Sunday, December 31, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY

Here’s a spirited take on the gospel standard “Stand by Me” by an unknown female singer accompanied on guitar by probably Black Diamond (aka James Butler). This was originally unissued by the tiny northern California Jaxyson label.


Unknown Artist • Stand By Me • 1949

Friday, December 29, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Sam Phillips’ first foray into country music after releasing a slew of blues on his new Sun label. It wasn’t a hit for the Cotton Choppers but a couple years later “Silver Bell” charted for Chet Atkins and Hank Snow. . . .


Ripley Cotton Choppers • Silver Bell • 1953


Monday, December 25, 2017

BLUE MONDAY, WHITE CHRISTMAS


Otis Redding • White Christmas • 1968

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Japanese 45 picture sleeve: 45cat

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS


Pilgrim Travelers • I’ll Be Home for Christmas • 1952


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Monday, December 18, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Here’s the Blue Monday man himself, Mr. Fats Domino, and he’s goin’ to the river and things aren’t looking too good from there. . . .


Fats Domino • Going To The River • 1953


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Friday, December 15, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

This is the “Mind Your Own Business” edition of our long running Odds & Ends series. So it makes sense that we’d ask Hank Jr. and friends to weigh in on the subject at hand. Here to help out ol’ Bocephus are Reba, Willie, the late Tom Petty, and . . . wait for it . . . Reverend Ike!


Hank Williams Jr. (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, 
Reverend Ike & Willie Nelson) • Mind Your Own Business • 1986

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Monday, December 11, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

This is possibly the earliest version of “San Francisco Bay Blues,” and also possibly Jesse Fuller’s first recording. It was made in Oakland by J. R. Fulbright for his Elko label but not originally issued. Fuller went on to record a couple of albums worth of songs in the mid-50s, then recorded fairly extensively from 1958 on during the folk craze as his song became one of the big folkie tunes of the era. Lucky for us, there is plenty of Jesse Fuller’s music still available today. Two of the best collections are Frisco Bound and Move on Down the Line.


Jesse Fuller • San Francisco Bay Blues • c. early 1950s

Friday, December 08, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Jimmy Martin • You Are My Sunshine • 1966

Image: detail of Sunny Side of the Mountain LP

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

. . . You’ll be a gentleman, you’ll be a champion
Like Mr. Bunny Grant


Alton Ellis & The Flames • Dance Crasher • 1965

Monday, December 04, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Little Milton at the beginning . . . kickin’ it with a rough and ready synthesis of B. B. King and Elmore James. . . .


Little Milton • If You Love Me • 1954

Friday, December 01, 2017