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Fantastic uptempo Doo-Wop! Love that bass voice! Nice harmonizing vocals!

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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 - 9 p.m. (Central Time). He plays the best rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, doo wop, rockabilly, gospel, blues, early country, ska, calypso, and related music of the 1940's and 1950's! Check out WEGL's web site at http://www.weglfm.com/
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Play List: See Below

Last updated February 13, 2019 at 8:24 a. m. Copyright (c) 2019.

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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 2019

January 29, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Tweedlee Dee" by LaVern Baker, 1954
  3. "Have Mercy, Baby" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1952
  4. "Now We're Together" by the El Venos, 1956
  5. "A Casual Look" by Clydie King and the Teens, 1956 (Nice and very similar remake of the ORIGINAL version of this touching Doo-wop ballad recorded early in 1956 by the Six Teens. Clydie King, later on, became one of Ray Charles's Raelettes.)
  6. "That's my Desire" by Frankie Laine, 1946 (Yes, a Pop hit in 1947 but Laine sang this ballad in a particularly soulful way which probably contributed to its popularity among later doo-wop groups who remade it, for example, Earl Lewis and the Channels in 1957 and Dion and the Belmonts in 1959.)
  7. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Louis Jordan, 1948
  8. "Elevator Boogie" by Betty Jean Washington, 1951 (Great LIVE recording! Fun uptempo R. & B.)
  9. "Hey, Little Girl" by Frankie Lee Sims, 1957
  10. "Shuffle Out" by Long John Hunter
  11. "Surely, God Is Able" by the Ward Singers, 1950
  12. "Ain't No Stranger Now" by the Flying Clouds, 1950
  13. "I Just Got Rid of a Heartache" by Shirley Gunter and the Flairs, 1956
  14. "Speedo" by the Cadillacs, 1955 (Excellent Doo-Wop rocker! Nice bootin' saxophone solo too. This was the VERY FIRST record I ever played when I first went on the air at 5 a.m., Sunday, February 1, 1976 on WSRN - Swarthmore, Pa.)
  15. "Come, Go with Me" by the Del Vikings, 1956 (Big hit 1957, this quickly became my theme song on my WSRN radio show 1976-1979.)
  16. "Since my Baby's Been Gone" by Ruth McFadden, 1956
  17. "Born to Be with You" by the Chordettes
  18. "Hello, Stranger" by Barbara Lewis, 1963
  19. "Baby, Let Me Bang your Box" by Doug Clark and the Nuts, c, 1964 (Frantic Soul raver with slightly naughty lyrics. The "box" is actually a piano.)
  20. "(I Love to Play your Piano) Baby, Let Me Bang your Box" by the Toppers, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version! In addition to slightly naughty lyrics, it does feature some excellent boogie piano playing too.)
  21. "She Keeps Sittin' on It" by Thelma Lark and Orchestra, 1949 (Nice R. & B. rocker with slightly naughty lyrics concerning a girl who sits on an attractive chair she has bought, ahem!)
  22. "Sittin' on It All the Time" by Wynonie Harris, 1949 (HOT R. & B. number about a woman who keeps sittin' on it all the time until she changes her mind at age 63 but "now you're too old for me, so keep sittin' on it all the time." Interesting lyrics to say the least!)
  23. "For a Lifetime" by Valli Hunter and the Joe Thomas Orchestra, 1957
  24. "Moonlight Cocktails" by the Rivieras, 1960
  25. "Royal Earl Shuffle" by Royal Earl and the Swingin' Kools, 1958-59 (WOW! Truly HOT electric guitar instrumental!!)
  26. "Mambo Baby" by Dolly Wade, 1954 (Excellent and superior (in my opinion) remake of Ruth Brown's rockin' original from 1954.)
  27. "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, 1957
  28. "Coralee" by Little Bobby Rivera and the Hemlocks, 1957
  29. "Oh, Please Love Me" by the Lyrics
  30. "There's No other (Like my Baby)" by the Crystals, 1961 (Their first hit! Gorgeous Gospel-inflected ballad.)
  31. "Count your Blessings" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952 (Superb rockin' Gospel number sung in kind of a raucous style by this great female group.)
  32. "Interest Over There" by the Bailey Gospel Singers, 1951
  33. "Slow Walk" by Sil Austin, 1956
  34. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly, 1957 (This and the remaining songs observe "the day the music died" - the Feb. 3, 1959 plane crash in which Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens perished. Hard to believe this Rock 'n' Roll tragedy is now 60 years old!!)
  35. "Midnight Shift" by Buddy Holly (Obscure Rockabilly number by Holly with lyrics that strongly suggest Annie's job on the "midnight shift" may be prostitution. This could also be an indirect reference to the notorious "Work with Me, Annie" and "Annie Had a Baby" recorded in 1954 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.)
  36. "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper, 1958
  37. "It's the Truth, Ruth" by the Big Bopper (Witty lyrics and a great jazzy sound. Should have been a hit.)
  38. "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, 1958

February 5, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Rainy Day Bells" by the Globetrotters
  3. "The Lone Lover" by the Clickettes, 1960 (Uptempo doo-wop rocker alluding to the popular television (and earlier, radio) program, "The Lone Ranger.")
  4. "Finger Poppin' Time" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1960 (One of my favorites by this great Blues and Gospel-influenced vocal group. "Finger Poppin' Time" is an invitation to have a good time. Nice saxophone solo too.)
  5. "The Story of my Heart" by the Mascots, 1961
  6. "One More Chance" by Carol Fran, 1960
  7. "Last Call (for Alcohol)" by Julia Lee, 1952
  8. "Hey, Miss Fannie" by the Clovers, 1952
  9. "Woogie Boo" by Cousin Ida and the Freddie Washington Quintet, 1950 (Superb rocker concerning what fun it is to do the Boogie Woogie. Cousin Ida sounds suspiciously like the male singer, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, who recorded extensively c. 1927-1940 but, no, this was not Frankie but Ida Mae Lester. If nothing else, she certainly must have listened to Jaxon a lot because the voices and style of delivery sure are similar.)
  10. "The Dirty Dozen" by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, 1937 (Played both for comparison to the vocal style of the later Cousin Ida and for enjoyment. This is a great remake of the Speckled Red (Rufus Perryman) 1929 original song based on creative insults. Speckled Red also recorded, in 1956, a truly raw triple-X rated version that, unfortunately, I do not dare play on the air.)
  11. "Romance in the Dark" by Lil Green, 1940 (Wonderful ORIGINAL version of the bluesy ballad redone by a number of other artists over the next 20 years or so.)
  12. "Chains of Love" by Big Joe Turner, 1951
  13. "God Is a Battle Axe" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  14. "Get Away, Jordan" by Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, 1951 (Possibly the best version of this wonderful, uptempo, joyous Gospel number.)
  15. "Goomp Blues" by Ben Webster with the Johnny Otis Orchestra, 1951 (Don't let the silly title fool you: this is one HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring the great Ben Webster on blastin' tenor sax lead!)
  16. "Honey Chile" by Frank "Two Horn" Motley and his Motley Crew
  17. "Roses Never Fade" by the Jacks and Jills, 1956 (Really nice Doo-Wop ballad with a melody quite similar to W.C. Handy's "Careless Love.")
  18. "Cherry Pie" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  19. "Moose on the Loose" by Roddy Jackson and his Band, 1958 (Hilarious wild insane rocker about animals escaping and taking over: in addition to the moose on the loose you've got things like "a deer in the beer" and a "'munk" [i.e., chipmunk] in the bunk.")
  20. "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, 1957 (HOT Rockabilly remake of the solid R. & B. shouter first recorded by Annisteen Allen in 1954.)
  21. 'Take my Heart" by Dale Hawkins, 1958
  22. "Oh, Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins, 1956
  23. "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals, 1960
  24. "A Thousand Stars" by the Rivileers, 1954 (Absolutely soulful Doo-Wop ballad! This is the ORIGINAL version. Kathy Young and the Innocents had a hit with their nice 1960 remake.)
  25. "Alone" by the Shepherd Sisters, 1957
  26. "Count the Tears" by Vic Donna and the Parakeets, 1957 (Very enjoyable uptempo New York City Doo-wop. Fabulous saxophone solo too.)
  27. "Rene's Boogie" by the Rene Hall Sextette, 1950
  28. "Cross Over the Bridge" by the Flamingos, 1954 (Nice remake of the Patti Page Pop hit from 1954. This R. & B. remake has somewhat of a Gospel touch too. Love it!)
  29. "You're Still my Baby" by Vicki Evans, 1955
  30. "Dreamy Eyes" by the Youngsters, 1956
  31. "Roll Over, Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, 1956 (Bright rocker featuring Chuck's enthusiastic vocals and amazing electric guitar playing announcing the arrival of a new era.)
  32. "Please, Dear" by the Quintones, 1958
  33. "Jesus Knows about my Trouble" by the L & N Singers, 1950 (Nice male acappella Gospel. I wonder if the group's name is based on the L & N Railroad = the Louisville & Nashville line.)
  34. "Wonderful" by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, 1956 (Beautiful sweet Gospel featuring Cooke just before he went secular. He definitely carried over his melodic style from Gospel to Soul/Pop/Rock 'n' Roll.)
  35. "That's Fat, Jack" by Jimmie Lee and Artis, 1953 (Great male-female duo rocker. Interesting use of the word "fat." Essentially, it's the same as what the Hip-Hop crowd was saying 50 years later with "phat!")
  36. "House Rockin' Boogie" by Howlin' Wolf, 1951 (Wow, this really rocks! Howlin' Wolf introduces each band member by name over this musical announcement of his arrival in town. Surely, "Poopy Neck Pearl" is just a nickname of the piano player so called. Howlin' Wolf was at the start of a 25-year career as a major Blues artist now. Got started a little late at age 41, but made up for it over the next quarter-century.)
  37. "Guitar Slim" by Guitar Slim, 1955 (Absolutely smokin' bluesy rocker! Eddie Jones formally introduces himself as Guitar Slim. Features his raw Gospel-influenced vocals plus hot electric guitar. He actually had recorded a tamer version of this in 1951 under the title "New Arrival." Best known, of course for his raw, slow Blues, "The Things that I Used to Do" from 1953. Very influential although he died at age 32 in 1959.)

February 12, 2019

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Boogie all Night" by Lil Greenwood, 1950
  3. "Any Time You Ring my Bell" by Arbee Stidham, 1950
  4. "Feel So Good" by Shirley and Lee, 1955
  5. "Goin' Home" by Fats Domino, 1952
  6. "Something Is Wrong" by the Daylighters, 1959
  7. "Sugar Babe" by Hal Page and the Wailers, 1957 (Melodically very similar to Little Walter's "My Babe" from 1955 which, in turn, uses the melody of the Gospel song, "This Train.")
  8. "Not Too Young to Get Married" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, 1963
  9. "Barbara" by the Encores, 1957
  10. "I Met Him on a Sunday" by the Shirelles, 1958
  11. "Just Over the Hill" by Mahalia Jackson, 1950
  12. "Old Ship of Zion" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1951
  13. "Please Be my Guy" by Cleo and the Crystaliers, 1957
  14. "Pleading No More" by the Shells, 1958
  15. "Foot Stompin'" by the Flares, 1961
  16. "Bar-B-Q Sauce" by Sam Price, 1956 (A truly HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring Price on boogie piano, Mickey Baker on electric guitar, and King Curtis on sax.)
  17. "While I Dream" by Neil Sedaka and the Tokens, 1958 (One of his first releases. Very nice Doo-Wop ballad.)
  18. "Crazy for You" by the Aquatones, 1960 (Very nice remake of the soulful Doo-wop ballad first recorded by the Heartbeats in 1956.)
  19. "Pretty Baby" by Gino and Gina, 1958
  20. "Day O (The Banana Boat Song)" by Harry Belafonte, 1955
  21. "Africa, Here I Come" by Lord Ivanhoe and his Caribbean Knights
  22. "Lord, Got Tomatoes" by the Percentie Brothers, 1953
  23. "Daddy on my Mind" by Mamie (Miss Good Blues) Thomas and Leroy Kirkland's Band, 1955
  24. "In the Dark" by Marie Adams and the Johnny Otis Show, 1958 (Lovely bluesy remake of the bluesy ORIGINAL ballad recorded by Lil Green in 1940 under the title "Romance in the Dark." Note: played Green's version on last week's program.)
  25. "Tuff" by Ace Cannon, 1961
  26. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957
  27. "Move It on Over" by Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, 1947 (Lively Country number that, melodically, resembles "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets from 1954. This was Williams's first hit record although he would not truly hit the big time until 1949 with his late 1948 classic version of "Lovesick Blues.")
  28. "Fan It" by Hank Williams and Pee Wee Moultrie, 1938 (FIRST KNOWN recording by Williams! From a WSFA - Montgomery, Ala. radio broadcast. Very nice version of the slightly risque Blues made a hit by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon 10 years earlier and first recorded by James "Boodle It" Wiggins in 1927. The 15-year old Hank sounds fully-formed and very bluesy.)
  29. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by Hank Williams and Pee Wee Moultrie, 1938 (From the same WSFA live broadcast. Moultrie contributed excellent accordion work to this number and "Fan It." Hank, once again, does a solid job of singing and guitar playing on this Pop tune first recorded by Blues Empress Bessie Smith in the mid-1920's.)
  30. "Chirpin' the Blues" by Alberta Hunter, 1939
  31. "Ain't Nobody's Businesss Part 1" by Jimmy Witherspoon, 1947 (His first big hit. Relaxed bluesy ballad. First recorded by Bessie Smith mid-1920's. Billie Holiday also hit with it in 1949 and even future Soul star Joe Tex recorded a nice R. & B. version in 1957.)
  32. "Down by the Riverside" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Dependable Boys, 1948 (Superb, exciting Gospel featuring Sister Rosetta's sharp singing and amazing guitar work plus nice harmony from the Dependable Boys.)
  33. "Yes, It's Me, Lord, that Came to Thee" by the Royal Travellers, 1955
  34. "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, 1955
  35. "Little Short Daddy" by the Dell-Tones and the Kelly Owens Orchestra, 1954 (HOT raw, raucous, and crude R. & B. at its best.)
  36. "It Hurts Me to my Heart" by Faye Adams, 1954
  37. "I Almost Lost my Mind" by the Harptones, 1955 (Very nice remake of the Blues first recorded by Ivory Joe Hunter in 1949 who hit big with it in 1950. Pat Boone recorded a nice version too in 1956. Love the Harptones' Gospel-styled harmonizing on this one. Very effective.)
  38. "I'm Not Too Young to Fall in Love" by Lewis Lymon and the Teeenchords, 1957
  39. "Pachuko Hop" by Chuck Higgins, 1952 (Infectious instrumental featuring Higgins on tenor saxophone.)

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