Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SOMETHIN’ TELLS ME I’M INTO SOMETHIN’ GOOD

“A blast from the past”—originally posted March 31, 2012


Earl-Jean • I’m Into Somethin’ Good • 1964

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Photo: Earl-Jean (center) with the Cookies.

OH-OH, SUSIE DARLIN’

By 1958 Rock’n’Roll as a “genre” was still new enough that the record companies and Top 40 radio stations weren’t quite sure what “it” was exactly and whether it would sell and what people tuning in wanted to hear. So in between records like “Book of Love” and “Great Balls of Fire” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” you got stuff like “Tea for Two Cha Cha” and “Topsy II” and “Chanson d’Amour.” And this one, Robin Luke’s all-the-way-from-Honolulu take on rockabilly, “Susie Darlin’.”



Robin Luke • Susie Darlin’ • 1958

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Radio Gold Volume 3 is your one-stop for “Susie Darlin’” and 29 other tunes typical of the period referenced above.


Monday, March 30, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Albert & Charles • Weird • 1961


Albert & Charles Bedeaux, guitars; Gus Jenkins, piano; drums. Los Angeles, 1961

Sunday, March 29, 2015

YES, YOU’LL NEED A FRIEND


The Original Five Blind Boys • That Awful Hour • 1959


Archie Brownlee (lead vocal), Wilbur Broadnax, Lawrence Abrams, tenors; Lloyd Woodard, baritone; 
Jay T. Clinkscales, bass; with unknown organ, drums, piano, guitar. c. January 1959



Saturday, March 28, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7

INSTRUMENTALLY, MALAGUEÑA

It was inevitable that sooner or later our series would touch on the genre known to many as surfing music. What many may not know is that surfing music was originally known as an amalgam of many different kinds of popular music, from “top of the pops”-type tunes to the rural blues of Jimmy Reed. This progression of jazz instrospection was first introduced to audiences on the West Coast by Big Jay McNeely and other artists of that ilk such as Joe Houston and Django Reinhardt as exemplefied by the Modern Jazz Quartet’s 1955 album of the same name.

We have decided to wade deeply into this genre, or musical form, and present you, the listener, with the feeling of catching a wave and turning on to its fullest extent.

With that in mind here are another even dozen tracks of only the best in surfing music, programmed for your musical and beachgoing entertainment and starting with the album cut of Ray Charles’ undeniably great hit of “What’d I Say” from his LP of the same name. Also on board are the great Minnesota surfing group The Trashmen performing two of their greatest hits live near the Isabelle River in western Wisconsin. We also have some jazz and easy listening classics such as “Yellow Bird” and “Manuel’s Mambo” by the great Cal Tjader, all great surfers as well as great jazz musicians.

We hope you enjoy listening to this, before, during, and after your next beachcombing adventure. —Irving Snurd, editor, Hi Fi in Hi Fi


Ray Charles • What’d I Say • 1959


Ray Charles, vocals/electric piano; Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, trumpets; David Newman, alto sax/tenor sax; 
Hank Crawford, baritone sax; Edgar Willis, bass; Milt Turner, drums; The Raeletts, vocal group. New York City, 
18 February 1959

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Coming your way starting tomorrow, more number one jukebox hits from The Five Blind Boys! Albert & Charles! Beausoleil! Robin Luke! The Henrys! Peggy Lee! Billy Lee Riley! El Trio Alegre! and Chet Atkins!

Friday, March 27, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.

This is reportedly an Italian-American group, featuring Hawaiian-style steel guitar, but probably aimed at a Spanish-language audience . . . perfect BAK mix-em-up fare.


Orquesta Colonial • Cielito Lindo • c. 1930s

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Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2


The Staple Singers • Pray On • 1959


Roebuck, Mavis (lead vocal), Cleotha and Yvonne Staples, vocals; Roebuck Staples, guitar; Marshall Thompson, drums. Chicago, 19 August 1959

Get it: Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953–1976

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CANCIÓN MIXTECA

O tierra del sol . . . 


Los Donneños • Canción Mixteca • 1960

Ramiro Cavazos, bajo sexto, first voice; Mario Montes, accordion, second voice. McAllen, Texas, early 1960s

Monday, March 23, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Guitar Slim & His Band • The Story of My Life • 1953


Guitar Slim, vocal/guitar; Frank Mitchell, trumpet; Gus Fontenette, alto sax; Charles Burbank, Joe Tillman, 
tenor sax; Ray Charles, piano; Lloyd Lambert, bass; Oscar Moore, drums. New Orleans, 27 October 1953

Sunday, March 22, 2015

RED HAIR AND BLACK LEATHER


Richard Thompson • 1952 Vincent Black Lightning • 1991


Get it: Rumor and Sigh

Album cover: All Music

Stay tuned this coming week for more serial madness from our vast archive of records, most of which you’ve probably never heard before or even thought you wanted to hear, featuring artists as diverse as Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones, Los Donneños, The Staple Singers, Jorge Ben, Orchesta Colonial, and Brother Ray Charles!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


The Dave Brubeck Quartet


Dave Brubeck, piano; Paul Desmond, alto sax; Eugene Wright, bass; Joe Morello, drums. New York City, 
18 August 1959

Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Coming your way next week: Odds & Ends Volume Seven, another genre busting collection of sixties “surf tunes” with introductory misinformed and incompetently presented liner notes by Irving Snurd! Better start paddling now. . . .

Friday, March 20, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Connie Boswell, with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
 The River’s Taking Care of Me • 1933

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Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I’VE GOT MY ANGEL ON MIND

A few weeks ago we featured a contemporary take on Stonewall Jackson’s “Why I’m Walkin’.” Here is Stonewall’s 1960 hit version.



Stonewall Jackson • Why I’m Walkin’ • 1960

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Stonewall Jackson, vocal/guitar; Grady Martin, guitar; Paul Williams, guitar; Don Helms, steel guitar; Junior Huskey, bass; Buddy Harman, drums; Floyd Cramer, piano. Nashville, 7 August 1959

Saturday, March 14, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Bud Shank • Ala Moana • 1961


Bud Shank, alto sax/baritone sax; Bob Cooper, tenor sax; Carmell Jones, trumpet; Dennis Budimir, guitar; 
Gary Peacock, bass, Shelly Manne, drums. Los Angeles, November 1961

Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Friday, March 13, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Amede Ardoin–Denus McGee
La Valse de Amities (Love Waltz) • 1934

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Améde Ardoin, vocal/accordion; Denus McGee, fiddle. San Antonio, 8 August 1934

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LUZ


El Ciego Melquiades (The Blind Fiddler) • Luz • 1938

El Ciego Melquiades, violin; with guitar and string bass. San Antonio, 26 October 1938

Monday, March 09, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Amos Milburn • After Midnite • 1946


Amos Milburn, vocal/piano; bass; drums. Los Angeles, 12 September 1946

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Dick Dale & The Del-Tones • Let’s Go Trippin’ • 1962


Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Friday, March 06, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Memphis Minnie • Frankie Jean (That Trottin’ Fool) • 1930

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Memphis Minnie, vocal/guitar; Kansas Joe McCoy, guitar. Chicago, 8 July 1930

Trot on over to the Yazoo Records website for this one.

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2

“Honey, that’s my birthmark”


Memphis Minnie & Her Combo • Kissing in the Dark • 1953


Memphis Minnie, vocal/guitar; Little Son Joe, guitar; Little Brother Montgomery, piano; Zona Sago, drums. Chicago, 
5 October 1953

Monday, March 02, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Leadbelly • The Eagle Rocks • 1944


Huddie Leadbetter, vocal/piano. Los Angeles, 27 October 1944

Sunday, March 01, 2015

I MUST HAVE DID SOMEBODY WRONG


Elmo James • Done Somebody Wrong • 1960

Elmore James, vocal/guitar; Homesick James, bass guitar; prob. Jimmy Spruill, guitar; prob. Belton Evans, drums; prob Johnny Acey, piano. New York City, c. May 1960

Get it: The Sky Is Crying

Label photo: 45cat