Musicfordham

78: Aretha Franklin

Posted on 10/01/2018

The first track I recall of hers is 'Think'. I played it hundreds of times on my disco 'The Moving Company' in 1968-9. It always brought the crowd alive. Amazingly... read more >

77. West Country Trip Hop

Posted on 29/12/2017

This is an introduction to trip-hop music and Bristol (its source). The guide is Indian which give it more colour and depth than a BBC announcer would be able to provide. More enthusiasm... read more >

76. Not a Blockhead

Posted on 27/11/2017

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were popular in the 1980's. One or two of his songs have endured: mainly his 'Reasons to be Cheerful' as its such a good idea for cheering up when things are going against... read more >

75. Freaky Bertrand

Posted on 20/11/2017

Bertrand Belin is a remarkable person. Also produces good songs if you dont mind them a bit intellectual. He is not the chap for a singalong chorus so much as the meditative lament. But his voice has... read more >

74. Major and Slam

Posted on 09/11/2017

74. Major and Slam Two string bass players of the same era: 1930's to 1960's developer an unusual but similar approach. They both played conventional string bass most of the time, but also did bowed... read more >

73. Elvis’s imitators

Posted on 02/11/2017

73. Elvis's imitators You could say  that all pop singers after about 1955 were Elvis imitators, except perhaps Roy Orbison, as Elvis had an immense effect on subsequent performers. But what I mean... read more >

72. Is the Fall falling?

Posted on 26/10/2017

72. Is the Fall falling? The Fall is an extraordinary band. Its focus is Mark E Smith. I am not sure if the E stands for anything, like the great heavyweight champion John L Sullivan, who put the L... read more >

71. LH+R and Vocalese

Posted on 16/10/2017

71. LH+R and Vocalese They were a mesmerising vocal group in the late 50's and early 60's. Its worth watching their interaction in the following video. Lambert was much older than the other two and... read more >