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Listen to Dr. Hepcat broadcast the "Golden Oldies" show on WEGL - Auburn, FM 91.1 on Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 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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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!

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.

Play Lists: Spring 2021

January 21, 2021

  1. "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, 1951 (HOT rocker about the powerful new Oldsmobile!
  2. "No Money Down" by Chuck Berry, 1955
  3. "Black and White Thunderbird" by the Delicates, 1959 (Catchy rocker by a female vocal group about the prestigous Ford Thunderbird car.)
  4. "S'Cadillac" by the Squires, 1955-56 (Fun rockin' Doo-Wop number about a sixteen-cylinder futuristic car.)
  5. "Since I Fell for You" by Dorothy Logan and the Gems, 1954
  6. "The Letter" by Vernon Green and the Medallions, 1954 (Classic romantic Doo-Wop featuring Green's spoken recitation in the middle.)
  7. "Cadillac Daddy (Mr. Highway Man)" by Howlin' Wolf, 1952 (Scorching uptempo R. & B. featuring Wolf's raw vocals, frantic Blues harmonica, plus distorted electric guitar, Boogie Woogie piano, and thundering drums. THIS is Rock 'n' Roll at its primal best!)
  8. "My Man's Coming Home" by Bonnie "Bombshell" Lee, c. 1960
  9. "Here Comes Smiley" by Smiley Lewis, 1947 (First record by the prolific but now forgotten New Orleans R. & B. star. Features Tuts Washington on Boogie Woogie piano plus Smiley on cheerful bluesy vocals plus Smiley's very good bluesy electric guitar.)
  10. "I Hear You Knocking" by Smiley Lewis, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of this popular Blues redone by others including Gale Storm in 1955; Fats Domino in 1958; and Dave Edmunds in 1970. Nice rippling Blues piano supplied by Huey "Piano" Smith.)
  11. "God Is on our Side" by the Gay Sisters, 1951
  12. "In the Hands of the Lord" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, c. 1964 (OUTSTANDING intense slow bluesy Gospel!! A tribute to the recently deceased - in 1960- original lead singer, Archie Brownlee, whose raw Gospel scream influenced others including James Brown.)
  13. "A Fool in Love" by Ike and Tina Turner, 1961
  14. "The Bounce" by the Olympics, 1963
  15. "What'd I Say? Part 1 and 2" by Ray Charles, 1959
  16. "Foot Stomping, Part II" by the Flares, 1961 (Excellent instrumental version of their one big hit. Nice electric organ work plus electric guitar and saxophone solos.)
  17. "The Great Pretender" by the Platters, 1955
  18. "The Big Change" by Anna King, 1963
  19. "Nighty Night" by the Majestics, 1956
  20. "Oh, What a Baby" by the Tonettes, 1958 (Truly catchy uptempo female Doo-Wop. Also features brief but very nice electric guitar break.)
  21. "Walkin' Along" by the Solitaires, 1957 (Catchy uptempo male Doo-Wop. The ORIGINAL version of the song redone very well - perhaps better - by the Diamonds in 1958.)
  22. "Blow, Lynn, Blow" by Lynn Hope, 1951
  23. "Popcorn Willie" by the Marquis, 1956
  24. "The Letter (What Am I to Do?)" by the Quintones, 1958
  25. "Maybe" by the Chantels, 1957
  26. "King of Rock and Roll" by the Continental Five, 1958 (Fun rocker. Closely resembles the Coasters' 1958 hit, "Yakety Yak," but with different words.)
  27. "My Lonely Friend" by the Continental Five, 1958
  28. "Perdelia" by the Continental Five, 1958 (Dreamy, haunting romantic Doo-Wop ballad. Can't get this out of my head!)
  29. "How Sentimental Can I Be?" by Lillian Leach and the Mellows, 1954
  30. "Let's Talk about Jesus" by the Bells of Joy, 1951
  31. "Send Down that Rain" by Brother Claude Ely, 1953 (Lively Pentecostal Gospel!)
  32. "John Henry" by Buddy Beason and his Barn Dance Buddies (WOW! The wildest version of the folk song I've ever heard. Country Boogie featuring HOT piano, lively vocals, plus female vocal group backing. An incredible number. My guess is 1949-52.)
  33. "Move It on Over" by the Maddox Brothers and Rose, 1947-48 (Looney Country Boogie remake of Hank Williams's first hit from 1947!)
  34. "Hearts of Stone" by Red Foley, 1955 (Tasteful Country-tinged remake of the R. & B. hit first recorded by the Jewels but made a big hit by Otis Williams and the Charms, both in 1954. Other versions abound.)
  35. "Strange Romance" by Shirley Gunter, 1954 (Nice ballad. Uses the melody of "Harbor Lights." Gunter is most famous for the Doo-Wop rocker, "Oop Shoop," she recorded with the Queens also in 1954.)
  36. "You Can't Stay Here" by Pearl Reeves and the Concords, 1955

January 28, 2021

  1. "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, 1955 (The record that first brought Little Richard to fame! A true Rock 'n' Roll classic.)
  2. "Rice, Red Beans, and Turnip Greens" by Little Richard and the Tempo Toppers, 1954 (Although "Tutti Frutti" in '55 was Richard's first big hit record, his recording career goes back to 1951. Here's an inreresting early R. & B. number. Very appealing rocker where Richard complains about the limited restaurant menu.)
  3. "Big Fat Hot Dog" by Agnes Riley and Harry Crafton, 1954 (Witty double-entendre repartee between a demanding customer and her waiter.)
  4. "Ain't No Need" by Honey Brown, 1956-57
  5. "Where Are You Tonight?" by the Jaynetts, 1956 (Sounds a lot like the Hearts' 1955 "Lonely Nights." The Jaynetts had a big hit in 1963 with "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" performed in a much different style.)
  6. "There's a Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris, 1958
  7. "Don't Leave Me" by the Magnificents, 1956-57 (Lively uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  8. "I'm Not Too Young to Fall in Love" by Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords, 1957 (Superb uptempo Doo-Wop from the younger brother of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" fame. Lewis and group are GREAT! Good sax solo plus electric guitar too.)
  9. "Honky Tonk" by Bill Doggett and his Combo, 1956
  10. "Come Back, Baby" by Linda Hopkins, 1956
  11. "Valley of Love" by the Chavelles, 1956 (Appealing Doo-Wop ballad featuring Billy Storm on falsetto lead.)
  12. "I' Yi" by the Hawks, 1953
  13. "Didn't It Rain?" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  14. "Standing in the Judgment" by the Sensational Nightingales, c. 1957-58
  15. "What Is this I See?" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1961 (Fantastic R. & B. adaptation of the Sensational Nightingales' Gospel number. Ballard sings about his admiration of a lovely woman "standin' on the corner and she sure looks fine.")
  16. "Tom Cat" by Big Mama Thornton, 1966 (Tough follow-up to her tough ORIGINAL version of "Hound Dog" back in 1952.)
  17. "Falling in Love Again" by the Kelly Brothers, 1966
  18. "Call on Me" by Beverly Ann Gibson, 1959
  19. "(My Gal Is) Red Hot" by the Carroll Brothers, 1958 (Unbelievably frenzied rocker with an even more unbelievably HOT electric guitar solo. NOT the same song as the Rockabilly classic by Billy Lee Riley from 1957 nor the original R. & B. rocker before Riley by Billy "the Kid" Emerson from '55.)
  20. "Mean Woman Blues" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1963 (LIVE version. Jerry Lee plays some unbelievably wild piano.)
  21. "Honky Tonk Rock" by Betty Johnson, 1955
  22. "Go, Go, Go" by Bobby Sisco, 1957
  23. "I Love How You Love Me" by the Paris Sisters, 1960
  24. "Hello, Stranger" by Barbara Lewis, 1963
  25. "Jolene" by the Premiers, 1958 (Uptempo Doo-Wop. The basic teenager theme: a car and a girl but, alas, the guy does NOT get the girl in the end.)
  26. "Oh, Theresa" by the Premiers, 1959
  27. "Just Gotta Be that Way" by Roger and the Travelers, 1961
  28. "You're Daddy's Little Girl" by Roger and the Travelers, 1961
  29. "Life's Lonesome Road" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1961 (Superb slow and very, very bluesy Gospel.)
  30. "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Champion Jack Dupree, 1957 (Outstanding funky rocker featuring Dupree on HOT piano and vocals. He declares he's been doing it since 1929 but that only now have the disk jockeys and teenagers caught on. Dupree was born in 1910, so let's take a look at some proto-Rock and Roll c. 1929 next.)
  31. "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, 1928 (The inspiration, lyrically and structurally, for Dupree's "Old Time Rock and Roll," yes.)
  32. "It's Red Hot" by Madlyn Davis, 1929 (Indeed, it is! Davis enthusiastically sings and urges on Tampa Red on slide guitar and Georgia Tom on piano.)
  33. "Hastings Street" by Blind Blake and Charlie Spand, 1929 (Truly sounds like Rock 'n' Roll featuring Blind Blake rapping over his bluesy guitar work and Spand's "boogie very woogie" piano. This one has aged quite well and would still have sounded contemporary at least 20 years later. Hot stuff! Yes, Rock 'n' Roll WAS around in 1929 as Champion Jack Dupree declared in 1957.)
  34. "Romance in the Dark" by Lil Green, 1940
  35. "Just to See You Smile Again" by the Four Buddies, 1950

February 4, 2021

  1. "Mainliner" by Little Esther, 1952
  2. "Roll 'Em Boogie" by Freddie Mitchell, 1950
  3. "Juke Box Rock 'n' Roll" by the Marigolds, 1956 (Great rocker! Some of you may remember I used this as my theme song back around 1998-2000.)
  4. "Bila" by the Versatones, 1958
  5. "Broken Hearted" by Little Bessie, 1960-61
  6. "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1955 (The start of it all! Released in 1956, this Gospel-flavored R. & B. Doo-Wop ballad was the start of Brown's literally 50-year music career. Intense!)
  7. "Look Down that Lonesome Road" by the Tune Weavers, 1958
  8. "Searchin'" by the Coasters, 1957 (Gritty, bluesy R. & B. Their first big hit.)
  9. "One Kiss Led to Another" by the Coasters, 1956 (Excellent humorous bluesy R. & B. before the group really hit the big time in 1957.)
  10. "Shotgun" by Junior Walker and the All Stars, 1965
  11. "What Will Tomorrow Bring?" by the Caravans, 1963
  12. "Did You Stop to Pray?" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy
  13. "Speedo" by the Cadillacs, 1955
  14. "Come, Go with Me" by th Del Vikings, 1956
  15. "Goodbye, Cruel Love" by Linda Griner, 1963
  16. "Ride On" by the Tramps, 1959 (Enjoyable and catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. Nice electric guitar work too.)
  17. "Mr. Lee" by the Bobbettes, 1957
  18. "We Were Meant to Marry" by Maureen Gray (Beautiful but heartbreaking ballad. About 1961-62.)
  19. "My Last Dance with You" by Nathaniel Mayer and the Fabulous Twilights, 1961
  20. "Hold It" by Leo's Five, 1964 (Catchy instrumental featuring great electric organ.)
  21. "Gettin' a Groove" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1962 (Very catchy groove indeed!)
  22. "Beachwood 4-5789" by the Marvelettes, 1962
  23. "Hey, Paula" by Paul and Paula, 1962
  24. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, 1957
  25. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly, 1958 (Strong melody mid-tempo song about romantic breakup.)
  26. "My Two-Timin' Woman" by Buddy Holly, 1949 (Yes, 1949! From a tape recording of the very young Holly - aged 12 or 13! Great interpretation of Hank Snow's 1948 bluesy Country original. Excellent guitar work too. You wonder if the young Buddy really understood what the lyrics meant.)
  27. "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper, 1958
  28. "Big Bopper's Wedding" by the Big Bopper, 1958 (Humorous rockin' number. Brilliant!)
  29. "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, 1958
  30. "Come on, Let's Go" by Ritchie Valens, 1958
  31. "Rest for the Weary" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1952
  32. "Touch the Hem of His Garment" by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, 1956 (Very nice mid-tempo Gospel. Melodic and very recognizably Sam Cooke!)
  33. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1955 (LIVE version of her 1954 hit. Truly fun and exciting.)
  34. "Paralyzed" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  35. "Another Mule" by Dave Bartholomew, 1955 (Funky New Orleans Blues concerning infidelity.)
  36. "What Am I Living For?" by Chuck Willis, 1958
  37. "Hand Holding Baby" by Joan Shaw

February 11, 2021

  1. "My Story of Love" by the Valentines, 1956 (Excellent uptempo example of new York City Doo-wop. Great blastin' sax solo too.)
  2. "Love You, Baby, All the Time" by the Coeds, 1956
  3. "Hey, Senorita" by the Penguins, 1954 (Uptempo rockin' flip side to their classic Doo-Wop ballad, "Earth Angel.")
  4. "Good Luck, Darling" by the Five Crowns, 1953 (Supremely catchy uptempo Doo-Wop! They first recorded this in 1952 on the Rainbow label, however, this remake on the Old Town label is superior in my opinion.)
  5. "Evening Train" by Eunice Davis, 1951
  6. "Cherry Pie" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  7. "Tall Cool One" by the Wailers, 1959
  8. "I'm in Love" by Arlene Fontana, 1959
  9. "Let the Four Winds Blow" by Fats Domino, 1961 (Excellent last big hit for Fats.)
  10. "Let the Four Winds Blow" by Roy Brown, 1957 (The ORIGINAL version. A breezy and different approach. Brown also wrote and recorded the ORIGINAL "Good Rockin' Tonight" in 1947 which turned out to be a much bigger hit for Wynonie Harris in 1948 and was also recorded by Elvis Presley for Sun in 1954. Brown deserves more recognition!)
  11. "Almost Persuaded" by the Angelic Gospel Singers, c. 1952
  12. "Ease my Troubled Mind" by the Spirit of Memphis, 1951
  13. "I Promise to Remember" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956 (Outstanding uptempo Doo-Wop. Although Lymon had the hit - and the superior recording - it was originally recorded by Jimmy Castor and the Juniors earlier in '56.)
  14. "Why Can't You Be True?" by the Vernalls, 1958
  15. "I Want to Kiss You" by Georgia Harris and the Hytones, 1958
  16. "Tequila" by the Champs, 1958
  17. "Till" by the Angels, 1961
  18. "You" by the Aquatones, 1958
  19. "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" by the Fontane Sisters, 1957 (Very nice remake of the Jamaican number made most famous by Harry Belafonte in 1956 - recorded in in 1955. The first recording of the song was made by Trinidadian Edric Connor in 1954.)
  20. "You Don't Need Glasses to See" by Lord Invader, c. 1959 (Witty double-entendre Calypso.)
  21. "Mary Ann" by Kingsley Swan and the Calypso Islanders (Nice Bermudian version of the Trinidadian Calypso first recorded by the Roaring Lion in 1946. Early 1950's.)
  22. "I Will Die a Bachelor" by Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders
  23. "Shy One" by Shirley Ellis, 1963
  24. "Linda Gail" by Rod Bernard and the Twisters, 1957 (Excellent Swamp Pop rocker.)
  25. "Little Bitty Mama" by Rod Bernard and the Twisters, 1957
  26. "This Should Go On Forever" by Rod Bernard, 1958 (His BIG HIT into 1959. Nice Swamp Pop ballad. First recorded by King Karl a year or two earlier.)
  27. "Colinda" by Rod Bernard, 1962
  28. "Blue Mood" by Julie Stevens and the Premiers, 1956
  29. "Someone Like You" by the Royals, 1953 (They became Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in 1954. In contrast to their more famous very bluesy and Gospel-tinged rockers, sometimes of a double-entendre nature, viz., "Work with Me, Annie," this is a truly sweet romantic ballad. Very nice!)
  30. "Blessed Be the Name" by the Pilgrim Travelers, 1952
  31. "Beautiful Tomorrow" by Mahalia Jackson, 1953
  32. "Wild, Wild Young Men" by Ruth Brown, 1953
  33. "Mardi Gras Mambo" by the Hawketts, 1955 (Great syncopated mid-tempo rocker!)
  34. "Most of All" by the Moonglows, 1954
  35. "He Still Loves Me" by the Capris (Excellent lovely Doo-Wop ballad. Closely resembles their one hit, "God Only Knows," from 1954. Likely, this one was recorded in 1954 too.)
  36. "Motley Jump" by Frank "Two Horn" Motley and his Motley Crew

February 18, 2021

  1. "Come, my Little Baby" by the Chantels, 1957 (The uptempo Doo-Wop flip side to their classic soulful Doo-Wop ballad, and biggest hit, "Maybe" which became a big hit in 1958.)
  2. "The Be-Bop Mouse" by the Cellos, 1958 (Hilarious uptempo novelty Doo-Wop. Some great harmonies too.)
  3. "Wild One" by Bobby Rydell, 1960
  4. "Genie of the Lamp" by the Ly-Dells, 1961 (Truly catchy uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  5. "Bless You, Darling" by Martha Carter, 1960 (Superb New Orleans soulful remake of the soulful Doo-Wop ballad first recorded by the Chords in 1954.)
  6. "Smokey Places" by the Corsairs, 1961
  7. "When We Get the Word" by Mabel John, 1963
  8. "The Watusi" by the Vibrations, 1960 (WOW! Absolutely hot dance number! Everything from the raw, Gospel-influenced lead vocals to the vocal group harmonizing to the pounding piano to the blasting saxophone is perfect. Will raise the dead!)
  9. "Roberta" by Frankie Ford, 1958 (HOT New Orleans R & B featuring Frankie's effective strong voice and Huey "Piano" Smith's Boogie piano.)
  10. "Back Room Rock" by Sam Price, 1956
  11. "Come Home" by the Vestelles, 1958
  12. "Moonlight Cocktails" by the Rivieras, 1959
  13. "Somebody Needs Jesus" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1951
  14. "Let the Healing Waters Move" by the Paramount Gospel Singers, 1952
  15. "Beware" by Louis Jordan, 1946 (Witty uptempo R. & B. number warning the guys about women trying to ensnare them in marriage.)
  16. "Rock It" by Lil Armstrong
  17. "Sweet Little Angel" by B.B. King, 1956 (Atmospheric slow Blues featuring King's Gospel-tinged vocals and stinging electric guitar. Came out earlier as "Sweet Black Angel" by Tampa Red in 1934 and Robert Nighthawk in 1949.)
  18. "Why Couldn't It Be Me?" by the Turquinettes
  19. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by Professor Longhair, 1949 (Title says it all! Features his unique Boogie and Calypso style piano work plus appealing slightly hoarse vocals. Longhair recorded at least five versions over the coming years, all good.)
  20. "Junco Partner" by James "Wee Willie" Wayne, 1951
  21. "Bon Ton Roula" by Clarence Garlow, 1949
  22. "Shrimp and Gumbo" by Dave Bartholomew, 1955 (Lively Mambo concerning food associated with New Orleans.)
  23. "Chee-Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price, 1953
  24. "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups, 1965 (Sexy female remake of "Jock-a-Mo.")
  25. "Jock-a-Mo" by James "Sugarboy" Crawford and the Cane Cutters, 1953 (One of the definitive uptempo R. & B. recordings about Mardi Gras.)
  26. "Carnival Time" by Al Johnson, 1959
  27. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by Fats Domino, 1952 (Nice remake of the Professor Longhair number done at a faster tempo.)
  28. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Shirley and Lee, 1956
  29. "Out on the Ocean Sailing" by Cynthia Coleman and the Colemanaires, 1953 (Absolutely intense bluesy slow Gospel. Coleman later changed her name to Ann Cole and recorded some fine secular R. & B.)
  30. "Our Revival Time" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1959 (Intense slow Gospel. You know the group really meant it when they sang about Jesus "giving eyesight to the blind.")
  31. "Moving On" by King Curtis, 1956
  32. "No Way Out" by Joyce Harris
  33. "Baby, Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version of this tough rocker. Nice guitar work too.)
  34. "Baby, Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley, 1955 (Fanatastic Rockabilly remake. Elvis goes a bit overboard with his stuttering throaty style but you can tell he's having fun when he briefly laughs near the end of the record.)
  35. "I've Forgotten More than You'll Ever Know about Him" by Esther Phillips, 1962 (Very nice Soul remake of the Country ballad original.)
  36. "I Forgot More than You'll Ever Know" by the Davis Sisters, 1953 (The excellent Country original ballad! Actually, Sonny James recorded it first but his version went nowhere while the Davis Sisters enjoyed a sizeable hit.)
  37. "Beatin' Out the Boogie on the Mississippi Mud" by Lee Bell, 1952 (HOT Country Boogie!)
  38. "Tappin' that Thing" by Randy Hughes (Lively Country Boogie remake of the suggestive uptempo Blues recorded by Yank Rachel c. 1941-42. From about 1951.)
  39. "Real Gone Jive" by the Nettles Sisters, 1956

February 25, 2021

  1. "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, 1956 (Compelling mid-tempo Rockabilly with a very memorable electric guitar repeated riff.)
  2. "Rock Right" by Ceci Julian
  3. "Sugar Candy" by the Belle-Aires (FANTASTIC and superior remake of the Miller Sisters' 1957 rocker. This version is absolutely fun. Feeling low? Play the Belle-Aires and you'll feel a lot better!)
  4. "Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-it" by Freddy Cannon, 1961 (Great rocker concerning telephone problems long before the cell phone era. Nice electric guitar solo too.)
  5. "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea" by Johnnie and Joe, 1957 (Their wonderful bluesy soulful ballad classic.)
  6. "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea Part 2" by Johnnie and Joe, 1957 (Nobody knows there was a Part 2! Equally good, it features nice shimmering electric organ accompaniment.)
  7. "Higgins Bounce" by Chuck Higgins
  8. "No, No, Baby" by Carmen Davis and Ernie Freeman's Combo, 1956
  9. "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, 1956 (One of his HOT rockin' classics!)
  10. "Rockin' Pneumonia nad the Boogie Woogie Flu" by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, 1957 (New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll at its best.)
  11. "I Know What He's Done for Me" by Clara Ward and the Famous Ward Singers, 1951
  12. "He's my Friend" by the Bells of Joy, 1951
  13. "Shake 'Em on Down" by Dr. Ross, 1952 (Compelling mid-tempo Blues sung and played by one-man band Dr. Isaiah Ross accompanied by piano.)
  14. "Shake 'Em on Down" by Bukka (Booker) White, 1937 (The ORIGINAL version of this compelling mid-tempo Blues!)
  15. "Hambone Blues" by Edna Broughton, 1948
  16. "Rainy Weather Blues" by Roy Brown, 1948 (Superb mid-tempo R. & B. featuring Roy's strong Gospel-tinged vocals plus some wonderful bluesy Boogie piano and sax.)
  17. "In the Dark" by Marie Adams and the Johnny Otis show, 1958 (Very nice remake of Lil Green's often-covered 1940 original, "Romance in the Dark.")
  18. "(You've Got) the Magic Touch" by the Platters, 1956
  19. "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, 1957 (Exuberant rocker. Wilson's first hit as a single artist after leaving Billy Ward and Dominoes for whom he'd sung lead since 1953.)
  20. "Joe's Hot House" by Joe Houston, 1957
  21. "Love Contest" by Ruth Brown, 1953
  22. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957
  23. "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" by Angel Face, 1954
  24. "Love Me" by Willy and Ruth, 1954 (Elvis had the hit in 1956 but this is the ORIGINAL and, in my opinion, superior, version of this bluesy ballad. NICE!)
  25. "Family Circle" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1962
  26. "Glory, Hallelujah" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1962
  27. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1965
  28. "I'll Go - Part 2" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1964
  29. "You're Just One Man" by Miss Ann Fleming, 1960
  30. "I'm a Man" by Bo Diddley, 1955 (Tough stop-time Blues. Similar to Muddy Waters's 1954 "(I'm your) Hootchie Cootchie Man.")
  31. "W-O-M-A-N" by Etta James, 1955 (Etta's retort to Bo's declaration. Pretty similar but good.)
  32. "Shake your Boogie" by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1946 (Proof Rock 'n' Roll was around before the mid-1950's! Features Williamson's compelling vocals and his hot harmonica playing plus poundin' Boogie Woogie piano from Blind John Davis and fluid bluesy electric guitar by Willie Lacey. This was the ORIGINAL Sonny Boy Williamson - John Lee Williamson - rather than the later and more famous one whose real name was Rice Miller. Interestingly, both Sonny Boys played Blues harmonica and sang.)
  33. "Give Me a Man" by Mabel Scott, 1948
  34. "Time Takes Care of Everything" by the Ravens, 1950
  35. "Chicken in the Rough" by Rosco Gordon, 1957 (Excellent and, yes, rough, rocker concerning the Chicken dance. Features Gordon on lurching Ska-like piano and his raw enthusiastic vocals.)
  36. "Hammy in the Holee" by Baby Doll
  37. "Clemae" by Jerry Morris (FUN and extremely raw and basic rocker. Kind of in the Little Richard style. My guess is about 1960.)

March 4, 2021

  1. "The 'U.S.A.'" by Pat Molittieri, 1961 (Fun dance rocker.)
  2. "The Hippy, Hippy Shake" by Chan Romero, 1959 (Great rocker. Redone by the Swinging Blue Jeans in 1963 and they sound much like the Beatles. Back in 1959 there were no hippies as such. The term "hippies" also appears in the Orlons' 1963 "South Street" but, again, not the same as the long-haired flower children of the LATE 1960's - 1970's.)
  3. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, 1960
  4. "Let's Twist again" by Chubby Checker, 1961
  5. "Baby, It's You" by the Shirelles, 1961
  6. "I Wonder Why" by Rick and the Legends, 1966 (Nice teen ballad. Sounds more like 1961 than '66!)
  7. "Wail!" by the Royaltones, 1958
  8. "Zoom" by the Cadillacs, 1956 (Wonderful New York City uptempo Doo-Wop!!)
  9. "All Night Mambo" by the Cookies, 1954 (Appealing uptempo number by the group much more famous for "Chains" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad about my Baby" in 1962-63.)
  10. "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley, 1957
  11. "Hands of God" by Mahalia Jackson, 1953
  12. "How Much of Life's Burden Can We Bear?" by Brother Joe May, 1949 (Excellent mid-tempo Gospel.)
  13. "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and the Romantics, 1963
  14. "When my Little Girl Is Smiling" by the Drifters, 1960 (Very nice Latin-flavored uptempo number.)
  15. "Southern Style" by Eskew Reeder's Eskerettes (HOT female rocker accompanied by Ray Charles-like piano by Eskew Reeder.)
  16. "Rockin' the Joint" by Esquerita, 1958 (Superb HOT rocker with poundin' piano too by Eskew Reeder = Esquerita.)
  17. "Most Sincerely" by Varetta Dillard
  18. "Town without Pity" by Gene Pitney, 1961
  19. "Let's Go for a Ride" by the Collegians, 1957 (Appealing uptempo street corner Doo-Wop: "My car is warm and comfortable, I bought it just for you." Good sax solo too.)
  20. "Big Town Jump" by Jimmy Wilson and his Band, 1953
  21. "Sugar Candy" by the Miller Sisters, 1957 (FUN rocker. The ORIGINAL version.)
  22. "Sugar Candy" by the Belle-Aires, 1957 (FANTASTIC and superior remake of the Miller Sisters' 1957 rocker. This version is absolutely fun. Feeling low? Play the Belle-Aires and you'll feel a lot better!)
  23. "Dear Lord" by the Continentals, 1956
  24. "Teen Age Wedding Bells" by Dolly Cooper, 1955
  25. "What Would You Do if There Wasn't Any Rock 'n' Roll?" by the Monotones, 1959 (Good question and a very good rocker.)
  26. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by the Monotones, 1958
  27. "You Never Loved Me" by the Monotones, 1957 (Best known for their rockin' novelties, this Doo-Wop ballad is great. Sad lyrics, however.)
  28. "The Book of Love" by the Monotones, 1957 (Their big one! Major hit into 1958.)
  29. "Reading the Book of Love" by the Monotones, 1960
  30. "You've Got a Friend" by the Falcons
  31. "Nobody Cares" by Baby Washington, 1961 (Heartbreaking ballad.)
  32. "I'm Goin' to Walk in His Name" by the Gay Sisters, 1951
  33. "Way Bye and Bye" by the Silvertone Singers of Cincinnati,1954 (Stunningly intense bluesy mid-tempo Gospel. Wow! Nice touch: the occasional liquid note of a pedal steel guitar.)
  34. "Dust my Blues" by Elmore James and his Broom Dusters, 1955 (Nice updating of his 1951 break-out recording, "Dust my Broom." Great electric guitar and raw vocals. Other versions of "Dust my Broom" go back to Robert Johnson in 1936 who, in turn, adapted Kokomo Arnold''s "Sagefield Woman Blues" from 1934 including that iconic guitar riff.)
  35. "Wang Dang Doodle" by Ko Ko Taylor, 1965 (Nice rough remake of Howlin' Wolf's 1961 rough and tough original.)
  36. "Here Comes the Night Owl" by Marva Allen (Nice adaptation of Tony Allen's 1955 "Night Owl." My guess is 1960. Was she related to Tony?)
  37. "Night Owl" by Tony Allen and the Champs, 1955 (Atmospheric soulful Doo-Wop ballad. Simply great!)
  38. "Bermuda Shorts" by the Del-Roys, 1957 (Really good rocker concerning the clothes. Nice electric guitar too.)
  39. "Papa's Yellow Tie" by the V-8's, 1961 (Lively and humorous account: Junior borrows Papa's yellow tie for a date, gets lipstick on it, Mama finds it and accuses Papa of cheating. The group sounds somewhat like the Coasters.)

March 11, 2021

  1. "Pipeline" by the Chantays, 1963
  2. "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, 1957
  3. "Johnny B. Goode" by Johnny Candles (Nice remake of the Chuck Berry 1958 hit. Candles sounds as if he might be Hispanic, for example, he pronounces Louisiana as "Luisana" and some other words have an accent. I can find nothing about Johnny Candles. He was good and if he's also the one playing electric guitar, I'd say he was great! Hard to date this recording so I am guessing 1958-62.)
  4. "Bye, Bye, Johnny" by Chuck Berry, 1960 (You guessed it, an"asnwer record" to Berry's own hit record.)
  5. "Pink Shoe Laces" by Dodie Stevens, 1959
  6. "There's No Other (Like my Baby)" by the Crystals, 1961 (Very nice first hit by the group! Nice ballad with a touch of Gospel styling.)
  7. "I Found a Love" by the Falcons, 1961 (Intense Soul ballad. Definitely has more than a touch of Gospel and no wonder: Wilson Pickett sang lead. He got his start with the Gospel group, the Violinaires.)
  8. "Just One Look" by Doris Troy, 1963
  9. "Nobody but You, Lord" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the Radio Four, 1959 (Excellent mid-tempo Gospel.)
  10. "Didn't It Rain, Children?" by the Sons of the South, 1954 (Incredibly exciting uptempo Gospel. Complex vocal harmonies and nice Gospel piano too.)
  11. "B.M.T. Special" by the Shy-Tans, 1954 (HOT saxophone instrumental!)
  12. "Freddie" by Carmen Taylor and the Boleros, 1954
  13. "My True Love" by the Swans, 1954 (Haunting romantic Doo-Wop ballad by male vocal group. Piano is a nice touch too.)
  14. "He Ain't Mine No More" by Baby Dee, 1954 (Lively Calypso-style R. & B.)
  15. "Lord, Got Tomatoes" by the Percentie Brothers, 1953 (Lively Bahamian Goombay, i.e., Calypso. Humorous lyrics, some double-entendre.)
  16. "Bullfrog Dressed in Soldier Clothes" by Delbon Johnson and Dirty Dick's Calypsos
  17. "Ten Penny Nail" by Hubert Porter
  18. "Johnny Darling" by Barbara Gale and the Larks, 1954
  19. "There Stands the Glass" by Webb Pierce, 1953 (Honky Tonk Country ballad classic. Drowns his romantic disappointment in alcohol. Interesting: Sam Hunt, in his 2020 Country release, "Hard to Forget," samples parts of Pierce's hit.)
  20. "Hound Dog" by Billy Starr, 1953 (One of at least half a dozen remakes of Big Mama Thornton's 1952 tough rocker before Elvis Presley redid it his way in 1956. Starr's version sounds closer to Thornton's original yet she blasted Presley for "copying" her record and getting the big hit. Not fair and not accurate.)
  21. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957
  22. "I'm a Sad Sack" by Shorty Barnhill and his Country Mountaineers, 1959 (Lively Country with a touch of Rockabilly, Humorous lyrics.)
  23. "Honey, Don't" by Carl Perkins, 1955
  24. "You Are the One" by the Hamilton Sisters, 1956
  25. "I Will Never Forget" by the Del-Larks, 1961
  26. "When Sin Stops" by the Nighthawks, 1959 (Very similar in sound and style to Buddy Holly.)
  27. "Rave On" by Buddy Holly, 1958 (See what I mean?)
  28. "Raunchy" by Bill Justis, 1956
  29. "Swanee River Rock" by Billy Lee Riley, 1959
  30. "Blessed Mother" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  31. "Now, Lord" by the Angels of Harmony, 1954 (Very nice slow Gospel with very nice male vocal group harmony.)
  32. "Take Off" by T.J. Fowler, 1953
  33. "While Walking" by the Fabulaires, 1957 (Absolutely perfect uptempo male Doo-Wop! Nice sax solo too.)
  34. "Rock, Everybody" by the Teen Queens, 1956
  35. "Crazy about You, Baby" by Rufus Thomas, 1951 (Frenzied rocker! Much more exciting than his 1960's Soul dance hits.)
  36. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, 1952
  37. "Walking Blues" by Dinah Washington, 1945
  38. "Caldonia" by Louis Jordan, 1945
  39. "Rock, Mr. Blues" by Wynonie Harris, 1950 (Title says it all. Excellent rocker featuring Harris's distinctive hoarse vocals, a great Jump Blues band, plus nice male vocal group back-up. This really is a combination of Blues and very early Rock 'n' Roll.)

March 18, 2021

  1. "The Pick Up" by Etta James, 1957 (Aumusing bluesy conversation beeteween Etta James and a saxophone played by Harold Battiste concerning his ultimately successful attempts to pick up Etta for a date. Great line: "Cadillacs don't excite me, I've got one of my own.")
  2. "Whatcha Gonna Do?" by the Drifters, 1954 (Exciting Gospel-influenced Doo-Wop rocker.)
  3. "Roll Over, Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, 1956
  4. "Snake Shake" by Johnny Knight, 1958
  5. "Boy of my Dreams" by the Dungaree Darlings, 1956 (Nice soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad.)
  6. "It's No Sin" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1951
  7. "Blow, Joe, Blow" by Joe Houston, 1954 (HOT saxophone instrumental!)
  8. "Rock the Joint" by Jimmy Preston and his Prestonians, 1949 (Absolutely frenzied Rock 'n' Roll from 1949. Incredible instrumental break too. Redone more mildly by Bill Haley and the Comets in 1952.)
  9. "T.V. Is the Thing" by Dinah Washington, 1953
  10. "Crawfishin'" by Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow, 1954 (Very exciting Rock 'n' Roll.)
  11. "Jesus Is the Perfect Answer" by Queen C. Anderson and the Brewster Singeres, 1952
  12. "Mother" by the Paramount Gospel Singers, 1955 (Slow bluesy Gospel that slowy builds to a wonderful crescendo.)
  13. "Honky Tonk Blues" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys, 1951
  14. "Blues Keep Calling" by Janis Martin, 1957
  15. "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins, 1955
  16. "Pull Down the Blinds" by Lattie Moore, 1953
  17. "I Hear You Knocking" by Gale Storm, 1955 (Nice cover of the Blues first recorded - and written by - Smiley Lewis, 1955. Redone by others including Fats Domino and, most famously, Dave Edmunds in 1970. Storm had the first big hit version.)
  18. "Twilight Time" by the Platters, 1956
  19. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 155 (LIVE version of her 1954 cheerful Rock 'n' Roll hit. Absolutely exciting version.)
  20. "Peacock Alley" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  21. "Mother-in-Law" by Ernie K-Doe, 1961
  22. "The Boy from New York City" by the Ad Libs, 1965
  23. "The Wobble" by L.C. Cooke, 1963 (Very appealing melodic and funky dance number by Sam Cooke's younger brother.)
  24. "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark, 1961
  25. "Please Tell Me" by Cathy Jean and the Roommates, 1962
  26. "Hey, Pretty Baby" by the Ladders, 1958 (Wonderful atmospheric Doo-Wop ballad. Has the sound of New York City circa 1958, for sure.)
  27. "Sugar Candy" by the Belle-Aires (FANTASTIC and superior remake of the Miller Sisters' 1957 rocker. This version is absolutely fun. Feeling low? Play the Belle-Aires and you'll feel a lot better!)
  28. "Oo-Wee" by Sam "The Man" Taylor, 1955
  29. "Up above my Head (I Hear Music Everywhere)" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1947
  30. "You Ought to Know the Lord" by the Harmoizing Four, 1953 (Powerful and ecstatic up tempo male harmony Gospel. WOW!)
  31. "I Can't Hold Out Any Longer" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  32. "I Want to Be Free" by Elvis Presley, 1957
  33. "White Silver Sands" by Don Rondo, 1957 (Catchy riff-driven number. Probably more Pop than Rock 'n' Roll but it's very effective. Nice electric organ solo too.)
  34. "Mama, He Treats your Daughter Mean" by Ruth Brown, 1953
  35. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" by the Robins, 1954 (Atmospheric mid-tempo very bluesy number with an interesting story to tell.)
  36. "Bacon Fat" by Big Daddy and his Boys, 1957 (Truly funky. More or less spoken verse over bluesy background concerning a dance "that's sweepin' the South." Even better than the original 1956 version by Andre Williams. Sorry, Andre!)
  37. "Call on Me" by Beverly Ann Gibson, 1959
  38. "My Cherie" by the Shells, 1957 (SOULFUL Doo-Wop ballad.)
  39. "Telstar" by the Tornadoes, 1962

March 25, 2021

  1. "I Like It" by the Ban-Lons, 1959
  2. "This Man's Crazy" by Ike and Tina Turner, 1963
  3. "Run Around Sue" by Dion, 1961
  4. "I'm No Run Around" by Ginger Davis and the Snaps, 1961 (Answer song to "Run Around Sue.")
  5. "Now You're Gone" by the Laddins, 1957 (Excellent Doo-Wop ballad. Nice bluesy sax solo too.)
  6. "A Sunday Kind of Love" by the Harp-Tones [sic], 1953 (One of the CLASSIC Doo-Wop ballads. Very nice interpretation of the song first recorded by Keely Smith and Louis Prima in 1946.)
  7. "Everybody's Rockin'" by Maxwell Davis and his Mod Cats
  8. "I Was a Fool for Leaving" by Vikki Nelson (Tough rocker.)
  9. "Next Time" by Richard Berry, 1955 (Humorous stop-time R. & B. Follows the structure of Cripple Clarence Lofton's 1937 "I Don't Know.")
  10. "Rock Bottom" by the Rams, 1955
  11. "I Went to your Wedding" by Little Sylvia, 1952 (Melodious sad ballad. Little Sylvia became half of the famous duo, Mickey and Sylvia, who hit big in 1956 with "Love Is Strange.")
  12. "My Darling" by the Aquatones, 1960 (Very nice female-lead Doo-Wop ballad.)
  13. "It Was Jesus" by Johnny Cash, 1959
  14. "Do You Wanna Shout?" by Brother Claude Ely, 1962 (Wonderful joyful uptempo Gospel. Definitely has a Rockabilly feel to it too.)
  15. "Tennessee Mama" by Carrie Thacquer, 1959
  16. "Get your Kicks (from the Country Hicks)" by Johnny Hicks, 1951
  17. "Promise Love" by the Belltones, 1953
  18. "Ooh, Daddy, What's Wrong with You?" by Linda Peters and her Rockettes, 1954 (Excellent very bluesy R. & B.!)
  19. "Too Hot to Trot" by Joe Weaver and his Blue Note Orchestra
  20. "Your Last Chance" by Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords, 1957 (FUN uptempo New York Doo-Wop. Great sax solo too.)
  21. "You Can't Sit Down" by the Dovells, 1963 (Title says it all.)
  22. "Moments" by Jennell Hawkins, 1961
  23. "I Love an Angel" by Gwen Edwards and the Coeds, 1957
  24. "When We Get Married" by the Dreamlovers, 1961
  25. "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head and the Traits, 1965 (Rousing uptempo Soul. Instrumentation reminds me of James Brown's band.)
  26. "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, 1963)
  27. "I Need your Lovin'" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962 (HOT Gospel-inspired Soul raver. This one smokes!)
  28. "It Will Stand" by the Showmen, 1961
  29. "So Soon" by the Staple Singers, 1959
  30. "Pass Me Not, O, Gentle Saviour" by the Hightower Brothers
  31. "Pretty Baby" by Gino and Gina, 1958 (Very catchy mid-tempo cheerful number.)
  32. "High School Confidential" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1963 (LIVE version of his 1958 frantic rocker. Even more frantic! Talk about pounding piano!)
  33. "Possum Belly Overalls" by June Bateman with Noble Watts and his Band
  34. "Not Me" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1961 (Excellent funky ORIGINAL version. The Orlons redid it in '63 and had a bigger hit but Gary's version is a bit better in my opinion.)
  35. "Every Beat of my Heart" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1961
  36. "The Eagle Is Back" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, 1961 (Intense slow Blues.)
  37. "She's Leaving" by Little Cameron, 1958 (Nice rocker using same melody as "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston from '51 which, in turn, uses same melody as Jimmy Liggins' 1947 "Cadillac Boogie.")

April 1, 2021

NOTE: Had to end show early at about 7:25 p.m. because Merton Student Center Building being evacuated by police. I don't know the reason but had to end the show early. UPDATE: the interruption was caused by some idiot who had called in a bomb threat.

  1. "Kill It" by the Antwinettes, 1958 (Fun tough bluesy mid-tempo Doo-Wop about teen slang of the late 1950's.)
  2. "Shombalor" by Sheriff and the Ravels, 1959 (Very lively tongue-twisting uptempo Doo-Wop. Nonsense lyrics but it sure is fun.)
  3. "Duke's Cookies" by Rico and Duke Reid's All Stars, 1961 (HOT Jamaican R. & B. instrumental!)
  4. "Teenage Riot" by Portuguese Joe, 1957 (Absolutely crazy number starts off with wailing police siren. Probably inspired by public concerns over "juvenile delinquency." After all, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers had recorded "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" in 1956.)
  5. "Where the Boys Are" by Connie Francis, 1960
  6. "Gloria" by the Lanterns (Very nice acappella version of the ballad done in the style of the Cadillacs from 1954. Recorded around 1960?)
  7. "Why Don't You Do Right?" by the Serenaders, 1952 (Raw funky bluesy version of the 1941 minor-key Blues by Lil Green.)
  8. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, 1952
  9. "You Got to Give" by Mike Gordon and his El Tempos, 1954
  10. "Mary Lou" by Young Jessie, 1955
  11. "I've Heard of a City" by Clara Ward, 1953 (Excellent slow bluesy Gospel.)
  12. "Trust Him Today" by the Waldo Singers, 1954
  13. "I'm Ready" by Fats Domino, 1959
  14. "My Little Home on the Range" by Calvin "Hound Dog" Ruffin, 1957 (Nice New Orleans R. & B. take on the cowboy song.)
  15. "One-Sided Love Affair" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (One of my favorite Elvis records! A true rocker. Exciting. Even features a nice brief Boogie Woogie piano solo.)
  16. "Rock On" by Johnny Rebb and the Rebels, 1959 (HOT Rock 'n' roll!)
  17. "Do You Know?" by the Chiffons, 1960 (Nice Doo-Wop ballad by the group much more famous for their 1963 hits, "He's So Fine" and "One Fine Day.")
  18. "Adorable" by the Colts, 1955 (Very nice Doo-Wop ballad. The Drifters' 1955 remake was the big hit but the Colts did it first. Both versions are great.)
  19. "Huffin' and Puffin'" by Big Al Sears and his Orchestra, 1952
  20. "All Night Long" by the Royals, 1952 (Catchy rocker by the group who became Hank Ballard and th Midnighters in 1954. Love the extended Boogie Woogie piano solo too.)
  21. "The Drunkard" by the Thrillers, 1953 (Amazing combination of R. & B., Gospel styling, and alternating vocal narration of a tale of perdition that sounds like a Temperance tract from the 1830's in terms of the lyrics.)
  22. "Love Is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia, 1956
  23. "Honest" by the Gazelles, 1956 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad with alternating falsetto and normal voice lead. Very effective.)
  24. "Jerry" by Yvonne Lee and the Minors, 1957
  25. "Sherry" by the Four Seasons, 1962
  26. "Big Girls Don't Cry" by the Four Seasons, 1962
  27. "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons, 1964 (One of my favorites. Nice ballad about a girl from "the wrong side of the tracks.")

April 8, 2021

  1. "Dripper's Boogie Part 1" by Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers, 1946 (Excellent Jump Blues instrumental. The name is a reference to their big 1945 hit, "The Honeydripper Part 1 and Part 2.")
  2. "Cleo's Boogie" by Cleo Brown, 1949 (Amazingly rapid Boogie Woogie piano plus amusing singing by Brown.)
  3. "Don't You Know?" by Ray Charles, 1953
  4. "Get It Off your Mind" by the Robins, 1953 (Tough R. & B. with Bobby Nunn, bass singer, laying down the law to his woman who wants to leave the house and who is drunk again.)
  5. "God Only Knows" by the Crystals, 1955 (Nice remake of the plaintive heartrending Doo-Wop ballad first done by the Capris in 1954. This group of Crystals is a male vocal group, NOT the much more famous female Crystals who hit big 1961-64).
  6. "Since You've Been Gone" by the Dreamers, 1957
  7. "When" by the Kalin Twins, 1959 (Catchy and lively.)
  8. "Money's Funny" by Jeanette Washington, 1960 (Great rocker about being short of funds. Uusually she recorded under the name Baby Washington but this was her real name. Also: she had been lead singer with the vocal group, the Hearts, c. 1956-58.)
  9. "Southbound Special" by Lloyd Glenn and his Band, 1956
  10. "Little Queenie" by Chuck Berry, 1958 (Excellent bluesy rocker with a strong backbeat.)
  11. "The Hammer Rings" by Madam Edna Gallmon Cooke, (1961 (Frighteningly intense yet also lovely very bluesy Gospel about the Crucifixion.)
  12. "Were You There When They Crucified my Lord?" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1949 (Gorgeous. In my opinion, the best version of this well-known slow Gospel number.)
  13. "Angels" by Professor Johnson and his Gospel Singers, 1950 (Joyful uptempo Gospel about the Resurrection.) NOTE: these three Gospel numbers were intended to be played on April 1 before Easter (April 4) but had to be postponed until after Easter due to building evacuation at 7:25 p.m. on April 1.
  14. "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, 1955
  15. "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker, 1955 (Released 1956 and a hit in early 1957. Great rocker!)
  16. "Jim Dandy Got Married" by LaVern Baker, 1957 (Amusing follow-up to her own hit.)
  17. "L'il Dream Girl" by the Gaylarks, 1956 (SUPERB bluesy soulful Doo-Wop ballad.)
  18. "Blanche" by the Three Friends, 1956
  19. "Hop, Skip, and Jump" by Lynn Hope, 1952 (HOT saxophone instrumental.)
  20. "Good Morning, Mr. Blues" by the Dialtones, 1960
  21. "On your Radio" by 12 Year Old Richard Lanham, 1956 (Wonderful raucous uptempo Doo-Wop with a blastin' sax solo as well. I think the backup group is the Tempo Tones.)
  22. "When my Dreamboat Comes Home" by Fats Domino, 1956
  23. "But Not for Me" by the Clickettes, 1960
  24. "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons, 1964 (One of my favorites. Nice ballad about a girl from "the wrong side of the tracks.")
  25. "You're the Apple of my Eye" by the Four Lovers, 1956 (The Four Seasons in an earlier incarnation. Fun uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  26. "Shake a Hand" by the Four Lovers, 1957 (Excellent uptempo remake of the 1953 Faye Adams hit original. Features outstanding electric guitar by Tommy DeVito.)
  27. "Lawdy, Misss Clawdy" by the Four Lovers, 1956 (Excellent remake of the 1952 Lloyd Price hit original. Features outstanding electric guitar by Tommy DeVito.)
  28. "Lotta Lovin'" by Arlene Shaw, 1961 (Nice remake of Gene Vincent's 1957 original rocker.)
  29. "You Cheated" by the Shields, 1958
  30. "Trying to Get to You" by Anita Tucker, 1956 (Excellent remake of the bluesy 1955 Elvis Presley recording which, in turn, was a remake of the Eagles' 1954 original.)
  31. "Jesus my Savior" by the Silvertone Singers of Cincinnati, 1954
  32. "Stand by Me" by Sister Matthews, c.1948 (Very bluesy Gospel. Kind of like Sister Rosetta Tharpe who was a big Gospel star at the time.)
  33. "That's all Right" by Elvis Presley, 1954 (Landmark first released Elvis record. Rockabilly.)
  34. "That's All Right" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, 1946 (The ORIGINAL version. Excellent uptempo Blues.)
  35. "Two Years of Torture" by Edna Broughton, 1950 (Remake of the Blues first recorded and also written by Percy Mayfield.)
  36. "Crying in the Chapel" by Sonny Til and the Orioles, 1953 (Beautiful Doo-Wop ballad. This was the big hit version BUT it was first done earlier in 1953 by 18-year old Country singer Darryl Glenn.)
  37. "Strollin' with Bone" by T-Bone Walker, 1950 (Great Jump Blues instrumental features T-Bone Walker on electric guitar. You can hear where both Chuck Berry and B.B. King got somee of their inspiration fromm.)

April 15, 2021

  1. "Teardrops from my Eyes" by Ruth Brown, 1950 (Despite the sad title, this is actually a great example of uptempo Jump Blues. Brown enthusiastically sings while backed up by a roaring horn-driven band. The saxophone solo is outstanding.)
  2. "Dirty People" by Smiley Lewis, 1951 (New Orleans R. & B. concerning criminals.)
  3. "Cell Block Number Nine" by the Robins, 1954
  4. "The Big Break" by Richard Berry, 1955
  5. "Three Time Loser" by Linda Hopkins, 1953 (Heavy Blues about a life of crime - and her resulting punishment via the electric chair.)
  6. "Baby, Don't Do It" by the Five Royales, 1952
  7. "When the Saints Go Marching In" by Papa Lightfoot, 1952-53 (Perhaps the wildest version of this good old Gospel number you'll ever hear. Papa plays a frantic harmonica and then actually sings the verses through the harmonica in a Louis Armstrong-like voice. Wild!)
  8. "Jivin' the Blues" by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1940 (Rock 'n' Roll, yes, Rock 'n' Roll in 1940! Features great singing and then harmonica playing by Sonny Boy who is backed up by excellent Boogie Woogie pianist Joshua Altheimer.)
  9. "On the Highway" by Rosa Shaw, 1952 (Some of the most joyful Gospel you'll ever hear featuring Rosa's ecstatic singing in the style of Sister Rosetta Tharpe backed up by Boogie Woogie Gospel piano.)
  10. "Will Jesus Be Waiting?" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1952 (Raw intense Gospel. Lead singer Archie Brownlee's scream shows James Brown how to scream.)
  11. "If I Had Listened" by Linda Peters, 1955
  12. "Oh, Julie" by the Crescendos, 1957
  13. "Rock my Soul" by Sam Price, 1956
  14. "Kiss, Kiss Crazy" by Janice Smith, 1957
  15. "Lewis Boogie" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1958 (Showecases Jerry Lee's exciting singing and superb Boogie Woogie piano.)
  16. "A Million and One Dreams" by the Bel-Larks, 1962 (Sweet wistful Doo-Wop ballad with female lead.)
  17. "Loneliness of a Star" by Ral Donner, 1962 (Similar in theme and feel to Ricky Nelson's "Teenage Idol.")
  18. "Alone" by the Shepherd Sisters, 1957
  19. "Teresa" by the Treble Chords, 1959 (Nice uptempo Doo-Wop. Love the saxophone solo too.)
  20. "Who's that Knocking?" by the Genies, 1959
  21. "Rollin' Stone" by the Cadets, 1955 (Nice cover of the Marigolds' 1955 Calpyso-flavored rocker.)
  22. "My Juanita" by the Crests, 1957
  23. "Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby" by the Tune Weavers, 1957
  24. "Dreamy Eyes" by the Youngsters, 1956
  25. "So Long, Baby" by the Marvelettes, 1961
  26. "Please, Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes, 1961
  27. "Twistin' Postman" by the Marvelettes, 1961
  28. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, 1960 (Exuberant rocker that ignited the Twist dance craze.)
  29. "The Twist" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1958 (The ORIGINAL version! A touch bluesier than Chubby's excellent remake.)
  30. "Release me" by Esther Phillips, 1962 (NICE Soul interpretation of the Country ballad first recorded by Eddie Miller in 1947 and first a big hit for Country singer Ray Price in 1953. Esther Phillips was formerly known as Little Esther when she first hit the R. & B. charts in 1949 at age 13.)
  31. "Almost Persuaded" by the Louvin Brothers, 1963 (Lovely Gospel number not to be confused with the lovely Country ballad hit for Roy Drusky from 1966.)
  32. "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys, c. 1950 (LIVE Country Gospel!)
  33. "Am I Still your Baby?" by Goldie Hill, 1954
  34. "Snowflakes" by Cliff Bruner and his Texas Wanderers, 1947 (Cheerful piano-driven Western Swing but the theme is not cheerful. In fact, Cliff speculates that his missing woman might now be dead!)
  35. "I'll Get Mine" by the Light Crust Doughboys, 1938 (Fabulous Western Swing. It's a revenge song but so darn cheerful you've got to smile. Some HOT instrumental solos too.)
  36. "Cat Music" by Tommy Scott, 1955 (Basically celebrating Rock 'n' Roll just under a different name.)
  37. "Empty Hours" by the Melodees (Kind of strange but appealing female vocal harmony ballad. Not exactly Doo-Wop but nice vocals. Seems to have bagpipes and bongo drums as well as multiple saxophones as musical accompaniment. My guess is 1956-57.)

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT NEXT SHOW: WEGL will be having a special 24-hour celebration of the station's 50th. anniversary from 6 p.m. April 22 through 6 p.m. April 23. Details are still a bit uncertain but it looks as if the Golden Oldies will be broadcast 7 - 9 p.m. next week. Another change: most likely the second hour of the show will emphasize the 1960's and perhaps 1970's. I don't have much post-1963 music in my collection so it's possible there will be a guest disc jockey or two during the show to help fill my musical gaps. NORMAL Golden Oldies show returns on April 29.

Dr. Hepcat age 17 in 1974 with his first car, a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
Last updated April 16, 2021 at 8:49 a.m. Copyright (c) 2021.