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Perhaps the definitive version of the Hank Williams 1952 Country ballad of romantic despair. Jerry Lee's soulful vocals and wonderful expressive piano are superb!

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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: Fall 2022

August 16, 2022

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "School Daze" by Little Rico and the King Krooners, 1960 (Humorous uptempo Doo-Wop about going back to school. Seeing as how they spell "days" and "crooners," going back to school may not be such a bad idea!)
  3. "School Is In" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1961
  4. "Mixed Up Faculty" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1962 (Humorous proto-rap concerning confusion among the school faculty and staff as to who is doing what, viz., French teacher is football coach, librarian is teaching History, etc.)
  5. "Tonight You Belong to Me" by Patience and Prudence, 1956
  6. "I'll Weep No More" by Betty Everett and the Willie Dixon Band, 1958 (Excellent early release by the singer who became much more famous in the 1960's. Nice Gospel-styled Blues!)
  7. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his Kiss)" by Betty Everett, 1963 (Everett's biggest hit by far. She also hit big in '64 with "You're No Good" which, in turn was redone by Linda Ronstadt in 1975.)
  8. "The Chickey-Goo" by the Metronomes, 1962 (Absolutely frantic Soul dance raver. Fun!)
  9. "You Members" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the New Singing Sons Quintet, 1963
  10. "You Got to Wait" by the Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, 1964
  11. "Hello, Stranger" by Barbara Lewis, 1963 (Smooth romantic Soul.)
  12. "Every Beat of my Heart" by Little Willie John, 1962 (Nice version of the ballad that was the first hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1961 but was FIRST recorded by the Royals (the future Hank Ballard and the Midnighters) in 1952.)
  13. "Henry (Yes, my Love)" by Thelma Baxter with the Durham Brothers All Stars (True novelty record! Concerns a henpecked husband - Henry - who finally snaps and shoots his demanding wife dead at the end.)
  14. "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, 1956
  15. "I Got It" by Little Richard, 1957 (Great rocker about food. Love the line: "It ain't whatcha eat, it's the way how ya chew it.")
  16. "Sugar Candy" by the Belle-Aires, c. 1957 (Absolutely fantastic HOT rocker! Female group remake of the Miller Sisters' 1957 original but even better.)
  17. "A Million to One" by Jimmy Charles and the Reveletts, 1960
  18. "My Saddest Hour" by the Five Keys, 1953 (One of their best! Bluesy ballad of romantic desperation. Has a Gospel touch.)
  19. "White Cadillac" by Donna Lou, 1963
  20. "Rockin' and A-Rollin'" by Sonny Fisher, 1955
  21. "Be-Bop-a-Lula" by Gene Vincent, 1956 (An absolute classic of early Rock 'n' Roll. Bluesy almost histrionic vocals, echo effect, and HOT electric guitar work by Cliff Gallup.)
  22. "Glue Me Back, Jack" by Nancy Dawn
  23. "Let Me Show You Around my Heart" by the Turbans, 1955
  24. "Maybe" by the Chantels, 1957
  25. "Move It" by Lynn Hope, 1952 (HOT saxophone instrumental!)
  26. "Woke Up this Morning" by B.B. King, 1953
  27. "My Baby Keeps Rollin'" by Annisteen Allen, 1953
  28. "House Rockin' Boogie" by Howlin' Wolf, 1952 (Fantastic rocker with Wolf providing spoken commentary as he introduces and promotes his band members.)
  29. "I Don't Know Why" by Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, 1950-51
  30. "Jesus, Be my Keeper" by the Silvertone Singers, 1952
  31. "That's What You're Doing to Me" by the Capris, 1954 (Enjoyable slightly rough and ready remake of the uptempo Gospel-flavored rocker first recorded by Billy Ward nad the Dominoes in 1952.)
  32. "Three Thirty-Three" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, 1954 (Uptempo Doo-Wop rocker concerning a nightclub, perhaps brothel, featuring "all shapes and sizes of women. You don't need much money at 333."
  33. "Flag Waver" by the Alan Freed Band, 1955-56 (LIVE instrumental featuring riffing horns and blastin' saxophone solos. Truly exciting!)
  34. "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" by the Hollywood Flames, 1957
  35. "So All Alone" by the Teen Queens, 1956
  36. "Valley of Love" by the Chavelles, 1956 (Catchy mid-tempo Doo-Wop ballad featuring falsetto lead voice of Billy Storm.)
  37. "Everybody's Rockin'" by Billy Prager and the Caravans, 1958
  38. "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, 1957 (Fantastic Rockabilly version of the R. & B. novelty fist recorded by Annisteen Allen in '54.)
  39. "Down the Line" by Jerry Lee lewis, 1956 (Driving Boogie piano remake of the Rockabilly number first recorded (and composed) by Roy Orbison in 1956.)

August 23, 2022

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Hop, Skip, and Jump" by Anita Tucker, 1956
  3. "Annie, Get your Yo-Yo" by Junior Parker, 1962 (Lively, dance number. Quite a contrast to the Blues style he started out with in 1953, most famously, the original version of "Mystery Train.")
  4. "Dance with a Dolly" by Damita Jo, 1961
  5. "Finger Poppin' Time" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1960 (REAL Rock 'n' Roll!!)
  6. "So Far Away" by the Pastels, 1958 (Wistful soulful Doo-Wop ballad by this male vocal group.)
  7. "Mine and Mine Alone" by the Angelettes, 1956 (Definitely a prime example of 1950's romantic Doo-Wop. Nice!)
  8. "Chicken Out" by Sam Price, 1957
  9. "Country Boy" by Dave Bartholomew, 1949
  10. "My Country Man" by Big Maybelle, 1953
  11. "Do You Wanna Jump, Children?" by the Ospreys, 1957 (Frantic and fun uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  12. "God Will Take Care of You" by Mahalia Jackson
  13. "He's my Friend" by the Bells of Joy, 1951
  14. "One o' Clock Jump" by Count Basie, 1937 (The ORIGINAL Big Band Swing version of the popular instrumental.)
  15. "One o' Clock Jump" by the Johnny Otis Band, 1953 (LIVE version. Transforms Big Band Swing into HOT R. & B. Truly exciting.)
  16. "Till the Cows Come Home" by Kitty Noble, 1954
  17. "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley, 1955
  18. "I" by the Velvets, 1954
  19. "Take Out" by LaVern Baker, 1951 (An early and excellent release. Excellent slow Blues.)
  20. "Rootie Tootie" by Hank Williams, 1947
  21. "Dig them Squeeky Shoes" by Andy Starr, 1955 (Silly theme but great Rockabilly.)
  22. "Ten Cats Down" by the Miller Sisters, 1956
  23. "Won't You Come along with Me?" by the Braves, 1958
  24. "You Win Again" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957 (Absolutely stunning soulful remake of the Hank Williams 1952 ballad of romantic despair. Jerry Lee's soulful vocals and expressive piano are superb. Sorry, Hank, but I think Jerry Lee done it better.)
  25. "I Really Don't Want to Know" by Solomon Burke, 1962 (Just wonderful Soul reinterpretation of the Country ballad first recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1954. Sorry, Eddy, but I think Solomon did it a bit better.)
  26. "Such a Night" by Bunny Paul, c. 1954 (Decent cover of the suggestive rocker first recorded by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters in 1954. Elvis Presley recorded a nice version in 1960.)
  27. "It's You" by Shirley Gunter and the Queens, 1954
  28. "When?" by the Kalin Twins, 1959 (Impossibly catchy uptempo Pop rocker. I've enjoyed this one for the past 50 years or more!)
  29. "Slow Walk" by Sil Austin, 1956
  30. "A Schoolgirl in Love" by the Sharmeers, 1958
  31. "I Swear by All the Stars Above" by the Griffins, 1955
  32. "Where Shall I Be?" by Professor Johnson and his Gospel Singers, 1950 (Foot stompin' Gospel!)
  33. "Trust and Obey" by the Gospel Silhouettes, 1950-51 (Joyful Gospel with a full rich sound of this female group plus swirling Hammond electric organ. Nice!)
  34. "Honey, Hush" by Big Joe Turner, 1953
  35. "Big Town Jump" by Jimmy Wilson and his Band, 1953
  36. "Should I Ever Love Again" by Wynona Carr, 1956-57 (Nice bluesy ballad featuring her appealing slightly hoarse vocals and her pounding piano.)
  37. "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee, 1959
  38. "Sweetheart from Venezuela" by Harry Belafonte, 1961 (Lively Calypso with hot big band accompaniment. First recorded by Lord Melody (Trinidad) in 1957.)
  39. "Down the Line" by Noel Anthony, 1958 (Lively Calypso.)

August 30, 2022

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Rollin' Stone" by the Marigolds, 1955 (Great Calypso-flavored uptempo Doo-Wop. Nice piano work too!)
  3. "Do You Wanna Go?" by the Miller Sisters, 1956
  4. "Peacock Alley" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  5. "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1955 (Where it all began for Soul Brother Number One! Released in 1956, this is a wonderful ballad with a strong Gospel feel to it.)
  6. "Monday Morning Blues" by Lil Greenwood and Little Willie, 1952 (Fine bluesy ballad. Little Willie here is NOT the soon-to-be famous Little Willie John.)
  7. "(Gonna Rock 'n' Roll) Gonna Dance all Night" by Hardrock Gunter, 1950 (EXCELLENT Hillbilly Boogie number that really is an early Rock 'n' Roll record - and not just because of the title. In my opinion even better than his wonderful and more famous "Birmingham Bounce" also from 1950.)
  8. "Move It on Over" by the Maddox Brothers and Rose, 1948 (Wonderful loony and very lively remake of Hank Williams's 1947 Hillbilly Boogie original.)
  9. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Roy Hall, 1955 (R. & B. singer Big Maybelle recorded it first BUT Roy Hall actually wrote the song and then recorded it one month after Big Maybelle. Love both versions. Of course, the most famous version is Jerry Lee Lewis's excellent 1957 hit recording where he truly adapts this into his own style.)
  10. "Bip a Little, Bop a Lot" by Joe Penny, 1958
  11. "Broken-Hearted Melody" by Sarah Vaughan, 1959 (Wistful tune. Sarah Vaughan sure has a nice voice!)
  12. "Unchained Melody" by Al Hibbler, 1955
  13. "I Want to Be Ready" by the Quincette Singers, 1957 (Fine uptempo Gospel featuring male lead with female back-up. Cheerful and very catchy.)
  14. "He Is Able" by the Songbirds of the South, 1953 (One of my all-time uptempo Gospel favorites. GREAT female group. This really takes off when the soprano singer takes the lead about halfway through. Inspiring!)
  15. "I'll Be Satisfied" by Jackie Wilson, 1959
  16. "Shake a Hand" by the Mike Pedicin Quintet, 1957 (Lots of versions of this song first recorded as a slow Gospel-style ballad by Faye Adams in 1953. This Rock 'n' Roll version is outstanding! Features very lively piano, drums, and sax with a great youthful male lead voice (Pedicin?). I know Pedicin plays the blasting saxophone solos. A stone rocker.)
  17. "Florence" by the Paragons, 1956 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad featuring falsetto lead voice of Julius McMichael and pounding piano. Almost haunting.)
  18. "My Lucky Star" by the Teenettes, 1958
  19. "I Don't Know" by Willie Mabon, 1952 (HOT stop-time R. & B. featuring Mabon on vocals and excellent bluesy piano. Very influential, especially his use of a novelty vocal effect (long single note pause "mmmmm" before declaring "I don't know," etc.)
  20. "Yes, I Know" by Annisteen Allen, 1953 (The inevitable but very good "answer record" to "I Don't Know.")
  21. "I Don't Know" by Cripple Clarence Lofton, 1937 (The ORIGINAL version. Excellent but lacking Mabon's novelty vocal effect.)
  22. "Southbound Train" by Big Bill Broonzy, 1951
  23. "Downhome Girl" by Memphis Minnie, 1949 (Excellent atmospheric slow Blues featuring Minnie on strong vocals and HOT electric guitar. She made over 250 recordings 1929-1953. Unjustly forgotten today.)
  24. "Kissin' in the Dark" by Memphis Minnie, 1953 (From her last regular recording session. Fully up-to-date uptempo R. & B. featuring strong vocals and HOT electric guitar. She did make two final records in 1959. Sadly, Memphis Minnie suffered a stroke in 1961 and spent her final 12 years as an invalid in a nursing home.)
  25. "Let's Do It" by Stick McGhee and his Buddies, 1950
  26. "Blues Blasters Shuffle" by Jimmy McCracklin, 1948
  27. "Rock the Joint" by Jimmy Preston and his Prestonians, 1949 (Absolutely frenzied early Rock n'n Roll. Totally wild rocker and the instrumental break featuring Preston on saxophone backed up by other horns and enthusiastic shouts of band members is truly exciting. Redone nicely but much more sedately by Bill Haley and the Comets in 1952.)
  28. "He Never Left Me Alone" by the Angelic Gospel Singers, c. 1951
  29. "By the Grace of God" by Little Barbara Ann Ward, 1962 (Sweet slow Gospel featuring a rather young ("Little") Barbara Ann Ward.)
  30. "I Wanna Love" by the Jiving Juniors, 1960
  31. "Teach my Baby" by Derrick Morgan (Nice early 1960's Jamaican Ska.)
  32. "True Confession" by the Silvertones (Nice early 1960's Jamaican Ska. Great rich male vocal group harmonies and a fantastic electric organ instrumental solo.)
  33. "Weeya Weya" by E.T. Mensah and his Tempos Band, 1961 (Lively High Life music from Ghana! Sung in English, the lyrics seem to hint at prostitution: a young girl waiting for "the old man" in the taxi stand area. Great dance music too.)
  34. "The Wah-Watusi" by the Orlons, 1962
  35. "The Ballad of Take Me Back to Baltimore" by the Montereys Quartet, 1964 (Amazing autobiographical tale about a guy starting life in Baltimore and finally returning home years later married to an Eskimo and with his seven children. This roughly six-minute ballad sounds more in the style of 1954 than '64. Interesting collector record but, obviously, not a radio-ready hit.)
  36. "Pushover" by Etta James, 1962

NO SHOW September 6!! Just informed today (Sept. 6) that the Golden Oldies has been pre-empted by a volley ball game broadcast. Barring unforeseen surprises, the Golden Oldies will RETURN to normal broadcast on Tuesday, September 13. Sorry for the inconvenience to all.

September 13, 2022

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp, 1962
  3. "Slow Twistin'" by Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp, 1961
  4. "The Twist" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1958 (The ORIGINAL slightly bluesier version done before Chubby Checker in 1960. I love Chubby's version too but Hank did it first and wrote it too.)
  5. "Meet Me at the Twistin' Place" by Johnnie Morisette, 1962
  6. "Down the Aisle of Love" by the Quintones, 1958 (Lovely soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad by this great female group.)
  7. "Crazy for You" by the Aquatones, 1960 (Nice female-lead remake of the soulful Doo-Wop ballad first recorded by the male vocal group, the Heartbeats, in 1955.)
  8. "Chicken Little Baby" by Little Richard, 1955 (Poundin' piano catchy singing and tasteful vocal group back-up. Not well known, but a great Little Richard tune.)
  9. "(Make with) the Shake" by the Mark IV, 1958 (Extremely catchy and FUN rocker. Sort of like Danny and the Juniors but even livelier. Outstanding piano solo too.)
  10. "Knock Yourself Out" by Baby Washington, 1959
  11. "Lily Maebelle" by the Valentines, 1955 (Absolute classic example of New York City uptempo Doo-Wop by this male vocal group. Excellent blastin' sax solo too by Jimmy Wright.)
  12. "Near the Cross" by the Argo Gospel Singers and the Southern Sons, 1951
  13. "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys (LIVE early 1950's radio recording. Simply beautiful slow Gospel. Great vocal harmonies support Hank's soulful singing.)
  14. "We're Gonna Bop" by Alvadean Coker, 1955
  15. "Stealin' Sugar" by Ray Batts, 1954 (Superb example of Hillbilly Boogie: Country just turning into Rock 'n' Roll. Strong humorous double-entendre vocals with outstanding funky piano and hot steel guitar.)
  16. "Guess Things Happen that Way" by Johnny Cash, 1958 (Perhaps my favorite Cash record. Great philosophical lyrics about the hardness of life. Love both the piano and vocal group accompaniment. I wonder if Charlie Rich was on the piano?)
  17. "Welcome to the Club" by Charline Arthur, 1957-58 (LIVE! Nice remake of Jean Chapel's 1956 original rocker.)
  18. "You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn, 1962
  19. "Much Obliged" by Gil Hamilton, c. 1960
  20. "Too Much Monkey Business" by Chuck Berry, 1956 (Outstanding early Berry: fast-paced, humorous lyrics and outstanding electric guitar.)
  21. "Raunchy" by Bill Justis, 1956
  22. "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals, 1960
  23. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, 1957
  24. "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, 1957
  25. "Real Wild Child" by Ivan, 1958
  26. "Lucky Lips" by Ruth Brown, 1957
  27. "Cherry Pie" by Skip and Flip, 1959 (Nice remake of the ballad first recorded by Marvin and Johnny in 1954.)
  28. "A Casual Look" by the Six Teens, 1956 (Surprisingly effective and soulful Doo-Wop ballad by this young group: lead singer, Trudy Williams, was only 12, not even a teen.)
  29. "Jezebel" by the Golden Eagles, 1951 (Tough uptempo Gospel in the Jubilee style made popular by the Golden Gate Quartet in the 1930's.)
  30. "Didn't It Rain" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1947
  31. "Mbybe" by Solomon Linda and his Evening Birds, 1939 (THE ORGIGINAL version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which was a big hit for the Tokens in 1962. Sung in Zulu! Alas, defective C.D. quit playing after about one minute...)
  32. "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" by Amos Milburn, 1953
  33. "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan, 1946
  34. "Whose Hat Is That?" by Roy Brown, 1947 (Very lively R. & B. Brown's increasingly frantic lyrics concern a jealous husband's well-founded suspicions. Extended blastin' saxophone solo is great too.)
  35. "I Got Love for Sale" by Big Joe Turner, 1946 (Proof Big Joe was rockin' long before his mid-1950's hit era. Actually, Turner's recordings rocked from the very beginning when he started recording in 1938!)
  36. "Honey, Honey, Honey" by Martha Davis, 1948
  37. "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1952 (Very effective Gospel-flavored interpretation of this Pop ballad. Features Clyde McPhatter on tenor lead vocals.)
  38. "You Can't Stay Here" by Pearl Reeves and the Concords, 1955

September 20, 2021

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Gee, I Wish" by Billy "Red" Love, 1954 (Truly HOT fast-paced frantic rocker.)
  3. "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody" by Brenda Lee and the Vocaltones, 1955 (Great rocker. No, not THE Brenda Lee but a different artist.)
  4. "That's your Last Boogie" by Joe Swift and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1948
  5. "The Masquerade Is Over" by Bette McLaurin, 1951
  6. "Love Me" by the Romeos, 1954
  7. "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" by Amos Milburn, 1953
  8. "Last Call (for Alcohol)" by Julia Lee, 1952 (Rollicking fun with Julia Lee on vocals and piano. Good sax solo too.)
  9. "Let's Ball" by Sam "the Man" Taylor, 1955
  10. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1955
  11. "Prayed Too Late" by the Sensational Nightingales, c. 1965
  12. "Jesus Made a Change" by Sister Bonnie Bradford, 1953
  13. "Eternity" by Slim Rhodes and his Lonestar Buddies, 1952 (Interesting: stylistically, this is early Rockabilly or Hilbilly Boogie but in terms of lyrics this is Gospel.)
  14. "Rockin' Daddy" by Eddie Bond, 1956
  15. "Rock-a-Bop" by Sparkle Moore and the Dan Belloc Orchestra, 1956
  16. "Pearly Lee" by Billy Lee Riley, 1957 (HOT Rockabilly! Great lyrics: "When she pass by the po' folks stop and look. She got a lot of what ain't wrote in the books.")
  17. "I'm Gone" by Shirley and Lee, 1952 (Their first recording! Mellow slow R. & B. ballad.)
  18. "My Special Love" by the Dialtones, 1956
  19. "Shombalor" by Sheriff and the Ravels, 1959 (Wild uptempo Doo-Wop with crazy lyrics.)
  20. "Mommy and Daddy" by the Sudents, 1957 (Great uptempo Doo-Wop. Enthusiastic. Not to be confused with another young-boy-lead group called the Students who hit with the ballad, "I'm So Young," in 1958.)
  21. "Night Stroll - Part 1" by Harry Lewis and his Orchestra, 1961
  22. "Ko Ko Mo" by the Dooley Sisters, 1955 (Nice remake of the catchy rocker first recorded by Gene and Eunice in 1954.)
  23. "Audry" by the Rob-Roys, 1957 (Very soulful Doo-Wop ballad featuring falsetto vocals.)
  24. "Heavenly Father" by the Quintones, 1958 (Nice remake of the soulful ballad first recorded by Edna McGriff in '52.)
  25. "Oh, Boy!" by Buddy Holly, 1958
  26. "Sweet Rockin' Baby" by Sonny West, 1956
  27. "Rock-Ola Ruby" by Sonny West, 1956 (Excellent Rockabilly. Somehwat resembles "Rock 'n' Roll Ruby" by Warren Smith, 1956. Don't know which one came first but both are great.)
  28. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957
  29. "I Want to Be Loved" by June Henry with Steve Gibson and the Red Caps, 1958 (Nice remake of the Savannah Churchill ballad recorded in 1947.)
  30. "Earth Angel" by the Penguins, 1954
  31. "Since Jesus Changed this Heart of Mine" by the Bells of Joy, 1954
  32. "The Tree of Life (Is Waiting for Me)" by Prophet Powers and the Holy Mount Singers, 1948 (Out of this world frenzied Pentecostal Gospel!! Sister Birch on lead. Lots of enthusiasm here. Great piano too. Wow!)
  33. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Louis Jordan, 1948
  34. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Ray Charles, 1958 (Nice remake with rawer vocals and a big band accompaniment.)
  35. "Do Something Crazy" by Etta James, 1955 (Superb bluesy R. & B. ballad. Almost a gospel feel with the Peaches' vocal accompaniment.)
  36. "Secret Love" by the Moonglows, 1954
  37. "The Wasp" by the Bubbles, 1961
  38. "My Sound that Goes Around" by Prince Buster, 1962 (Wonderful Jamaican Ska. Prince Buster warns the other "sound system" operators to stop imitating him. Probably had in mind such competitors as Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. The sound system phenomenon started in the early 1950's with mobile dee jays who played American R. & B. records via loud sound system speakers at outdoor dances. This led to Jamaican R. & B. starting up c. 1957 followed by Ska in the early 1960's. These sound system operators mentioned here all established their own record labels and made some outstanding recordings during this era.)

September 27, 2022

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Stupid Cupid" by Connie Francis, 1958
  3. "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" by Ernie Maresca, 1962 (Very catchy dance number.)
  4. "Pink Lane Shuffle" by Duke Reid and Group, 1961 (HOT Ska instrumental! Lots of good horn work here. Really gets in a groove later when the bass drum kicks in.)
  5. "Midnight Train" by Hortense Ellis, 1962
  6. "Little Wallflower" by the Dungaree Darlings, 1956
  7. "Put your Arms around Me" by Fred Buckley and the Pastels, 1956 (Nice soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad.)
  8. "Jackson's Boogie" by Little Willie Jackson, 1948
  9. "I Wasn't Thinking, I Was Drinking" by the Checkers, 1954 (Humorous mid-tempo R. & B. number about making excuses in court. Great line: "That chick looks like chocolate fudge.")
  10. "Jesus Is with Me" by the Goldrock Gospel Singers, 1950 (Nice uptempo female Gospel. Prominent trombone at the start of each verse suggests this group may have been affiliated with Daddy Grace's House of Prayer, a Pentecostal denomination that used (still uses?) trombone in worship services.)
  11. "Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb" by the Pilgrim Travelers, 1950 (Tough Jubilee-style Gospel. Very topical for 1950: atom bomb appeared in 1945 and the Russians developed their own in 1949.)
  12. "Mabel Blues" by Mabel Scott, 1953
  13. "Laughing, Laughing Blues" by Jimmy Swan and the Plummer Davis Orchestra, 1953
  14. "Turn the Lamps Down Low" by Little Esther, 1952 (Fun rocker. Features repartee beteween Little Esther and Little Willie Littlefield, the latter who is most famous for his 1952 recording, "K.C.Loving," the original version of the well-known "Kansas City.")
  15. "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan, 1946
  16. "Chicken Blues" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1950 (Wonderful bluesy boogie featuring bass voice lead Bill Brown on a double-entendre: "If you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.")
  17. "That Chick's Too Young to Fry" by the Prisonaires, 1954
  18. "Don't Let Go" by the Cookies, 1954 (Nice Doo-Wop ballad. Perhaps the first recording by the female group that became much more famous later on with "Chains" (1962) and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad about my Baby" (1963).)
  19. "Convicted" by Oscar McLollie and his Honeyjumpers, 1955
  20. "Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, 1954 (One of my all-time favorite uptempo Doo-wop numbers. Nice piano work too.)
  21. "Dog Gone It" by Donna Hightower, 1955
  22. "Peanut Butter" by the Marathons, 1961
  23. "Tore Up over You" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1956 (ORIGINAL version of this hot rocker redone by others including Rockabilly artist, Sleepy LaBeef. Ballard's version is great. Nice electric guitar solo by Cal Green too.)
  24. "Baby, I Love You" by the Ronettes, 1963 (Affecting soulful ballad.)
  25. "Georgia on my Mind" by Ray Charles, 1960
  26. "Hi Diddle Diddle" by Inez and Charlie Foxx, 1963
  27. "He's the One You Love" by Inez and Charlie Foxx, 1963
  28. "Mockingbird" by Inez and Charlie Foxx, 1963 (Their big hit. Pretty soulful and funky. Although her voice is different, Inez reminds me here and on the two other songs, above, a bit of Tina Turner.)
  29. "Shake a Tail Feather" by the Five Du-Tones, 1963 (An absolute Soul dance raver. I bet this could fill a dance floor instantly.)
  30. "Blessed Assurance" by Madame Emily Bram, 1951 (Lovely slow Gospel but almost frighteningly intense.)
  31. "Amazing Grace" by the Harmonizing Four, c. 1955 (Gorgeous interpretation features long introduction featuring falsetto male lead before the more familiar verses start featuring bass voice lead. NICE.)
  32. "Garbage Man" by the Melody Masters, 1946 (Hilarious double-entendre number. First recorded in 1936 by the Harlem Hamfats but the Melody Masters' version is better in my opinion.)
  33. "Garbage Can Blues" by Kay Starr, 1947 (LIVE. Hilarious double-entendre number. NOT the same as "Garbage Man" but. obviously, inspired by the song with the same refrain, "Stick out your can, here comes the garbage man.")
  34. "Keep on Churnin' (till the Butter Comes)" by Wynonie Harris, 1950 (One of his classic uptempo double-entendre R. & B. numbers.)
  35. "I Want a Bowlegged Woman" by Bull Moose Jackson, 1952 (One of his classic but mid-tempo double-entendre R. & B. numbers.)
  36. "I'm Gonna Jump in the River" by Ella Johnson and the Bee Jays, 1952
  37. "Jam Up" by Tommy Ridgely, 1954 (Driving instrumental. Lots of great horn riffs and fine Boogie piano. Ridgely and others shout out encouragement too: "Down in the alley" and "I cain't stop!" among other interjections.)

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