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MUSICAL PICK OF THE MOMENT: "Tears in my Eyes" by the Dreamers, 1955

Prime example of the lovely, ephemeral, blues and gospel-influenced Doo-Wop ballad vocal group sound of Philadelphia, c. 1953-57!

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JUST PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2013: The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer by Timothy Dodge. See this link for more information.

Listen to Dr. Hepcat broadcast the "Golden Oldies" show on WEGL - Auburn, FM 91.1 on Tuesdays, 7 - 10 p.m. (Central Time) SUMMER HOURS. Rest of year it's 7 - 9 p.m. 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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Last updated June 13, 2018 at 8:41 a. m. Copyright (c) 2018.

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Play List

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

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

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

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

Playlists: Summer 2018

May 22, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Kissing in the Dark" by Memphis Minnie, 1953 (One the last recordings by this excellent guitar playing and singing blueswoman! She recorded prolifically between 1929 and 1953!)
  3. "Hold Me, Squeeze Me" by Sonny Til and the Orioles, 1951
  4. "Thirty Days" by Chuck Berry, 1955
  5. "Baby, I'm Tired" by Bobbie James, 1955
  6. "There Is Something on your Mind, Part 1" by Bobby Marchan, 1960 (Nice version of the bluesy ballad originally recorded by Big Jay McNeely in 1959-60!)
  7. "There Is Something on your Mind, Part 2" by Bobby Marchan, 1960 (Amazing Part 2 where Bobby lays down a couple of emotional bluesy recitations!)
  8. "I Ain't Mad at You" by Bobby "Mr. Blues" Merrill, c. 1961 (Fun updating of the blues rocker first recorded by Gatemouth Moore in 1947!)
  9. "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis, 1963
  10. "Nobody but You, Lord" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the Radio Four, 1959
  11. "All These things to Me" by the Stars of Virginia, 1965-66 (WOW! Uptempo Gospel at its very best!)
  12. "The Kind of Man I Am" by Gene Cooper and the Voices, 1965-66
  13. "Ooo, Sometimes" by the Shondells, 1963
  14. "Drag Race" by Joe Houston, 1954
  15. "Whadaya Want?" by the Robins, 1955
  16. "Till the Cows Come Home" by Kitty Noble, 1954
  17. "Call a Doctor" by the Crows, 1953 (Amusing uptempo Doo-Wop by the great early Doo-Wop group most famous for their hit record for 1953, "Gee!")
  18. "Baby" by the Avons, 1957 (Beautiful Doo-Wop harmony ballad by this male group!)
  19. "To Be a Part of You" by the Clickettes, 1960
  20. "I Hear You Knocking" by Smiley Lewis, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of this bluesy number redone by others including Gale Storm, Fats Domino. and Dave Edmunds!)
  21. "I 'Yi" by the Hawks, 1953
  22. "Get your Enjoys" by Eunice Davis, 1954
  23. "Standing on the Corner" by Smiley Lewis, 1953 (Funky and bluesy New Orleans R. & B.! Concerns getting arrested for public intoxication! Nice hot saxophone solo andd pounding piano too!)
  24. "Shake a Hand" by Faye Adams, 1953
  25. "Tears in my Eyes" by the Dreamers, 1955 (Exquisitely soulful Doo-Wop ballad!)
  26. "What'd I Say? Parts 1 and 2" by Ray Charles, 1959
  27. "Fujiyama Mama" by Annisteen Allen and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, 1954 (The ORIGINAL tough bluesy version of this song about a woman tough as the atom bomb and Mt. Fuji! Wanda Jackson recorded a nice Rockabilly version of it in 1957 too!)
  28. "Smokie Part 2" by Bill Black's Combo, 1959
  29. "Decatur Street" by Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, 1963
  30. "It's Real" by the Gay Sisters, 1951
  31. "My God Is Real" by the Prisonaires, 1953
  32. "Honey, Don't!" by Carl Perkins, 1955 (Great Rockabilly! Redone by the Beatles in 1964!)
  33. "I Got the Hurt" by Diane Holtz
  34. "Rag Mop" by Johnny Lee Wills, 1949 (The ORIGINAL Western Swing version of this fun but slightly absurd song redone by others!)
  35. "You're Bound to Look Like a Monkey (When You Grow Old)" by Hank Penny and his California Cowhands
  36. "That's my Desire" by Hadda Brooks, 1947 (Nice version of the melodious ballad first made famous by Frankie Laine earlier in 1947!)
  37. "That's my Desire" by the Channels, 1957 (Fantastic Doo-Wop treatment of this ballad!)
  38. "Adios" by the Five Discs, 1961 (Superb uptempo Doo-Wop with a Mexican flavor by this New York vocal group!)
  39. "Won't Someone Tell Me Why?" by Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens, 1958
  40. "When I Woke Up this Morning" by the Bop Chords, 1956
  41. "In my Heart" by the Timetones, 1961 (Very effective uptempo Doo-wop! Has been one of my favorites for decades!)
  42. "Nobody Cares" by Baby Washington, 1961 (Powerful and sad ballad concerning the fact that nobody cares for her anymore!)
  43. "United" by the Love Notes, 1957
  44. "Africa, Here I Come" by Lord Ivanhoe and his Caribbean Knights, 1958 (Jubilant Calypso concerning decolonization of Africa and a West Indian coming home to claim his identity as an African and not "a half-caste West Indian!")
  45. "Old Time Calypsoes" by Lord Melody
  46. "Don't Let me Mother Know" by the Keskidee Trio, 1935 (Original Trindadian Calypso with the line, "Take me, take me to Los Iros ..." American singer, Jimmy Soul, in 1964 recorded "Take Me to Los Angeles" based on that same Calypso but turned into Rock 'n' Roll! Gary U.S. Bonds then recorded the similar "Take Me to New Orleans" in 1966!)
  47. "Stone Cold Dead in de Market" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, 1945 (Fantastic remake of Wilmoth Houdini's 1939 calypso, "He Had It Coming!" This version became both a pop and R. & B. hit in 1946!)
  48. "I'm Gonna Jump in the River" by Ella Johnson and the Bee Jays, 1952
  49. "Will Jesus Be Waiting?" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1952 (Sanctified hard Gospel singing! That's where James Brown's scream came from!)
  50. "God's Roll" by the Angelic Gospel Singers
  51. "True Fine Mama" by Little Richard, 1955 (WOW!! Very close to Gospel, this is Little Richard on perhaps my favorite rocker of them all!)
  52. "Blast Off" by the Satellites and the Space Man, 1959
  53. "Boy of my Dreams" by the Dungaree Darlings, 1956
  54. "Shattered Dreams" by the Youngsters, 1956 (Nice, more or less uptempo bluesy ballad of despair! Very catchy melody!)
  55. "Hammy in the Holee" by Baby Doll
  56. "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  57. "The Drunkard" by the Thrillers, 1953 (Amazing cautionary tale! Alternates between recitation over bluesy background and Gospel-like singing!)
  58. "Sneaky Pete" by Bull Moose Jackson, 1947 (Amusing drinking song concerning the powerful effects of that el cheapo drink, Sneaky Pete!)

May 29, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Roll 'Em Boogie" by Freddie Mitchell, 1950
  3. "Rock 'n' Roll Mama" by Camille Howard, c. 1956
  4. "If She Don't Come Back" by Tampa Red, 1953
  5. "I Still Remember" by the Romancers, 1955
  6. "Earth Angel" by the Penguins, 1954 (The ORIGINAL Dootone label version! Truly soulful Doo-Wop ballad! The Penguins redid it and other groups covered it, including the Crew Cuts, but this, the original 1954 version, is definitely the best!)
  7. "We Ain't Gonna Ride No More" by the Arrows
  8. "Down in Texas" by Mari Jones and Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  9. "Jump, Everybody, Jump" by Joe Morris, 1951 (The title says it all! Some FINE Jump Blues!)
  10. "(We're Gonna) Jump for Joy" by Big Joe Turner, 1958 (WOW!! Rock 'n' Roll at its frenzied best! Excellent updating of the uptempo Blues he first recorded about 1941!)
  11. "I'll Make It Somehow" by the Golden Harps, 1951
  12. "In Heaven I'll Rest" by Brother Cecil Shaw and the Alpha Omega Singers, 1953
  13. "Ain't that a Shame?" by Fats Domino, 1955
  14. "Don't Be Angry" by the Crew Cuts, 1955 (Nice remake of the Nappy Brown hot rockin' original from earlier in 1955!)
  15. "Hands Off" by Priscilla Bowman
  16. "Banana Split" by Kid King's Combo, 1953
  17. "Bewildered" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1961 (Superb soulful interpretation of this lovely bluesy R. & B. ballad!)
  18. "Bewildered" by Amos Milburn, 1948 (The ORIGINAL version of this lovely bluesy R. & B. ballad! Instead of his usual boogie piano plus singing, Milburn here is more in a Charles Brown mellow Blues mode! Very nice!)
  19. "Mama Don't Allow It" by Julia Lee and her Boy Friends, 1947 (Lively version of the uptempo Blues/Jazz original dating back to the late 1920's concerning a puritanical mother who does not allow Blues/Jazz music to be played in her home!)
  20. "Mama Don't allow" by Katie Webster (Same song updated for the Rock 'n' Roll era! My guess is recorded 1960-61!)
  21. "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, 1965 (Perhaps the ultimate party/dance record! Proving that REAL Rock 'n' Roll had not quite died out despite the arrival of the 1960's! Between the pulsating organ, the blastin' sax and Sam's frenzied enthusiastic singing, this record smokes!)
  22. "Foot Stomping" by the Flares, 1961
  23. "Born to Be with You" by the Chordettes (Sweet almost ethereal ballad! Truly romantic!)
  24. "Blanche" by the Three Friends, 1956
  25. "Oh, But She Did" by the Opals, 1954 (Excellent catchy uptempo Doo-Wop concerning a country girl who goes corrupt in the big city! The El Capris recorded a rough and ready version in 1956 too!)
  26. "Do You Wanna Go?" by the Miller Sisters, 1956
  27. "Big Jay Shuffle" by Big Jay McNeely, 1952
  28. "Baby, Don't Do It" by the Five Royales, 1952 (Wonderful combination of mid-tempo Blues and Gospel style!)
  29. "Nadine" by the Coronets, 1953
  30. "Tears on my Pillow" by Little Anthony and the Imperials, 1958 (First real hit for the group - a wistful ballad! Didn't realize until I had this playing on the air that this is NOT the original 1958 version but a decent remake, probably mid-1960's judging by the instrumentation and sound!)
  31. "He Is Able" by the Songbirds of the South, 1953
  32. "Where Shall I Be?" by Professor Johnson and his Gospel Singers, 1950
  33. "Midnight Ramble" by H-Bomb Ferguson, 1961 (Very enjoyable rocker that uses the same melody and theme as Roy Brown's 1947 "Good Rockin' Tonight!")
  34. "Love and Wine" by Varetta Dillard, 1951
  35. "Glory of Love" by the Hollywood Four Flames, 1952 (Obscure but very nice Doo-Wop version of the Country ballad! has a nice spoken recitation too!)
  36. "My Tears" by Andre Williams, 1956 (Soulful and melancholy Doo-Wop ballad! Williams usually is connected to tough Blues, uptempo R. & B., and, more recently, x-rated Blues raps, but he also could really sing a ballad when he wanted to do so!)
  37. "I'm Looking for a Woman" by Bo Diddley, 1955-56
  38. "Calling All Cows" by the Blues rockers, 1955
  39. "All Right, Baby" by Big Mama Thornton and the Harlem All Stars, 1950 (Perhaps her first record! Basic but enjoyable Jump Blues by the woman who, two years later, recorded the original version of "Hound Dog!")
  40. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, 1952 (Superb slow rockin' New Orleans R. & B.! The first record by Lloyd Price! Fats Domino on pounding piano!)
  41. "Down So Long" by Dolly Cooper, 1955
  42. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Elvis Presley, 1954 (The other side of his first released record from 1954! "That's All Right, Mama" first recorded in 1946 by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup" was an innovative use of the Blues but let's not forget "Blue Moon of Kentucky," a truly rocked up version of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass mournful ballad also from 1946! BOTH sides of Elvis's first record were equally innovative and exciting!)
  43. "Stealin' Sugar" by Ray Batts, 1954
  44. "Tennessee Mama" by Carrie Thacquer with Don Wan [sic] and his Troubadours, 1959 (Excellent Rockabilly! Shame it lasts only two minutes!)
  45. ""Real Rock Drive" by Bill Haley and his Comets, 1952 (Bill Haley performing Rock 'n' Roll two years before "Rock Around the Clock!")
  46. "These Are They!" by Queen C. Anderson and the Brewster Singers, 1952 (Absolutely lovely Gospel! Slow and bluesy and then changes to uptempo!)
  47. "Peace in the Valley" by Vance "Tiny" Powell and the Paramount Gospel Singers, 1951
  48. "Trust and Obey" by the Gospel Silhouettes, 1950-51
  49. "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" by Big Joe Turner, 1954
  50. "Cool Daddy" by Gloria Lynn, 1955
  51. "Back in the U.S.A." by Chuck Berry, 1959
  52. "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" by Curtis Lee, 1961
  53. "I'll Be True" by the Orlons, 1962 (Best known for uptempo numbers like "South Street" and "The Wah-Watusi," here the Orlons sing a nice ballad!)
  54. "The Story of my Love" by Maureen Gray, 1963
  55. "I Need your Lovin'" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962 (The extended 6-minute version of this Soul raver with a strong hint of Gospel!)
  56. "Loop de Loop" by Johnny Thunder, 1963
  57. "Not Too Young to Get Married" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, 1963
  58. "Quarter to Three" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1961

June 5, 2018
  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Alone" by the Shepherd Sisters, 1957
  3. "Oh, Baby" by Floyd Dixon, 1956 (Fine Fats Domino imitation by this excellent Texas singer and pianist!)
  4. "When You Dance" by the Turbans, 1955
  5. "Try Me One More Time" by the Four Bars, 1962 (Truly soulful ballad! Nice organ accompaniment too!)
  6. "Enchanted" by the Platters, 1959
  7. "I Met Him on a Sunday" by the Shirelles, 1958 (Catchy, appealing uptempo Doo-Wop number! Their first hit and, I think, their first record!)
  8. "Wiggle Wobble" by Les Cooper, 1959
  9. "Trust Me" by Johnnie and Joe
  10. "Let's Go for a Ride" by the Collegians, 1957 (Uptempo Doo-Wop! Nice sax solo too! "My car is warm and comfortable I bought it just for you!")
  11. "He Still Loves Me" by the Capris (Gorgeous soulful Doo-Wop ballad quite similar in sound to their one hit, "God Only Knows," from 1954! This recording also likely 1954 or so!)
  12. "Don't Say Goodbye" by the Criterions, 1959
  13. "Pearly Gates" by the Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, 1963
  14. "Holding On - Part 2" by Madame Ernestine Washington and the Milleraires, 1954 (WOW!! Powerful uptempo Gospel at its inspiring best!)
  15. "'Til the Well Runs Dry" by Wynona Carr, 1956
  16. "I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley, 1958
  17. "Sugar Mama" by Marvin and Johnny, 1955
  18. "I Will Return" by the Cobras, 1955
  19. "T.V. Is the Thing" by Connie Carroll, 1955 (Great Jump Blues from the live sound track to the movie, "Rockin' the Blues!")
  20. "T.V. Is the Thing" by Dinah Washington, 1953 (The ORIGINAL version! Jump Blues that makes television erotic!)
  21. "Hey, Joe" by Clarence Samuels, 1950 (Hot rocker about an attractive waitress!)
  22. "Royal Boogie" by Maxwell Davis and the Gene Phillips Orchestra, 1948
  23. "Love will Break your Heart" by Little Esther and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1950
  24. "Dear Lord" by the Continentals, 1956
  25. "Strange Love" by the Native Boys, 1956
  26. "Slow, Smooth, and Easy" by Anita Tucker and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, 1955
  27. "Smooth, Slow, and Easy" by the Drivers, 1956 (Different song! Both are good uptempo rockers!)
  28. "Poor Boy" by the Royaltones, 1958
  29. "Ship of Zion" by the Mayflower Singers, 1953
  30. "Only a Look" by Bessie Folk, 1949
  31. "Hot Rod Race" by Arkie Shibley and his Mountain Dew Boys, 1950 (Fantastic Country Boogie! Definitely the inspiration for "Hot Rod Lincoln" recorded first by Charlie Ryan in 1955 and then Johnny Bond in 1960, not to mention Asleep at the Wheel in 1972!)
  32. "Motel time" by Eddie Miller and his Oklahomans, 1949 (Fun suggestive Country Boogie tune!)
  33. "Had to Find Out for Myself" by the Drifters, 1950 (NO, not THOSE Drifters but an earlier group! This song is a ballad, almost more Pop than R. & B.!)
  34. "Oh, Baby" by the Velvetiers, 1958 (Fantastic soulful Doo-Wop ballad!! Definitely will play this one again on future shows!)
  35. "Take Off" by T.J. Fowler, 1953
  36. "Frank Clement (What About?)" by the Prisonaires, 1954 (Uptempo Gospel number concerning progressive Tennessee Governor Frank Clement who, among other things, gave approval for prisoner rehabilitation by allowing this group to make recordings and tour - under armed guard - despite being inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary!)
  37. "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody" by Brenda Lee and the Vocaltones, 1955 (No, not THAT Brenda Lee! Tough rocker about being faithful!)
  38. "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, 1956 (Hit in 1957!)
  39. "When You're Near" by Barbara Gale and the Larks, 1954
  40. "SR Blues" by the Coins, 1954 (Superb very bluesy Doo-wop! Concerns romantic despair but I can't figure out what "SR" stands for!)
  41. "Run, Come See Jerusalem" by Blind Blake and the Royal Victoria Calypsoes, 1951
  42. "Calabash" by Count Lasher with Charlie Binger's Six, c. 1950 (Amusing Calypso by Jamaican looking down on St. Lucians who use a calabash - gourd - for everything including intimate washing!)
  43. "General Election" by the March of Dimes Quartet, c. 1956 (LIVE Trinidadian Calypso! Concerns both local Trinidad elections and larger West Indian elections!)
  44. "Saga Boy's in Town" by Lord Invader, 1941
  45. "I Don't Believe in Tomorrow" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1951
  46. "My Girl" by the Vocaltones, 1955
  47. "The Right Time" by Nappy Brown, 1957 (While Ray Charles had the hit 1958, this is the ORIGINAL Gospel-drenched bluesy raver! The song actually had its origins in the much different "The Right Time" by Roosevelt Sykes in 1929!)
  48. "Any Time Is the Right Time" by Nappy Brown, 1960 (Perhaps in response to Ray Charles's hit, this is a truly intense follow-up/answer record! Absolutely raw Gospel-drenched soul!)
  49. "Jesus Bears the Cross" by the Keys of Heaven, 1953
  50. "Oh, Yes, He Set Me Free" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  51. "Evil-Eyed Woman" by Christine Kittrell
  52. "Something to Remember You By" by Guitar Slim, 1954 (Powerful Blues of despair featuring Slim on electric guitar and anguished vocals! Sounds similar to his big hit, "The Things that I Used to Do," recorded in 1953 and a hit in '54!)
  53. "I Love to Ride" by Paula Watson, 1953
  54. "Rocket 88" by Bill Haley and Haley's Comets, 1951
  55. "Hard Top Race" by George Stogner, 1952 (HOT Country Boogie verging on Rockabilly! Features some fantastic boogie woogie piano too! Alternative title is "Stock Car Boogie!" This really is Rock 'n' Roll in its early stages!)
  56. "I Got a Secret (I Ain't Gonna Keep)" by Buddy and Claudia
  57. "Seven Lonely Days" by Lorraine Ellis and the Crows, 1953
  58. "Since I Fell for You" by the Harptones, 1954

June 12, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz" by th Hollywood Flames, 1957 (Truly cheerful uptempo Doo-Wop rocker about being in love! Great sax solo too plus excellent percussion and hand claps too!)
  3. "Too Young to Marry You" by the Teenettes
  4. "Poetry in Motion" by Johnny Tillotson, 1961 (A good looking woman walking is poetry in motion indeed!)
  5. "Come Home" by the Vestelles, 1958
  6. "Dear Lori" by the Shades, 1959 (Haunting Doo-Wop ballad where the protagonist - who turns out to be dead - wonders what Lori is doing now and if she still loves him!)
  7. "Chonnie On Chon" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1956 (Superb early rocker by James Brown! He screams twice during the sax solo! A real party record!!)
  8. "I've Gotta Leave You" by Faye Adams, 1953
  9. "Gordy's Rock" by Piano Red, 1955
  10. "Big Wheel Rolling" by Jimmy Wilson, 1958
  11. "Jesus Is Real to Me" by Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, 1949
  12. "Waiting for my Child to Come Home" by the Consolers, 1959
  13. "Midnight at the Barrelhouse" by the Johnny Otis Orchestra
  14. "I'm your Hootchie Cootchie Man" by Muddy Waters, 1954
  15. "I'm a Man" by Bo Diddley, 1955 (Obviously inspired by Waters's stop-time declarative tough Blues!)
  16. "W-O-M-A-N" by Etta James, 1955 (A feminine take on the same theme and with a similar sound and structure to the two preceding records! Tough stuff!)
  17. "Sincerely" by the Moonglows, 1954
  18. "Don't Say your Last Goodbye" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1954
  19. "No Big Thing" by the Royalettes, 1962
  20. "Playboy" by the Marvelettes, 1962
  21. "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" by Jessie Hill, 1960
  22. "Down the Road" by Roland Stone, 1961 (Nice remake of James "Wee Willie" Wayne's 1951 original rocker concerning a junkie! Stone's remake features excellent New Orleans horn-based R. & B. backing musicians!)
  23. "Wish Someone Would Care" by Irma Thomas, 1964
  24. "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E. King, 1960
  25. "Smoky Places" by the Corsairs, 1961 (Beautiful wistful Latin tinged mid-tempo Doo-Wop ballad about what, in the end, really is adultery!)
  26. "I Burned your Letter" by Damita Jo
  27. "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison, 1959 (The definitive and biggest hit version of this classic rocker!)
  28. "K.C. Lovin'" by Little Willie Littlefield, 1952 (The ORIGINAL Bluess shuffle version of the song better known as "Kansas City!" Many, many remakes followed, not just Harrison's big hit version in '59!)
  29. "The Beating of my Heart" by the Charmers, 1954 (Affecting emotional Doo-Wop ballad featuring Vicky Burgess on lead backed up by male group! Sweet!)
  30. "Forever I Vow" by the Chestnuts, 1956
  31. "Come Over Here" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1948
  32. "Canaan" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1948 (Intense uptempo Gospel! Features two very strange affecting breaks where things get absolutely transcendent!)
  33. "I'll Fly Away" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1952
  34. "Marching Up to Zion" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1953-54
  35. "Precious Lord" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1953
  36. "On the Battlefield" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1953
  37. "Our Revival Time" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1959 (Intense and beautiful slow Gospel! Truly affecting is when Clarence Fountain, lead singer, declares at the end "He's giving sight to the blind!")
  38. "Every Beat of my Heart" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1961
  39. "Linda" by the Four Gents, 1957
  40. "The Hucklebuck" by the Mike Pedicin Quintet, 1957 (Nice instrumental version of the 1949 Paul Williams hit and later vocal Rock 'n' Roll hit for Chubby Checker in 1961!)
  41. "Johnny O" by the Antwinettes, 1958
  42. "I'm So Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La)" by Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords, 1957 (FUN uptempo Doo-wop by Frankie Lymon's younger brother!)
  43. "You Cheated" by the Shields, 1958
  44. "Memoirs" by Little Rico and the King Krooners, 1960
  45. "All by Myself" by Fats Domino, 1955
  46. "Little Louie" by the Blossoms and Eddie Beal's Music, 1958
  47. "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin, 1958 (Excellent Rock 'n' Roll featuring Darin's strong vocals and his pounding piano work not to mention hot saxophone solo and amusing lyrics!)
  48. "Wild Weekend" by the Rebels, 1959
  49. "God Shall Wipe All the Tears Away" by Mahalia Jackson, 1937 (Lovely slow Gospel from the great Mahalia Jackson's first recording session! Unlike her later majestic contralto voice, here she actually sings in soprano!)
  50. "My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me" by Sister Clara Hudmon, 1930 (Lovely slow Gospel from the great singer later known as the Georgia Peach! Her first recording session! Like Jackson, Hudmon's voice noticeably deepened in her later recordings!)
  51. "Love Me with Attention" by Peetie Wheatstraw, 1941 (Nice uptempo Blues! Sounds quite similar to Tampa Red's 1938 "Love Her with a Feeling!")
  52. "Shout the Boogie" by Memphis Minnie, 1947 (Great early Rock 'n' Roll by this major Blues singer and guitarist whose recording career went from 1929 through 1953!)
  53. "Back Door Bues" by Casey Bill Weldon, 1936 (Proof that something like Rock 'n'Roll was around long before the mid-fifites! Here, Weldon sings amusing double-entendre lyrics while playing his fabulous slide guitar backed up by rockin' party piano!)
  54. "Oozlin' Daddy Blues" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1937 (Fantastic Western Swing double-entendre party proto-Rock 'n' Roll!)
  55. "See See Rider Blues" by Wee Bea Booze, 1942 (Nice, slow version of the bluesy classic with tinkling piano work too!)
  56. "C.C. Rider" by Chuck Willis, 1957 (The definitive version of this bluesy classic! First recorded back in 1924 by Blues great, Ma Rainey!)
  57. "Peanuts" by Little Joe and the Thrillers, 1956 (Big hit in '57, features Little Joe's falsetto lead! Very appealing mid-tempo doo-wop number with a surprise hot electric guitar solo!)
    Dr. Hepcat age 17 in 1974 with his first car, a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
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