Saturday, October 22, 2011

Current events

“I don’t care how great you are
And I don’t care what you’re worth,
Because when it all end up
You got to go back to Mother Earth”

Mother Earth – Memphis Slim – 1963

Monday, August 01, 2011

Monday morning blues

March 5, 1953, which was a Thursday, actually.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Glorious falsetto from Norman Isaacs and Gabby Pahinui on a lovely version of “Kaena” recorded around 1960. I think that’s Alvin “Barney” Isaacs on steel. Album cover features Gabby Pahinui, “Hawaii's Folk Singer.”

Norman Isaacs & Gabby Pahinui • Kaena • 1960

Thursday, July 14, 2011


. . . on a summer day in 1957. The first half dozen tunes posted here are a quick sketch of the Magic Jukebox’s early years and development. Funny R&B songs, jazz disguised as surf music, the British hordes, Bob Dylan, Chicago blues, and 50s gospel quartets all found their way inside, traveling from ear to brain to belly to heart, swirling around and expanding back outward. Um, well, anyway here’s the first installment. Hope you like it. It’s primarily just old school music that’s fun to listen to, or jump around to, or whatever. Hopefully not too pretentious and without a whole lot of commentary on my part. Feel free, however. And who knows what’ll be queued up next. Might even play A-11.

The Coasters • Searchin’ • 1957

Dave Brubeck Quartet • Take Five • 1961

The Beatles • I Saw Her Standing There • 1963

Bob Dylan • Subterranean Homesick Blues • 1965

Muddy Waters • Louisiana Blues • 1965

Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers
Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone • 1956