Thursday, May 1, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
DJ Caterina left a review of Tommy Conwell and the Little King's "Hi-Ho-Silver!" on iTunes:
“Kings' Sophomore Release - Good to Great..."The liner notes on the Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings sophomore release "Hi-Ho-Silver!" ends with a statement of gratitude to all the artists "who showed us how great a band can be and gave us good stuff to steal."But there's really no 'stealing' going on in any of these covers -- just some great interpretations of some rock, jazz and blues classics. "Hi-Ho-Silver!" is a tribute to the many styles of music that have influenced the Little King's leader, Tommy Conwell, since his 80's hey-day with the Young Rumblers, right up to "Hi-Ho-Silver!"The CD title takes its name from a line in Honey Hush, a cover of Big Joe Turner’s 1953 #1 hit that spent eight weeks at the top of the R+B charts. Turner’s 1987 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction cites him as “among the first to mix R+B with boogie-woogie, resulting in jump blues - a style that presaged the birth of rock and roll.” It's no wonder that Conwell makes this song his rollicking own.
Conwell kicks off H-H-S with a cover of Don Covay’s “Bip Bop Bip,” a true homage to the original, and a reflection of Conwell’s deep musical roots. “Roll With Me Honey” pays tribute to a version by Etta James -- except she sang, "Roll with Me, Henry -- and “Sonnymoon For Two” is a Sonny Rollins cover. The one Conwell-written track, "Smarty Pants," is a well-crafted guitar rock-blues jam that sits well with the rest of the tracks.
Conwell’s version of Joan Jett and the BlackHearts “Make Believe” is more feminine and sweet at the chorus than the BlackHeart’s comparatively masculine original from their 1981 debut album. This same sense of fun resonates throughout "Hi-Ho," including on a cover of The Queers’ “Punk Rock Girls.”
"Without Love (There Is Nothing)" -- an Elvis Presley gospel hymn -- is re-imagined into the more powerful "Without Love (I Am Nothing)." With only Conwell's vocal and an acoustic guitar, the result is spare and memorable. Some might say the song is misplaced in this compilation, but to the Conwell faithful, it is a resounding reminder of his talent and musical gifts.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
|Left to right: MTV VJ Adam Curry, Chris Day, Tommy Conwell and Rob Miller|
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers -- only two! Chris Day and Rob Miller -- perform "Everything They Say Is True" on MTV with the leather-clad host Adam Curry. This was the 80's!...The Young Rumblers were promoting "Rumble" in 1988.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Tommy Conwell appears on this clip for the Charlie Gracie documentary entitled, "Fabulous."
The Charlie Gracie documentary "Fabulous" chronicles the life and career of Rock and Roll Pioneer and Guitar Virtuoso Charlie Gracie. Charlie knocked Elvis from the top of the charts with his #1 monster hit "Butterfly". He went on a world tour and appeared frequently on televison programs including Ed Sullivan. He influenced some of the greatest rock icons of all time including: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Van Morrison and Graham Nash. The film features interviews with: Graham Nash, Andy Williams, Peter Noone, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, The Dovells, Danny and The Juniors, Bill Haleys Comets, Jerry Blavat, Paul Moore, Tommy Conwell, Soul Survivor and several other music industry notables.Documentary DVD available at: www.characterdrivenfilms.com.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, circa 1986.
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers recorded live at the Empire Rock Club, Philadelphia, USA on December 19, 1986. Hear the Tommy Conwell interview with WMMR at the link below.
1. Interview with Tommy Conwell - Post-concert with radio station 93.3 WMMR
2. Here I Come
3. Love's On Fire
4. Walkin' On the Water
5. Do You Still Believe in Me
6. I'm Home
7. Everything They Say is True
8. Cruisin' Slow
9. Tonight's the Night
1. I'm Not Your Man
2. A Million Pretty Girls
5. I Believe I'm in Love with You
6. Satisfaction Guaranteed
7. Downtown Train
8. Space Cowboy
9. Demolition Derby
10. It's Your Life
11. I Knew the Bride
12. Run Run Rudolph