Keep A Knockin’

Starting and ending with ‘Keep a Knockin” made famous by Little Richard, we made a playlist powered by Hittin’Around. It has Ray Charles, Lee Hickman , Milton Brown, The English Beat, Muddy Waters and many more.

IMAGE : knock out birthday Photo by Michael Kumm

Little Richard – eeeeOOOOO!: Richard announced that he’ll retire from show business next year, and dedicate his life to God. “I’ll be 70 years old this year, and in fact I should be thankful that I still have health because all my friends are dead and gone and God has let me still be here.”

Wikipedia : The drum introduction played by Earl Palmer in the Little Richard recording inspired the drum introduction John Bonham played for the song “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin, recorded in their album Led Zeppelin IV. : Along with Bob Wills — who he performed with at the beginning of this career — Milton Brown developed the sound and style of Western Swing in the early ’30s and for a while he and his band, the Musical Brownies, were just as popular as Wills and his Texas Playboys.

S p a c e A g e P o p M u s i c : The list of artists Caiola worked with is so long and so star-studded that it becomes a bit mind-numbing. It’s safe to say that he worked with just about every other New York musician in these pages, as well as pop artists from Tony Bennett to Andy Williams, and most of the mainstream singers in between.

Vinilemania : Now 86, Candido is a musical giant hailed as one of the greatest Cuban percussionists to come to the United States. His musical gift is a powerful, driving force as he plays percussion with fingers that demonstrate technical ability with a love for music. Even when Candido performs alone on stage, the stage seems full.

Poncho Sanchez : “It’s always worked for me and Concord,” Poncho Sanchez says, describing his unique, long-lasting relationship with the label that stands in contrast to the experience of virtually all of his peers. Picante, in fact, celebrates its 25-year anniversary in 2005, and the conguero has been part of the family for much of that time.

Solid! : Considered one of the greatest arrangers of all-time, Van Alexander worked with a variety of orchestras during the big band era. One of his most successful arrangements was the 1938 Chick Webb hit ”A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” a song he co-wrote with vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

Pinetop Perkins : Pinetop is best known for holding down the piano chair in the great Muddy Waters Band for twelve years during the highest point of Muddy’s career. Replacing the late, great Otis Spann in 1969, Pinetop helped shape the Waters sound and anchored Muddy’s memorable combo throughout the seventies with his brilliant piano solos.

PLAYLIST : Milton Brown – Keep a Knockin’ . Muddy Waters – My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble . Texas Blues – Midnight Trouble Blues . Al Caiola – Big Noise From Winnetka Midnight Swim . The English Beat – Noise in This World . Candido – New World In The Morning . Ray Charles, Lee Hickman – Early in the Morning . Poncho Sanchez – Early In The Mornin . Poncho Sanchez – Going Back To New Orleans . Van Alexander – Way Down Yonder In New Orleans . Pinetop Perkins – Look On Yonder Wall . .Clarence Carter – Looking For A Fox . Jimi Hendrix – Foxey Lady . Jimi Hendrix & Little Richard – Keep A Knockin’ . Quincy Jones featuring Little Richard – Money Runner-Money Is . Quincy Jones – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag . Elvis Presley – That’s All Right Mama . Milton Brown – Mama Don’t Allow It .

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