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MUSICAL PICK OF THE MOMENT: "Seven Lonely Days" by Viola Watkins and the Crows, 1953

Very nice R. & B. interpretation of the bluesy Country ballad earlier recorded by Bonnie Lou (Mary Kath) in 1953. Of course, the Crows are best known for their big 1953-54 hit, "Gee."

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Listen to Dr. Hepcat broadcast the "Golden Oldies" show on WEGL - Auburn, FM 91.1 on Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 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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Play List: See Below



Last updated July 30, 2021 at 9:06 a.m. Copyright (c) 2021.

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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!

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: Summer 2021

May 20, 2021

  1. "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice, 1955
  2. "Swing Train" by Lynn Hope, 1953 (Incredible hard rockin' instrumental featuring Hope on saxophone.)
  3. "Baby, Be Mine" by Nolan Strong and the Diablos, 1954 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop featuring high tenor lead of Nolan Strong and also a great contrasting solo verse by bass Quentin Ewbanks. Exhilarating sax solo too.)
  4. "Cool Daddy" by Gloria Lynne, 1956
  5. "I Searched the Seven Seas" by the Plants, 1958
  6. "Tick Tock" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  7. "Crazy Feeling" by Etta James, 1956 (Nice Blues. Perhaps a reference to suicide?)
  8. "Let Me In" by the Sensations, 1961
  9. "Run, Run, Run" by the Sparks, 1957 (Joyful Doo-Wop. Great vocals and hot electric guitar solo.)
  10. "You, Baby, You" by the Angelettes, 1956 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. NOT the same as the Cleftones' 1955 song of the same title.)
  11. "Your Last Goodbye" by the Fresandos, 1958
  12. "Oh, What a Night" by the Dells, 1956
  13. "Love Me" by Georgia Gibbs, 1954 (Very nice bluesy ballad. Yes, this is the same song Elvis Presley recorded in 1956. The original was recorded earlier in '54 by Willy and Ruth.)
  14. "This May Be my Last Time" by the Staple Singers, 1954
  15. "He'll Be There" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1957
  16. "Honk Tonk Part 1" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  17. "Just One Look" by Doris Troy, 1963
  18. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, 1962
  19. "Bring It on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke, 1962 (Classic Gospel-flavored Soul ballad. Nice!)
  20. "I Wanna Go Home" by Charles Brown and Amos Milburn, 1960 (Most likely, the inspiration for Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me." Very similar melody and also use of piano introduction. Brown and Milburn, both piano players and singers were by 1960 long past their hit-making prime of the mid-1940's - early 1950's.)
  21. "Black Slacks" by Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones, 1957
  22. "Honky Tonk Rock" by Betty Johnson, 1955
  23. "Matchbox" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957 (Very nice version of the Rockabilly take on Blind Lemon Jefferson's 1927 "Matchbox Blues." Jerry Lee also provided Boogie piano for Carl Perkins's 1957 version.)
  24. "A Big Hunk of Love" by Elvis Presley, 1959 (Tough rocker.)
  25. "Roses Never Fade" by the Jacks and Jills, 1956 (Lovely mid-tempo number featuring female lead. Melody very similar to "Careless Love.")
  26. "Hushabye" by the Mystics, 1959
  27. "Oop-Shoop" by the Crew Cuts, 1954 (Decent remake of the uptempo Doo-Wop original from early in 1954, Shirley Gunter and the Queens.)
  28. "Primrose Lane" by Jerry Wallace, 1959
  29. "Our Prayer" by the Dixieland Singers, 1955 (Superb slow Gospel with falsetto lead voice. Intense and beautiful.)
  30. "Nobody Knows" by Mahalia Jackson, 1954
  31. "I'm Coming Home" by Johnny Horton, 1956-57
  32. "Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor" by Johnny Horton, 1956-57
  33. "Black Cadillac" by Joyce Green, 1959 (Tough and alarming Rockabilly.)
  34. "I Can't Help It if I'm Still in Love with You" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys, 1951 (Absolutely soulful Country ballad.)
  35. "Sorrow and Pain" by the Davis Sisters, 1953
  36. "You Nearly Lose your Mind" by Ernest Tubb, 1942 (Slyly humorous bluesy Country by the Texas Troubadour concerning cheating women.)
  37. "Thirty Days" by Chuck Berry, 1955
  38. "Tennessee Mama" by Carrie Thacquer with Don Wan and the Troubadours, 1959 (Fantastic Rockabilly number but far too short! 1 minute and 46 seconds.)
  39. "Griddle Greasing Daddy" by Johnny Bucket (TOUGH Country Boogie featuring Bucket's rough and rowdy vocals and double-entendre lyrics backed up by pounding piano and raw electric guitar. My guess is 1954-56 but could be slightly earlier.)
  40. "Sincerely" by the Moonglows, 1954
  41. "Please Tell Me So" by Stella Johnson, 1957-58
  42. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Larry Williams, 1957 (Competent remake of the Lloyd Price 1952 original wailing bluesy number.)
  43. "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price, 1958 (Not the first, but the DEFINITVE version of the song. Have noted Price's recent passing at age 88; will host an obituary tribute special later this year.)
  44. "Blow, Wind, Blow" by Junior Ryder and Huey "Piano" Smith's Orchestra, 1956 (Basically a wonderful combination of West Indian Calypso and New Orleans R. & B.)
  45. "Gee, Baby" by Joe and Ann, 1960
  46. "Baby, It's You" by the Shirelles, 1961
  47. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by the Spaniels, 1953 (The definitive ORIGINAL version of the Doo-Wop ballad romantic classic. Perfectly captures young lovers saying a reluctant goodnight.)
  48. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by Johnnie and Jack, 1954 (Surprisingly GOOD Country adaptation of the song.)
  49. "Sparkling Brown Eyes" by Jerry and Sky, 1947 (Intriguing version of the Country ballad first done in 1937 by Bill Cox and Cliff Hobbs. Jerry and Sky were from New Hampshire - my home state - yet they sound utterly convincing on the Southern Country ballad. NICE yodelling too.)
  50. "Strange Things Happening" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1944
  51. "Mother's Prayer Has Followed Me" by the Harmonizing Four, c. 1951 (Superb uptempo male Gospel singing. Nice organ accompaniment too. REAL Gsopel!)
  52. "Nadine" by the Coronets, 1953
  53. "I Can't Hold Out Any Longer" by LaVern Baker, 1954 (Perhaps my favorite Baker recording. Very soulful ballad with a strong Gospel influence.)
  54. "Diggin' in the Ground" by Frank "Two Horn Motley" and his Motley Crew, 1956 (Absolutely frantic R. & B. instrumental.)
  55. "You Better Dig It" by Bill Johnson, 1959

May 27, 2021

  1. "From an Angel to a Devil" by Polly Tucker, 1957 (Excellent rocker concerning the dismaying transformation of her boyfriend's personality.)
  2. "Barbara Ann" by the Regents, 1961 (The ORIGINAL fast Doo-Wop version of the song! Love the Beach Boys' 1965 much more famous remake too.)
  3. "Woe Is Me" by Bobby Lee Trammell, 1959
  4. "Born to Be with You" by the Chordettes, 1956 (Sweet and memorable ballad.)
  5. "Imagination" by the Quotations, 1961 (Great uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  6. "You're Gone" by Lillian Leach and the Mellows, 1957
  7. "Jam Up" by Tommy Ridgely, 1954
  8. "Romp and Stomp Blues" by Mercy Dee, 1955
  9. "Throw Out the Lifeline" by Clara Ward and the Famous Ward Singers, 1951
  10. "Too Close to Heaven" by Alex Bradford, 1953
  11. "Darla, my Darling" by the G-Clefs, 1956 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. Nice electric guitar solo too.)
  12. "The Girl Can't Help It" by Little Richard, 1956
  13. "Teen-Age Love" by Miss La-Vell, 1958 (Despite the unpromising title, this is one tough rocker!)
  14. "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors, 1957
  15. "The Gleam in your Eye" by Earl Lewis and the Channels, 1956 (Superb example of New York City Doo-Wop vocal harmony. Beautiful ballad.)
  16. "I Want You to Be my Boyfriend" by the Shirelles, 1958
  17. "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" by the Cheers, 1955
  18. "Poor Rock 'n' Roll" by the Nobles, 1958 (Premature obituary for the music. Refers to the infamous 1958 police-instigated riot that shut down an Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll program. Sadly, Freed's career would be ruined by the 1959 payola scandal, so the song is prophetic in that way.)
  19. "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Crystals, 1963
  20. "Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dickey Doo and the Don'ts, 1957 (Don't let the loony title and silly group name fool you. This is one HOT Rock 'n' Roll instrumental featuring blastin' sax, poundin' drums, and janglin' electric guitar.)
  21. "Bless You" by the Chords, 1954
  22. "A Thousand Stars" by Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960 (Sweet remake of the sweet Doo-Wop ballad originally recorded by Gene Pearson and the Rivileers in 1954.)
  23. "The White Cliffs of Dover" by the Mystics, 1960 (Enjoyable uptempo version of the standard.)
  24. "Remember Me, Baby" by the Earls, 1964
  25. "Eyes" by the Earls, 1963
  26. "Life Is but a Dream" by the Earls, 1961 (Excellent uptempo remake of the Harptones' classic Doo-Wop ballad from 1955.)
  27. "Remember Then" by the Earls, 1962
  28. "I'm So in Love" by Roxy and the Daychords, 1962 (Incredibly soulful Doo-Wop ballad.)
  29. "So Strange" by the Jesters, 1957 (One of my favorites! Incredibly soulful Doo-Wop ballad.)
  30. "Primrose Lane" by Jerry Wallace, 1959
  31. "In the Morning" by the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Angelic Gospel Singers, 1950-51 (WOW! Now this is uptempo Gospel at its best!)
  32. "Come unto Me" by the Lucy Smith Singers, 1955
  33. "Mess Around" by Ray Charles, 1953
  34. "New Orleans Shuffle" by the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1949
  35. "The Bells" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1952 (Amazing bluesy ballad featuring Clyde McPhatter weeping intensely at the funeral of his girl.)
  36. "Valerie" by Jackie and the Starlites, 1960 (Amazing hystrionic ballad featuring Jackie Rue harshly weeping because Valerie doesn't love him anymore.)
  37. "Way Up in the Sky" by Jackie and the Starlites, 1960 (Nice contrast to the flipside above. Here Jackie is joyful on this happy rocker. Wonderful electric guitar solo too!)
  38. "Baby, I'm Tired" by Bobbie James, 1955
  39. "Ain't That a Shame?" by Fats Domino, 1955 His first big hit. Great stop-time R. & B.! Of course, Fats had already been recording numerous wonderful records since 1949 but "Ain't That a Shame" is considered his first national-level big hit.)
  40. "La-La" by Fats Domino, 1955 (Superb cheerful rocker and piano pounder!)
  41. "I Confess" by the Dots, 1956-57
  42. "Sentimental Journey" by Ruth Brown, 1954 (Nice mid-tempo interpretation of the melodic wistful Swing Band hit first recorded by Doris Day with Les Brown (no relation to Ruth) and his Orchestra in 1945.)
  43. "What's the Matter with Deep Elem?" by the Sunshine Boys, 1940 (Hot Western Swing concerning the notorious red light district of Dallas, Texas. Nice piano solo by Moon Mullican, "King of the Hillbilly Piano Players.")
  44. "Cat Music" by Tommy Scott, 1955
  45. "I've Got the Boogie Blues" by Charline Arthur, 1949-50
  46. "You Care No More for Me" by Clyde Moody, 1946
  47. "God Is All Right" by the Sons of the South, 1955
  48. "Keep the Fire Burning within Me" by the Wilson and Watson Singers, 1951 (Absolutley beautiful slow Gospel featuring a mixed male and female Gospel group and electric organ accompaniment.)
  49. "Hawaiian Boogie Part 1" by Elmore James, 1953 (Amazing distorted electric guitar instrumental. A reference to the slide guitar origins in Hawaii, I'm sure. Jimi Hendrix and other psychedelic electric guitar players of the late 1960's had nothing on Elmore James!)
  50. "Wang Dang Doodle" by Howlin' Wolf, 1960 (The ORIGINAL and now forgotten version of this tough md-tempo Blues.)
  51. "Wang Dang Doodle" by Ko Ko Taylor, 1965 (The better known and not forgotten version of this tough mid-tempo Blues.)
  52. "High-Heel Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker, 1964
  53. "I Can't Help It" by Little Esther, 1962 (Very nice soulful remake of the soulful Country original recorded first by Hank Wlliams - I played his version on the May 20 Golden Oldies show.)
  54. "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles, 1962 (Very nice and very famous remake of the soulful Country original first recorded by Don Gibson in 1957.)
  55. "I'll Have Myself a Ball" by Merle Travis, 1954
  56. "Nothin' but a Nothin'" by Jimmy Stewart and the Night Hawks, 1957 (No, not the movie actor, Jimmy Stewart! Great Rockabilly romantic put-down.)

June 3, 2021

  1. "Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee" by Malcolm Yelvington and the Star Rhythm Boys, 1954 (Great Rockabilly interpretation of the Sticks McGhee and his Buddies' 1949 drivin' original R. & B. number. The more I listen to Yelvington's remake, the more I like it. Just love the distorted electric guitar solos too.)
  2. "I Was Took" by the Tuttle Sisters, 1961
  3. "Let's Elope, Baby" by Janis Martin, 1956
  4. "I Want Some Lovin', Baby" by Jimmy and Duane, 1955
  5. "You Are the One" by the Hamilton Sisters, 1956
  6. "I Was the One" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (Nice soulful ballad of romantic regret.)
  7. "Everybody's Rockin'" by Maxwell Davis and his Mod-Cats
  8. "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris, 1957
  9. "My Babe" by the Ewing Sisters, 1954 (Great remake of the uptempo Blues by Little Walter. Based, melodically and structurally, on the Gospel song, "This Train.")
  10. "Early in the Morning" by the Rinky-Dinks, 1958 (Excellent first record by Bobby Darin. Tough Rock 'n' Roll with a hint of Gospel.)
  11. "How Will It End?" by Barry Darvell, 1959
  12. "Imagination" by Little Jimmy Scott, 1955
  13. "Trust and Obey" by the Gospel Silhouettes, 150-51 (Rousing uptempo Gospel. Really gets in the groove!)
  14. "The Ten Commandments" by the Friendly Brothers, c. 1958
  15. "I Cried" by Cookie and the Cupcakes, 1963 (Excellent uptempo Swamp Pop rocker.)
  16. "Three Weeks, Two Days" by Joan Duvall (Superb New Orleans rocker. Piano sounds a lot like Allen Toussaint. My guess is 1960-62.)
  17. "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips and the Twilights, 1959
  18. "School Letter" by the Charmettes, 1959
  19. "When You Dance" by the Turbans, 1955
  20. "Blowin' Awhile" by the Rene Hall Sextette, 1950 (Nice saxophone-driven instrumental. Title says it all.)
  21. "Honey, Hush" by Big Joe Turner, 1953
  22. "Hole in the Wall" by Albinia Jones with Sam Price andd his Rockin' Rhythm, 1949 (Excellent R. & B. number. Definitely influenced by "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Wynonie Harris (hit big in 1948) and originally recorded and written by Roy Brown in 1947.)
  23. "Too Long" by Annisteen Allen, 1951
  24. "To the Aisle" by the Five Satins, 1957
  25. "Our Anniversary" by the Five Satins, 1957
  26. "Shadows" by the Five Satins, 1959
  27. "Pretty Baby" by the Five Satins, 1957
  28. "The Time" by the Five Satins, 1960
  29. "Till the End" by the Five Satins, 1961
  30. "Blessed Assurance" by Madame Emily Bram, 1951
  31. "It's So Nice to Be Nice" by Bishop Louis H. Narcisse, 1955
  32. "Rang Tang Ding Dong (I'm the Japanese Sandman") by the Cellos, 1956
  33. "Your Candy Kisses" by Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens, 1958 (Absolutely fun uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  34. "I Wonder Why" by Dion and the Belmonts, 1958 (Very catchy uptempo Doo-Wop number.)
  35. "The Boss Is Home" by Sam "the Man" Taylor, 1955
  36. "Please, Mr. Disc Jockey" by the Sensations, 1956 (Nice Doo-Wop ballad. Big change in radio culture: nowadays I never get any requests for dedications on my show. I used to get a lot, especially when I was on WSRN - Swarthmore, Pa. 1976-79. Sad this once common practice has gone by the wayside. It ain't the 1950's no more!)
  37. "Since I Fell for You" by the Spaniels, 1956
  38. "Women Police in England" by the Mighty Terror
  39. "Unfortunate Millie" by Wilmoth Houdini and his Hummingbirds, 1933 (Tragic Calypso concerning Millie's descent into prostitution. More than 20 years later Harry Belafonte used the melody and one of the lines for his "Come Back, Liza," a Calypso concerning romantic troubles. Sad but not nearly as sad as "Unfortunate Millie.")
  40. "De Peas and de Rice" by Calypso Mama, 1956
  41. "Crazy Love" by Lord Melody, c. 1959
  42. "It Was Moonglow" by the Capris, 1955 (Sweet Doo-Wop ballad featuring 15-year old Rena Hinton on lead.)
  43. "A Thousand Miles Away" by the Heartbeats, 1956
  44. "Baby, I Love You So" by Joe Weaver and the Don Juans, 1955
  45. "Searsy" by Al Sears and his Orchestra, 1945 (Nice mid-tempo instrumental featuring Sears on sax. Probably not coincidentally, the melody sounds a lot like "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by the Andrews Sisters.)
  46. "Moose on the Loose" by Bull Moose Jackson, 1947 (Hot instrumental featuring Bull Moose on sax lead.)
  47. "Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train" by Mabel Scott, 1951
  48. "My Last Goodbye to You" by Brenda Lee and the Vocaltones, 1955 (No, not the famous Brenda Lee! Bluesy Doo-Wop ballad.)
  49. "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1955
  50. "Stop Right Now, It's PrayingTime" by the Bells of Joy, 1951
  51. "More Like Jesus" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  52. "Let the Boogie Woogie Roll" by the Drifters, 1953 (TOUGH rocker featuring Clyde McPhatter on tenor lead. Losts of great Boogie Woogie piano, and a blastin' sax solo. THIS is Rock 'n' Roll!)
  53. "Rough and Rocky Road" by Joe "Google Eyes" August, 1949
  54. "Is You Is or Is You Ain't my Baby?" by Louis Jordan, 1944
  55. "Foolishly Yours" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1946
  56. "Too Much Monkey Business" by Chuck Berry, 1956 (Great early Berry! Features witty lyrics and his superb electric guitar.)
  57. "Willie and Lillie" by Bo Diddley, 1958 (Rarely heard but very nice Bo Diddley number.)
June 10, 2021

  1. "Till the Cows Come Home" by Kitty Noble, 1954
  2. "Banana Split" by Kid King's Combo, 1953
  3. "The White Cliffs of Dover" by the Pelicans, 1953 (Delightful and unusual arrangement: uptempo Doo-Wop plus very lively percussion.)
  4. "I'm Gonna Stop" by Gladys "Glad Rags" Patrick, 1954
  5. "Since I Met You, Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956 (Wonderful bluesy ballad.)
  6. "Desde Que Conosco" by Baldemar Huerta, c. 1959 (Nice remake of Ivory Joe's record in Spanish! Huerta found fame in the 1970's as Country singer Freddy Fender.)
  7. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  8. "See You Later, Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets, 1955 (Big hit in '56. Nice reinterpretation of Bobby Charles's 1955 original.)
  9. "Blue Comet Blues" by Bill Haley and the Comets, 1956 (Excellent guitar-based instrumental.)
  10. "Bop Guitar" by Frankie and Margie, 1958
  11. "Every Day Will Be Sunday" by the Zion Harmonizers, 1958
  12. "Where He Leads Me" by Mahalia Jackson
  13. "Rock and Roll Heaven Part 1" by the Flares, 1962 (Wonderful and amusing Gospel-flavored number includes imitations of artists such as Elvis Presley. The Flares are most famous for their rockin' 1961 hit, "Foot Stomping.")
  14. "Rock and Roll Heaven Part 2" by the Flares, 1962 (See above.)
  15. "Pushover" By Etta James, 1962
  16. "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke, 1963 (LIVE!! The 1962 studio recording is great but this live version recorded in a club in Miami is superior! He really gets rockin' and his backup band piles on increasingly hot riffs. The club crowd response is fun too. Wish I had been there but I was only six years old and living in New Hampshire at the time.)
  17. "She's Gone (with the Wind)" by the Five Satins, 1957 (Haunting romantic Doo-Wop ballad.)
  18. "Letter to a School Girl" by the Delacardos, 1959 (A truly sad goodbye to a doomed love affair. Doo-Wop ballad.)
  19. "Lookie There, Over There" by Rose and the Maddox Brothers, 1956
  20. "Jungle Rock" by Hank Mizell, 1958
  21. "I'm Building a [?] on the Moon" by Weldon Rogers, 1953 (Charming Country Boogie. The ["?]" is a strategic pause in the title and verse.)
  22. "I Need a Man" by Barbara Pittman, 1956 (Pounding rocker of frantic female desire. Where was Barbara when I was single?)
  23. "Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters, 1955 (Nice Pop remake of the male Moonglows' 1954 Doo-Wop ballad original. Some nice vocal harmonies.)
  24. "Only You (and You Alone)" by the Platters, 1955
  25. "Cole Slaw" by Frank Cully, 1949
  26. "Roomin' House Boogie" by Cab Calloway, c. 1949 (Tough and fun R. & B. Jump Blues! There was much more to Cab Calloway than just his excellent "Minnie the Moocher.")
  27. "What's Happening?" by Connie Allen and the Paul Williams Orchestra, 1949
  28. "Step It Up and Go" by Harmonica Frank, 1951-52 (His unique and very bluesy style singing, harmonica, AND guitar work all in one. One of the bluesiest White artists ever.)
  29. "The Girl in my Dreams" by the Cliques, 1956
  30. "Tonight You Belong to Me" by Patience and Prudence, 1956
  31. "I Saw the Light" by Hank Williams, 1947 (A true Country Gospel classic! Hank really sings this inspirational number and the fiddle accompaniment is superb.)
  32. "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold my Body Down" by Brother Claude Ely,1953 (Incredible uptempo Pentecostal Gospel!)
  33. "Hear Me Now" by Bobby Lamont, 1960 (Hot rocker that uses the same melody as Larry Williams's 1957 hit, "Boney Maronie.")
  34. "Hey, Willy" by Jeannie Dell and the Rock-a-Pops, 1960
  35. "Unspoken Love" by Malcolm Dodds and the Tunedrops, 1957
  36. "Adorable" by the Fontane Sisters, 1955 (Nice cover of the romantic Doo-Wop ballad first recorded by the Colts in 1955. The Drifters' 1955 cover was the big hit version.)
  37. "Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley, 1962
  38. "Raunchy" by Bill Justis, 1956
  39. "I'm Gettingg Restless" by Mona Lunsford
  40. "Uptown" by Roy Orbison, 1959 (Perhaps my favorite Orbison record. Excellent mid-tempo Blues/Pop. The flipside, "Only the Lonely," became his first big hit in 1960.)
  41. "This Is my Story" by Gene and Eunice, 1955
  42. "Monday Morning Blues" by Lil Greenwood and Little Willie, 1952 (Mournful and bluesy. I'm guessing Little Willie is Little Willie Littlefield of "K.C. Loving" fame (the original version of "Kansas City") who recorded that on the same record label as here, Federal, in 1952.)
  43. "I Stay Blue All the Time" by Big Bill Broonzy, 1949
  44. "Shotgun Blues" by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1941 (Nice uptempo Blues featuring the original Sonny Boy on vocals and harmonica.)
  45. "You Can't Rule Me" by Memphis Minnie, 1937 (Hot stuff by a tough lady on guitar and vocals.)
  46. "I'm her Honeydripper" by Roosevelt Sykes, 1947 (Superb Jump blues featuring Sykes on piano and vocals with some great horn accompaniment. Likely, a way to remind listeners of his 1945 hit, "The Honeydripper." Several others recorded "The Honeydripper" in 1945-46. Sykes claimed credit but all indications are that Joe Liggins was the originator not the imitator. Liggins had the biggest hit version too.)
  47. "Romance in the Dark" by Lil Green, 1940
  48. "Stormy Weather" by the Five Sharps, 1952
  49. "Moondog Boogie" by Freddie Mitchell, 1952 (Great saxophone instrumental. Title is likely a reference to influential d.j. Alan "Moondog" Freed. Wouldn't be surprised if Freed played this on his radio show.)
  50. "Taxi Blues" by Little Richard, 1951 (The beginning of it all! Jump Blues. Superb rocker but pretty depressing lyrics: he had beaten up his "old lady" and then fled to take a taxi: "Taxi, take me anywhere I don't even care.")
  51. "Rock, Little Daddy" by Eunice Davis, 1951
  52. "Child of the King" by Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1953
  53. "Let God Abide" by the Harmonizing Four, c. 1953
  54. "Hand Me Down my Walking Cane" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1956 (Excellent rocker featuring Lewis on vocals and Boogie Woogie piano. Essentially a secular reworking of the Gospel song, "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train.")
  55. "Busy Body Boogie" by the Carlisles, 1954
  56. "The Devil Hates You" by Rebecca Lea, 1956

June 17, 2021

  1. "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles, 1954
  2. "You Said You Had a Woman" by Geneva Vallier, 1955 (Answer song to Ray Charles's big hit.)
  3. "Papaya Baby" by the Jumpin' Jacks, 1954 (Very catchy uptempo Doo-Wop.)
  4. "Bop Hop" by Oscar Saldana, 195
  5. "Johnny Darling" by Barbara Gale and the Larks, 1954 (Melodious Waltz-time Doo-Wop ballad.)
  6. "Rainbow of Love" by the Cherokees, 1954
  7. "Big Ten-Inch Record" by Bull Moose Jackson, 1952 (Humorous double-entendre Jump Blues. Great sax solos too.)
  8. "Hair Dressin' Women" by Babs Gonzales, 1955
  9. "Be Bop Boogie" by Effie Smith (Rapid Jazz-influenced rocker. Sounds like late 1940's.)
  10. "Old Woman Boogie" by Hubert Robinson, 1950 (Superb uptempo rocker. Humorous lyrics about an old lady of 63 who now - finally - "wants to have some fun." Love the blastin' saxophone and Boogie Woogie piano too.)
  11. "Lonely Girl" by Cordella de Milo and the Maxwell Davis Orchestra, 1955 (Excellent Blues. Electric guitar sounds a lot like B.B. King. He was recording for Modern at the same time as de Milo who recorded this on Modern. Perhaps a guest B.B. King appearance?)
  12. "Put your Arms Around Me" by the Pastels featuring Fred Buckley, 1956 (NICE Doo-Wop romantic ballad. Not the same as Pastels of "Been So Long" fame from '57.)
  13. "Travellin' Down this Road" by the Sons of the South, 1955
  14. "This Same Jesus" by the Staple Singers, 1954
  15. "Laundromat Blues" by the Five Royales, 1952 (Hot double-entendre R. & B.)
  16. "I Got a Secret I Ain't Gonna Keep" by Buddy and Claudia, 1955
  17. "Crying in the Chapel" by Sonny Til and the Orioles, 1953
  18. "Lover's Prayer" by the Clickettes, 1960 (Dreamy romantic Doo-Wop ballad.)
  19. "Memphis" by Lonnie Mack, 1963 (Big hit in 1964. Instrumental version of Chuck Berry's original from '58.)
  20. "Memphis" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  21. "Oo Shoo Be Dee" by Susan Cabot and the Blockbusters
  22. "Zeb's Mountain Boogie" by Owen Bradley and his Tennesseans, 1946 (HOT Hillbilly Boogie instrumental.)
  23. "To Know Him Is to Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, 1958
  24. "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" by Curtis Lee, 1961
  25. "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, 1962
  26. "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Crystals, 1963
  27. "Be my Baby" by the Ronettes, 1963
  28. "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brotheres, 1965
  29. "Not Too Young to Get Married" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, 1963
  30. "In the Hands of the Lord" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1965
  31. "I Don't Mind" by the Caravans, 1963
  32. "June-Teenth Jamboree" by Fatso Bentley, 1953 (Just in time for the first recognition of June-Teenth as a federal holiday!)
  33. "Busy as a Bumble Bee" by the Feathers, 1954 (Best known for their soulful wistful ballads such as "Why Don't You Write Me?" and "I Need a Girl," here the Feathers go all out for some lively Rock 'n' Roll. Great piano too.)
  34. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1955
  35. "Jim the Him" by Jimmy Wright (HOT sax instrumental by the guy who played the hot sax solo on Frankie Lymon's "Why doo Fools Fall in Love?" Wright also played on other mid-fifties New York Doo-Wop group records such as those by the Cleftones and the Valentines. "Jim the Him" recorded c. 1955.)
  36. "Forever I Vow" by Ruby Whitaker and the Chestnuts, 1956
  37. "That's my Desire" by Earl Lewis and the Channels, 1957 (Beautiful Doo-Wop version of the ballad first made famous by Pop star Frankie Laine in 1946-47.)
  38. "Ting a Ling" by the Poka-Dotts, 1954
  39. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens, 1961 (Most famous version of this melodious song of South African origin. Big hit into 1962.)
  40. "Wimoweh" by the Weavers, 1950-51 (Quite different and earlier version of the number made famous by the Tokens. NOTE: I was going to also feature the ORIGINAL version recorded in Zulu by South African Solomon Linda's Evening Birds in 1939 under the title "Mbybe (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)" but - alas- the C.D. refused to play after the first 10 seconds or so. Hope I can locate a replacement copy...)
  41. "God Bless the child" by Billie Holiday, 1941
  42. "Miss Brown to You" by Billie Holiday
  43. "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Al Dexter and his Troopers, 1942 (The ORIGINAL Western Swing version of the song redone by many other artists including Bing Crosby.)
  44. "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Peter Pete and the Lovers, 1960 (Crazy remake.)
  45. "Ten Cats Down" by the Miller Sisters, 1956
  46. "It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards, 1958
  47. "Every Breath I Take" by Gene Pitney, 1961
  48. "I Know" by Barbara George, 1961
  49. "High Blood Pressure" by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, 1958 (Humorous and funky New Orleans R. & B. GREAT piano by Smith.)
  50. "Well, I'll Be John Brown" by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, 1958 (Ditto.)
  51. "Whole Lotta Twistin'" by Professor Longhair, 1962 (Appealing adaptation of Fats Domino's 1958 "Whole Lotta Lovin'.")
  52. "Please Change your Mind" by the Five Du-Tones, (Intense Gospel-flavored Soul ballad. Group is most famous for Soul dance raver, "Shake a Tail Feather," from 1963.)
  53. "I'd Gladly Do It Again" by Bertice Reading, 1953
  54. "Didn't It Rain?" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  55. "He'll Welcome Me" by the Soul Stirrers, 1953 (Outstanding uptempo Gospel featuring Sam Cooke and Paul Foster trading lead vocals. Real Gospel! Too bad nearly all contemporary Gospel is so bland - even the uptempo stuff - compared to records like this from the Golden Age of Gospel.)

June 24, 2021

  1. "Let's See What's Happening" by the Honeybees, 1956 (Enjoyable female vocals that feature alternating uptempo Doo-Wop and Calypso.)
  2. "Rock my Soul" by Sam Price, 1957 (HOT instrumental!)
  3. "Castle in the Sky" by the Bop Chords, 1956 (Very catchy uptempo male Doo-Wop. Nice sax solo too.)
  4. "Geraldine" by the El Venos, 1956
  5. "Hold Me, Squeeze Me" by Etta James and the Peaches, 1955
  6. "Please Say You Want Me" by the Schoolboys, 1956
  7. "Tonight" by the Love Notes, 1957
  8. "Wizard of Love" by the Ly-Dells, 1961 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop. Nice.)
  9. "Boyfriend" by the Baby Dolls, 1959
  10. "Lovers Who Wander" by Dion, 1961 (Excellent Doo-Wop backed up by the Del Satins after Dion and the Belmonts broke up. Sounds quite similar to his big 1961 hit, "Runaround Sue.")
  11. "I've Been Changed" by Jackie Verdell and the Davis Sisters, 1958
  12. "Let's Have Church" by the Five Blind Boys of Missisisppi, 1957 (Intense slow Gospel.)
  13. "Woogie Boo" by Cousin Ida and the Freddie Washington Quintet, 1950 (Enjoyable R. & B. featuring Cousin Ida's enthusiastic vocals - she sounds kind of like Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon - and some wonderful Boogie Woogie piano.)
  14. "Rattlesnakin' Papa" by Madonna Martin, 1949
  15. "Rattlesnake Daddy" by Bill Carlisle, 1933 (First of many succesful records by this Country star. Sounds very much like Jimmie Rodgers both in terms of bluesy melody, yodelling, and guitar playing.)
  16. "Deep Elem Blues" by the Shelton Brothers, 1935
  17. "I Miss You So" by the Cats and the Fiddle, 1939
  18. "The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)" by Nelly Lutcher, 1947
  19. "Boogie Woogie Came to Town" by Louis Jordan, 1941
  20. "Beer Bottle Boogie" by Marilyn Scott, 1950
  21. "Let's Rock 'n' Roll" by the Cadets, 1956 (Ecstatic rocker with bass voice lead and blastin' sax solo. REAL Rock 'n' Roll!)
  22. "Rock" by Chuck Higgins, 1955 (HOT instrumental. Title says it all.)
  23. "The Way You Dog Me Around" by Nolan Strong and the Diablos, 1955
  24. "Sad Movies (Always Make Me Cry)" by Sue Thompson, 1960 (Truly effective Country weeper.)
  25. "Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1957 (The first of several hits. Joyful combination of Country, Pop, Folk, and a hint of Rock 'n' Roll.)
  26. "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1958
  27. "Secretly" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1958
  28. "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1957
  29. "Woman from Liberia" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1960 (Different words but melodically and somewhat thematically very similar to "Jesus Gave Me Water" by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers from 1951.)
  30. "The Vow" by Gene and Eunice, 1957 (Soulful ballad of devotion.)
  31. "I'll Wait Forever" by Anita Wood, 1961
  32. "Jesus Is Listening" by Candi Staton and the Jewel Gospel Trio, 1956
  33. "Way Bye and Bye" by the Silvertone Singers of Cincinnati, 1954 (INTENSE mid-tempo Gospel featuring strong bluesy male vocal harmonies plus, intriguingly, well-placed pedal steel guitar accompaniment.)
  34. "Somewhere to Lay my Head" by the Sensational Nightingales, 1955
  35. "That's What You're Doing to Me" by the Capris, 1954 (Nice remake of the Gospel-flavored rocker originally recorded by the Dominoes in 1952. 14-year old Rena Hinton sings lead in place of 19-year old Clyde McPhatter's tenor on the original. A little rough and ready but charming and enjoyable.)
  36. "Why, Oh, Why?" by Bobby Hall and the Kings, 1953
  37. "King of Hearts" by the Cookies, 1957
  38. "Crazy Bells" by the Marcels, 1961 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  39. "I Promise to Remember" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956
  40. "Primrose Lane" by Jerry Wallace, 1959
  41. "True True Love" by the Corvairs, 1962 (Uptempo Doo-Wop featuring irrestibly catchy bass voice singing.)
  42. "Oop Shoop" by Shirley Gunter and the Queens, 1954
  43. "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis, 1957
  44. "Don't Be Angry" by the Sultans, 1952 (Nice slow Doo-Wop version of the song Nappy Brown recorded in 1955 as a frantic rocker. A real contrast.)
  45. "My Boy Lollipop" by Barbie Gaye, 1956 (The ORIGINAL version of this bouncy fun rocker.)
  46. "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie Small, 1964 (The big hit version of this bouncy fun rocker done as Jamaican Ska.)
  47. "Now that You're Dead" by Theophilus Beckford, 1961
  48. "Carry Go Bring Come" by Justin Hinds and the Dominoes, 1963
  49. "The Old Ship of Zion" by the Pilgrim Jubilees, 1962 (Beautiful slow Gospel.)
  50. "Heaven" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  51. "Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown, 1959
  52. "Somebody Somewhere" by Helen Foster, 1953
  53. "Eleven till Two" by Lynn Hope, 1951 (Superb saxophone instrumental rocker. I guess the title refers to the hours Hope and his combo played in nightclubs: 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
  54. "Let's Drink Some Whiskey" by Al Jackson, 1952
  55. "Love will Break your Heart" by Little Esther and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1950
  56. "Baby, It's You" by the Spaniels, 1953 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad. Their first and perhaps best! Of course, they had other hits with "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" recorded '53 and a big hit in '54 the best known.)
  57. "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1951
  58. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, 1952 (Tough rocker. The ORIGINAL version of the song made most famous by Elvis Presley in 1956. I've got, literally, about 10 other versions 1953-1964 recorded by both Black and White artists in my collection.)

July 1,2021

  1. "No, No, Baby" by Al Ferrier and the Boppin' Billies, 1955 (Excellent Rockabilly.)
  2. "Kit 'n' Kaboodle" by Bonnie Lou, 1957
  3. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (LIVE version. Elvis adds on a long bluesy vamp that you don't get on the studio recording. Audience gets excited.)
  4. "They Raided the Joint" by Chuck Murphy, 1950 (HOT remake of the Hot Lips Page 1945 original. Features Murphy's singing and amazing Boogie Woogie piano.)
  5. "I Only Have Eyes for You" by the Flamingos, 1959
  6. "A Casual Look" by the Six Teens, 1956
  7. "Rock at the Port" by Chuck Rhubarb, 1957 (Crazy wild Rock 'n' Roll. Features Rhubarb's raw vocals plus lots of hot horn blowing.)
  8. "All Night Long" by the Du-Mauriers, 1957
  9. "Fourth of July Boogie" by Fatso Bentley, 1953
  10. "This Little Light of Mine" by the Ward Singers, 1952
  11. "Leak in this Old Building" by the Bells of Joy, 1951 (Catchy uptempo Gospel by this male group.)
  12. "Flame in my Heart" by the Checkers, 1952
  13. "Doggin' Blues" by Linda Hopkins, 1951
  14. "No More Doggin'" by Rosco Gordon, 1952 (A clear predecessor of Jamaican Ska. Tough rocker.)
  15. "T-Model Boogie" by Rosco Gordon, 1951
  16. "Housewife Blues" by the Enchanters, 1952 (Uptempo R. & B. female vocal group lament about the drudgery of housework.)
  17. "House Cleaning" by the Spaniels, 1953 (Amusing double-entendre advertising of bass voaice lead Gerald's (Gerald Gregory) house cleaning services: "Gerald cleans EVERYTHING.")
  18. "Sweet as a Flower" by Miriam Grate and the Dovers, 1959
  19. "Starlight" by the Stringbeans, 1964 (Appealing slow romantic Doo-Wop sounds as if it could have come from 1954-59 not 1964.)
  20. "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and the Romantics, 1963
  21. "Ain't that Peculiar?" by Marvin Gaye, 1965
  22. "A Wonderful Dream" by the Majors, 1961 (Enjoyable uptempo Doo-Wop with falsetto lead concerning a dream of romance.)
  23. "Mr. and Mrs." by Sugar Pie DeSanto, 1964 (Uptempo cheerful combination of Soul and Pop.)
  24. "The Plea" by the Chantels, 1957
  25. "Boo Hoo Hoo (I'll Never Let You Go)" by Little Richard, c. 1957
  26. "Ooh, my Soul" by Little Richard, 1957
  27. "Keep A-Knockin'" by Little Richard, 1957 (FRANTIC Rock 'n' Roll. Will wake the dead.)
  28. "I Almost Lost my Mind" by Solomon Burke, 1962 (Wonderful Soul remake of Ivory Joe Hunter's bluesy 1949 ballad.)
  29. "Cry Baby" by Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters, 1963
  30. "After Awhile" by Rev. Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones, 1954 (LIVE! Simply amazing slow Gospel. The intensity is absolutely spiritual!)
  31. "Grandpa Can Boogie Too" by Lil Greenwood and the Four Jacks, 1952
  32. "It Was a Night Like This" by Morris Wade and the Manhattans, 1958 (Excellent remake of the uptempo Latin-flavored Doo-Wop rocker first recorded by the Turbans in 1956.)
  33. "Bila" by the Versatones, 1958
  34. "Shout Part 1 and 2" by the Isley Brothers, 1959
  35. "Down the Aisle of Love" by the Quintones, 1958 (Soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad. Just lovely.)
  36. "Down the Aisle" by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, 1963 (Soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad. Just lovely. A different song from the Quintones.)
  37. "Everything's Shakin'" by Sil Austin, 1957
  38. "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley, 1955 (The start of it all. Hypnotic vigorous rocker featuring Bo's strong vocals, his shimmering electric guitar and a heavy syncopated beat.)
  39. "Ride on, Josephine" by Bo Diddley, 1960 (And the beat goes on, this time with a slightly Country-flavored rocker about a girl named Josephine with a hot rod car.)
  40. "Shake till I'm Shook" by Beverley Wright and the Students, 1956
  41. "Lillie Lou" by Little Joe and the Thrillers, 1956 (Appealing Doo-Wop ballad featuring the same falsetto lead vocals as heard on Little Joe's huge 1957 hit, "Peanuts.")
  42. "Tomorrow Night" by LaVern Baker, 1954 (Soulful ballad.)
  43. "Tomorrow Night" by Lonnie Johnson, 1948 (Soulful ballad but it's the ORIGINAL version recorded by the veteran Blues singer/guitarist who had been recording since at least 1925.)
  44. "Night Train" by Jimmy Forrest, 1952 (The ORIGINAL version of the bluesy instrumental. However, it is based on a Duke Ellington original from 1947, "Happy Go Lucky Local.")
  45. "Rock Love" by Lula Reed, 1954
  46. "Corrine, Corrina" by Big Joe Turner, 1956 (Probably the biggest hit version of this song done by many other artists both before and after. Big Joe's version really rocks! Ecstatic saxophone solo too.)
  47. "Corrine, Corrina" by Bo Carter and Charlie McCoy, 1928 (The ORIGINAL version of this melodic bluesy ballad.)
  48. 'When my Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" by Gene and Wiley, 1941 (Very appealing Country ballad. The ORIGINAL version. Elvis Presley had a Rock 'n' Roll remake hit with this in 1956 and Big Al Downing also redid it nicely in 1958 as a rocker.)
  49. "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? by Lulu Belle and Scotty, 1945 (Nice Country ballad first recorded slightly earlier in 1945 by Gene Autry.)
  50. "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train" by Molly O'Day with Lynn Davis and the Cumberland Mountain Folks
  51. "Somebody Touched Me" by John Reedy and his Stone Mountain Boys, 1951 (Wonderful uptempo Bluegrass Gospel. Irresistible!)
  52. "I'm Not Foolin'" by the York Brothers, 1946
  53. "Hepcat Baby" by Eddy Arnold, 1954 (Amusing lively Country number about his baffling but wonderful hepcat girlfriend who uses current hep lingo to communicate.)
  54. "Desert Winds" by June Moy and the Feathers, 1955 (Haunting lovely ballad. The Feathers are best known for their plaintive original ballad, "Why Don't You Write Me?" from 1954, that was a much bigger hit for the Jacks in 1955.)

July 8, 2021

  1. "Whooee, Sweet Daddy" by Katie Webster, c. 1959
  2. "Congo Mombo" by Guitar Gable and the Musical Kings, 1956 (Lively percussive instrumental.)
  3. "Gumbo Blues" by Smiley Lewis, 1952 (Great mid-tempo R. & B. Rocks pretty hard at times.)
  4. "You Ain't Movin' Me" by Linda Hayes and the Earl Warren Orchestra, 1956 (Pretty sure this was not Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the time! Nice rocker.)
  5. "Baby" by the Avons, 1957 (Soulful Doo-Wop romantic ballad.)
  6. "Tears in my Eyes" by the Dreamers, 1955 (Even more soulful romantic Doo-Wop ballad.)
  7. "(Get your Kicks on) Route 66" by the King Cole Trio, 1946
  8. "Great to Be Rich" by Effie Smith (Frantic rocker with a true message. Late 1940's?)
  9. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash" by the Clovers, 1954
  10. "You'll Be Sorry" by Arbee Stidham, 1949
  11. "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" by Mahalia Jackson, 1951
  12. "Vacant Room in Glory" by the Nightingales, 1951
  13. "Cat on the Keys" by Sonny Thompson and his Orhcestra, 1954 (Rockin' instrumental featuring Thompson on piano.)
  14. "Why Can't You Be True?" by the Vernalls, 1958 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  15. "I Met Him on a Sunday" by the Shirelles, 1958
  16. "Trudy" by Lonnie and the Carollons, 1960 (FUN uptempo Doo-Wop. Perfectly captures the great feeling of being a teenager anticipating a hot date with his girl.)
  17. "The Bells" by Baby Washington, 1958-59 (Soulful R. & B. ballad about getting married. NICE.)
  18. "Betty" by Little Freddy and the Gents, 1965 (Soulful yearning ballad. Little Freddy remains uncertain if Betty loves him in return. Surprisingly moving.)
  19. "It's True" by Jo-Ann Campbell, 1957
  20. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (Apologies to the originator, Lloyd Price who first recorded this in 1952, but in my opinion, Elvis's version is the best of 'em all (Larry Williams also recorded this in '57). The mid-tempo rocker provides Elvis with the perfect opportunity to sing the Blues. Excellent rolling piano accompaniment plus Scotty Moore's hot electric guitar solo helps too.)
  21. "When my Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" by Big Al Downing, 1959 (Fats Domino-style uptempo version of the Gene and Wiley wistful Country ballad from 1941 played on the July 1 show. Elvis recorded a great rockin' version in 1956 as well.)
  22. "Counting Sheep Over You" by Betty Jayne
  23. "Do You Remember?" by the Fabulous Flames, 1961
  24. "Pretty Baby" by the Primettes, 1960 (Uptempo Doo-Wop by the group who became the Supremes.)
  25. "Where Did our Love Go?" by the Supremes, 1964
  26. "Baby Love" by the Supremes, 1964
  27. "Sincerely" by the Supremes, 1965 (Nice version of the Doo-Wop ballad originally recorded by the male group, the Moonglows, in 1954.)
  28. "Back in my Arms Again" by the Supremes, 1965
  29. "You've Got the Power" by James Brown and Bea Ford, 1960
  30. "This Time" by Troy Shondell, 1961
  31. "Jesus Is a Friend to Everyone" by the Harmonizing Four, c. 1951
  32. "Down by the Riverside" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1948 (Lively version of the Gospel standard. Outstanding enthusiastic vocals by Sister Rosetta plus her amazing HOT guitar playing. Nice Gospel Boogie piano back-up by Sam Price too.)
  33. "The Train Kapt A-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw, 1951 (YOW! Absolutely scorchin' uptempo R. & B. Longtime listeners may recall I used this as my theme song to start the Golden Oldies for about three years somewhere about 10-15 years ago.)
  34. "I Love my Baby" by H-Bomb Ferguson, 1951-52 (Rockin' R. & B. Ferguson sounds almost exactly like Wynonie Harris.)
  35. "The Things That I Used to Do" by Guitar Slim, 1953
  36. "In the Chapel" by Ann Cole, 1956
  37. "Just a Little Bit More" by Frank Deacon and the Mad Lads, 1957
  38. "White Lightining" by George Jones, 1959 (Amusing Country rocker. While Jones had the hit, let's remember this was originally recorded by the Big Bopper - J.P. Richardson - in 1958 and Richardson also wrote it. The Big Bopper is, of coourse, most famous for "Chantilly Lace" from 1958 and for dying in the 1959 plane crash that took Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.)
  39. "Show your Love" by Betty Jayne, 1961
  40. "That's all She Wrote" by Jack Drake and the Texas Troubadours, 1946 (Catchy Honky-Tonk/Western Swing style number about a girl who left the guy via letter. Writer's credits say Ernest Tubb who was, of course, known as the Texas Troubadour, so I know there is a Tubb connection, but not sure if Drake or this group was directly associated with Tubb.)
  41. "Just a Dream" by Jimmy Clanton and his Rockets, 1958
  42. "My Johnny" by Little Miss Wanda, 1961 (Appealing romantic ballad.)
  43. "Ooh, my Baby's Gone" by Ray Sharpe, 1958
  44. "Flippin' Fingers" by Long John Hunter (Tough instrumental featuring Hunter's HOT electric guitar work. My guess 1958-61.)
  45. "Come on, Little Boy" by June Bateman, 1959
  46. "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" by the Hollywood Flames, 1957 (Cheerful uptempo Doo-wop! Nice sax solo too.)
  47. "One More Chance" by Carol Fran, 1960
  48. "My Baby Loves Me" by the Holidays (Acappella remake of the 1958 Doo-Wop ballad first recorded by the Five Discs. Can't find discographical info. so just will note this came out sometime during the 1961-66 acappella craze.)
  49. "Tell Me Why" by Norman Fox and the Rob Roys, 1956
  50. "Too Young to Marry You" by the Teenettes (Appealing uptempo Doo-Wop. Sweet and innocent - they sure can't make a record like this anymore! My guess: 1958-60.)
  51. "Ruby Baby" by Dion, 1963
  52. "Peace in the Valley" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1952 (Nice version of the Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel standard first recorded by the Flying Clouds of Detroit in 1946.)
  53. "Peace in the Valley" by Red Foley, 1951 (Nice version here too. Foley sounds convincingly African American although he was a major Country star.)
  54. "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, 1956
  55. "Hillbilly Fever" by Little Jimmy Dickens, 1950
  56. "Move It on Over" by the Maddox Brothers and Rose, 1947 (Absolutley WILD near-Rockabilly remake of Hank Williams's great first hit record from 1947.)

July 15, 2021

  1. "Hillbilly Jive with a Boogie Beat" by Reece Shipley and his Rainbow Valley Boys, 1953 (Title says it all. Wonderful, intriguing sample of Country turning into Rock 'n' Roll. Lively!)
  2. "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, 1956
  3. "Rocket 88" by Bill Haley and Haley's Comets, 1951 (Excellent Hillbilly Boogie remake of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' R. & B. rocker concerning the fast-driving Oldsmobile car.)
  4. "Mr. Ducktail" by Uncle Buck Lite and the Rhythm Rockers, 1958 (Hot Rockabilly about the hair style.)
  5. "Matchbox" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1963 (LIVE version featuring Jerry Lee's pounding piano. Lewis recorded the song in 1957 and the ORGINAL Blues was recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson 30 years before that.)
  6. "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr, 1952
  7. "Chains of Love" by the Hollywood Flames, 1957 (Excellent remake of Big Joe Turner's 1951 Blues.)
  8. "Tuff (Cattywampus)" by Ace Cannon, 1961
  9. "Feel So Good" by Shirley and Lee, 1955
  10. "Oh, Lord, Guide the Way" by the Jewel Gospel-Aires, 1955 (Nice uptempo female Gospel.)
  11. "Work and Pray" by Vance "Tiny" Powell and the Paramount Gospel Singers, 1955
  12. "Story Untold" by the Nutmegs, 1955
  13. "Maybe" by the Chantels, 1957
  14. "Dig this Boogie" by Wynonie Harris, 1945 (Excellent rocker featuring Harris on vocals and Hermon Blount, later known as Sun Ra, on hot Boogie Woogie piano.)
  15. "I Want to Rock" by LaVern Baker, 1951 (Title says it all. I think this was her first recording.)
  16. "Angels in Harlem" by Dr. Clayton, 1946 (Wonderful mid-tempo Blues concerning the charms of the pretty women of Harlem, New York City. Features Clayton's distinctive vocal whoops and some wonderful bluesy piano by the great Blind John Davis.)
  17. "Farewell, Little Girl" by Sunnyland Slim, 1947 (Slim started out as a Dr. Clayton imitator and he sure sounds like Clayton on this one. Although an excellent pianist, here the piano is played by Blind John Davis, perhaps, to keep the Dr. Clayton sound alive. Clayton died in 1947.)
  18. "Crazy Crying Blues" by Memphis Minnie, 1931
  19. "Blue Yodel #2 (My Lovin' Gal, Lucille)" by Jimmie Rodgers, 1928
  20. "She's Got the Habit" by Walter Hurdt and his Singing Cowboys, 1935
  21. "I've Got the Boogie Blues" by Charline Arthur, 1949-50
  22. "Sweet Woman Blues" by Ramblin' Tommy Scott, 1947 (Pretty HOT blend of Western Swing and Hillbilly Boogie. Some really nice electric guitar and steel guitar work too.)
  23. "Long Gone Daddy" by Lou Graham, 1952 (Competent remake of Hank Williams's bluesy number.)
  24. "Until the End of Time" by Doris Browne with Doc Bagby's Orchestra, 1953 (Appealing plaintive R. & B. ballad. Very nice electric organ accompaniment too.)
  25. "Petite Fleur" by Chris Barber's Jazz Band, 1957 (Big hit in Britain in 1959; nice mellow Jazz instrumental with a Latin flavor.)
  26. "Rock Island Line" by Lonnie Donnegan, 1956 (Skiffle!)
  27. "When the Saints Go Marching In" by Ottilie Patterson and Chris Barber's Jazz Band, 1958 (Very enjoyable Trad Jazz version of the New Orleans standard.)
  28. "When the Saints Go Marching In" by Papa Lightfoot, 1952-53 (Insane and wild version featuring Lightfoot's frantic harmonica work and his Louis Armstrong-like vocals.)
  29. "My Baby'ss Comin' Home" by Ruth McFadden, 1958
  30. "Mansions in the Sky" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1960 (Live subdued Gospel. Alas, her guitar is almost inaudible but her vocals are powerful.)
  31. "Turn You Around" by the Pilgrim Jubilees, 1962
  32. "Need your Lovin'" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962 (Raw Gospel-influenced Soul raver.)
  33. "Give our Love a Chance" by Ada Ray, 1962
  34. "Dede Dinah" by Frankie Avalon, 1957 (His first recording? A little silly but it sure is fun and is some pretty decent Rock 'n' Roll. Hot sax solo.)
  35. "Hear my Plea" by Donnie Elbert, c. 1957
  36. "Disappointed Bride" by the Hearts, 1956
  37. "Put your Arms Around Me" by Fred Buckley and the Pastels, 1956 (NICE Doo-Wop romantic ballad. Not the same as Pastels of "Been So Long" fame from '57.)
  38. "What a Guy" by the Raindrops, 1963
  39. "G.I. Blues" by Elvis Presley, 1960 (Humorous rocker about the rigors of Army life while stationed in Germany - sounds autobiographical since Elvis spent most of 1958-60 stationed in Germany during his military service.)
  40. "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons, 1963
  41. "Wiggle Wobble" by Les Cooper, 1959
  42. "Teenage Dream" by Pearl and the Deltars, 1960 (Surprisingly moving Doo-Wop ballad. Pearl was Pearl McKinnon of the Kodaks/Kodoks who hit big with uptempo Doo-Wop "Oh, Gee, Oh, Gosh.")
  43. "Each Time" by the Ivytones, 1958
  44. "Single Life" by Billy Tate, 1954 (Very similar to Fats Domino's first record, "The Fat Man," from 1949.)
  45. "Flag Waver" by the Alan Freed Band, 1955-56 LIVE (Exciting live Rock 'n' Roll instrumental.)
  46. "Boogie Woogie Daddy" by the Enchanters, c. 1952
  47. "Heeby Jeebies" by Little Richard, c. 1956-57
  48. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by the Spaniels, 1953
  49. "I'll Surrender Anytime" by Edna McGriff, 1952
  50. "Little Boy" by Rev. Kelsey, c. 1949 (Exciting Pentecostal Gospel concerning the 12-year old Jesus preaching in the Temple.)
  51. "Come unto Me" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952
  52. "Hot Little Mama" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, 1955 (HOT indeed! Superb vocals and B.B. King-like guitar.)
  53. "Dippin' in my Business" by Rose Marie McCoy, 1954-55
  54. "A Thousand Stars" by the Rivileers, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version of this soulful Doo-Wop ballad that was a hit for Kathy Young and the Innocents in 1960. Both versions are beautiful.)
  55. "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins, 1956

July 22, 2021

  1. "Sugar Candy" by the Belle-Aires (Fantastic and superior remake of the Miller Sisters' 1957 lively original. Absolutely FUN Rock 'n' Roll. My guess is later in 1957.)
  2. "Carol" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  3. "Rockin' at the Hop" by the Cassidy Sisters and the Titanics, 1958
  4. "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors, 1957 (An absolute classic of REAL Rock 'n' Roll! Exciting. Great vocals and hot piano.)
  5. "Sometimes (When I'm All Alone)" by Danny and the Juniors, 1957 (Really nice Doo-Wop ballad. Danny & Co. are best known for their rockers but they could also harmonize nicely on ballads.)
  6. "Suffering with my Heart" by the Endeavors, 1959
  7. "Night Train" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1962 (LIVE! Propulsive uptempo Soul with lyrics uses same melody as the famous bluesy instrumental by Jimmy Forrest from a decade earlier.)
  8. "Morning, Noon, and Night" by Gladys Knight and the Pips
  9. "I Want to Be the Only One" by Kip Anderson, 1959 (Excellent uptempo R. & B. Fantastic electric guitar solo too.)
  10. "(My Gal Is) Red Hot" by the Carroll Brothers, 1958 (Frantic rocker includes unbelievably exciting electric guitar solo. NOT same "Red Hot" as by Billy Lee Riley or Billy the Kid Emerson.)
  11. "Without You, Lord" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1961 (Very nice slow Gospel featuring her sweet yet bluesy vocals.)
  12. "Mother's Prayer Answered" by Brother Joe May, 1964
  13. "Lookin' for a Love" by the Valentinos, 1962
  14. "Last Night" by the Mar-Keys, 1961
  15. "Rockin' Chair" by Rufus Thomas, 1964 (LIVE! Kind of resembles Big Joe Turner's 1955 "Flip, Flop, and Fly." Rufus has fun on this one. Outstanding horn riffs by back-up band too.)
  16. "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, 1962
  17. "You Cheated" by the Slades, 1958 (Mournful Doo-Wop ballad. The ORIGINAL version. The Shields had the hit, however, even though both versions sound very similar.)
  18. "Foolish Little Girl" by the Cookies, 1963 (Remake of the regretful ballad first recorded by the Shirelles in 1963.)
  19. "Passing By" by the Versatiles, 1958 (Pleasant mid-tempo male group Doo-Wop.)
  20. "Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, 1954 (One of my favorite uptempo Doo-Wop numbers. Catchy. Nice piano accompaniment too.)
  21. "If You See Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, c. 1955 (Nice follow-up or answer song quite similar in sound to "Mary Lee.")
  22. "You're Gonna Lose your Girl" by Barbara Gale and the Larks, 1954
  23. "Ankle Bracelet" by the Pyramids, 1959
  24. "My Baby Loves Me" by the Five Discs, 1961 (Superb vocal harmonies on the Doo-Wop ballad. This group released some great Doo-Wop fast and slow between 1958 and 1962.)
  25. "You Say You Love Me" by the Hearts, 1957
  26. "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses" by the Jaynetts, 1963
  27. "Cry behind the Daisies" by the Jaynetts, 1964 (Follow-up to their big 1963 hit, above. Compelling and mysterious.)
  28. "There Is No Love at All" by the Hearts, 1959
  29. "Devil that I See" by th Penguins, 1955 (NICE Doo-Wop ballad. Pretty similar to their classic, "Earth Angel," from 1954.)
  30. "Get Away, Mr. Satan, Get Away" by the Coleman Brothers, 1951 (Amusing uptempo Jubilee Gospel. Love the line, "I ain't seein' Lucy Brown 'cause her husband's back in town." So, is he really resisting Satan's temptation or is he just afraid of Lucy's husband?)
  31. "Swing Down, Chariot" by the Golden Gate Quartet, 1946
  32. "I'm Gonna Let Him Ride" by Helen Humes, 1950
  33. "Lost John's Pinetop's Boogie" by Lost John Hunter, 1950 (Nice Boogie Woogie piano remake of Clarence "Pinetop" Smith's very influential 1928 original. Not to be confused with LONG John Hunter, guitarist.)
  34. "Going to the River" by Fats Domino, 1952
  35. "Boy Days" by Enid Mosier and her Trinidad Steel Band, 1957 (Amusing Calypso about getting rid of an annoying younger brother: leave him "by accident" on the bus.)
  36. "T.V. Calypso" by the Mighty Terror, 1958 (Terror's daughter cajoles him into buying a t.v. set.)
  37. "Adeline" by Pretender, 1939
  38. "Calypso Twist" by the Mighty Sparrow, 1963 (Fascinating, fun, and amusing combination of Calypso and Rock 'n' Roll. References Chubby Checker.)
  39. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, 1960 (Big hit rocker. Of course, hepsters are aware that the ORIGINAL version was recorded by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in 1958. Chubby's excellent record was a pretty close copy.)
  40. "Eddie, my Darling" by Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960 (Sweet Doo-Wop ballad.)
  41. "(Pretty Baby) I'm So Used to You Now" by Cornel Gunter and the Ermines, 1956
  42. "Summmertime, Summertime" by the Jamies, 1958
  43. "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran, 1958
  44. "Singing the Blues" by Guy Mitchell, 1956 (Catchy number. Both Pop and Rock 'n' Roll.)
  45. "Let's Go Steady" by Darnetta and the Starlets, 1962
  46. "At Last" by Etta James, 1960
  47. "Skinny Minnie" by Bill Haley and the Comets, 1957
  48. "Don't Be Angry" by Nappy Brown, 1955 (Hot rocker with blastin' sax solo. Much different from the 1952 Doo-Wop ballad by the Sultans played on the June 24 show.)
  49. "Rock, Little Frances" by the Five Willows, 1953 (A true rocker!)
  50. "He's my Baby" by Donna Hightower, 1956 (Bluesy rocker uses identical melody to the Drifters' 1953 "Money Honey.")
  51. "Money Honey" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, 1953
  52. "Protect my Loved Ones" by the Harmonizing Four, c. 1951
  53. "I'll Be Satisfied Then" by Sister Jessie Mae Renfro, 1952 (Outstanding slow Gospel featuring Renfro's sweet soprano plus nice electric organ accompaniment.)
  54. "Drag Race" by Joe Houston, 1954
  55. "Rendezvous with You" by the Desires, 1960 (Uptempo Doo-Wop featuring female lead with male back-up. Very catchy.)
  56. "I Laughed" by the Jesters, 1958
  57. "Magic Kiss" by the Keystoners, 1956

July 29, 2021

  1. "The Coffee Grind" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1960 (Lively dance number.)
  2. "Ain't No Need" by Honey Brown, 1956-57
  3. "Squashy" by Bill Doggett, 1956 (Silly name but an excellent R. & B. instrumental. NICE electric organ playing by Doggett!)
  4. "Atomic Baby" by Linda Hayes, 1953
  5. "Good Luck to You" by the Dots, 1957
  6. "Oh, Starlight" by the Quinns, 1957 (Street corner Doo-Wop at its best. Fantastic ballad featuring great harmony plus distinctive bass voice and falsetto singing.)
  7. "Later, Later, Baby" by the Five Crowns, 1952
  8. "Ipsy Opsie Ooh" by Shirley Gunter and the Flairs, 1955 (Jazz-influenced uptempo number. Very enjoyable.)
  9. "Talk on, Talker" by Elder Charles Beck, 1939 (Amusing and effective uptempo Gospel number concerning church gossips/critics and those who don't pay tithes and offerings.)
  10. "Jesus Is Here Today" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1946
  11. "It's Raining Down on Sunshine Lane" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1948
  12. "Dear Ruth" by the Buccaneers, 1952
  13. "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" by Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, 1950 (Driving bluesy Country.)
  14. "Hillbilly Jive with a Boogie Beat" by Reece Shipley and his Rainbow Valley Boys, 1953 (Title says it all. Wonderful, intriguing sample of Country turning into Rock 'n' Roll. Lively!)
  15. "Seven Lonely Days" by Bonnie Lou, 1953
  16. "That's Why I Worry" by Jimmie Selph with Milton Estes and the Musical Millers, 1947
  17. "Teenage Prayer" by Dolly Cooper, 1955
  18. "It Was I" by Skip and Flip, 1959
  19. "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'" by Ruth Brown, 1957
  20. "Brazil" by the Coasters, 1956 (Effective R. & B. treatment of a romantic Pop number.)
  21. "Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions, 1960 (Amusing Doo-Wop novelty number. Oddly, not a hit until 1964!)
  22. "Over the Rainbow" by the Demensions [sic], 1960
  23. "We Were Meant to Marry" by Maureen Gray (Absolutely soulful romantic ballad. Heartbreaking lyrics. My guess is 1961-62.)
  24. "I Wonder" by the Falcons, 1957 (Rousing uptempo Doo-Wop. Their first record?)
  25. "Feels Good" by the Falcons, 1960
  26. "She's my Heart's Desire" by the Falcons, 1962
  27. "I Found a Love" by the Falcons, 1961 (Featuring Wilson Pickett on lead, this is some truly intense Gospel-influenced Soul. Wow!)
  28. "You're So Fine" by the Falcons, 1959 (Funky mid-tempo R. & B. Excellent! My only complaint is that the bluesy saxophone solo is far too short.)
  29. "Puppy Love" by Barbara Lewis, 1963
  30. "You Got Me (Where You Want Me)" by Bobby "Blue" Bland, 1958 (Tough uptempo Blues.)
  31. "Oh, How I Love Jesus" by the Dixie Hummingbirds
  32. "I Gave Up Everything to Follow Him" by Mahalia Jackson, 1950 (Superb bluesy slow Gospel. A testimony of commitment.)
  33. "The Deacon's Hop" by Big Jay McNeely, 1948
  34. "Fuzzy Wuzzy Honey" by Big Joe Turner, 1949 (Full-blown Rock 'n' Roll a few years early. HOT!)
  35. "Rocket 69" by Connie Allen and the Todd Rhodes Orchestra, 1952
  36. "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, 1951
  37. "Pitiful" by Big Maybelle, 1956
  38. "Medley: Mango Walk/Give Me Back me Shilling/Sweetie Charlie" by Lord Tickler (Very enjoyable Jamaican Mento, i.e., Calypso. My guess c. 1952-56.)
  39. "Massa Johnnie" by Lili Verona and Mike McKenzie's All Stars, 1954
  40. "Oh, Liza, See Me Here" by the Percentie Brothers, 1953 (Wonderful Bahamian Goombay, i.e., Calypso. Some great double-entendre lyrics too.)
  41. "Uncle Lou; Lazy Man" by George Symonette and his Calypso Sextette, 1957
  42. "Without Love" by Barbara George, c. 1961
  43. "Fountain of Love" by the Starlarks, 1957
  44. "Cry Baby" by the Bonnie Sisters, 1955 (Lively rocker. Remake of the superior Scarlets' original from '55. Note: The Scarlets became the Five Satins in 1956.)
  45. "Rhythm Rockin' Blues" by Rollee McGill, 1955
  46. "Who's Been Fooling You?" by Big Boy Myles, 1955 (EXCELLENT remake of the New Orleans rocker first recorded by Professor Longhair in 1953. See below.)
  47. "Who's Been Fooling You?" by Professor Longhair, 1953
  48. "Since I Fell for You" by Annie Laurie, 1948
  49. "Letter from my Darling" by Little Willie John, 1956 (Rarely heard but excellent bluesy R. & B. ballad. Should have been a hit.)
  50. "Way Bye and Bye" by the Silvertone Singers of Cincinnati, 1954 (INTENSE mid-tempo Gospel featuring strong bluesy male vocal harmonies plus, intriguingly, well-placed pedal steel guitar accompaniment.)
  51. "Holding On - Part 2" by Madame Ernestine B. Washington and the Milleraires, 1954 (HOT uptempo Gospel. Pentecostal, for sure! Nice piano solo too.)
  52. "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, 1956
  53. "I Love You Madly" by Charlie and Ray, 1954 (Fun uptempo rocker.)
  54. "Central 1609" by Linda Peters, 1954
  55. "The Great Pretender" by the Platters, 1955
  56. "Babalu's Wedding Day" by the Eternals, 1959 (Uptempo Doo-Wop. Very catchy.)
  57. "Bohemian Daddy" by the Marquis, 1956 (Uptempo female-lead Doo-Wop. Very catchy.)
  58. "Vowels of Love" by the Poets, 1958
  59. "I Want You to Be my Girl" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956 (Although remembered today only for their big 1956 hit - recorded in '55 - "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" - they actually recorded some other great numbers such as this uptempo Doo-Wop too.)
  60. "Somewhere Somebody Cares" by Bill Robinson and the Quails, 1954 (Haunting Doo-Wop ballad featuring Robinson on falsetto lead.)

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