Monday, December 03, 2018

Young love

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 1

“Ring ring goes the bell / Cook in the lunchroom ready to sell.” Music, always present, deeply embedded in earliest memories. Little toy records for preschool birthdays. Family radio on 78 console. “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,” Perry Como, “Mr. Sandman,” Eddie Fisher mourns “Oh My Papa.” Choir at the Baptist church, terrifying invitation hymns, the Doxology. July 4, 1957 family radio autotunes to “Mighty 690” and 10-year-old ears are baptized into true faith: Sam Cooke, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry point the way to Bo Diddley, Della Reese, and Ray Charles. Dave Brubeck, Fireballs, Ventures: nascent surf music. First two Joan Baez albums a timid foray out of Top 40 radio into unknown. High school brings Roy Orbison, Shangri-Las, more Ray Charles, and then Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals. Unit 4 Plus 2. The Silkie. England rules “Eight Days A Week.” Bob Dylan, unknown quantity until “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” jangles forth from car radio. Bringing It All Back Home: This Bob Dylan guy sure sings weird. Mantovani and Kostelanetz reign supreme from living room. “And it’s all over now, baby blue.” 

Sonny James, The Southern Gentleman • Young Love • 1957

Label photo: Discogs

Original post 2/23/13


  1. I'm always glad to see BAK pop up in my blogroll. This is a nice mono version of Sonny's hit. I especially enjoyed your first DPRB series because I could also relate to the memories ignited by the tunes.

    Though country music isn't my absolute favourite genre, there are many songs that I enjoy and tons of '20s-'40s songs that are of great historical interest to me. Bear Family's "Country & Western Hit Parade" series is wonderful and the booklets are chock full of info, too. What years do you have from the series?

  2. Why, thanks! Mr. Jive is having trouble figuring out how to respond to comments, so in his stead I'd like to say that he has decided to re-up his Dinosaur series in a revised and expanded edition on an occasional basis dependent upon time constraints and listener response. We both hope to see you in the near future as Frank continues his navel gazing exercise. . . .