Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Rock 'n Roll Gal


Although I fear the tag - I'll do this one from Diddums because it's only *6 words which describe my life*. How about?

Rocked Rolled Ranted Reacted - Retired Relaxed ...


I was always a sucker for alliteration.....

..and talking of Rock 'n Roll - my earliest experience was under the bedclothes with Jimmy Saville - on Radio Luxembourg.

We had The Everly Bros, Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Brenda Lee, Conway Twitty and - of course - Elvis. I fell in love with Don Everly when I saw his photo in the NME.

A few years later I ditched Don for George Harrison.

The Beatles and the Stones introduced us to the black blues artists who inspired them. So I lusted after George, but I listened to Muddy Waters, the Marvelettes, the Isley brothers, Rufus Thomas and John Lee Hooker. These were the names engraved on my school pencil case.

The first request I had played on the radio was 'Get out my Life Woman ' by Lee Dorsey.

Stax , Atlantic and Motown were the labels and Otis, Aretha, Wilson, Martha, Marvin, Sam and Dave were the artists. The Temptations are still my greatest guilty pleasure.

So I was very interested in the remarks made by Estelle this weekend about the difficulty that black soul singers have in getting a break in UK.

OK - so Duffy is a bit better looking than Rufus Thomas - but good for Estelle - it needed saying!
KAZ

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22 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

I can think of nothing to say today. Popular music has always passed me by at the time. I start listening to it about twenty years later.

I do remember Abba at Eurovision.

8:19 am  
Blogger Lucho said...

Hello my Name is Luis, I from Mexico and I Lisetin Rock Music but I have guilty pleasure same like you.

For me is Normal ,only should live whit This.

In my site, I have Photos of London, in the archive of september, are funny.
look them.

Sorry for the bad English, donĀ“t is my Lenguaje.

regards.

8:24 am  
Blogger Malc said...

Is there any reason why Rock 'N Roll Gal is wearing a 1960s Bristol City kit? She looks a bit like Chris Garland.

9:40 am  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Some of us still have Roy Orbison, the Everley Brothers, and Buddy Holly. With Blondie, they are the best for gym-music.

"under the bedclothes with Jimmy Savile".... yukkk!

10:11 am  
Blogger Betty said...

Under the bedclothes with Jimmy Saville. SHUDDER. Are you going to sell the story to the News Of The World after he dies? Mind you, even the News Of The World might find it a bit too disturbing to print.

You have got excellent music taste, and, of course, Estelle is right.

10:12 am  
Blogger liits said...

I, too, am shocked at the thought of you being under the bedclothes with Jimmy Saville. I always understood that he was "devoted to his mother". Was it his hair dye that you borrowed?

10:31 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Dave:
Time for a retrospective.

Buenos dias Lucho:
It's April 1st today - I thought you might be having a joke.
Your website is great - I'll be back to look at those photos.

Malc:
Chris Garland? - Well she is certainly well endowed.
I didn't know women played footie in the sixties.

Stitch:
I wouldn't fancy keeping up with Buddy Holly's version of 'A Brown Eyed Handsome Man'.
Phew.

Betty:
It was dark under the covers and I didn't see a picture of Jimmy 'til it was too late.
Thanks.

lilts:
He probably missed his mother when he was broadcsting 'The Teen and Twenty Disc Club' from Luxembourg.

I didn't need it then.

11:34 am  
Anonymous Lurkio said...

Hallo Miss Kaz and welcome,you sound very groovy young chick.
I too have many secret fantasies regarding Sir Jimmy Sommerville and dream that one day he will "Fix it For Me!".
In my early years my family were poor and could not afford 6shillings and 8 pence for proper singles so we listen to next best thing...Geno Washington and his Ram Jam Inn on the A1 and Sir Freddy Mack and his big band.
"Ain't to Proud to Beg" is my number One Tamla Pick and Sam & Dave's "Respect" my numbero One Stax.
Kaz you is my number one Blogging Babe!

1:00 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Estelle's music is much more catchy than yer Winehouses, Duffys, etc. But she's pop and they're the real deal, real deep white soul. The new Paul Youngs, the new Sam Browns, the new, dare I say it, Spandau Ballets. That's my kinda soul, from the deep white south.

1:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Lurkio:
Now - there's no way that your comment could be an April Fool. It has the ring of authenticity - unlike that dog who comes round here claiming to have his own blog (as if).

His favourites are Rufus Thomas - 'Walking the Dog' and Marvin Gaye - 'I'll be Doggone'.

So you can lurk round here any time Lurkio Daddio - and I'll put in a good word with little Jimmy.

Geoff:
'Soul from the deep white south' - so you don't go for 'Northern Soul' - like Simply Red?

2:15 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Did you rumba or reel?

Salsa or shimmy?

Twist or tarantella?

4:28 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Twisting under under the bedclothes with Jimmy Saville,
The Everly Bros, Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Brenda Lee, Conway Twitty and - of course - Elvis.........Bloody Big Bed!!!!

4:59 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

And to think I thought my mother's dog-eared lone Elvis LP was the only music.

5:38 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
In the words of Wilson Picket - Na na-na-na-na na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na - nowadays it's the soft shoe shuffle.

Tony:
I got that transistor radio for passing the 11+. It was like a box and it played when you opened the lid -there was plenty of room inside for everyone.

Laura:
Perhaps he is - some would say.

7:08 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

Oh you dear, wonderful woman. I think I'm in lurve! (what glorious music you latched on to)

1:51 am  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

ha! I always went to bed with 'Dave Ward'.............. On the radio.. and yes I flashed the lights and looked out to see if others did.
I can't fault your choice of mucis Kaz... apart from the Beatles.. my sister was a mad fan.. so it drove me bonkers having to listen to them our and over again.
Great comments on this one.
Tom

9:46 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rimshot:
(Blushes)
It's what made me the woman I am today - make of that what you will.

Wom:
I liked the Beatles - but not as much as the old black blues guys who inspired them. Apparently the singles would be brought back from the states to the Liverpool docks - so the scousers had the best music.

I would say that my commenters are wonderful - but they're big headed enough already.

11:17 am  
OpenID diddums said...

I wonder why the fellow the Rock 'n' Roll gal is standing with in the picture is looking so disapproving?

Like my ex-bf being asked silly questions... heh heh.

12:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Diddums:
But you think he'd be delighted to be asked silly questions by someone with curves like that.

9:50 am  
Blogger tony said...

Ah The Good 'Ol snap crackle+Pop of those wee Radios.......They way they used to fade in&out of signal made it seemed like they were coming from Mars!

3:51 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Tony:
Well they were coming from Luxemburg which might as well have been Mars to me.

5:49 pm  
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