Blues

Blues before Sunrise,Prima del’Alba

God have mercy

Just the blues

Ladies and gentlemen may I present
Ecco a voi vi presente

The one and only
L’Unico

John Lee Hooker

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Fermate tutti gli orologi, isolate il telefono

 FUNERAL BLUES

W. H. Auden

BLUES IN MEMORIA

Fermate tutti gli orologi, isolate il telefono,
fate tacere il cane con un osso succulento,
chiudete i pianoforte, e tra un rullio smorzato
portate fuori il feretro, si accostino i dolenti.

Incrocino aeroplani lamentosi lassù
e scrivano sul cielo il messaggio Lei È Morto,
allacciate nastri di crespo al collo bianco dei piccioni,
i vigili si mettano guanti di tela nera.

Lei era il mio Nord, il mio Sud, il mio Est ed Ovest,
la mia settimana di lavoro e il mio riposo la domenica,
il mio mezzodì, la mezzanotte, la mia lingua, il mio canto;
pensavo che l’amore fosse eterno: e avevo torto.

Non servon più le stelle: spegnetele anche tutte;
imballate la luna, smontate pure il sole;
svuotatemi l’oceano e sradicate il bosco;
perché ormai più nulla può giovare.

(Traduzione di Gilberto Forti)

Ernest Tubb

Country Music 1940 -196?

Never heard this guy before

or

Maybe Never  Again

but

There’s worse  I’ll listen again

and maybe tommorow buy me a tie (Just like his)

 

I Wonder Why You Said Goodbye

Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin

Mean Mama Blues

Just A Drink Away

I’ll Get Along Somehow

Don’t She Look Good

Dear Judge

Our Baby’s Book,(Get your hankies out Warning)

lets say goodbye

Bobby Bland an Obituary

Dull the Pain

Was looking about for the frase in a song “Dull the Pain”, thought it ws maybe B.B. King, then maybe Bobby Bland and bumped into this article from:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10139852/Bobby-Bland.html
I was one of his many white fans

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, who has died aged 83, was one of the finest rhythm and blues vocalists of the past half century; unlike his great friend BB King, however, he never crossed over to a white audience.

Bobby Bland

Bobby Bland

Born Robert Calvin Bland at the small town of Rosemark, Tennessee, on January 27 1930, he began singing in church gospel choirs. As a child he worked alongside his mother picking cotton and never went to school, remaining illiterate throughout his life; this, combined with a natural reticence, gave him a shy, vulnerable quality that fitted the tender blues ballads he came to sing.

By the age of 12 he was performing outside the local store, accompanying himself on a jew’s harp and a “guitar” fashioned from a flattened peach tin. Moving to Memphis in 1947, he joined a gospel quartet called The Miniatures avid frequented the bars on Beale Street. Among the friends he made there were the future stars Roscoe Gordon, Junior Parker, Johnny Ace, Ike Turner and BB King. King formed several of the young men into the Beale Streeters, while Turner took Bland to Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Studios, who recorded Bland in 1950, leasing the record to Chess Records in Chicago. Bland then began supporting BB King in concert while working as the guitarist’s driver and valet. He signed to Duke Records in 1952 before being drafted into the US Army.

On his discharge in 1954, Bland began recording in Houston for Duke’s new owner, Don Robey. According to Bland’s biographer, Charles Farley, when the two men first met, “Robey handed Bobby a new contract, which Bobby could not read, and helped Bobby sign his name on it”.

The deal allowed Bland half a cent per record, when the industry standard was around two cents per side.

In the capable hands of the trumpeter/arranger Joe Scott, and accompanied by the beautiful touch of the guitarist Wayne Bennett, Bland’s raw, open-throated gospel style of singing was transformed into a voice which could express exquisite tenderness and heartache. His 1961 album Two Steps From The Blues is a masterpiece which won the admiration of artists such as Elvis Presley, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart.

The blues boom of the 1960s found many black artists winning white rock audiences, but Bland was not destined to be among them. Partly this was because his music was too subtle, too “adult”, for teenagers demanding screaming guitar solos and songs about voodoo; and partly it was due to Robey’s vice-like grip on Bland’s career — the Texan entrepreneur managed Bland’s bookings, recordings and personal finances, and when the two men fell out in 1968 Bland found himself stripped of his band and direction. He spent two months in jail for failing to pay alimony, and descended into depression and alcoholism.

Bland kept working “the chitlin’ circuit”, the network of black American nightclubs where he always drew an audience; and in 1972, having sobered up, he re-signed with Robey’s Duke Records.

Duke was sold to ABC-Dunhill in 1973, and the larger label invested in breaking Bland to a wider audience. His California Album (1973) and Dreamer (1974) partially succeeded in this, as did a pair of live albums cut with his old friend BB King.

But while critics hailed his magnificent baritone voice, describing him as “the lion of the blues” and “the sepia Sinatra”, Bland lacked King’s charisma, being an introverted character both on and offstage. In the 1970s he recorded country and disco albums in further attempts to widen his audience, but without success. By the early Eighties his recordings were becoming formulaic.

His signing to Malaco, a small Mississippi label dedicated to the kind of soul-blues that Bland had helped to invent, got him back in touch with his roots, and the 1985 album Members Only proved a big hit with his core audience – blacks and blue-collar Southerners. From then on Bland remained with Malaco, regularly releasing albums and playing to packed audiences at the new clubs that had taken over the chitlin’ circuit venues.

While his albums of the past 20 years have rarely been impressive, Bland remained a remarkable singer, his voice still able to move effortlessly between a caress and a roar. Van Morrison brought Bland to Britain several times as his “special guest”; and in 2008 the Simply Red vocalist Mick Hucknall recorded Tribute To Bobby, an entire album of songs originally recorded by Bland. When Bland and Hucknall met the press in Memphis, the blues singer admitted to having no idea who Hucknall was.

In 1992 Bobby Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1997 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Willie Mae, and by a daughter and a son.

Bobby Bland, born January 27 1930, died June 23 2013