Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fact: Tommy Conwell is Awesome

Me:    Why is Tommy Conwell so awesome? 
You:   Because he's a great musician and performer?... 
Me:    That was an existential question. 

Originally posted on Audio Rumble's Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

David Uosikkinnen's In the Pocket - Walkin' On the Water

Song 13 - Walkin' On the Water

In the Pocket's 13th song is “ Walkin’ On The Water," originally recorded by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers in 1986. Available on iTunes and Amazon.com! Dedicated to the memory of Tom Owston.


"I could have chosen any number of Tommy Conwell’s great songs. But, I chose ‘Walkin' On The Water' because it seemed autobiographical and all about how Tommy was truly feeling at that time. Cocky, confident, on top of the world, and it rocks like crazy!"
- David Uosikkinen

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom - Various Philadelphia Artists

Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" - Various Philadelphia Artists (1989) [Long Version]

Artists included on this recording: The Hooters, Patti Labelle, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Grover Washington, Jr., Pretty Poison, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass, Robert Hazard, Jeff Lorber, Jean Carn, Britny Fox, Bobby Rydell, Schoolly D, Essra Mohawk, Sister Sledge, Billy Paul, Dee Dee Sharp and Tony Santoro.

Singing Our Song Local Superstars Get It Together 

By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer 
June 5, 1989 

          Did Elton John's rendering of "Philadelphia Freedom" make you well up with civic pride? If so, you're gonna bust over a dynamic new Philly superstar treatment out on a just-issued album called "Philadelphia Freedom - Together." 
          Trading licks (in the style of "We Are the World") are Teddy Pendergrass, the Hooters, Schooly D, Grover Washington Jr. and Patti LaBelle. Sharp ears also will detect the presence of Sister Sledge, Britny Fox, Jeane Carne, Bobby Rydell and Billy Paul, Pretty Poison, Dee Dee Sharp, Jeff Lorber, Robert Hazard, Essra Mohawk, Tony Santoro and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers. 
          Celebrating Philly's rich and varied base in contemporary music, the Nick Martinelli and Randy Cantor production of Elton John's fight song was a year in the compiling, done at the behest of the Philadelphia Music Foundation. The results are coherent and soulful - an easy addition to the playlists of WIOQ, Power 99, WUSL or WDAS, or even (because it's instant gold) WOGL and WPGR. The boosters at PMF hope radio will get behind the song tomorrow in a big way. They're trying to get every radio station in the Delaware Valley to play the tune - to help the cause, in a City Hall ceremony at 3 p.m. today, Mayor Goode is to declare tomorrow "PMF's Philadelphia Freedom Day." 
          Still, don't be surprised if rockers WMMR and WYSP instead opt to plug some of the classic tracks that flesh out the $7.98 "Philadelphia Freedom" album. Yup, it's the greatest hits by the Hooters ("And We Danced"), Patti LaBelle ("New Attitude"), Cinderella ("Nobody's Fool"), John Eddie ("Jungle Boy") and Robert Hazard ("Escalator of Life") on the rocking Side 1. The flip side gets funky with McFadden and Whitehead's "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," George Thorogood's "Who Do You Love," Teddy Pendergrass' "Close the Door," Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," Jean Carne's "Closer Than Close" and Michael Sembello's "Automatic Man." 
           PMF board member Alan Rubens (the savvy talent agent/manager and sometime record company proprietor) negotiated the song rights for the PMF project, and Sigma Sound's Joe Tarsia (now PMF chairman) mixed the package. "It's a clear example of people helping people through music," says Tarsia of the superstar song and album project. "The monies raised will be used to further the education and careers of young people through our scholarship fund." Over the past 2 1/2 years, PMF has contributed "in excess of $60,000" in music-field related scholarships, adds PMF director Loretta Barrett.
        Also keeping it local, Warner Bros. has pressed the album at its Olyphant, Pa., plant. And the Narberth-based Collectibles label - which specializes in classic rhythm and blues compilations and reissues - is putting the album and an upcoming tape version into national circulation. 
          While best spread in Delaware Valley music stores, naturally, ''Philadelphia Freedom - Together" has also been shipped to distributors in Boston, New York and Los Angeles and will be "filtering out from there," says Collectables' president Jerry Greene.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings - Prime Time Pub in NE Philly

Thanks to Joe Kohnow for sharing with Audio Rumble - 

"Here are a few photos of Tommy jammin' on 'Johnny B. Goode' with my old band, Oscar Can't Win, when we opened up for him and the Little Kings at the Prime Time Pub in NE Philly." 
[Sept. 1996]