Friday, September 26, 2008

The YouTube Boneyard of CJ Fun

Ah yes, the beauty of YouTube and the stir it has caused amongst the humans these days...

I have fallen to it's spell, and am going thru the VHS/DVD/Kinoscope archives to upload and share some moments with you the public. I try to center around Portland music events and some funny moments in the real world, by way of my favorite moments in Blaxploitation movies and such.

It's a heady mix, but someone's got to do it.

So, to give you a taste of what is up there on the channel, I have created here at the blog, the YouTube Boneyard of CJ Fun, for your enjoyment.

Or better yet...
when you are at YouTube, find my video universe under the name of Channel Soulbol PDX.

Here is a listing of the blog videos....

To see more, go up on the channel at:

1.Tom Grant Band/Mt. Hood Festival Of Jazz '83
2.Tom Grant Band/Mt. Hood Festival Of Jazz '87
3.Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band Waterfront Blues Festival 2002
4.Jack Quinby Orchestra live at George Fox College
5.Portland Trailblazers Big Band Video opening montage
6.Jeff Uusitalo trombone solo w/Jack Quinby Orchestra
7.Piano Throwers live at Horning's Hideout Anniversary 2008

Click away on these, and have a good time with some of my favorite musical moments, at least in this life.

More to come as I digitize them : )


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Backbeat King and Legendary R&B drummer Earl Palmer passes away

This is one of the originators of the "backbeat" in modern Rock and R&B...let's have a moment of silence for one of the greats.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leading R&B drummer Earl Palmer, best known for his New Orleans recording sessions with the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles at age 84, his family said.

Palmer, who died after a lengthy illness, played on hundreds of hits during a career that ran from the 1940s through the 1970s and earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His drumming on such hits as Fats Domino's "The Fat Man," Richard's "Tutti Frutti and Smiley Lewis's "I Hear You Knockin'" featured the strong back beat that was his signature and helped transform the lope of rhythm and blues into the full-tilt thrust of rock 'n' roll.

"That song required a strong after-beat throughout the whole piece," Palmer wrote of his work on "The Fat Man" in his 1999 autobiography, "Backbeat -- The Earl Palmer Story."

"With Dixieland you had a strong after-beat only after you got to the shout last chorus," he said. "It was sort of a new approach to rhythm music."

Palmer also played drums on Domino's "I'm Walkin,'" the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'" Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High," and Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away."

His handiwork behind the drums was featured as well on a number of popular television themes, including "The Odd Couple," "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Brady Bunch."

In addition to his collaboration with R&B and blues artists in New Orleans, Palmer was a highly sought-after session player for recording stars ranging from Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan to Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Dizzie Gillespie and Count Basie.