Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Pie in the sky, bye and bye, maybe! According to some folks, only 144,000 gonna have a wonderful time up there oh glory hallelujah. Still, we got a couple of good ones for you today, and this isn’t Sunday School. Countin’ ’em down with gusto: Sleepy LaBeef and Dot Love. . . .

Sleepy LaBeef • Wonderful Time Up There • 1980

The Original Gospel Harmonettes • These Are They • 1952

Sleepy LaBeef, vocal/guitar; Cliff Parker, guitar; Phil Breeding, acoustic bass; Richard Shook, electric bass; Terry Duncan, piano; David Humphreys, drums. Nashville, c.1980

Dorothy Love (lead vocal); Mildred Miller, Odessa Edwards, Willie Mae Newberry Garth, Vera Kolb (vocals); Evelyn Starks Hardy, piano; unknown organ, drums. Hollywood, 11 Jul 1951

Get “These Are They”: The Best of Dorothy Love Coates and The Original Gospel Harmonettes

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Friday, July 04, 2014


And now, for something completely different. . . .

Martina McBride • Independence Day • 1994

I’m placing this lapse in musical snootiness squarely on the shoulders of David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren and their intriguing and ear-opening book Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles

Thursday, July 03, 2014


Ray Kinney again, heard here a couple of months ago extolling the virtues of Haleakala on Maui, now singing the praises of Diamond Head (Leahi). And today’s music is accompanied by an utterly charming photo of a very young Princess Kaiulani, from the Hawai‘i State Archives.

Ray Kinney with Dick McIntire & His Harmony Hawaiians
Leahi (Diamond Head Hula) • 1936

Photo: Princess Kaiulani, “approximately six years old seated holding hat with backdrop of Diamond Head & palm trees in a photo studio,” c.1881. Wikimedia Commons/Hawaii State Archives. Call Number: PP-96-9-019.