Sunday, January 03, 2021

Joss Stone - The Best Blues Lady Since Aretha - Andy 60s Music


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Having been attracted to the latest trend of music up to the 80's, there is much to be said about the 'new' genres of music [if there are any].

So I won't argue on this point. Looking at reliable statistics, 'rock' and 'pop' are still at the top of the international hit parade but at merely 20 percent of the ideal, 'blues' seems to be near the bottom of the rung. Or 'soul'...

I have been listening and watching this lovely lady on media for some time now and think she is one of the best outcome in the international pop music scene. And she doesn't only sing the blues or merely dish covers of 60s songs as others would. 

Joss Stone is the ultimate when she revives pop oldies and would be a gauge for youth to appreciate what great singing is all about. She has many original albums - comfortable ones for me -  comes from Beatles and Rolling Stones country and has the most soulful voice since Franklin. She comes on stage bare-footed but with class, ties her trademark piece of linen on the microphone stand and hums her song. The crowd screams, her sultry voice attracts. To me, she's different, definitely not commercial. No gimmicky costumes, no fancy wigs, just her soul exposed.

Do listen to Joss Stone and you come back to reality, with real music, real lyrics and real expressions from within. Now you know why I have temporarily left my 'time warp', as Michael Bangar describes it, to enjoy the very enchanting Joss, both voice and person. You don't need to appreciate the blues to appreciate this young lady's songs.

Thank you Joss.

Comments always welcome.



Joss Stone - Son Of A Preacher Man [Music Hall Of Fame 2006] YouTube Video.
By Francis. 25 Million views. Now that's sumthin'.

The above pictures are my own screen shots from YouTube videos of Ms Stone's concerts and interviews these last few years. They are a joy to view and I hope,
just like her video, will not be deleted off this post. Let me know and I shall delete them gracefully if there are objections.

Jeff Beck & Joss Stone - I Put a Spell On You Live (HD) YouTube Video by STEPHANOS ALEXIOU. Thank you.


Just click her name on Google and you've got dozens of her videos to watch.

26 comments:

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

SIXTIES MUSIC HAS COME ONE FULL CIRCLE -
NEW FOLKS ARE SINGING THE OLDIES.
HERE'S ONE.

MICHAEL LEE from SYDNEY AUSTRALIA said...

This lady sure can really sing the blues.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

yes, Mike, she surely can.

suituapui said...

I remember Son of a Preacher Man, big hit for Dusty Springfield.

MICHAEL BANGAR [PROFESSIONAL GUITARIST] said...

Joss STONE -she is not only gorgeous but an excellent vocalist.
One of those voices that can do any genre of music.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

thanks guys for the quick response.
yes, springfield's version was great.
i prefer joss stone's bluesy rendition though.
she brings out the real meaning in the lyrics.

and michael, yes, a pretty lady indeed.
and her voice tells the story of the song.

MICHAEL LEE from SYDNEY AUSTRALIA said...

Andy Young
Likewise thanks for being mine with a common love for music.
Cheerio have a nice Sunday

PAUL I. said...

Never heard of this singer Pak Andy.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

yes, she's from this century.
that's why i like your opinion
thanks.

HORACE WEE (GUITAR LEGEND) said...

I heard of Joss Stone from her first recordings on CD in the early part of the 2000s .
The Soul Sessions,Mind Body and Soul plus some live performances on DVD. I came across her recordings while browsing through a whole lot CDs in a store. Ah yes, does anyone remember the innumerable hours spent browsing for recordings and always hoping to find a gem!
On that day I found a gem. It was unbelievable to find a young, very tall and pretty English girl had soaked up all the very best vibes,exuding the inflections and emotion of R&B, traditionally the realm of the African American!
The American music community embraced her immediately. Since all those years she has obviously matured and is an R&B icon. Just to categorise her as a “blues singer” is incorrect! In the tradition of Aretha, she moves easily in Soul, Gospel, Blues and the cultural mainstream of Black American music.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you Horace.
A fantastic write-up.
Like you, she's the best there is.

WAYNE CHOW - SINGER said...

Powerful vocals.
Reminiscent of ETTA JAMES and with her low and husky soulful rendition of a classic.
Certainly a spell is cast on me.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hey Wayne,
From a singer of your calibre, you know your preferences.
Thanks for your heartfelt comment.

STEVE HO [THE HEARTBREAKERS, BUSKER] said...

Andy,
I have started following her when she first started her music career. I've bought some of her albums, but after a short while, I discontinued, as my interest in blues has waned.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Steve,
I can understand. In SG and as a part time busker, spectators and audiences love pop, rock and social music rather than blues.

Appreciate your comment since you are always a rocker yourself.

RICKIE CHNG [LEAD GUITARIST FOR TRAILERS/SILVER STRINGS, ETC] said...

Yes, I just watched. She has got her own style and for the two songs, though she is singing with a high pitched but not actually power pact.

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Michael Lee
Hi Andy *It was unbelievable to find a young, very tall and pretty English girl soaked up all the very best vibes, exuding the inflections and emotion of R&B, traditionally the realm of African American* Well said Horace.
*Just to categorise her as a “blues singer” is incorrect* agree on this also, I only said This lady sure can really sing the blues. This lady has got a really power and dynamic voice that can definitely sing much more than “blues”. Cheerio

Andy Young
yes indeed. she can sing all time i guess. thanks again Mike

Freda Hanum
Beautiful, lovely article Andy

Francis Anthony Rozells
Top grade singer to come out of England in a long time...

Francis Anthony Rozells
And she has been around awhile now...

Andy Young
yes she has but i didn't think i would write about her but her Preacher Man interpretation's been in my mind for some time.

THANKS GUYS FOR THE CHAT.

JIMMY APPUDURAI-CHUA - ENGLAND said...

She is from the West Country, same town where... Alex Hart comes from -Ashill.
She is a cool jazzy singer...
Jeff Becklikes her loads and has backed her many times.
Her mother owns a music venue in Exeter called, Mama Stone.

She is alsovery beautiful.
Lovely voice.
'PEOPLE GET READY'
A minor hit for her.

She used to perform loads but very quiet past few years.
Her mum also shut Mammastones.
She travelled the world helping poor children, especially South America and Africa.

EUNICE CHUA [TERTIARY STUDENT] said...

YESS i know her
Awesome

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hardly a few hours after posting and so many replies.
Thanks to all the seniors and young people who wrote in response to the story.

I shall try to write more about our local talents who can sing 60s music and the good news about SG youngsters who play so well on stage today.
But stories about SG MUSIC still remains.
So send in your articles.

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Stephen Han
Joss Stone had been singing for a quite a long time

Andy Young
yes Stephen 20 years or so. thanks.

MERLIN LIM (SILVER STRINGS) said...

Frankly, I've Never Heard Of Joss Stone n That Is Up To Now.
First Impression: Woah !!
She's Got Beauty,
She's Got Grace.
She's Got Power,
She's Got Range.
Nice n Clean, With Raw Grit Thrown-In.
From Soul To Blues
n Rock n Roll.
An Entertainer, A Performer Of Class n Magnitude.
Within The Realms Of Super Stars... Joss Stone.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Merlin.
I agree with you.
She’s superlative in every sense of the word.
I’m sure Joss will be happy to note she has so many senior fans in Singapore

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

ON JOSS STONE FACEBOOK
Charlie Yap Locomotion
Ericbronson Wong
Jimmy Appudurai-chua
Eunice Chua
Davy Chan
Stephen Han
Freda Hanum
Koh Daisy
Ho Victor
Jalani Mohamed
Alphonso Soosay
Michael Lee
SUPPORT HER.

Cedric Collars said...

I have listened to Joss Stone singing her various songs and although I have to admit she has a lovely voice, she however lacks something in her voice. The missing ingredient is the physical loss of what the many coloured singers suffered and reflected it in their voices and in their spirits. Joss Stone is a white lady trying to be someone she cannot be. Sorry but I guess the likes of Ela, Aretha, Billie and such divas are immortal in their own unique right.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

I applaud you Cedric for your frank and forthright comment about JOSS STONE.
A point well taken I am sure with many but she has a good voice with a lot of feel and to me,
she entertains the crowd, which is what all singers and musicians must aim to achieve.

Yours is a positive comment, coming straight to the point.
I appreciate it.

Thank you.