musicology #276


newyearboogie #4

(Roy Milton’s Solid Senders – New Years Resolution Blues)

Today’s cut is courtesy of pioneering combo The Solid Senders, led by singer, drummer and band leader Roy Milton who together with Joe Liggins and Johnny Otis helped shape, (in the late 40’s), the emerging sound that became known as Rhythm & Blues. A much smaller sound than the precceding style made popular by the likes of Count Basie, Louis Jordan and Joe Turner. The contribution of female pianist Camille Howard is worthy of special mention as it was, (along with Milton’s drums), the driving force behind Milton’s hits. For themusicologist Roy Milton’s vocals and the Solid Senders music always hit ‘the spot’.

p.s the sentiment in the cut does not reflect, (as is often the case), my own feelings on the subject.

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