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Pink, Black & Blues

by The Vinyl Closet

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BD Women 03:48
Freakish Man 02:48
Garbage Man 03:00
The Two Dogs 00:52
Busy Bootin' 02:14
Secret Love 02:44


In "Pink, Black & Blues" - we revisit the era of "Dirty Blues" where LGBT themes were not uncommon, and trace its influence on the birth of Rock and Roll, in which LGBT people were not an inconsiderable part. Sourcing material from the clubs of Harlem and the shake, rattle and roll of the jukeboxes, we have reinterpreted for a modern ear the songs that plot the evolution of the blues into early rock 'n' roll, keeping it brightly in-the-pink the whole way.

We hope our reimagined and modernised recordings will make these old songs accessible to a new generation and in so doing preserve - and in some cases, reclaim - a valuable part of our history.


released November 18, 2013

The Vinyl Closet are:
Ted Brown: Vocals
Brett Lock: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Synth Programming
Chris Houston: Slide Guitar, Bass, Synth Programming

With additional support from:
David Toube: Ukulele and Piano on “Two Old Maids”
Brett Collings: Drums on tracks 1, 2, 3 and 5
Jim Dooley of dooleydrums.com: Drums on tracks 4, 8, 11 and 14
Engineered and mixed by Chris Houston & Brett Lock
Produced by Brett Lock

BD Women (1935) by Lucille Bogan; Sissy Man Blues (1934) and Busy Bootin’ (1935) by Kokomo Arnold; Freakish Man Blues (1930) by George Hannah; The Garbage Man (1931) by Sid Barbarian; Hello Central (1926) and Prove It On Me (1928) by Ma Rainey; Jailhouse Blues (1923) by Bessie Smith; Two Old Maids (1936) by Monette Moore; Little Richard Medley (1955) by Richard Penniman; Jailhouse Rock (1957) and Hound Dog (1952) by Lieber & Stoller; Love The Life I Live (1956) by Willie Dixon; Secret Love (1953) by Fain & Webster; Doggy In The Window (1952) by Bob Merrill. New music and arrangements by Brett Lock & Chris Houston.

© 2013, Nabu Media. All Rights Reserved. This audio recording is owned by Mojo Productions, an imprint of Nabu Media (UK). Unauthorised reproduction or distribution is prohibited.


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The Vinyl Closet London, UK

Live music and chat with Ted Brown (vocals), Brett Lock (guitar) & Chris Houston (bass) performing songs from the folk-blues archives about LGBT experience

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