Friday, February 18, 2011

King Solomon - You Ain't Nothing But a Teenager (Night Train, 2005)

This post is for ana-b, whose blog The Singing Bones is one of the best on the web. Ana recently gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, & to welcome little Anza to our world I figured I'd post something that I promised her mother quite some time ago.  Ana, here's my lazy girl synopsis of Nick Loss-Eaton's very thorough liner notes:

Born King Sylvester Lee Melicious Solomon in Tallulah, LA on October 12, 1934  Solomon says simply, "I guess all the kids had long names".   As a teenager, Solomon sang with an a capella gospel group that opened for a pre-Sam Cooke Soul Stirrers. In 1949 the aspiring singer got on a bus to Chicago where, in addition to running a restaurant,  he met early mentor Sunnyland Slim & befriended Rufus 'Bearcat' Thomas.  After 5 years in Chicago he made his way to Los Angeles and assimilated West Coast blues stylings into his Chicago blues & northern soul foundation - billing himself as either King Solomon & the Soul Brothers Band or King Solomon & the Handicappers. His bands included, among others, Maxwell Davis, Joe Kincaid, & Charles Wright of "Express Yourself" fame" (whose band accompanies King Solomon on the 1965 title song of this collection).  

So.  Here we have 24 songs released on 8 different labels between 1960-78 - and no wonder Ana has been confused! Also per Mr. Loss-Eaton, a different King Solomon (Hill) was a country-blues singer in the pre-war era. Yet another King Solomon was a pianist who accompanied Lowell Fulsom. Then there's Solomon Burke's nickname.  And also apparently a 'hip hop artist' (can't you hear Mr. Loss-Eaton's sniff of disdain?;-))  Point is, this King Solomon, over several incarnations, is most enjoyable and y'all can listen to him here.

And for a preview, here is one of my favorite cuts from the cd.  Recorded in the early 60s, it's obviously deeply indebted to a much more famous bluesman & one of his most famous songs - but hey.  Dig it.

King Solomon - Yodelling This Morning (originally released on Magnum 720)


ana-b said...

Thank you so much Hon...what a nice present.

You know, I hadn't forgotten than that you had this collection. You're very lucky I didn't start whining for more info again. What's here ups what I knew by about 10,000%.

I'll link back over to the post sometime tomorrow.

ana-b said...

Actually, I mean later this morning...I'm not really awake.

Jerry Orbach said...

Thanks. Haven't heard of this guy before.

Luca said...

A very nice post!

Anonymous said...

Great,Thanks For Post.
But...Track#3 Separation (Magnum Version) Where is this? This is Nice Number!!!

Holly said...

Anonymous -

Thank you _very_ much for noticing, and I deeply apologize. Let me get some sleep (bronchitis, fever, whine, whimper) & I'll upload the missing track tomorrow.

Sorry for being so sloppy :-(

Anyone's who's dled already please be on alert for my update. Mea culpa!

Holly said...

see latest post

Anonymous said...

Many Many Thanks for your care.
Sorry, But I Can't Click the Link.
King Solomon - Separation (Magnum version) - track 3
Thanks (Anonymous)

Holly said...

Dear anonymous -
Did you go to:

If still having problems, send me your e-mail address & I'll get the track to you asap.