THERE’S A BETTER HOME A-WAITING IN THE SKY

JOHNNY OTIS

Singer, composer, arranger,
producer, vibraphonist
and percussionist

Godfather of Rhythm and Blues

December 28, 1921
- January 17, 2012

SYL JOHNSON

Singer, guitarist,
harmonica player

July 1, 1936 -
January 17, 2012

WALTER GAINES

Singer

Died 17th. January 2012

LARRY BUTLER

Keyboardist, singer,
songwriter and producer

March 26, 1942 -
January 20, 2012

WINSTON RILEY

Singer and producer

1946 - January 19, 2012

TERRY DOLAN

Singer and guitarist

1943 - January 15, 2012

AL URBAN

Singer and guitarist

March 1, 1935 -
January 18, 2012

JOHN LEVY

Double-bassist

April 11, 1912 -
January 20, 2012

HENRY DAVIS

Bassist, flautist,
keyboardist and singer

Died January 18, 2012

ERROL SCORCHER

Singer and Deejay

1956 - January 19, 2012

LEROY TAYLOR

Bassist

December 19, 1944 -
January 17, 2012

Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis
Different Strokes - Syl Johnson
The Bells - Originals (Walter Gaines)
Everyday I Have To Cry - The Gentrys (Larry Butler)
You Don't Care - Techniques (Winston Riley)
Ain't Livin' Long Like This - Terry And The Pirates (Terry Dolan)
Lookin' For Money - Al Urban
September In The Rain - George Shearing Quintet (John Levy)
Back In Love Again - L.T.D. (Henry Davis)
Roach In A De Corner - Errol Scorcher
K-Jee - Nite-Liters (Leroy Taylor)
Ain't Nothin' Shakin' - Johnny Otis
Double Barrel (written by Winston Riley) - Dave And Ansil Collins
Is It Because I'm Black - Syl Johnson

Comments

THERE’S A BETTER HOME A-WAITING IN THE SKY — 10 Comments

  1. Mercy, they’re dropping like…I mean, they’re flying like ANGELS!

    [And we still haven’t remembered 11 months of 2011. 🙁 ]

  2. Thanks for this! It’s sad to see so many, most of whom I had never heard. I did know about Johnny Otis. I didn’t know he wasn’t Black until about a year ago! Apparently a lot of folks in the South were unaware.

  3. Yes, Susan. Anybody who isn’t pasty, northern European white, is black. So the Spanish are black and even most of the French. The Dutch and the Scandinavians are white, as are the Irish and the Scots. The Welsh are regarded as black, even though they are now white because up until Thatcher closing the coal mines they were black (at least, most of the time). I would point out that I am in no way implying that the majority of the world’s population is inferior to the English because of their skin tone. No. Everybody else is inferior because they are not English.

  4. Oh, I know it’s because we’re not English, MP! I bow to your superiority. I stand no chance, as I am of Welsh and Irish descent.

    I am reminded of the Major in Fawlty Towers who I believe once stated that “Wogs begin at Calais.”

  5. Well, “wog” is a derogatory word. When a good, Christian Englishman, like myself says that people who are not English are inferior it is just a statement of fact without any malice being intended. I wouldn’t call a bird racist for pointing out to me that I can’t fly.

  6. Actually, Susan, I don’t think the English really do think they are superior. I think Americans assume we think that because we don’t worry about being inferior and they, being a young nation which hasn’t had its arse kicked yet, do so all the while. I am amazed at how much TEC members whinge about other provinces being anti-American. So what? Every country in Europe is hated by all the other countries in Europe to a greater or lesser extent. After thousands of years of bickering we have all got used to it and so don’t bat an eyelid if another nation has a go at us. Well, everyone except the Scots who are more paranoid than you lot.

  7. Yeh, but paranoid Scots don’t have their thumb on the nuclear button like we paranoid U.S.ers do. Scots paranoia only hurts the Scots. Ours hurts the whole world.