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Cadillac Records rocks the blues this Thursday

Posted on: July 11, 2010

Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry wrote unforgettable songs.  And sang them like no one else.  Then Etta James crooned “At Last,” a love song written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, the same guys who gave us “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”  And the world stopped spinning for a moment, just to catch its breath.

The Murphy Library’s Thursday, July 15,  film, “Cadillac Records” loosely chronicles these singers and others during the years when the blues started to rock and roll.  The film will be screened at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 109 minutes.

Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) owns Chess Records, a small recording studio on the south side of Chicago.  World War II has just ended and Chess thinks there might be a market for blues.  Then he begins to record the songs and somehow the beat of the music starts to increase.

If you want solid facts about the early years of rock and roll, this movie isn’t the place to find them.  But if “Maybellene” and “Nadine” talk to your soul, sit back and start tapping your toes.  The songs will bring back memories.  Not to mention that Adrien Brody has fun with every part he takes.

And Beyonce Knowles plays Etta James to the hilt.

Warren and Gordon had written “At Last” in the 1940’s for a movie that no one remembers.  But the song has called to a lot of artists.  Miles Davis has played it.  Doris Day, and Stevie Nicks recorded it.  B. B. King did too.  Still, it belongs to Etta.

Call the library at 837-2417.

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