Sunday, 29 July 2018

All Hail The Queenie

Some Sunday soul for you today - a couple of belters from Marie "Queenie" Lyons, to be precise. Her online biography is somewhat scant. She hails from Ashtabula, Ohio; toured with James Brown and King Curtis; made her album, "Soul Fever", in 1970; and as of 2014 was back in Ashtabula running a bar.

In my twenties I used to be on nodding acquaintance with a nice old dear called Queenie who frequented our own local pub, the Prince of Wales in Stoke Newington. So this one is for her, wherever she may be.

"Your Key Don't Fit It No More" - Marie "Queenie" Lyons

"Daddy's House" - Marie "Queenie" Lyons

Another occasional visitor to the pub in those days was Sam Brown of "Stop" fame. One year she roped her dear old dad into performing at the local street party. He was quite nifty.


  1. Two belters indeed. Do you think we should be taking that first song title literally?

  2. Marie Queenie Lyons is still running Queenies Lounge on Main St in Ashtabula, OH. Her jukebox is a fine collection of Blues, Soul, Funk, and R&B. Friday and Saturday nights are the best chance to see her. She usually closes @ 10 PM so get there around 6 or 7. Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the update. Great to hear she is still going strong. If I ever find myself near Ashtabula I'll make sure to pop in.