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MUSICAL PICK OF THE MOMENT: "True True Love" by the Corvairs, 1962

Fantastic uptempo Doo-Wop! Love that bass voice! Nice harmonizing vocals!

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If you dig boogie woogie and gospel piano check out these two You Tube performances:

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Listen to Dr. Hepcat broadcast the "Golden Oldies" show on WEGL - Auburn, FM 91.1 on Tuesdays, 7 - 9 p.m. (Central Time). He plays the best rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, doo wop, rockabilly, gospel, blues, early country, ska, calypso, and related music of the 1940's and 1950's! Check out WEGL's web site at http://www.weglfm.com/
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Play List: See Below



Last updated April 17, 2019 at 9:13 a. m. Copyright (c) 2019.

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Play List

While I was broadcasting on December 1, 2006, a listener called me up to make a very good suggestion: that I keep an online play list of the Golden Oldies records I play on each show! Just so everyone knows, I started out on radio as a trainee on WSRN - Swarthmore, Pa. in the fall of 1975. In those days, even on a college radio station, you had to take a written test from the F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) in order to get your license as a Third Class Radiotelephone Operator. Consequently, my real on-air radio career did not start until Sunday, February 1, 1976 at 5:00 a.m. when I played my very first song. It was "Speedo" by the Cadillacs (1955).

I remained a d.j. on WSRN through May 1979. My next radio experience took place Summer 1984 - July 1987 when I hosted a Blues and also sometimes a Gospel program on WDNA - Miami. After that I hosted both a Golden Oldies and a Calypso Carnival show on WUNH - Durham, N.H. from January 1988 - June 1992.

Finally, in May 1998 I joined WEGL - Auburn, Ala. as host of the Golden Oldies. Just wanted to let you all know that even though my online listing of radio show play lists only reflects the current academic semester, I've actually broadcasted a lot of radio shows on and off since February 1, 1976! Perhaps a couple of thousand or more.

NOTICE: As I have typed in these playlists, I have come to the realization that this web site is becoming a bit too long, so starting with the Summer 2007 Semester, I think I will only provide playlists for the length of the current semester. This means I will delete the playlists of the previous semester at the start of the new semester. Thank you for taking note.


Playlists: Spring 2019

January 29, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  3. "Have Mercy, Baby" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1952
  4. "Now We're Together" by the El Venos, 1956
  5. "A Casual Look" by Clydie King and the Teens, 1956 (Nice and very similar remake of the ORIGINAL version of this touching Doo-wop ballad recorded early in 1956 by the Six Teens. Clydie King, later on, became one of Ray Charles's Raelettes.)
  6. "That's my Desire" by Frankie Laine, 1946 (Yes, a Pop hit in 1947 but Laine sang this ballad in a particularly soulful way which probably contributed to its popularity among later doo-wop groups who remade it, for example, Earl Lewis and the Channels in 1957 and Dion and the Belmonts in 1959.)
  7. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Louis Jordan, 1948
  8. "Elevator Boogie" by Betty Jean Washington, 1951 (Great LIVE recording! Fun uptempo R. & B.)
  9. "Hey, Little Girl" by Frankie Lee Sims, 1957
  10. "Shuffle Out" by Long John Hunter
  11. "Surely, God Is Able" by the Ward Singers, 1950
  12. "Ain't No Stranger Now" by the Flying Clouds, 1950
  13. "I Just Got Rid of a Heartache" by Shirley Gunter and the Flairs, 1956
  14. "Speedo" by the Cadillacs, 1955 (Excellent Doo-Wop rocker! Nice bootin' saxophone solo too. This was the VERY FIRST record I ever played when I first went on the air at 5 a.m., Sunday, February 1, 1976 on WSRN - Swarthmore, Pa.)
  15. "Come, Go with Me" by the Del Vikings, 1956 (Big hit 1957, this quickly became my theme song on my WSRN radio show 1976-1979.)
  16. "Since my Baby's Been Gone" by Ruth McFadden, 1956
  17. "Born to Be with You" by the Chordettes
  18. "Hello, Stranger" by Barbara Lewis, 1963
  19. "Baby, Let Me Bang your Box" by Doug Clark and the Nuts, c, 1964 (Frantic Soul raver with slightly naughty lyrics. The "box" is actually a piano.)
  20. "(I Love to Play your Piano) Baby, Let Me Bang your Box" by the Toppers, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version! In addition to slightly naughty lyrics, it does feature some excellent boogie piano playing too.)
  21. "She Keeps Sittin' on It" by Thelma Lark and Orchestra, 1949 (Nice R. & B. rocker with slightly naughty lyrics concerning a girl who sits on an attractive chair she has bought, ahem!)
  22. "Sittin' on It All the Time" by Wynonie Harris, 1949 (HOT R. & B. number about a woman who keeps sittin' on it all the time until she changes her mind at age 63 but "now you're too old for me, so keep sittin' on it all the time." Interesting lyrics to say the least!)
  23. "For a Lifetime" by Valli Hunter and the Joe Thomas Orchestra, 1957
  24. "Moonlight Cocktails" by the Rivieras, 1960
  25. "Royal Earl Shuffle" by Royal Earl and the Swingin' Kools, 1958-59 (WOW! Truly HOT electric guitar instrumental!!)
  26. "Mambo Baby" by Dolly Wade, 1954 (Excellent and superior (in my opinion) remake of Ruth Brown's rockin' original from 1954.)
  27. "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, 1957
  28. "Coralee" by Little Bobby Rivera and the Hemlocks, 1957
  29. "Oh, Please Love Me" by the Lyrics
  30. "There's No other (Like my Baby)" by the Crystals, 1961 (Their first hit! Gorgeous Gospel-inflected ballad.)
  31. "Count your Blessings" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952 (Superb rockin' Gospel number sung in kind of a raucous style by this great female group.)
  32. "Interest Over There" by the Bailey Gospel Singers, 1951
  33. "Slow Walk" by Sil Austin, 1956
  34. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly, 1957 (This and the remaining songs observe "the day the music died" - the Feb. 3, 1959 plane crash in which Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens perished. Hard to believe this Rock 'n' Roll tragedy is now 60 years old!!)
  35. "Midnight Shift" by Buddy Holly (Obscure Rockabilly number by Holly with lyrics that strongly suggest Annie's job on the "midnight shift" may be prostitution. This could also be an indirect reference to the notorious "Work with Me, Annie" and "Annie Had a Baby" recorded in 1954 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.)
  36. "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper, 1958
  37. "It's the Truth, Ruth" by the Big Bopper (Witty lyrics and a great jazzy sound. Should have been a hit.)
  38. "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, 1958

February 5, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Rainy Day Bells" by the Globetrotters
  3. "The Lone Lover" by the Clickettes, 1960 (Uptempo doo-wop rocker alluding to the popular television (and earlier, radio) program, "The Lone Ranger.")
  4. "Finger Poppin' Time" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1960 (One of my favorites by this great Blues and Gospel-influenced vocal group. "Finger Poppin' Time" is an invitation to have a good time. Nice saxophone solo too.)
  5. "The Story of my Heart" by the Mascots, 1961
  6. "One More Chance" by Carol Fran, 1960
  7. "Last Call (for Alcohol)" by Julia Lee, 1952
  8. "Hey, Miss Fannie" by the Clovers, 1952
  9. "Woogie Boo" by Cousin Ida and the Freddie Washington Quintet, 1950 (Superb rocker concerning what fun it is to do the Boogie Woogie. Cousin Ida sounds suspiciously like the male singer, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, who recorded extensively c. 1927-1940 but, no, this was not Frankie but Ida Mae Lester. If nothing else, she certainly must have listened to Jaxon a lot because the voices and style of delivery sure are similar.)
  10. "The Dirty Dozen" by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, 1937 (Played both for comparison to the vocal style of the later Cousin Ida and for enjoyment. This is a great remake of the Speckled Red (Rufus Perryman) 1929 original song based on creative insults. Speckled Red also recorded, in 1956, a truly raw triple-X rated version that, unfortunately, I do not dare play on the air.)
  11. "Romance in the Dark" by Lil Green, 1940 (Wonderful ORIGINAL version of the bluesy ballad redone by a number of other artists over the next 20 years or so.)
  12. "Chains of Love" by Big Joe Turner, 1951
  13. "God Is a Battle Axe" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  14. "Get Away, Jordan" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1951 (Possibly the best version of this wonderful, uptempo, joyous Gospel number.)
  15. "Goomp Blues" by Ben Webster with the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1951 (Don't let the silly title fool you: this is one HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring the great Ben Webster on blastin' tenor sax lead!)
  16. "Honey Chile" by Frank "Two Horn" Motley and his Motley Crew
  17. "Roses Never Fade" by the Jacks and Jills, 1956 (Really nice Doo-Wop ballad with a melody quite similar to W.C. Handy's "Careless Love.")
  18. "Cherry Pie" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  19. "Moose on the Loose" by Roddy Jackson and his Band, 1958 (Hilarious wild insane rocker about animals escaping and taking over: in addition to the moose on the loose you've got things like "a deer in the beer" and a "'munk" [i.e., chipmunk] in the bunk.")
  20. "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, 1957 (HOT Rockabilly remake of the solid R. & B. shouter first recorded by Annisteen Allen in 1954.)
  21. 'Take my Heart" by Dale Hawkins, 1958
  22. "Oh, Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins, 1956
  23. "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals, 1960
  24. "A Thousand Stars" by the Rivileers, 1954 (Absolutely soulful Doo-Wop ballad! This is the ORIGINAL version. Kathy Young and the Innocents had a hit with their nice 1960 remake.)
  25. "Alone" by the Shepherd Sisters, 1957
  26. "Count the Tears" by Vic Donna and the Parakeets, 1957 (Very enjoyable uptempo New York City Doo-wop. Fabulous saxophone solo too.)
  27. "Rene's Boogie" by the Rene Hall Sextette, 1950
  28. "Cross Over the Bridge" by the Flamingos, 1954 (Nice remake of the Patti Page Pop hit from 1954. This R. & B. remake has somewhat of a Gospel touch too. Love it!)
  29. "You're Still my Baby" by Vicki Evans, 1955
  30. "Dreamy Eyes" by the Youngsters, 1956
  31. "Roll Over, Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, 1956 (Bright rocker featuring Chuck's enthusiastic vocals and amazing electric guitar playing announcing the arrival of a new era.)
  32. "Please, Dear" by the Quintones, 1958
  33. "Jesus Knows about my Trouble" by the L & N Singers, 1950 (Nice male acappella Gospel. I wonder if the group's name is based on the L & N Railroad = the Louisville & Nashville line.)
  34. "Wonderful" by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, 1956 (Beautiful sweet Gospel featuring Cooke just before he went secular. He definitely carried over his melodic style from Gospel to Soul/Pop/Rock 'n' Roll.)
  35. "That's Fat, Jack" by Jimmie Lee and Artis, 1953 (Great male-female duo rocker. Interesting use of the word "fat." Essentially, it's the same as what the Hip-Hop crowd was saying 50 years later with "phat!")
  36. "House Rockin' Boogie" by Howlin' Wolf, 1951 (Wow, this really rocks! Howlin' Wolf introduces each band member by name over this musical announcement of his arrival in town. Surely, "Poopy Neck Pearl" is just a nickname of the piano player so called. Howlin' Wolf was at the start of a 25-year career as a major Blues artist now. Got started a little late at age 41, but made up for it over the next quarter-century.)
  37. "Guitar Slim" by Guitar Slim, 1955 (Absolutely smokin' bluesy rocker! Eddie Jones formally introduces himself as Guitar Slim. Features his raw Gospel-influenced vocals plus hot electric guitar. He actually had recorded a tamer version of this in 1951 under the title "New Arrival." Best known, of course for his raw, slow Blues, "The Things that I Used to Do" from 1953. Very influential although he died at age 32 in 1959.)

February 12, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Boogie all Night" by Lil Greenwood, 1950
  3. "Any Time You Ring my Bell" by Arbee Stidham, 1950
  4. "Feel So Good" by Shirley and Lee, 1955
  5. "Goin' Home" by Fats Domino, 1952
  6. "Something Is Wrong" by the Daylighters, 1959
  7. "Sugar Babe" by Hal Page and the Wailers, 1957 (Melodically very similar to Little Walter's "My Babe" from 1955 which, in turn, uses the melody of the Gospel song, "This Train.")
  8. "Not Too Young to Get Married" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, 1963
  9. "Barbara" by the Encores, 1957
  10. "I Met Him on a Sunday" by the Shirelles, 1958
  11. "Just Over the Hill" by Mahalia Jackson, 1950
  12. "Old Ship of Zion" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1951
  13. "Please Be my Guy" by Cleo and the Crystaliers, 1957
  14. "Pleading No More" by the Shells, 1958
  15. "Foot Stompin'" by the Flares, 1961
  16. "Bar-B-Q Sauce" by Sam Price, 1956 (A truly HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring Price on boogie piano, Mickey Baker on electric guitar, and King Curtis on sax.)
  17. "While I Dream" by Neil Sedaka and the Tokens, 1958 (One of his first releases. Very nice Doo-Wop ballad.)
  18. "Crazy for You" by the Aquatones, 1960 (Very nice remake of the soulful Doo-wop ballad first recorded by the Heartbeats in 1956.)
  19. "Pretty Baby" by Gino and Gina, 1958
  20. "Day O (The Banana Boat Song)" by Harry Belafonte, 1955
  21. "Africa, Here I Come" by Lord Ivanhoe and his Caribbean Knights
  22. "Lord, Got Tomatoes" by the Percentie Brothers, 1953
  23. "Daddy on my Mind" by Mamie (Miss Good Blues) Thomas and Leroy Kirkland's Band, 1955
  24. "In the Dark" by Marie Adams and the Johnny Otis Show, 1958 (Lovely bluesy remake of the bluesy ORIGINAL ballad recorded by Lil Green in 1940 under the title "Romance in the Dark." Note: played Green's version on last week's program.)
  25. "Tuff" by Ace Cannon, 1961
  26. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957
  27. "Move It on Over" by Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, 1947 (Lively Country number that, melodically, resembles "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets from 1954. This was Williams's first hit record although he would not truly hit the big time until 1949 with his late 1948 classic version of "Lovesick Blues.")
  28. "Fan It" by Hank Williams and Pee Wee Moultrie, 1938 (FIRST KNOWN recording by Williams! From a WSFA - Montgomery, Ala. radio broadcast. Very nice version of the slightly risque Blues made a hit by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon 10 years earlier and first recorded by James "Boodle It" Wiggins in 1927. The 15-year old Hank sounds fully-formed and very bluesy.)
  29. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by Hank Williams and Pee Wee Moultrie, 1938 (From the same WSFA live broadcast. Moultrie contributed excellent accordion work to this number and "Fan It." Hank, once again, does a solid job of singing and guitar playing on this Pop tune first recorded by Blues Empress Bessie Smith in the mid-1920's.)
  30. "Chirpin' the Blues" by Alberta Hunter, 1939
  31. "Ain't Nobody's Businesss Part 1" by Jimmy Witherspoon, 1947 (His first big hit. Relaxed bluesy ballad. First recorded by Bessie Smith mid-1920's. Billie Holiday also hit with it in 1949 and even future Soul star Joe Tex recorded a nice R. & B. version in 1957.)
  32. "Down by the Riverside" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Dependable Boys, 1948 (Superb, exciting Gospel featuring Sister Rosetta's sharp singing and amazing guitar work plus nice harmony from the Dependable Boys.)
  33. "Yes, It's Me, Lord, that Came to Thee" by the Royal Travellers, 1955
  34. "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, 1955
  35. "Little Short Daddy" by the Dell-Tones and the Kelly Owens Orchestra, 1954 (HOT raw, raucous, and crude R. & B. at its best.)
  36. "It Hurts Me to my Heart" by Faye Adams, 1954
  37. "I Almost Lost my Mind" by the Harptones, 1955 (Very nice remake of the Blues first recorded by Ivory Joe Hunter in 1949 who hit big with it in 1950. Pat Boone recorded a nice version too in 1956. Love the Harptones' Gospel-styled harmonizing on this one. Very effective.)
  38. "I'm Not Too Young to Fall in Love" by Lewis Lymon and the Teeenchords, 1957
  39. "Pachuko Hop" by Chuck Higgins, 1952 (Infectious instrumental featuring Higgins on tenor saxophone.)

February 19, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Hi Ho, Baby" by Jackie Brenston and Edna McRaney, 1951-52
  3. "Who Do You Love?" by Bo Diddley, 1956
  4. "Well, Goodbye, Baby" by Frankie Lee Sims, 1959
  5. "You're Still my Baby" by Vickie Evans, 1955
  6. "You Killed the Love" by Betty Lavette, 1962
  7. "Feel Like Lovin'" by the Sheppards, 1960
  8. "Easier Said than Done" by the Essex, 1963
  9. "Midnighter" by the Champs
  10. "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" by Danny and the Juniors, 1958 (Lively piano-driven rocker that made a correct prediction back in January 1958!)
  11. "Roses Never Fade" by the Jacks and Jills, 1956
  12. "Down on my Knees" by the Heartbeats, 1957
  13. "Draw me Nearer" by the Bailey Gospel Singers, 1951
  14. "He Is Able" by the Songbirds of the South, 1953
  15. "Stranded in the Jungle" by the Cadets, 1956
  16. "Pa-Pa-Ya Baby" by the Jumpin' Jacks, 1954
  17. "I've Got News for You" by the Ebony Moods, 1955
  18. "You Better Move On" by Arthur Alexander, 1961
  19. "Cry to Me" by Solomon Burke, 1961
  20. "Don't Say Nothin' (Bad about my Baby)" by the Cookies, 1962-63
  21. "Everybody's Happy (but Me)" by the Church Street Five, 1961
  22. "Operator" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1962
  23. "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1955 (A big R. & B. hit in 1956, this raw Gospel-influenced ballad saw the start of a 50-year career).
  24. "I Won't Plead No More" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1957 (From January 1957, a very similar "answer song" to his, so far, one big hit. Although Brown released a number of excellent ballads and rockers in 1956-58, he did not enjoy another hit until 1958's "Try Me").
  25. "Rock, Daddy, Rock" by Big Bertha Henderson and Al Smith's Orchestra, 1952
  26. "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" by Big Joe Turner, 1954
  27. "Dance with Me, Henry" by Etta James and the Peaches, 1954
  28. "I'm Just a Fool" by Laura Lynn and the Leon Washington Orchestra, 1955
  29. "Diamonds and Pearls" by the Paradons, 1960
  30. "Please Tell Me" by the Paradons, 1960
  31. "Boyfriend" by the Serenadettes, 1961
  32. "My Baby-O" by Marv Johnson, 1958
  33. "Out on the Ocean Sailing" by Miss Cynthia Coleman and the Colemanaires, 1953 (Truly intense beautiful bluesy slow Gospel. Coleman went secular shortly after under the name Ann Cole and made several good to excellent R. & B. records. No surprise, especially on the slower ones such as "In the Chapel" from 1956, she employed a Gospel style of singing. In 1957 she recorded the original version of "Got my Mojo Working," the rocker made much more famous by Muddy Waters in 1960).
  34. "Sending Up this Prayer, Part 1" by the Radio Four, 1952
  35. "Royal Earl Shuffle" by Royal Earl and the Swingin' Kools, 1958-59 (WOW! Truly HOT electric guitar instrumental!!)
  36. "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins, 1955
  37. "Tennessee Mama" by Carrie Thacquer with Don Wan and his Troubadours, 1959 (Far too short but wonderful rocker).
  38. "Shadow Blues" by John Hampton, 1957
  39. "The Great Pretender" by the Platters, 1955

February 26, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "I Remember the Night" by the Dell Satins, 1961
  3. "A Little Bit of Soap" by the Jarmels, 1961
  4. "Two Weeks, Three Days" by Joan Duvall
  5. "A Love of my Own" by Carla Thomas, 1961
  6. "Pretty Girls Everywhere" by Eugene Church and the Fellows, 1958
  7. "Jam Up" by Tommy Ridgely, 1954
  8. "Wheels of Love" by Annisteen Allen
  9. "Sweet Sue" by the Crows, 1954
  10. "I'll Be Satisfied" by Sister Jessie Mae Renfro, 1952
  11. "Sit Down and Rest Awhile" by O.V. Wright and the Sunset Travellers, 1957
  12. "I Want to Rock" by LaVern Baker, 1951
  13. "Baby, Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version of this tough uptempo Blues. Nice guitar work too!)
  14. "Baby, Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley, 1955 (Fantastic Rockabilly remake by the young Elvis.)
  15. "Cool Off, Baby" by Billy Barrix, 1957 (Obviously influenced by the Elvis Presley version although both title and words are different.)
  16. "Heaven Only Knows" by Little Cheryl, 1963 (Lovely remake of the wistful, appealing ballad first recorded by the Capris in 1954 as "God Only Knows.")
  17. "The Meaning of Love" by the Goldentones, 1955
  18. "Swing Train" by Lynn Hope, 1953 (Truly HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring Hope on tenor sax. The perfect song for cruisin' in your '55 Chevy with the windows rolled down.)
  19. "Marie" by the Four Tunes, 1953 (Delightful Doo-Wop version of the melodious and cheerful Irving Berlin tune first recorded in 1928 by the Troubadours.)
  20. "Marie" by the Manhattan Brothers, 1953 (Delightful South African Doo-wop version sung in Zulu or Xhosa. Very enjoyable even if you only understand one word - "Marie.")
  21. "Whole Lotta Money" by Laura Lynn and the Leon Washington Orchestra, 1955
  22. "Is It True?" by Dolly Cooper, 1952
  23. "Raining in my Heart" by the Hurricanes, 1955
  24. "Say You Love Me" by Little Jimmy Rivers and the Tops, 1959
  25. "Puppy Love" by Little Jimmy Rivers and the Tops, 1959
  26. "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, 1962
  27. "Not Me" by the Orlons, 1963 (Fast-paced rocker about a guy who prefers to avoid getting beaten up by a woman's husband and so declines her invitation. Great saxophone solo too.)
  28. "Not Me" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1961 (The ORIGINAL version. A bit slower and much funkier.)
  29. "Love Me Again" by Donna Hightower and Group, 1955
  30. "Why Must I Wonder?" by the Emeralds, 1954 (Very appealing Doo-wop ballad.)
  31. "Somewhere to Lay my Head" by the Sensational Nightingales, 1955 (Wow! Fast Gospel that just won't quit!)
  32. "Get Right with God" by the Davis Sisters
  33. "New Orleans Shuffle" by the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1949 (Scorching instrumental.)
  34. "Carnival Day" by Dave Bartholomew, 1949 (Concerns Mardi Gras. NEXT WEEK is Mardi Gras, so I plan to play may seven or eight Mardi Gras/New Orleans-related numbers. Be sure to tune in.)
  35. "Why Did I Make You Cry?" by Memphis Minnie, 1949
  36. "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" by Bo Diddley, 1962 (One of my favorite Bo Diddley numbers. Fantastic, tough uptempo Blues featuring Bo's wise words - "I look like a farmer but I'm a lover. You can't go and judge a book by lookin' at the cover" - and his amazing electric guitar).

March 5, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "You Did Me Wrong" by Big Mama Thornton, 1961 (Excellent rocker by the woman who recorded the ORIGINAL version of "Hound Dog" in 1952. This one features some nice extended harmonica solos played by Big Mama in addition to her tough bluesy vocals.)
  3. "Mojo Hand" by Lightnin' Hopkins, 1961
  4. "What Is This I See?" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1961
  5. "Stone Crazy" by Buddy Guy, 1961 (Wow! Very intense slow Blues featuring Guy's passionate vocals and amazing electric guitar playing.)
  6. "Take Me Back" by Linda Hayes, 1953 (Identical melody to Faye Adams's big 1953 Gospel-influenced ballad, "Shake a Hand.")
  7. "Rock and Roll Wedding" by Sunny Gale, 1956
  8. "Tell Me Why" by Norman Fox and the Rob Roys, 1956 (Very enjoyable uptempo Doo-Wop. The Belmonts, having split from Dion and the Belmonts, had a hit with a nice remake in 1961.)
  9. "I Know the Lord" by the Bailey Gospel Singers, 1951
  10. "Come unto Me" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952
  11. "Don't Say your Last Goodbye" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1954 (Truly bluesy number.)
  12. "All I Could Do Is Cry" by Etta James, 1963 (LIVE version of this tragic ballad she first recorded about 1960. Joe Tex recorded it first.)
  13. "Swing It" by Ernie Freeman and his Combo, 1957
  14. "Peppermint Stick" by the Elchords, 1957
  15. "Candy Bar Boogie" by the Parakeets (Nice uptempo Doo-wop c. 1954 concerning candy bars: "eight BITES to the bar" - get it?)
  16. "Your Candy Kisses" by Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens, 1958
  17. "Smokey Places" by the Corsairs, 1961
  18. "Goodbye, my Love" by Johnny Holiday and the Graduates, 1963
  19. "It's my Party" by Lesley Gore, 1963
  20. "Rock the Bop" by Brenda Lee, 1958
  21. "It Was I" by Skip and Flip, 1959
  22. "Ooo, Sometimes" by the Shondells, 1963
  23. "Mardi Gras Mambo" by the Hawketts, 1955 (Great Latin-influenced Mardi Gras R. & B. number. This plus the following seven records celebrate Mardi Gras which is this date's program.)
  24. "King Zulu" by Sammy Harris, 1950
  25. "Crescent City Bounce" by Archibald, 1950 (Superb piano-based instrumental! Archibald - real name Leon Gross - was a wonderful New Orleans Boogie and Blues pianist and singer.)
  26. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by Fats Domino, 1952 (Energetic remake of the Professor Longhair classic from 1949.)
  27. "Feel So Good" by Shirley and Lee, 1955
  28. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by Professor Longhair, 1949 (The ultimate Mardi Gras song featuring the Professor's unique Caribbean-influenced Boogie piano plus hoarse but appealing vocals. He recorded it at least twice in 1949, again in 1959 under a slightly different title, and then at least two or three times in the 1970's following his rediscovery.)
  29. "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups, 1965 (Interesting remake of the number first recorded by James Sugarboy Crawford in 1953 under the title, "Jock-a-Mo." The Dixie Cups slow things down and turn this parade and party song into something more erotic.)
  30. "Java" by Al Hirt, 1964
  31. "Lord, Stay with Me" by the Caravans, 1962
  32. "Life's Lonesome Road" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1961 (Beautiful, haunting, very bluesy slow Gospel.)
  33. "Foot Stompin', Part II" by the Flares, 1961 (Very exciting instrumental version of the Flares' big 1961 vocal hit. Note: I played the vocal version on February 12, see above. The instrumental version features great solos by organ, saxophone, and electric guitar. A true party record!)
  34. "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka, 1962 (Sedaka really had a knack for composing and performing very catchy melodic numbers during the period 1959-62. "Comma, comma, down, doo-be-doo down down...")
  35. "Since I Found You" by Maxine Brown, 1963
  36. "The Birds and the Bees" by Jewel Akens, 1964 (Big hit in 1965, this is such a cheerful mid-tempo rocker. Love it!)
  37. "Bring It on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke, 1962 (Beautiful soulful ballad showing Sam's Gospel influence. Note: this was originally recorded with slightly different words by Charles Brown and Amos Milburn in 1960 under the title "I Want to Go Home.")

March 12, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Hate to Say Goodbye" by Ricky Jones, 1957
  3. "You Can Have my Love" by Judy Caps with Pat Kingery and the Kentuckians (Great fierce Rockabilly.)
  4. "Choctaw Boogie" by Bob Reed the Flying Hillbilly from Alabama, 1957 (Nice Country-flavored rocker. Choctaw is a county in Alabama.)
  5. "A Lover's Prayer" by the Clickettes, 1960
  6. "Do You Remember?" by the Fabulous Flames, 1961 (Superb Gospel-influenced soulful ballad.)
  7. "Go Ahead and Rock" by Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra, 1959
  8. "T.V. Is the Thing" by Dinah Washington, 1953 (Dinah makes television erotic on this uptempo rocker.)
  9. "Hear my Plea" by Donnie Elbert, c. 1957
  10. "Midnight" by the Gatorvettes, 1958 (A rockin' good time at a dance. Fun and exciting.)
  11. "He Knows How Much We Can Bear" by Helen Chatmon and the Golden Harmonizers, 1948
  12. "Every Day Will Be Sunday" by the Zion Harmonizers, 1950
  13. "Wedding Boogie" by Little Esther and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1950
  14. "Page Boy Shuffle" by Todd Rhodes and his Toddlers, 1950 (Excellent R. & B. instrumental. Catchy saxophone playing!)
  15. "Rock, Little Frances" by the Five Willows, 1953
  16. "Wild, Wild Young Men" by Ruth Brown, 1953
  17. "Love Me" by Willie and Ruth, 1954
  18. "Wedding Bells" by Tiny Tim and the Hits, 1958
  19. "I Hear You Knocking" by Smiley Lewis, 1955
  20. "Hearts of Stone" by the Jewels, 1954
  21. "Keep your Feet on the Floor" by the Jewels, 1955 (One of the best rockers ever.)
  22. "Tell Me Who" by Big Maybelle, 1956
  23. "How Can I Forget You?" by the Five Keys, 1960
  24. "(Be Mine) Tonight" by Pearline Caesar, 1963 (Sweet soulful ballad. Kind of resembles "This Is my Story" by Gene and Eunice, 1955.)
  25. "Imagination" by the Quotations, 1961
  26. "I Wonder Why" by the Quotations
  27. "I'll Be Home" by the Quotations
  28. "Ala-Men-Sy" by the Quotations, 1961 (Truly fun uptempo Doo-wop. Excellent electric guitar solo too. Play this if you're feeling depressed. By the time it's over you will be happy!)
  29. "In my Heart" by the Timetones, 1961 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  30. "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" by Curtis Lee, 1961
  31. 'Don't Say Goodbye" by the Criterions, 1963
  32. 'King of Hearts" by the Cookies, 1957
  33. "He'll Fix It" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1959 (Mid-tempo Gospel with a truly driving bluesy groove.)
  34. "Angels, Angels, Angels" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the Mount Vernon Men's Choir, 1949
  35. "Mercy, Mr. Percy" by Varetta Dillard, 1953
  36. "I Used to Cry Mercy, Mercy" by the Lamplighters, 1953
  37. "Never Trouble Trouble" by Irene Redfield, 1952
  38. "That's the Way It Goes" by the Harptones, 1956
  39. "Open House" by Arnett Cobb, 1951 (Lively saxophone instrumental. At least as much Jazz as Rhythm and Blues.)

March 19, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "He's Got Plenty on the Ball" by Beulah Bryant, 1952
  3. "Hey, Bartender" by Floyd Dixon, 1954
  4. "I'm a Wine Drinker" by the Bards, 1954 (Excellent bluesy uptempo Doo-Wop about drinking wine.)
  5. "Is This Goodbye?" by Linda Hopkins, 1953
  6. "Lonely Nights" by the Hearts, 1955 (Melancholy Doo-Wop ballad. Great spoken recitation in the middle: "You great big lump of sugar.")
  7. "Birmingham Special" by the Blues Chasers, 1952
  8. "One Bad Stud" by the Honey Bears, 1954 (Tough rocker about a tough guy.)
  9. "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters, 1958
  10. "Move on Out" by Gloria Gunter and Group, 1959 (Identical song but different lyrics to the Coasters' "Yakety Yak." The Chordettes also did something very similar with their "A Girl's Work Is never Done.")
  11. "Chapel Bells" by the Impossibles, 1963 (Very nice soulful Doo-Wop ballad.)
  12. "A Million and One Dreams" by the Bel-Larks, 1962 (Very affecting soulful Doo-Wop ballad. Sweet yet haunting at the same time.)
  13. "I Was There When It Happened" by Johnny Cash, 1957 (EXCELLENT mid-tempo Country Gospel. Lyrics concern his conversion experience.)
  14. "I'm Gonna sing" by Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, 1951 (LIVE radio broadcast of an excellent uptempo Gospel number.)
  15. "Seven Lonely Nights" by Bonnie Lou, 1953
  16. "Zeb's Mountain Boogie" by Owen Bradley and his Tennesseans (Truly HOT instrumental in the Hillbilly Boogie vein. Zeb is Zeb Turner of the Turner Brothers, supplying some great electric guitar. My guess is 1948-50.)
  17. "Doggy Joe" by Bill Carlisle (Fantastic HOT Hillbilly Boogie c. 1950? about a guy named Joe who is always "in the dog house" with his wife. Great lyric about his wife catching Joe at the honky tonk: "Doin' the hootchy cootchie and the Buzzard Stomp."
  18. "If I Had Listened" by Linda Peters, 1955
  19. "Pleading" by Robert "Chick" Willis, 1960 (Fantastic Gospel-influenced souful ballad.)
  20. "Lonesome Desert" by the Flairs, 1953 (Tough crime story rocker. Menacing and bluesy and desperate. Amazing electric guitar solo too.)
  21. "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard, 1956
  22. "Suspicious of You, Baby" by the Dolls, 1958
  23. "Subway" by the Champs
  24. "He's Gone" by Ginger and the Adorables (Nice acappella treatment of the Chantels' 1957 original sad Doo-wop ballad. My guess is c. 1964)
  25. "Coney Island Baby" by the Excellents, 1962 (Gorgeous Doo-Wop ballad. Excellent harmonies!)
  26. "You, Baby, You" by the Excellents, 1962 ("Excellent" remake of the uptempo Doo-Wop first recorded by the Cleftones in 1955. One of those rare cases where the remake is at least as good as the original if not, perhaps, better.)
  27. "Never Let You Go" by the Five Discs, 1961 (One of the wildest uptempo Doo-Wop rockers ever. Almost chaotic there's so much going on. Great sax solo too.)
  28. "Let's Linger Awhile" by the Capris, 1954
  29. "Pretty Baby, What's your Name?" by the Mellows, 1955 (Great bluesy mid-tempo Doo-Wop mostly sung lead by bass, Norman Brown. Love soprano Lillian Leach's line, "I may switch when I walk but it really doesn't mean a thing.")
  30. "World Prayer" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1952
  31. "While the Blood Runs Warm" by Madame Ernestine, 1949 (Beautiful slow Gospel. NOT the more famous Madame Ernestine Washington active during this time too.)
  32. "Kidman Blues" by Big Maceo, 1945 (More proof that Rock 'n' roll was around long before the mid-fifties. Song concerning his cheating woman, this features Big Maceo Meriweather on smokey vocals plus his superb Boogie Woogie piano accompanied also by Tampa Red's very effective slide guitar. A true rocker. Interestingly, the opening piano playing greatly resembles the Beatles' opening piano introduction on "Lady Madonna' in 1968. Perhaps one or another of the Beatles had heard this Big Maceo record?)
  33. "House of Blue Lights" by Merrill Moore, 1953 (WOW! Perhaps the best version of this uptempo bluesy novelty first recorded by Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slack in 1946. Moore's piano playing is simply astounding.)
  34. "Woogie Boo" by Cousin Ida and the Freddie Washington Quintet, 1950 (Superb rocker concerning what fun it is to do the Boogie Woogie. Cousin Ida sounds suspiciously like the male singer, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, who recorded extensively c. 1927-1940 but, no, this was not Frankie but Ida Mae Lester. If nothing else, she certainly must have listened to Jaxon a lot because the voices and style of delivery sure are similar.)
  35. "Thirty Days" by Chuck Berry, 1955
  36. "After the Lights Go Down Low" by Al Hibbler, 1956
  37. "My Own" by the Miller Sisters, 1957
  38. "Shirley" by the Rainbows, 1956 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop! Nice piano accompaniment too.)
  39. "ABC's of Love" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956 (Excellent catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. In my opinion, even better than their big hit, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?")
  40. "Night Train" by Louis Prima, 1956
  41. "Oh, Yes" by the Charmers, 1956

March 26, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Honky Tonk Part 1" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  3. "Honky Tonk Part 2" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  4. "Sally Lou" by the Emeralds, 1954 (Now this is one tough rocker! Kind of resembles Donald Woods and the Vel-aires' 1955 "Man from Utopia." Excellent extended instrumental break too.)
  5. "Tears in my Eyes" by Big Bertha Henderson and Al Smith's Orchestra, 1952
  6. "Flame in my Heart" by the Checkers, 1952 (Superb bluesy Doo-Wop ballad.)
  7. "Juke Box Rock 'n' Roll" by the Marigolds, 1956 (FUN frantic rocker! Those of you who were listeners back in 1998-2001 might recall I used this as my opening theme song for the show).
  8. "Riding with the Blues" by Nelda Dupuy and the Ike Perkins Orchestra, 1953
  9. "No Money Down" by Chuck Berry, 1955
  10. "Ain't Car Crazy" by Marie Adams and the Chuck Dillon Orchestra, 1952
  11. "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, 1964 (Wild and crazy all out party Rock 'n' Roll. Big hit in 1965).
  12. "I've Heard of a City" by Clara Ward, 1953
  13. "Jesus Knows about my Trouble" by the L & N Gospel Singers, 1950
  14. "Chonnie On Chon" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1957 (Frantic rocker with James in a Little Richard bag. Now THIS is Rock 'n' roll!)
  15. "Dallas" by Easy Deal Wilson
  16. "Love Is a Wailing Thing" by Gladys Patrick and the Charioteers, 1956
  17. 'Boogie Woogie Country Girl" by Big Joe Turner, 1955
  18. "She's Gone" by Jordan and the Fascinations (Almost too much to bear: a Doo-wop ballad concerning the funeral of his girl. Circa 1962?)
  19. "Eddie, my Darling" by Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960 (Sweet and, yes, innocent ballad about a teenager's crush.)
  20. "Grand, Nice, Swell" by the Ebony Moods, 1955 (Classy ersatz Calypso.)
  21. "Cousin Family" by Lord Invader with Felix and his Internationals, 1947
  22. "Zombie Jamboree" by Digby McNair and Dennis Donelson's Calypsos, 1956 (Nice Bahamian version of this well-known Calypso.)
  23. "Medley: Mango Walk/Give Me Back me Shilling/Sweetie Charlie" by Lord Tickler (Fantastic Jamaican Mento, i.e., Calypso music. Mid-fifties?)
  24. "All my Love" by the Teen Queens, 1957
  25. "Wish Someone Would Care" by Irma Thomas, 1964
  26. "Have I the Right?" by the Honeycombs, 1964 (While the British Invasion is generally too modern for this show, here I've made an exception. Truly enjoyable uptempo rocker with something of a Buddy Holly influence in terms of melody.)
  27. "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Crystals, 1963
  28. "Every Day I Have to Cry" by Steve Alaimo, 1962
  29. "Every Day I Have to Cry" by Arthur Alexander, 1975 (Didn't know that Alexander did not actually RECORD the song until 1975. It does not sound like 1975 to me but all sources indicate, yes, 1975. However, Alexander WROTE the song while Alaimo actually recorded it first. Did not know this until now.)
  30. "Mysterious Teenage" by the Vels, 1957 (Very appealing Doo-wop ballad. Wistful reflection of being in love with a girl who does not notice you. Interesting: starts and ends with some very effective melodic whistling.)
  31. "I Love You So" by the Chantels, 1958 (Very nice soulful remake of the male group, the Crows', 1954 Doo-Wop ballad original.)
  32. "Jesus Is Listening" by Candi Staton and the Jewel Gospel Trio, 1956
  33. "When They Ring them Golden Bells" by the Gospel Songbirds, 1962
  34. "Blue Ribbon Baby" by the Three Friends, 1961 (Very catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. I don't think this is the more famous Three Friends who had a 1956 hit with the Doo-Wop ballad, "Blanche.")
  35. "Live Like a King" by the Twilighters, 1957
  36. "A Million and One Dreams" by the Bel-Larks, 1962 (Very affecting soulful Doo-Wop ballad. Sweet yet haunting at the same time.)
  37. "I Can't Say Goodbye" by the Fireflies, 1959
  38. "Endless Sleep" by Jody Reynolds, 1958 (Haunting, bluesy number about a guy rescuing his girl from committing suicide in "the angry sea" and thus avoiding an "endless sleep.")

NO SHOW APRIL 2!! Sorry, folks, but I must attend a professional conference in Point Clear, Ala. (near Mobile). NEXT SHOW: Tuesday, April 9.

April 9, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Sentimental Fool" by Barbara Pittman
  3. "Oh, Baby Doll" by Kirby St. Romain, c. 1963 (Decent remake of the Chuck Berry 1958 original rocker concerning nostalgia for one's high school days.)
  4. "Do What You Did" by Thurston Harris (Excellent Little Richard-style rocker.)
  5. "Hey, Paula" by Paul and Paula, 1962
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye" by the Shells, 1958 (Soulful Doo-wop ballad sounding a lot like their beautiful 1957 recording of "Baby, Oh, Baby." They also used the same formula - very effectively - for "My Cherie" in 1958.)
  7. "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" by Patty and the Emblems, 1964
  8. "Wildwood Days" by Bobby Rydell, 1963 (The ultimate party at the beach Summertime song!)
  9. "Soul Twist" by King Curtis, 1962
  10. "Pick Up" by the Corvettes, 1958
  11. "Sailor Boy" by the Chiffons, 1964
  12. "Your Promise to Be Mine" by the Drifters, 1956 (LIVE. Beautiful and soulful. Truly intense "bridge.")
  13. "My Lord and I" by the Angelic Gospel Singers
  14. "Wings of Faith" by Rev. C. L. Franklin, 1950 (Superb uptempo Gospel by Aretha's father.)
  15. "Shim Sham Shimmy" by Champion Jack Dupree, 1954
  16. "Rock Me, Daddy" by Laurie Tate, 1952 (Red hot uptempo R. & B.)
  17. "Why do You Treat Me this Way?" by the Four Bars, 1955
  18. "Earth Angel" by the Penguins, 1954
  19. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1955 (LIVE version of her 1954 hit. Truly exciting and fun!)
  20. "Pink Laces" by Red Prysock, 1956
  21. "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  22. "You're Mine" by the Fontane Sisters, 1955 (Outstanding lively Rock 'n' Roll. Although Shirley Gunter and the Queens did it first in 1955, this is one of those rare times where the remake may be better than the original.)
  23. "Gloria" by Vito and the Salutations, 1961 (Wonderful, soulful version of the Doo-Wop ballad made most famous by the Cadillacs in 1954. The ORIGINAL version was a Pop song by Bob Hayward from 1946.)
  24. "Your Way" by Vito and the Salutations, 1962 (Beautiful, soulful remake of the Heartbeats' 1955 original Doo-wop ballad. Very nice spoken recitation by the bass singer too.)
  25. "Unchained Melody" by Vito and the Salutations, 1963 (Of all the very many versions of this song - first recorded in 1955 by Todd Duncan - this has got to be one of the craziest. Frantic uptempo Doo-wop but it works well. Also, this was the group's only real hit.)
  26. "Oh, What a Baby" by the Tonettes, 1958
  27. "Little Star" by the Elegants, 1958
  28. "Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp, 1962
  29. "After Awhile" by the Swan Silvertones, 1954 (Incredible LIVE Gospel featuring the high falsetto lead vocals of Rev. Claude Jeter. Unbelievably intense and moving. The congregation goes wild, especially the young woman who screams at the climax. THIS is Gospel!)
  30. "Out on the Ocean Sailing" by Miss Cynthia Coleman and the Colemanaires, 1953 (Truly intense beautiful bluesy slow Gospel. Coleman went secular shortly after under the name Ann Cole and made several good to excellent R. & B. records. No surprise, especially on the slower ones such as "In the Chapel" from 1956, she employed a Gospel style of singing. In 1957 she recorded the original version of "Got my Mojo Working," the rocker made much more famous by Muddy Waters in 1960).
  31. "Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" by Billy Lee Riley and his Little Green Men from Mars, 1957 (Outstanding Rockabilly featuring Riley on raspy vocals plus his incredible electric guitar. Jerry Lee Lewis supplies the boogie piano that drives this number along.)
  32. "Boogie the Blues" by Eddie and Chuck, 1954 (Wonderful combination of Country and Rockabilly. Features lots of amazing steel guitar playing.)
  33. "Bigelow 6 - 200" by Brenda Lee, 1956 (I think this was Lee's first record. Charming Rockabilly.)
  34. "Down at Big Mama's House" by Rex Hale and the Rhythm Rockers, 1956 (One of the best examples of Rockabilly. Excellent bluesy vocals plus three or four (!) electric guitar solos.)
  35. "Cry" by Johnnie Ray, 1951 (Emotional R. & B. ballad that gave him the nickname "The Prince of Wails.")
  36. "Time Brings about a Change" by Dolly Cooper, 1957
  37. "Shake that Thing" by Wynonie Harris, 1954 (Harris transforms the 1925 Papa Charlie Jackson original cheerful Blues recording into a truly rockin' number fully up to date for 1954.)
  38. "Baby, Don't You Know?" by the Counts, 1954 (Poundin' piano and strong vocals make this mid-tempo rocker something you can't forget. Hear it twice and you'll never get it out of your head. Should have been a hit!)

April 16, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Telephone Boogie" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Jeannie Barnes
  3. "Memphis Boogie" by Dr. Ross, 1954 (HOT instrumental featuring the one-man band, Dr. Isaiah Ross, simultaneously on drums, electric guitar, and harmonica.)
  4. "I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya" by Buddy and Claudia, 1954
  5. "Tears in my Eyes" by the Dreamers, 1955 (Superb soulful Doo-Wop ballad. A perfect example of "the Philadelphia sound" for Doo-wop groups c. 1952-57: high tenor and/or falsetto, dreamy and ethereal with a touch of the Blues.)
  6. "God Only Knows" by the Capris, 1954 (Ditto, above.)
  7. "Kiss, Kiss" by Herman Gillespie (Truly joyful and fun rocker. Another mid-fifties Philadelphia artist showing the Philadelphia sound also included rockers.)
  8. "Love my Baby" by the Re-Vels Quartette, 1954 (One more example of the Philadelphia sound; a fine mid-tempo rocker. Very nice baritone sax solo too.)
  9. "Oop Shoop" by Shirley Gunter and the Queens, 1954 (Very enjoyable uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  10. "Oop Shoop" by Big John and the Buzzards, 1954 (One of several remakes. Almost comically inferior thanks to the exaggerated bass voice of lead, Big John. Don't know if this was a parody or seriously intended. Still fun but definitely not as good as the original, above.)
  11. "Hard to Get Along" by Della Reese and the Meditations, 1958
  12. "Mother Bowed" by Brother Joe May, 1958
  13. "I'm Twisted" by Cookie and the Cupcakes, c. 1962. (Crazy lyrics and a truly rockin' sound.)
  14. "I Like It" by the Ban-Lons, 1959
  15. "Come On, Come On, Come On" by Tiny Topsy, 1957
  16. "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1960
  17. "Gee, Whiz" by Carla Thomas, 1961
  18. "Memoirs" by Little Rico and the King Krooners, 1960
  19. "Banana Split" by Kid King's Combo, 1953
  20. "Slow, Smooth, and Easy" by Anita Tucker and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, 1955
  21. "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  22. "Stealin' Sugar" by Ray Batts, 1954 (Not quite Rockabilly yet far too rockin' and bluesy to be purely Country, this is a fine rocker featuring slightly risque lyrics and wonderful funky piano. The missing link between Country music and Rock 'n' Roll!)
  23. "Susie Darlin'" by Robin Luke, 1958
  24. "Dedicated to the One I Love" by the Shirelles, 1959
  25. "Ting a Ling" by the Poka Dotts, 1954
  26. "Ziggus" by the Five Keys, 1959 (While the silly lyrics suggest this is a throw-away nonsense song intended as filler for a B-side or an album, the high quality of the singing and production make this uptempo Doo-Wop number something excellent. An overlooked musical gem.)
  27. "Hey, Little Girl" by Dee Clark, 1959
  28. "Oh, Me" by Little Clydie and the Teens, 1956
  29. "A Casual Look" by Little Clydie and the Teens, 1956 (Charming remake of the soulful Doo-Wop ballad originally recorded by the Six Teens in 1956.)
  30. "Promises" by Clydie and the Sweet Things, 1962
  31. "Family Circle" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1962
  32. "I Heard Jerusalem" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the New Singing Sons Quartet, 1963 (Excellent mid-tempo Gospel.)
  33. "Get Up, Edina" by Desmond Dekker and the Aces, 1965 (Lively Ska from Jamaica. Dekker, of course, would move on to immortal fame for having the earliest worldwide Reggae hit in 1968, "Israelites.")
  34. "We'll Meet" by Roy and Millie, 1962
  35. "Worried Over You" by Keith and Enid, 1960 (Absolutely gorgeous Jamaican R. & B. ballad. Truly soulful. Possibly inspired by the American R. & B. duo, Gene and Eunice.)
  36. "Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby" by the Tune Weavers, 1957 (Melancholy but beautiful Doo-Wop ballad of regret. Odd coincidence: the group was from Boston and this record - their only real hit but it was big - was released the week of April 15, 1957. I was born in Boston April 15, 1957.)
  37. "Do You Really Care?" by Clarence Gibson and the Four Aires
  38. "Gypsy Boogie" by the Teen Tones, 1959

Dr. Hepcat age 17 in 1974 with his first car, a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
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