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

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

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  1. Blues Vocal Harmony Radio
  2. Rock N Rhythm Revue: Podcasts
  3. Doo Wop Nation
  4. Blue Highway (Blues)
  5. Fifties Website
  6. Marv Goldberg's Yesterday's Memories Rhythm & Blues Party
  7. Black Gospel Music Clef
  8. Trinidad Calypso Tent
  9. Classic Urban Harmony
  10. Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt (Great gospel music!)
  11. Group Harmony Alley

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL AND CULTURE LINKS:

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  3. Barbados Tourism Authority
  4. Caribbean Supersite
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DR. HEPCAT ON YOU TUBE!

If you dig boogie woogie and gospel piano check out these two You Tube performances:

Boogie 1

Where Shall I Be?

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


Listen to Dr. Hepcat broadcast the "Golden Oldies" show on WEGL - Auburn, FM 91.1 on Tuesdays, 7 - 10 p.m. (Central Time) SUMMER HOURS. Rest of year it's 7 - 9 p.m. He plays the best rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, doo wop, rockabilly, gospel, blues, early country, ska, calypso, and related music of the 1940's and 1950's! Check out WEGL's web site at http://www.weglfm.com/
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Play List: See Below



Last updated August 15, 2018 at 8:34 a. m. Copyright (c) 2018.

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Play List

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

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

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

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


Playlists: Summer 2018

May 22, 2018

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

May 29, 2018

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

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

June 12, 2018

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

June 19, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Let's See What's Happening" by the Honeybees, 1956 (Fun uptempo female Doo-Wop alternating between Rock 'n' Roll and West Indian Calypso!)
  3. "You, Baby, You" by the Cleftones, 1955 (Delightfully catchy uptempo New York City Doo-Wop! Nice saxophone solo too!)
  4. ""Hand Clappin'" by Red Prysock, 1955
  5. "Most of the Pretty Girls" by the Upfronts, 1964 (Dreamy Doo-Wop ballad!)
  6. "Yes, No, Maybe So" by Barrett Strong, c. 1960
  7. "Boyfriend" by the Serenadettes, 1961
  8. "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  9. "Slow Walk" by Sil Austin, 1956 (Superb saxophone instrumental! Also features some nice poundin' piano!)
  10. ""He Was an Angel" by the Rubies, 1961
  11. "No Money Can Buy" by the Kalin Twins (Pleasant romantic ballad! Sound somewhat like the Everly Brothers! My guess is c. 1959 the same year as their one big hit, the uptempo "When!")
  12. "Dancing in a Dreamworld" by the Hearts, 1957
  13. "The World Can't Do Me No Harm" by Ethel Davenport, 1948
  14. "Take a Trip" by Rev. Utah Smith, c. 1955 (Excellent appealing uptempo Gospel! Great electric guitar playing too!)
  15. "Cold Chills" by John Lee Hooker, 1952
  16. "Call his Name" by Christine Kittrell, 1954 (Powerful R. & B.!!)
  17. "Little Boy Blue" by Bobby "Blue" Bland, 1958 (Gospel-drenched ballad! Raw Soul!)
  18. "Oh, Baby" by the Velvetiers, 1958 (Fantastic soulful Doo-Wop ballad!!)
  19. "Oh, Baby" by the Jesters, 1957 (Infectious uptempo New York Doo-Wop! "Wah Wah Wah Oom!")
  20. "Let's Ball" by Sam "the Man" Taylor, 1955
  21. "Queen Bee" by Bee Bee Queen andd Teacho's Orchestra, 1955
  22. "Ruby Baby" by the Drifters, 1956 (LIVE! Extremely fast version of this fine rocker!)
  23. "On Bended Knee" by the Five Gents, 1957
  24. "Until the Day I Die" by the Teen Queens, 1956
  25. "The Duck Walk" by Eddy Clearwater, 1965 (Chuck Berry-influenced rocker!)
  26. "Momee, Momee" by Eddy Clearwater, 1965 (Another Chuck Berry-influenced rocker! Lyrically quite similar to "Sweet Little Sixteen!")
  27. "The Hillbilly Blues" by Clear Waters and his Band, 1958 (I.e., Eddy Clearwater, originally named Eddy Harrington, using a name similar to Muddy Waters! Very much a Chuck Berry-influenced rocker! Raw and absolutely fun!)
  28. "Teen-Age Love" by Miss La-Velle, 1958
  29. "Every Now and Then" by Bessie Griffin and the Gospel Consolators with Johnny Adams, 1957
  30. "None but the Righteous" by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, 1962
  31. "Note Droppin' Daddy" by Edna McGriff, c. 1952
  32. "Hearts of Stone" by Otis Williams nad the Charms, 1954 (Biggest hit version of this appealing melodious rocker! A number of others have done it too including the Fontane sisters in 1955 and even Country singer Mel Tillis in 1961!)
  33. "Hearts of Stone" by the Jewels, 1954 (The ORIGINAL and, in my opinion, BEST version! Funky Gospel-influenced vocals hot saxophone, and hard rockin' percussion!)
  34. "Hearts Can Be Broken" by the Jewels, 1955 (An obvious "answer record!" Pretty good! My guess is this was inspired not so much by their own original "Hearts of Stone" but by the massive success of the Otis Williams nad the Charms' version!)
  35. "Saturday Night Daddy" by Little Esther and Bobby Nunn, 1952 (Very bluesy dialogue concerning adultery!)
  36. "Cherie" by the Hide-a-Ways, 1954
  37. "Shombalor" by Sheriff and the Ravels, 1959
  38. "Mary Lee" by the Rainbows, 1954 (Exhilarating uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  39. "Shtiggy Boom" by Patti Ann and Group with the Maxwell Davis Band, 1955
  40. "See You Later, Alligator" by Bobby Charles, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of this fine catchy rocker! Bill Haley had the hit version and it was nice, but Cajun singer Bobby Charles's version is even better!)
  41. "I'll Try" by LaVern Baker, c. 1951
  42. "Let Me Explain" by the Cadillacs, 1955
  43. "Garbage Man" by the Melody Masters, 1946 (Hilarious double-entendre R. & B. vocal group number! Nice boogie piano too!)
  44. "Move It on Over" by the Maddox Brothers and Rose (Fantastic remake of Hank Williams's 1947 original! This one features Country Boogie mayhem verging on Rock 'n' Roll! My guess is 1947-48!)
  45. "Rock and Roll Tonight" by Bashful Vic Thomas and the Western Rhythmaires, 1956
  46. "Hillbilly Boogie" by Jerry Irby and his Texas Rangers, 1947
  47. "My Poor Heart" by Lula Reed
  48. "Three O' Clock Blues" by B.B. King, 1951 (His first big hit - actually reached in 1952 but not his first record which goes back to 1949! Slow intense Blues vocals and stinging electric guitar!)
  49. "Blam!" by Big John Greer, 1955
  50. "Blue and Lonesome" by Jimmie Lee with Jay Franks and his Rockets of Rhythm, 1952 (Despite the title, this is actually a rocker! Nice female vocals (Jimmie Lee was a woman) and hot horns and sax accompaniment!)
  51. "Dig a Little Deeper" by Margaret Barnes, 1949 (WOW!! Great uptempo Gospel by this high soprano singer!)
  52. "So Glad I'm Here" by Rev. H.B. Crum and th Golden Keys, 1955
  53. "You Can Make it if You Try" by Gene Allison, 1957
  54. "Let Me Be Free" by Juanita Nixon
  55. "There They Go" by the Delmonicos, 1963 (Catchy mid-tempo Doo-Wop about the devastation the lead singer feels that his ex has married someone else!)
  56. "Love Came to Me" by Dion, 1962 (Mid-tempo almost jazzy Doo-Wop! Dion sings the immortal line, "Love is a gas and I know it alas!")
  57. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, 1960
  58. ""Work with It" by Jesse Pipkin and Band, 1958-59
  59. "My Johnny" by Little Miss Wanda, 1961 (Sweet Doo-Wop ballad - Little Miss Wanda is backed up by a male group! Sounds more like c. 1956 than 1961 but that is part of its appeal!)

Junee 26, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Pa-Pa-Ya Baby" by the Jumping Jacks, 1954 (Excellent uptempo Doo-Wop! Melodically, this resembles the Crows' big hit 1953 record, "Gee!")
  3. "Later, Later, Baby" by the Cookies, 1955
  4. "After Hour Swing" by Sam Price, 1956 (HOT R. & B. instrumental featuring Price on piano, King Curtis on sax and Mickey Baker on electric guitar, among others!)
  5. "Don't Say Goodbye" by the Corsairs, 1957
  6. "Soldier Boy" by the Four Fellows, 1955
  7. "Walkin' after Midnight" by Patsy Cline, 1957 (Very catchy bluesy Country! Her first hit! Not her first record but her first hit, yes!)
  8. "Honky Tonk Blues" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys, 1951 (Possibly my favorite Hank song! Bluesy yet lively number about living a life of too many parties!)
  9. "Baby Doll" by Eddie Jackson's Swingsters, c. 1957
  10. "Maybe Baby" by Buddy Holly, 1958
  11. "Tell Jesus All" by the Simmons-Akers Trio, 1951
  12. "I'll Work, Lord" by the Bells of Joy, 1950
  13. "I Promise" by Jimmy Castor and the Juniors, 1956 (Appealing uptempo Doo-Wop by the young fellow who recorded it first! A much bigger hit under the title "I Promise to Remember" for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" fame! Castor's version is a bit more rough and ready but he did it FIRST!)
  14. "Rockin' in the Rocket Room" by the Larks, 1954
  15. "Feel Like Lovin'" by the Sheppards, 1960 (Excellent and very catchy uptempo Doo-Wop!)
  16. "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels, 1963
  17. "Baby, I'm Yours" by Barbara Lewis, 1965
  18. "Please Change your Mind" by the Five Du-Tones, 1962 (WOW!! Raw Gospel-influenced desperate Soul ballad! This group found fame with uptempo Soul dance raver, "Shake a Tail Feather," in 1963!)
  19. "Shout, Part 1" by Joey Dee and the Starliters, 1961 (Excellent remake of the Isley Brothers' 1959 original!)
  20. "Dance, Dance, Dance" by Pearl and the Deltairs, 1960
  21. "Ready Teddy" by Little Richard, 1956
  22. "Bing Bong" by the Silhouettes, 1958 (Fine and catchy uptempo Doo-Wop by the group most famous for their 1957 hit, "Get a Job!")
  23. "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips and the Twilights, 1959
  24. "Give Me a Break" by Barbara Lynn, 1962
  25. "Double Shot of my Baby's Love" by the Swingin' Medallions, 1966 (PARTY TIME Rock 'n' Roll!)
  26. "Bridgeview Shuffle" by Roland Alphonso and the Matador All Stars
  27. "The Higher the Monkey Climbs" by Justin Hines, 1965 (Wonderful Jamaican Ska with a good lesson message: "The higher the monkey climbs is the more he exposed!")
  28. "Oh, Merna" by Millie and Roy
  29. "Worried over You" by Keith and Enid, 1960 (Achingly sweet and bluesy Jamaican R. & B. ballad! They sound kind of like the American duo, Gene and Eunice!)
  30. "The Wind" by Nolan Strong and the Diablos, 1954
  31. "Didn't It Rain?" by Mahalia Jackson, 1953 (Lots of versions out there about this time, but Gospel great Mahalia Jackson's is one of the best of this fine uptempo number!)
  32. "Move in the Room" by Robert Anderson, c. 1951
  33. "Let the Good Times Roll" by Shirley and Lee, 1956
  34. "Puddin'" by the Ernie Freeman Combo, 1957 ( Hard charging instrumental! Really enjoy Ernie playing some hot organ on this one!)
  35. "Life Is but a Dream" by the Harptones, 1955
  36. "Mine and Mine Alone" by the Angelettes, 1956
  37. "Has a Chicken Got a Leg?" by Cleve Jackson and his Hound Dogs, 1953 (Amusing Country Boogie number about having to eat only chicken wings since he has to leave the best parts of the chicken for his younger brother and sister!)
  38. "Take an Old Cold Tater (and Wait)" by Little Jimmy Dickens, 1949 (Amusing uptempo Country number about having to wait while all the good food - such as chicken - goes to other family members, visiting preachers, etc.!)
  39. "Waitress" by Margie Dee and the Ramblers
  40. "Tater Pie" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1950 (Appealing and amusing uptempo Western Swing number about Bob's favorite food!)
  41. "A Thousand Stars in the Sky" by Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad!)
  42. "A Thousand Stars in the Sky" by Gene Pearson and the Rivileers, 1954 (The ORIGINAL version of this soulful Doo-Wop ballad!)
  43. "Do that Shake Dance" by Wahsboard Sam, 1942 (Fun proto-R. & B. rocker! Also includes fine boogie piano by Roosevelt Sykes! An adaptation of Champion Jack Dupree's 1940 "Dupree Shake Dance," below!)
  44. "Dupree Shake Dance" by Champion Jack Dupree, 1940
  45. "Keep on Knocking" by Lil Johnson, 1935 (Rockin' and jolly, this is the same song Little Richard transformed into frantic Rock 'n' Roll in 1957!))
  46. "Texas Stomp" by Dot Rice, 1935 (Boogie woogie piano plus Scrapper Blackwell on slide guitar! Proof that something like Rock 'n' Roll was being played before World War II!)
  47. "Romance in the Dark" by Lil Green, 1940
  48. "Jelly, Jelly" by Billy Eckstine with the Earl "Fatha" Hines Orchestra, 1940 (Excellent slow Blues! Eckstine supposedly disliked recording Blues but, man, he sure was good! Great musical accompaniment too, especially the hot bluesy section near the end!)
  49. "I Know How to Do It" by Annisteen Allen and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, 1945-46
  50. "When the Rooster Crows" by Big Joe Turner, 1951 (Ebullient rocker!)
  51. "Come, Ye Disconsolate" by Mary Johnson Davis, c. 1947
  52. "I Wonder Who Cares" by the Cumberland River Singers, 1953
  53. "Flag Waver" by the Alan Freed Band, 1955-56 (LIVE instrumental! Very hot Rock 'n' Roll featuring roaring horn riffs and hot saxophone solos!)
  54. "Let's Rock 'n' Roll" by the Cadets, 1956
  55. "Everybody's Havin' a Ball" by the Miller Sisters, 1955
  56. "Popcorn Willie" by the Marquis, 1956 (One of the best party records ever! Frantic and fun Rock 'n' Roll with crazy lyrics about Long Legged Jilly and Popcorn Willie, and a practically orgasmic saxophone solo!)
  57. "Love Me Always" by Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns, 1955
  58. "Oh, What a Dream" by Ruth Brown, 1954 (Although best known for her rockers, Ruth Brown was also a great ballad singer as this nice, bluesy number shows! Sad lyrics about romantic disappointment!)

July 3, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "How Big a Fool Can You Be?" by Bixie Crawford, 1956 (Nice, strong, declarative R. & B.! Yes, her name was Bixie, not Dixie!)
  3. "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley, 1956 (One of his biggest and earliest national hits! Love the sprung rhythm and the overall cheerful sound!)
  4. "Fabulous" by Charlie Gracie, 1957 (Very much a knock-off of "Don't Be Cruel" with different words! Not bad, especially the nice electric guitar solo!)
  5. "Over the Rainbow" by the Demensions, 1960 (NICE Doo-Wop version of the Judy Garland/Dorothy wistful ballad from the 1939 movie classic, "The Wizard of Oz! By the way, the group did spell their hame as Demensions, not Dimensions!)
  6. "Thank You, Pretty Baby" by Brook Benton, 1959
  7. "A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)" by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton, 1960
  8. "Mess Around" by Ray Charles, 1953
  9. "White Cliffs of Dover" by the Del Vikings, 1956 (Amazing deep bass voice lead by Clarence Quick! Nice, fairly slow but slightly jazzy Doo-Wop version of the Vera Lynn standard from 1942!)
  10. "White Cliffs of Dover" by the Mystics, 1960 (Nice bass voice lead by Al Contrera! Nice, uptempo but similarly arranged Doo-Wop version of the Vera Lynn standard from 1942!)
  11. "Look in my Eyes" by the Crystals, 1963 (Nice remake of the dreamy ballad first recorded by the Chantels in 1961!)
  12. "Troubles of this World" by the Clefs of Calvary, 1962 (Lead singer James Phelps sounds a lot like Sam Cooke on this nice mid-tempo Gospel number!)
  13. "I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always)" by the Soul Stirrers, 1955 (Nice mid-tempo Gospel with Sam Cooke on lead! Similar but not same song as "Troubles of this World!")
  14. "On the Highway" by Rosa Shaw, 1952 (WOW! This is HOT Gospel! Shaw's vocals resemble Sister Rosetta Tharpe's and the boogie woogie piano accompaniment is outstanding!)
  15. "Where You At?" by Lloyd Price, 1953
  16. "B.M.T. Special" by the Shy-Tans
  17. "The Bride Should Have Been Me" by Carmen Taylor with Quincy Jones and his Orchestra, 1955
  18. "Disappointed Bride" by the Hearts, 1956 (Melancholy, bluesy ballad of marital disappointment!)
  19. "Take All of Me" by Billy Kent and the Andantes, c. 1960 (Excellent, soulful Doo-Wop ballad! NOT the same as the "All of Me" song by Billie Holiday, King Odom Four, and others!)
  20. "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" by Danny and the Juniors, 1958 (An accurate prediction made by this exciting piano-based Doo-Wop rocker! I saw the group in person back in 1980 shortly before lead singer, Danny Rapp, committed suicide!)
  21. "The Pick-Up" by Etta James, 1957 (Humorous mid-tempo R. & B. duet between Etta and a saxophone played by Harold Battiste where she finally gives in and agrees to go out on a date!)
  22. "The Pick-Up" by Unknown (The demonstration record presented by the Modern record label to Etta James for consideration! Slightly different but still the same song! This unknown singer was quite good in her own right!)
  23. "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, 1957
  24. "Story Untold" by the Nutmegs, 1955
  25. "Feeling the Need" by Annie Laurie and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, 1953
  26. "Caroline" by Sidney Bean and Trio (Nice early 1950's Bermudian Calypso!)
  27. "Is It Yes, Is It No?" by Sidney Bean and Trio (More Bermudian Calypso! This one concerns an American woman who can't make up her mind about being romantic!)
  28. "Four Day Morning" by the Four Deuces
  29. "Atomic Nightmare" by the Talbott Brothers, 1957 (Excellent catchy and very topical Bermudian Calypso about the atomic bomb! Still relevant in this era of Kim Jung On!)
  30. "I've Heard of a City" by Clara Ward, 1953
  31. "Call Him by His Name" by Mother Willie May Ford Smith
  32. "Talk that Talk" by the Du Droppers, 1955
  33. "Big Rock Inn" by Dolly Cooper, 1956 (Truly exciting Rock 'n' Roll!)
  34. "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice, 1955
  35. "You're So Fine" by the Falcons, 1959
  36. "Guided Missiles" by the Cufflinks, 1956
  37. "Make Believe World" by the Kodoks, 1957
  38. "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox, 1957 (Excellent Rock 'n' roll with clear, catchy vocals and appealing electric guitar!)
  39. "Someday You Will Pay" by the Miller Sisters, 1955
  40. "It's Saturday Night (and I'm Going to Town)" by Bill Lancaster's Roving Ramblers, 1955 (Very rural sounding Country number about working on the farm all week but now going to town!)
  41. "Heartaches by the Number" by Guy Mitchell, 1959 (Melodic and cheerful tune with sad lyrics! First recorded by Ray Price earlier in 1959!)
  42. "Release Me" by Ray Price, 1953 (Nice version of this Country ballad standard first recorded in 1949 by Eddie Miller!)
  43. "Release Me" by Esther Phillips, 1962 (Very bluesy Soul remake by the singer formerly known as Little Esther!)
  44. "I Have Made a Change" by Ricky Allen, 1964
  45. "Mockingbird" by Charlie and Inez Foxx, 1963
  46. "Everybody's Happy (but Me)" by Daddy G and the Church Street Five, 1961 (Warm saxophone rocker instrumental! Melodically, this is similar to W.C. Handy's "Careless Love!")
  47. "The Wah Watusi" by the Orlons, 1962
  48. "Doggin' 'Round" by Jackie Wilson, 1960
  49. "You Know I Love You" by B.B. King, 1952 (Beautiful bluesy soulful ballad! An early hit, this number does NOT feature B.B.'s electric guitar, but it sure is nice! Really, this is an R. & B. ballad, more than anything else!)
  50. "In the Morning (When I Rise)" by the Davis Sisters
  51. "On my Journey Now" by the Radio Four, 1952 (Wonderful uptempo Gospel! Features soaring lead voice of Morgan Babb backed up by some of his brothers plus guitar and piano!)
  52. "Baby, Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, 1954 (Yep, the song made much more famous by Elvis Presley in 1955 who transformed it! This ORIGINAL version, though, is excellent! Relaxed but uptempo and almost jazzy, it also features great strummed elecric guitar as well as Gunter's vocals!)
  53. "Madera Hop" by Freddie Mitchell
  54. "Sweet Sixteen" by the Tropicals, 1956
  55. "Warm, Soft, and Lovely" by Johnnie and Joe, c. 1957 (Nice R. & B. ballad somewhat in the warm, soulful mode of their big 1957 hit, "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea!")
  56. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, 1956 (LIVE and very exciting version of their huge hit recorded in 1955 and a hit in '56! Truly exciting and fun Doo-Wop!)
  57. "Sometimes, Little Girl" by Little Butchie and the Vells, 1959 (Appealing rocker! One of many "kiddie groups" who tried to achieve the success of Frankie Lymon in the five or so years following the massive success of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" While this record was not a sales success, it sure sounds good to me!)
  58. "Guardian Angel" by the Selections, 1958
  59. "Crazy Bells" by Julie Stevens and the Premiers, 1956 (Excelent uptempo Doo-Wop! Not to be confused with the Marcels' also excellent uptempo Doo-Wop recording from 1961 of the same title!)

NOTICE: NO SHOW JULY 10!! Sorry, folks, but Mrs. Hepcat and I will be in Bermuda on vacation! NEXT SHOW: Tuesday, July 17.

July 17, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Dancin' Party" by Chubby Checker, 1962
  3. "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke, 1963 (LIVE version of his 1962 hit! This one SMOKES!!)
  4. "See See Rider" by LaVern Baker, 1962
  5. "You've Got the Power" by James Brown and Bea Ford, 1960
  6. "I Really Don't Want to Know" by Solomon Burke, 1962 (Absolutely gorgeous Soul interpretation of the 1954 Country hit by Eddy Arnold!)
  7. "Wolverton Mountain" by Claude King, 1962
  8. "I'm the Girl from Wolverton Mountain" by Jo Ann Campbell, 1962 (Nice answer song to King's major hit Country ballad! Campbell, like Conway Twitty, first started out as a Rock 'n' roll artist and then later went into Country!)
  9. "I've Been Everywhere" by Hank Snow, 1962
  10. "You Can't Never Tell" by Hank Locklin, c. 1956 (LIVE version! Fantastic bluesy Country!! Crazy lyrics: "I thought I'd get rich so I bought a Cadillac. The finance company come and took it back!")
  11. "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys (Wonderful LIVE radio show performance of a beautiful Gospel song!)
  12. "I Have but One Goal" by Molly O' Day with Lynn Davis and the Dumberland Mountain Folks
  13. "Lewis Boogie" by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1958
  14. "Boogie Woogie's Mother-in-Law" by the Buddy Johnson Orchestra, 1941 (Absolutely HOT big band Swing instrumental! Amazing solos also from a steel guitarist not to to mention Buddy himself on boogie piano! WOW!)
  15. "Kissin' Boogie" by Bevereley Wright and Preston Love's Orchestra, 1951
  16. "Little Richard's Boogie" by Little Richard, 1953 (Pre-"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard! Nice boogie number where he is backed up by the Johnny Otis Orchestra!)
  17. "Love Will Make your Mind Go Wild" by the Penguins, 1955 (Truly soulful Doo-wop ballad! About as good as their more famous "Earth Angel" from 1954!)
  18. "Maybe" by the Chantels, 1957
  19. "Rendezvous with You" by the Desires, 1960
  20. "I Can't Believe" by Dino and the Diplomats, 1960 (Very appealing uptempo Doo-Wop! Melodically, this is identical to Dion and the Belmonts' 1958 "I Wonder Why!")
  21. "I Wonder Why" by Dion and the Belmonts, 1958 (Superb uptempo Doo-Wop! Their first hit!)
  22. "Walkin' and Talkin'" by Sil Austin, 1956
  23. "Never, Never" by the Jive Five, 1961
  24. "What Time Is It?" by the Jive Five, 1962
  25. "When I Was Single" by the Jive Five, 1961
  26. "Do You Hear Wedding Bells?" by the Jive Five, 1962 (Nice uptempo Doo-Wop! Cheerful!)
  27. "My True Story" by the Jive Five, 1961
  28. "These Golden Rings" by the Jive Five, 1962 (Gorgeous and truly soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Even better than their big hit, "My True Story," say I!)
  29. "Please Be my Boyfriend" by the Shirelles, 1960 (Nice remake of the Cadillacs' uptempo Doo-wop 1957 recording, "Please Be my Girlfriend!")
  30. "Tonight" by the Love Notes, 1957
  31. "Strange Things Happening Every Day" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1944
  32. "Get Back, Jordan" by Professor J. Earle Hines and his Goodwill Singers, 1948 (Excellent version of the uptempo Gospel number usually titled "Get Away, Jordan!")
  33. "I'm Gone" by Shirley and Lee, 1952
  34. "Cherry Pie" by Marvin and Johnny, 1954
  35. "That I Wanna See" by Buddy Phillips and dhis Orchestra, 1954
  36. "Ring Dang Dilly" by Big Maybelle, 1956 (Engaging and joyful rocker about falling in love!)
  37. "Pretty Little Girl" by the Monarchs, 1956 (Uptempo New York City Doo-Wop at its best!)
  38. "Who's that Knocking?" by the Genies, 1959
  39. "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Going to Marry" by Darlene Love, 1963
  40. "Searching for my Love" by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces, 1966 (Excellent romantic Soul ballad by a Montgomery, Alabama group!)
  41. "Lookin' for a Love" by the Valentinos, 1962
  42. "Ride" by Dee Dee Sharp, 1962
  43. "I Wanna Be the Only One" by Kip Anderson, 1959 (Outstanding R. & B. rocker! Absolutely amazing HOT electric guitar solo too!)
  44. "Do You Love Me?" by the Contours, 1962
  45. "Falling in Love Again" by the Kelly brothers, 1966
  46. "So Long, Baby" by the Marvelettes, 1961
  47. "Cops and Robbers" by Bo Diddley, c. 1956
  48. "Looking for my Baby" by Little Papa Joe, 1955
  49. "Ain't No Need" by Honey Brown with the Lefty Bates Combo, 1956-57
  50. "Can't Stand It Any Longer" by Big Boy and his Combo, 1955
  51. "Jesus, Lover of my Soul" by the Little Lucy Smith Singers, 1955 (Sweet Gospel!)
  52. "Precious Memories" by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, 1952 (More sweet Gospel!)
  53. "Hearts of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters, 1954 (Nice interpretation of the song originally recorded by the Jewels in 1954 and made into a big hit by Otis Williams and the Charms in '54! Catchy melody and great lyrics!)
  54. "I Want to Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You" by the Mike Pedicin Quintet, 1955 (Fine rocker! A speeded up and rocked up remake of the song first recorded by Buddy and Claudia in 1954!)
  55. "I Want to Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya" by Buddy and Claudia, 1954 (Excellent bluesy mid-tempo rocker! Buddy Griffin and Claudia Swan!)
  56. "Too Much Monkey Business" by Chuck Berry, 1956
  57. "I'm So Young" by the Students, 1957 (Wistful and appealing Doo-Wop ballad! Indeed, the lead singer is a very young boy, likely inspired by the success of Frankie Lymon! This song has been redone by a number of others, often female groups since the lead vocals are in a high register! Very nice!)

July 24, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Wheels" by the String-a-Longs, 1960
  3. "He's Sure the Boy I Love" by the Crystals, 1962 (Nice rocker with a more realistic view of how love works!)
  4. "Too Good to Be True" by the Academics, 1958 (Catchy uptempo Doo-Wop but with a sad theme! Nice sax solo too!)
  5. "You" by the Aquatones, 1958
  6. "So, So Long" by th Bob Knight Four, 1961 (Beautiful soulful ballad, capitalizing on the success of their very similar hit, "Good, Goodbye" also from 1961!)
  7. "Ain't Car Crazy" by Marie Adams, 1952
  8. "Down on the Farm" by Big Al Downing and the Poe Kats, 1958
  9. "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Stick McGhee and his Buddies, 1949 (Driving guitar-based rocker about the joys of drinking wine!)
  10. "Drank Up All the Wine Last Night" by Stick McGhee and his Spo-Dee-O-Dee Buddies, 1949 (Capitalizing on their hit "Drinkin' Wine..!" If anything, this one rocks even more than "Drinkin' Wine..." and features some nice bootin' sax as well!)
  11. "Once in a While" by Lil Greenwood
  12. "Crying in the Chapel" by Sonny Til and the Orioles, 1953
  13. "Didn't It Rain?" by the Sallie Martin Singers, 1950
  14. "Evening Sun" by the Echoes of Zion, 1950
  15. "Baby, Don't You Know?" by the Counts, 1954 (Great bluesy mid-tempo R. & B.! Good saxophone and pounding piano too!)
  16. "Ugly Papa" by Julia Lee and her Boy Friends, 1949
  17. "Aurelia" by the Pelicans, 1953 (Truly soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Very nice!)
  18. "Bless You" by the Capris, 1954-55 (Sweet Doo-Wop ballad! Remake of the 1954 original by the Chords who also recorded the original version of the classic, "Sh-Boom!")
  19. "My Boy Elvis" by Janis Martin, 1956
  20. "When my Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  21. "Cadillac in a Model A" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys featuring Billy Jack Wills, 1954 (Bluesy Western Swing about feeling as if you are driving a Cadillac while driving a Ford Model A!")
  22. "Honky Tonkin'" by the Maddox Brothers and Rose, 1949 (Sheer musical madness as they reinterpret the Hank Williams 1949 Country classic! Fun!)
  23. "Since I Met You, Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956
  24. "Tonight, Kathleen" by the Valentines, 1954 (Beautiful Doo-wop ballad!)
  25. "Lily Maebelle" by the Valentines, 1955 (Their biggest hit! A true Doo-Wop rocker! Excellent blastin' saxophone solo too!)
  26. "I'm Not Like I Used to Be" by the Dixie Aires, 1954 (Amusing uptempo rocker concerning the ravages of time! At age 61 I can identify, alas!)
  27. "Daddy, Daddy" by Ruth Brown, 1952
  28. "West Side" by Chuck Higgins
  29. "See His Blessed Face" by Sister Wynona Carr, 1949
  30. "Vacant Room in Glory" by the Nightingales, 1951
  31. "Don't Let Go" by Roy Hamilton, 1958
  32. "I'm Gonna Have Some Fun" by Bunny Paul, c. 1954
  33. "Tore Up Over You" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1957 (Hard rockin' R. & B!)
  34. "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles, 1954
  35. "Aged and Mellow Blues" by Little Esther, 1952 (Bluesy rumination on the charms of older men! Somehow, I suspect this does not reflect the real Little Esther since she was only 16 when she recorded this number!)
  36. "Blues for a Day" by Dinah Washington, 1945
  37. "Three Old Maids" by Erskine Zuill (Hilarious Bermudian Calypso about how he lives with three old maids who support him! Money is involved!)
  38. "Pigeon" by Blind Blake, 1951 (Lively Bahamian Goombay music! Obviously, this is NOT the American Blind Blake, active 20 years before!)
  39. "Coffee Bar" by Maxine Daniels, 1957
  40. "Ugly Woman" by the Roaring Lion, 1934 (Original version of the classic Trinidadian Calypso redone by many others concerning the wisdom of marrying an ugly woman rather than a pretty one!)
  41. "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul, 1962 (The famous Rock 'n' Roll remake of "Ugly Woman!" Became a big hit in 1963! Lively and amusing!)
  42. "A Beautiful Love" by Shirley Ellis
  43. "There Goes my Baby" by the Drifters, 1959
  44. "Do You Hear Wedding Bells?" by the Jive Five, 1962 (Uptempo catchy Doo-Wop! Love it!)
  45. "Mind Over Matter" by Nolan Strong, 1962 (Nice uptempo Soul! This hit record was quite different from his only other hit record, the funereal haunting Doo-Wop ballad, "The Wind," recorded with the Diablos in 1954!)
  46. "You Broke my Heart" by the Rosettes, 1961
  47. "Pretty Baby" by Gino and Gina, 1958
  48. "Thanks to the Fool" by Brook Benton
  49. "Strange Romance" by Shirley Gunter, 1954 (Nice ballad using the same melody as "Harbor Lights!")
  50. "Finally Made It In" by the Hightower Brothers, 1960
  51. "I Need Jesus on my Journey" by the Friendly Brothers, 1958 (WOW!! Hard Gospel at its best!)
  52. "Every Day and Every Night" by Dolly Cooper, 1955
  53. "Rock that Boogie" by Big Joe Houston, 1956 (Title says it all! Nice sax-driven rocker!)
  54. "Stormy Weather" by Ella Johnson and the Buddy Johnson Orchestra, 1951
  55. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by the Spaniels, 1953
  56. "Skitter Skatter" by the Metrotones, 1957 (Frantic Doo-Wop rocker!d The energy level is incredible - and fun!)
  57. "Jeannie" by the Thrashers, 1956 (Amazingly busy Doo-Wop vocals on this uptempo rocker! There's a lot going on! Reminds me of the same level of Doo-Wop vocal complexity going on in the Five Discs' 1961 "Never Let You Go" which is, otherwise, a totally different song!)
  58. "Bohemian Daddy" by the Marquis, 1956
  59. "Dance, Girl, Dance" by Norman Fox and the Rob Roys, 1957-58
  60. "Can I Come Over Tonight?" by the Velours, 1957

July 31, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Don't You Be Too Hasty, Baby" by Mildred Paige and the Eddie Wilcox Orchestra, 1955
  3. "Flip, Flop, and Fly" by Big Joe Turner, 1955
  4. "Blow, Lynn, Blow" by Lynn Hope, 1951 (Absolutely HOT rockin' sax instrumental!)
  5. "Been So Long" by the Pastels, 1957
  6. "Chained to your Love" by Betty Everett (Lovely, sweet ballad! My guess is recorded 1963-64!)
  7. "Runaround" by Joey and the Ovations, 1964
  8. "Come Back" by the Ramblers, 1963
  9. "Slop Time" by the Shirelles, 1958 (Perhaps the toughest thing recorded by this great group! REAL Rock 'n' Roll gets you dancing the Slop and more!)
  10. "Blue Moon" by the Marcels, 1961
  11. "Yes, He'll Take Care of You" by the Angelic Gospel Singers
  12. "Somebody, Help Me" by Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, 1956
  13. "A Picture from Life's Other Side" by Luke the Drifter, 1950 (Actually, Hank Williams! Truly piteous devastating observations on the cruelty of fate!)
  14. "The Shot Gun Boogie" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1950
  15. "Old Blue" by T.Texas Tyler, 1954
  16. "Rock 'n' Roll Cinnamon Tree" by Maggie Sue Wimberly (Very appealing Country-flavored rocker! Should be persimmon tree, NOT cinnamon tree, however! Recorded, I would guess, 1957-58! Melodically, it resembles Fats Domino's 1955 "Bo Weevil," below!)
  17. "Bo Weevil" by Fats Domino, 1955
  18. "My Prayer" by the Platters, 1956
  19. "My Prayer" by the Ink spots, 1939 (Not the first version of this lovely ballad, but, likely, the version that inspired the Platters 17 years later!)
  20. "Poinciana" by Earl Warren, 1959 (No, NOT the U.S. Supreme Court justice! Sax-driven jazzy instrumental!)
  21. "Tough Lover" by Etta Jmes, 1956
  22. "The Girl Can't Help It" by Little Richard, 1956 (Little Richard at his best! What a dynamic rocker!)
  23. "Thrill-La-Dill" by Dolores Ware, c. 1955
  24. "Fool Heart" by the Whispers, 1954 (Soulful Doo-Wop ballad! Rather bluesy too!)
  25. "A Schoolgirl in Love" by the Sharmeers, 1958
  26. "Letter to a Schoolgirl" by the Delacardos, 1959 (Touching, sad Doo-Wop ballad about saying goodbye to a schoolgirl because she is too young to date!)
  27. "Rock All Night" by the Blockbusters, 1957 (WOW!! This is fun Rock 'n' Roll!!)
  28. "Mexico" by the Rocketones, 1956
  29. "Happiness to my Soul" by Faye Adams, 1953 (Dramatic, bluesy Gospel-tinged ballad! Perhaps Mahalia Jackson would have sounded like this had she gone secular!)
  30. "I Want a Sunday Kind of Love" by Bobby Hall and the Kings, 1953
  31. "Count your Blessings" by the Jackson Gospel Singers, 1952 (Lively, catchy female uptempo Gospel!)
  32. "Jesus, I'll Never Forget" by Little Joe Cook and the Evening Star Quartet, 1955 (Beautiful mid-tempo Gospel that strongly resembles the sound and style of Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers - no relation! Little Joe, of course, had a major secular hit in 1957 with his falsetto-led mid-tempo rocker, "Peanuts!")
  33. "Diddy Wah Diddy" by Bo Diddley, 1955-56
  34. "Diddie Wa Diddie" by Blind Blake, 1929 (Different song from Bo Diddley's and different Blind Blake from last week's Bahamian goombay record! This is the American Blind Blake, Blues singer and guitarist active c. 1927-34! Humorous melodic number with some double-entendre!)
  35. "Press my Button (Ring my Bell)" by Lil Johnson, 1935 (Great rockin' blues piano backing up Lil on her naughty lyrics! Great, fun party music!)
  36. "Way Down in Louisiana" by Casey Bill Weldon, 1939 (Excellent slide guitar work and strong declaratory vocals! Casey Bill was active 1935-39 and, also, it appears in 1927! Why did he stop recording by 1940 when he lived on until about 1970? Our loss! He was a great Blues artist!)
  37. "Baby, Take a Chance with Me" by Tampa Red, 1940 (Excellent, melodic mid-tempo Blues with Tampa Red on vocals, slide guitar, and kazoo! Superb boogie-based piano by Blind John Davis too!)
  38. "The Things That I Used to Do" by Guitar Slim, 1953
  39. "Trouble in Mind" by Annie Laurie and the Malcolm Dodds Choir with the Sammy Lowe Orchestra, c. 1962
  40. "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, 1957 (Nice rocker! His first solo hit after leaving Billy Ward and the Dominoes with whom he had been recording since 1953!)
  41. "One O'Clock Jump" by the Johnny Otis Band, . 1953 (WOW!! Live extended jam session based on Count Basie's 1937 original Swing Band classic! J.O. and band really rock this one up and make it fully contemporary for 1953!)
  42. "Going Back to Mexico" by Lula Reed, 1953
  43. "5:35" by the Dreamers, 1955
  44. "Our Prayer" by the Dixieland Singers, 1955 (NICE slow Gospel! Sounds like a cross between the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and the Swan Silvertones!)
  45. "In the Upper Room" by Mahalia Jackson, 1952
  46. "Hard Top Race" by George Stogner, 1952 (HOT Country Boogie verging on Rockabilly! Features some fantastic boogie woogie piano too! Alternative title is "Stock Car Boogie!" This really is Rock 'n' Roll in its early stages!)
  47. "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Jerry Lee Lewis
  48. "Any Way You Do" by Linda Brannon, 1957
  49. "Rock-a-Bayou Baby" by the Moonlighters, 1958
  50. "A Casual Look" by the Six Teens, 1956
  51. "Baby, Oh, Baby" by the Shells, 1957 (Soulful Doo-wop ballad! Nice!)
  52. "Along Came Jones" by the Coasters, 1959
  53. "Papa's Yellow Tie" by the V-8's, 1961 (Very much influenced by the Coasters' sound, this is a great rocker concerning how Junior borrowed Papa's yellow tie to wear on a date. The tie got lipstick on it and Mama went ballistic thinking Papa was cheating!)
  54. "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons, 1963
  55. "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" by Blackbeard and the Pirates, 1958 (Nice remake of the romantic Doo-wop ballad by the Flamingos, 1958!)
  56. "Trickle, Trickle" by the Videos, 1958

NO SHOW August 7!! Sorry, folks, but Mrs. Hepcat and I will be on a vacation in Miami! NEXT SHOW: should be Tuesday, August 14! I say "should be" because this will be Intersession at Auburn University and the Student Center building will likely close early. I'm hoping my card swipe access i.d. card will still be functional! If not, DEFINITELY back for the August 21 show!

August 14, 2018

  1. "As Long as I'm Moving" by Ruth Brown, 1955
  2. "Slow Down" by Larry Williams, 1957 (The ORIGINAL version of this storming rocker made more famous by the Beatles in 1964!)
  3. "Come, Go with Me" by the Del Vikings, 1956
  4. "You Never Could Be Mine" by Baby Washington, 1958
  5. "Baby" by the Flaming Hearts, 1961 (Beautiful Doo-Wop ballad by male vocal group!)
  6. "Down the Aisle" by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, 1963
  7. "Bop Train" by Bill Justis, 1957 (Appealing mid-tempo instrumental by the artist - and sax player - who wrote and recorded the original version of "Raunchy" in 1956 and a big hit in 1957!)
  8. "Shorts Crazy" by Mack McCray and Rosa's String Band, 1956 (Excellent Country Boogie number about a man's appreciation of women who wear shorts! Me too!)
  9. "Ooby Dooby" by Janis Martin, 1956 (Great remake of the Roy Orbison 1955 Rockabilly classic!)
  10. "Texas Boogie" by Gene O' Quinn, 1951
  11. "Desert Winds" by June Moy and the Feathers, 1955
  12. "My Wedding Day" by the Castelles, 1955 (Sweet, Slow Doo-Wop concerning that wonderful day all people should have the joy of experiencing! I got married October 28, 2006 and remember my own wedding day very well!)
  13. "Baptism of Jesus" by the Skylarks, 1954
  14. "Let the Church Roll On" by Sister Lucile Barbee, 1960
  15. "Little Queenie" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  16. "Oo-Wee" by Sam "the Man" Taylor, 1955 (HOT saxophone instrumental!)
  17. "Lavender Blue" by Sammy Turner, 1959 (Appealing and very catchy romantic bllad!)
  18. "Hold Me, Squeeze Me" by Etta James and the Peaches, 1955 (Nice early ballad! Surprisingly innocent-sounding for the normally sexy and/or aggressive Etta James!)
  19. "Lemon Squeezer" by the Four Barons, 1950 (Definitely not innocent here! Double-entendre and very bluesy!)
  20. "My Kinda Woman" by Allen Bunn, 1954
  21. "Albinia's Blues" by Albinia Jones, 1945
  22. "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, 1951
  23. "Ooh, Daddy, What's Wrong with You?" by Linda Peters and her Rockettes, 1954
  24. "My Only Darling" by the Jayhawks, 1956
  25. "If Only You Were Mine" by the Five Scalders, 1956 (A little rough and ready and street-sounding, but appealing uptempo Doo-Wop number! Nice saxophone solo too!)
  26. "Front Page Blues" by the Solotones, 1955
  27. "Yes, Ma'am" by Gladys De Vore (Excellent mid-tempo R. & B. number about a sexual invitation! My guess is 1954!)
  28. "Bip Bam" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, 1954 (Rocker with definite double-entendre connotations! The 1950's were not nearly as sexually repressed as is pictured!)
  29. "All my Love" by Little Freddy and the Rockets, 1957
  30. "Once Upon a Time" by Rochell and the Candles, 1960
  31. "He's my Baby" by Donna Hightower and Group, 1956 (Excellent rocker that, melodically, is based on the Drifters' 1953 "Money Honey!")
  32. "Money Honey" by the Drifters, 1953 (Tough rocker with very realistic lyrics about the role of money: no romance without finance! Elvis Presley recorded a good version of this in 1956!)
  33. "Steal Away and Pray" by Ethel Davenport, 1952 (Sweet slow Gospel! Nice organ accompaniment too!)
  34. "Near the Cross" by the Argo Gospel Singers and the Southern Sons, 1951
  35. "Slip, Slip, Slippin' In" by Lou Millet
  36. "I Wanna Rock" by Patsy Holcomb, 1957
  37. "Detour" by Jimmy Walker, 1945 (The classic Western Swing number about taking the wrong road in life! Spade Cooley had the bigger hit version in 1946!)
  38. "Lost Highway" by Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys, 1949 (The bluesy Country classic about making bad life choices! While Hank had the bigger hit version, it was FIRST recorded (and written) by Leon Payne in 1948!)
  39. "Cold, Cold Heart" by Dinah Washington, 1951 (Very effective jazzy adaptation of Hank Williams's classic Country ballad of romantic frustration!)
  40. "Cry" by Johnny Ray, 1951
  41. "South Shore Drive" by Noble Watts and the Paul Williams Orchestra, 1955
  42. "I'm Alone" by Myrtle Jones, 1957
  43. "Too Much" by Elvis Presley, 1956
  44. "Make It Up" by the Trojans, 1958 (Lively rocker by a British group!)
  45. "Tonight You Belong to Me" by Patience and Prudence, 1956
  46. "Do Not Forsake Me" by the Younghearts, 1961
  47. "Never Let You Go" by the Five Discs, 1961 (Absolute wild and fun super fast uptempo Doo-Wop! The complexity of the harmonies must have required lots of practice! The screeching sax solo is very effective too! Doo-Wop is alive and well on WEGL!)
  48. "Please Be my Guy" by Cleo and the Crystaliers, 1957
  49. "These Old Bones" by the Southern Harmoneers, 1947
  50. "Since Jesus Changed this Heart of Mine" by the Bells of Joy, c. 1953
  51. "I Hear You Knocking" by Gale Storm, 1955 (Sounding a little like Mae West, this is the first of several remakes of the bluesy New Orleans R. & B. original first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1955!)
  52. "I Hear You Knocking" by Smiley Lewis, 1955 (The ORIGINAL version of the bluesy New Orleans R. & B. classic redone by others including Gale Storm in '55, Fats Domino in '58, and Dave Edmunds in '70! In addition to Smiley's warm, mellow vocals, it features the wonderful rippling bluesy piano of Huey "Piano" Smith soon to become famous in 1957 for his "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu!")
  53. "Real Gone Lover" by Smiley Lewis, c. 1956 (Unfairly, Smiley Lewis is remembered if at all as, essentially, a one-hit wonder with "I Hear You Knocking!" Actually, the man was very talented and recorded a few dozen wonderful Blues and Jump Blues numbers between 1949 and 1961! "Real Gone Lover" is a storming rocker!)
  54. "Chee-Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price and the Dukes, 1953
  55. "Rock All Night" by Shirley and Lee, 1956
  56. "Teasin' Tan" by George Stevenson, 1954
  57. "I Waited Too Long" by Beverly White and her Trio, 1952
  58. "Driftin' Blues" by Charles Brown and Johnny Moore's Three blazers, 1945 (His first hit! Wonderful, dreamy slow Blues featuring Brown on mellow vocals and piano! I saw Charles Brown in 1994 in Birmingham the year before he died! He was exellent!)
    Dr. Hepcat age 17 in 1974 with his first car, a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
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