Monday, December 31, 2018

Auld Lang Syne


The Roy Kral—Jackie Cain Sextet
Auld Lang Syne • 1949

Jackie & Roy image: JazzTimes

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The bells of St. Mary’s

Not e-zactly a Christmas song, but it’s on the flip side of The Drifters’ “White Christmas” and it’s Clyde McPhatter and it’s a good-’un. . . .


Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Winter wonderland . . .

. . . Jamaican style


Byron Lee & The Dragonaires • Winter Wonderland

CD cover: Discogs

Monday, December 24, 2018

Your choice . . .

You got Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys, or you got Jackie and the Cedrics, the three kings of the Orient. Or both. Or your own pick. It’s not like this song has been under-recorded in the hundred or so years since sound reproduction got underway! However, today we have a sublime version of “Silent Night” featuring Roy Rogers and his campfire buddies, and we also have Japanese garage rock maestros Jackie and The Cedrics with their Ventures Christmas/Link Wray mashup entitled “Silent Night Rumble”. . . .




Roy Rogers with Jimmy Wakely’s Rough Riders • Silent Night, Holy Night • 1940

 Jackie & The Cedrics • Silent Night Rumble • 1996

Friday, December 21, 2018

Wintertime done rolled around

And here to inaugurate the season in style are Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester. . . .


Lightnin’ Slim • Wintertime Blues • 1965

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ring! Ring! goes the bell

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 3


Chuck Berry • School Day • 1957

Get it: The Definitive Collection

Label photo: Way Back Attack

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Little darlin’

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 2


The Diamonds • Little Darlin’ • 1957

Label photo: 45cat

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha


Aretha Franklin • Chain Of Fools
(unedited version) • 1967



Photo: Aretha Franklin by Art Kane, for Esquire magazine, 1967.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

THE LAST MILE

Although June Cheeks was way past his 1950s Nightingales prime when he cut this 1963 track, he could still be a terrifically scarifying singer. . . .


Rev. Julius Cheeks (Four Gospel Knights) 
Last Mile Of The Way • 1963

Saturday, July 14, 2018

HAPPY WOODY DAY

Hey, kids, it’s Woody’s birthday today. . . .


Odetta with Will Geer & Peter Fonda
Why Oh Why & “A Kid Is...” (Narration) • 1970


Friday, July 13, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

He was a man and a friend always
He stuck with me in the hard old days


Tom Paxton • Rambling Boy • 1963


Get it: Newport Broadside

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Marge Tillman • The Little Miracle • 1950


Get it: Floyd Tillman - I Love You So Much It Hurts
Image: I Love You So Much It Hurts

Friday, July 06, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


The Corley Family • Give The World A Smile • 1929


Get it: Down in the Basement

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Sammi Smith • City Of New Orleans • 1973


Get it: The Best of Sammi Smith

Monday, July 02, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

More unissued Memphis Minnie from 1953, tough as ever. . . .


Memphis Minnie • In Love Again • 1953

Friday, June 29, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


Floyd Tillman’s Texans • She’s Long Gone • 1955
(vocal: Ted Daffan)


Ted Daffan image: I Love You So Much It Hurts

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
I’m Looking for Blue Eyes • 2017


Get it: Not Dark Yet

Monday, June 25, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“This is ‘Rhythm #2,’ by poor John Lee Hooker. . . .” A year on from “Boogie Chillen,” our hero, still boogying.


John Lee Hooker • Snap Them Fingers Boogie • 1949

Friday, June 22, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Cléoma Breaux Falcon really growls these lyrics! Best not let her near that 22-20. . . .


Falcon Trio • Catahoula Stomp • 1936
“Singing by Mrs. J. Falcon”

With many thanks to The Singing Bones.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Balfa Toujours, led by Nelda and Christine Balfa, daughters of the late, great Dewey Balfa, with an easygoing Cajun version of “Keep A Knockin’ But You Can’t Come In.”


Balfa Toujours • Tu Peux Cogner • 1993

Monday, June 18, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“Put yourself in my place. . . .”


Jake Porter • Slowly Go Out Of Your Mind
(vocal by Dorothy Ellis) • 1951

Friday, June 15, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Roll tape . . . whoops! Another low budget blues session from Jaxyson. (Click here and here 
for more.)


Goldrush • All My Money Is Gone • 1948

Friday, June 08, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Because I’d only ever heard the Oak Ridge Boys version, well, I didn’t much like this song, but then going backwards in time and hearing Rodney Crowell’s cover of Dallas Frazier’s original, well, that made all the difference in the world. . . .


Rodney Crowell • Elvira • 1978

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“Rock, church, rock.”


Ishman Bracy • Trouble-Hearted Blues • 1928

Friday, June 01, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


Solomon Burke • Maggie’s Farm • 1965

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

At least as fine as Wanda Jackson’s interpretation of this Hank Williams tune is Wanda’s portrait on the original LP cover. . . .


Wanda Jackson • Weary Blues From Waitin’ • 1964

Monday, May 28, 2018

GRAVE ON THE GREEN HILLSIDE


Charlie Louvin • Grave On The Green Hillside • 2007
with Tift Merritt & Joy Lynn White, vocals


Friday, May 25, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

The well-thumbed, dog-eared book shown below opened the door to discovering many blues, rockabilly, and country artists, including Sleepy LaBeef. We first heard his “Walkin’ Slowly,” with great busy lead guitar from Cliff Parker, on an old Charly LP recommended in the book.


Sleepy LaBeff & The Versatiles • Walkin’ Slowly • 1959

Get it: Sleepy Rocks

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Marty Robbins. Gordon Lightfoot. CONNIE SMITH!


Connie Smith • Ribbon Of Darkness • 1969

Get it: The Essential Connie Smith

Friday, May 04, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“Don’t let your friends turn you against me, baby . . .” begins Doug Sahm’s 1973 cover of the 1962 Bobby Bland hit. “. . . They ain’t giving you one red copper cent. . . .” And so begins our 17th installment of the long lived Blue Monday series which first appeared long ago as The Blues What Am and somewhere along the way took on the equally clichéd series moniker it bears today. No worries . . . we strive to give you the best cliché-free blues we can find, even when they’re not blues per se. Stay with us for the next 12 weeks as we seek to spin more than a copper cent’s worth of the best in Blue Monday blues.


Doug Sahm • Your Friends • 1973


Get it: Doug Sahm and Band / Texas Tornado / Groovers Paradise

Friday, April 27, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Hard to believe this cover of “Fortune Teller” went nowhere at the time of release. It’s certainly high up on the Blues All Kinds charts. . . .


Tony Jackson with The Vibrations • Fortune Teller • 1965

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Here’s our favorite of all the versions of this song we’ve ever heard. . . .


Little Esther Phillips • Release Me • 1962

Monday, April 23, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Last week we heard Bobby Bland’s 1960 version of this much recorded song. Here’s Jimmie Rodgers’ take from 30 years earlier.


Jimmie Rodgers • Those Gambler’s Blues • 1930


Friday, April 20, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

This is the track that started the whole Last Man Standing thing back in 2006, which led to two more albums of big stars sitting in with The Killer. Not that he needed the help. Last Man Standing came out a few days before Jerry’s 71st birthday; the followup, Mean Old Man, was released the same month he turned 75; and the latest, Rock & Roll Time, arrived in his 79th year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear there’s another album around the corner. Jerry Lee Lewis remains, vitally, one of the greats and, at least for now, he just about is the last man standing.


Jerry Lee Lewis with Jimmy Page • Rock and Roll • 2006