Saxophone - King Curtis
I would like him because of his history with the wailing saxophone and the tenor. He had a really great live band, with some terrific musicians in it, including Billy Preston. He actually opened up for Aretha Franklin when she made 'Aretha Live at Fillmore West'. He did his set and then the same band backed up Aretha, which I was very impressed with.
Guitar - Cornell Dupree
I've chosen him because I feel like he is very overlooked; he is an East Coast American session guitarist but he is a really funky guitar player. He has performed with King Curtis before so I know they work well together.
Drums - Al Jackson
He is best known for being in Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a group of musicians who were the house band for Stax Records. He played on lots of the great soul classics, including Otis Reddings', and he just keeps it real with a steady beat. He's very adaptable and he can go play jazz, rock and rhythm and blues – basically any kind of funk.
Bass - James Jamerson
He played on all the great Motown records and this band wouldn't be complete without him. That would just be perfect.
Vocals - Little Richard
I like everything of his from when he started singing in his church days to his early gospel stuff, before he became more popular with things like 'Rip it Up' and 'Tutti Frutti' but he has such a very soulful and amazingly powerful voice.
Background vocals - Etta James and Aretha Franklin
I just think that they would sound wicked together and backing Little Richard up would be incredible. With those people behind him as well would mean it was one hell of a kicking band. I suppose a lot of them have gone now but it's my ideal band anyway.
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