Monday, April 27, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt. 4 No. 2


Aretha Franklin • I Wonder • 1967


Aretha Franklin, vocal/piano; Spooner Oldham, electric piano; Jimmy Johnson, acoustic guitar; Joe South, electric guitar; Tommy Cogbill, bass; Roger Hawkins, drums. New York, 23 June 1967

Sunday, April 26, 2015

MI UNICO CAMINO No 10


Link Wray & The Wraymen • Mary Ann • 1960



Photo: from Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7 No. 5


The String-A-Longs • Wheels • 1961


Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Friday, April 24, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC. #9


Hackberry RamblersOn Top Of The World • 1936

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Luderin Darbone, fiddle; Floyd Rainwater, vocal/yodeling/guitar; Lennis Sonnier, guitar; Johnnie Puderer, string bass. New Orleans, 19 February 1936

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNED 16 JUST YESTERDAY

Here’s a Rosie soundalike from 1961 . . . but it’s not “just like heaven” in Kathy’s dark and lonely room (despite the cheery LP cover). . . .


Kathy Young & The Innocents

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, 2.12

It’s just like heaven . . .

One of the few fun things about being in the 8th grade in the early ’60s was listening to the latest tunes on a little desktop radio after school. “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals was one of the highlights of 1960–1961. Something about Rosie’s wistful, high-pitched vocals, the shambling Originals, and especially, the almost completely airless sax solo by bass player Tony Gomez, really made this song stand out, one you hoped would come on at least once during your afternoon listening session. (And then there was the rumor that she was attending your local high school but you wouldn’t be going there for two more years and by then she’d probably already be gone. . . .)


Rosie & The Originals • Angel Baby • 1960

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CANCIÓN MIXTECA No 8


The Louvin Brothers


Charlie Louvin, vocal/guitar; Ira Louvin, vocal/mandolin; Paul Yandell, lead guitar; Eddie Hill, guitar; Lightnin’ Chance, bass; Marvin Hughes, piano. Nashville, 29 October 1955 

Photo: Mr Barbecue backyard, Lombard, Illinois. 1989. Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Reproduced here by permission of copyright holder.