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