Friday, July 29, 2011


Big Mama Thornton & Her Hounddogs • Ball And Chain Part 1 • 1968 (1)

Big Mama Thornton • Hound Dog (Alternate Take) • 1965 (2)

Big Mama Thornton • School Boy • 1965 (3)

(1) Big Mama Thornton, vocal; Everett Minor, tenor sax; Nat Dove, piano; Bee Houston, guitar; Curtis Tillman, bass; Gus Wright, drums. Los Angeles, 25 January 1968

(2) Big Mama Thornton, vocal; Eddie Boyd, piano; Buddy Guy, guitar; Jimmy Lee Robinson, bass; Fred Below, drums. Hamburg, 8 October 1965

(3) Big Mama Thornton, vocal; Fred McDowell, guitar. London, 20 October 1965  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

“That's what I mean.”
“Well, that's what I mean.”

Amos Milburn outrocks Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones (Mr. Slack notwithstanding), and he gets the words right.

Down The Road Apiece – Amos Milburn – 1946

Friday, July 15, 2011


Glorious falsetto from Norman Isaacs and Gabby Pahinui on a lovely version of “Kaena” recorded around 1960. I think that’s Alvin “Barney” Isaacs on steel. Album cover features Gabby Pahinui, “Hawaii's Folk Singer.”

Norman Isaacs & Gabby Pahinui • Kaena • 1960

Thursday, July 14, 2011


. . . on a summer day in 1957. The first half dozen tunes posted here are a quick sketch of the Magic Jukebox’s early years and development. Funny R&B songs, jazz disguised as surf music, the British hordes, Bob Dylan, Chicago blues, and 50s gospel quartets all found their way inside, traveling from ear to brain to belly to heart, swirling around and expanding back outward. Um, well, anyway here’s the first installment. Hope you like it. It’s primarily just old school music that’s fun to listen to, or jump around to, or whatever. Hopefully not too pretentious and without a whole lot of commentary on my part. Feel free, however. And who knows what’ll be queued up next. Might even play A-11.

The Coasters • Searchin’ • 1957

Dave Brubeck Quartet • Take Five • 1961

The Beatles • I Saw Her Standing There • 1963

Bob Dylan • Subterranean Homesick Blues • 1965

Muddy Waters • Louisiana Blues • 1965

Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers
Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone • 1956