(2000 ´Delmark´) (68:48/14) Gutes neues Album der starken Sängerin, die sich diesmal neben klassischen Bluesthemen z.B. auch ´Nutbush City Limits´, bekannt von Tina Turner, vorgenommen hat / fine new effort from this powerful singer. Besides her classic Chicago style blues you´ll also find songs like ´Nutbush City Limits´. ZORA YOUNG - voc, JAMES WHEELER - gtr, DANNY DREHER - gtr, KEN SAYDAK - pno, JOHNNY B. GAYDEN - bass, TIM AUSTIN - drums. Learned My Lesson is the celebration of Zora Young´s lifelong love affair with the blues.This is Zora´s first album on an established American label which is surprising since she is one of the most creative blues singers in Chicago. Zora was born in West Point, Mississippi and raised in Chicago where she grew up singing gospel music in a south side church. After years in the R&B ´´chittlin circuit´´, she switched to blues and since then has shared the stage with B.B. and Albert King, played the Chicago Blues Festival many times and tours Europe regularly. Zora´s voice ranges from a melancholy whisper to a rock ´n´ roll scream, and she will have you in her corner with one listen. With this album Zora Young has finally arrived to claim her rightful place as a contemporary blues powerhouse.
(2004 ´Delmark´) (66:30/13) In Mississippi geborene Sängerin, die heute zu den bekannteren Bluessängerinnen in Chicago zählt. Gutes Studioalbum / Born in Mississippi, Zora Young´s regarded one of the finest blues vocalists today in Chicago. Superb studio album. ZORA YOUNG - voc, PETE ALLEN - gtr, BOBBY DIRNINGER - pno/kbd, LEE CAIN - bass, KERMAN FRAZIER - drums, plus horns (2 tracks). Of her first Delmark CD Learned My Lesson (Delmark 748) Living Blues magazine said ´Her rough-edged croon can raise welts or love bumps. She has the versatility to strut comfortably from back-alley funk to uptown jump sophistication.´ Tore Up From The Floor Up features five original compositions, some choice covers and an interview. Guitarist Pete Allen provides most of the musical direction while The Chicago Horns provide support on ´Til The Fat Lady Sings´ and ´Ace Of Spades.´
Most people associate Georgia O’Keeffe with New Mexico, painted cow skulls, and her flower paintings. She was revered for so long—born in 1887, died at age ninety-eight in 1986—that we forget how young, restless, passionate, searching, striking, even fearful she once was—a dazzling, mysterious female force in bohemian New York City during its heyday. In this distinctive book, Karen Karbo cracks open the O’Keeffe icon in her characteristic style, making one of the greatest women painters in American history vital and relevant for yet another generation. She chronicles O’Keeffe’s early life, her desire to be an artist, and the key moment when art became her form of self-expression. She also explores O’Keeffe’s passionate love affair with master photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who took a series of 500 black-and-white photographs of O’Keeffe during the early years of their marriage. This is not a traditional biography, but rather a compelling, contemporary reassessment of the life of O’Keeffe with an eye toward understanding what we can learn from her way of being in the world.
(Dolly/Star-Club) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1961 ´Mercury´ LP album ´A Dynamic Singing Personality . .´ This description by a noted critic, referring to Damita Jo, is a fitting tribute to Mercury´s tiny singing sensation. Born in Austin, Texas, her New Orleans-born parents named her Damita Jo Dublanc (´Little Lady Of White´). An only child, show-ered and guided by the love and talent of an artist mother, Damita began to ´sing out´ long before she could walk. In Santa Barbara, California, where her family moved from Austin, she was quickly recognized as ´Star Material´ as she was her high school´s leading performer and choreographer. After college, during the post World War II years, Damita began to make her mark in Los Angeles night spots and was in constant demand for radio and television appearances. Hollywood had beckoned for her when she was a youngster of 13, but her dad wanted her to stick to her lessons, and nixed a screen test and an offer to tutor her for dancing roles. Her first records were recorded on a Spanish label while she was still in her teens. In 1951 she was signed as featured singer with Steve Gibson & his Red Caps. This led to appearances around the country and starring stints on the nation´s top TV outings. It was with the Red Caps that she attracted national attention. Some of her early 50´s recordings were released on an RCA album in the mid 60´s. In 1958 she decided that the time was right to make it on her own. She signed with Mercury Records and recorded in 1960 ´I´ll Save The Last Dance For You´, her first hit that reached No 22 on the Billboard list. The song was an answer to The Drifters hit ´Save The Last Dance For Me´. She had two more hits in 1961: ´Keep Your Hands Off Of Him´ (which reached No 75) and the slow ´I´ll Be There´ (which reached No 12). In 1961 she also had a big hit in Sweden with ´Dance With A Dolly´, however this song had no success in the US. She also had a minor hit in 1966 with ´If You Go Away´ on EPIC Records. Damita Jo, in short, was a singer in the top rank of girl vocalists in the 50´s and early 60´s. The Big Bopper
(2003/And More Bears) 12 tracks 1956 (32:55) 16 page booklet (english). - Dickson Hall was born in North Carolina as Floyd Sherman Riley. He lived in the West during his teens and has studied folk music since his childhood. - Viele der Outlaws aus dem alten Westen sind längst unsterbliche Ikonen, etwa Jesse James und Billy the Kid. In den Texten der hier vertretenen Songs wurde der Versuch unternommen, all jene ´´Outlaws´´ historisch korrekt darzustellen. Heraus kam eine spannende, abwechslungsreiche Zeitreise durch den alten Westen. JOAQUIN MURIETA He was an outlaw of the Old West whose life has been so romanticized that it has become difficult to separate truth from fiction. His story as presented through the lyrics of this reaffirms the picture that has persisted through the years… JESSE JAMES Beginning his career with Quantrill’s guerrillas during the Civil War, Jesse James formed his own gang at war’s end and became an outlaw… possibly the most famous Western outlaw of American history. It is not known exactly how many banks and trains he robbed, but the number is roughly estimated at 17. That he ever gave any part of the $200,000 he obtained to widows and other poor people... BILLY THE KID (William H. Bonney) Born in New York City on November 23, 1859, Billy the Kid is supposed to have killed at least 12 men before the range war in Lincoln County, New Mexico brought him to national prominence. The facts of the early years of his life are difficult to pin down, but it is generally established that he killed his first man when he was just 12 years old. However, his career as an outlaw did not really begin until the spring of 1877 when the Lincoln County War got underway… BELLE STARR, The romantic treatment of her life by writers of novels and film scripts means that Belle Starr enjoys a reputation she does not deserve. Born near Carthage, Missouri on February 5, 1848, she grew up to be a crude, vulgar, and somewhat ugly woman who spent her life in the company of various outlaws, including the notorious Cole Younger. She reached the peak of her fame when she moved into Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and took up with Sam Starr, a half-blood Cherokee and cattle-thief. They were both finally sent to the penitentiary, sentenced by the notorious ´Hanging Judge´ Isaac Parker, for stealing a horse from a crippled boy… THE DALTON BROTHERS (Robert, Emmett and Grat) Law officers at first, the Daltons were related to Jesse and Frank James through marriage and were blood relatives of the Younger brothers. If the fate of their relatives taught them anything, the Daltons ignored the lesson… BLACK BART (Charles E. Boles) Born in Jefferson County, New York, Bart was the last of the great stage robbers, and became the most famous outlaw in California after the Civil War…
(1995/Brill Tone) Original Brill Building recordings - 57 tracks (31 unreleased) with 12 page booklet. - Gerry Goffin and Carole King are always and rightfully described as the most popular and prolific songwriters of their era, the early Sixties. It was a golden age for minority sounds: the music of soulful, urban or black vocal groups, the best of whom Were perhaps the Shirelles and the Drifters, given material by writers and producers who were young, gifted and Jewish. Gerry Goffin was born in Queens, New York, on 11 February 1930. Although he started writing lyrics over his own one-dimensional melodies when he was eight, he became a qualified chemist before making a career of songwriting many years later. Carole King, née Klein, was born in Brooklyn on 9 February 1941. She started piano lessons at four, tutored by her school-teacher mother. Outgoing and determined, she had formed her own group, the CoSines, by the age of 14 and danced in the aisles at the Alan Freed rock´n´roll shows. By her mid-teens King was signed to ABC-Paramount Records. She then teamed up with Paul Simon to make demo records of other writers´ songs for Frankie Avalon, the Passions and the Fleetwoods. It was not a stunning beginning. At Queens College, however, the quiet lyricist who wrote terrible music crossed paths with the chirpy composer who wrote bad lyrics. Their musical collaboration grew into something more, and they married in 1958. It was Neil Sedaka who opened the door for Goffin and King to join Don Kirshner´s songwriting team at Aldon Music. By the end of 1960 they had written numerous songs but had met with little success. The news that producers Leiber and Stoller were looking for a follow-up single to the Drifters´ ´´Save The Last Dance For Me´´ changed all that. Goffin and King took demo singer Tony Orlando into the studio and cut four songs, including ´´Some Kind Of Wonderful´´ (which the Drifters actually used) and Will You Love Me Tomorrow´´. Arranged by Carole King and sung by the Shirelles, ´´Will You Love Me Tomorrow´´ gave the team their first and biggest hit song. It became a US Number 1 in early 1961 and reached Number 3 in the UK.
DVD 1: 01 Oh! I´m Only Dancing 02 Queen Bitch 03 Five Years 04 Starman 05 John, I´m Only Dancing 06 The Jean Genie 07 Space Oddity 08 Drive-In Saturday 09 Life On Mars? 10 Ziggy Stardust 11 Rebel Rebel 12 Young Americans 13 Be My Way 14 Heroes 15 Boys Keep Swinging 16 DJ 17 Look Back In Anger 18 Ashes To Ashes 19 Fashion 20 Wild Is The Wind 21 Let´s Dance 22 China Girl 23 Modern Love 24 Cat People 25 Blue Jean 26 Loving The Alien 27 Dancing In The Street DVD 2: 01 Absolute Beginners 02 Underground 0 3 As The World Falls Down 04 Day-In Day-Out 05 Time Will Crawl 06 Never Let Me Down 07 Fame 90 08 Jump They Say 09 Black Tie White Noise 10 Miracle Goodnight 11 Buddha Of Suburbia 12 The Heart´s Filthy Lesson 13 Strangers When We Meet 14 Hello Spaceboy 15 Little Wonder 16 Dead Man Walking 17 Seven Years In Tibet 18 I´m Afraid Of Americans 19 Thursday´s Child 20 Survive