Saturday, September 21, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #12 - The Jarmels - A Little Bit Of Soap (1961)

Back to pop soul with this tune from Bert Berns, his first hit of many, but a one off for R&B vocal group The Jarmels.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #11 - Young Jessie, with The Flairs - Why Do I Love You (195?)

2 years ago we featured this artist in our Aural Massage category and this tune is equally fine. As always the vocal from Obediah Donnell Jessie is superb, but we especially like the lines of both the lead guitar and the backing group. Another all round fun turn from an underrated performer and guaranteed to lift your mood, however moody you might be feeling. We can't be sure of the year of this recording as to our knowledge it never made it to 45, so if you can be, please let us know.

God's Pocket Jukebox - #10 - Ernie Freeman Combo - Jivin Around (1956)

We kick off side 2 of this mix tape with an instrumental from a musician and band leader whose varied history was largely unknown to us until we came across a research piece here that attempts to fit together the strands of a remarkable and influential career.  It's a cracking tune, so if research is not your thing, the play button below will tell you all you need to know.

Monday, September 9, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #9 - Debbie Taylor - How Long Can This Last (1969)

We think the best way to follow pop R&B (and end Side 1 of the 'tape') is with this heart rending performance. Like many fine soul ballads of the era, the song was a B side to an up tempo tune, in this case Don't Let It End. The singer's apparent longevity doubts proved prophetic - by 1975 Debbie Taylor had stopped recording altogether, ending with "I Don't Wanna Leave You", also a fine tune, but off the remit of this compilation.

Half way through God's Pocket Jukebox, so stick around for Side 2...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #8 - The Exciters - Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1963)

Clap hands for this Brill Building tune from writers Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich....a year later a Number 1 pop hit for British band Manfred Mann. And if Pop R&B isn't your thing (we can take it in small doses) then try and resist this 1964 version from French singer Sheila, who was clearly so late for the live performance she had to rush into the television studio in her Renault, with no time to find a parking meter outside.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

God's Pocket Jukebox - #7 - The Clovers - Ting-A-Ling (1952)

"The way they laugh...the way they sing..."

We covered this group in some detail earlier this Summer, just before our well earned break from blogging - we had blogitis, but we're all better now, thanks for asking. This tune was featured in that series of posts, but was too good to leave out of this mix - here's the 78 version, with authentically awful sound.

There are 18 R&B tunes altogether in God's Pocket Jukebox - more to come this month. When we get to #18 we'll also provide a Spotify playlist and upload the compilation to Mixcloud for a (slightly shorter than usual) Midnight Hour.