Little Willie G., vocal; Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere, vocal chorus; Ry Cooder, guitar; Jim Keltner, drums; Joachim Cooder, timbales; Jared Smith, bass; Joe Rotondi, piano; Gil Bernal, tenor sax; Mike Bolger, organ.
And the hits just keep coming. Here’s next week’s lineup—Andre Williams, Flaco Jiménez, the Sensational Nightingales, Liz Green, Ernest Stoneman, Sidney Brown, and Doctor Hepcat. . . .
A half decade later Chicago stalwart Eddie Taylor picked up Little Johnny’s “Big Town Play Boy” for a Vee-Jay session shared with Jimmy Reed. The results sound a lot like a Jimmy Reed record only with the urgency turned up several notches and featuring some tough soloing by Eddie, and blasting harp from Jimmy throughout.
Little Johnny / Muddy Waters • Big Town Play Boy • 1950
Eddie Taylor • Bigtown Playboy • 1956
Johnny Jones, vocal/piano; Muddy Waters, guitar; Leroy Foster, guitar, bass drum, hi-hat. Chicago, late summer 1949 Eddie Taylor, vocal/guitar; Jimmy Reed, harmonica/guitar; Vernell Fournier, drums. Chicago, 5 December 1955
“This 1970 live Memphis recording caused considerable excitement amongst both blues and gospel collectors, and was described at the time as a vocal in the Son House tradition with a delta style guitar. It was assumed that Townsend was the guitarist but during the summer of 1971 he was tracked down working as a mechanic in Independence by Bengt Olsson who discovered that the guitarist was a Johnnie Mays. Bengt Olsson and friends were doing a series of field recordings around Memphis, many of which were issued on an early Flyright album, Southern Comfort Country (FLY 501), including a further Townsend track.” —Bob Laughton, notes to God’s Mighty Hand: Gospel Evangelists (Heritage, 1992)
We left you last time pondering the sad fate of Frankie the ho-dad, and this time around we shall attempt to bring you up to date on that very popular musical genre, World Music and all of our artists are certainly worldly and occasionally world weary. We have tunes from across the hemisphere, from the shores of Old México to Saint-Säens with stops along the way in such out of the way locations as the Saharan Desert and the island of Cuba, as well as Mexico, Louisiana, and Outer Space!
Some listeners may notice that there are only 10 songs this time out. As the old saying goes, “more is not always more.” And so, with this in mind, we leave you with 10 more great songs, both old and new, and hope that until next time, you will enjoy this series and apply the “soul sauce” liberally. —Melvin Cowznofski, Radio KBAK, Lompoc, CA
Tinariwen • Tenhert (The Doe) • 2009
Stay tuned—more to come. Up next: More James Brown, Little Johnny Jones, and Woody & Cisco, as well as Joe Townsend, Ry Cooder, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, and Eddie Taylor. Right here on Blues All Kinds.
Even though we’ve already featured both the “Live at the Apollo” version of “Lost Someone” and its edited down single (as well as a modern day cover by Cat Power), here is the original 1961 hit single, James Brown’s fifth of the year; a few months later JB would make it the centerpiece of his Apollo performance.
“I’d be workin’ in the Kremlin with a two headed dog. . . .”
Roky Erickson & The Explosives • Two Headed Dog • 1979
Had enough? We didn’t think so. Here’s the coming week’s lineup for you, courtesy of Uncle Frank: Bob Dylan x 2; the Twin Cities’ own Trashmen; Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee from Tennessee; the greatest blues singer of them all, Muddy Waters; Cajun legends Octa Clark & Hector Duhon; and on Friday a very special lounge act coming direct to you from the Orbit Room. Miss ’em at your own peril!