September 22, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 257 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 17th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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The term “R&B” is still used today to describe “urban” or African-American style music that is not hiphop. Just our opinion but it seems unfortunate that no more accurate term has been applied to this current field of music.

The term “rhythm & blues” was introduced in 1949 by Billboard Magazine to categorize what previously was categorized as “race music”. Jerry Wexler has been credited with advocating the new term. “Rhythm & Blues” thus began to be used as a term for marketing and merchandising music but it would soon applied more specifically to the music that emerged around the time of the Second World War and appeared to  be a hybrid of jazz and blues.

It’s in that sense that we apply the term on The Blues & Rhythm Show and we also talk about “classic” rhythm & blues” by which we mean music that began to form at the end of the 1930s and remained broadly popular until roughly 1954 when rock and roll entered the scene in a major way while social and economic change and, importantly,  changing aspirations, began to have an impact upon blues culture.

This week a survey of what we call Classic Rhythm & Blues spanning the years 1941 to 1955. Stars of the R&B era as well as less prominent performers are included in the mix. Also, a selection of retro performances of music from the classic R&B era.

On the Show:

Earl Jackson – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Bull Moose Jackson – Mabel Smith – Rubberlegs Williams – Roomful of Blues – Shakura S’Aida – Johnny Nocturne Band – Roy Milton – Percy Mayfield – Dinah Washington – Charles Brown – Johnny Ace & Big Mama Thornton – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until November 12th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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Contact Us:

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week

Stars of classic R&B


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June 24, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 85 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Part of our mandate on the Blues & Rhythm Show is to present classic Rhythm & Blues on a regular basis. This week, we present a loose survey of the R&B scene between 1944 and early 1950, with an emphasis on the blues side of Rhythm & Blues. In our survey, many of the prominent artists of the era and a few obscurities, as well.

On the show: 

Jack McVea with Rabon Tarrant, Saunders King, Buddy Johnson, King Perry, Joe Liggins, Martha Davis, Tiny Bradshaw, Earl Jackson, Little Miss Cornshucks, Dinah Washington, Amos Milburn

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until July 23rd.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (July 2nd)

No plan yet for next week but we’re thinking about some summer specials for July and August, including a program devoted to Louisiana traditions, including Cajun and zydeco music.



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