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Hal Singer is aged 100, a renowned R&B/jazz artist, a survivor of Tulsa‚Äôs 1921 race massacre where Trump is holding a rally.
President Trump¬†plans to hold a political rally in Tulsa on Saturday, which he delayed by a day after scheduling it on Juneteenth, the holiday that marks the end of slavery.¬†The timing astonished historiansand outraged African Americans.
The official records of Hal Singer‚Äôs birth on Oct. 8, 1919, perished in the fires set by¬†white mobs during the rampage, which left as many as 300 black people dead and more than 10,000 homeless.
‚ÄúThe only trace of my existence, aside from myself, could be found in the family Bible: one date written on the first page and a single name, Harold,‚ÄĚ Singer wrote in¬†‚ÄúJazz Roads,‚ÄĚhis autobiography. ‚ÄúI was born. I am sure of the fact, since I am still living. But I never had the written proof.‚ÄĚ
The violence began unfolding on May 30th, 1921, when a 19-year-old shoe shiner named Dick Rowland walked into the Drexel Building to use the only toilet in downtown Tulsa available to black people.
Rowland stepped into an elevator on the first floor. By the time the elevator doors opened on the third floor, someone heard the white elevator operator, Sarah Page, shriek. Rowland, who may have stepped on her foot, was arrested and accused of assaulting a white woman.
A crowd of white men gathered outside the courthouse, where Rowland was jailed. Dozens of black men, including World War I veterans, rushed to the courthouse to protect him.
‚ÄúWe all knew what would happen to the young man. Hanging was a certainty,‚ÄĚ Singer recalled his father telling him later. ‚ÄúBlack families got involved and an important group of men organized a raid of the prison. They intended to free the man.‚ÄĚ
At the time, Greenwood was so affluent that it was nicknamed¬†Black Wall Street.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt call it the black part of town because in effect our section was an autonomous city in of itself: a perfectly structured community of about 30,000 people made up of three distinct neighborhoods,‚ÄĚ Singer recalled in his memoir. ‚ÄúWe had our own churches, stores, athletic fields, services and even our own police force. A bus line crossed our town-within-a-town, and since it was run by one of our own, you could sit anywhere in the bus that you liked.‚ÄĚ
It was rare that black people had to go into the white areas of Tulsa. But his mother, Annie Mae Singer, who was a well-known cook in Tulsa, had a business catering in houses owned by white people.
Singer‚Äôs mother later told him that during the 48 hours of the massacre, one of her white clients ‚Äúcourageously came to see us and drove my mother and me to the train station. She paid our passage to Kansas City and gave the conductor some money to protect us in case it was necessary.‚ÄĚ
Singer‚Äôs father, Charles Edward, who oversaw a team of white workers at a mechanical tools company, stayed behind to fight as white mobs raged through their neighborhood.
When Singer, his mother and his siblings returned to Tulsa after the violence ended, Greenwood was gone.
‚ÄúThe neighborhood where Hal was living was burned except for his church,‚ÄĚ said his wife, Arlette Singer. ‚ÄúThe family had to build another house. It was awful.‚ÄĚ
Witnesses described bodies being dumped in mass graves. Nearly a century later, the city plans to dig in Oaklawn Cemetery to learn whether there is a mass grave there, though the timeline has been delayed by¬†the pandemic.
Singer, who grew up playing violin as a child, attended Booker T. Washington, Tulsa‚Äôs all-black high school. Then he began studying the clarinet and, while attending college at Hampton Institute in Virginia, the tenor saxophone. During a break from college, Singer was recruited to play with Terrence ‚ÄúT.‚ÄĚ Holder, a legendary Tulsa band leader and innovative trumpeter.
It was 1938. Singer was only 19. ‚ÄúI played the saxophone nights for a white audience with the famous T. Holder,‚ÄĚ Singer recalled in his autobiography. ‚ÄúI was very lucky. The only problem was that my friends couldn‚Äôt come to hear me play because of segregation.‚ÄĚ
Eventually, Singer quit school to become a musician. He joined Jay McShann‚Äôs orchestra in 1943 before moving to New York, where he found work in various bands,according to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.¬†
In 1948, Singer formed his own group and was signed to Mercury Records, where he cut his first single, ‚ÄúFine as Wine.‚ÄĚ That year he recorded ‚ÄúCorn Bread,‚ÄĚ which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts,¬†according to his discography.¬†He followed ‚ÄúCorn Bread‚ÄĚ with another hit, ‚ÄúBeef Stew.‚ÄĚ
Singer was recruited for the Duke Ellington Orchestra and played with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles, among others.
After touring Europe with Earl ‚ÄúFatha‚ÄĚ Hines, Singer moved to France, where the minister of culture bestowed the title of ‚ÄúChevalier des Arts‚ÄĚ on him. He‚Äôd become increasingly disaffected with the United States because of its racial climate and oppression of African Americans.
‚ÄúFinally, in 1965,‚ÄĚ Singer wrote, ‚ÄúI decided to leave my country because of the civil rights protests.‚ÄĚ
In Paris, he fell in love with Arlette, with whom he has two daughters. He continued releasing albums for decades and was honored by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with a lifetime achievement award in 2013.
Singer has never forgotten Tulsa and what happened there, his wife said. But with his health failing, he wonders if there will ever be reparations for the lives lost and the properties destroyed.
‚ÄúI have no more trust in justice in my country,‚ÄĚ he told her. ‚ÄúIt is too tiring. It is too ugly.‚ÄĚ
Sunday, June 14th, 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the late, lamented musician Rory Gallagher.
With the current lockdown restrictions, understandably, events have had to be curtailed for the occasion; with the postponement of the unveiling of a statue outside of the Ulster Hall in Belfast, and the annual Rory Gallagher four-day music festival, in Ballyshannon, Ireland plus other planned tribute shows.
However, like the musician‚Äôs own ability to improvise, the day will be marked by Rory followers around the world. WDR TV, in Germany, will be transmitting his many infamous Rockpalast performances and other European countries will be broadcasting Rory documentaries and concert programming.
On the 14th, Eagle Rock in partnership with YouTube will screen Rory‚Äôs performance with Taste¬†at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 at 8:00 p.m. (BST) and in the build up to that a streamed mini Rory festival will be taking place across Facebook and YouTube, staring at 5pm, featuring a number of musicians who played with or are inspired by Rory.
Hosted by radio legend David ‚ÄėKid‚Äô Jensen, the stream will include ‘Band Of Friends’ featuring Rory‚Äôs former drummer and bass player Brendan O‚ÄôNeil and Gerry McAvoy, Belfast born singer/songwriter Dom Martin and Peter Donegan, son of Rory‚Äôs first musical hero Lonnie Donegan.
Hot Press, Ireland‚Äôs premier music and cultural, magazine are producing a special edition to honour the occasion (released June 18th) and together with Fender Musical Instruments they will host the opportunity for someone to win a Fender ‚ÄėRory Gallagher‚Äô replica Stratocaster. The publication will also feature contributions from the Rory‚Äôs many admiring peers including new interviews with Slash, Johnny Marr, J Mascis amongst others.
2020 has already been a successful year for Rory‚Äôs legend, with the release of the ‚ÄėCheck Shirt Wizard‚Äô album (a live collection of Rory‚Äôs early 1977 UK performances), saw the artist return to the album charts, notably, claiming the No.1 spot in Billboard’s Blues chart for three consecutive weeks. ‚ÄúThis is a crowning honour in celebrating my brother, in his anniversary year and especially an acknowledgement of his devoted following‚ÄĚ said D√≥nal Gallagher, Rory‚Äôs brother and manager.
D√≥nal Gallagher and Daniel Gallagher (Rory‚Äôs nephew and producer of Rory‚Äôs music catalogue) are both available for interviews.
At 8pm the Taste Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 concert can be streamed from:
Frank Zappa‚Äôs¬†The Mothers 1970¬†is set to be reissued digitally and as a 4CD box set on 26 June via Zappa Records/UMe.
Overseen by the Zappa Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister, Joe Travers, The Mothers 1970 collects together more than four hours of previously unreleased performances by the heralded line-up which lasted roughly seven months: Aynsley Dunbar (drums), George Duke (piano/keys/trombone), Ian Underwood (organ/keys/guitar), Jeff Simmons (bass/vocals) and Flo & Eddie aka Howard Kaylan (vocals) and Mark Volman (vocals/percussion) of The Turtles who performed under the aliases to skirt contractual limitations of performing under their own names. This iteration of The Mothers, which likely began rehearsals fifty years ago this month, came to an end in January of 1971 when Simmons quit the band during the making of the 200 Motels movie.
The Mothers 1970 encapsulates the band‚Äôs brief but productive span, which included two visits to the studio ‚Äď resulting in the acclaimed 1970 album, Chunga‚Äôs Revenge ‚Äď and tours across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Divided into four parts, the collection ‚Äď which includes 70 unreleased live and studio recordings¬†– is anchored by top notch studio recordings recorded at the famed London-based Trident Studios on June 21-22 with a then-young, unknown producer in the engineer chair by the name of Roy Thomas Baker, several years before he‚Äôd go on to have massive success working with Queen, The Cars and Alice Cooper to name a few.
An unreleased early mix by Baker of the Chunga‚Äôs Revenge track, ‚ÄėSharleena,‚Äô is just one of the many highlights of the studio recordings that also boasts two unearthed rough mixes of the Zappa/Simmons co-write, ‚ÄėWonderful Wino,‚Äô that showcase vocals and an alternate guitar solo by Zappa that has been lost to the ages as the original multi-track stems were recorded over. Of the material recorded during this two-day span, ‚ÄėSharleena‚Äô was the only song ever officially released ‚Äď so tracks like ‚ÄėRed Tubular Lighter,‚Äô ‚ÄėGiraffe‚Äô and an unheard version of ‚ÄėEnvelopes‚Äô are completely brand new to fans half a century later.
The band‚Äôs live prowess is represented with a slew of concert recordings, including the first official release of the oft bootlegged ‚ÄėPiknik‚Äô performance originally broadcast on Dutch radio station VRPO, and live performances from concerts in Santa Monica, Calif. and Spokane, Wash. which have been edited together and presented as a hybrid concert since both shows were not fully captured. The release is rounded out with a selection of live highlights recorded around the U.S., interspersed with candid moments recorded in dressing rooms, motel lobbies and the stage by Zappa who took his personal UHER recorder everywhere. All recordings comprising The Mothers 1970 were sourced from their original tapes discovered in The Vault and digitally transferred and compiled by Travers in 2020. Some tracks were mixed by longtime Zappa Trust associate Craig Parker Adams and the collection was mastered by John Polito at Audio Mechanics.
It wasn‚Äôt until 1971 when Zappa would start documenting his gigs with a ¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ 4-track recorder so the 1970 tours were not captured in typical fashion. Instead Zappa recorded as much as he could using his personal UHER recorder and it is these recordings that make up the second half of The Mothers 1970.
Because of the nature of the recordings it was almost virtually impossible for Zappa to record full shows due to the limitations of the tape recorder and the fact he would often times personally spool tape on the machine on stage while playing. Occasionally Zappa would have the soundman set up the recorder in the venue to tape the concert. This resulted in ambient recordings which was the case for the Santa Monica and Spokane recordings as well as the live performances that make up the final disc.
Similar to the Gail Zappa-created ‚ÄúRoad Tapes‚ÄĚ live series, these recordings contain audience noise allowing listeners to experience what it was like to be there. The set lists focus heavily on songs from the albums Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, We‚Äôre Only In It For The Money, Uncle Meat, the then-recently released Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and early workings of songs that would eventually be released months later on Chunga‚Äôs Revenge. Some of the many highlights include the extended guitar workouts, the first version of ‚ÄėEasy Meat‚Äô and rare live performances of ‚ÄėWould You Go All The Way?‚Äô and ‚ÄėRoad Ladies.‚Äô
Following Zappa‚Äôs especially productive year of 1969, which saw him record and release several albums, including Uncle Meat and Hot Rats, produce Captain Beefheart‚Äôs outsider classic, Trout Mask Replica, as well as the one and only album for The GTO‚Äôs, the musician disbanded the original Mothers Of Invention and started experimenting with smaller lineups. Through a variety of circumstances and several chance encounters, Zappa began to assemble his new group of collaborators, with the only original Mother being Ian Underwood.
As Travers writes in the enlightening liner notes, which also include a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes photos from this era: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs no secret that Frank was excited about this group. The cast of characters and their personalities, musically and personally, made for a very eventful and humorous chapter in Zappa‚Äôs career. Frank had a blast with these guys. Their sound was unique, their humor was like no other and yet their time was ultimately short lived.‚ÄĚ
The Mothers 1970 is out on 26th June.
Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.
Disc 1: Trident Studios, London, England June 21-22, 1970
1. ‚ÄėRed Tubular Lighter‚Äô
2. ‚ÄėLola Steponsky‚Äô
3. ‚ÄėTrident Chatter‚Äô
4. ‚ÄėSharleena‚Äô (Roy Thomas Baker Mix)
5. ‚ÄėItem 1‚Äô
6. ‚ÄėWonderful Wino‚Äô (FZ Vocal)
7. ‚ÄėEnormous Cadenza‚Äô
9. ‚ÄėRed Tubular Lighter‚Äô (Unedited Master)
10. ‚ÄėWonderful Wino‚Äô (Basic Tracks, Alt. Take)
11. ‚ÄėGiraffe‚Äô ‚Äď Take 4
12. ‚ÄėWonderful Wino‚Äô (FZ Vocal, Alt. Solo)
Disc 2: Live Highlights Part 1 ‚Äď ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ VPRO June 18, 1970 / Pepperland September 26, 1970
‚ÄėIntroducing‚Ä¶The Mothers‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėWonderful Wino‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėConcentration Moon‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėMom & Dad‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėThe Air‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėDog Breath‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėMother People‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėYou Didn‚Äôt Try To Call Me‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėAgon‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėCall Any Vegetable‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėKing Kong Pt. I‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėIgor‚Äôs Boogie‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėKing Kong Pt. II‚Äô (Live on ‚ÄúPiknik‚ÄĚ June 18, 1970)
‚ÄėWhat Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?‚Äô (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
‚ÄėBwana Dik‚Äô (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
‚ÄėDaddy, Daddy, Daddy‚Äô (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
‚ÄėDo You Like My New Car?‚Äô (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
‚ÄėHappy Together‚Äô (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
Disc 3: Live Highlights Part 2 ‚Äď Hybrid Concert: Santa Monica August 21, 1970 / Spokane September 17, 1970
1. ‚ÄėWelcome To El Monte Legion Stadium!‚Äô (Live)
2. ‚ÄėAgon‚Äô (Live)
3. ‚ÄėCall Any Vegetable‚Äô (Live)
4. ‚ÄėPound For A Brown‚Äô (Live)
5. ‚ÄėSleeping In A Jar‚Äô (Live)
6. ‚ÄėSharleena‚Äô (Live)
7. ‚ÄėThe Air‚Äô (Live)
8. ‚ÄėDog Breath‚Äô (Live)
9. ‚ÄėMother People‚Äô (Live)
10. ‚ÄėYou Didn‚Äôt Try To Call Me‚Äô (Live)
11. ‚ÄėKing Kong Pt. I‚Äô (Live)
12. ‚ÄėIgor‚Äôs Boogie‚Äô (Live)
13. ‚ÄėKing Kong Pt. II‚Äô (Live)
14. ‚ÄėEat It Yourself‚Ä¶‚Äô (Live)
15. ‚ÄėTrouble Every Day‚Äô (Live)
16. ‚ÄėA Series Of Musical Episodes‚Äô (Live)
17. ‚ÄėRoad Ladies‚Äô (Live)
18. ‚ÄėThe Holiday Inn Motel Chain‚Äô (Live)
19. ‚ÄėWhat Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening?‚Äô (Live)
20. ‚ÄėWhat Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?‚Äô (Live)
Disc 4: Live Highlights Part 3 ‚Äď FZ Tour Tape Recordings
1. ‚ÄėWhat‚Äôs The Deal, Dick?‚Äô
2. ‚ÄėAnother M.O.I. Anti-Smut Loyalty Oath‚Äô (Live)
3. ‚ÄėPaladin Routine #1‚Äô (Live)
4. ‚ÄėPortuguese Fenders‚Äô (Live)
5. ‚ÄėThe Sanzini Brothers‚Äô (Live)
6. ‚ÄėGuitar Build ‚Äô70‚Äô (Live)
7. ‚ÄėWould You Go All The Way?‚Äô (Live)
8. ‚ÄėEasy Meat‚Äô (Live)
9. ‚ÄėWho Did It?‚Äô
10. ‚ÄėTurn It Down!‚Äô (Live)
11. ‚ÄėA Chance Encounter In Cincinnati‚Äô
12. ‚ÄėPound For A Brown‚Äô (Live)
13. ‚ÄėSleeping In A Jar‚Äô (Live)
14. ‚ÄėBeloit Sword Trick‚Äô (Live)
15. ‚ÄėKong Solos Pt. I‚Äô (Live)
16. ‚ÄėIgor‚Äôs Boogie‚Äô (Live)
17. ‚ÄėKong Solos Pt. II‚Äô (Live)
18. ‚ÄėGris Gris‚Äô (Live)
19. ‚ÄėPaladin Routine #2‚Äô (Live)
20. ‚ÄėKing Kong ‚Äď Outro‚Äô (Live)
A song catcher, dedicated to recording the traditional, regional, down home music of America, his adopted home after his family left Germany at the close of WWII. Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin‚Äô Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Rose Maddox, Flaco Jimenez‚Ä¶ the list is long and mighty.
Chris Strachwitz is a keeper.¬†His vault is jam-packed with 78s, 33s, 45s, reel-to-reels, cassettes, videos, photographs ‚ÄĒ an archive of all manner of recordings. And an avalanche of lifetime achievement awards ‚ÄĒ from the Grammy‚Äôs, The Blues Hall of Fame, The National Endowment for the Arts ‚Äď for some 60 years of recording and preserving the musical cultural heritage of this nation through his label, Arhoolie Records.
Featuring interviews with Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt.
‚ÄúThe Passion of Chris Strachwitz‚ÄĚ was produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell, mixed by Jim McKee. For The Goethe Institute‚Äôs Big Pond series.
Bob Dylan has announced his first album of original songs in eight years.
‚ÄėRough And Rowdy Ways’ will be released on 19thJune. It follows three albums of cover versions with his previous album of his own songs,¬†Tempest, released in 2012.
Two songs from the new album have been released in recent weeks.¬†Murder Most Foul¬†is his longest song ever at 17 minutes, a mystical reflection on the JFK assassination that also rakes over decades of American popular culture.
Dylan has now released an upbeat blues-rock number called¬†False Prophet, where Dylan voices the figure in the title with a certain swagger: ‚ÄúI ain‚Äôt no false prophet / I just said what I said / I‚Äôm just here to bring vengeance on somebody‚Äôs head.‚ÄĚ
Off The Record makes the record-collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement!
Owner of one of the finest collections of prewar blues, country and jazz records in the world, Joe Bussard has been one of the most famed and accessible names in the 78rpm world for generations.
Great short film with great stories.
One of Stockport‚Äôs best loved progressive and heavy rock bands Savory Duck have released two excellent downloadable albums which are available from the band‚Äôs website and on the usual download music sites.
The Duck sprang from a four-piece heavy rock band called Burial who specialised in covers of tracks by Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster and US power rock giants Grand Funk Railroad.
In the early 1970s they formed a new progressive rock band Savory Duck based around the guitar, keyboard and song writing skills of Arny Sage.
Their main influences were bands such as Caravan, (the cult Canterbury progressive rock band); prog rock favourites Gentle Giant and Greenslade, the spin off band lead by ex Colosseum organist Dave Greenslade.
The band played a number of well received gigs at Manchester‚Äôs Stoneground, (supporting Caravan); Bradford University, (supporting ex-Curved Air violinist and keyboards man Darryl Way and his band Wolf) and Stockport Town Hall with guitarist Gordon Giltrap.
They also held down regular gigs at Stockport‚Äôs Mersey Tavern. A local newspaper report described the band as ‚ÄúFluid, competent and professionally flawless‚ÄĚ.
The Duck disbanded in 1976 but played occasional gigs and continued to lay down tracks at a number of studio‚Äôs including the famous Strawberry Studios in Stockport.
Also issued is a polished album of demo recordings ‚ÄėThe Duck Studio Demo‚Äôs‚Äô cut between 1975 and 1976 at Strawberry Studios with one track ‚ÄėVariation 55‚Äô cut and mixed between 2001 and 2003 at Cavalier Studios in Stockport.
These albums are a must for progressive and heavy rock fans and can be downloaded at the band‚Äôs website (and they have a Facebook site too) which contains details of the band‚Äôs ever evolving membership, details of these two albums, recording data, historical band photos and memorabilia.
Not to be missed by fans of 1970s progressive rock.