Thursday, April 30, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Buck Owens & His Buckaroos • A Maiden’s Prayer • 1965


Buck Owens, guitar; Don Rich, fiddle; Jelly Sanders, guitar; Tom Brumley, pedal steel guitar; Doyle Holly, electric bass; Mel King, drums. Hollywood, 6 January 1964

Get it: I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail

Monday, April 27, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 4


Aretha Franklin • I Wonder • 1967


Aretha Franklin, vocal/piano; Spooner Oldham, electric piano; Jimmy Johnson, acoustic guitar; Joe South, electric guitar; Tommy Cogbill, bass; Roger Hawkins, drums. New York, 23 June 1967

Sunday, April 26, 2015

YEAH! MARY ANN


Link Wray & The Wraymen • Mary Ann • 1960



Get it: Slinky!

Label photo: YouTube

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


The String-A-Longs • Wheels • 1961


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

Friday, April 24, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Hackberry RamblersOn Top Of The World • 1936

click on song title to listen


Luderin Darbone, fiddle; Floyd Rainwater, vocal/yodeling/guitar; Lennis Sonnier, guitar; Johnnie Puderer, string bass. New Orleans, 19 February 1936

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNED 16 JUST YESTERDAY

Here’s a Rosie soundalike from 1961 . . . but it’s not “just like heaven” in Kathy’s dark and lonely room (despite the cheery LP cover). . . .


Kathy Young & The Innocents

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

It’s just like heaven . . .

One of the few consolations to being in the 8th grade in the early ’60s was listening to the latest tunes on a little desktop radio after school. “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals was one of the highlights of 1960–1961. Something about Rosie’s wistful, high-pitched vocals, the shambling Originals, and especially, the almost completely airless sax solo by bass player Tony Gomez, really made this song stand out, one you hoped would come on at least once during your afternoon listening session. (And then there was the rumor that she was attending your local high school but you wouldn’t be going there for two more years and by then she’d probably already have graduated. . . .)


Rosie & The Originals • Angel Baby • 1960

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I WONDERED WHO YOU WERE TALKING TO . . .


The Louvin Brothers

Get it: Country & Western Hit Parade 1956

Charlie Louvin, vocal/guitar; Ira Louvin, vocal/mandolin; Paul Yandell, lead guitar; Eddie Hill, guitar; Lightnin’ Chance, bass; Marvin Hughes, piano. Nashville, 29 October 1955

Monday, April 20, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 4


The Gardenias • (All Alone and) Miserable • 1956


Luther Ingram, lead vocal; poss. Archie Ingram, Richard Ingram, Lawrence Witherspoon, Connie Perry, vocals; Ike Turner, guitar; Kings of Rhythm: poss. Raymond Hill, Eddie Jones, tenor saxes; Jackie Brenston, baritone sax; Fred Sample, piano; Jesse Knight Jr., bass; Eugene Washington, drums. Cincinnati, 13 September 1956

Saturday, April 18, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


The Wailers • Tall Cool One • 1959*


John Greek, guitar; Rich Dangel, guitar; Kent Morrill, piano; Mark Marush, tenor sax; Mike Burk, drums. Lakewood, Washington, c. February 1959

*Hear the 1964 version here.


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


Friday, April 17, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Blue Sky Boys • Katie Dear • 1938


Bill Bolick, tenor vocal/mandolin; Earl Bolick, lead vocal/guitar. Charlotte, North Carolina, 25 January 1938

Thanks to Marie

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


John Doe • I Can’t Hold Myself In Line • 1994


John Doe, vocal/acoustic guitar; Smokey Hormel, lap steel; Joey Waronker, percussion. Chatsworth, California, 
c. 1994

Get it: Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute To Merle Haggard

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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


Buddy & Julie Miller • You’re Running Wild • 1995


Buddy & Julie Miller, vocals; Al Perkins, steel guitar; Tammy Rogers, mandolin; Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix, guitars; Byron House, bass; Don Heffington, drums. Nashville, c. 1995

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MERLE’S BOOGIE WOOGIE

Six times six is 36,
I ain’t a-gonna hit but six more licks . . .



Merle Travis • Merle’s Boogie Woogie • 1947

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’LL BID FAREWELL AND BE DOWN THE LINE


De Dannan • Restless Farewell • 1991



Eleanor Shanley, vocal; Alec Finn, guitar; Arty McGlynn, guitar; Frankie Gavin, tin whistle; Rod McVeigh, keyboards.

Album cover: All Music

Saturday, April 11, 2015

YOU GOT TO WALK HOME, BABY

Richard Berry, April 11, 1935 – January 23, 1997.


Richard Berry • Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car • 1955


LP cover: Ace CH 59, 1982, from Discogs

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


Lee Morgan • The Sidewinder Part 1 • 1964

to listen click on song title


Lee Morgan, trumpet; Joe Henderson, tenor sax; Barry Harris, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Billy Higgins, drums. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 21 December 1963

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Slim Duckett & Pig Norwood • I Want to Go Where Jesus Is • 1930

click on song title to listen


Slim Duckett, vocal/guitar; Pig Norwood, vocal/guitar. Jackson, Mississippi, 16 December 1930

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, April 09, 2015

I’M SURE I’LL ALWAYS BE FOREVER YOURS

Carl Perkins, April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998



Carl Perkins • Forever Yours • 1957


Carl Perkins, vocal/guitar; Jay B. Perkins, guitar; Clayton Perkins, bass; W. S. Holland, drums. 706 Union Ave, Memphis, 28 March 1957

Photo: Wikipedia

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Rosie Flores • Poor Girl’s Town • 1995


Find it: Rockabilly Filly

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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


Bessie Jones & Group • The Titanic • 1960

click on song title to listen


Bessie Jones and group, vocals; Hobart Smith, guitar. St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, April 1960

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

ALLIGATOR MAN


Jimmy Newman • Alligator Man • 1961

Jimmy Newman, vocal; with unknown musicians. Nashville, 6 September 1961

Monday, April 06, 2015

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

Gerry Mulligan, April 6, 1927–January 20, 1996


Gerry Mulligan Quartet • My Funny Valentine • 1952


Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Chet Baker, trumpet; Carson Smith, bass; Chico Hamilton, drums. Black Hawk, San Francisco, September 1952

LP cover: Cover Jazz

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3

“I live across the street from a jukes joint, baby, 
and all night long they play the blues”


Joe Turner & His Blues Kings • You Know I Love You • 1954


Joe Turner, vocal; John Girard, trumpet; Worthia “Showboy” Thomas, trombone; Gus Fontenette, alto sax; 
Joe Tillman, tenor sax; Alvin “Red” Tyler, baritone sax; Edward Frank, piano; Lloyd Lambert, bass; Oscar Moore, drums. New Orleans, 3 December 1953

Sunday, April 05, 2015

GO AHEAD AND CRY


Charlie Rich • Go Ahead and Cry • 1992


Charlie Rich, vocal/piano; Michael Toles, electric & acoustic guitars; Errol Thomas, bass; Doug Garrison, drums/congas/shaker/cabasa.

Get it: Pictures and Paintings

Album cover: All Music

Saturday, April 04, 2015

UNTIL THE TWELFTH OF NEVER

Recently I was listening again to Doc Watson’s 1966 recording of the traditional “Riddle Song” and of course it reminded me of Johnny Mathis’ 1957 pop version) which was the flip side of “Chances Are”).


Johnny Mathis • The Twelfth of Never • 1957


Record sleeve: Way Back Attack

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


Chet Atkins • Walk, Don’t Run • 1957


Chet Atkins, guitar; Bob Moore, bass; Buddy Harman, drums; Floyd Cramer, piano. Nashville, 14 July 1957


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

Run, don’t walk, into next week . . . cuz here’s our lineup: Charlie Rich; Big Joe Turner; Jimmy C. Newman; Bessie Jones & Hobart Smith; Rosie Flores; Duckett & Norwood; and Lee Morgan. . . .

Friday, April 03, 2015

OTTO ’D WHY DIDN’T YOU RUN


Doc Watson • Otto Wood the Bandit • 1965

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


El Trio Alegre • El Poder del Amor • c. 1930s

click on song title to listen



Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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


The Henrys • Dark Dear Heart • 1996
vocal: Mary Margaret O’Hara

click on title to play


Mary Margaret O’Hara, vocals; Don Rooke, Kona guitar; John Geggie, acoustic bass.