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1967 Episode One – Sho Is Good

At long last, here’s the first episode of the 1967 Reggie Young (and Bobby Emmons) Discography Liner Notes (YouTube playlist below): By 1966, Bobby Patterson and his Mustangs were the hottest R&B act in Dallas, packing the same clubs that Lattimore Brown and his Mighty Men had a […]

Cosimo Code 2.0

A User’s Guide Hello y’all… I’ve been using some of this enforced stay-at-home time to completely restore and update our Cosimo Code project. The target of a malicious hacker, our URL had been hijacked, so that a Google search for any of our pages re-directed you to some […]

Bill Robbin & The Blue Jays – White Christmas

After this one popped up on the ol’ Christmas jukebox last night, I started thinking about who might be playing that funky organ. We had featured the flip, Rockin’ Bells, a couple of years ago and, after I posted it, Charlie Chalmers chimed in and told us that […]

Joe Tex – I’ll Make Everyday Christmas

I had to figure something out… my entire web presence had been hacked. It seemed like everything I had ever written was about to go up in smoke. It’s always been bad enough that when you googled me you came up with about 100 pages about Hockey, but […]

James Carr – Forgetting You

This one’s been bugging me for years… Back in 2007 I wrote something about an amazing James Carr B Side Forgetting You. “…the band (led by that incredible Reggie Young guitar) shifts things down to a minor key, then just builds and builds,” I said. Years later, when I asked Reggie about it […]

Chuck Jackson – Candy

In 1967, Papa Don Schroeder was hired as an independent producer by Florence Greenberg at Wand Records to work with one of their major stars, Chuck Jackson. Schroeder, who had been cutting hits on The Purifys and Oscar Toney, Jr. at American Sound in Memphis, planned on recording […]

Billy Lawson

Billy Lawson grew up just outside of Muscle Shoals next door to Junior Lowe and, like Junior, he had a guitar in his hand by the time he was six years old. Lowe became sort of his mentor (and guitar hero), and would allow him to sit-in with his band […]

Henry Henderson

Henry Henderson was one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known. He was also one hell of a Soul singer… one who just couldn’t seem to catch a break. When I visited Billy Lawson at Wishbone earlier this month, he asked me if I knew of […]

Willie Hightower – Out Of The Blue

Every once in a while the forces of the Universe seem to align just right, and pull things together in unforeseen and miraculous ways… this is one of those times. Willie Hightower, one of the truly great Soul Singers of our time, has just released his first album […]


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