Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Connie Stevens • Sixteen Reasons • 1960

Thus concludeth the sixteen reasons why 1960 was such a great year for, in the immortal words of Bo Diddley, “Rock and rock and rock and roll, c’mon!” Next week in this space we resume our long running Girl Groups Down for the Count series.

Get it: Teenage Crush Volume 2.

Photo: Nikita Khrushchev, Roswell Garst, Guthrie County, Iowa, September 1959. Photo source: Bolshevik Mean Girls

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


J. B. Hutto & The New Hawks • I’m Leaving You • 1983

J. B. Hutto, vocal/guitar; Brian Bisesi, guitar; Kenny Krumbholz, bass; Leroy Pina, drums; Ron Levy, piano; Greg Piccolo, tenor sax; Rich Lataille, alto sax; Doug James, baritone sax. Carlisle, Massachusetts, February–March 1983

Monday, October 05, 2015


In his Roots & Rhythm mail-order newsletter from October 2, 2013, proprietor Frank Scott reviews the Tompkins Square Cajun collection Let Me Play This for You. Of the song “Marksville Blues” by Blind Uncle Gaspard, Frank writes: “. . . a recently discovered 78 featuring singer/guitarist Blind Uncle Gaspard . . . is a real eye opener — the blues Marksville Blues . . . almost sounds like something from a Mississippi bluesman, only the lyrics are in French — really remarkable and incredibly soulful.” To that perfectly succinct description we add . . . nothing. Have a listen.

Blind Uncle Gaspard • Marksville Blues • 1929

Blind Uncle Gaspard, vocal/guitar; Delma Lachney, guitar. Chicago, c. 26 January 1929

Get it: Let Me Play This For You: Rare Cajun Recordings

Sunday, October 04, 2015


“I’ve got my doubts about it”

“When Charley Pride began recording in 1966, his record company worked hard to hide the fact that he was a black man in a white industry. His photograph was absent from early press materials, and he was always referred to as ‘Country’ Charley Pride. . . . One listen to his chart debut, and there’s no mistaking Charley Pride for anything but country. . . . 
—David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number   

Country Charley Pride • Just Between You and Me • 1966

“Just Between You and Me” is on The Essential Charlie Pride. If you can luck into a used copy, Charley’s live at Panther Hall album In Person has a great stripped down live version with a spoken intro that gives a good insight into the times.

Saturday, October 03, 2015


Sam Cooke, S. R. Crain & The Soul Stirrers
Lead Me to Calvary (Rehearsal) / Lead Me to Calvary • 1964

Rehearsal: Sam Cooke, spoken explanation; Paul Foster, lead vocal; J. J. Farley, others unknown. Hollywood,  20 July 1964. Single: James Phelps, lead vocal; Jimmy Outler, tenor; Paul Foster (?), Richard Gibbs, Leroy Crume, baritones; Jesse James Farley, bass; with Linwood Mitchell, bass guitar; poss. Leroy Crume, guitar; unknown drums. possibly same session as rehearsal, c. 1964

Sam Cooke’s SAR Records Story 1959–1965 is where you’ll find the rehearsal of “Lead Me to Calvary.” The Soul Stirrers’ Joy In My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings has the finished take.

Record label: Record Connexion

Week of October 4: Charley Pride, Blind Uncle Gaspard, J. B. Hutto, Connie Stevens, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Henry Barbee, Aaron Neville. Where else but on Blues All Kinds?

Friday, October 02, 2015


Sonny Boy Williamson • Got the Bottle Up and Gone • 1937

Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Joe Williams, guitar; Robert Lee McCoy, guitar/vocal. Aurora, Illinois, 5 May 1937

Original EP cover: American Music

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Johnny Twovoice & The Medallions
My Pretty Baby • 1955

You can hear both of Johnny Morisette’s voices on Dootone Doo Wop Volume 1.

Image: Japanese women walk through ruins of Hiroshima, August 1945