Sunday, April 28, 2019

I’m so tired . . . but my work is not done

Here’s the great Solomon Womack (with the also great Percell Perkins) on an early Swan’s performance. . . .

Swan’s Silvertones Singers • I Got A Witness • 1950

Saturday, April 13, 2019

But it’s only make believe

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 17

In 1958 when this song hit the top of the charts I was in sixth grade and there was this kid in my Sunday School class who had just moved out west with his family from Tennessee and he told me he was Conway Twitty’s cousin. I can’t remember his name anymore, but the little second-story apartment his family lived in is still standing a few blocks from where I grew up. Years later one of the notable items on my CV, as far as one of my work colleagues was concerned, was that I had gone to Sunday School with Conway Twitty’s cousin. “It’s only make believe.”

Conway Twitty • It’s Only Make Believe • 1958

Get it: Conway Rocks

Label picture: 45cat

Monday, April 08, 2019

Down child down child

Blue Monday occasional

Better be prepared to dodge flying shrapnel on this one. . . .

John Lee Hooker • Down Child • 1954

Get it: King of the Boogie
Label pic: Discogs

Saturday, April 06, 2019

He’s got the whole world in his hands

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 16

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” is one of those dorky songs from growing up days you’re almost embarrassed to list, not to mention admitting a liking for. Liking it may be taking things a little too far, let’s just say it was very present at the time and continues to conjur up sixth grade confusion quite well when listened to 55 years later: Laurie London. Girl? Boy? What’s with the accent. How come songs like this stick in your head when there’s records like “Twilight Time,” “Tequila,” and “Purple People Eater” competing for earspace? Nevertheless, it’s on our “School Days” Top 40 and there it will stay until death do us part.

Laurie London • He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands • 1958

Label image: 45cat