Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Trails - Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys - Here Comes The Man With The Jive (1936)

Stuff Smith (Violin and Vocals), born Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith in Ohio in 1909, played in his father's band from the age of 9, then with Alphonso Trent's territory band and also with Jelly Roll Morton in New York before getting together with Jonah Jones (Trumpet and Vocals) and Cozy Cole (Drums) to play regularly at New York's Onyx Club on Fifty Second Street. The tune, like a number of pre-war songs, celebrates the medicinal properties of marijuana. (We featured another last year).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Featured Artist - Faron Young (Part Four)

More turns around the honky-tonk floor with Faron Young, including a lovely Willie Nelson tune.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gospel Slot - The Pilgrim Travelers - How Jesus Died (1956)

Forerunner of Lonely Avenue (the first real song of significance for Doc Pomus, recorded by Ray Charles on Atlantic also in 56), this gospel song from the Pilgrim Travelers has a superb vocal from Jesse Whitaker.  Also included is a later version of the group, with Lou Rawls taking a turn singing lead.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Featured Artist - Faron Young (Part Three)

Further tunes from the country singer pictured - the one on the left.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Midnight Hour #11 - Listen Again and Again

This weekend we've added another hour of tunes to Mixcloud. Go here to hear Otis Redding, Little Willie John (pictured), Marie Knight, Charlie Rich, Patsy Cline and Cornell Campbell, plus many other fine performers.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Featured Artist - Faron Young (Part One)

From Shreveport, Louisiana, "The Young SheriffFaron Young's strong tenor vocal was perfect for both the 1950's honky-tonk era and the more pop-oriented 1960's Nashville sound ushered in by the advent of rock and roll.  He came to attention performing on the Louisiana Hayride in 1951, and the following year signed to Capitol. Label producer Ken Nelson, upon hearing Young singing unannounced on his car radio, was so impressed that he drove to the radio station to ask the DJ whose voice he had just heard. The singer remained with Capitol for 10 years with great success, and maintained a presence on the Country charts after leaving with a string of hit records on Mercury throughout the 60's & into the 70's.

Primarily, it's the unadorned earlier recording we're interested in here and throughout this month we'll feature a collection of around 20 performances,  including some 60's TV shows as well as on record, starting with the four tunes below:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Featured Album - Hollywood Blues (Part One)

Released in June last year, this two CD set on JSP contains more than 50 recordings from 1947 to 1953, all performed by blues artists in California. Although post war, each tune echoes with pre-war Country blues, evoking a world many black Americans left behind when migrating West from the South. As these tunes are hard to find on the web, reflecting the trouble compiler Neil Slaven has gone to in unearthing rare and sometimes previously un-issued material, each post is mostly limited to 2 selections.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Aural Massage - Marie Knight - Say It Again (1964)

This lovely tune is B side to the 45 That's No Way To Treat A Girl. Written by Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson & Jo Armstead, the song can be found on Ace Records' "The Real Thing" compilation, released in 2009. Also included are the gospel duets "Precious Memories" & "Up Above My Head" Marie Knight recorded with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, each found good enough - by believers and non-believers alike - to reach #13 & #6 in the R&B Singles chart.