Saturday, June 29, 2019

Say man, back again

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 28

Bo Diddley • Say Man, Back Again • 1959

Find it: Road Runner: The Chess Masters 1959–1960

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tell me what I say

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 26

Well now. . . ! This is the record that doubled Ray Charles’ audience or whatever it means that white people finally discovered his music. “What’d I Say” was issued initially as a two-part single in 1959 and the disc jockeys would play Part I which began to fade just as the Raelettes began to protest the fade and then they’d either flip it over to Part II where the racy part begins . . . or they wouldn’t. The record was a big crossover hit so a few months later Atlantic released the unsplit version as the lead track on Ray’s What’d I Say album. In 1964 (several years after Ray had departed Atlantic for ABC) a longer less-edited version of “What’d I Say” in stereo was included on The Great Hits of Ray Charles Recorded on 8-Track Stereo. And we’re kind of cheating on our timeline here because the longer, stereo version is the one we’re showcasing today. . . .

Ray Charles • What’d I Say • 1959

 Get it: Pure Genius - The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Sea of love

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 24

Phil Phillips with The Twilights • Sea of Love • 1959

Get it: Blowing the Fuse: 1959

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Running Bear loved little White Dove

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 23

Here’s a real fifties cultural twist-up for you: “Running Bear.” Written by J. P. Richardson (The Big Bopper). Sung by a Cajun named John Preston Courville. Harmonies and fake “Indian” whoops by The Big Bopper and George Jones. If you can wade through all that mess, you’ll enjoy another classic fifties teenage tragedy song of the true “one hit wonder” variety.

Johnny Preston • Running Bear • 1960

Get it: The Golden Age Of American Rock ’n’ Roll Volume 8

Label image: Discogs