Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 43

Dusty Springfield • Wishin’ And Hopin’ • 1964

Get it: Stay Awhile / I Only Want To Be With You
Record label: Discogs

Saturday, January 18, 2020

One two three fawh!

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 42

The Beatles • I Saw Her Standing There • 1963

Get it: Please Please Me

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Little boxes made of ticky-tacky

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues Nos. 40 & 41

By the early 60s the Great Folk Scare had hit, following on the heels of the dreaded McCarthy Red Scare. All of a sudden you had FOLK! music coming at you on Top 40 radio: “Walk Right In,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” A friend’s castoff Joan Baez albums brought me a little ways out of hit parade consciousness, Pete Seeger (no longer blackballed) and his hit version of “Little Boxes” brought me back in. Then the Singing Nun’s “Dominique-inique-inique” summed it all up as record producers searched far and near for anything folky, or exotic (“Sukiyaki,” anyone?), that might make them their next million. . . . Then the Beatles came along and there was your next million or two or twenty.

Pete Seeger • Little Boxes • 1963

The Singing Nun (Soeur Sourire) • Dominique • 1963

Get ’em or find ’em: The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits; Billboard Top Pop Hits 1963

Saturday, January 11, 2020

He said, “listen, God, I ain’t gonna do it no more,
I ain’t gone do it no more”

Really the Country Blues Classics

Bukka White made two sides for Alan Lomax while incarcerated at Camp No. 10 on Parchman Farm, both featuring impassioned vocals and piercing slide guitar. They went unissued until 1967 when Bernard Klatzko issued them on a vinyl 78 on his “revitalized” Herwin label, and later on a Herwin LP. Not much reissued since, but right up there with White’s best.

Washington (Barrelhouse) White • Sic ’Em Dogs On • 1939

Label photo: American Music

Friday, January 10, 2020

Been a poor boy and a long ways from home

Really the Country Blues Classics

Gus Cannon playing slide banjo . . . !

Banjo Joe • Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home • 1927

Thursday, January 09, 2020

When you hear me walkin’, turn your lamp down low

Really the Country Blues Classics

Thought to be a Mississippi artist back when, maybe because of the bottleneck guitar; more currently thought to be from Alabama because of the “mamlish” references.

Bobby Grant • Nappy Head Blues • 1927

LP cover: American Music