Show 37 is going to go from some old classic bebop, a bit of R&B, some classic oldies, some way cool rockabilly, with a fine ending of harmonizing rock. I have Big Joe Turner, Thelonious Monk, Carl Perkins, his son Al Perkins, Lightning Hopkins, The Beatles, The Larks and a whole lot more. All these tunes have been re-mastered by me to fit this show and it is all here for your enjoyment.
So let’s get started!
Thelonious Monk was one of the great American jazz pianist and composers. He had a unique improvisational style, which was matched with his distinctive style in suits, hats and sunglasses. He was a style master and played to the audience. He would often stop, stand up from the keyboard and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano driving the crowds wild.
He was renowned for his improvisations, which were full of dissonances and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.
So let’s give a listen to this legend as I present to you,
Thelonious Monk – I Mean You
Carl Lee Perkins was a great American rockabilly musician who recorded mostly at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best-known song is “Blue Suede Shoes” taken to fame by Elvis Presley.
Carl Perkins personified the rockabilly era, and his sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it. Perkins’ songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which helped make his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney said, “If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.”
He was called “the King of Rockabilly” and I present to you,
Carl Perkins – Where The Rio De Rosa Flows
Al Perkins is the son of Carl Perkins and is known famous for his steel guitar work. The Gibson guitar company called Perkins “the world’s most influential dobro player”, and began producing an “Al Perkins Signature” Dobro in 2001 – designed and autographed by Perkins. Here I have an unreleased track of Perkins doing a solo session in London that I personally recorded and you will not find this ANYWHERE except on Rick’s Radio Show. I present to you,
Al Perkins – Dobro Demonstration
Lightnin’ Hopkins was one of the great American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and even the occasional pianist. He was born in Houston, Texas. He was so amazing that Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. I present to you,
Lightning Hopkins – Lightnin’s Stroke
John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter. His musical career spans over fifty years and still moves on today. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band that has included some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. How about Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington. He was and is a living legend and I present to you,
John Mayall – Crocodile Walk
The next track is from a band called “The Larks.” With front man Donald R. Julian from Houston, Texas, he moved to Los Angeles in his teens to begin performing with local bands. His most famous backing group was “The Meadowlarks” (later named The Larks, which was considered the first integrated doo-wop group. In 1964, the single, “The Jerk” was released under the band name, The Larks. The single, released on the Money label, was Julian’s only chart hit. I present to you,
The Larks – The Jerk
Well, I can’t add much about this next group because I do not think a sold on the planet has not head of this band, The Beatles. So let’s get right to it and I present to you,
The Beatles – Rock & Roll Music
One of my favorite blues-rock legends was an albino named Johnny Winter. Winter caught his biggest break in December 1968, when Mike Bloomfield, whom he met and jammed with in Chicago, invited him to sing and play a song during a Bloomfield and Al Kooper concert at the Fillmore East in New York. A&R men from Columbia Records were at the concert. Winter played and sang B.B. King’s “It’s My Own Fault” to loud applause and, within a few days, was signed to reportedly what was then the largest advance in the history of the recording industry—$600,000. I present to you a classic,
Johnny Winters – Johnny B. Goode
The Cadets were a gospel and R&B group from the 40’s and 50’s. However fame did not come until one session with Prentice Moreland. This particular session was instrumental in their career and was the recording of “Stranded in the Jungle”, a cover of an already popular tune by The Jay Hawks. The song was spoken by Dub, with a duet refrain by Davis and Collins. It was Moreland who delivered the line, “Great googly moogly, get me outta here!” in “Stranded in the Jungle” Following this session, Davis, Collins, Jones, and Foxx continued as a quartet. I present to you this classic,
The Cadets – Stranded In The Jungle
Keeping with the old classics I move on to one of the great losses of the era, Buddy Holly. He died in a plane crash with Big Bopper and the music world lost one of the great creative talents from that time. I present to you,
Buddy Holly & The Crickets – That’ll Be the Day
Lloyd Price is one of the great American R&B vocalists. Known as “Mr. Personality”, after the name of one of his biggest million-selling hits. His first recording, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was a huge hit on Specialty Records in 1952, and although he continued to turn out records, none were as popular until several years later, when he refined the New Orleans beat and achieved a series of national hits. I present to you one of those hits,
Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
The next band is a conglomeration of some of the best from the Hillbilly beat bands. Pulling greats like Eddie Angel, Brian Nevill, Sonny George and Matt Radford together for an amazing set. I present to you a song that also played in the famous Kill Bill film,
Planet Rockers – Hillbilly Beat
The Edsels were an American doo-wop group from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company. That was changed when the new Ford Edsel came on the scene. The Edsels recorded over 25 songs and were a constant feature on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. They were one of the few doo-wop groups to sign with a major record label, as most groups of that era found success with small independent labels. I present their major hit,
The Edsels – Rama Lama Ding Dong
My next track is from Big Joe Turner who was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. He had his greatest fame during the 1950s with his rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, Turner’s career as a performer started from the 1920s into the 1980s – from be bob to rock. I present to you,
Big Joe Turner – Shake Rattle and Roll
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