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In The Midnight Hour

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015 0 Comments

The third song in our series of the classics of 1965, that pivotal year in the history of modern music, is In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett. It was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be shot in April 1968. Released on the eponymous album, the song has become a soul standard and is regarded as one of the great songs of all-time.


I’ve got my freedom

Saturday, 21 February, 2015 1 Comment

On this day in 1933, the American singer-songwriter Nina Simone was born in North Carolina as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. In 1954, she adopted the stage name Nina Simone: “Nina” (from niña, meaning ‘little girl’ in Spanish) and “Simone” from the French actress Simone Signoret. Her music was a unique mix of jazz, classical, blues, gospel, folk, R&B and pop.

Nina Simone took part in the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in 1965 but she advocated armed revolution rather than the non-violence favoured by Martin Luther King. His dream was of racial equality, achieved by protest and legislation; her dream was of a separate state for African Americans which, if necessary, would be established by force. Nina Simone moved to France in 1993 and died at her home in the sea-side resort of Carry-le-Rouet in 2003.


The soul of Matthew E White

Saturday, 16 February, 2013 0 Comments

Faith is one of the themes of Big Inner, the new album by rising star Matthew E White. The closing track, Brazos, tells of two fleeing slaves and how they turn to the religion of their former owners for protection It ends with a gospel mantra: “Jesus Christ is our lord / Jesus Christ, he is your friend.” The country-soul of Matthew E White is original and for those in need of an antidote to the Beyoncé hangover, Big Inner is the cure. White, from Virginia, is a son of the American South and if you listen closely, you’ll hear echoes of Games People Play by Joe South here.