Some of my favourite songs

What tunes really get you in the Blues Groooove

Postby Bluesman » Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:47 am

bryn wrote:I wonder if modern jive vs. lindy hop is a factor at all. I'd never even heard of modern jive until I joined this board last week. So I really have no idea about it or the style it promotes or the culture it creates. But I do have a feeling that maybe modern jivers have a different approach to dance.


As a concept Modern Jive is simple. If you have got a beat that you can march/ clap to then you can modern jive to it, because at its simplist it is a moves based dance driven by the beat. Forget footwork, use which ever feet help get you from A to B in the move (or dance figure if you will)

see http://www.modernjive.com for a global portal of links on this dance genre.

Thus if you take 4/4 time you have numerous genres/ rhythms of music, swing, pop, RnR or RnB, salsa, tango, all can be Modern Jived to. More experienced dancers can use Modern Jive as a common currency between these musical styles and ALSO introduce styling, footwork and moves that better suit each style of music. A top Modern Jive night, such as Hispters, will do exactly that when music can be Latin flavoured one minute and Reggae the next!!

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Postby bryn » Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:40 pm

That's neat, and definitely a very different approach. I can see how it might be helpful for blues in terms of making up your own footwork, but the driving beat and moves focus might have the opposite effect. Makes sense, then, that your blues dancing is more move focused too.
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One of my favorite sets ever

Postby RonMidtownStomp » Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:09 pm

I realize this is on the mainstream side of things rather than the blues house-party side, but this is one of my favorite sets I've ever DJ'd. I've debated whether to cut to when I went groove/blues or include the whole set. I've decided to include the whole set. The background is this .. we open a 2nd room on the 3rd Friday of every month. I started DJing about 9:30 when the main room overflowed. Why does our main room overflow? Because there is a standing conflict in the main ballroom on the 3rd Friday of every month and so we have the 2 smaller rooms of 1400 and 1200 sq ft. We still get 2600 sq ft, only in 2 rooms. We comfortably housed 120 last Friday and could have easily gone to 180 in that space. I wasn't sure what people would want in the 2nd room and I was concerned about drawing too many people from what we wanted to be perceived as the "main" room. I started about as far from blues as one can get..

Jeep Jockey Jump - Bill Elliot
Father Steps In - Earl Hines
Flying Home - Lionel Hampton
Harlem Air Shaft - Duke Ellington
Christopher Columbus - Fletcher Henderson
-- they were obviously worn out
My Love is Here to Stay - Carmen Mcrae (transition song)
Kansas City - Joe Williams (into Groove)
Uptown Sop (cut at 4:29) - Gene Harris
Fine Brown Frame - Etta Jones
Sunny - Ernestine Anderson
The Pink Panther Theme (thank you to Lindychef)
Take Me to the River - Al Green
Exactly Like You - Carmen Mcrae
Goin' to Chicago Blues - Ernestine Anderson
Deedle's Blues - Diana Schuur (I just can't seem to DJ w/o playing this song)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Joe W and Basie
On Revival Day - Lavern Baker
Blues for Sam Nassi - Gene Harris
Blues Medley - P. Ann Everson-Price
The Vibrator - Jack Mcduff
Hard Times - Ray Charles (the instrumental one)
C Jam Blues - LCJO
Route 66 - Big Joe Mahler

Again, I realize it's a groove set with a couple of blues songs (after you get past my first 5 songs), but I really enjoyed it.

I second the nominations of "Me and My Gin" by Sandra Kaye, "She's My Lady" by Lyle Lovette, and "Don't Touch Me" by Barbara Morrison for being kick-ass.

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Postby LindyChef » Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:40 am

Ron, nice to see you're on the board!

Usually the way to distinguish between the instrumental and vocal versions of Hard Times are two fold. One is that the instrumental version often has the artists as Ray Charles and David Fathead Newman because Fathead is playing the sax. The vocal version is usually labeled as Hard Times (Nobody Knows Better).

Ray Charles and David Fathead Newman - Hard Times
Ray Charles - Hard Times (Nobody Knows Better)

Edited because I'm a dumbass that can't spell Ron's name right ...
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Postby RonMidtownStomp » Wed Mar 23, 2005 1:18 am

Nice to see you, too, Marvin.

(kidding, clearly)
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Postby Solomon » Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:02 am

Jesster wrote:Has anyone mentioned BB King (with Eric Clapton) Three O'clock blues?


In the first post on this thread, I listed a version of Three O'Clock Blues. It's not Eric Clapton, but rather Jimmy Smith and B.B. King, from the Jimmy Smith album "dot com blues".

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Postby Jesster » Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:13 am

Solomon wrote:In the first post on this thread, I listed a version of Three O'Clock Blues. It's not Eric Clapton, but rather Jimmy Smith and B.B. King, from the Jimmy Smith album "dot com blues".

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:roll: Yeah, well that's not the one I was talking about Mr. Smarty Pants...
You know I'm just joshing.. I'll have to compare the two, but I really like Eric Clapton
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Postby justdance » Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:54 am

LindyChef wrote:
Bluesman wrote:Eva Cassidy's Wade in the water is pretty much an anthem on UK dance floors at present. I quite like it

Gary Moore's Still Got the Blues is one that is also more a favourite

Chris Rea's Road To Hell, part II is also nice for up tempo abit


All of those to me have a West Coast Swing feel to them, rather than blues (Gary Moore's Still Got the Blues sounds like it should be on a smooth jazz station).

That gets me interested in what a typical playlist from a blues event in the UK would be?

Blues songs that are heavy in my rotation right now (based on what I've played in the past 6 months):

Joe Williams - Every Day I Have the Blues
Ray Charles and David Fathead Newman - Hard Times
Ray Charles - Baby Grand
Sonny Boy Williamson - Bring it on Home
BB King - Never Make Your Move Too Soon (more of a WCS feel, but it's got a nice strut, almost a funk feel)
Lou Rawls - St. James Infirmary
Me and My Gin (versions by Sandra Kaye and Dinah Washington)
Aretha Franklin - Dr. Feelgood
Aretha Franklin - Mary Don't You Weep
Eric Clapton - Sinner's Prayer
Ruthie Foster - Death Came a Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)
Freddy King - Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Lyle Lovett - She's No Lady (if and when I get married, this is the song we're dancing to)
Jimmy Witherspoon - SK Blues
Lauren Hill - To Zion
Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham - Raunchy Rita
Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham - Back to the Hood
Big Al Dupree - Bold Woman

Or even better yet, this is a playlist from a recent blues party here in Seattle:

The Soul Stirrers - It Won't Be Very Long
Aretha Franklin - Mary Don't You Weep
Jeannie And Jimmy Cheatham - Back To The 'hood
Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
Bb King - Never Make Your Move Too Soon
John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
Joe Carter - Sweet Home Chicago
Lyle Lovett - She's No Lady
Ella Fitzgerald - Cry Me A River
Muddy Waters - I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Ray Charles - Let The Good Times Roll
Nina Simone - Do I Move You?
R.L Burnside - Glory Be
Gene Harris, Three Sounds - Uptown Sop (Cut)
Dave Hole - Short Fuse Blues
Gene Harris - Down Home Blues
Nina Simone - In The Dark
Otis Rush - I Got News For You
Usher - U Remind Me
Bb King And Friends - Please Send Me Someone To Love
Lonnie Brooks - Feel Good Doin' Bad
Sunnyland Slim - Too Late To Pray
Aretha Franklin - Today I Sing The Blues
Lou Rawls - Tobacco Road (Original)

Mind you, I consider myself more of a Chicago blues DJ, but as you can see, there is music from many different styles in that playlist.


I'm curious why you would consider yourself a Chicago style DJ when there are only 5 artists on your list who are known as Chicago style: Sunnyland Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker.
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Postby justdance » Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:01 am

Bluesman wrote:Eva Cassidy's Wade in the water is pretty much an anthem on UK dance floors at present. I quite like it

Gary Moore's Still Got the Blues is one that is also more a favourite

Chris Rea's Road To Hell, part II is also nice for up tempo abit


I partially agree with Lindy Chef. This song was overkilled in the US. Every DJ played it and you heard it every night dancing and sometimes mulitple times in the same night. At exhcanges it was played mulitple times at every exchange. Many people are sick of it these days. When It's played these days it is very polarizing some people love it and other grown.
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Postby LindyChef » Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:18 am

justdance wrote:I'm curious why you would consider yourself a Chicago style DJ when there are only 5 artists on your list who are known as Chicago style: Sunnyland Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker.


1) It's the music that my collection is deepest in
2) It's what I love to play the most
3) Music needs to be evaluated on a song by song basis, not an artist by artist basis.

On that playlist, there are 11 songs that I would consider Chicago style blues, where the amplified guitar is pretty much in the lead.

Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
Bb King - Never Make Your Move Too Soon
John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
Joe Carter - Sweet Home Chicago
Muddy Waters - I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Dave Hole - Short Fuse Blues
Otis Rush - I Got News For You
Bb King And Friends - Please Send Me Someone To Love
Lonnie Brooks - Feel Good Doin' Bad
Sunnyland Slim - Too Late To Pray
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Postby justdance » Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:42 am

Multiple guitars are usually what is considered Chicago blues. BB King is Memphis blues which is also amplified guitar. Texas style blues typified by T-Bone Walker is also amplified guitar and no one would consider him Chicago Blues. Jimi Hendrix is pretty clearly Rock/blues or British Blues but not Chicago blues. I'm not familiar with Dave Hole or Joe Carter. I don't know enough about Bo diddley's music to comment on it.
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Postby LindyChef » Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:34 am

justdance wrote:Multiple guitars are usually what is considered Chicago blues. BB King is Memphis blues which is also amplified guitar. Texas style blues typified by T-Bone Walker is also amplified guitar and no one would consider him Chicago Blues. Jimi Hendrix is pretty clearly Rock/blues or British Blues but not Chicago blues. I'm not familiar with Dave Hole or Joe Carter. I don't know enough about Bo diddley's music to comment on it.


Those are definitions I haven't encountered in my online research ... time to treck to the library ...
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Postby justdance » Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:49 am

After further research you could be right, multiple guitars by itself does not make it Chiago blues, but that is what you see in most Chicago blues bars today. But with that said who is and is not Chicago blues still stands. Watching scorsees blues documentry seperates this as well as allmusic.com as well as www.bluesbeforesunrise.com
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Postby Nate Dogg » Sun Apr 03, 2005 11:38 pm

Thanks for all the lists, a lot of songs I already had, but had forgotten about since they were not the most lindy friendly tracks when I bought them 1 - 5 years ago.

I have been working on going through all my CDs to cull out the good blues tracks. Slowly, I have been mixing them into my sets. The increase of blues parties locally and blues rooms at our local dances have helped this cause (as well as converting to a laptop for DJing).

These are song that have worked for me lately, I specifically picked out a few songs that I have not seen on this thread yet.

Many of these tunes have been popular at Blues dances everywhere for years, a few others are probably a bit more obscure.

Mostly blues, with a few novelty songs thrown in.

Ray Charles - Going Down Slow - Cocktail Hour - (2:44)

Darrell Nulisch - Good Thing - Times Like These - (4:28)

Ray Charles - Lonely Avenue - The Genius Hits The Road - (2:34)

Freddie King - She's A Burglar - Burglar - (3:54)

Nina Simone - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl - - (2:32)

Yoko Noge - Hothouse Blues

Annie Ross - To Hell With Love - Short Cuts Soundtrack

Guy, Buddy - Damn Right, I've got the Blues - Damn Right, I've Got The Blues - (4:31)

Buddy Guy - Crawlin' Kingsnake - - (5:17)

Sam Cooke - Little Red Rooster - Night Beat (Remastered) - (2:53)

Katie Melua - My Aphrodisiac - Call of the Search - (3:35)

Keb' Mo' and Barbara Morrison - Grandma's Hands - Big Wide Grin - (3:30)
Tom Jones - You Can Leave Your Hat On - The Full Monty - (4:26)

Texas Trumpets, The - Last Night - The Texas Trumpets - (4:08)

Forsyth, Guy - Temperature - Needlegun - (3:43)

Ruth Brown - Cabbage Head - A Good Day For The Blues - (6:08)

Topsy Chapman and Magnolia Jazz Band - You Can't Tell The Difference After Dark - Fine and Mellow - (6:45)

Joe Simon - Chokin' Kind (2:40) (I also play the Joss Stone version as well)

Nolan Struck and King Edward - Blues With A Feeling - Brother To Brother - (2:50)

B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone - Pure Blues - (4:01)

Jimmy Witherspoon - When I've Been Drinkin' - Singin' The Blues - (3:38)

Sean Costello - Don't Pass Me By - Sean Costello - (6:09)

Ray Charles - (Night Time Is) The Right Time - The Best Of Ray Charles (3:28)

Popa Chubby - Sweat - Booty And The Beast - (5:52)

King Perry - Duck's Yas Yas Yas - Specialty Legends Of Jump Blues Volume 1 - (2:27)

Buddy Guy - Love Her With A Feeling - Slippin' In - (4:27)

Alberta Hunter - Alberta Hunter-My Handy Man - Amtrak Blues - (3:49)

Ray Charles - That's Enough - Atlantic Years - (2:45)

Nina Simone - Feeling Good - Unmixed - (2:56)

Dinah Washington - Big Long Slidin' Thing - Risqué Rhythm - (2:59)

Etta James - W-o-m-a-n - - (2:41)

Big Time Sarah And The BTS Express or Dinah Washington- Evil Gal Blues

Charmin Michelle - The Blues Are Brewin - Destination Moon - (6:46)

Jimmy Witherspoon - S.K. Blues - Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon - (3:53)
or the version that appears on
Jimmy Witherspoon - S.K. Blues - Singin' The Blues

Rawls, Lou - I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues - Portrait of The Blues - (3:25)

Susan Tedeschi - Wait For Me - Wait For Me - (4:47)

Taj Mahal - Mailbox Blues

Jimmy Rushing - Bad Loser - Every Day I Have the Blues - (4:20)

Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn - Just Won't Burn - (4:46)

Ruth Brown - If I Can't Sell, I'll Keep Sittin' On It - - (5:26)

Peter Malick Group With Norah Jones - Heart Of Mine - New York City - (5:08)

Susan Tedeschi - It Hurt's So Bad - Just Won't Burn - (4:50)

Etta James - I Just Want to Make Love to You - The Chess Box (Disc 1) - (3:08)

Diana Krall or Lyle Lovett/Blossom Dearie - Peel Me A Grape

Vaughn Brothers - Tick Tock - Family Style (4:57)

Diana Krall - Love Me Like A Man - The Girl In The Other Room

Sam Cooke - Driftin' Blues - The Man Who Invented Soul - Di - (3:18)

Ray Charles - Let's Go Get Stoned - His Greatest Hits - Disc Two - (3:02)

Hubert Sumlin - The Same Thing - About Them Shoes - (3:51)

Texas Trumpets, The - Rebecca, Rebecca - The Texas Trumpets - (5:07)

Hubert Sumlin - Evil - About Them Shoes - (4:50)

Malford Milligan - Death Don't Have No Mercy - The Gospel According to Austin vol 2 - (4:08) - A Colin Wise favorite

and some blues room novelty songs

Air - Playground Love

Lyle Lovett - Church

Lina - I'm Not The Enemy (4:13)

Fisher - L-O-V-E - Uppers and Downers - (2:40)

Lighthouse Family - Ain't No Sunshine when shes gone - Notting Hill (OST) - (3:43)
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Postby LindyChef » Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:24 am

Damn good list Nate ... I have a lot of those in my collection ... time to do some reviewing ;)
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