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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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Next week

Stars of classic R&B

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May 15, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 243 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 7th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

We didn’t have time to provide advance notice of our return show.  We came back on the air for the first time since September 2016. The playlist spanned a variety of styles of blues, R&B, gospel and soul. You can’t hear the show live but you can stream or download.

On the Show:

Bill Doggett & His Combo – Hop Wilson – Link Davis – Bukka White – Sippie Wallace – Jack Penewell – Harrison Kennedy – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Chuck Norris – Georgia Peach – Sons of the South – Denise LaSalle – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until July 2nd. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks.

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

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December 22, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 209 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 22nd, (1:00 to 2:30pm)

Our fifth Christmas special at CFMU. Inveitably there will be some tracks we have played before but most will be material new to the program. Blues, R&B, Gospel and, possibly, a bit of soul

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Blues, Gospel and R&B spanning the years 1925 to 2003. Time permitting, some Cajun and Soul. 

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On the Show:

Trudy Lynn – Louis Jordan – Ozie Ware – Rev. J.M. Gates – Alphabetical Four – Vera Ward Hall – John Lee Hooker– Alex Bradford Singers –  + (time permitting) – Blind Boys of Alabama – Vin Bruce – Mack Rice – Lowell Fulson

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

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Merry Christmas. Season’s Greetings.

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 (December 29th)

New Year’s special – R&B, Modern Blues and not much else in between.

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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 162 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 30th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

For the week between Christmas and New Year’s we generally dispense with any broad themes or features on the program and minimize the commentary. This year’s end of the year show will be heavy on Chicago blues from the album era with some R&B on the side.

On the Show:

Big Jay McNeely – Michelle Willson – Shakura S’Aida – Lefty Bates – Son Seals – Zora Young – Freddie Roulette – Eddie Kirkland – Sue Foley – Roy Milton – and 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 January 28th

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 (January 6th)

Can’t tell you now what we’ll be doing on our first program in 2015 but it will be varied.

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September 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 149 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 30th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week we continue our survey of rhythm and blues, begun last week, through the years 1947 and 1948. Commercial recording was interrupted by the second American Federation of Musicians strike, the second so-called “Petrillo Ban”, which lasted most of 1948. For that reason, most of what was released by the record companies in 1948 was recorded in late 1947 and stockpiled for later release. 1947 saw the emergence of new down-home blues performers, including Muddy Waters, Smokey Hogg and Lightnin’ Hopkins on independent labels as Columbia and Victor carried on with limited blues recording based in Chicago and diminishing rosters. That’s not our focus on this week’s show. Mostly, the record companies continue to concentrate their resources upon the new urban-based music, “jump” R&B combos, with musicians versed in playing jazz and  that’s the music that we are featuring in this three-week series of programs.

On the Show:

Todd Rhodes & His Orchestra – Albert Ammons – Hadda Brooks – Gene Phillips – Nellie Lutcher – Bull Moose Jackson – Jimmy Witherspoon – Wild Bill Moore – Louis Jordan = Roy Milton – Dixieaires

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 October 28th.

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 (October 7th)

Our survey of R&B continues through the music’s great year, 1949.

Errors and Omissions

Two weeks ago we played a version of the song “Today I Started Loving Your Again” by Bettye Swann. We anoounced that it was a George Jones song.  Of course, it was not.It was written by Merle Haggard.

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September 28, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 148 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 23rd, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Last week’s program began as what was intended to be a representative survey of rhythm & blues from the beginning to about the mid-fifties. The i.d. “rhythm & blues” has been misapplied over the decades and we’re sure there are people who aren’t sure exactly what we are referring to when we use the term. The idea was for last week’s program to let the playlist describe the scope of classic rhythm & blues. “Rhythm & Blues” is first an industry term, used for marketing purposes, but it aptly captures the phenomenon of blues music blended with elements of jazz. Of course, it was used as a blanket term to describe all the records on the African-American charts, formerly known as “race” or, later, as “sepia”. The best-seller chart was known for a while as the Harlem Hit Parade. Thus the term embraced popular jazz records, down-home blues and popular ballads sold to African Americans, as documented by the industry publication, Billboard Magazine. The term was invented by Jerry Wexler while he was a writer for Billboard and applied retroactively to records issued in the post-World war 2 era and to a few records issued in the war years.

When we assembled the program, we wound up taking a different track from the one we had started with. We wound up concentrating on the early years of R&B, starting with a few records from the war era and proceeding barely into 1947. We’ll resume this survey with next week’s program, taking us further into the R&B era.

On the Show:

Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra – Cecil Gant – Erskine Hawkins – Joe Turner – Gatemouth Moore – Helen Humes – Roy Milton – Wynonie Harris – Julia Lee – 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 October 21st..

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 (September 30th)

We continue into the late 1940s with our R&B survey.

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