Groovin' the Blues: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit

Groovin' the Blues: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit

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RCA decided to leap into the flourishing blues and R&B marketplace in 1954 via the new imprint Groove. This subsidiary didn't last long. By February 1957, RCA folded the label, whose lone hit -- Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange" -- wasn't enough to keep it afloat. A lot of the Groove sides stayed in the vault, which is what makes Bear Family's two 2016 reissues -- this blues collection, Groovin' the Blues, and its hopping companion Rockin' the Groove -- so welcome. Of the two compilations, Groovin' the Blues leans toward outright blues acts -- Sonny Terry and Champion Jack Dupree are two of the label's stars -- but Groove hardly existed in rural environs. They were a thoroughly modern record, which means this blues would swing and rock -- they'd groove, sometimes with the assistance of horns or jacked-up electric guitars, but always sounding like a rocking record machine at a juke joint. A fair chunk of these tracks didn't see release at the time, and hardly any of these can be called familiar. Their obscurity proves a benefit, though: everything here sounds vital, fresh, and alive, lightning in a bottle from a time that big, bold blues could possibly cross over onto the Billboard charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102174117
catalogNumber: 3162076
Rank: 203439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Leader,Vocals
James Cleveland   Trombone
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Seldon Powell   Saxophone
George Rhodes   Piano,Leader
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Du Droppers   Vocals
Clayton Love   Vocals
Little Willie John   Bass
Sue Allen   Vocals
Abie Baker   Bass
Howard Biggs   Leader,Tambourine
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone
Frank Henry   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Kirkland   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Buddy Lucas   Saxophone,Vocals
Teddy McRae   Vocals
Gene Moore   Drums
Marlowe Morris   Organ
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Wally Richardson   Guitar
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Leader,Vocals
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Sid Wallace   Bass
Marty Wilson   Drums,Leader
Four Students   Choir, Chorus
Gene Brooks   Drums
Larry Dale   Guitar
Lucas   Bass
Claude McLin   Saxophone
Isaac Royal   Piano
Herbert Parham   Piano
John Williams   Bass
Johnny Williams   Bass
Walter Brown McGhee   Guitar
Bertice Reading   Vocals
Curtis Ousley   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Black   Leader,Vocals
Mayme Watts   Vocals
Johnny Moore   Guitar,Leader
Hal Mitchell   Trumpet
Eddie Williams   Bass
Herman Bradley   Drums
Zilla Mayes   Vocals
Oliver Price   Piano
Big Tiny Kennedy   Vocals
John Jesse Sailes   Drums
Ernest Hayes   Piano
Big Connie   Vocals
Lee Stanfield   Bass
Sam Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Cousin Leroy Rozier   Vocals
Norman Keenen   Bass
Milton John "Milt" Hinton   Bass
Williams   Piano
Robert Berry   Piano
Sonny Brooks   Vocals
Little Tommy Brown   Vocals
Eugene L. Nelson   Saxophone
Almeta Stewart   Vocals
Marty Williams   Bass
McHouston "Mickey" Baker   Guitar
Welford Lorenzo Eddleton   Drums
Salvador Davis   Guitar

Technical Credits

Clayton Love   Composer
Tiny Kennedy   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Buddy Lucas   Composer
Bob Rolontz   Arranger,Producer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Danny Kessler   Arranger,Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Comparison
Rob Santos   Tape Research
Rollee McGill   Composer
Mamie Thomas   Composer
Rod AndrE   Composer
Oscar Black   Composer
Lucille Dupree   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
James McCoy   Composer
Big Tiny Kennedy   Composer
Lil Green   Composer
Jack Dupree   Composer
Carl LeBow   Composer
Willie Broonzy   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Cousin Leroy Rozier   Composer
Sid Wyche   Composer
Charles Newson   Composer
Charles Leberman   Composer
Pearl White   Composer
Mamie Mathews   Composer
Little Tommy Brown   Composer
Ike Forrest   Composer
Hartwell Brown   Composer
James McCoy   Composer

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