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September 9, 2014
by Egil

September 9: Otis Redding was born in 1941

 Otis Redding was soul, but Otis Redding was country, too. That was a point on which he always insisted, and that was the way others saw him. His strength was his simplicity, even if the simplicity was hard-won. The basis … Continue reading

July 11, 2014
by Egil

July 11: Elvis recorded Mystery Train in 1955

“Mystery Train” is one of Presley’s most haunting songs, a stark blues number that sounds ancient but was actually first cut only two years before by Memphis blues singer Junior Parker. Presley recorded it with the groove from the flip … Continue reading

July 10, 2014
by Egil
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Happy 75th birthday Mavis Staples

Well, you know I’ve always liked Mavis Staples ever since she was a little girl. She’s always been my favorite… She’s always had my favorite voice. ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, Nov 1969) The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (Live 1972 – … Continue reading

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