Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Googie Rene - Flapjacks

Staying with the Googie Rene sound we have the aforementioned "Flapjacks Pts 1 & 2" for your audio edification and enjoyment!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Googie Rene - Wiggle-Tail

Dad hipped me to the Googie Rene sound at an early age and this was one that used to get me and my brother jumpin'.
Born Rafael Leon Rene, 30 March 1927, Los Angeles, California Died 25 November 2007.
Googie Rene is one of those unjustly overlooked musical figures from the rock 'n' roll years. Today, his records are sought out by rare groovers and northern soulsters. Googie had only three minor hits: "The Slide, Part 1" (# 20 R&B, early 1961), "Flapjacks, Part 1" (# 25 R&B, 1963) and "Smokey Joe's Lala" (# 77 pop, # 35 R&B, 1966). Now dig this!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Earl Bostic - Roses Of Picardy

Roses of Picardy is a wartime ballad written by lyricist Frederick Weatherly while he was an army officer in 1916. Set to music by Haydn Wood, it was one of the most famous songs from World War I.
Here, Earl Bostic works his post-war American Rhythm and Blues style magic on this great King Records 45 from 1956.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ernie K. Doe - A Certain Girl

Ernie K-Doe (February 22, 1936 - July 5, 2001), born Ernest Kador, Jr., was an African American rhythm and blues singer best known for his 1961 hit single "Mother-in-Law" which went to #1 on the Billboard pop chart in the U.S.
"A Certain Girl" on Minit Records, was released in 1961 and is a great dance party number. Dad's copy got a lot of plays and is pretty scratchy, so here is a cleaner copy. Enjoy!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lloyd Glenn - Hyde Park/Love For Sale

Lloyd Glenn (November 21, 1909 — May 23, 1985) was an American R&B pianistbandleader and arranger, who was a pioneer of the "West Coast" blues style. He accompanied T-Bone Walker on his 1947 hit "Call It Stormy Monday", and later the same year made his own first solo records, billed as Lloyd Glenn and His Joymakers.

In 1949 he joined Swing Time Records as A&R man, and recorded a number of hits with Lowell Fulson, including "Everyday I Have the Blues" and the #1R&B hit "Blue Shadows". He also had major R&B hits of his own, with "Old Time Shuffle Blues" (#3 U.S. Billboard R&B chart in 1950) being followed by "Chica Boo", which also made #1 on the R&B chart in June 1951. At the same time, he continued to perform as pianist in Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band. Glenn left Ory in 1953, about the same time that he was contracted to Aladdin Records, where he both produced and played on, B.B. King's 1960 albumMy Kind of Blues.
He continued working through the 1960s, as both a session musician with King, Walker and others, and as a recording artist in his own right. Towards the end of his career he played at clubs in Los Angeles, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and toured with Clarence "Gatemouth" BrownBig Joe Turner, and his musician son, Lloyd Glenn Jr.
I really like the B-side version of "Love For Sale" on this 1957 Aladdin Records 45.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tiny Bradshaw - Spider Web

Myron C. ("Tiny") Bradshaw (September 23, 1905 – November 26, 1958) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, singer, composer, pianist, and drummer who is best known for his recording of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (1951). The song was recorded by Johnny Burnette in 1956 and The Yardbirds in 1965. It was covered again by Aerosmith in 1974 and by Motörhead in 1978.

Here is his recording of Spider Web, which was released on King Records in 1954.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ray Johnson - Soul City / Kinda Groovy

Ray Johnson is the older brother of saxman Plas Johnson. Theirs was a Creole family that included other fine musical talents, like singing sister Gwen Johnson and cousins Renald Richard (who co-wrote "I Got A Woman" with Ray Charles), Don Vappie and Michael White. Their father, Plas Johnson Sr., was a musician who played multiple instruments, saxophone, guitar and banjo. This rare 1963 single on the Infinity label is a soul gem.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Ventures - Lonely Heart

The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in TacomaWashington. The band, formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two masonry workers, has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide, having sold over 100 million records, and are to date the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A Bogle-Wilson original, Lonely Heart was the B-side to The Ventures, single "Ram Bunk Shush" which was released on Dolton 45 No.32 in 1961.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Romancers - Slauson Shuffle

When it comes to 60s instrumentals, this one ranks right up there with Green Onions.
In 1963, The Romancers (Max Uballez, rhythm guitar; Andy Tesso, lead guitar; Chris Pasqual, bass; Armando Mora, tenor sax; and Manuel Mosqueda, drums) showed up to record for Del-Fi Records with two songs written by Max, “Slauson Shuffle” and “All Aboard.”  After recording the two songs, Bob Keane asked “do you have any more?.”  They hurriedly wrote seven songs, added three covers, and finished their first album in five hours total.  The album called “Do the Slauson” still sounds good today. The Romancers were the first East L.A. Chicano band to record an album and were the main influence of the mid-sixties East L.A. sound.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Charlie Byrd - Samba De Uma Nota So / O Pato

Charlie Byrd's versions of the One Note Samba and The Duck were recorded and released a couple years before the Bossa craze hit the U.S. in 1964 with The Girl From Ipanema. This 45 has songs from Byrd's Jazz Samba album, which also featured the late great Stan Getz. They were joined by two bassists (Keter Betts and Charlie's brother Gene (Joe) Byrd), and two drummers (Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach) for the recording at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC on 13 February 1962, and it was released on 20 April 1962.