The Exotic Bob Vaught

Bob Vaught & The Renegades - Exotic

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Whoever Bob Vaught & The Renegades were, they've managed to hide it from the internet pretty well. I can tell you that in 1963 they released a whole album of surf songs called Surf Crazy on the Californian GNP Crescendo label. Side one, track one is Exotic, which was also released as a single. Mine's pictured above in its beautiful company sleeve. Two years ago I posted a different, more exotic version of Exotic, and discovered that it's based on an old Spanish folk song called The Zorongo.

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Slow radio

Starts of slow this one and stays slow too. This Diddy Wah radio show includes a preview of my new compilation LP, Slow Grind Fever Vol. 4, and a feverish Version Excursion.

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I'm So Glad You're Home

Larry Birdsong - I'm So Glad You're Home

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Larry Birdsong had already released records on Excello and Vee-Jay before making this singular recording for Ace in 1960. His career only included one chart entry, but don't judge him for that. I'm So Glad You're Home, which he wrote, is a powerhouse of emotional energy and Birdsong's voice lives up to his name. This is a song my DJ pal Colonel Spencer Evoy is likely to spin at the Slow Drag Blues Dance next week.

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Slow Grind Fever Volume 4

The Slow Drag Blues Dance - April 4th, 2015 - Fonatine's

Half way through last year I was pleasantly surprised by a message from Stag-O-Lee Records inviting me to compile a volume of their Slow Grind Fever series. Of course, I accepted and got down to the very fun job of selecting tunes and writing liner notes. Now I'm thrilled that the fruit of my labour has been pressed up into a beautifully packaged LP, which is presently ready to be shipped out to records shops and fans of slow and sultry sounds.

Stag-O-Lee have also combined my Volume 4 with Volume 3 - superbly compiled by Slow Grind Fever main man Richie1250 - into a 30 track CD.

If you're in London, I'll be selling both the LP and CD at a discounted rate at my Slow Grind Fever Volume 4 launch party in Stoke Newington on the evening of Saturday April 4th. Otherwise, order your copies direct from the Stag-O-Lee Records website.

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Baby, Have Mercy

Hank Ballard - Have Mercy, Have A Little Pity

mp3: Hank Ballard - Have Mercy, Have A Little Pity

I bought this for the temptation resisting gospel on the other side, but Have Mercy, Have A Little Pity is the Hank Ballard ballad that I'm here to give praise to. Hank Ballard and The Midnighters released loads of records on King and quite a few on Federal before that. This slow burner is from 1964 and I can see myself playing it in at my upcoming Slow Drag Blues Dance club night.

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Alibi Blues

This is a set I recorded at The Alibi in Dalston earlier this year. It was for Fritz and my Heavy Sugar club night, where we play a wide range of 1950s and ‘60s wild sounds, but I got on a bit of a bluesy trip and went with it for a little while. This could be considered a sequel to the Haggerston Blues recording I uploaded a couple of years back. And, I’m sure you understand that when I say blues, I do mean dance music.

Jo Ann & Troy - Who Do You Love
J.M. Van Eaton - Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley - You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
Billy Boy Arnold - Rockin’ Itis
Slim Harpo - Don’t Start Cryin’ Now
Little Milton - Satisfied
Sunnyland Slim - Shake It
Arthur Prysock - Woke Up This Morning
Howlin’ Wolf - Do The Do
Classie Ballou - Crazy Mambo
B.B. King - Think It Over
Lloyd Price - Hello Little Girl
Little Milton - I Need Somebody
Otis Rush - Homework
John Lee Hooker - She’s Mine
Elmore James - Rollin And Tumblin

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Slow Drag at Fontaine's on April 4th

The Slow Drag Blues Dance - April 4th, 2015 - Fonatine's

My slow dance club "The Slow Drag Blues Dance" returns! On April 4th, we're bringing slow and sultry sounds to Fontaine’s, a beautiful art-deco cocktail bar in Stoke Newington. The night will be held downstairs in the exotic Bamboo Lounge. We start with a Blues Dance class from American Blues Dance Champion, Simon Selmon, then Sister Cookie, Colonel Spencer and me will spin steamy blues, smoky jazz, sexy soul and sleazy rock’n’roll dancers till well after midnight. This is also the launch party for Slow Grind Fever Vol. 4, a selection of sixteen after-hours slow-dance gems I recently compiled for Stag-O-Lee Records. LPs and CDs will be available to buy on the night. Come experience a truly unique night out.

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