Saturday, October 25, 2014

MY BABY (I LOVE HER YES I DO)

When Ray Charles moved over to ABC Paramount from Atlantic in 1960, he put out a handful of singles before he started recording the concept albums he had been intent on since signing with ABC, like Genius Hits the Road, Dedicated to You, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music — the list goes on and on. That doesn’t mean his new record company wasn’t releasing hit singles on him from the very start—note “Sticks and Stones,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “One Mint Julep,” “Hit the Road, Jack” for starters. Here is his first single for ABC, “My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do),” a showcase for Margie Hendricks like “What Kind of Man Are You” was for Mary Ann Fisher on one of Ray’s final Atlantic singles.



Ray Charles • My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do) • 1960





Margie Hendricks photo: Stay Sick and Turn Blue!

Next up: The return of Louie & The Lovers, Hank Jr., Country Charley Pride, Bert Johnson & Sammy Price, Snooks Eaglin, Mickey Newbury, and Doris Troy. A hit a 
minute. . . .

Friday, October 24, 2014

GOING BACK TO LOUISIANA

Hadley J. Castille was a Cajun fiddler inspired as a teenager by Harry Choates’ big postwar hit “Jole Blon.” Here is a 90s recording featuring Hadley’s fiddle, but instead of an accordion break we get . . . a short but tasty C&W piano solo. “Modern” Cajun music from Swallow Records.


Hadley Castille • Going Back to Louisiana • 1993

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LET HIM ALONE!

Dunno what’s got into me today . . . thinking about the upcoming US elections must got me heeby-jeebied. . . .


Reverend Gary Davis • Say No To The Devil • 1961




Original Bluesville LP cover: Both Sides Now Publications

HE’S A MIGHTY GOOD LEADER


Skip James • Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader • 1931



ANGELS IN HEAVEN DONE WROTE MY NAME


Blind Willie Johnson • Let Your Light Shine On Me • 1929




Good sound on this one on Yazoo’s The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1.

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 5 No. 1

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION

“You can’t feel elec-a-tricity a-movin’ on the line.” With those words Jimmy Murphy has described our latest Odds & Ends collection to a “T.” This new batch of hot and popular tunes is both electric and electrifying as evidenced by artists as diverse and eclectic as Mustard & Gravy, the Hodges Brothers, and our series’ namesake, Jimmy Reed. Bo Diddley is also back with his little friend Frank Jive, the 12-year old boy. Floyd Tillman sings his great unissued single of “Cold Cold Beer,” a perfectly danceable tune, as is “Surfin’ School” by the King Uszniewicz aggregation. And who can forget the high school years with the Doo-Wop stylings of The Fugs.

Blind Willie Johnson is represented by his big spiritual hit “Let Your Light Shine on Me,” and Mustard & Gravy keep the good times rolling with their tale of Jonah and the Whale.

Of particular note is the machine-like precision of the percussionist on Jerry McCain’s “The Bells.” And Mickey Newbury reminds us that it is the old songs in their many forms that keep us coming back for more.  —Irving Snurd, Programmer/Janitor, Radio K-BAK



Charlie Feathers • We’re Getting Closer To Being Apart



No telling when this previously unissued version of “We’re Getting Closer to Being Apart” was recorded; He calls out his son Bubba for a guitar solo, so it’s probably post sixties. What can be known is that this is Charlie at his best. Wild Side of Life is the collection to get for this one.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES #6


Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face • 1962





New Briton Gazette, Vol. 2 is the place to go to find “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt. 1 No. 6

“Backbiters and syndicators
You know they all around my door”


John Lee Hooker • The Syndicator • 1954



John Lee Hooker, vocal/guitar; Otis Finch, tenor sax; Bob Thurman, piano; unknown, bass; Tom Whitehead, drums. Detroit, 1954

“The Syndicator” is on Original Folk Blues

Monday, October 20, 2014

MIDNIGHT AGAIN, BABY


Baby Calloway • Midnight Blues • 1958



Charles Calloway,vocal/piano; Roland Mitchell, tenor sax; Napoleon Henry, guitar; Johnny Preston, bass; poss. Willie T. Walker, drums. Oakland, c.June 1958

Sunday, October 19, 2014

IT RAINS RAIN WHEN IT’S RAININ’

Orin Glen Troutman aka Glen Glenn aka Glenn Glenn aka Glen Trout is a still active rockabilly singer born in Joplin, Missouri in 1934. He cut this originally unissued country tune in 1956 with the great Ralph Mooney on steel guitar.

Glen Glenn • It Rains Rain




Glen Glenn, vocal; Ralph Mooney, steel guitar; Gary Lambert, lead guitar; Johnny Moseby, guitar; Helen “Peaches” Price, drums. Los Angeles, 19 September 1956.

Here’s a Glen Glenn collection: Glen Rocks

Photo: Nudie Suits!