LaMars’ Luminaire: This is the first of the coming weekly exposé by new contributor and local DJ La Mars about the artists he spins. DJ La Mars has a history of playing Country and Blues, Gospel, Rockabilly, R&R, R&B, Soul, Funk, Afro-beat, 60’s Pop/Garage, Exotica, Latin, Punk, Indie, Rap, Hip Hop, at various places around town.
The sheep-coat of change wasn’t quarantined from this nation’s invasive behemoth called rhythm and blues. The decibels of this new symmetry crawled out of the womb of the Big Band and Jump Blues texture. Dave Bartholomew was a forensic conquistador in extrapolating and developing the “New Orleans Sound” from the cells and amoebas of it’s soulful predecessors.
Dave was born on December 24, 1920 in Edgar, Louisiana. First melding with the tuba, he later transitioned to the trumpet as his primary dagger. As a fourteen year old, he played throughout the south in a band aboard a Mississippi Riverboat. His prodigal sorcery quickly brought him band leader status. He also had a stint with the renowned Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, before joining the army during tumultuous WWII. As a conduit of escapism, he began to tangle with the craft of writing and arranging. He organized his own tribe of musicians, who enamored business maven Lew Chudd of Imperial Records.
After signing to Imperial, the mystic vapor of time and circumstance brought Dave together with the Delta area troubadour Antione “Fats” Domino. Their relationship spawned the mammoth hits “Ain’t That A Shame”, “I’m In Love Again”, “Blue Monday”, I’m Walkin‘”, and “Valley of Tears”. Dave Bartholomew is the professor responsible in concocting epic joints for Lloyd Price, Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee, Earl King, Robert Parker, Frankie Ford, and Chris Kenner(just to name a few).
Dave recorded his one R&B hit “Country Boy” in 1950, which went to #14 nationally. His song “Good Jax Boogie” is Dave’s homage to one of his favorite beverages, which was incepted at Jax Brewing Company in Jacksonville, Florida in 1912. Thus instituting additional mortar from Jacksonville in rock and soul’s architecture. Dave Bartholomew was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his role in producing early R&B ambrosia! He still performs and releases music to this day.
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