Friday, January 31, 2014

MISSI’PPI TAPE 11


The Masked Marvel • Mississippi Boweavil Blues • 1929




Hear “Mississippi Boweavil Blues” on The Best of Charlie Patton (Yazoo 2069).

Thursday, January 30, 2014

THIS TIME


Waylon Jennings • This Time • 1973




Album cover: Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

PETE SEEGER


Pete Seeger • Fare Thee Well • 1963

ODDS & ENDS

Let’s get together and rock and roll tonight. . . !


Lawrence Walker • Allons Rock And Roll • 1961

Get it: The Essential Collection of Lawrence Walker

Sunday, January 26, 2014

SEE HOW MUCH FUN I CAN BE


Juke Boy Barner & Group • Rock With Me Baby • 1957



This is the B-side of Juke Boy Bonner’s first record, 1957. Weldon “Juke Boy” Bonner, vocal/guitar/harmonica; Lafayette Thomas, guitar; unknown, bass. Discographical details from American Music.

Photo: Juke Boy Bonner, Jungle Lounge, Houston, Texas. © Flyright Records, 1968; courtesy of Juke Boy Bonner/BAK collection.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

BETTY ANN IS A BLUE EYED BABY

Here’s one from Bob Wills’ old fiddle player, Jesse Ashlock. Not exactly a feminist anthem, this. . . .


Jesse Ashlock • Betty Ann • 1947

Friday, January 24, 2014

MISSI’PPI TAPE 10

“Here’s a waltz, here, entitled ‘The Bogue Chitter Waltz’”


The Hodges Brothers • Mississippi Baby • 1969




The Hodges Brothers • Bogue Chitto Waltz • early 1960s

Thursday, January 23, 2014

TODAY’S WEATHER


The Mississippi Moaner • It’s Cold In China Blues • 1935



Today’s song is currently available on Yazoo 2064, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be – Vol. 6

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Driving around in the car it was still business as usual: “radio tuned to rock’n’roll.” At home newly discovered music via LP was beginning to supplant the blastings of the little tabletop radio perched on a homemade desk. Harbingers of a sea change in listening habits and musical interests were records like Detroit Blues: The Early 1950s on Blues Classics, the first (and only at the time) Robert Johnson album King of the Delta Blues Singers, and 1965’s Big Mama Thornton In Europe which inspired an ultimately unsuccessful trip up the coast to see and hear her live at a small blues festival. Another year or so and this “new” music had almost completely overtaken the “old.” Roll over, John Lennon and tell Mick Jagger the news!



Eddie Kirkland • No Shoes • 1953

Robert Johnson • Come On In My Kitchen • 1936

Big Mama Thornton • Little Red Rooster • 1965


Get ’em: Battle of Hastings Street; King of the Delta Blues Singers; Big Mama Thornton in Europe

Album cover: All Music

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

ODDS & ENDS

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment has come. . . .


The Animals • House Of The Rising Sun • 1964

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD

Here’s a June Cheeks bonus . . . sort of. This 1960s clip from TV Gospel Time begins with Mme Emily Bram’s introduction, “And now, friends, we bring to you The Sensational Nightingales singing ‘Somewhere to Lay My Head.’” The lead singer here, Charles Johnson, was known as “Little June Cheeks” before joining the Nightingales after Rev. Julius Cheeks’ 1959 departure. Johnson certainly has no trouble filling Cheeks’ shoes on this smoking performance. The ’Gales here are JoJo Wallace on guitar, along with Bill Woodruff, Carl Coates, and a young Otis Clay.



Thanks to pannellctp

Want to see and hear more? Check out How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age 
(Shanachie, 2010).

IT’S ALL RIGHT NOW

The Rev. Julius Cheeks, on hiatus from The Sensational Nightingales, sang with The Soul Stirrers for about five minutes one time around 1954. He recorded several takes of “All Right Now,” sharing fiery leads with Sam Cooke; none were originally issued, all are good enough to have been. This is take 4.



The Soul Stirrers • All Right Now (Take 4 Alternate) • 1954



Photo: “The Sensational Nightingales, New York, 1958” (detail). Left to right, Dewey Young, Julius Cheeks, Jo Jo Wallace. Photo by Lloyd Yearwood from The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times by Tony Heilbut, Simon and Schuster, 1971.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

TITANIC WAS SINKIN’


Joseph Rosenblatt • El mole rachmin (für Titanik) • 1913



Label photo and history of this recording: Judaica Sound at FAU Libraries

Friday, January 17, 2014

MISSI’PPI TAPE 9


Bobbie Gentry • Ode to Billie Joe • 1967

Thursday, January 16, 2014

SIREN OF THE TROPICS

Here is a fantastic clip of Josephine Baker from the 1927 silent film La Sirène des Tropiques. Check out the source post, on Dangerous Minds, for a brief bio on the piece. And thanks to Lou Curtiss of Folk Arts Rare Records for pointing the way to this. . . .


I GOT A RANGE IN MY KITCHEN


Bud Johnson* • Kitchen Range Blues • 1928




*Bud Johnson = William Harris of “Bull Frog Blues” fame.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I MOAN TO YOU LIKE A SINNER


Moanin’ Bernice • Moaning Blues • 1928

Monday, January 13, 2014

ODDS & ENDS


The Sensational Nightingales • It Is No Secret • 1959

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I’VE ENJOYED AS MUCH OF THIS AS I CAN STAND


Porter Wagoner • I’ve Enjoyed As Much of This 
As I Can Stand • 1962


Friday, January 10, 2014

MISSI’PPI TAPE 8


Howlin’ Wolf • The Natchez Burning • 1956

Thursday, January 09, 2014

IF ANYBODY HAPPEN TO ASK YOU
WHO MADE UP THIS SONG

In January 1950 a trio of young Chicago blues musicians made a handful of now legendary recordings for the small Parkway label. The trio was made up of Muddy Waters on guitar, Leroy Foster on drums, and Little Walter on harmonica with vocals contributed by all three. The records were issued as by the Baby Face Leroy Trio or the Little Walter Trio as Muddy was under contract to Aristocrat (soon to become Chess). This group recorded eight terrific sides, most of them issued on Parkway, but also leased to Regal, Herald, and Savoy. What was not known until recently was that there were alternate takes of a couple of the songs. I’m rather taken with Baby Face Leroy’s more mannered vocal on the alternate of “Boll Weevil,” (posted below), contrasted against a slightly wilder accompaniment by Muddy and Walter. Two alternate takes (one by Leroy, one by Walter) were issued legally as a 45 by Louis Records a couple of years ago, along with “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” Part One of which is heard in its complete form for the first time. The Louis Records issue of the two 45s is a limited edition and hopefully there are still some left if anyone’s interested*. They have also recently put out a rare unissued Big Boy Crudup 45 from a previously unknown Ace recording session.



Baby Face Leroy Trio • Boll Weevil (alternate) • 1950

click on song title to listen


*Louis Records website/blog. NOTE: Just read today (1-22-14) that there's only a handful of copies left of each 45 so if you fancy getting one or both, better hop on over to Louis Records and get to gettin’.



Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT BOY

San Diego’s own. . . .


The Accents featuring Sandi • Better Watch Out Boy • 1964



Thanks to Mike Y.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Saturday, January 04, 2014

EVERY NOW AND THEN I WONDER

By the time of this August 1949 session, Jimmy Rogers had recorded as a singer/leader three times previously with only one tune released (on the Harlem label and that not under his own name). His other two sessions, for Ora Nelle and Regal, were not issued at the time. This Sunnyland Slim session for Apollo was no different. Jimmy would have to wait another year to start with Chess as a recording artist on his own (he was a month away from his first recordings as Muddy Waters’ guitarist). This, his initial recording of “That’s All Right,” has its own merits, with Jimmy’s assured vocal and solid guitar playing; he’s accompanied by yelps of encouragement from pianist Sunnyland Slim (including at one point a “Glory Hallelujah!”). History in the making.



Jimmy Rogers • That’s All Right • 1949

Friday, January 03, 2014

DON’T LET OUR LOVE DIE


The Everly Brothers • Don’t Let Our Love Die • 1991




Phil Everly, 1939–2014

MISSI’PPI TAPE 7


John Lee Hooker • Tupelo • 1964

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

BONNE ANNÉE


The Roy Kral—Jackie Cain Sextet • Auld Lang Syne • 1949



Photo: Lights along the Seine, January 1, 2012. Copyright © 2012 by Jennifer Greco. All Rights Reserved.
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