Friday, June 10, 2011
Singing The Blues....
You would know you've written a pretty decent tune if you hear it being covered by the likes of Otis Redding and Alex Chilton. That was the case with Lowell Fulson's and his 1965 hit, Tramp. Never afraid to experiment, Lowell stated off playing his beloved blues but by the mid 60's whilst on Kent Records he was playing funk injected sounds that restored him to R'n'B stardom. With a strong baritone vocal and some mean blues guitar playing Lowell Fulson made a great contribution to the popularisation of blues music in the 50's and 60's.
One of his best known tracks, Reconsider Me was later recorded by someone by the name of Elvis and was selected by The Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock'n'Roll.
Few bluesmen managed to remain contemporary the way Lowell Fulson did for more than five decades. And fewer still made such a massive contribution to the blues scene.
The Tramp Years can be ordered here .
Lowell Fulson - Tramp