First off I wonder if you noticed the new show intro? This is a great little promo ditty produced by Richard Black in Chicago especially for the Rick’s Radio program. It was great that my old friends in Chicago came together to make some promo and interstitial spots – Thanks Gang!
Today’s show is once again chock full of amazing music. Starting with old and rare boogie-woogie, a little bit of blues before morphing into classic New Orleans jazz then onto the wild gyrations with some classic rockabilly and rounding down to classic rock. I always try to bring in the classic rock you just have to know. Sort of touchstone music, music you have heard before and find yourself dancing too. Here is what I have lined up for you; I have Blind Blake, Little Brother Montgomery, Speckled Red, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Jelly Roll Morton, Kip Tyler, Dee Clark and more lined up and ready to trip you into a dancing frenzy. All this great classic jazz, boogie, and rock music is all lined up and ready for your listening pleasure. This show is another great music anthology I mixed just for you.
So let’s get started!
We are opening with Blind Blake the legendary blues and ragtime singer/guitarist. His whole recording career lasted only six years. His life is a real mystery, as no one really knows where he came from or how he got wherever he got to. Remember that this next track is almost 100 years old! He was a great blues guitarist so listen to his singing and guitar as I present to you,
Blind Blake – Hastings Street
Next up is another self taught boogie-woogie blues pianist and singer who brought an original style to the genre. He could not read a note of music and picked everything up by ear, something like I do. He started his piano playing at the age of four and was playing professionally by 11 years old. In 1942 he moved to Chicago where his career started to take off. Listen to some great boogie-woogie piano as I present to you,
Little Brother Montgomery – Farish Street Jive
Meade Lewis is no stranger to my show and if you have been following it you already know what a brilliant artist he was. Know and Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis. Born in Chicago on the South Side, like me, his boogie-woogie style and honky-tonk leanings influenced many blues players after him. I present the piano styling of,
Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis – Mr. Freddie Blues
OK, a new artist for your repertoire; This is Rufus Perryman better known as Speckled Red in the music world. This song is filled with insults and vulgar retorts and if you can shake your shimmy, this is the song for you. I present to you,
Speckled Red – The Dirty Dozen
After Duke Ellington and Count Basie one band leader stood out and that was Louis Jordan. He was one of the top five black American bandleaders and in 1945 gave us this next track. I present to you,
Louis Jordan – Caldonia
That guy Jordan was some player. I am going to swing into some blues now with none other than B.B. King doing his own take on that song so I present to you,
B.B. King – Caldonia
Oh yeah! I love the blues. Let’s keep it in that grove and play some tight old blues from that amazing John Lee Hooker. We do love that guy. This is some real foot tapping blues, the kind you love to find in a local pub. Here is a long lost live recording for you and I present,
John Lee Hooker – I Love You Honey
Right on – let’s keep the blues rolling along with the Chicago master of blues, Muddy Waters. Muddy is one of the top bluesmen in my book. This song has plenty of Muddy vocals and guitar licks and adds some amazing blues harp to bring you deeper into the blues. I present to you,
Muddy Waters – Garbage Man
Lets go on to some New Orleans jazz roots. You know that the New Orleans jazz music was just another branch in the blues and boogie-woogie? That’s right and the big difference that I hear are the horns and Albert Nicholas was a champion reed player and his clarinet is astounding. You might remember this style from early cartoons since that art form was one that popularized this music. I present,
Albert Nicholas – Mahogany Hill
Well, we can’t be in the ragtime and jazz genre long without taking a nod to Jelly Roll Morton. This guy was not just a great piano player – he could read, write and arrange music. He is most noted for proving that free form jazz could be notated and played. I present to you,
Jelly Roll Morton – Black Bottom Stomp
Lets take one last listen to great American New Orleans jazz with the artist Johnny Dodds, who played the clarinet and the alto sax. He played with everyone from Jelly Roll to Louis Armstrong. I present to you,
Johnny Dodds – Cornet Shop Suey
OK, enough of the New Orleans Jazz, I want to tap my feet so let’s move to some rockabilly! Nothing says lovin like Rockabilly! Kip Tyler usually comes on stage dressed in black leather riding a motorcycle! He is a real rocking greaser born in Chicago and raised on the music I just played. But listen to the man as I present to you,
Kip Tyler & The Flips – Ooh Yeah Baby
Well, if you were not dancing on that tune I don’t know what to do. This next song came onto the radio in the 1960’s and sure made a splash with all of us. I love the song and it just reminds me of summer sunsets. And like all great sock hops with mix music listening it is time to slow down, and now I give you a women’s choice dance, I present to you,
Dee Clark – Dock Of The Bay
Shall we pick it up a bit? Get your Mojo working? Well let’s call on the amazing voice of Ray Charles as he pumps out the blues and rock. With horns a rocking and laying the groundwork for many bands to come I present to you,
Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman
Oh yeah, let’s keep the dancing up and pick a song that will have you feeling good for the holidays. The Mamas and Papas came on the scene in the sixties and brought the ideas of free love to new heights. But that aside they had some great tunes and this one will have you dancing in the streets, so I present to you,
The Mamas & Papas – Dancing In The Street
That’s all the time I have right now and it is now time to close the show and pop this cork scene. I want to thank everyone for making this show possible and to the great artists who played the music. A real special shout out to Richard Black and the great Chicago artists who provide me with my great show openings. Thanks Dickie Dark! Remember that everything about this show including this script is up on RicksRadio.com in both English and Spanish, so get on the site. Register and comment about the shows. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more of. I have a pretty large collection of music and you will be hearing more of it as we go along.
Tune in next week when I bring you more great and special music. I am going to go back to more of our jazz roots, blues and root rock’n roll. Yep, that means some great songs from great artists and all of them will rock your socks off.
So remember to tune in, turn on and drop by for more great songs from histories greatest artists! Thanks again for tuning in and see you next week!