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!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES #5

Still timely 52 years later. . . . 


The Crystals • Uptown • 1962



Barbara Alston, lead vocal; Phil Spector, guitar; among others. . . . New York, February 1962.

Sundazed has this in mono vinyl!

Coming week: Glenn Glen or is it Glen Glenn, Baby Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Peggy Seeger, Charlie Feathers, Hadley J. Castille, Ray Charles & Margie Hendricks. Same old boring stuff. . . .

Friday, October 17, 2014

THE GREASY SPOON


Hank Marr • The Greasy Spoon • 1963



Come hang out at the Greasy Spoon. You’ll be in good company here, on Ace’s Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits.

Cover for King LP 1011 (1966) from BSN Pubs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4 No. 10


Sun Ra • I Am Strange • 1960s



After listening to this, you’ll be wanting to rush right over to Norton Records and pick up this great picture sleeve 45. As the product description says, “Unissued sixties spoken word mysticism from Saturn, with otherworldly instrumentation. Absolutely brain bending and everso essential!”

THIS IS MY STORY,
THIS IS MY SONG


Thelonious Monk • This Is My Story, This Is My Song • 1966

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE

Leave it to Norton Records to issue great live performances regardless of gnarly sound quality. . . . Here’s Roky and the Explosives (Cam King, Waller Collie, Freddie Steady Krc) recorded live in 1980 at the Whiskey A Go-Go in L.A.


Roky Erickson & The Explosives • I’ve Just Seen A Face • 1980



You can get this great pic sleeve 45 from Norton. Sir Paul’s original is, of course, on Help!