Waylon Jennings • Crying • 1964
Friday, July 25, 2014
Waylon Jennings, recorded in Phoenix a few months before signing with RCA, and beating Roy Orbison at his own unbeatable game. . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2014
When I first heard the issued single version of this song on a Blues Classics LP c.1968 I went completely tilt and thought I was going to fall off this spinning globe they call the earth. Five decades later it still has that effect on me when I listen to it. Here is a preliminary version, no less intense, recorded around the same time as the single on portable equipment at the Club Bizarre in Canton, Mississippi, January 1952. Lotta noise being made by just three musicians: Elmore James, with Ike Turner on piano and an unknown drummer.
Elmore James • Please Find My Baby (Version 1) • 1952
LP cover: Paris Jazz Corner
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
This one’s enjoyable for me as much for the Saturday morning cartoons feel of Manuel Gavinovich’s vocals as it is for the terrific playing of Oscar Alemán and his hot quinteto.
Oscar Aleman y su Quinteto de Swing • Besame Mucho • 1943
Photo: Oscar Alemán with Josephine Baker, 1933 via Escutache Esto!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Those chirpy De Zurik Sisters are back—wait! they’ve never been on Blues All Kinds before—with a great not-quite-yodeling version of “Birmingham Jail.” And if you like this one, they will be back soon with their justly famous “Arizona Yodeler.”
The De Zurik Sisters (Caroline & Mary Jane)
Birmingham Jail • 1938
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Freddy Fender • Wasted Days and Wasted Nights • 1975
Tomorrow begins a brand new week, and we’ve got 7 brand new old songs for you to enjoy, by BAK favorites the De Zurik Sisters, the Chambers Brothers, Oscar Alemán, Waylon Jennnings, Tampa Red, Sir Douglas Quintet, and . . . Elmore James!