Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving people!
And in the spirit of giving i give to you a pretty rare one here from 1958. Bob Riley gives a soft little lovey number with Wanda Jean but the money here is The Midnight Line, a real rocker! Looks like the Midnight Line has been comped a few times and Mr. Riley had a few other 45's but other than that not much i know about Mr. Riley. I think i might take some time off in the coming weeks, so I'll see you when i see you...
Bob Riley - Wanda Jean
Bob Riley - The Midnight Line
Monday, November 23, 2009
Napoleon Brown Culp (October 12, 1929 – September 20, 2008), better known by his stage name Nappy Brown, was an American R & B singer.
Nappy Brown was among the biggest stars in R&B, frequently touring with the legendary revues of Alan Freed. His songs, along with those of his peers and contemporaries (such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino), were among the first wave of African-American pop music to become noticed and popular with white audiences.
In addition to Brown's influence on blues music, and 1950s R&B and pop, Brown's powerful and protean voice, combined with his distinctive emotive style, is widely viewed as a key link in the development of Soul music.
This jam was released in 1956.
Every time i listen to some Nappy i feel the need to go out and find more of his records that i don't own. Hope you feel the same way...?
Nappy Brown - Little By Little
Nappy Brown - I'm Getting Lonesome
Friday, November 20, 2009
breaking away from the 50's & 60's doo wop and R&B I've been posting over the last few weeks, i got myself 2 full growlers of Iron Hill beer, 1 a porter, the other a dark Belgian beer, plus boredom & a super friends record case full of 70's rock = the 2 Growler Supercase Mix.
PS. I'd also like to dedicate this to my lovely lady friend JJB, who so graciously supplied the beer and some of the records!!!
Status Quo - Paper Plane
Steppenwolf - Faster Than The Speed Of Life
Crabby Appleton - Go Back
Bloodrock - Kool Aid Kids
Rare Bird - Hammerhead
Soup - Many Lovers Dance Insider Your Head
Mahogany Rush - Look Outside
Trapeze - Touch My Life
Jo Jo Gune - Turn The Boy Loose
Bang - Lions, Christians
May Blitz - Fire Queen
White Witch - Illusion - It's So Nice To Be Stoned
The Devils Music: 2 Growler Supercase Devil Dick Mix Vol. 9
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Going to keep in the 50's & 60's doo-wop, rock and R&B style o' things with 2 from Wilbert Harrison from 1960 on the Fury label.
Wilbert Harrison (January 5, 1929 – October 26, 1994) was an American singer/pianist/guitarist/harmonica player.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison had a Billboard No.1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". The song was written in 1951 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Harrison recorded "Kansas City" for Harlem music entrepreneur Bobby Robinson, which caused a furor with Herman Lubinsky and Savoy Records.
Harrison recorded for the Fire and Fury record labels, which were owned and operated by Bobby Robinson at his Harlem record shop, Bobby's Happy House of Hits on 125th Street, west of the Apollo Theatre. Harrison's records are especially notable for the presence of the guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill, whose solo on "Kansas City" is one of the most memorable in the history of rock and roll.
Man, I love this Fury record label...
And dig that organ action on "Since I Fell For You"...
Great stuff, I hope you dig 1/2 as much as me...
Wilbert Harrison - Little School Girl
Wilbert Harrison - Since I Fell For You
Monday, November 16, 2009
Nobody's quite sure what Sheriff and the Ravels are singing on "Shombalor," although there are references to chicken knees and Nazis along the way... Also, i think Frankenstein stole his wine?
Stone cold classic doo-wop rocker right here.
Sheriff & The Ravels - Shombalor
Friday, November 13, 2009
Formed as the Perennials in 1958 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The Classics were a one-hit vocal group who made the Top 20 in 1963 with a doo-wop version of the Mills Brothers’ hit ‘Till Then’. The group, all from Brooklyn, comprised Emil Stucchio (9 April 1944; lead vocals), Tony Victor (b. 11 April 1943; first tenor), Johnny Gambale (b. 4 February 1942; second tenor) and Jamie Troy (b. 22 November 1942; bass singer). The quartet all lived in the same street, attended the same high school and by 1958 had developed an act to perform at local events. They changed their name to the Classics at the suggestion of a local club performer. They were introduced to the owner of the small Dart label and recorded three singles for that company, none of which saw significant sales. Switching to the Musicnote label in 1963 they covered the 1944 Mills Brothers ballad and it became a local favourite, eventually peaking at number 20 in the USA. Further singles for Musicnote and other small companies failed and the group disbanded in the mid-60s, without releasing any albums.
This is the flip to the '63 hit and a much cooler tune imho...
The Classics - Enie Minie Mo
Monday, November 9, 2009
You know the devil does the best he can round these musical parts but i am bottom feeder of musical sorts. i don't wheel and deal or sell on ebay, i am true music fan and i really do love music and collecting records. but i am a man of smalls means, which means there a millions records on the devils want list, but i do what i can... and while this 1964 version of Billy "The Kid" Emerson's "When it rains it pours" aint the original 1955 version on Sun records, it is a great version and a version the devil could actually afford to buy... So please enjoy and maybe one day i will sneak into the Red Boys apartment and swipe his OG copy...
As for Mr. Emerson:
William Robert Emerson, known as Billy "The Kid" Emerson (born 21 December 1929), is an African-American R&B and rock and roll singer and songwriter best known for his 1955 song, "Red Hot".
He was born in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and learned the piano, playing in various local bands. Following a spell in one group, dressed as outlaws, he picked up the nickname "Billy The Kid". He joined the Air Force in 1952, and on his discharge met up in Memphis with bandleader Ike Turner, who recruited him into his Kings of Rhythm.
In 1954 he released his first record on the Sun label, "No Teasing Around", following which he left Turner's band and joined a group led by Phineas Newborn. He stayed with Sun as a songwriter, writing and recording "When It Rains It Really Pours", later recorded by Elvis Presley, and "Red Hot", which later became a hit for both Billy Lee Riley and Bob Luman.
In late 1955 he joined Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, making sophisticated records such as "Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'Bout Automobiles)", released a year later but with little commercial success, and soon afterwards moved to Chess Records. However, he continued to have more success as a songwriter, writing for Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris and Buddy Guy during the early 1960s, often in conjunction with Willie Dixon.
Billy Emerson - When It Rains It Pours
Friday, November 6, 2009
this stupid ass devil has been all over the world and i have seen a lot of places, and while lots of stuff was pretty amazing, i've always liked coming back to Jersey.
I guess that is because NJ is my home. And while i get get pretty damn sick of the traffic, the cops, the jerk offs, the Bennie's in the summer, the tolls, the jug handles, and well, a ton of other crap i mostly love this cesspool of filth and grime... And while this tune isn't exactly my cup per se, this has a real "Uncle Floyd" vibe going on, I'm sure it had to have been played on his show at some point? Anyone from Jersey will know what I'm talking about with that reference. And anyone who loves the garbage state enough to write and sing a song about her can't be all that bad...
The song was written by Joe Cosgriff and this is the 1st version done by Phil Bernardi. John Pizzarelli would later do it. The Song was actually introduced into legistration in 1981 to have the song named the New Jersey state song. The song passed the Assembly but failed in the Senate when some State Senators realized that much of the song was "Irreverent." To this day NJ is the only state without an official state song! (thank god this didn't make it!)
The Phil Bernardi Band - I Like Jersey Best