Saturday, February 23, 2013


“Ring ring goes the bell / Cook in the lunchroom ready to sell.” Music, always present, deeply embedded in earliest memories. Little toy records for preschool birthdays. Family radio or 78 console. “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,” Perry Como, “Mr. Sandman,” Eddie Fisher mourns “Oh My Papa.” Choir at the Baptist church, scary invitation hymns, the Doxology. July 4, 1957 family radio autotunes to “Mighty 690” and 10-year-old ears are baptized into true faith: Sam Cooke, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry point the way to Bo Diddley, Della Reese, and Ray Charles. Dave Brubeck, Fireballs, Ventures: surf music. First two Joan Baez albums a timid foray out of Top 40 radio into unknown. High school brings Roy Orbison, Shangri-Las, and then Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals. Unit 4 Plus 2. The Silkie. England rules “Eight Days A Week.” Bob Dylan, unknown quantity until “Subterranean Homesick Blues” jangles forth from car radio. Bringing It All Back Home: This Bob Dylan guy sure sings weird. Mantovani and Kostelanetz reign supreme from living room. “And it’s all over now, baby blue.” 

Sonny James, The Southern Gentleman • Young Love • 1957

Label photo: Discogs


  1. I haven't heard this one in years, and the sound quality is superb! Really, thanks BB.


    1. Many thanks. "Young Love" was a signal tune, first heard on a trip to my aunt's farm in Tulare when I was ten, and a big favorite ever since. Look for more "roadmap" songs in the coming weeks. . . .