2005 Archives

December 31, 2005

Thanks to all the friends, fans, record labels, promoters, venues, DJs, writers, and others who made this fantastic year possible!

December 27, 2005

December 13, 2005

  • King Karl passes: We mourn the passing of King Karl, December 22, 1931 – December 7, 2006. King Karl was an architect of a music style known as Louisiana Swamp Pop during the 1950′s and 60′s, and is best known for his ballad “This Should Go On Forever”. Karl and his family retired in Phoenix about 10 years ago. Bob and Karl were close friends, and Karl appears on Bob’s All-Star Blues Sessions singing “Cool Calm, Collected”. Funeral information: Visitation: Wednesday, December 14 6pm – 8pm Allen Funeral Home 1130 S. Horne. Mesa, AZ, and Service: Thursday, December 15th, 10am at First Baptist Church of Tempe, 4525 S. McClintock, Tempe, AZ (McClintock and I-60). Services under his legal name of Bernard Jolivette. We love you, Karl!

  • Willie “Big Eyes” Smith CD release: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith’s new CD Way Back produced by Bob Corritore to be released on HighTone Records in May 2006. This Record will feature Willie primarily as a harmonica player and vocalist, as he only plays drums on 2 cuts. This is a solid CD of heavy duty Chicago blues! This all-star gathering includes James Cotton blowing strong on 2 cuts, Pinetop Perkins playing piano on 9 of the 11 cuts, a special guest appearance by Bob Margolin on 2 cuts, Billy FlynnCalvin “Fuzz” JonesKenny “Beedy Eyes” SmithBob Stroger,, “Little Frank” Krakowski,Johnny Rapp, and Bob Corritore blowing great on 2 cuts. This record is Willie’s masterpiece; rarely do you get such an experienced lineup in the ideal studio situation.

  • Rhythm Room All-Stars open for B.B. King: The Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob’s band) to open for B.B. King on Thursday December 29th at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix! Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

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