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Boz Scaggs - King Of El Paso

Boz Scaggs - Singer,Guitar Player Boz Scaggs, singer,guitar player, recorded the CD "Digg", where you will find "King Of El Paso", in 2001. That year, I stopped in a small record shop on "Little Five Points" in Atlanta Ga. Not looking for any piece, in particular, I happened to spot the label in the rack.

 Being of the African American persuasion, I suppose I wondered if "Dirty Lowdown" was on it. The price, I think, was around eight bucks. Why not? I needed something to listen to on the train anyway. The first cut, "Get On The Natch" was hilarious.

It was about couch potatoes who spent their time eating chips and growing horizontally. "Good God Bernice".

Scaggs changes the mood with "Thanks To You"...
"Thanks to you  I've got a reason to get outta bed  make a move or two  Thanks to you There's a net below cause otherwise  well I don't know. Thanks to you There are promises of laughs and loves and …

Ella Fitzgerald - "Oh, Lady Be Good" -

Ella Fitzgerald: Female Jazz Singer

Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer, whose voice was perfectly suited to the lively sounds of jazz in "Oh Lady Be Good". She never sang the blues; sad, world-weary feelings that were part of the blues seemed to be foreign to her. She preferred to have her music lift one's spirits.

Even in third grade, Ella Fitzgerald was passionate about dancing. She was a fan of Earl "Snakehips" Tucker, an American dancer and entertainer. Also known as the "Human Boa Constrictor", he acquired the nickname "snakeships" via the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the "snakeships", Tucker.

The church provided Ms. Fitzgerald with her earliest experiences in formal music making, and she may also have had a short series of piano lessons during this period.
She listened to jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and The Boswell Sisters

Some of this lift came from Fitgerald's masterful technique, b…