28th Jun, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: Recalling the late, great Little Richard in Coventry

MUSIC MATTERS column by Pete Chambers

Little Richard

It’s very sad to see one of the last Rock N Roll icons Little Richard going up to the great big party in the sky.

He played Coventry’s Matrix Hall in 1964 on May 9th, rocking through the likes of Lucille’ / ‘Long Tall Sally’ / ‘Send Me Some Lovin’ / ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ / ‘Hound Dog’ / ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’. The sharp-eyed of you will note the date was May 9th a date that 56 years later would be the day he departed this Earth.

‘Thank You To The NHS’

by Selwyn Brown and Friends.

Selwyn Brown, is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer and founding member of Steel Pulse international Roots Reggae group. He is also a member of Roots Ensemble Roots Reggae group from Birmingham and co- director of Obasi Recording Studios, Hockley, Birmingham.

As a tribute, celebration and debt of gratitude to all the golden-hearted people and volunteers working in the NHS and all care sectors across the country, he is putting a song together to help them.

Brown said: “The NHS has been established for over 70 years. In that time they have served the country with selfless love and care through some challenging times, none more so than at the present with the current worldwide Covid19 virus pandemic.

“The whole care sector deserves our deepest gratitude for the way these big-hearted people are putting themselves at risk to save the lives of thousands of people stricken with this indiscriminate virus. I wrote this song

Thank You To The NHS’ as a tribute and a big thank you and a fundraiser for all these wonderful people. It was also written as a way to raise people’s spirits as we all go through this more than challenging time, in addition paying tribute to all the people who hail from other countries and nations who have served the care sector since the NHS’s inception with such distinction, dedication, resilience and love. These people include my beloved mum who served as a nurse for over 30 years after arriving in England in the mid 1950s.

“Also my wife and two of my daughters all work at the Children’s Hospital so I’ve seen first hand the invaluable service the NHS and care sector provide.”

Musicians on this song are: myself Selwyn Brown on lead vocals and keyboards,Dave Lewie Linton – Drums, Craig Spence – Rhythm, picking and colouring Guitar. Bass guitar. Percussion,Ross Lydon – Backing vocals, Fiona Spence – Backing vocals, Aaliyah Brown – my daughter – Backing vocals,Dave Linton – additional keyboards and Jerry Johnson – saxophone.

The Session

Coventry band The Session have just returned from 14 Records recording studio in Leamington Spa with a batch of new songs. Two new singles will be released this summer  with the first ‘Denver Hill’ out now on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Deezer and followed up by ‘The Fear’.

Both songs are very different in style… In  the words of rhythm guitarist Dean MacDonald: ”It does seem surreal to be releasing records in the middle of a pandemic and it was not an easy decision to make but a bit of normality can be a coping strategy, for me anyway.

“We believe ‘Denver Hill’ really captures the band’s performances on stage. It has a very live feel to it and the last few records have been massive productions so we wanted to do something different this time.

“The song was written in Canada about a vile racist that I met in a late night bar. We stayed up until dawn and we both had a massive debate and our worlds were poles apart.

“He was visiting from Denver in the USA which is why the song has very political tones to it and the band got hold of it and made it into the song it is now.”

It’s an angry song and so it should be.

The players on this release are as follows Ciaran Corkerry Drums , Al DUBBER guitars , Dean MacDonald guitars, Dave the bass chambers on bass and Shezza McClean on lead vocals.

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