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   Music video (and some audio) clips: Part 1
Updated Mar. 19, 2009

A varied selection of great music video clips (and a few audio ones), mainly from YouTube. Check the index on right, or just browse away. NOTE: Videos are often pulled from YouTube for various reasons, so some of these links may not return the video. (However, frequently the same video has been posted under a different link, or by a different user).

I've split this into two pages. Older entries are here.

Credit: Many of these clips I found referenced on Charlie Gillett's reader forum which now has a YouTube page.

NOTE: (2012)  Videos of concerts I've taken are located at:

  Taraf de Haidouks Updated Mar/09
Taraf de Haidouks
Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin

Updated Feb/09

Updated Jan/09
Djelimady Tounkara
Wanda Jackson

Fela Kuti
Ronnie Hawkins

Updated Dec/08
Ned Sublette
Big Joe Williams
Salif Keita
Madagascar guitar
Miriam Makeba

Muddy Waters

William Shatner

Updated May/08
African Rock 'n' Roll Years
Sam Cooke
Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
World music "subtitles"
"Whammer Jammer" - the original?
Otis Rush, Magic Sam
Mahalia Jackson
Swan Silvertones

Updated Mar/08
Stormy Weather/Cab Calloway
Fats Domino
Soul (James Carr, Ry Cooder, Frankie Miller)
Doug Sahm

Updated Feb/08
Gospel video collection
Little Richard
Lullaby of Broadway

Updated Jan/08
Iris Dement
Elvis Presley

And on Page 2:

Townes Van Zandt
(with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson)
Campbell Brothers (Sacred Steel)
Indonesian Rock & Roll (1960)
Toumani Diabate & Roswell Rudd
Billy Joe Shaver
Mahmoud Ahmed
Mavis Staples
Andy Palacio & Garifuna music
Rev. Louis Overstreet
Sister Rosetta Thorpe
Mohammed Rafi
Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Zimmers
Hullaballoo (with Sammy Davis Jr, Sonny & Cher, Lovin' Spoonful & Supremes)
Marvin Gaye
Bo Diddley
Vieux Farka Touré
Professor Longhair
Lucille Ball
Randy Newman
Seasick Steve
James Brown
Sly & The Family Stone
Etta James
Johnny Winter
Chuck Berry


Three Girls and Their Buddy (Mar. 09)

That's the title of the touring package booked to play Massey Hall in Toronto on June 5 as part of the Luminato Festival. Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller. Miller was named by No Depression magazine in their final print issue as the Alternative Country Artist of the Decade. A great night to look forward to.

  • "Gold" by Emmylou, backed by Buddy
  • Buddy's guitar:  unique instrument. (Photo at right taken at the Horseshoe, 2005... click for larger image to appreciate its look!)
  • "Worry Too Much": the music video for the opening track from Buddy's 2004 Universal United House of Prayer CD
  • "One Woman Man": Buddy backed up Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on their Grammy winning Raising Sand CD (and tour)
  • Patty Griffin: performing and talking about her music


  Mandekalou (Feb. 09)

The ultimate West African "supergroup, put together by the legendary Ivory Coast/Senegalese producer Ibrahim Sylla., has released 2 volumes of Art & Soul of the Mandé Griots. Many of the original musicians performed at a concert in Paris on Feb. 14, 2009. The entire concert is available online -- but only until March 16: Performers include: Kassé Mady Diabaté, Sekouba Bambino, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamadou Diabaté, Mama Sissoko, Adama Condé, and many more.

Francophonic CD. Sterns Music
Franco (Jan. 09)

The giant of Congolese music, the 2008 retrospective, Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic was on many of the year's best lists.

  • "Kinshasa Mboka Ya MKambo" (Kinshasa, Town of Problems). Almost 9 minutes of incredibly powerful Franco singing about Kinshasa. Read the text to the right of the video, taken from Graeme Ewens' "Congo Colossus":
  Djelimady Tounkara (Jan. 09)

For many people, the best guitarist in Africa.

Wanda at the Cadillac Lounge, Toronto, 2006
Wanda Jackson (Jan. 09)

The Queen of Rockabilly, has finally (as of January, 2009) earned her rightful place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Why it took them so long is a mystery, as is putting her in the category of "early influence", which has until now been designated for pre-rock & roll blues, country, folk & gospel musicians.

Wanda was a rockabilly star... right at the heart of the music, and the greatest woman rocker of her day. Wanda plays in town at the Cadillac Lounge almost every year (she celebrated her 70th birthday there in 2007), and she's still a dynamite performer. Here's my appreciation of her following her 2005 show.

  Fela Kuti (Jan. 09)
  Beatles (Jan. 09)

Why not? Two clips:

  • "Twist & Shout" at Shea Stadium, New York, 1965
  • Historic video: The Beatles in Toronto, 1964: a bizarre leadup to their press conference, and shots outside their hotel (the King Edward), and at the airport.
  Ronnie Hawkins (Jan. 09)

Canada's rockabilly legend (by way of Arkansas). Three clips:

  • "I Need Your Lovin'", 1959, shortly after he moved to Canada. The musicians here are the original group he brought from Arkansas. Levon Helm on drums is the only one who stayed to become part of the 1960's Hawks (and later The Band). Not a classic Ronnie rocker, but you can catch a small glimpse of his "camel walk". (This was the group that Robbie Robertson on seeing them before he joined, said "this band played the fastest, most violent rock 'n' roll that I've ever heard."
  • "Who Do You Love": (audio only). The original 1963 single, complete with screan, and blistering guitar (for the day) from Robbie Robertson
  • Ronnie on The Hour talking about his life, and almost death. Paul Anka and Bill Clinton help celebrate Ronnie's birthday

Ned Sublette (Dec. 08)

The author of books on Cuban music and New Orleans history also recorded one of my favourite CD's, the 1999 Cowboy Rumba, whose musical heart is pretty much captured by that title. Sublette, from Lubbock Texas, divides his life into before and after he discovered Cuban music.

  • "Ghost Riders in the Sky", the lead song, is a driving merengue version of the old cowboy classic. The music video captures perfectly the cross-cultural energy of his take on the song.
  Big Joe Williams (Dec. 08)

Photo: Toronto Jazz Festival, 2008
Salif Keita (Dec. 08)

Fabulous stuff from the early career of one of Africa's greatest voices. Salif sang with Les Ambassadeurs from 1973 through the early 80's. These extended clips are from Malian TV, and also feature his long-time guitarist, Kanté Manfila.

  • "Mandjou": his greatest hit from 1978. Read about some political fall-out Keita experienced singing about the subject of the song. (Check the whole blog... it's a wealth of goodies on classic African music).
  • "Were Were". More great stuff

Photo: Harbourfront, July, 2005
Tinariwen (Dec/08)
  • 17 minute documentary on the Saharan Touareg group from Mail that has come to define the term "Sahara blues".
Some Madagscar guitar (Dec/08)
  Miriam Makeba (Dec/08)

"Mama Africa": a great voice for freedom and justice passed away on Nov. 10, 2008. For some comments and links on her, see my Miriam Makeba/Odetta page. For two striking videos:

  • Come Back Africa. It was her brief role in this secretly-shot 1959 South African documentary that first brought her to the attention of the outside world
  • "Soweto Blues": a moving performance and interview with her, as she was still having trouble returning to South Africa for the first time in over 30 years.

Scan of Hugh's Room poster from April, 2003
Odetta (Dec/08)

One of the great voices of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. was finally silenced on Dec. 2, 2008. But her light will always shine. See more comments on my Miriam Makeba/Odetta page.

  • The New York Times obituary contains a wonderful video interview with her done in 2007. Be sure to click the "full screen" icon on the video.

Muddy's Live At Newport 1960 LP
Muddy Waters (Dec/08)
  • "Got My Mojo Working... but it just don't work on you". Muddy's classic performance at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.
    It was the first time he'd performed before such a large, mostly white audience, and the first time that audience had seen the greatest Chicago blues musician. He had to do an encore of "Mojo". The set was later released as an album, Muddy at Newport. The band includes Otis Spann on piano, James Cotton on harmonica, Francis Clay on drums, Pat Hare on guitar.

Not enough of live Muddy? More from Newport:

  William Shatner (Dec/08)

Photo: John Leeson, Hugh Masakela: Phoenix Theatre, Toronto 2008
The African Rock 'n' Roll Years (May 08)

Videos from the BBC 4 Documentary of the same name. The original series was shown in 6 parts covering the continent.

  • Here you'll find 7 clips from the South American episode.  Miriam Makeba, Mahotella Queens,  Hugh Masakela and many more. (The link is for Part 1; check the "Related videos" bar to the right to find the other parts).
  Sam Cooke: Legend (May 08)

Excerpts from a documentary about one of the greatest soul singers -- one of the great pop voices -- of all time. (Not all parts seem to be available)

  Kaushiki Chakrabarty (May 08)

An amazing voice from, winner of the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for India in 2005

  Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock (May 08)

Two thirds of the great Texas Flatlanders occasional trio (the other member is Joe Ely). Beautiful music.

  "World music subtitles" (May 08)
  "Whammer Jammer": the original? (May 08)

The J. Geils Band was one of the big white blues bands of the 70's. They were fronted by harmonica player Magic Dick whose signature tune was "Whammer Jammer". While it's no surprise to find white blues acts of the time hitting it big with songs originally written by sometimes obscure black artists of the south...

  Altamont (May 08)

"Hey people... brothers and sisters... everybody just cool out... everybody... All right? How are we doing over there?..."

  West Side Blues (May 08)

Two great blues guitarists from the West Side of Chicago:

Photo: Arhoolie Records
GOSPEL SECTION.. a selection

"The World's Greatest Gospel Singer: Miss Mahalia Jackson" (May 08)

The Swan Silvertones (May 08)
For decades, one of the greatest of all  gospel groups

Gospel Video Webpage

  • This webpage has a great collection of classic and modern gospel performances, ranging from the Soul Stirrers to Mahalia Jackson to the Campbell Brothers to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It includes links to artist bios and background on gospel music. (Some videos have been pulled by YouTube).

Campbell Brothers: Sacred Steel

In the 1930's the Pentecostal House of God Church in the U.S. began a tradition of gospel music built on the pedal steel guitar rather than the organ. Today, "Sacred Steel" music exists mainly in New York, Kentucky and Florida. Robert Randolph and the Family Band are the best known performers outside the Sacred Steel world.

The Campbell Brothers (whose lineup includes lap and pedal steel as well as an electric guitar) though can really tear things up. I saw them at a music festival in New York state a few years ago  At the end of one particularly blistering song, one of the brothers said, "That's what we call church!" The following two clips really are church -- Campbell Brothers style:

If you want to find more of this music, check their website. Arhoolie Records is the main label for Sacred Steel.  A terrific anthology is None But the Righteous on Ropeadope/Ryko, featuring the Campbells along with many other Sacred Steel stars.

Rev. Louis Overstreet

From the notes for his c.1963 gospel album on Arhoolie: “Not even the image within the liner notes could prepare you for the amazingly powerful - and strikingly real - unfiltered gospel music that is found on this CD. . ." And not even that could prepare your for seeing him and his congregation in action. This clip seems to be from a 1963 documentary, but I haven't yet been able to identify the film.

Sister Rosetta Thorpe

Rock & roll gospel, and a mean guitar player.


Stormy Weather / Cab Calloway

A few related highlights here:

  • "The greatest dance number ever filmed"? Well, some sources say that's what Fred Astaire called this performance by The Nicholas Brothers from the film Stormy Weather (1943) which starred Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and also featured Fats Waller, Lena Horne, and Cab Calloway.
  • "Jumpin Jive": Cab Calloway from the same film.
  • "Have you ever meet that funny Reefer Man?" more Cab, NOT from the film....


Fats Domino

Fats recently celebrated his 80th birthday at a bash in New Orleans at Tipitina's featuring Randy Newman, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and others (see poster left)

I met Fats once, very briefly, but very memorably sometime in the early 70's at the El Mocambo. I was at waiting for the show to start when I spotted Fats standing nearby, utterly alone, waiting for his cue to come on stage.

I went up to him to thank him for the wonderful music he'd made, and he immediately reacted as if this was about the most wonderful thing he'd heard in a long time. I don't know what blinded me more:
- the glare from the diamonds on all his jewellery,
- the glow from one of the biggest smiles I'd ever seen, or
- the warmth from his greeting, which seemed to convince me that my attendance at this show was was one of the best things he'd ever experienced.

Soul: a few other snippets...

James Carr: (photo) has often been described as the greatest soul singer ever; his career (and life) was much too short

Photo: Soul of the Net


Ry Cooder

  • Performs James Carr's masterpiece "Dark End of the Street. From 1976, featuring Eldridge King, Terry Evans & Bobby King on vocals.

Frankie Miller

  • A widely unknown Scottish singer: "He'll have to go". Otis Redding's widow said of him "That little white boy Frankie, he has the blackest voice since Otis".
Doug Sahm:

One of my all-time favourite musicians. He performed for over 30 years with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, and solo. He had only two hits in his career, both from the 1960's ("She's About a Mover" and "Mendocino"), but his musical journey crossed boundaries as a matter of course. He was a Texan (he oozed Texas), who loved and played all styles of Texas music -- rock, country, blues, soul, and especially Tejano (Texan/Mexican) -- and in fact any good, soulful music.

The great music producer Jerry Wexler said Sahm is "like the Rosetta Stone of Southern music"

Writer Chet Flippo described him as "the lonely guy standing at the crossroad where Highway 61 intersected Route 66, where all of American popular music came riding by".

And Sahm himself wrote (and sang), "You just can't live in Texas, if you don't have a lot of soul", from his "At the Crossroads".

He died in 1999 at the age of 58. A small video chronology:

  • "She's About a Mover"
    From 1965, with the Quintet. Their manager thought this band made up of chicanos and a couple of good old Texas boys could cash in on the British invasion. Hence the name -- and that hair!
  • "Nuevo Laredo"
    A few years later, no mistaking where they're from now. Still the Quintet.
  • "Que Paso"
    Now with the Texas Tornados (Sahm, Flaco Jiminez, Freddy Fender and Augie Meyer.

Also check the musical variety of Augie Meyer. His organ was a big part of Sahm's music from the beginning, but in the above clips he is playing organ (1), guitar (2), and accordion (3)

Some background on Sahm here, and here you can find an MP3 of Sahm singing Canadian history: "Sir John A. Macdonald, the Queen's hatchet man".... "And all around Regina / They talk about him still / Why did they have to kill / Louis Riel?"


Little Richard

Richard had quit rock & roll in 1957 to study for the ministry, and for the most part had kept his promise. In the fall of 1962 he was booked to play England on a tour with other American rock musicians.

The story goes that his first show was strictly gospel, and was an audience disaster. The next night Sam Cooke joined the show, and his performance, along with Gene Vincent's convinced Richard to do his old hits. This clip catches a bit of his energy of the time. It's part of a 38 minute TV special filmed near the end of that tour. (It was released as Don't Knock the Rock -- the same title as a 1950's R&R movie with Richard and Alan Freed).

A side note: his backing group, Sounds Incorporated, performed the same role for the several opening acts a few years later at my first rock concert: The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens.

  Lullaby of Broadway
Something completely different. One of Busby Berkeley's dance masterpieces from the film Golddiggers of 1935.


Iris DeMent

The wonderful Arkansas singer, in three very different songs:

  • A terrible, bitter song about her country, "Wasteland of the Free". The visuals were added by somebody for YouTube. Don't let them distract you from her message. (And remember, this song was written in the mid-90's!). She also talks a bit about it, and sings it movingly here.
  • A gorgeous song, "Our Town" sung with Emmylou Harris backing.
  • A nice, moving song, written by and sung with, John Prine: "In Spite of Ourselves"
Time to add some clips of The King:
  • One of the first great "music videos", "Jailhouse Rock" from the movie of the same name.

Hound Dog, in three takes:

  • "I can't stand still. I tried it, I just can't do it". Following one of his first TV appearances, on the Milton Berle Show, doing "Hound Dog".
  • Elvis live on stage in Tupelo, Mississippi (1957)
  • Here's the original performer: Big Mama Thornton, in this clip with Buddy Guy on guitar
  Want more?  See page 2