Some fine music from the past

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

I ran across this video the other night, featuring a duet by two of my all-time favorite artists.

Here are Ray Charles and Van Morrison in concert with "Crazy Love."

You're right. It's not blues. Just damn good music. I must be getting soft. Okay. Here's some blues:

Or, if you like, watch Johnny Cash sing his rather brutal "Cocaine Blues" to considerable applause from what looks like a nice, dignified whitebread audience. It's interesting if you want think about about how some contemporary music is criticized for its violent imagery.

Or maybe you like the real deal. B.B. King in Africa in 1974, "Why I Sing the Blues." Listen for the references to slavery and ghetto life early in the song.

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