Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Booker T. And The M.G.s - "Behave Yourself"

Everyone knows the classic 1962 instrumental hit, "Green Onions," but have you heard the flip side of the original 45?
Jim Stewart, then president of Stax Recordswanted to release the single with the first song, titled “Behave Yourself”, as the A-side and Onions as the B-side. Steve Cropper and radio disc jockeys thought otherwise; soon, Stax released Booker T. & the M.G.'s' “Green Onions” backed with “Behave Yourself”. In conversation with BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker, on his show broadcast on September 7, 2008, Cropper revealed that the record became an instant success when DJ Reuben Washington, at Memphis radio station WLOK, played it four times in succession, this even before the tune or the band had an agreed-upon name.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bill Doggett - "Chloe"

Here's another great organ and sax number from the legendary Bill Doggett. This one was released in 1957 and is great for doing the cha-cha or mambo on your living room floor. The flip side is "Number Three." I posted the 78 rpm version of that one some time ago.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bill Black's Combo "Smokie Parts 1 & 2"

Smokie is a 1959 instrumental by Bill Black's Combo. The single was the first of four entries on the R&B chart and was successful, where it made to number one for four weeks, in early 1960. "Smokie, Part 2" also hit the top twenty on the pop singles chart.
Most people know the Part 2 version, but Part 1, with it's tinkly toy piano sound and faster tempo is my favorite of the two.
Here are both parts 1 & 2 for your listening pleasure