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Remember the 1950s? Even if you don’t, you will know that this decade, Rhythm & Blues and Rock and Roll have an unbreakable bond. While I was watching a dvd today, I was intrigued by its background music. I was wondering which band of the 1950s was playing. Of course my best friend Youtube helped me out here. I was pleasantly surprised that I had to fast forward to the present because this band is not from the 1950s, but has been alive and kicking since 2008.

Presenting to you a Rockabilly band of the present featuring lovely Blues and Rock and Roll of the past: The Rhythm Shakers. This band with a very high 1950s Rock and Roll vibe, has an unique sound which is almost similar to the old days. However, there is one big difference. Where in the 1950s the Blues and Rock and Roll world was dominated by men, the lead singer is in this case female. But no ordinary female. Lead singer Marlene Perez has an interesting, raw voice which totally fits the “wild” atmosphere. In 2008 the album “Flipsville” came out and in 2014 the album “Voodoo”. The Rhythm Shakers are continuously touring in Europe, but they also perform worldwide on Rockabilly festivals.

Well, time to turn up the volume and Rock and Roll te evening away. These are in my opinion a few of their best songs:

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You know those songs that you heard for the first time and are on your repeat button ever since? That list will be growing today. It’s been a while, but finally it’s time for another episode of “Songs of the week”. In previous episodes, I have showed you some of my favorite jazz, soul and funk songs. Today I want to shine some light on some lovely Old Hollywood music masterpieces of the golden era. The songs below are on my Youtube repeat button since the first time I discovered them during my Old Hollywood movie nights.

Why?

Well first of all you will see that some of the songs are mimed and not really sung by the actresses mentioned below. Still I believe that they “own” the song, because of their acting, appearance and charisma. Besides that, these songs are pretty good! The writing of this post was actually delayed because of me, selecting the songs and hitting on the Youtube repeat button again… Well it’s time to think outside the 2014 music box. So forget about your VMA’s favorites of this year and listen to the songs below. Also the movies are definitely worth watching. Enjoy this musical Saturday!

 

Put. The. Blame. On. Mame.
Rita Hayworth as Gilda singing “Put the blame on Mame” (sung by Anita Kert Ellis) | 1946

 

A lovely serenade. By a woman.
Audrey Hepburn as Holly singing “Moonlight”. From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s | 1964

 

“How I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day…”. Still accurate!
Elvis Presley as Lucky Jackson singing the title song of the movie Viva Las Vegas | 1964

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Back in the business with another episode of “Songs of the week”. This week those energetic funk classics are on my repeat button. Funk of today has developed a lot since the old days. James Brown played a great part in the development of funk. Funk also lies at the base of the popular disco music style of the 1970s. “Everybody was kung-fu-fightinggggg”…remember that one? Sounds like disco, dances like disco, smells like disco…But no, it wasn’t 100% pure disco.

In the 1970s jazzmusicians began to experiment with funk, which led to jazzfunk. In the 1980s there was like a massive chain reaction against the “overkill” of disco music of the 1970s. The synthesizer was introduced and made a statement in several music genres, including funk. Ofcourse the 1980s and funk have to be mentioned in one sentence with Prince, who took funk to another level. After the 1980s, funk blended with other music genres like nowadays hip-hop, R&B and rock.

But back to the 1980s, because there lies the origin of my own favorite blended funk songs. Enjoy and…keep it funky (on your ipod or your speakers).

 

Salt-N-Pepa – Push it

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