Saturday, June 22, 2013

Charlie Gillett - Mose Allison/ Merchant

Another "City Beats" radio show from 4th March 1986 where Charlie's guests are Mose Allison and Merchant talking about the blues and soca  respectively.

Wikipedia says of Mose Allison  -  "Allison was born in Tippo, Mississippi. He played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school. He went to college at theUniversity of Mississippi for a while, then enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, from which he was graduated in 1952 with a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy. In 1956 he moved to New York City and launched his jazz career performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, Back Country Suite, was issued on the Prestige label in 1957. He formed his own trio in 1958.
It was not until 1963 that his record label allowed him to release an album entirely of vocals. Entitled Mose Allison Sings, it was an inspired collection of songs that paid tribute to artists of the Mojo TriangleSonny Boy Williamson ("Eyesight to the Blind"), Jimmy Rogers ("That's All Right") and Willie Dixon ("The Seventh Son"). However, it was an original composition in the album that brought him the most attention, "Parchman Farm." For more than two decades, "Parchman Farm" was his most requested song. He dropped it from his playlist in the 1980s because some critics felt it was politically incorrect. Explained Allison to Nine-O-One Network Magazine: "I don't do the cotton sack songs much anymore. You go to the Mississippi Delta and there are no cotton sacks. It's all machines and chemicals."
His music has influenced many blues and rock artists, including Jimi HendrixThe Rolling StonesTom WaitsThe YardbirdsJohn Mayall,J. J. CaleThe Who (who made "Young Man Blues" a staple of their live performances and used it to open their original Live at Leeds album), and Georgie Fame, who described him, at a concert at the Rose Theatre Kingston on 24 May 2013 as "more important than Bob Dylan". Blue Cheer also recorded a version of his song "Parchman Farm" on their debut album, as well as the band Cactus, featuring Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert in the very early seventies. The Yardbirds and The Misunderstood both recorded versions of his song "I'm Not Talking"

A few words HERE about Merchant who sadly died a few years back from Aids related illness.

Charlie Gillett  -  Merchant

Charlie Gillett  -  Mose Allison

Charlie Gillett  -  Mose Allison Pt. 2

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