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The Vashonettes

Taking their name from a dance school they attended, The Vashonettes were formed in the late 1960s when four of the school’s singing group set up on their own. The group was led by Sheryl Swope but we do not have a complete line up for the group, who recorded briefly for Checker before going on to sing background vocals on a number of recordings including an Atlantic label album by the late Donny Hathaway, with whom they are closely associated. Their manager, Deke Atkins, renamed them The Oncoming Times, under which name they recorded for Duo Records (arranged by Hathaway).

Can anyone help, please, with an image and a full line up for this group? Thank you.

Remembering Koko Taylor

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Rex Features | 2007

It is ten years since blues singer KoKo Taylor died. Writing in The Independent, Paul Wadey remembered her career and influence.

Although temporarily sidelined by a near fatal road accident in the late Eighties, Taylor proved a battler. She toured exhaustively with her band, Blues Machine, continued to record and appeared in both David Lynch’s offbeat Wild at Heart (1990) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), a futile attempt by director John Landis to tap into the cult success of The Blues Brothers (1980). She also received a clutch of awards including, in 1997, induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and, in 2004, a National Heritage Fellowship from America’s National. She made her last public appearance in May when she performed at the Blues Foundation’s Awards in Memphis and collected a record 29th trophy from that organisation.

When asked what the blues meant to her, her reply was typical of a performer who for 50 years had consciously eschewed the stereotypically hard-living approach to life of a veteran blues musician: “Blues is my life. It’s a true feeling that comes from the heart, not just something that comes out of my mouth. Blues is what I love, and singing the blues is what I always do.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/lifeinfocus/koko-taylor-death-obituary-american-singer-chicago-blues-scene-a8955901.html

Paddy, Klaus and Gibson

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Paddy,Klaus and Gibson | copyright control | tc507

Paddy, Klaus and Gibson were a short lived Liverpool-based group comprising Paddy Chambers, Klaus Voormann and Gibson Kemp. Their record was made by Pye Records in the UK and leased to Chess for US distribution.

Mr Voormann is well known for his art work, having designed the cover for The Beatles’ Revolver LP.

Wilko Johnson

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Wilko Johnson | Daily Mirror | tc573

English singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor John Peter Wilkinson (Wilko Johnson) was born on 12 July 1947 and is best known as a member of the 1970s pub rock/rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood. In 2014 Chess released an album (“Going back home”) and single he recorded with Roger Daltrey, with considerable success. He is still active in music.

Kim Tolliver

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Kim Tolliver LP cover | Chess Records | tc505

Kim Tolliver is a blues and R&B singer from Tennessee who mainly lived in Cleveland, Ohio. She recorded a number of unsuccessful singles for small labels including Sureshot and Rojac. She also recorded under the name of Kimberly Briggs. She left the music business to go into real estate, but is known to have fallen into illness. The lady’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Miff Mole

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Miff Mole | Bix Beiderbecke.com | tc491

Jazz trombonist and band leader Irving Milfred “Miff” Mole was born on 11 March 1898 and died on 29 April 1961 after a long period of ill health. He is known to have been a major influence on bandleaders Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, and is closely associated with many of the leading orchestras of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He recorded for Premium Records in 1950.