When Dusty Springfield decided to stretch out, she only had to hop “across the pond” to the American South. The result was the sublime “Dusty In Memphis.”
Before Elvis’ version, Big Mama Thornton had her own hit with “Hound Dog.” And there are some powerful contrasts.
Lee Hazelwood has impacted more popular music than thought. But his early demo recordings show the full breadth of his talent.
Long John Baldry left a mark with “It Aint Easy” — which got some help from Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Ronnie Wood. And it didn’t hurt that he (reportedly) recorded some of it lying on his back.
John Lee Hooker is one of the most original figures in Delta Blues. A new release from Craft Recordings showcases his unique style.