Got to hang with some of my favorite people last night family reunion style. Artworks AF! Here I am with mural buddies @lioncriddle and @toebbebear, and @banzstudios who is making these super funky mural prints! @toebbebear and I did this tribute to #jamesbrown in 2015 and now you can have one in your home! So cool. And perfect that @afrochine was bringing the party as well, with the release of Queen City Kings, the #kingrecords documentary. Lots of love in the room! @pamkravetz and all the @artworkscincy crew: mad props for a blast of an event!!! #publicart#artworkshere#artplayshere#workhardplayhard#artcity
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45 of the day...
Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin’ Tonight / Good Morning Mr Blues
King 4210 (1952, recorded 1948)
Wynonie Harris, the king of Jump Blues and godfather of Rock & Roll. Roy Brown had Harris in mind for this song when he wrote it, but Harris initially refused. So Brown released it himself. On hearing Brown’s version Harris did record his own more raucous upbeat version some months later. Harris’ interpretation of the song has gone down in history as the seminal version.
For #flashbackfriday let's flash back to November 9th 1923. On this day all those years ago Hank Mizell was born in Dayton Beach, Florida. Who is Hank Mizell you may ask? And what has he got to do with The Wheelgrinders? Well I'll tell you. Hank Mizell was a struggling musician living in Chicago in 1958 when he and his band mate Jim Bobo recorded one of the all time classic Rockabilly songs, "Jungle Rock". It was released on the tiny Chicago based label Eko in November of 1958 and was reviewed in the November 10th issue of The Billboard, exactly 60 years ago tomorrow. Unfortunately sales were poor and the record bombed. It was heard by a King Records executive and re-released on that larger label a year later...but bombed again. After a couple more unsuccessful records Hank Mizell quit the music business and became a preacher in 1961. Fast forward ten years to 1971 and "Jungle Rock" shows up in Europe on a Dutch compilation LP of obscure Rockabilly songs. Hank was unaware of this. Fast forward again another five years and DJs in London, England began to play "Jungle Rock" for the burgeoning UK Rockabilly 'revival' crowd. The song became so popular that Charly Records licensed the rights and put it out as a single and it became a smash hit in the UK in the spring of 1976 and consequently a hit in many other European countries. So 18 years after he recorded "Jungle Rock" a bemused 52 year old Hank Mizell was told that he had a hit on his hands. He was whisked from his home in Murfreesboro, TN and appeared on many TV shows in Europe, unfortunately dressed in a ridiculous safari suit. And as for The Wheelgrinders connection. Greg was a 10 year old kid growing up in the UK when "Jungle Rock" hit and he played the record 'till the grooves wore out. Fast forward to 2017 and The Wheelgrinders debut album "Torque-Flite Baby" and proudly nestled among the tracks is our version of "Jungle Rock". Happy Birthday Hank!
Very honored to meet this classy gentleman, Philip Paul last night. I’ve been checking out a ton of his music over the past few months in preparation for Cincinnati King, which opened last night at @cincyplay . Cincinnati King is a play by KJ Sanchez about the founding of King Records and the truly iconic music Mr. Paul recorded there. Check out his discography and chances are, you’ve heard him.