A BBC4 repeat of Arena played Hank Williams’ version of this and then Tony Bennett’s contemporary cover. I turned to my music machine and played ol’ Jerry Lee’s later remake. It comes from his Sun records period and was produced by “Cowboy” Jack Clement. I can’t get it off my mind now, dammit. - Mitch
One of the most innovative, inventive and versatile musicians in the history of Congolese music, Mangwana has experimented with rumba, soukous, salsa and afro-beat. As a teenager he joined Tabu Ley Rochereau’s African Fiesta, the most popular band in Africa at that time. This is from 1998′s Galo Negro.
I was lucky enough to see Koko at a jazz and blues festival in Redcar about 20 years ago. What a voice! It was an amazing concert – she didn’t even need to be near the mic for us to hear her! - Maki
This is the title track from their 2010 debut album, which can best be described as festival music. Think Osibisa, with shades of Mandrill, and a whiff of Edward II (if anyone ever saw them at the kazillion summer festivals they always seemed to be playing at the turn of the century). - May1366
The current indie darling in Canada, her mostly chirpy, cheerful debut album This Is Good is doing well. It’s a bit young to really stand out, but someone tossed this whimsical New Orleans-style keeper on to the end. Shows we do still need albums; only having to come up with a couple of singles a year leaves no place for outlier (I hate that word) gems like this. – Tin
Here is a beautiful and completely unseasonal song – traditional, I think – sung by Anne Briggs. Her voice just blows me away and I wander around the house singing this, very badly, at odd moments of the day. - Ali M