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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sinead O'Connor - I ßelieve In You (Live Royal Albert Hall 1999)


I'm just back from gallivanting!Hey That's probably the best Dylan cover I've heard.Happy Christmas everybody.
ße Happy!
Blogging has a strange afterlife.Minutes ago,someone  just posted this comment from a post I made nearly 4 years ago (!) about the Great American Blues singer Champion Jack Dupree who lived some of his later years in my hometown of Halifax,West Yorkshire.
[Anonymous said...]
"Nice to see Champion Jack remembered in his adoptive town. I think both Louis Armstrong and Champion Jack are likely to have been in the 'Colored Waif's Home' in New Orleans at the same time. Louis was sent there in 1913, whilst Champion Jack was two when he was sent there- 1910, 1911 or 1912 depending on the settled date of birth of Champion Jack. An interesting thought.
I remember seeing Champion Jack several times at the Farmers Inn, Thornbury Bradford in the 60s and not long before he died at St Georges Hall, singing with Chris Barber. His kids were sat directly behind us and were clearly extremely proud of him."
Champion Jack Dupree was the embodiment of the New Orleans blues and boogie woogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". His father was from the Belgian Congo and his mother was part African American and Cherokee. He was orphaned at the age of two,his parents killed by the Klu Klux Clan, and sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs (also the alma mater of Louis Armstrong).
I can remember Jack driving around Halifax in a big 2nd hand Cadillac in the 1970's.And Phil The X-Fireman [who was also an x-postman!] used to deliver Jack's mail to his his Council House in Ovenden.You just never know who your neighbour might be ......!

7 comments:

savannah said...

happy christmas, sugarplum! xoxoxoxo

Ciaran Rehill said...

Recall O'Connor who is as mad as a box of frogs doing "Nothing compare to you" after my ex-fiancee split. Wept buckets. Hey Happy Xmas. Is Riding School near you? Had an interview there once. Like Vietnam but without the sunshine!

Tom said...

she's got a lovely voice, eh?
Merry Christmas to you, going swell in my corner of the world, but no snow, alas. Enjoy!

Fireblossom said...

That girl can sing the hell out of a song, can't she?

Akelamalu said...

Happy Christmas Tony. :)

Teresa Evangeline said...

I Love the word "gallivanting."

blackwatertown said...

Another good one from the archives.