Taschenbuch - 294 Seiten - Louisiana State Univ Pr - 2014 - Englisch ´´I credit Huey with opening the door for funk, basically as we know it, in some ridiculously hip way, and putting it in the mainstream of the world´s music´´: –DR. JOHN, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ´´Huey ´Piano´ Smith stands tall as one of the major creators of New Orleans rhythm & blues. Drawing on meticulous research, John Wirt tells Smith´s story here in terms of both joyous artistic achievements and grim, demoralizing exploitation. Huey ´Piano´ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues illuminates the vital role of a great talent in an important chapter in Louisiana music history´: –BEN SANDMEL, author of Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans Huey ´´Piano´´ Smith´s musical legacy stands alongside that of fellow New Orleans legends Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, ´´Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,´´ made Billboard´s top R&B singles chart, and hundreds of artists including Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Johnny Riv-ers, and Chubby Checker have recorded his songs. The first biography of the artist responsible for hits ´´Don´t You Just Know It:´ ´´High Blood Pressure:´ and ´´Sea Cruise:´ Huey ´´Piano´´ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues fol-lows the musician´s extraordinary life from his Depression-era childhood to his teen years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 195os and ´6os. Drawing from extensive interviews and court records, author and journalist John Wirt also provides new insights on Smith´s professional disappointments and financial struggles in the 198os and ´9os as he battled over royalties from his most successful and profitable work. Throughout this intimate account, Wirt details Smith´s significant impact on rock and roll history and underscores both the longevity of his music—which has entertained and inspired for over five decades—and the musician´s personal endurance in the face of hard-ship and opposition. JOHN WIRT has covered music, film, and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, and The Advocate´s Baton Rouge and New Orleans editions. Front cover photograph by Michael P. Smith, 0 The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2007.01o3.1.801 Louisiana State University Press Baton Rouge 70808
Of the many barrier islands that pepper the coast of South Carolina´s Lowcountry, Pawleys Island, the ´´arrogantly shabby´´ family playground for generations, might be the most mysterious and charming of them all. It is here and in the surrounding area that Dorothea Benton Frank has placed her latest Lowcountry tale, Pawleys Island. Meet Huey Valentine, the owner of Gallery Valentine, catering to interior decorators and, heaven save us, tourists. Huey resides on his family plantation on the shores of the Waccamaw River, where he cares for his mother, Miss Olivia, a wise and irresistible octogenarian. And meet Huey´s great friend Abigail Thurmond, retired attorney from Columbia, who has laid claim to her family´s home on Pawleys Island. Huey and Abigail are complacent in their fat and sassy lives until the stormy advent of the artist Rebecca Simms. Rebecca has been catapulted from her home, her marriage, and her children. She has escaped to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. But after Miss Olivia pries Rebecca´s secrets from her, Huey and especially Abigail are challenged to reenter life outside the dream state their idyllic geography evokes. They will see that Rebecca has her day in court, but they never expect to provoke a national forum for discussion. With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us her most honest and entertaining story to date. People have secrets they never want anyone to know. People have pasts they would prefer be left out of conversation. In Frank´s nimble hands, it all comes spilling out to be examined and reconciled. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dorothea Benton Frank. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001120/bk_brll_001120_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running lounge act in American politics. In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano - a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power cost him his marriage, his family, and close friendships. Yet he also revitalized the city of Providence, where ethnic factions jostle with old-moneyed New Englanders and black-clad artists from the Rhode Island School of Design rub shoulders with scam artists from City Hall.For nearly a quarter of a century, Cianci dominated this uneasy melting pot. During his first administration, 22 political insiders were convicted of corruption. In 1984, Cianci resigned after pleading guilty to felony assault, for torturing a man he suspected of sleeping with his estranged wife. In 1990, in a remarkable comeback, Cianci was elected mayor once again; he went on to win national acclaim for transforming a dying industrial city into a trendy arts and tourism mecca. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011990/bk_tant_011990_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(Michelle) 12 tracks - Originally sealed 1963 ´Michelle´ LP album - This album came out on ´Montel´ as well - also in 1963 but with two different songs, which were ´Tip Of My Finger´ and ´Gee Baby´ It was 2 a.m. and a young couple sat at a piano in Baton Rouge, La., running through some songs they would record the following day in New Orleans. Dale Houston, with his songs out of the way, was helping a young recording a:vtg her arrangements zernmuesnitItnh: tvvvir clod. meant gih ilerabcuet as Broussard suggested they sing a couple of old songs together´. ´´Just For Kicks´´. Here in the home of record producer Sam Montel, the exciting ´Dale and Grace´ sound was born. So impressed by their ability to blend their voices together in a different sound, they were recorded the next day by Sam Montel, and Sam´s arranger-guitarist Kenny Gill. ´I´m Leaving It All Up To You´, once played for the Deejays at my station so im-pressed all of us that it was selected as our pick-hit of the week (an honor usually left to the hot labels and their artists), and our judgment was right, as the rest is now history, Dale and Grace were born and Sam Monte!, after years of struggling to get that first ´´Big One´´, controls one of the hottest singing groups in the country. Now, outdoing themselves Dale and Grace blend their voices together and present for their many new fans a collection of great songs. You´ll identify many of the tunes contained herein as hits of the past. but somehow they´ll take on a new feeling, a new meaning, and I´m sure you´ll agree with me when I say these oldies never sounded better. The same great ´Bayouland´ sound that made ´I´m Leaving It All Up To You´ one of the biggest sellers in our country is contained in every song in this great album. As for Dale and Grace, their sound remains as fresh an orig.inal as it was when you first heard the melody of ´I´m Leaving It All Up To You´. I know that this particular album will be the favorite of many people, just as it is already my favorite. But I´ll invite your comments...or should I coin a phrase and just say: ´I´m Leaving It All Up To You´! Chuck ´Baby´ Adams - Radio Station K-NUZ- Houston, Texas On behalf of Michelle Records I would like to thank the rest of the team for helping make this album possible: Carol Rachou of La Louisiane Recording. Cosimo Matassa of Cosimo Recording, Bill Holford of ACA Recording. Kenny Gill for his outstanding technical arrangements, The Lively Sisters. Leo O´Neil, Paul Berlin. Ken Elliot and Tommy Guarino. I would like to personally thank Huey Meaux, the south´s most successful record producer and promotion man, for his keen ear in selecting ´I´m Leaving It All Up To You´ as a hit, and all the wonderful distributors and DJ´s and last but not least, Dale & Grace. Sam Montel, Producer
(Star-Club) 16 tracks - Original 1957 to 1977 ´Jan´, ´Alta´, ´Capri´ and ´Lake County´ recordings, incl. a lot of unreleased stuff Gene Summers was born in Dallas, Texas in 1939. He falls into the ranks of artists who despite an obvious natural talent have failed to achieve national stardom. The Dixie Rebels subsequently abridged to just the Rebels were culled together from 3 members of Arlington State College: Gene Summers on vocals and guitar, James McClung on lead guitar and Gary Moon on drums. Completing the ensemble was Benny Williams on bass who came from Thomas Jefferson High. Gene´s first professional engagement was on Dallas TV channel 4´s Country Picnic Show. This exposure brought Gene and the Rebels to the attention of Jed Tarver, who in turn helped Gene obtain a recording contract with the newly formed Dallas label Jan Records. Throughout the country Gene´s appearances with various stars on TV and stage shows reads like a Who´s Who of the Entertainment world and he has shared billing with such stars as Bobby Darin, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry Ray Sharpe, Gene Vincent, Duane Eddy, Eddie Fontaine, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Ron-nie Hawkins, Johnny Carroll, Sid King and Joe Poovey to name but a few. Chuck Berry described Gene as ... ´a great crooner´, and Gene Vincent publicly stated that ... ´Gene Summers will be a big star´. Johnny Carroll wrote ... ´Gene Sum-mers was and is one of a kind as well as being a big part of the rockabilly scene that started in the 50´s and he still endures today. Gene always puts his unique style into every song as he has at the concerts, hops and especially when he is recording this kind of music. ´It is therefore even more surprising that in spite of all these glowing testimonials Gene has never made it in a big way. That essential element of luck has always eluded him. After leaving the Jan-Jane label. Gene recorded for Chess (1960) as the Bill Smith Combo, Alta (1962), La-fayette (1962) and Donnybrook (1963). In 1962 Gene re-corded 2 tracks for Mel-O-Records of Chicago which re-main unissued. It was on Donnybrook that ´Blue Diamond´ first appeared before being picked up by Huey Meaux´ Capri label which issued it in 1963, with Jamie putting it out a year later. With this record Gene had his second regional hit - the first being Straight skirt/ School of Rock´n´roll on the Jan label, his first record - but it was his second Capri rele-ase, the racous ´Alabama Shake´ that really confirmed his stature as the fine singer that he is. The song is a piece of vintage rockabilly. Following on from Capri, Gene next appeared on Shane (1964), Donnybrook (1966), Capri again (1966) and Charay (1966) where he recorded The Clown/Green Eyed Monster for Major Bill Smith. After its initial release on Charay 47 it was aquired for national release by Mercury. Further titles were issued on Soft (another Major Bill Smith label) and teardrop in 1966. In 1968 Gene formed Domino Records as an outlet for his own material which he recorded for Silicon Music Productions - a company he had formed back in 1962. The first record to be released on this label was ´Who stole the marker (from the grave of Bonnie Parker) / The table on my right (Domino 101), recorded in a country-pop vein. After this there were records on Domino in 1970. 1971 and 1975, Charay in 1971, Maridene 1971, Front Row 1976 where he recorded under the pseudonym of Ricky Ring-side, Teardrop (1977) and currently in 1979. LeCam Records. In 1971 Gene had a record issued in Australia on W&G label which coupled Hot Pants/The Young Voice Of Child-ren. In 1977 Straight Skirts/School Of RnRoll was issued in England on Record Mart. The Swiss Lake County label run by Michel Cattin has issued two albums from Gene -which combine titles specially recorded for the label and older material. Gene´s immediate plans are the same as they have al-ways been: namely performing and recording, and to meet the fans who have stood behind him through the years. His investments in real estate over the years have secured his future for him and his family. In August 1979, Gene and his son Steve signed a contract with Century Casting for TV commercials and films. The Summers family, wife Dea and sons Dusty Steve and Shaun, reside in Garland, Texas. Gene and Dea have been married for 18 years, and now Gene´s ambition is to get that elusive hit record: it´s an achievement he is determined to make, ´I will never give up and some day it will be