Louis Armstrong Back in the Day

Louis Armstrong Back in the Day
With His Signature White Handkerchief and Smile

The significance of the blues aesthetic for those who are not professionally conversant in musical notation or the academic discipline of music or jazz history.

Tuesday, January 13

Percy Sledge

Characteristic of the many mainstream covers of black r&b hits, Percy Sledge's When a Man Loves A Woman (Atlantic 1966) provides the basis for the instrumental for Procol Harum's 1967 hit, A Whiter Shade of Pale.

Music producer Jerry Wexler dubbed When a Man Loves a Woman “a transcendent moment, a holy love hymn.” There had been many such equivalent moments in r&b and blues recordings, many of which would go down in history as massive hits for a galaxy of white stars of rock and roll.

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