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MUSICAL PICK OF THE MOMENT: "Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, 1954

Appealing uptempo Doo-Wop number expressing admiration for Mary Lee! Good piano accompaniment too!

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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: Fall 2018

August 21, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Grandpa Can Boogie Too" by Lil Green and the Four Jacks, 1952 (Hot rocker about a wild senior citizen! Great sax solo too!)
  3. "Grandpa Stole my Baby" by Moon Mullican, 1950 (HOT Country boogie remake of the Roy Brown R. & B. original; another wild senior citizen! Great boogie piano solo too!)
  4. "I Got Loaded" by Peppermint Harris, 1951
  5. "I Went to your Wedding" by Damita Jo with Steve Gibson and the Red Caps, 1952
  6. "The Bells Ring Out" by the Spaniels, 1953
  7. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, 1952 (The ORIGINAL version of this tough rocker!)
  8. "Bearcat" by Rufus Thomas, 1952-53 (The first and most successful of several "answer" records to "Hound Dog!")
  9. "Call Me a Hound Dog" by Juanita Moore and the Eugene Jackson Trio, 1953
  10. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (The most successful of the perhaps dozen remakes of the song!)
  11. "Lord, Stay with Me" by the Caravans, 1962
  12. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy
  13. "Your Love Keeps A-Working on Me" by Lulu Reed (Normally, she is listed as Lula, not Lulu Reed! Good early 1960's combination of Blues and Soul with a nice guitar solo by bluesman Freddy King!)
  14. "We'll Have a Chance" by Rosie and the Originals, 1962 (Very nice New Orleans-flavored mid-tempo rather wistful rocker by the group most famous for the Doo-Wop ballad, "Angel Baby," from 1960!)
  15. "Beep Beep" by the Playmates, 1958
  16. "Last Night" by the Mar-Keys, 1961
  17. "A Sunday Kind of Love" by Etta James, 1960
  18. "I Only Have Eyes for You" by the Flamingos, 1959 (Dreamy, hypnotic Doo-Wop ballad!)
  19. "Mambo Baby" by Dolly Wade (Great remake of Ruth Brown's c. 1954 Mambo-influenced R. & B. rocker! In my opinion, this remake is slightly better than Brown's original!)
  20. "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw, 1951 ((Now THIS is real Rock 'n' Roll!! Absolutely hot R. & B., strong singing, plus orgasmic saxophone solos! Some of you may recall I used this as my theme song about 15 years ago!)
  21. "Fine Brown Frame" by the Buccaneers, 1952 (Excellent if slightly muffled uptempo Doo-Wop! Nice boogie piano underpinning with HOT saxophone and separate HOT electric guitar solos! Nice remake of the song first recorded by pianist and singer Nelly Lutcher in 1947! Slight change in lyrics with the Buccaneers admiring the beautiful body ("fine brown frame") of a woman!)
  22. "Love my Baby" by the Re-Vels Quartette, 1954 (More excellent if slightly muffled uptempo Doo-wop from Philadelphia! Great lyrics about the attractive 16 and 21-year old girls in different sections of Philadelphia! Nice saxophone solo too!)
  23. "When I Say my Prayer" by Gloria Allayne, 1954
  24. "Since I Don't Have You" by the Skyliners, 1958
  25. "Beetle Bug Bop" by the Collins Kids, 1955
  26. "Hush Money" by the Collins Kids, 1955
  27. "Hot Rod" by the Collins Kids, 1957
  28. "Hoy Hoy" by the Collins Kids, 1957 (Great Rockabilly remake of the 1954 Little Johnny Jones R. & B. rocker admiring the charms of your loved one!)
  29. "The Great Pretender" by the Platters, 1955
  30. "The Closer You Are" by Earl Lewis and the Channels, 1956
  31. "When I Move to the Sky" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1946
  32. "Give Me Wings" by Bishop Louis H. Narcisse and the Mount Zion Spiritual Choir, 1955 (Rousing uptempo Gospel!!)
  33. "Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, 1954 (Appealing uptempo Doo-Wop admiring that lovely girl, Mary Lee! Catchy!)
  34. "If You See Mary Lee" by the Rainbows (Very similar follow-up/answer record! Probably recorded 1955 when the original "Mary Lee" became a minor mid-Atlantic and Northeastern R. & B. hit!)
  35. "So Real" by the Chantels
  36. "Happiness Street" by Alice Jean and the Mondellos, 1957 (NICE wistful slightly haunting Doo-Wop ballad!)

August 28, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "No Help Wanted" by the Crows, 1953 (Nice Doo-wop remake of the lively Country novelty recorded first by the Carlisles in 1952! The Crows are most famous, of course, for their big hit uptempo jazzy Doo-wop recording, "Gee," a major hit in 1953!)
  3. "No Help Wanted" by the Carlisles, 1952 (Lively Country novelty about a guy fending off offers to "help" with romancing a woman he had met in New Orleans! This was a family-based group with Jumpin' Bill Carlisle serving as lead! Pretty close to Rockabilly in sound too!)
  4. "Southern Hospitality" by Moon Mullican, 1950 (Prime Country Boogie number featuring Moon on vocals and piano!)
  5. "Hello, Baby" by Charline Arthur, 1957
  6. "Girl in the Street" by Vincent Williams, 1960 (Haunting, bluesy ballad about a hopeless love affair! It's implied that the object of his affections is a prostitute!)
  7. "You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn, 1962
  8. "Let the Four Winds Blow" by Fats Domino, 1961 (Genial uptempo good-time New Orleans rocker! The big hit version NOT the original!)
  9. "Let the Four Winds Blow" by Roy Brown, 1957 (The ORIGINAL version! Kind of a breezy sound - much different from Fats's big hit cover! Roy Brown, of course, was the originator of "Good Rockin' Tonight" in 1947 and was a big R. & B. star c. 1947-52!)
  10. "Jesus Is a Waymaker" by the Davis Sisters
  11. "Get Away, Jordan" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1951 (WOW!! In my opinion the DEFINITIVE version of this lively Gospel standard!)
  12. "Dreamin'" by Tony Allen, 1961 (Sweet dreamy ballad! Different song but sort of reminiscent of his one hit, the dreamy soulful Doo-Wop ballad, "Night Owl" back in 1955!)
  13. "Cry On" by Irma Thomas
  14. "Limbo Rock" by Chubby Checker, 1962
  15. "Beautiful Bermuda" by Erskine Zuill
  16. "Queen's Canary" by Erskine Zuill (Hilarious Calypso about deception and punishment! My guess is early 1960's!)
  17. "Arima Tonight, Sangre Grande Tomorrow Night" by Wilmoth Houdini with Gerald Clark's Night Owls, 1931 (Superb Trinidadian Calypso about having fun in two towns in Trinidad!)
  18. "Time Out for Tears" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1948
  19. "Count Every Star" by the Ravens, 1950
  20. "Dear, I Swear" by the Plants, 1957 (Uptempo yet mellow Doo-Wop! Nice!)
  21. "Honky Tonk, Part 2" by Bill Doggett and his Combo, 1956 (Great sax-based bluesy instrumental! Was a hit twice: in 1956 and then again in 1961!)
  22. "Pink Shoe Laces" by Dodie Stevens, 1959 (Amusing rocker about her boyfriend's wild clothes! Effective rap, yes rap, by an 11-year old White girl!)
  23. "Mona Lisa" by Conway Twitty, 1958-59 (Excellent Rockabilly treatment of the 1950 Nat King Cole hit ballad! Twitty started out as a rocker before becoming a big Country star in the 1960's-1970's!)
  24. "You Would've Known It" by the Deltaires
  25. "Island of Love" by the Sheppards, 1959
  26. "I Got a Girl" by Garland Davis
  27. "Hey, Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley, 1957
  28. "The Day Is Past and Done" by Aretha Franklin, 1956 (Played this song and the next three from Side 2 of her first recordings on an L.P. LIVE in church with Aretha on vocals and piano at age 14!! Gorgeous Gospel!)
  29. "He Will Wash You White as Snow" by Aretha Franklin, 1956
  30. "While the Blood Runs Warm" by Aretha Franklin, 1956
  31. "Yield Not to Temptation" by Aretha Franklin, 1956
  32. "Certainly All" by Eddie Jones and the Toppers, 1952 (Excellent uptempo R. & B. by the artist who normally - both before 1952 and after - recorded under the name Guitar Slim! Odd that he used his real name here! Nice extended guitar solo too!)
  33. "Gee, I Wish" by Billy "Red" Love, 1954 (Frantic rocker! Features Love on piano and vocals backed up by blasting saxophones and hot electric guitar! You want to hear some REAL Rock 'n' Roll? Check this one out!)
  34. "Everybody's Talking" by Mary Sue, 1952 (Very effective R. & B. rocker featuring Bonnie Turner as Mary Sue! Bonnie was Ike Turner's first wife long before Tina! Ike's band backs "Mary Sue" up and also features Ike on boogie piano!)
  35. "Loud Mouth Lucy" by Pigmeat Peterson, 1952

September 4, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" by Cleo Brown, 1935 (WOW!! Lightning-fast piano playing plus kittenish voiced dance instruction vocals! Perhaps the best of the several remakes of the ORIGINAL 1928 "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" recorded by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith!)
  3. "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" by Pinetop Perkins, c. 1953 (Excellent remake of the same! Joe Willie Perkins made a musical career out of the 1928 Pinetop Smith record! I saw Pinetop Perkins in person in Birmingham about 20 years ago and, of course, this song was a highlight of his performance!)
  4. "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, 1955
  5. "Tomorrow Night" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  6. "There'll Be No Goodbye" by the Five Delights, 1958
  7. "Savoy's Jump" by Jimmie McCracklin (Rippin' 'n' roarin' R. & B.!! Features McCracklin on boogie piano and vocals and lots of hot saxophone and electric guitar too! Essentially, this is a remake of the 1947 Amos Milburn rocker, "Chicken Shack Boogie," with different lyrics! Nice! My guess is 1948-50!)
  8. "Your Daddy's Doggin' Around" by Connie Allen and the Todd Rhodes Orchestra, 1952 (Red hot R. & B. jumper concerning a no good man! The blasting saxophone solo is pure joy!)
  9. "Every Day" by the Peacheros, 1954
  10. "Women" by the Drivers, 1956
  11. "I Asked the Lord" by Mahalia Jackson
  12. "Is There Anyone in Heaven?" by the Dixie Hummingbirds, 1949
  13. "Honkin' at Midnight" by Frank "Two Horn" Motley and his Motley Crew, 1954 (The secular world returns in full force with this stompin' hot rocker! Primarily a sax and horn-driven instrumental it also features some great party repartee beteween a female and a male reveler! Funkier than funk!)
  14. "Lovable Lilly" by Lillian Leach and the Mellows, 1955 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop! Love the lyric: "Wonder what makes them so hot? Ain't got no more than the next one's got!")
  15. "Whatcha Know New?" by the Unique Teens, 1957
  16. "At my Front Door" by the El Dorados, 1954
  17. "Heavenly Father" by the Quintones, 1958 (Beautiful remake of the beautiful semi-Gospel ballad hit by Edna McGriff from 1952!)
  18. "Could this Be Magic?" by the Dubs, 1957 (Truly soulful and melodious Doo-wop ballad!)
  19. "From an Angel to a Devil" by Polly Tucker
  20. "(Let Me Be your) Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley, 1957
  21. "I'm Wise to You Now" by Judy Tolbert
  22. "Stop, Look, and Listen" by Johnny Jano
  23. "Seems Like Just Yesterday" by Mickey and Sylvia, 1957
  24. "I'll Be Around" by the Castaleers, 1959
  25. "Hi Fi Baby" by the Castaleers, 1958
  26. "Don't Hang Up" by the Orlons, 1962
  27. "A Lonely Island" by the Lovers, 1960 (Nice mid-tempo Doo-Wop! Kind of a vaguely Caribbean or Latin feel!)
  28. "Tell Me, Love" by Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords, 1957
  29. "Please Say You'll Be Mine" by the Sunbeams, 1955
  30. "Teenager's Letter of Promises" by Juanita Rogers with Lynn Hollings and Mr V's Five Joys, 1961 (A real curiosity but quite appealing! Consists of alternating narration by (male) Lynn Hollings and plaintive singing by Juanita Rogers! Effectively conveys the feelings of being a teenager in love! Although recorded in 1961, it sounds more as if it came from c. 1954-56!)
  31. "The Family Circle" by Byron Parker and his Mountaineers, 1940
  32. "A Beautiful Life" by Byron Parker and his Mountaineers, 1940
  33. "Radio Boogie" by L.C. Smith, Ralph Mayo, and the Southern Mountain Boys, 1952-53 (HOT Bluegrass that pretty much resembles Rock 'n' Roll!)
  34. "Make Up your Mind" by Kitty wells
  35. "Helen" by Rebe and Rabe, 1952 (Very effective Bluegrass number concerning romantic frustration with the ever-reluctant and absent Helen!)
  36. "The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant, 1956
  37. "Oh, Julie" by the Crescendos, 1957
  38. "Fifty-Five Seconds" by Otis Williams and the charms, 1954
  39. "Three Times Seven" by Jewel King, 1949 (Uptempo New Orleans R. & B. concerning how this young lady has now reached adulthood and can do whatever she wants!)
  40. "Twenty-One" by the Spiders, 1954 (Same song redone by a male group five years later! Oh, to be 21 again! In April I turned 21...PLUS 40 more years = 61! Enjoy your youth while you've got it!)

September 11, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price, 1958
  3. "Easy Rockin'" by the Freddie Kohlman Orchestra, 1953
  4. "Tweedle [sic] Dee" by Georgia Gibbs, 1955 (Yes, the infamous but rather good "cover" of LaVern Baker's 1954 original uptempo R. & B . hit!)
  5. "Please Love Me Forever" by Cathy Jean and the Roommates, 1960
  6. "Under the Stars of Love" by the Shadows, 1958
  7. "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino, 1957
  8. "Knock, Knock" by Carol Fran, 1957
  9. "Jesus Will Answer Prayer" by the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Angelic Gospel Singers, 1949-50 (REAL GOSPEL!! Joyous uptempo Gospel at its very best!)
  10. "Walk through the Valley" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke and the Radio Four, 1952
  11. "Red Sails in the Sunset" by Bobby Jay, 1962 (Wonderful Louisiana Swamp Pop treatment of the melodious sentimental ballad! Not the Bobby Jay (Jeffers) of the New York Doo Wop group, the Laddins!)
  12. "You Cheated" by the Slades, 1958 (The ORIGINAL version of the sad Doo-Wop ballad that was a hit for the Shields later in 1958!)
  13. "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and the Romantics, 1963
  14. "The Goo Goo Muck" by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads (Funky absurdity from c. 1962-64!)
  15. "Justine" by Don and Dewey, 1958 (Extremely wild and raw Rock 'n' Roll!)
  16. "Goodbye" by Patty McCoy and the Renegades, 1962
  17. "Mysterious Teenage" by the Vels, 1957 (Truly affecting sentimental Doo-wop concerning the mystery of falling in love as a teenager! I may be 61 and married but this recording makes me feel like a teenager in love all over again! A nice record!)
  18. "My Cherie" by the Shells, 1957 (Excellent Doo-Wop ballad! Truly soulful! Similar to their 1957 recording - which became a hit in 1960 - "Baby, Oh, Baby" but even better!)
  19. "New Orleans Shuffle" by the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1949
  20. "I'm Tellin' You, Baby" by Mickey Champion and the Nic Nacs
  21. "The White Cliffs of Dover" by the Pelicans, 1953 (One of so many versions of the 1942 WWII British ballad hit by Vera Lynn! This one is uptempo Doo-Wop plus vigorous bongo drumming! I dig it!)
  22. "That's What You're Doing to Me" by the Capris, 1954 (Charmingly rough and ready version of the 1952 Dominoes' uptempo Gospel-flavored R. & B. hit!)
  23. "Cherie" by the Hide-a-Ways, 1954 (Beautiful Doo-wop ballad! Not to be confused with "My Cherie" by the Shells, above!)
  24. "My Happiness" by Ella Fitzgerald and the Song Spinners, 1948
  25. "I'm Gonna Leave You, Baby" by Lazy Lester, 1956 (First recording by Swamp Pop Blues singer and harmonica player, Lazy Lester! Sounds a bit like Muddy Waters!)
  26. "Sugar Coated Love" by Lazy Lester, 1958
  27. "I Hear You Knockin'" by Lazy Lester, 1958 (More Swamp Pop Blues! NOT to be confused with the more famous New Orleans standard of the same title first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1955!)
  28. "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" by Lazy Lester, 1958 (Perhaps his biggest hit! Uptempo and with somewhat of a Rockabilly feel to it! Ingenious lyrics too!)
  29. "Take Me in your Arms" by Lazy Lester, 1965
  30. "I've Been Changed" by Jackie Verdell and the Davis Sisters, 1958
  31. "Just as Long as Jesus Lives" by the Flying Clouds of Detroit, Michigan, 1950
  32. "Buona Sera" by the Belvederes, 1959 (Romantic mid-tempo Doo-Wop with some Italian lyrics! Very nice mellow guitar accompaniment too! Really a nice melody so I learned a version I can play on the piano!)
  33. "Who Walks in When I Walk Out?" by Barbara Gale and the Larks, 1954
  34. "Rocket Ride" by Johnny Greco, 1963
  35. "I Promise to Remember" by Tony and the Twilighters, 1961 (Nice revival of the uptempo Doo-wop number made famous by Frankie Lyon and the Teenagers in 1956! Originally recorded by Jimmy Castor and the Juniors in 1956!)
  36. "Crazy for You" by the Aquatones, 1960 (Nice soulful version of the Heartbeats' 1955 original! Features distinctive female lead voice!)
  37. "Crazy for You" by the Heartbeats, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of this soulful ballad!)
  38. "Sweetheart, Please Don't Go" by the Gladiolas, 1956 (Gorgeous very bluesy number that uses the same melody as "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, 1952 or "Tee Nah Nah" by Smiley Lewis, 1949! Group was from South Carolina! Flip side to their original version of "Little Darlin'" which became a huge hit for the Diamonds in 1957! The Gladiolas became Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs of "Stay" (1959) fame!)
  39. "Goomp Blues" by Ben Webster and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1951 (Truly rockin' instrumental featuring Webster on powerful tenor sax lead!)

Septe,berr 18, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train" by Mabel Scott, 1951
  3. "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" by Louis Jordan, 1946
  4. "Train (Choo Choo)" by the Cardinals, c. 1952
  5. "Crazy Mixed Up World" by Faye Adams, 1954
  6. "Life Is but a Dream" by the Harptones, 1955
  7. "Fading Away" by the Carousels, 1959
  8. "Peppermint Twist Part 1" by Joey Dee and the Starliters, 1961
  9. "Peppermint Twist Part 2" by Joey Dee and the Starliters, 1961 (Even better than the well-known Part 1! Primarily an instrumental and, man, is it hot!!)
  10. "Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown, 1959
  11. "Teenager's Letter of Promises" by Juanita Rogers with Lynn Hollings and Mr V's Five Joys, 1961 (A real curiosity but quite appealing! Consists of alternating narration by (male) Lynn Hollings and plaintive singing by Juanita Rogers! Effectively conveys the feelings of being a teenager in love! Although recorded in 1961, it sounds more as if it came from c. 1954-56!)
  12. "Heaven" by Bessie Griffin, 1955
  13. "He Knows How Much We Can Bear" by the Ward Singers, 1949
  14. "Day O" by the Hiltonaires (Excellent mid-1960's Jamaican version of the Calypso made famous by Harry Belafonte in 1956 (he recorded it in 1955)! First recorded as "Day Dah Light" by Trinidadian singer Edric Connor in 1954!)
  15. "Medley: Mango Walk/Give Me Back me Shilling/Sweetie Charlie" by Lord Tickler
  16. "Tinga-Layo/Sweethearts/Tra-La-La-La-La! by Enid Mosier, c. 1957
  17. "Rollin' Stone" by the Marigolds, 1955 (Excellent American R. & B. group singing original Calypso-style number! Very catchy! Also redone by others including the Cadets and the Fontane Sisters!)
  18. "The Blues" by Gladys Patrick, 1955
  19. "Night's Curtains" by the Checkers, 1952
  20. "High Winds" by Sam "the Man" Taylor with Claude Cloud and his Cloudbursts, 1955
  21. "I Don't Want Nobody" by Ella Johnson and the Buddy Johnson Orchestra, 1956
  22. "Nobody Like my Man" by Mamie (Good Blues) Thomas and Leroy Kirkland's Orchestra, 1955
  23. "Rock a While" by Big Joe Turner, 1956
  24. "My Tears" by Andre Williams, 1956
  25. "In the Chapel" by Ann Cole, 1956
  26. "Let's Go to the Party" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962
  27. "Don't You Worry" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962
  28. "T.C.B. (Taking Care of Business)" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962
  29. "Now It's Too Late" by Dee Dee Ford, 1962 (I meant to play "I'm Coming Home ot Stay" by both Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford while observing the recent passing of Gardner! Otherwise, this is a nice ballad by Ford!)
  30. "I Need your Lovin'" by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford, 1962 (Their one big hit! Fabulous raw Soul with a very definite Gospel influence. Gets into a great groove! This is the full six-minute version rather than the more commonly heard three-minute version!)
  31. "Two Lovers" by Mary Wells, 1962
  32. "Someone Cares for me" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, 1955 (Excellent slow very Gospel-influenced R. & B. ballad! Excellent electric guitar solo sounding somewhat like Guitar Slim!)
  33. "He'll Welcome Me" by the Soul Stirrers, 1953 (Beautiful uptempo Gospel!! Nice lead vocal trade-offs between Sam Cooke and Paul Foster too!)
  34. "The Ball Game" by Sister Wynona Carr, 1952 (Appealing uptempo Gospel novelty comparing life to a ball game with "Jesus standing at the home plate!")
  35. "'Til the Well Runs Dry" by Wynona Carr, 1956 (Excellent Rock 'n' Roll by Carr from when she went secular and was no longer "Sister" Wynona! Unfortunately, her mostly excellent Rock 'n' Roll sides from c. 1955-57 never hit big!)

September 25, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Welcome to the Club" by Jean Chapel, 1956 (Rueful bluesy account of a ruined reputation: "woman of sin!" Charline Arthur also recorded this song around this time!)
  3. "Swamp Root" by Harmonica Frank, 1951-52 (Bizarre Country rocker about taking his woman on a hunting trip!)
  4. "Rockin' and Knockin'" by Gayle Griffiths and the L.M.C. Trio
  5. "Harbor Lights" by Elvis Presley, 1954 (Very appealing version of the tuneful Pop ballad!)
  6. "That's my Desire" by Earl Lewis and the Channels, 1957 (NICE Doo-Wop treatment of the romantic ballad first popularized by Frankie Laine 10 years earlier!)
  7. "Mr. Lee" by the Bobbettes, 1957
  8. "I Shot Mr. Lee" by the Bobbettes, 1959 (Rockin' follow-up to their chirpy uptempo Doo-wop hit of 1957! Excellent sax solo by King Curtis too!)
  9. "Whatcha Gonna Do?" by the Drifters, 1954 (Wonderful Gospel-flavored uptempo Doo-wop using the same melody as "The Twist!" Some of you may recall I used this as my theme song 10 or 15 years ago!)
  10. "The Gypsy Cried" by Lou Christie, 1962
  11. "Teenager's Letter of Promises" by Juanita Rogers with Lynn Hollings and Mr V's Five Joys, 1961 (A real curiosity but quite appealing! Consists of alternating narration by (male) Lynn Hollings and plaintive singing by Juanita Rogers! Effectively conveys the feelings of being a teenager in love! Although recorded in 1961, it sounds more as if it came from c. 1954-56!)
  12. "Oh, Starlight" by the Quinns, 1957
  13. "Heaven's Radio" by Sister Bessie Griffin, 1949 (Appealing uptempo Gospel! "There's no static in the air and it never needs repair!")
  14. "Do You Call that Religion?" by Rev. Anderson Johnson, 1953
  15. "Rumors of War" by Marilyn Deloatch, 1951
  16. "Oh, But Dhe Did" by the Opals, 1954
  17. "If I Had Listened" by Linda Peters, 1955
  18. "Night Owl" by Tony Allen and the Champs, 1955 (One of the absolute BEST Doo-Wop ballads out there! Truly soulful!)
  19. "Make with the Shake" by the Mark IV, 1958 (WOW!! Lively Rock 'n' Roll with great piano work too! Kind of like Danny and the Juniors!)
  20. "Think It Over, Baby" by Pearl Galloway, 1958
  21. "Carioca" by the Aqua-Nites, 1965 (Excellent dance rocker! Not sure about the connection to Brazil - carioca is the slang term for a resident of Rio de Janeiro - but this is one fine rocker!)
  22. "Over and Over" by bobby Day, 1958
  23. "Happy Birthday Blues" by Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960
  24. "Chapel of Tears" by Lonnie and the Carollons, 1963
  25. "Get It" by the Silvertones, 1963
  26. "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark, 1961
  27. "The Wobble" by L.C. Cooke, 1963 (Very catchy mid-tempo dance rocker!!)
  28. "Trudy" by Lonnie and the Carollons, 1960 (Same group who had the '63 Doo-Wop ballad hit with "Chapel of Tears" listed above but here they really rock on out with a fast cheerful number!)
  29. "By and By" by Sister Jessie Mae Renfro, 1951
  30. "Mother" by Vance "Tiny" BPowell and the Paramount Gospel Singers, 1955 (Superb slow burn Gospel number that builds in intensity! Concerns the death of his mother!)
  31. "Give my Love to Rose" by Johnny Cash, 1957 (A truly tragic tale! Great Country record!)
  32. "I Don't Wanta" by Patsy Cline, 1956
  33. "The Golden Rocket" by Hank Snow, 1950 (Fun uptempo Country tune about a train! This was an era when the romance had not yet gone out of train travel!)
  34. "You're Gonna Change or I'm Gonna Leave" by Hank Williams, 1949 (LIVE!! Hank truly could sing the Blues! A rueful and partly humorous account of living with a difficult woman! Although never named, we can safely assume his wife, Audrey, was the inspiration!)
  35. "In the Dark" by Marie Adams and the Johnny Otis Show, 1958 (Excellent bluesy remake of the the 1940 bluesy ballad first recorded by Lil Green as "Romance in the Dark!")
  36. "Pitiful" by Big Maybelle, 1956
  37. "Boozoo Stomp" by Boozoo Chavis, 1954-55 (Exciting early Zydeco instrumental!)
  38. "Eh, Petite Fille" by Clifton Chenier and his Zodico Ramblers, 1955
  39. "Jambalaya Boogie" by Eddie Shuler's All Star Reveliers, 1950 (HOT Cajun number that verges on Rock 'n' Roll!)
  40. "Important Words" by Gene Vincent, 1956 (Beautiful soulful ballad! Although Gene is best known for rockers such as "Be Bop a Lula", he could also sing ballads very nicely too!)

Octoberr 2, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Rockin' the Blues" by Peggi Griffith
  3. "High School Confidential" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1958
  4. "If You Can't Rock Me" by Ricky Nelson
  5. "Flip, Flop, and bop" by Bill Justis
  6. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" by the Shirelles, 1960
  7. "Bless You" by the Chords, 19534 (Beautiful Doo-Wop ballad! Flip side of their big hit, "Sh-Boom!" I saw the Chords perform this and other songs in 1980 in New York!)
  8. "No Next Time" by Linda Hayes, 1953
  9. "You Got to Give" by Mike Gordon and the El Tempos, 1954 (Wow!! HOT R. & B. with a lurching Latin-like beat!)
  10. "I Feel that Old Age Coming On" by Wynonie Harris, 1948 (Rockin' R. & B. number about the ravages of aging! At 61, I can identify!)
  11. "Boogie Woogie Daddy" by the Enchanters, c. 1952
  12. "Let's Have Church" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi,1957
  13. "I've Fixed It with Jesus" by Prof. Harold Boggs, 1964
  14. "Dippin' in my Business" by Rose Mary McCoy, 1955
  15. "Nip Sip" by the Clovers, 1955
  16. "Rock 'n' Roll" by Red Prysock, 1951 (Title says it all! Great saxophone-led instrumental!)
  17. "Who's that Knocking?" by the Genies, 1959 (Fun, lively uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  18. "What's your Name?" by Don and Juan, 1962 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Two former members of the Genies, above!)
  19. "Every Beat of my Heart" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1961 (Gorgeous ballad! First hit by the group! Not first recording - they started in 1958, but first national hit!)
  20. "Every Beat of my Heart" by the Royals, 1952 (Beautiful ORIGINAL version of the song! The Royals, of course, went on to fame and fortune as Hank Ballard and the Midnighters starting in 1954!)
  21. "I Used to Cry Mercy, Mercy" by the Lamplighters, 1953
  22. "All Right, Baby" by Big Mama Thornton and the All Stars, 1950 (One of the very first records by the woman most famous for the original version of "Hound Dog" recorded in 1952! Here, it's a very basic, almost homemade-sounding but good rocker!)
  23. "Old Woman Boogie" by Hubert Robinson, 1950 (Tough and very enjoyable R. & B. concerning his old woman "she's three times twenty-one!" Outstanding saxophone solo too!)
  24. "Good Luck, Darlin'" by the Five Crowns, 1953
  25. "You Are the One" by the Hamilton Sisters, 1956
  26. "One Night" by Elvis Presley, 1958 (Tough Rockaballad! This was the hit version of a song originally recorded by Smiley Lewis! Probably RCA Victor insisted Elvis change some of the lyrics so it could be marketed to "innocent" teeny boppers!)
  27. "One Night" by Smiley Lewis, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version! Although Elvis's remake is more intense, musically, lyrically, Smiley Lewis has the edge: "One night of sin is what I'm now paying for. The things that I did and I saw would make the earth stand still!" Great stuff!)
  28. "Later, Later" by the Cookies, 1955
  29. "'Cause You're Mine" by the G-Clefs, 1956 (Almost insanely cheerful Doo-wop! Love it!)
  30. "God Is a Battle Axe" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950 (Solid, bluesy mid-tempo rockin' Gospel!)
  31. "I'm a Soldier" by the Jordan River Singers, 1951
  32. "Mean Old World" by Sam Cooke, 1963 (Not well-known, this is definitely one of Sam's more soulful ballads! Nice!)
  33. "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington, 1959
  34. "Mother Earth" by Memphis Slim, 1959
  35. "She's Jailbait" by Roosevelt Sykes, 1960 (Great lively Blues by singer-pianist Sykes concerning the dangers of involvement with too-young girls! Great line: "She's a San Quentin quail!")
  36. "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker, 1955
  37. "Nobody but You" by Dee Clark, c. 1959
  38. "Before We Say Goodnight" by the Poni-Tails
  39. "You Were Mine" by the Fireflies, 1959

October 9, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Trackdown Twist" by Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm (Hot instrumental featuring lots of hot electric guitar by Ike! My guess is 1959-60!)
  3. "The Twist" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1958 (The ORIGINAL version before Chubby Checker's excellent remake and much bigger hit! A touch bluesier than Chubby and the musical accompaniment sounds a little denser!)
  4. "Dancing Teardrops" by Barbara Redd, 1963
  5. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, It's Time to Go" by the Spaniels, 1953
  6. "Set my Heart Free" by Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns, 1954
  7. "Rock Love" by Lula Reed, 1955
  8. "Easy Lovin'" by Little Papa Joe, 1955
  9. "Fan Tan Fannie" by the Delta Rhythm Boys, 1950
  10. "Christopher Columbus" by the Ink Spots, 1936 (Fun combination of jazzy Jive and proto-Doo-Wop celebrating Columbus! The REAL Columbus Day is October 12, NOT the first convenient Monday such as this year's October 8!)
  11. "Sit Back Down" by Esther Phillips, 1954
  12. "My Summer's Gone" by the Four Buddies, 1951
  13. "Yearning" by the Five Keys, 1953
  14. "A Little More Faith and Grace" by Sister Lucile Barbee and the Radio Four, 1954
  15. "Glory to Jesus, I'm Free" by Rev. Utah Smith and the Congregation of the Two Wings Temple, 1947 (Absolutely amazing hot Gospel!! Smith's electric guitar is supersonic and his rough vocals with answering reply by mostly female congregation is truly exciting! WOW!)
  16. "Hard Work Boogie" by Jimmy Rogers, 1949
  17. "Little Side Car" by the Larks, 1951 (Outstanding bluesy R. & B.! Between the Gospel-influenced strong group harmony vocals and the excellent boogie piano, this double-entendre number is a winner!)
  18. "God Only Knows" by the Capris, 1954
  19. "Hey, Pretty baby" by the Ladders, 1958
  20. "Scandal in the Family" by Maya Angelou, 1957 (Yes, THE Maya Angelou tries her hand at Calypso! Not bad!)
  21. "Scandal in the Family" by Sir Lancelot, 1942 (The ORIGINAL Trinidadian Calypso! Later versions incorporated funny, double-entendre lyrics but this, the original version, actually relates a tragic and frightening story set to cheerful upbeat music!)
  22. "Trouble in Arima" by th Trinidad All Stars Steel Band, 1955 (Nice steelband instrumental version of a hit Calypso recorded first by Lord Kitchener!)
  23. "Donkey Wear Pants" by Erskine Zuill (Hilarious lyrics about a party for animals that excludes the donkey for not wearing his pants! Calypso from Bermuda! My guess is early 1960's!)
  24. "Look in my Eyes" by the Chantels, 1961
  25. "Going Home to Stay" by the Hearts, 1956 (Rather bluesy female Doo-Wop concerning romantic disappointment!)
  26. "Groaning the Blues" by Otis Rush, 1957 (Title says it all! Extremely intense Blues vocals plus amazing Blues electric guitar!)
  27. "Three Times a Fool" by Otis Rush, 1957
  28. "She's a Good 'Un" by Otis Rush, 1957
  29. "I Cried a Million Tears" by Otis Rush and Group
  30. "I Can't Quit You, Baby" by Otis Rush, 1956
  31. "There's a Place" by Cora Martin
  32. "Leaning on the Everlasting Arm" by Mahalia Jackson
  33. "Handy Man" by Jimmy Jones, 1959
  34. "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke, 1960
  35. "Boppin' at the Hop" by Lee Allen and his Band, 1958

October 16, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "The Locomotion" by Little Eva, 1962
  3. "Trickle, Tricle" by the Dovells (Very nice remake of the catchy ptempo Doo-wop first recorded by the Videos in 1958! My guess is 1961-62!)
  4. "Did It" by the Laddins, 1957 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop! Charmingly homemade sound too!)
  5. "You and Only You" by Tony Orlando, 1959 (His first recording! Nice Doo-wop ballad! Of course, he became much more famous in the 1970's but this is where it all started!)
  6. "Johnny, Johnny" by the Charmettes, 1959
  7. "Call your Daddy, Baby" by Kenny McKennon (Excellent Rockabilly! Melodically, resembles "That's All Right" by Elvis Presley (1954) which really came from Big Boy Crudup (1946)! My guess is 1955-56!)
  8. "I Need a Man" by Barbara Pittman, 1956
  9. "Suzy Q" by Dale Hawkins, 1956 (TOUGH!!)
  10. "Nothin' Seems to Go Right Anymore" by Mel Price and his Santa Fe Rangers, 1954 (Great uptempo Country obscurity! Sounds like a cross between Hank Williams and Rockabilly!)
  11. "Out on the Ocean Sailing" by Ann Cole and the Colemanaires, 1953 (Some of the bluesiest most intense Gospel ever!)
  12. "Awful Day Will Surely Come" by the Starlight Spiritual Singers, 1951 (Grimly beautiful Gospel harmonizing! Song is about death!)
  13. "Teardrops from my Eyes" by Ella Mae Morse with Big Dave and his Orchestra, 1954 (Very nice remake of the Ruth Brown original from 1950! This one is a bit jazzier than Ruth's R. & B. rocker!)
  14. "My Gal's a Jockey" by Big Joe Turner, 1946 (Sounds very much like Rock 'n' Roll 10 years early! Powerful singing and excellent saxophone!)
  15. "Fast Movin' Mama" by Connie Carroll, 1955
  16. "Boogie Woogie Stomp" by Albert Ammons, 1939 (Proof that Rock 'n' roll was around before WWII! Irresistible poundin' boogie piano, yeah, man!)
  17. "Is It Too Late?" by Savannah Churchill and the Four Tunes, 1947
  18. "A Cottage for Sale" by Billy Eckstine, 1945
  19. "Sh-Boom" by the Chords, 1954
  20. "Ding Dong Daddy" by Wynona Carr (Fun rocker featuring Wynona's strong boogie piano, male backup singers, and her slightly hoarse but very appealing vocals! My guess is 1956! Formerly Sister Wynona Carr, but she left Gospel to try Rock 'n' Roll for a while!)
  21. "Ka-Ding-Dong" by the G-Clefs, 1956
  22. "Why Don't You Do Right?" by Mike gordon and the El Tempos, 1954 (HOT R. & B.! A totally rocked up remake of Lil Green's bluesy ballad first recorded in 1940! Mambo influenced too!)
  23. "Your True Love Is Standing by" by Wanda Burt, 1961
  24. "Crying in the Chapel" by the Four Dukes, 1953 (Nice Doo-Wop version of the 1953 hit made most famous by Sonny Til and the Orioles but first recorded by Country singer Darrell Glenn! Elvis Presley also recorded a version in 1960!)
  25. "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels, 1963
  26. "Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie, 1966
  27. "Party Girl" by Bernadette Carroll, 1964
  28. "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox, 1957
  29. "Harbor Lights" by the Platters, 1956
  30. "How Sentimental Can I Be?" by Lillian Leach and the Mellows, 1954
  31. "Ain't That Good News?" by the Meditation Singers, 1959
  32. "Jesus Bears the Cross" by the Keys of Heaven, 1953
  33. "Tryin' to Please" by Jerry McCain, 1957 (Absolutely wonderful eccentric and very HOT Blues number concerning different styles of music ranging from an aborted version of "Love Me Tender" to an aborted Mambo to, finally, Rock 'n' Roll! Features Jerry's excellent harmonica playing too plus osme very hot electric guitar!)
  34. "Don't Mess with my Man" by irma Thomas, 1959
  35. "I'll Be Waiting for You" by Gene Allison, 1959
  36. "Please, Mr. Disc Jockey" by the Miller Sisters, 1960
  37. "Everybody, Rock and Roll" by the Sparks of Rhythm, 1956 (Irresistible and FUN uptempo Doo-wop rocker! Nice bootin' sax solo by Sam "the Man" Taylor too!)
  38. "The Rocker's Shuffle" by Rollee McGill, 1954
  39. "I'm Alone" by Myrtle Jones, 1957
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