Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boots Randolph - "Windy And Warm"

Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007) was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit "Yakety Sax" (which became Benny Hill's signature tune). Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville Sound" for most of his professional career.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bill Doggett - "Blue Largo"

Here is another smokey flavored nugget from the legendary Bill Doggett, whose multi Gold Record break thru 1956 crossover r&b instrumental mega hit, "Honky Tonk" set in motion the use of the jazz organ as an essential lead instrument for pop and jazz combos. Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Mc Griff all followed the door that Bill Doggett opened.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bill Black's Combo - "Josephine"

Sorry I have not been posting much lately. I have been busy with a lot of things this summer, but will try and get back to more regular postings. I have plenty more things to share with you. Like this one.

I have always preferred instrumental tunes and Bill Black's Combo was a sound I dug from day one as a boy. Here is his 1960 single "Josephine." I posted the B-side to it three years ago. "Josephine" was one of eight songs by the combo that placed in the Top 40 between 1959 and 1962.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Paul Weston - "Crescent City"

Paul Weston's 1957 musical tribute to New Orleans, "Crescent City - The Music of New Orleans" is an American music classic of the 20th Century. It is a hauntingly beautiful mosaic of the city.  The music came to be written when husband & wife Paul Weston & Jo Stafford visited New Orleans, Louisiana, they fell in love with the city.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Milt Jackson - " 'Round Midnight"

Remember "Namesake"? Well, here is that A-side that I mentioned way back in May of 2011. Hard to believe it's been over three years since I started this blog.

"'Round Midnight" is a 1944 jazz standard by pianist Thelonious Monk. It is the most-recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Drifters - "If You Don't Come Back"

The A side of "Rat Race" by The Drifters, features Johnny Moore on lead vocals.
Although it was the A side the song did not fare as well as the B-Side which made it to number 71 on the U.S. Pop Chart.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Cadillacs - Let Me Explain

Remember Speedo? Well here is the downtempo B-side in all it's sappy doo-woppy goodness.