Sad news. The band were never better.
Andre Williams was an R n’ B singer from the first era of 1950s R n’ B. He rarely made it out of the chitlin’ circuit, but was as important as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Ike Turner, or Johnny “Guitar” Watson. He made a little talent go a long way, but was inspired by the spirit of wry funk and worked his way through many genres of African-American music.
I discovered him via a cover Frank Zappa did of “Bacon fat”, becoming a fan. We have all heard his work in “Shake a Tail Feather”, which i am sure barely made him a penny. He was a pal of Ike Turner, and when Ike was freebasing in his Chicago mansion, Andre was his wing-man in mischief. Ike eventually cleaned up, but Andre didn’t, and temporarily became homeless.
I don’t quite know what happened next, but certainly he made an album with Jon Spencer of raucous, smutty garage rock (“Silky”), which is unlikely to appeal to those of a delicate sensibility. Several SLIGHTLY less raucous albums followed, though they all have their charms for those who like trashy garage rock and dirty r’n’b. I saw him and a pick-up band » Continue Reading.
Sad news today that Richard Swift has died aged just 41. Lots of tributes from musicians he worked with over the years. I have a couple of his albums from many years back, (the song in the video ‘Songs of National Freedom‘ is a family favourite at Lemon Hope House) and his recent collaborations with Damien Jurado on his Maraqopa trilogy and with Dan Auerbach in The Arcs were excellent.