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"In the summer, the scene would move en masse to Ostend, Belgium's equivalent to Blackpool. DJ Freddy Cousaert played at the Groove, a late night downstairs bar frequented by US marines, lovers of blues and soul music
and tourists, it was Cousaert who later looked after Marvin Gaye during his 80s sejourn in Ostend. The music he played at the Groove included ska, Latin jazz and even Broadway songs such as Stranger in Paradise, or Whatever Lola Wants from Damn Yankees...."

dimanche 26 mars 2023


BEACON RECORDS 1969                                  BEAS 2

"Ram" John Holder was actually christened "John Holder" by his parents, 
who were devout members of the USA-based Pilgrim Holiness Church. 
He grew up in Georgetown, Guyana, during the 1940s / 1950s. Influenced 
by the church and the musical talents of his parents, he became quite 
accomplished playing the guitar. During the early '50s the strict, 
straight-laced Church membership was scandalized when he broke away 
and changed his name to "Ram" John. Holder began his performing career 
as a folk singer in New York. In 1962 he came to London and worked 
with Pearl Connor's Negro Theatre Workshop initially as a musician, 
and later as an actor. His theatre career saw him perform on 
the major stages in London such as the Royal National Theatre, 
the Donmar Warehouse and Bristol Old Vic.
Holder is a talented musician, who has recorded a number of 
albums: Black London Blues (1969), Bootleg Blues (1971), 
You Simply Are... (1975) and Ram Blues & Soul. He has also 
released various singles and contributed to soundtracks for 
film and television, including three songs for 
the film adaptation of Take a Girl Like You.

tracks list:

A1 Brixton Blues 3:19
A2 Pub Crawling Blues 5:21
A3 Too Much Blues 4:08
A4 Notting Hill Eviction Blues 3:27
A5 Black London Blues 3:19
B1 Ladbroke Grove Blues 3:04
B2 Sleeping Alone Tonight Blues 3:34
B3 Wimpy Bar Blues 5:28
B4 Piccadilly Circus Blues 4:20
B5 Hampstead To Lose The Blues 4:11


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