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Sept 10 - New Orleans, Southern Louisiana & Alabama

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:38 am
by Charlie
On Saturday 10th, lets play songs from and/or about the city and the region - your suggestions and requests are welcome

Sept 10 - New Orleans, Southern Louisiana & Alabama

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 11:23 am
by Con Murphy
So much to choose from. The Meters, Jimmie Rodgers, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Neville Brothers, Bobby Bland, Lionel Hampton, Hank Williams...

One of my favourite New Orleans songs is Irma Thomas' It's Raining, but that would probably be a bit insensitive, wouldn't it? What about the more positive I Done Got Over It?

Alabama - how about something else positive like Hank Ballard - Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:33 pm
"Hercules" - Aaron Neville
... and a few hundreds more

Neville Brothers

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:34 pm
by zee
How about "A change is gonna come" or "With God on our side" by the Neville Brothers?

Musicians missong in New Orleans

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:16 pm
by Dominic
According to this Fox News report Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint & Irma Thomas are all missing in New Orleans:,2933,168122,00.html
Read on and you will see that there is a Live 8 style controversy brewing about the lack of local artists included in a planned Telethon.
(Thanks to Christina Roden for forwarding the story.)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:51 pm
by Paul
Walking to New Orleans by Fats Domino would be my request for Saturday.

Say a prayer for Fats, Allen, Irma and thousands of others in this awful tragedy.

Fox News

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:15 pm
by Charlie
This is the Fox News piece linked by Dominic above, sent by Stu Colman to Geoff Barker in an email (sorry I don't have time to tidy it up)


>'Fats' Domino Missing in New Orleans
>Thursday, September 01, 2005
>By Roger Friedman
>Katrina Benefits Should Acknowledge Local Legends
>Before NBC, MTV, or anyone else puts on a telethon to
>help victims of Hurricane Katrina, they might want to
>explore some ancillary issues. To wit: New Orleans is
>a city famous for its famous musicians, but many of
>them are missing. Missing with a capital M.
>To begin with, one of the city's most important
>legends, Antoine "Fats" Domino, has not been heard
>from since Monday afternoon. Domino's rollicking
>boogie-woogie piano and deep soul voice are not only
>part of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame but responsible
>for dozens of hits like "Blue Monday," "Ain't That a
>Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "I'm Walking (Yes,
>Indeed, I'm Talking)."
>Domino, 76, lives with his wife Rosemary and daughter
>in a three story pink-roofed house in New Orleans' 9th
>ward, which is now underwater. On Monday afternoon,
>Domino told his manager, Al Embry of Nashville, that
>he would "ride out the storm" at home. Embry is now
>Calls have been made to Louisiana Governor Kathleen
>Blanco's office and to various police officials and
>though there's lots of sympathetic response, the
>whereabouts of Domino and his family remain a mystery.
>In the meantime, another important Louisiana musician
>who probably hasn't been asked to be in any telethons
>is the also legendary Allen Toussaint. Another Rock
>Hall member, Toussaint wrote Patti Labelle's hit "Lady
>Marmalade" and Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time."
>His arrangements and orchestrations for hundreds of
>hit records, including his own instrumentals "Whipped
>Cream" and "Java" are American staples. (He also
>arranged Paul Simon's hit, "Kodachrome.")
>Last night, Toussaint was one of the 25,000 people
>holed up at the New Orleans Superdome hoping to get on
>a bus for Houston's Astrodome. I know this because he
>got a message out to his daughter, who relayed to it
>through friends.
>Also not heard from by friends through last night: New
>Orleans's "Queen of Soul," Irma Thomas, who was the
>original singer of what became the Rolling Stones'
>hit, "Time is On My Side."
>Let's hope and pray it is, because while the Stones
>roll through the U.S. on their $450-a-ticket tour,
>Thomas is missing in action. Her club, The Lion's Den
>is underwater, as are all the famous music hot spots
>of the city.
>Similarly, friends are looking for Antoinette K-Doe,
>widow of New Orleans wild performer Ernie K-Doe. The
>Does have a famous nightspot of their own on N.
>Claiborne Avenue, called the Mother-in-Law Lounge, in
>honor of Ernie's immortal hit, "The Mother-in-Law
>Song." Ernie K-Doe, who received a 1998 Pioneer Award
>from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, died in 2001 at
>age 65.
>Dry and safe, but in not much better shape, is the
>famous Neville family of New Orleans. Aaron Neville
>and many members of the family evacuated on Monday to
>Memphis, where they are now staying in a hotel. But
>most of the Nevilles' homes are destroyed, reports
>their niece and my colleague at "A Current Affair,"
>Arthel Neville. She went down to her hometown
>yesterday and called me from a boat that was trying to
>get near town.
>"This isn't like having two feet of water in your
>basement," she said, holding back tears. "Everything
>is destroyed. I am just so lucky to have been born
>here and to have had the experience of New Orleans."
>She confirmed that there had been rumors of dead
>bodies floating around her Uncle Aaron's house
>yesterday. So far the Nevilles are unannounced to
>participate in Friday's TV show.
>And still there are plenty of other famous musicians
>associated with New Orleans who would probably like to
>be on TV if they're high and dry. The Marsalis family
>comes from the city, and they've played at most of the
>well known clubs like Tipitina's, The Maple Leaf,
>Preservation Hall and Muddy Waters.
>New Orleans is also one of the few cities with a House
>of Blues. And Jimmy Buffet's Margharitaville Café
>chain has a local franchise that is still an
>attraction. New Orleans's trademark sounds are Cajun
>and Zydeco. So far none of the listed benefits have
>named an act that plays that kind of music.
>Talk Host Helps Out
>Meantime, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' spokeswoman
>tells me she will address the hurricane on her first
>new show of the season. The show tapes this afternoon
>in Los Angeles and will air on Tuesday.
>DeGeneres is a New Orleans native, although it's
>unclear whether or not she still has family there. But
>city residents will no doubt be looking to her as a
>strong public voice and advocate. Her publicist,
>Melissa Gross, says she's received many calls from
>people all over the country asking what DeGeneres
>would do to help victims of Katrina. Gross says a plan
>will be in place by Tuesday

Fats - 'Rescued But Missing'

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:59 am
by Con Murphy
Sort-of good news.

Blues musician Fats Domino was rescued from New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit, reports say.
His daughter Keren Domino White told CNN she had seen her father being helped off a rooftop in a newspaper photograph taken on Monday.

But Ms White said she had not been able to contact her father since then.

Good news confirmed

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:32 am
by Charlie
From Fox News today:

Good News: 'Fats' Domino, Irma Thomas Found

'Fats' Domino was finally rescued tonight in New Orleans, according to wire reports. And Irma Thomas, the Queen of New Orleans soul, has reported in from Baton Rouge where she escaped to the home of her aunt.

Both music legends were missing as of yesterday. This column broke that story this morning, Sept. 1, at around 6 a.m. Thanks to all the news outlets that picked up the story and made it their own. In the end, the whole point was to get the word out. And it worked.

Rescuers picked up the legendary 77-year old musician from his home in a flooded section of New Orleans and delivered him to safety, his daughter Karen Domino White reported.

Thanks also to Jason Hughes in Gov. Blanco’s office in Baton Rouge. His efforts, at our request, expedited what was turning into a terrible situation. Luckily, Jason had gone to school with two of Domino’s grandchildren, and felt a personal attachment to the story.

How is it that a member of the Rock Hall of Fame could have gotten stuck in New Orleans when most luminaries evacuated early? The answer is: easy. Domino had told his agent, Al Embry, on Monday that he planned to ride out Hurricane Katrina at his home in the 9th Ward. Both Embry and I feared the worst on Tuesday when it was clear that the 9th Ward was filled with water. It didn’t seem possible Domino could have survived. But it’s a happy ending for the 76-year-old rock legend.

For Thomas, “timeâ€

lost and found

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:17 am
by Gordon Neill
Well that's a bit of good news. It didn't seem possible that the richest country in the world could mislay two of its finest. Presumably both Fats and Irma will feature in the show's end of year 'Lost & Found'.

As for songs for the Sept 10 show I'd suggest: 'Lights Out' by Jerry Byrne (a contender for the greatest ever non-hit single?); 'Somethings You Never Get Used To' by Irma Thomas; 'Tupelo'by John Lee Hooker (not much New Orleans content, but good on floods). Also, Led Zeppelin's version of 'When The Levee Breaks' keeps coming into my head. Perhaps Memphis Minnie's (original?) version could be played. Although I'm not sure if she came from New Orleans. Can anyone resist putting me right?

Memphis Minnie from Louisiana?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:27 am
by Con Murphy
Gordon Neill wrote:'Somethings You Never Get Used To' by Irma Thomas; 'Tupelo'by John Lee Hooker (not much New Orleans content, but good on floods). Also, Led Zeppelin's version of 'When The Levee Breaks' keeps coming into my head. Perhaps Memphis Minnie's (original?) version could be played. Although I'm not sure if she came from New Orleans. Can anyone resist putting me right?

I certainly can't. Once again, wikepedia comes to the rescue:-

Born Lizzie Douglas in Algiers, Louisiana

So: close enough?

Yat-kha have recently done a cover version of When the Levee Breaks. Would be an interesting contrast.

I second that Irma Thomas choice, ahead of my original request.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:43 am
by howard male
I actually prefer the Yat-kha version to the Led Zeppelin, but then perhaps we're straying too far from the theme here.

I've just read this strand, starting with Dominic's entry early yesterday evening, and I feel drained! One minute getting my head around the idea of Fats Domino being lost, and the next reading of his dramatic rescue.
But I'll pull myself together and file my requests for the show on the 10th Sept.

Ladies first:

Marcia, without hesitation went for 'The Monkey' by David Bartholomew. When I first heard it, I remember thinking - so that's where Bolan got his guitar riff and sound for 'Get it On' from.

I, with a great deal of hesitation - spending a couple of hours last night listening to the sounds of this city which were so unlike anything produced anywhere else in the States - settled, in the end, on what came up smelling freshest.

The Lou Donaldson version of 'Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On.)' It's so off the wall - as if the tape machine was just switched on and through the miracle of a telepathic band, magic was captured. So funky yet so understated - two qualities not usually found in the same record.

Other than that I second the request for 'Hercules' and I've always loved 'Lady Marmalade' and Lee Dorsey's 'Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further'.

Louisiana Lizzie

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:25 am
by Gordon Neill
Some folks just can't resist temptation, but hats off to Con for speed and accuracy. I think he deserves this week's coveted Golden Anorak. So. Why was Memphis Minnie not just known as Loisiana Lizzie then? It's OK. It's OK. I really don't want to know.

Anyway, as Con was good enough to second my Irma Thomas nomination, I'd like to third his Yat-kha choice.

Water, everywhere.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:04 pm
by Ian A.
Wasn't aware of this thread until da boss just pointed it out to me. I'd emailed Charlie also suggesting Memphis Minnie's "When The Levee Breaks" (does anybody else remember the '60s London jug band called the Levee Breakers? - would be as topical as the Baghdaddies if they hadn't been 40 years too early). But a stronger suggestion was Barbecue Bob's "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues" or Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere". However, the wise boss thinks they're too scratchy for contemporary radio. Probably right - having been brought up listening to the likes of Garfield Akers and Patton on poorly remastered 78s transferred to greying Origin vinyl, I forget that what sounds to me like pristine versions on current CD is still way below the fi-tolerance of sensitive modern ears not used to having to put any effort into listening to music! Probably rules out Minnie too.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:50 pm
by howard male
Ian A wrote -

However, the wise boss thinks they're too scratchy for contemporary radio.

Personally I think if it was good enough for John Peel it should be good enough for Charlie.

As most of you will know, Peel often used to play a '78' per show. Scratchiness in small doses can be peculiarly satisfying - evocative aural time travel. And the other bonus is that if it's followed by a relatively pristine track from the sixties, that track is going to sound so NOW by comparison!