get the story straight from Billy’s wife and partner at Norton, not to mention original Cramps drummer, Miriam Linna. The pair have been tireless champions of quality music, exposing the world to some of the wildest sounds ever recorded, and deserve endless thanks for it.
Check out the tunes attributed to Willie Dixon that are now accepted standards of the Blues and Rock and Roll. Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Workin’, My Babe, Spoonful AND Little Red Rooster (both of which are essential tracks in Howlin’ Wolf’s discography, as well), You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Bring It On Home, Wang Dang Doodle. An inescapably massive influence.
A Willie penned tune, on which he plays bass here. Covered by everybody, everywhere
Once a member of the popular gospel singing group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Bunker Hill was a pseudonym used by one, David Walker. Under the name Bunker Hill, Walker released some of the most deranged and outta control R&B to ever rip it’s way outta the influence of Little Richard, not to mention he was abetted by Link Wray and His Ray Men, as his backing band, thanks to Link’s brother, Vernon, being the producer.
You may recognize Hide and Go Seek from John Waters, Hairspray, where it’s the soundtrack to a dance party at Motor Mouth Mabel’s record shop.
Apparently the shock I experienced after finding out that Ray Sharpe was black, was, in fact, a common reaction. According to wikipedia, one of Sharpe’s producers declared Sharpe, “the greatest white-sounding black dude ever”. Prior to the proliferation of promotional pictures and videos, there were numerous examples of particularly soulful white performers that were assumed to be black, but this is a rare case of the reverse, due both to his vocal style and the fact that some of his output was Rockabilly. In fact, legend has it that Sharpe and fellow Texan and teen Rockabilly legend, Ronnie Dawson, had designs on forming a band called, with tongue firmly in cheek, The Oreo Cookies, and, years later, Sharpe would record with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix. All that being said, there is no mistaking that Sharpe was a soulful performer, and one adept at many styles (listen to Bermuda, posted below, for further evidence).
The classic, original, Linda Lu, produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring the ubiquitous Al Casey on guitar.
Hear the unreleased Rolling Stones take from the 1979, Compass Point sessions.
1960’s #1 UK hit, Shakin’ All Over, has become a Rock and Roll standard, and deservedly so. Covered by everyone from The Who, The Guess Who, The MC5, The Flamin’ Groovies, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, The Vibrators, The Gibson Bros (one of my faves), Those Darlins, et al, just look at the wiki list, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakin%27_All_Over