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Possibly my favorite James Brown record of them all! Absolutely beautiful soulful ballad with a strong Gospel feel to it! Listen on Youtube click here

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Last updated March 21, 2018 at 8:51 a. m. Copyright (c) 2017.

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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: Spring 2018

January 9, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Wait a Minute" by Jo-Ann Campbell, 1957
  3. "Where There's a Will" by Carl Trantham
  4. "Lou Lou Knows" by Fonda Wallace
  5. "Smoke Gets in your Eyes" by the Platters, 1958
  6. "Talk to an Angel" by the Lovetones, 1956
  7. "Ain't No Need" by Honey Brown, 1956-57
  8. "Let's Limbo" by Eddie Bo, 1962 (FUN pseudo-Calypso done in New Orleans R. & B. style!)
  9. "Let's Linger Awhile" by the Capris, 1954 (Wonderful Doo-Wop pseudo-Calypso by a Philadelphia vocal group!)
  10. "Viviane's Boogie" by Viviane Green
  11. "Careless Love" by Fats Domino, 1950 (In my opinion, THE DEFINITIVE version of this melodious bluesy classic written by "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy and first recorded by Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith in 1925! Fats's version features his wonderful rippling and pounding piano work and warm vocals with his great Creole accent!)
  12. "Midnight" by the Five Budds, 1953 (Nice bluesy Doo-Wop remake of the 1951 Country original by Red Foley!)
  13. "Midnight" by Red Foley, 1951 (The ORIGINAL version of this bluesy atmospheric classic concerning a depressed ex-lover at midnight!)
  14. "Whosoever Will" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  15. "Hush, Somebody's Calling my Name" by Brother Joe May, 1958
  16. "Ringing in a Brand New Year" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1953 (Cheerful number!)
  17. "Happy New Year to You" by the Qualities
  18. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" by Sonny Til and the Orioles, 1949
  19. "After New Year's Eve" by the Heartbeats, 1957 (Beautiful Doo-wop ballad!)
  20. "West Side" by Chuck Higgins
  21. "Moments" by jenell Hawkins, 1961
  22. "Little Queenie" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  23. "Giving Up on Love" by the Fabulous Fanatics, 1961
  24. "Maybe" by the Chantels, 1957
  25. "Don't Say Goodbye" by the Shells, 1958 (Nice, soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Similar to their big 1957 recording, "Baby, Oh, Baby," which was a hit in 1960!)
  26. "Walkin' Back to Happiness" by Helen Shapiro, 1961
  27. "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters, 1960
  28. "After Shock" by Bob Allen, 1958
  29. "Candy Store Love" by the Val-Chords, 1957 (One of dozens of "kiddie group" attempts to repeat the success of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' 1955 classic, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" The Val-Chords record remains obscure but it was a nice attempt!)
  30. "Beyond the Sunset" by the Harmonizing Four, 1953 (Absolutely beautiful slow Gospel!)
  31. "Thy Holy Will" by the Davis Sisters, 1949
  32. "That's All Right" by Elvis Presley, 1954
  33. "That's All Right" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, 1946
  34. "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Elvis Presley, 1954
  35. "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Roy Brown,1947
  36. "Tomorrow Night" by Elvis Presley, 1954
  37. "Tomorrow Night" by Lonnie Johnson, 1948
  38. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  39. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, 1952
  40. "Hearts of Stone" by Elvis Presley, 1954 (Fantastic LIVE recording! Rough and ready and very enjoyable! I don't think Elvis ever made a studio recording of this one! Originally recorded in 1954 by the Jewels and made into a big hit by Otis Williams and the Charms later in 1954! Elvis's version sounds closer to the Jewels' original than to the Charms' hit version!)

January 16, 2018: SHOW CANCELLED!! Sorry, folks, but due to impending Winter weather, the University is shutting down at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, January 16, and I am forbidden to host the Golden Oldies tonight. Barring weather interruptions, NEXT show should be Tuesday, January 23!

January 23, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Hearts of Stone" by the Jewels, 1954 (The ORIGINAL and best version done before everyone else including the big hit version by Otis Williams nad the Charms in 1954! The Jewels' version is funkier with a strong beat, more gospel-tinged voices, and a hotter sax solo!)
  3. "Bottle Up and Go" by the Enchanters, 1957 (Not to be confused with the female Enchanters active c. 1952, this is a great rhumba-beat doo-wop remake of the tough uptempo Blues first recorded by Tommy McClennon in 1942 and then by B.B. King c. 1951-52!)
  4. "Won't Someone Tell Me Why?" by Faith Taylor and the Sweet Teens, 1958
  5. "Symbol of Love" by the G-Clefs, 1956
  6. "Call on Me" by Beverly Ann Gibson, 1959
  7. "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison, 1959
  8. "Goodbye, Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison, 1959
  9. "Hard Grind" by Wild Jimmy Spruill, 1959 (Intense Blues instrumental featuring Spruill on HOT electrtic guitar! He's the guitarist who provided the fantastic instrumental solo on Harrison's "Kansas City" as well as on "Goodbye, Kansas City!")
  10. "Poor Fool" by Ike and Tina Turner
  11. "Until We Meet Again" by the Sallie Martin Singers
  12. "Every Day Will Be Sunday" by the Zion Harmonizers, 1956
  13. "Rock City Boogie" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1953 (LIVE version of his 1949 hit! HOT Country that's very close to Rock 'n' Roll!)
  14. "Shotgun Boogie" by Rosemary Clooney, 1951 (Excellent remake of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1950 HOT Country Boogie original! This one is also pretty much Rock 'n' Roll a few years early!)
  15. "Kiss Me, Baby" by Laura Lee Perkins
  16. "Mountain Dew" by Hardrock Gunter
  17. "White Lightning" by the Big Bopper, c. 1958 (Great rocker about drinkin' moonshine! George Jones had a hit with this one in 1959!)
  18. "What a Difference a Day Made" by Dinah Washington, 1959
  19. "I'm Disillusioned" by the Velvetones, 1950
  20. "Jam Up" by Tommy Ridgely, 1954
  21. "Teardrops from my Eyes" by Ruth Brown, 1950 (Perhaps my favorite Ruth Brown record!! Churning Big Band Swing instrumentation but HOT R. & B. melody with Ruth's lively singing! Love it!)
  22. "Tried to Reason with You, Baby" by Little Caesar, 1953
  23. "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" by Big Joe Turner, 1955
  24. "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, 1938 (Absolutely chilling slow dirge Jazz song concerning lynching! Played this to set the stage for the Martin Luther King tribute featuring this plus the next four songs!)
  25. "Brown" by Eddie "Tex" Curtis, 1954 (Moving slow Gospel-like ballad concerning discrimination with the wonderful line "There's lots of brown folks in Heaven!" Amen!)
  26. "Mississippi Goddamn" by Nina Simone, 1964 (Lively but bitter Civil Rights anthem! Sadly, a lot is still applicable today in 2018!)
  27. "Ofay and Oxford Grey" by Louis Jordan, 1945 (Lively and humorous number concerning the possibilities of integration!)
  28. "Martin Luther King" by the Mighty Sparrow, 1963 (Superb Trinidadian Calypso! "When Kennedy done we want...Martin Luther King for President!" Ah, what might have been!)
  29. "Just One Look" by Doris Troy, 1963
  30. "I Want to Be Loved (Only by You)" by the Sharmettes, 1962
  31. "I Found a Love" by the Falcons, 1961 (Outstanding slow SOUL featuring Wilson Pickett on lead!!)
  32. "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah" by the Angelic Gospel Singers, 1950-51 (A particularly swinging version of the good old Gospel standard!)
  33. "My Mind Is Standing on Jesus" by Bishop Narcisse, 1953
  34. "Stuff You Got to Watch" by Daisy Mae and her Hepcats, 1955
  35. "Let the Boogie Woogie Roll" by the Drifters, 1953 (One of the rockin'est numbers ever recorded by the group! Features strong Gospel-tinged harmonies, Clyde McPhatter's superb tenor lead, a blistering saxophone solo, and, yes, poundin' boogie woogie piano!)
  36. "Melba" by the Dreamers, 1956
  37. "United" by Ruth McFadden, 1957

January 30, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957 (Wonderful Rock 'n' Roll featuring Patsy's sexy warm vocals plus great Rockabilly backup featuring liquid electric guitar playing plus boogie woogie piano from Jerry Lee Lewis!)
  3. "Put Me Down" by Jerry Lee Lewis
  4. "Hot Lips Baby" by Herbie Duncan (Fantastic HOT Rockabilly number! My guess is 1956-58!)
  5. "Red Hot" by Bill Lee Riley, 1957 (Definitive Rockabilly adaptation of Billy the Kid Emerson's 1955 R. & B. jumper! Feeling depressed? Play this one and you WILL feel better!)
  6. "You Can't Break the Chains of Love" by the Miller Sisters
  7. "Chains of Love" by Big Joe Turner, 1951
  8. "Beer Tavern Girl" by Jimmy McCracklin, 1957
  9. "Blue and Lonesome" by Jimmie Lee with Jay Franks and his Rockets of Rhythm, 1952
  10. "Come unto Me" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952 (Wonderful rough 'n' ready female Gospel! Enjoy the sprung rhythm beat too!)
  11. "Canaan Land" by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1950-51
  12. "Way Up in the Sky" by the Starlites, 1960
  13. "I Can't Hold Out Any Longer" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  14. "Most of all" by the Moonglows, 1954
  15. "Speedo" by the Cadillacs,1955 (Classic uptempo Doo-wop rocker! Nice sax solo too! My very first song when I went on the air for the first time at 5 a.m., Sunday, February 1, 1976 on WSRN - Swarthmore, Pa.!)
  16. "Come Go with Me" by the Del Vikings, 1957 (Lively mid-tempo Doo-Wop with a great sax break! Used this as my theme song on WSRN 1976-79!)
  17. "Motley Jump" by Frank "Two Horn" Motley and his Motley Crew
  18. "Hidin' in the Sticks" by Paula Watson, 1948
  19. "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" by the Ravens, 1947
  20. "A Maid's Prayer" by Nellie Lutcher, 1947
  21. "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley, 1955 (Absolutely wild and new and never to be surpassed debut of the great Bo Diddley! Features truly funky African-like beat, Bo's shimmering electric guitar, and his strong, bluesy vocals!)
  22. "Pretty Thing" by Bo Diddley, 1955
  23. "I Smell a Rat" by Big Mama Thornton, 1954
  24. "Step It Up and Go" by Harmonica Frank, 1951-52 (Amazing bluesy number by Harmonica Frank who does it all: crazy vocals, bluesy harmonica, plus bluesy guitar!)
  25. "Jesus Is Always There" by Della Reese and the Meditation Gospel Singers, 1953
  26. "Hard to Get Along" by Della Reese and the Meditations, 1958 (Lovely slow Gospel featuring Reese as lead singer!)
  27. "And that Reminds Me" by Della Reese, 1957 (Her biggest hit! Secular jazzy ballad!)
  28. "I Cried for You" by Della Reese, 1957 (Uptempo flip side to "And that Reminds Me!" Uptempo jazzy secular number!)
  29. "Early in the Morning" by the Rinky Dinks, 1958 (The first (?) recording featuring Bobby Darin on lead! A true rocker! Of course, he soon hit big on his own with "Splish Splash!")
  30. "Move It on Over" by Bill Haley and his Comets (Nice Rock 'n' Roll remake of the Hank Williams 1947 Country classic! My guess is this version was recorded about 1957!)
  31. "God Leads Us Along" by Madame Ernestine B. Washington, 1943
  32. "Land of Fadeless Day" by the Silver Echo Quartet, 1944
  33. "Long Lean Daddy" by Eunice Davis
  34. "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Sticks McGhee and his Buddies, 1949 (Absolutely superb R. & B. jumper concerning, yes, the drinking of wine! A true party record!)
  35. "Drinkin' Up All the Wine Last Night" by Sticks McGhee and his Buddies, 1949 (Superb follow-up to his hit, see above! Very similar melody and even theme but there's a fuller instrumentation backing band this time with lots of horns to make this a really lively number! Shoulda been a hit but wasn't!)

February 6, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "I Didn't Mean to Be So Mean" by Gene Smith and the Four Notes, 1952
  3. "Ipsy Opsie Oo" by Shirley Gunter and the Flairs, 1955
  4. "While Walking" by the Fabulaires, 1957 (Absolutely perfect mid-tempo Doo-wop rocker! Everything from the superb harmonies to the catchy melody, to the blastin' sax solo works just right! Love it!)
  5. "Paint a Sky for Me" by Viola Watkins, 1952
  6. "Baby, It's You" by the Spaniels, 1953 (Truly soulful Doo-Wop ballad!)
  7. "Jim the Him" by Jimmy Wright
  8. "I Want You to Be my Girl" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop rocker from their glory year! Nice raw saxophone solo by Jimmy Wright too!)
  9. "Babalu's Wedding Day" by the Eternals, 1959 (FUN uptempo catchy Doo-Wop! Especially dig the bass voice: "Babalu! Babalu-lu-lu!")
  10. "He's my Baby" by Donna Hightower and Group, 1956 (Effective rocker that uses the melody of Gene Vincent's 1956 "Be Bop A Lula!")
  11. "How Far Am I from Canaan? Part 1" by the Famous Ward Singers of Philadelphia
  12. "How Far Am I from Canaan? Part 2" by the Famous Ward Singers of Philadelphia
  13. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly, 1957
  14. "Rainin' in my Heart" by Buddy Holly
  15. "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper, 1958
  16. "The Clock" by the Big Bopper (Nice remake of the soulful Johnny Ace ballad of 1953! Likely recorded 1958! Slightly marred by too loud saxophone accompaniment but the vocals are excellent showing the Big Bopper was not just an uptempo guy!)
  17. "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, 1958
  18. "Donna" by Ritchie Valens, 1958
  19. "Thank You and Goodnight" by the Angels, 1963
  20. "Martian Hop" by the Ran-Dells, 1963 (Silly but still appealing Doo-Wop concerning outerspace aliens, flying saucers, etc.!)
  21. "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, 1962
  22. "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha" by Sam Cooke, 1959
  23. "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea" by the Orlons (Good remake of Johnnie and Joe's absolutely soulful 1957original ballad! My guess is 1962!)
  24. "It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Blues" by Mel Tillis, 1957 (Early and very good effort by the late Country star! Nice remake of "Worried Man Blues" by the Carter Family from 1930!)
  25. "Jukebox man" by Mel Tillis, 1957
  26. "The Violet and the Rose" by Mel Tillis, 1958
  27. "Hearts of Stone" by Mel Tillis, 1961 (Yep, the song originally made most famous by Otis Williams and the Charms in 1954 redone Country style! Of course, it was the Jewels, in 1954,who recorded the first and best version of them all!)
  28. "Heart Over Mind" by Mel Tillis, 1962
  29. "Release Me" by Esther Phillips, 1962 (Very nice Soul remake of the Country song made famous first by Jimmy Heap in 1953 and then Ray Price in 1953! First recorded in 1946 by Eddie Miller and his Oklahomans!)
  30. "Somewhere to Lay my Head" by the Sensational Nightingales, 1955
  31. "Get Away, Jordan" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1951 (In my opinion, the BEST version of this wonderful uptempo spiritual! The ladies really go to church here!)
  32. "Corrine, Corinna" by Big Joe Turner, 1956
  33. "Milton's Boogie" by Roy Milton, 1945 (HOT R. & B.!! Lots of fine singing and drumming by Roy plus rockin' boogie piano from Camille Howard plus roaring horns and saxophones make this a true Jump Blues! It's actually an updated remake of "Boogie Woogie" recorded first by Jimmy Rushing and the Count Basie Orchestra in 1937!)
  34. "My Song" by Hadda Brooks, 1952 (Lovely, melancholy ballad by Hadda on vocals and subdued piano! Was first recorded by Johnny Ace in 1952!)
  35. "Don't Say Goodbye" by the Moonglows, 1956
  36. "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" by the Hollywood Flames, 1957 (One of my all-time favorites! Catchy, melodious uptempo Doo-Wop with bootin' sax solo to boot! Melody is similar to "Over nad Over" by Bobby Day from 1958 and why not? Day was a member of the Hollywood Flames!)
  37. "Johnny O" by the Antwinettes, 1958

February 13, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Blow, Lynn, Blow" by Lynn Hope, 1951
  3. "Everybody Loves a Fat Man" by Pigmeat Peterson, 1952
  4. "Long Gone Blues" by Billie Holiday, 1939
  5. "Night Time Is the Right Time" by Big Bill Broonzy, 1938 (Nice early version of the song made more famous by Ray Charles in 1958! Ray, of course, based his version on the Gospel-infused intense 1957 version recorded by Nappy Brown! The true origator was Blues pianist and singer Roosevelt Sykes who did it in 1929! A rather different song but still recognizeable!)
  6. "Be Bop Boogie" by Effie Smith
  7. "Venus Blues" by Sticks McGhee and his Buddies, c. 1949
  8. "T-99" by Jimmy Nelson, 1951
  9. "Mr. T-99" by Del Graham with Jimmy Ingram and his Rhythm Czars, 1951
  10. "Glory to His Name" by Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1950 (One of her very earliest recordings! Lovely Gospel!)
  11. "Too Close to Heaven" by the Cumberland River singers, 1953
  12. "The Hucklebuck" by Paul Williams, 1948 (The major R. & B. hit instrumental that started a trend! I think someone else actually did it before Williams but his version was the first hit version!)
  13. "The Hucklebuck" by Hot Lips Page and Pearl Bailey, 1949 (One of the first vocal versions of the tune! Funny, sly repartee between Page and Bailey adds to the fun!)
  14. "The Hucklebuck" by Chubby Checker, 1961 (The famous Rock 'n' Roll remake! Although updated, it still is very recognizeable!)
  15. "Buttered Popcorn" by Claudine Clark
  16. "Coney Island Baby" by the Excllents, 1962 (Superb Doo-Wop harmonies on this sentimental ballad!)
  17. "Feeling Blue" by Bill Joe and the Confidentials, 1965 (Nice, soulful Doo-Wop that sounds a lot more circa 1960 in style than 1965! A last gasp of the fifties!)
  18. "When the Cats Come Marching In" by the Mike Pedicin Quintet, 1955
  19. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1955 (LIVE!! Truly exciting live version of her major 1954 hit!)
  20. "Slippin' and Slidin'" by Calvin Boze and his All Stars (Fun uptempo R. & B. NOT the 1956 Little Richard song! This one, recorded c. 1951-52 concerns Calvin's escapade with a 300-pound woman who leaves him feeling wobbly in the knees! Supposedly a dance lasting from 8 p.m. - 4:30 a.m. but there are other connotations!)
  21. "He Ain't Mine No More" by Baby Dee, 1954 (Lively pseudo-Calypso from Baby Dee otherwise known as Lillian Spriggs!)
  22. "Golden Teardrops" by the Flamingos, 1953
  23. "The Ring" by Little Sylvia, 1953
  24. "Bon Ton Roula" by Clarence Garlow, 1949 (Phonetic spelling of "Bon Temps Roulez" - yes, let the Good Times Roll! Became a hit and the artist was known as Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow ever after! He returned in 1951 with "New Bon Ton Roula" and also opened up a barbecue joint in Beaumont, Texas called the Bon Ton Drive-In!)
  25. "King Zulu" by Sammy Harris
  26. "Jock-a-Mo" by James Sugarboy Crawford and his Canecutters, 1953
  27. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Shirley and Lee, 1956 (Perhaps the same theme, but a DIFFERENT song from Garlow's 1949 "Bon Ton Roula!")
  28. "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups, 1965 (Nice and very different remake of "Jock-a-Mo!")
  29. "Go to the Mardi Gras" by Prof. Longhair, 1959 (THIS represents Mardi Gras in New Orleans at its best! He recorded this song under slightly different titles several times starting in 1949 on up into the 1970's!)
  30. "Mardi Gras Mambo" by the Hawketts, 1955
  31. "Jean and Dinah" by the Mighty Sparrow, 1956 (Superb and witty and lively Calypso from Trinidad! His first big hit with many, many more to come!)
  32. "Steel Band Music" by Lord Kitchener (Great vocal calypso concerning steelband music!)
  33. "West Indies Serenade" by the Duke of Iron and the Fabulous Steel Band, 1957 (Indeed, a fabulous lively very catchy steel band instrumental!!)
  34. "Heaven" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  35. "Where He Leads Me" by Mahalia Jackson

February 20, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Don't Mean Maybe, Baby" by the Tracey Twins
  3. "Poke Salad Greens" by Leon Payne, 1952
  4. "Down at Big Mama's House" by Rex Hale and his Rhythm Rockers (Absolutely fantastic tough Rockabilly number! Very bluesy and it features four exciting electric guitar solos!! I'm guessing 1956-57!)
  5. "Mona Lisa" by Carl Mann, 1959 (Nice Rockabilly version of the Nat King Cole pop song from 1950! Conway Twitty first applied the Rock 'n' Roll touch to it about a year before Carl did! Carl also plays some fantastic boogie piano!)
  6. "That's When your Heartaches Begin" by Elvis Presley, 1957
  7. "On my Word of Honor" by the Platters, 1956
  8. "Dance with Me, Henry" by Etta James and the Peaches, 1954 (Wonderful bluesy first record by the great Etta James! An "answer song" to Hank Ballard's 1954 risque rocker, "Work with Me, Annie!")
  9. "Henry's Got Flat Feet" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1955 (Fantastic rocker and an "answer song" to the Etta James record, above, which was an "answer record" to Hank Ballard's original!)
  10. "A Little Bit of You" by Little Eve, 1956
  11. "The Queen" by T.J. Fowler, 1953 (Very nice saxophone-driven instrumental!)
  12. "Give Me Flowers" by the Consolers, 1955
  13. "How About You?" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1956
  14. "Sarjent's Stomp" by Tommy Sarjent, 1946 (Fantastic Country Boogie instrumental featuring some pretty hot electric guitar work!)
  15. "Wore to a Frazzle" by Tony and Jackie Lamie and the Swing Kings (WOW!! Very rural rough and ready HOT Rockabilly! Amazing electric guitar solos too! My guess is 1955-56!)
  16. "Don't Let your Sweet Love Die" by the Poe Sisters, 1946 (LIVE! Nice, sort of Bluegrass duo!)
  17. "Courtin' in the Rain" by T. Texas Tyler
  18. "I Forgot More than You'll Ever Know" by the Davis Sisters, 1953
  19. "Since I Met You, Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956 (Lovely Country-flavored R. & B. ballad featuring Ivory Joe on piano plus his mellow vocals!)
  20. "The Watusi" by the Vibrations, 1960
  21. "Don't Hang Up" by the Orlons, 1962
  22. "(I Need) Money" by the Miracles, 1958 (One of their very first recordings! A rocker!)
  23. "Shop Around" by the Miracles, 1960
  24. "Bad Girl" by the Miracles, 1959
  25. "You Never Miss a Goodd Thing" by the Miracles, 1962
  26. "Way Over There" by the Miracles, 1961
  27. "Who's Lovin' You?" by the Miracles, 1961
  28. "Let Me Have Some" by the Miracles (Catchy mid-tempo Soul! Sort of resembles "So Fine" by the Fiestas from 1958! My guess is 1964-66!)
  29. "So Fine" by the Fiestas, 1958
  30. 'Oh, in that Morning" by Rev. B.C. Campbell, 1950
  31. "Call on Jesus in Secret Prayer" by the Angelic Gospel Singera
  32. "I Love You" by the Dukes, 1959
  33. "Someone Made You for Me" by Donnie Elbert
  34. "Honey, Hush" by Big Joe Turner, 1953 (Rousing rocker where Big Joe admonishes his talkative woman to "hush!")
  35. "Ain't Gonna Hush" by Cordelia de Milo and the Maxwell Davis Orchestra, 1955 (Sassy "answer record" to "Honey Hush!")

February 27, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Diddley Daddy" by Bo Diddley, 1955 (Wonderful hypnotic Bo Diddley groove with the Moonglows supplying backing vocals!)
  3. "Shuffle Out" by Long John Hunter (HOT electric guitar and drum and piano instrumental! My guess is 1960!)
  4. "I'm Gonna Stop" by Gladys "Glad Rags" Patrick, 1954
  5. "Baby, it's You" by the Shirelles, 1961
  6. "That Lucky Old Sun" by Ray Charles, 1963 (Nice, Gospel-tinged interpretation of the 1949 Frankie Laine Gospel-tinged Pop hit! Was actually first recorded by Vaughn Monroe in 1949!)
  7. "One Bone" by Claude Cloud and the Thurderclaps, 1954
  8. "Mambo Rock" by Bill Haley and the Comets, 1955 (Very cheerful high-energy Rock 'n' Roll from one of the originators!)
  9. "That's Enough" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1956 (Fantastic ORIGINAL version of this classic uptempo Gospel number!)
  10. "Surely, Surely, Amen" by the Spirit of Memphis, 1953
  11. "So Long, my Love" by Roy Head and the Traits, 1965 (Beautiful ballad flipside of his Soul raver, "Treat Her Right!")
  12. "Let's Sit and Talk" by Gene Allison, 1958 (Superb very soulful bluesy ballad with a strong Gospel feel to it!)
  13. "Someone Ain't Right" by Doris Troy, 1963
  14. "High-Heal Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker, 1964
  15. "Open your Heart" by Sugar Pie De Santo, 1962
  16. "Pink Lane Shuffle" by Duke Reid and Group, 1961 (FUN Jamaican Ska instrumental! Lots of saxophone, heavy drums, and rolling piano! Yah, mon!)
  17. "(Pretty Baby) I'm So Used to You Now" by Cornel Gunter and the Ermines, 1956
  18. "The Vow" by Gene and Eunice, 1957 (Sweet soulful ballad!)
  19. "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice, 1955 (Hot sprung-rhythm rocker!)
  20. "Singing the Blues" by Guy Mitchell, 1956
  21. "Oakie Boogie" by Ella Mae Morse, 1952 (Very appealing adaptation of Western Swing into proto-Rock 'n' Roll that utilizes big band horn riffs!)
  22. "Oakie Boogie" by Jack Guthrie, 1946 (First hit version of this infectious Western Swing rocker! Was first recorded in 1946 by Johnny Tyler and the Riders of the Rio Grande!)
  23. "Don't Ever Leave Me Again" by Angel Face, 1954
  24. "You Ran Away with my Heart" by the Majors, 1951
  25. "I'm in the Mood for Love" by Keely Smith and Louis Prima
  26. "The Lip" by Keely Smith and Louis Prima, 1956 (Hot jazz verging on R. & B.! Song topic is based on Louis Prima himself, the trumpet player known as "The Lip!")
  27. "That Old Black Magic" by Keely Smith and Louis Prima, 1958
  28. "Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl!" by Keely Smith and Louis Prima
  29. "I Cried Holy" by the Richmond Harmonizers, 1948
  30. "The Lifeboat Is Coming" by Mother Willie May Ford Smith, 1950
  31. "Ain't That a Shame?" by Fats Domino, 1955
  32. "See You Later, Alligator" by Bobby Charles, 1955 (The wild and wonderful ORIGINAL version of the sung cut by its compser, 16-year old Louisiana Cajun, Bobby Charles, before Bill Haley and the Comets had a major hit with it!)
  33. "I'm Wise" by Ruth Durand, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of the song redone by Little Richard in 1956 as "Slippin' and Slidin'!")
  34. "El Rancho Grande" by Al Reed
  35. "That's What the Mailman Had to Say" by Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, 1958 (Fantastic very bluesy Louisiana blues ballad!)
  36. "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" by Earl King, 1955
  37. "That's What You're Doing to Me" by the Capris, 1954 (Very appealing slightly amateurish remake of the Dominoes' Gospel-flavored rocker from 1952! Features 14-year old Rena Hinton on lead vocals plus Reuben Wright on boogie piano backed up the male Capris vocals! Catchy!)
  38. "Baby, You're Tops with Me" by Calvin Boze

March 6, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Me and my Baby" by Dolly Cooper, 1953
  3. "Whose Hat Is That?" by Roy Brown and his Mighty, Mighty Men, 1947 (Frantic Jump Blues with hilarious lyrics about a jealous husband! Nice extended saxophone and trumpet solos too!)
  4. "Venus Blues" by Sticks McGhee and his Buddies, c.1949
  5. "A Sunday Kind of Love" by the Harptones, 1953 (Still the best version of this lovely ballad ever! Features superb harmonizing backing up tenor lead Willie Winfield and wonderful organ accompaniment!)
  6. "Tomorrow Night" by LaVern Baker,1954
  7. "Flyin' with the King" by Al King and his Kingsmen, 1956
  8. "Don't Be Angry" by Nappy Brown, 1955 (Excellent uptempo Rock 'n' Roll featuring Nappy's powerful baritone vocals and hot blastin' saxophone!)
  9. "Sugar Candy" by the Miller Sisters, 1957
  10. "Look Down that Lonesome Road" by the Tune Weavers, 1958
  11. "Life's Lonesome Road" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1961 (Truly atmospheric and very bluesy slow Gospel!)
  12. "Shine on Me" by the Swan Silvertones, 1952 (Lovely slow and soulful Gospel featuring the falsetto lead voice of the Rev. Claude Jeter!)
  13. "Mango Walk" by Unknown Calypso Artist. (Excellent version of the Jamaican song but, alas, the artist is not listed! Likely recorded c. 1955 or so! Very catchy! Found on Monogram label L.P. Let's Make Love with Cool Calypsos!)
  14. "Don't Blame It on Elvis" by the Fabulous McClevertys, 1956 (Witty Calypso by U.S. Virgin Islands group with the wise observation: "Shakin' the pelvis been in style ever since the River Nile!")
  15. "Miss Tina" by the Roaring Lion, c. 1954
  16. "De Peas and de Rice" by Calypso Mama, 1956
  17. "Deserie" by the Charts, 1957
  18. "One Mistake" by the Andrews Sisters, 1956 (Effective bluesy rockaballad by the Pop group who rose to fame in the late 1930's and hit really big during World War II with numbers like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca-Cola!")
  19. "Blue Drag" by Sam Price, 1959
  20. "Mary Lou" by Young Jesse, 1955
  21. "Good for Nothin' Man" by Mickey Champion
  22. "Tick Tock" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  23. "Quiet, Please" by Otis Williams and the Charms, 1954 (Appealing plaintive Doo-wop ballad!)
  24. "You Are the One" by the Hamilton Sisters, 1956
  25. "Tonight I Fell in Love" by the Tokens, 1961
  26. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens, 1961
  27. "A Girl Named Arlene" by the Tokens, 1964 (Very nice Doo-Wop ballad! Great harmonies!)
  28. "The Bells of St. Mary" by the Tokens, 1965
  29. "God Is a Battle Axe" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  30. "I'm a Soldier" by the Gay Sisters, 1951 (Superb frantic uptempo Pentecostal Gospel! Excellent piano work by lead singer Evelyn Gay!)
  31. "Please Don't Tell 'Em" by the Blue Dots, 1957
  32. "Honey Chile" by Frank Two-Horn Motley and his Motley Crew (Wild rocker! Features some nice horn and sax solos too! My guess is c. 1955-56!)
  33. "King of Hearts" by the Cookies, 1957
  34. "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke, 1957
  35. "Flamingo Express" by the Royaltones, 1961 (Hypnotic dance groove sax instrumental! Same group who had the instrumental hit, "Poor Boy," in 1958!)
  36. "Love Laid its Hands on Me" by Damita Jo
  37. "I Only Want You" by the Passions, 1961
  38. "Hit Record" by Brooke Benton (Amusing rocker about the formula that produces a hit record as of the early 1960's!)
  39. "Town without Pity" by Gene Pitney, 1961

March 13, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley, 1958
  3. "Satellite Love" by Lil Randolph
  4. "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll" by Billy Lee Riley and his Little Green Men from Mars, 1957 (One the the all-time best recordings in the area of outer space, aliens, UFOs type songs! This is HOT Rockabilly featuring Riley's raw vocals plus stunning electric guitar and boogie piano supplied by Jerry Lee Lewis!)
  5. "The Man from the Moon" by the Five Crowns, 1952
  6. "All in my Mind" by Maxine Brown, (LIVE extended version of her 1961 bluesy ballad first hit! My guess is mid-1960's!)
  7. "Goodbye to Love" by the Marcels, 1961 (Nice but melancholy Doo-Wop ballad!)
  8. "Blue Moon" by the Marcels, 1961 (Their BIG hit! Uptempo great Doo-wop version of the standard!)
  9. "Three Speed Girl" by the Royal Notes, 1957 (Very appealing uptempo Doo-wop concerning the three phonograph record speeds - 78 r.p.m., 45, and 33 as applied to the romantic appeal of the girl in question!)
  10. "Tired, Lord" by Princess Stewart, 1958
  11. "Morning Train" by the Sensational Nightingales, c. 1958 (Very nice Gospel number! Uusually titled "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train" as done by other artists!)
  12. "It Was You" by James Brown and the Famous Flames, 1959 (Possibly my favorite J.B. record! Absolutely beautiful bluesy soulful ballad!)
  13. "We Were Meant to Marry" by Maureen Gray
  14. "I Got It" by Little Richard (Little Richard in his rockin' raucous prime! Great song about food he likes with the conclusion: "It ain't what you eat it's the way how you chew it!" 1956 or 1957!)
  15. "Hey, Fat Man" by Fats Domino (Absolutely superb but very obscure early Fats Domino recording! LOTS of great uptempo boogie woogie piano featured here! Early 1950's!)
  16. "Great to Be Rich" by Effie Smith
  17. "Poor Boy" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  18. "The Big Hurt" by Miss Toni Fisher, 1959
  19. "(Oh, Why?) I Won't Cry" by Johnny Adams, 1959
  20. "Please Tell Me Why" by Stella Johnson, 1957-58
  21. "Honky Tonk, Part 1" by Bill Doggett, 1956
  22. "Just One More Chance" by Lord Luther
  23. "W-P-L-J" by the Four Deuces, 1954 (Absolutely classic bluesy mid-tempo Doo-wop about that drink - white port lemon juice! Not to be confused with "White Port Lemon Juice" recorded by Donald Woods and the Belairs in 1955! Different songs but same theme!)
  24. "Down It Went" by the Four Deuces, 1955-56 ("It" being W-P-L-J, of course!)
  25. "Memories" by the Chantels (Very nice female remake of the Harptones' 1955 Doo-Wop ballad classic, "My Memories of You!" Probably 1957-58!)
  26. "I Found a love" by the Falcons, 1961
  27. "Pain in my Heart" by Otis Redding, 1964 (LIVE version of his 1963 Soul ballad hit!)
  28. "Shout Bamalama" by Otis Redding and the Pinetoppers, 1960 (Frantic Little Richard-style raver with crazy lyrics: "His teeth came out but his tongue stayed in!")
  29. "I Done Got Over It" by Irma Thomas
  30. "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head and the Traits, 1965
  31. "She Don't Wanna Dance" by Little Caesar and the Romans, 1961 (Yep, the same group made famous by the 1961 sentimental Doo-Wop ballad, "Those Oldies but Goodies," here cranks out a Soul raver dance tune fully up to date for 1961! Melodically, resembles Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' 1954 "Work with Me, Annie!")
  32. "He's my King" by the Davis Sisters, 1955
  33. "He Knows my Heart" by Prof. J. Earle Hines and his Goodwill Singers, 1947 (Truly lovely mid-tempo sweet Gospel featuring the mostly female Goodwill singers backing up the Professor with his glorious deep baritone and rolling piano!)
  34. "Goodbye, Baby" by Elmore James and his Broomdusters, 1955 (WOW!! Stunning bluesy number featuring Emore James on raw lead vocals plus his slide guitar with very Gospel-like background singers plus pounding piano and sax! More Soul than you can control!)
  35. "Teen-Age Love" by Misss La-Velle, 1958
  36. "She's Gone" by Shoolboy Cleve, 1954
  37. "Gee, I Wish" by Billy "Red" Love, 1954 (Now THIS is Rock 'n' Roll! Frantic rocker featuring Billy's enthusiastic vocals, his boogie piano, plus horns and electric guitar and drums! If you are feeling blue, play this song and you will feel great!)
  38. "Why Did I Make You Cry?" by Memphis Minnie, 1949

March 20, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown. 1955
  2. "I Still Love You" by Joey and the Ovations, 1964 (Pleasant late example of 1950's-influenced Doo-Wop! A bit on the Pop side, but still nice!)
  3. "Why, Oh, Why?" by the Clickettes, 1960
  4. "In my Heart" by the Timetones, 1961 (Absolutely fine uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  5. "Beware of Love" by Richard Owens and the Ivy Leaguers, 1957
  6. "Your True Love Is Standing By" by Wanda Burt, 1961 (Sweet romantic ballad!)
  7. "Java" by Al Hirt, 1964
  8. "Sea Cruise" by Frankie Ford, 1958
  9. "You're Mine" by the Fontane Sisters, 1955 (Lively Rock 'n' Roll! Great remake of the Shirley Gunter original from '55!)
  10. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (No disrespect to Lloyd Price who recorded the bluesy original version in 1952, but, for me, this is the DEFINITIVE version of the song! Elvis is in fine bluesy throaty form plus there's fine pounding piano and bluesy electric guitar backing as well!)
  11. "If Jesus Goes with Me" by the Angelic Gospel Singers
  12. "Sending Up my Timber" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1961-62
  13. "I Am Looking for a Woman" by Bo Diddley, 1955-56 (Aren't we all? Excellent Bo Diddley with his unique style and electric guitar! Great stuff!)
  14. "Cool Daddy" by Gloria Lynn, 1956
  15. "Since my Baby's Been Gone" by Tampa Red, 1951 (Superb rumba beat rocker featuring Tampa Red on vocals plus kazoo!)
  16. "Shine On" by Ruth Brown, 1951 (Remake of Tampa Red's song but done even better! Very exciting with Ruth's hot vocals plus truly rockin' churning big band accompaniment!)
  17. "Behave Yourself" by the Five Royales, 1954
  18. "True Love" by the Scarlets, 1955 (Beautiful soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Of course, the group beccame much better known in 1956 when they became the Five Satins and recorded the classic ballad, "In the Still of the Night!")
  19. "Rockabye Baby" by King Curtis, 1956
  20. "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  21. "It Must Be You" by Annie Laurie
  22. "Woo Woo Train" by the Valentines, 1956 (Great uptempo New York City Doo-Wop! Absolutely frantic extended sax solo by the great Jimmy Wright too!)
  23. "Why Don't You Write Me?" by the Feathers, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version of this sweet wistful Doo-Wop ballad! Was a hit for the Cadets in 1955! The Feathers' original version is as little more rough and ready but it has charm!)
  24. "Wedding Bells" by Tiny tim and th Hits, 1958
  25. "I WonderWhy" by Dio and the Belmonts, 1958
  26. "Come, my Little Baby" by the Chantels, 1957
  27. "She Never Talked to Me that Way" by the Drifters, 1961 (Little-known Drifters recording! Although uptempo, it tells a tragic tale of a doomed romance! Very moving!)
  28. "Somebody, Call the station" by Johnny Otis, 1962
  29. "My Johnny" by Little Miss Wanda, 1961 (Nice romantic ballad! Sounds older than 1961 in style, say, 1956!)
  30. "You Can Make it if You Try" by Gene Allison, 1957
  31. "Turn your Radio On" by Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls, 1953 (LIVE Country Gospel from a d'53 radio broadcast! Very appealing!)
  32. "Jesus Remembered Me" by Kitty Wells with Johnny and Jack and th Tennessee Mountain Boys
  33. "Hillbilly Boogie" by the Delmore Brothers, 1946 (Alabama's own! Vocals are rather mellow - kind of like the Everly Brothers a decade later - but the guitar playing is already Rock 'n' Roll for sure!)
  34. "Mac Donald's Streamlined Farm" by the Shelton Brothers, 1947 (Loony Country version of the nursery school song! Hilarious!)
  35. "I"ve got the Boogie Blues" by Charline Arthur, 1950
  36. "I Love You Because" by Leon Payne, 1949 (Beautiful ORIGINAL version of this lovely Country ballad by the man who wrote it!)
  37. "Strange Romance" by Shirley Gunter, 1954
  38. "Zing! Went thee Strings of my Heart" by the Kalin Twins
  39. "Over the Rainbow" by the Checkers, 1954 (Swingin' mid-tempo Doo-Wop version of the song from "The Wizard of Oz" brought up to date! Great bass lead vocals of Bill Brown!)
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