Sunday, June 26, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“The blues in black and white.” —Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number



Jimmie Rodgers • 1930 
Yodler with Guitars and String Bass”


Jimmie Rodgers, vocal; Lillian Hardin Armstrong, piano; Louis Armstrong, trumpet. Hollywood, 16 July 1930


British 78 label: The Singing Brakeman booklet

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Welcome to Odds & Sods Volume 11. After Volume 10’s final selection, the title of our first tune here might be more than apropos. That said, we have a dozen more winners for you. In addition to the fine musical lineup, we have asked Irving Snurd, our indefatigable liner note writer, to take some well deserved time off. So our notes this time around may not be as “colorful” as his but we promise you our programming will cover the entire spectrum. As with all the previous volumes of Odds & Ends we select only the best records from our cavernous archives to play for you. This time out we present recordings from our favorite period of popular music, the mid-fifties through about the mid-sixties, though it must be said that most of the songs on queue this time around were all big hits in the year 1959. We’ll be playing records by household names like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, and the Kingston Trio along with a good many not-so-well known artists such as the Miller Sisters, the Los Indios Tabajaras, and Prof. Alex Bradford and Sister Bessie Griffin. So set the dial, turn up the volume, grab a bottle or three, and dig in. . . .
—Melvin Cowznofski for Blues All Kinds


Jack Scott • What in the World’s Come Over You • 1959


Get it: Baby She’s Gone

Image: Mudwerks

Friday, June 24, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Eddie Boyd • Five Long Years • 1959


See American Music’s Eddie Boyd discography, entry 32, for more info on this version of “Five Long Years.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

The return of the “original” Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues. . . .


Marty Robbins • My Isle of Golden Dreams • 1957



LP cover: BSN Pubs

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


 James Brown & The Famous Flames
You’ve Got the Power • 1960
(vocal: James Brown & Bea Ford)


Find it: The Singles Volume One: The Federal Years 1956–1960

Album cover: All Music

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


Ray Charles • One Mint Julep • 1961


Get it: Genius + Soul = Jazz

Monday, June 20, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

Presenting the Blind Willie McTell Big Band. . . .


Pig ’n’ Whistle Band • Talkin’ to You Mama • 1949


Blind Willie McTell, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, c. August 1949

Get it: Acoustic Blues: The Definitive Collection Vol. 2

Album cover: All Music