September 10, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 256 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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Last week, our program began with a feature on post-war Chicago blues based upon recordngs spanning the years !947 to 1960. This week, we cover the similar period in Detroit Blues. Detroit had a significant down-home blues scene but not the recording industry that existed in Chicago before Motown. Detroit attracted African-American migrants from he South, like Chicago, and from many of the same places although from a slightly more southeastern range of territory. Chicago had steel and meat packing. Detroit had auto. We have recordings dating from 1949 to 1959.

We also have some latter-day Detroit blues recordings, a short venture into country records from the Motor City, a segment devoted to Gospel from Detroit, including a quartet believed to have Wilson Pickett as lead, and a bit of funky Detroit Soul.

On the Show:

Todd Rhodes & His Septet – Charlie Spand – Calvin Frazier – Eddie Burns – Eddie Kirkland – Baby Boy Warren – Bobo Jenkins  – York Brothers – Alberta Adams – Flying Clouds of Detroit – Rev. C.L. Franklin – Meditation Singers – Laura Lee – Boogie Woogie Red  – 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 5th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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



April 22, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 177 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario) – REPEAT

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, April 21st, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Chicago Soul special: Long story. We had in mind to take this week off but last week’s show went off the rails because we left some material for the show at home. We also had a malfunctioning audio pot on our on-air board although it was repaired during the program. Anyway, we decided to repeat last week’s program but as it was planned, so this week’s program is a repeat of last week’s, albeit with the complete playlist and a working audio board.

Today the terms “Blues” and “Soul” are often combined in a phrase and no one blinks. Blues and Soul shows. Soul and Blues festivals. There was a time when soul music was the enemy for come-lately fans of blues. Blues were authentic and organic; Soul was the inauthentic progeny of commerce. Even B.B. King and Bobby Bland were condemned in some quarters as betrayers of the real blues tradition. How far away that all seems. Meanwhile, performers like James Cotton and Junior Wells were adapting their repertoires and songlists, and others, like Little Milton and Syl Johnson became known as soul artists even though they’d begun singing and playing blues.

Besides electric versions of down-home blues, Chicago was also home to R&B combos and vocal groups. And it was the base for important gospel acts although many of the labels that recorded gospel were located in New York or on the Coast.

All of the strands of Chicago’s African American music were reflected somewhere in the development of soul music in Chicago. The music was quite diverse. Those who grew up in the south, like Otis Clay, Lee Williams, and Syl Johnson, tended to draw more upon on the blues or hard gospel. Vocal groups that formed in the Chicago high schools, like the Impressions, favoured cooler sounds.

Chicago had its own soul labels, artists, songwriters, producers and arrangers. Soul music from Chicago could be identified by its distinct vocal harmonies, brass arrangements, and rhythm, distinct from Stax or Muscle Shoals, or from Motown.

We were working on a new playlist for this week’s show but we got busy and when we looked back at an earlier playlist from 30 months ago we decided we’d rework and repeat that particular show. We’ll present the new program in the coming weeks.

On the Show:

Willie Henderson – Moonglows – Impressions – Bobby Miller – Etta James – Knight Brothers – Gene Chandler – Laura Lee – Lee “Shot” Williams – Barbara Acklin – Otis Clay – and many others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until May 18th.

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 (April 28th)



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