Archive | May, 2014

#LISSEN. SOULED OUT.

31 May

#LISSEN.  SOULED OUT.

My first LP was a Frank Sinatra album, ‘Songs for swinging lovers’. Nice enough album and I have always admired Sinatra’s immaculate timing . However, the real reason for buying that album was because I had just purchased my new record player from this shop. The owner also sold baby perambulators, electric fires and other household goods,  I  needed a record to play on my new machine. The guy had just started to stock record players and this was the only shop in our small Scottish town offering this new type of business during the fifties. Problem was – he had not considered stocking any records for these new machines. I guess a sharp salesman had persuaded him to stock this Sinatra LP to get things started.

My choice would have favoured anything by Bobby Bland. I had only occasionally heard Bobby Bland, sometimes on the very sparse jazz programmes on BBC radio during the early fifties. His soul singing impressed me immediately although I had never heard the description soul singing at that time. That title was not in use in the U.K. then, but that did not matter a jot to me, I was an immediate fan of Bobby Bland and have remained so ever since. Just listen to him sing, ‘Who will the next fool be’, or, ‘Stormy Monday’, then, if you are one of the lucky ones, you will understand what I am talking about. Good luck.

Andy.

You can find out more about Andy here. amazon.com/author/andywishartpage  

 

#LISSEN. SOULED OUT.

23 May

#LISSEN.  SOULED OUT – Ray Charles.

I souled out years ago – and I’m proud.

I remember (Aaw geez – he is going to tell a wee story – run away!). I remember the first time I heard the great Ray Charles. It was our Wednesday rehearsal night when our lead guitar player Ian McMillan brought a round black disk with a hole in the middle and insisted we listen to this LP before we started to rehearse. We heard a long and teasing intro played on a magic piano with drums and bass making an entrance building up the anticipation before Ray started the vocal for What’d I say. My poetic side exploded and I shouted out in my rough, country way, “Who the f*** is that?” and I was souled out for the rest of my life. We immediately adopted the music of the now late but still great Ray Charles to feature at every possible opportunity when we played.

Here is a pic of my rock ‘n’ roll band playing a Ray Charles type number at The Place club in Edinburgh in the early sixties. You can read all about these magic nights and other stories in my second ‘Daze’ book , My Rock ‘N’ Roll Daze by Andrew Wishart. (that’s me). Check it out. https://www.amazon.com/author/andywishartpageImage

#LISSEN. SOULED OUT.

17 May

#LISSEN.  SOULED OUT.

#LISSEN.  SOULED OUT.

This week we are going closer to home and taking a wee trip down memory lane to Scotland during the swinging sixties. Did you think it was all biscuit box tartan and bagpipes in Scotland at that time? Not quite. I was leading my band, The Andy Russell Seven then, we had just discovered the music of Ray Charles and times they were a changin’.

I thought I would let you know that I have just published my daft memoirs of the sixties music scene in, My Rock ‘N’ Roll Daze by Andrew Wishart on Amazon Kindle. You can check it out on this link and even have a wee free peek. OOOoooh!

https://www.amazon.com/author/andywishartpage

 

 

#LISSEN. THE BLOODY TOWER OF LONDON.

11 May

#LISSEN. THE BLOODY TOWER OF LONDON..

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#LISSEN. THE BLOODY TOWER OF LONDON.

11 May

#LISSEN.  THE BLOODY TOWER OF LONDON.

Pipes and Drums merged with Military Band of the Royal Artillery. Beating retreat at the Tower of London, early sixties. I am concealed somewhere at the back.

#LISSEN. Horrid Henry.

10 May

#LISSEN.  Horrid Henry.

I have been intending to watch ‘Horrid Henry’ on t.v. but always seem to miss it. Problem is, I get out of bed really early when I am pretending to be a proper writer and forget to time the brewing of my morning coffee to co-incide with the Horrid Henry screening. This morning, I just managed to catch the last few minutes of Horrid Henry, My Weird Family, the adventures of a mischievous boy spending the whole day in the fresh air when he meets a stinky girl named Finola.

I think I managed to put two and two together and realise Horrid Henry is just a normal insensitive wee boy who describes Finola as stinky. She is actually very nice, however, the show is on t.v. and we only have Henry’s description of stinky to go by.

I realise I may be similar to Horrid Henry when I describe the guy next door as ‘barking mad’.  For all I know, the guy next door may describe me as a grumpy Scottish prat – who knows.

#LISSEN. Lessons on, HOW TO FIDDLE STUFF.

10 May

Image Here endeth the first lesson. This lesson has described how not to fill all available space with illustration, no matter how interesting it may be. It leaves no room for much text. Lesson #2 will follow soon. space permitting.

#LISSEN. SOULED OUT.

3 May

#LISSEN.  SOULED OUT.

Late 1950’s, Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Count Basie and Band in concert.

Magic evening. Fantastic music. I still maintain to this day that I saw the actual firmly fixed stage swaying to the soul music. I KNOW that’s unlikely but I really SAW it, so there.

I also noticed a latecomer come to a full stop on his way to find his seat. He just stood there, eyes and ears glued to the band in amazement. I think he just remained there in the aisle , spellbound for the next couple of numbers. Joe Williams singing with Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Freddy Green, Sonny Payne and the rest of that wonderful band playing their hearts out. Magic !

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