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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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."
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
(show opening music bed is Tricia Boutte and Paul Longstreth's "Oh New Orleans Here I Come (reprise)" - featuring Dr John on Hammond B-3 organ.)
New Birth Brass Band - "Jesus On The Mainline"
Mahalia Jackson - "It Don't Cost Very Much"
(Music bed: Mahalia Jackson - "I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song.")
Tricia Boutte - "Keep Your Hand On The Plough"
(Music bed: Aaron Neville - "Wrong Number")
Aaron Neville - "How Could I Help But Love You"
(Music bed: Aaron Neville - "For Every Boy There's A Girl")
(Music bed: Johnny Adams - "Losing Battle")
Aaron Neville with Johnny Adams - "Never Alone"
Johnny Adams - "Release Me"
(Music bed: Glen David Andrews - "Didn't It Rain"
(Music bed: the Delta Southernaires - "Bye and Bye")
The Spiders - "Three times Seven is Twenty-One"
(Music bed: Irma Thomas - "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)")
Irma Thomas - "I Wish Someone Would Care"
(Music bed: Irma Thomas - "Don't Mess With My Man")
(Music bed: Irma Thomas - "Time Is On My Side")
Irma Thomas - "Just a Little While to Stay Here"
(Sacred steel music bed: Glenn Lee - "Joyful Sounds")
The Lee Boys - "Going to Glory"
Hot 8 Brass Band - "I'll Fly Away"
(Outro music bed: Matt Lemmler - "Wade In The Water")
NEW ORLEANS CALLING is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City.
Host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, intrepid field recorder, and co-producer is George Ingmire. Dave Ankers is the producer. Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Vocal tracks produced by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Live tracks mixed by Damond Jacob and Tony Guillory.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.
Special thanks to:
Sally Young and Crystal Gross, for their voice talents;
WWOZ’s Dwayne Breashears, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Maryse Dejean;
Rachel Lyons, Dolores Hooper, and the Archives of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation;
and to WWOZ's interns: Olivia Broslawsky, James Bullard, Candace Crawford, Ben Russell, and Lily Wasserman.