Summary: New Orleans Calling, episode 2, Didn't It Rain
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This week's episode, titled "Didn't It Rain," focuses on the connection between R&B singers and gospel music, particularly in New Orleans. Through the voices of Mahalia Jackson, Tricia Boutte, Chuck Carbo, Irma Thomas and more, we start to look at another side of these singer's careers.
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Every week on NEW ORLEANS CALLING, we provide additional material online to accompany each show, in case you're interested in finding out more... Sometimes it's going more in-depth, sometimes it's something cool we didn't have time to go into, and sometimes it's just plain fun.
Here's a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week's show, "Didn't It Rain":
From biography.com, here are some details of the life of the great Mahalia Jackson.
Tricia Boutte also performs with Paul Longstreth as Teedy and the Bootleg Operation. Here's a video for "Oh New Orleans Here I Come," an R&B number they released this spring -- and the video includes cameos from many New Orleans musicians. (An instrumental version of this song, featuring Dr John on Hammond B-3 organ, was the background for the opening of this week's show.)
Here's a great video of Johnny Adams, with George Porter Jr on bass:
Chuck Carbo and the Spiders' first recorded R&B with Cosimo Matassa, an important figure in New Orleans music, who recorded Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Lee Dorsey and Professor Longhair, among many others.
Irma Thomas is the Soul Queen of New Orleans! Her version of Time Is On My Side was the blueprint for the hit version by the Rolling Stones. Check out this performance from a few years ago -- which features many New Orleans greats, including Allen Toussaint.
Here's a video of sacred steel musicians The Lee Boys performing "Wade in the Water" live at the FurPeace Ranch, with Tressa Boles on vocals.
And just one more: here is a video of the Hot 8 Brass Band, performing "Ghost Town."