Since the swim was nixed this morning, I’m taking another 15 minutes or so on my yoga mat for some more relaxing bendy-twisty on my lunch break with another Goodwill Hunting find, ‘The Honeydrippers, Volume One‘ album.
I found this at the Value Village in St. Catharines, Ontario for a buck.
The Honeydrippers were a rock and roll band of the 1980’s, deriving their name from Roosevelt Sykes, an American blues singer also known as “Honeydripper”.
Former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant formed the group in 1981 to satisfy his long-time goal in having a rock band with a heavy rhythm and blues basis. In addition to Plant, the band was composed of fellow former Zep member Jimmy Page; Jeff Beck (a former Yardbirds member like Page); and other friends and well-known studio musicians. They performed in a concert at Keele University in 1981, released only this one recording in 1984 and then, poof!…promptly disappeared.
So much for ‘Volume Two‘, I guess.
The album peaked at #3 in early 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a remake of the Phil Phillips’ tune ‘Sea of Love‘, and hit #25 with ‘Rockin’ at Midnight‘, originally a Roy Brown recording and a rewrite of ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight‘. With the EP’s success, Plant stated that a full album would be recorded but, alas, it was never meant to be.
The band appeared on Saturday Night Live in December of 1984, performing ‘Rockin’ at Midnight‘ and ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town‘. featuring Brian Setzer on guitar, Tom Barney on bass, Paul Shaffer on piano, Buddy Williams on drums, Michael Brecker, Lou Marini, and Ronnie Cuber on saxophones, Jon Faddis on trumpet and Tom Malone on trombone.
I actually remember staying up to see this and, likely, I never saw or heard of them again…until now, for a buck.
A perfect 15 minute listen for a quick and dirty 15 minute yoga stretch.