Saturday, May 23, 2020

Just a table standing empty by the edge of the sea

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

In the fall of 1965 Joan Baez released Farewell, Angelina, her first album utilizing the currently popular “folk rock” sound, i.e., light amplified accompaniment a la Bringing It All Back Home or The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man. The album featured two new Dylan songs along with a mix of traditional tunes; songs by Woody Guthrie, Donovan and Pete Seeger; as well as two older Dylan compositions. The title track was a previously unheard Bob Dylan song with mysterious apocalyptic lyrics beautifully sung by Baez as a sad, resigned benediction.

Joan Baez • Farewell, Angelina • 1965

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

They’re gonna put me in the movies

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

This story’s been told here before. Here it is again. . . . 1965. I’m driving around in my little 1960 blue Falcon, “radio tuned to rock’n’roll.” This country song keeps coming on and I immediately switch stations. What are they doing playing this kind of stuff on a pop station? One day I tune in just as the song ends and the DJ says, “That was ‘Act Naturally’ by The Beatles.” Whaaat?!? Well, after that, I started listening to it and, eating my prejudice for lunch, began to really like it. I mean, it was the Beatles, y’know? Sometime later, one of my friends played me a song he was learning on his guitar, “Buckaroo,” by some guy called Buck Owens. That was pretty fine too. Little by little. . . . Well, at some point along the way I heard Buck Owens’ original of “Act Naturally,” and became a big fan, though the Beatles’ version is still a frozen-in-time favorite. And how do you get Ringo to sound good? Have him sing country!

The Beatles • Act Naturally • 1965

For Buck’s original, click here.

Monday, May 04, 2020

White girls

This was one of our first posts, way back in 2011. Time for a re-up. . . .

Amazingly, Gail Harris was only about 15 when she so soulfully covered Etta James’s “All I Could Do Was Cry” at a dance at the Spanish Castle south of Seattle. Down in Austin, Joyce Harris (no relation) was all of 21 when she screamed out her version of “I Got My Mojo Working;” hard to believe it wasn’t issued at the time. And Margaret Lewis was somewhere around 20 when she made this demo of her song “Reconsider Me” which later was a hit for both Narvel Felts and Johnny Adams. 

The Wailers (vo: Gail Harris) • All I Could Do Was Cry • 1961

Margaret Lewis • Reconsider Me • early 1960s

Joyce Harris & The Daylighters • Got My Mojo Working • 1961

Saturday, May 02, 2020

They tell me they led him away

Greatest Gospel Gems

Edna Gallmon Cooke • The Hammer Rings • 1961

Many thanks to H.M.S. at Cussin’ & Carryin’ On

This is gonna do it for our Gospel survey for awhile. Next Wednesday we’re back to the Tar Pits. . . .