Sunday, December 4, 2022

Wolfman Jack & The Wolf Pack


Wolfman Jack & The Wolf Pack

Bread Records, 1965

Don't You Just Know It           
Hand Jive                        
I Need Your Loving               
New Orleans                      
Oo Poo Pah Doo                   
Short Fat Fanny                  
Wolfman Boogie Part 1            
Wolfman Boogie Part 2            
Wolfman Theme (Can't Sit Down)   


Friday, December 2, 2022

Clem Hutchins


"Clem Hutchins Does It Again"


Excellent review of this album here :

Clem Hutchins "Clem Hutchins Does It Again" (Jaguar Records, 1972-?) (LP)

A singularly weird record by a one-man band from Phoenix, Arizona, who plays an amazingly eccentric combination of acoustic guitar, percussion, and some kind of toy piano. He alternates between manic energy and clompy calm, singing sometimes, including a few old-fashioned sentimental tunes from the pre-honkytonk country tradition. Best of all is the intensely primitive production quality, which gives this disc a disjointed, otherworldly, DIY quality that lofi-sters like Hasil Adkins or Eugene Chadbourne could only dream of, particularly the distant-sounding, sung-into-a-tin-can vocals. There are layers of mystery surrounding this disc, which pairs the cryptic front cover with a blank white back, and one little name on the inner label that cracks things open, but just a little bit. "Clem Hutchins" seems to have been a stage name for "Jon Cristi," which in turn seems to have been a pen name for Henry Collins Edwards, who registered several of these songs with the Library Of Congress around 1970. He may have been at this for a long, long time: the LOC also records a few songs from the 1940s -- "In Sailor Town" (1943); "Armful Of Love" (1944); and "Black Dan" (1947) -- registered by a guy named Henry Collins Edwards, Jr., who was living in Los Angeles at the time. None of those war-era songs are on this album, although he may have recorded them elsewhere; Clem Hutchins also released a string of singles on his Jaguar label, including many of the tracks gathered here, bracketed by a few early 'Sixties singles (1963's "The Ramblin' Blues" and "Chasin' The Blues Away," from 1965) and some from the late 'Seventies. (On at least one of his singles he claimed to have a backing band called The Haymakers... no info about them, either, alas.) Anyway, this seems to be a collection of his singles from the '60s and '70s, possibly with additional "new" material to round things out. No release date, but it was probably from between 1970 and '75. Any additional information is welcome!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Jailhouse Rock

Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Porky, Tweety & Elmer
Jailhouse Rock

From "Bugs & Friends Sing Elvis"

Disguised as famous cartoon characters, the perpetrators of this cowardly attack against Elvis were quickly identified as Billy West, Joe Alaskey and Bob Bergen, arrested and immediately sent to prison.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

No Brainer Volume 7



 No Brainer Volume 7


Annisteen Allen - Baby I'm Doing It.mp3                     
Annisteen Allen - Fujiyama Mama.mp3                         
Big Joe Turner - Honey Hush.mp3                             
Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle, and Roll.mp3                
Bo Diddley - Down Home Special.mp3                          
Candy Rivers - Daddy On My Mind.mp3                         
Chubby Newsome - Where's the Money, Honey.mp3               
Dolores Gibson - Call Me, Call Me, Call Me.mp3              
Dorothea Fleming - Devil Is Mad.mp3                         
Edna McRaney - Lovin' Time Blues.mp3                        
Erline Harris - Jump and Shout.mp3                          
Erline Harris - Long Tall Papa.mp3                          
Eunice Davis - Work, Daddy, Work.mp3                        
Gladys Hill - Please Don't Touch My Bowl.mp3                
Kitty Stevenson - Good Man.mp3                              
Lil Green - How Come You Do Me Like You Do.mp3              
Little Esther - Flesh, Blood, and Bones.mp3                 
Little Esther - Saturday Night Daddy.mp3                    
Little Esther Jones - Mean Ole Gal.mp3                      
Little Marie Allen - Humdinger.mp3                          
Lula Reed - I'll Upset You Baby.mp3                         
Lula Reed - Rock Love.mp3                                   
Mabel Scott - Boogie Woogie Cho Choo Train.mp3              
Myra Johnson - Silent George.mp3                            
Pearl Traylor - Come On Daddy (Let's Go Play Tonight).mp3   
Ruth Brown - Hello Little Boy.mp3                           
Terry Timmons - He's the Best in the Business.mp3           
Vivian Greene - He's the Man.mp3                            
Zilla Mays - Nightshift Blues.mp3                           

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop


From "Honkers and Shouters", book by Arnold Shaw [edited]:

That fateful day in November 1959, Alan Freed dismissed by WABC for refusing to sign an affidavit that he had never receiving payola, announced during the playing of "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko bop" that he was going off the air.

It was a fateful day, not only for Freed, but for R&B. By then the airwaves were full of young sounds, black as well as white. But the payola scandal temporarily had greater impact on black "indie" stations as well as black artists.
Surprisingly (or not), there were not so many covers of this Little Anthony & The Imperials hit. Here are several versions from various countries. It seems that the song was originally recorded by The El Capris in 1956 (Bullseye Records), but the lyrics are different and the music quite not the same.

Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop

Chicago Line - Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko bop.mp3                              
Dick Kerr and The Sing-Along Teen-Agers-Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop.mp3   
Jane Swärd - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop (Swede) .mp3                                
Los Yetis - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop (Columbia).mp3                                 
Maya Casabianca -- Chéri chéri je reviens (France).mp3                  
The Idolls - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop.mp3                                
The Latin Quarters - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop.mp3                        
The Rosalyns - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop.mp3                              
The Wild Ones - Shimmey Shimmey Ko Ko Pop.mp3                           
Rock Ready and the Raves -  Jimmy Jimmy Coco Nut (Germany) .mp3                   
The Reasons -Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop (Thailand).mp3                     

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The Women Make A Fool Of Me



The Women Make A Fool Of Me
Live recording, Cal's Corral, 1961
(Los Angeles)
[from Honky Tonk Rockabillies, volume one, Cotton Town Jubilee CD)

Ernest Dale Tubb (1914–1984), the Texas Troubadour, was  one of the pioneers of country music. His biggest career hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" (1941), marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music

"The Women Make A Fool Of Me" is a song Ernest Tubb previously recorded for Decca as "Jimmie Rodgers' Last Yodel (The Women Make A Fool Of Me)" in 1956.

Since her creation, the woman has been the subject of many studies and observations. Among the finest authors there was Alexandre Vialatte who once published the following text in his "Antiquité Du Grand Chosier":

The woman dates back to the highest antiquity. Phorcypeutus the Enumerator already quotes her in his works. Viscount Amable de Vieuval mentions her with vivacity and Casanova relates her only with the greatest affection. She knew how to provoke the lyricism of Hermogenes the Guttural and of Chyme the Surrounding. Horace praises her and Petrarch exalts her, Doctor Gaucher studies her. This is the effect of her great importance, because she plays a key role in the succession of generations and the very unfolding of history.

Without the woman, the child would be without a mother, the father without a daughter, the brother-in-law without a sister-in-law, the uncle without a niece, the husband without a widow. She is, so to speak, the mother of the human race. Remove it, the opera loses its charm, the screen its most beautiful busts. Without it, at the Grand Café there would be no cashier, even at aperitif time, between two pots of sanseviera, of average value. The man would live as an orphan.

With the woman […] everything comes alive, everything is passionate, life takes back its rights. She marries, she divorces, she gives birth, she deceives the baker with the pharmacist; she overthrows the ministries, she throws her children out of the window, she knits pale blue layettes on the Italy-Nation line. Wrapped in a mink coat, she carries at the head of the political processions a sign of one square meter, which proclaims: “We want bread”. She types the man's mail, she takes it to sign, he signs, she kisses him, she marries him; from time to time she vitrioles him. The man assists helplessly, with empty eyes, at all these demonstrations. She fights him over the office and the factory, she stole his pants. From conquest to conquest, she came to have the right to work ninety hours a week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

1st. Lt. Don Knepp - The Complete Recordings

1st. Lt. Don Knepp - The Complete Recordings (6 tracks)


"Bad Breath Carl," "Cuba, Cuba, Cuba is My Home," and "Hello, Leeward Tower," are records made by Ist Lt Don Knepp, a versatile officer stationed at Guantanamo Bay. The three, along with "DEFEX Blues" and "Big Iron," were cut on 45 r.p.m. records and went on sale, with the profits going into a college scholarship fund for deserving seniors graduating from Gitmo's W. T. Sampson High School. The lieutenant is a Sunday school teacher,

Below, article from The Gitmo Review, US Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, October 24, 1964

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Shine Heavenly Light


    Margaret Vizinau

Shine Heavenly Light
I'll Search Heaven For You

Reid's Religious Gems RRG-113

Reid's label was owned by Melvin Reid, who ran a record store on Sacramento Street in Berkeley beginning in 1945. The store also sponsored a weekly gospel radio show on KWBR (now KDIA) which featured Melvin's uncle Paul.

From the moment she was born, Margaret Vizinau faced obstacles. Despite them all-including being born blind after her pregnant mother contracted German measles-Margaret grew up to be a woman of great faith who dedicated her life to the Lord. Her family migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1940s to escape the rampant discrimination in the South, and in 1950, Margaret entered an interracial marriage with a nonbeliever. But after six years and the birth of two sons, Dexter and Hank, the marriage ended in a painful divorce. Margaret supported her boys by playing the piano and singing for local churches, but she faced countless challenges as a blind, African American single parent.  

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Tino & The Revlons - By Request At The Sway-Zee


Tino & The Revlons - By Request At The Sway-Zee

01   Louie Louie   
02   Wooly Booly   
03   This Could Be The Last Time   
04   Honky Tonk Angels   
05   Little GTO   
06   House Of The Rising Sun   
07   Ask Me   
08   Because   
09   Rumble   
10   I Can't Get No Satisfaction   
11   One Time Break Time

Tino & The Revlons had their roots in Michigan, playing on the Northeast club circuit. They amassed a following in and about Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY. They were local lounge stars.

Ray De Martino (Tino), real name Raymond Joseph de Martino, was murdered in Jamaica in January 1983. Some local thugs were mugging his wife, Tino stepped in to defend her but was then stabbed to death.

Tino (w or w/o The Revlons) had singles on Mark, May, Pip, Dearborn, Palino & Etc..(Etc… is the name of the label) and two albums (one on Dearborn, another on Vibra-Sound).

Hoot Gibson, drummer for the Revlons :

This was at the time the most popular club band in Detroit at the time there were lines around the building for hours to get in and rightfully so, their energy in the rooms they played was amazing they were playing everyones cover music and some originals 6 nights a week. This album was put out with the intention to sell only at the club (Sway Lounge) due to the feverish request of the patrons, it was not supposed to have any air play. There were only 500 copies made and it sold out in three days. Funny thing everyone who bought it loved the album .

The group was asked to be the first white recording group by the executives at Motown but they did not sign with them due to other contract commitments, instead another group the Sunliners signed recorded and became the group Rare Earth

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Don't Wake Me Till Its Over


George Norris - Don't Wake Me Till Its Over
Sangelo Records


Not a bad cover of a song penned and recorded by Willie Nelson which was issued on his first album ("...And then I Wrote", Liberty Records) in 1962.

George Norris had at least another single (on Gateway) produced by Ray Doggett. Listed at discogs

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Candelabra Boogie

Jerry Lewis
Candelabra Boogie

I had no idea that Jerry Lewis recorded so many songs. This just one among many others available on YT.

From Jerry Lewis - Capitol Collectors Series, liner notes

On May 2,1954, Dean [Martin] and Jerry celebrated their 8th anniversary as a team on a special Colgate Comedy Hour, which featured a sketch recreating that first outing at the 500 Club. They closed the show by getting down on horns and drums and doing some heavy jamming with the Treniers on "Rockin' Is Our Bizness." The next day found Jerry in the studio as a Capitol solo artist for what would be the last time: After a smokin' tenor sax intro, Jerry belted out a fine rendition of “Candelabra Boogie” for posterity. For this brief two-day period, Jerry seemed to be a strong supporter of the imminent rock and roll era. Somehow, Capitol didn't place much faith in this unruly musical trend on Jerry's part and waited nearly eight months before unleashing it on an unsuspecting public on New Year's Eve, 1954.

On May 2,1954, Dean and Jerry celebrated their 8th anniversary as a team on a special Colgate Comedy Hour, which featured a sketch recreating that first outing at the 500 Club. They closed the show by getting down on horns and drums and doing some heavy jamming with the Treniers on "Rockin' Is Our Bizness." The next day found Jerry in the studio as a Capitol solo artist for what would be the last time: After a smokin' tenor sax intro, Jerry belted out a fine rendition of “Candelabra Boogie” for posterity. For this brief two-day period, Jerry seemed to be a strong supporter of the imminent rock and roll era. Somehow, Capitol didn't place much faith in this unruly musical trend on Jerry's part and waited nearly eight months before unleashing it on an unsuspecting public on New Year's Eve, 1954.

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Brat



Ricky and Robie and The Roman Rockers

The Brat 

Verve V-10148x45

Guaglione, original sheet music

American "cover" of Guaglione, a song in Neapolitan dialect, winner of the 1956 "Festival di Napoli". Publisher Fred Raphael were in Italy when he heard the song on the radio and arranged for U.S. rights to it. It's been recorded by everybody, from Dean Martin (as The Man with the Mandolino) in 1956 to Perez Prado. It's became the publisher biggest moneymaker.

For a list of cover versions see SecondHandSongs (this Ricky and Robie version isn't listed)

Ricky is Ricky Vallo a Pittsburgh performer who had some 45s on MGM back in the early fifties. Robie is almost probably Robie Lester

Sunday, September 18, 2022

No Brainer : volume 6


Another random compilation

Arlando King - Baby Only You.mp3                                        
Billy & Ricky - How Do You Sound.mp3                                    
Charlie Rich - Finally Found Out.mp3                                    
Eddie Bo - Every Dog Got His Day.mp3                                    
Elton Anderson - Sick And Tired.mp3                                     
Hank Blackman & The Killers - Itchy Koo.mp3                             
Larry Dale - Big Muddy.mp3                                              
Little Sammy & The Wheeletts - Jackie Please.mp3                        
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - College Girl.mp3                       
Nate Nelson - Tell Me Why.                                                          
Pearl Woods - Sippin Sorrow.mp3                                         
Roy Hall's Alley Cats Feat Andre Williams - Go Go Little Queenie!.mp3   
The Harrison Brothers - Country Boy.mp3                                 
The Hot Tamales - Hum Double Bubble.mp3                                 
The Off Beats (Feat. Arthur Lee Maye) - Have Love Will Travel.mp3       
The Solitaires - Big Mary's House '58.mp3                               
The Utopians - Dutch Treat.mp3                                          

Saturday, September 17, 2022



 Little Hank
& The Rhythm Kings

Rhythm & Range 45-101
(Nashville, Tennessee - 1956)

Little Hank - Christene 

Little Hank - The House of Pink Lights

This is jazz star Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford's first record which he made for a little-known label in Nashville while studying music at Tennessee State University in the mid-fities. The Memphis-bred saxophonist directed the Tenessessee State Collegians jazz band and fronted his own combo during college. Little Hank & The Rhythm Kings played jumping dance music six nights a week at the Subway Lounge in Nashville's Printers Alley. According to Crawford, "Christene" was written, produced and bankrolled by Roy Hall, the hillbilly boogie pianist who wrote "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On". Crawford supplies sax and vocal. He left Nashville in early 1958 to join Ray Charles's group, soon becoming Charles's bandleader and eventually signing his own deal with Atlantic Records.

Bio (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Cold, salted, strong, black...


Everyone needs a coffee break even those who do nothing

Alton Guyon - Coffee Baby (unissued).mp3                     
Betty James - Salt In Your Coffee (Chess).mp3                
Bill Brock - A Cup Of Coffee (Then I'll Go) (Toppa).mp3      
Bob Stegall - Strong Coffee (Abbott).mp3                     
Charlie & The Jives - Coffee Grind 2 (Hour).mp3              
Danny Overbea - Forty Cups Of Coffee (Checker).mp3           
Danny Run Joe Taylor - Coffee Daddy Blues (Wheeler).mp3      
Glen Glenn - One Cup Of Coffee (And A Cigarette) (Era).mp3   
Johnny Stark - Cold Coffee (Crystalette).mp3                 
Manny Perez - Coffee Rock (Vistone).mp3                      
Shorty Long - Burnt Toast And Black Coffee (RCA).mp3         
Sidney Simien - She's My Morning Coffee (Jin).mp3            

No sugar please, thanks!