February 12, 2014

Show #38 Playlist

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Today’s show is going to go from some old classic jazz and blues, a bit of R&B, some classic oldies, some way cool rockabilly, with a fine ending that will have you wanting some more of Rick’s Radio. I have some tracks from Wes Montgomery, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Johnny Winters, Simon Crum, Skeets McDonald, Johnny Horton and a whole lot more. All these tunes have been re-mastered by me to fit this show and it is all there for your enjoyment.

 

So let’s get started!

 

Wes Montgomery was one of the greatest American jazz guitarists. He is considered one of the major jazz guitarists following other great figures like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. He influenced lots of guitarists including me. Once I even had Gibson make me an L5 I was so taken by his style and knowledge of music. I present to you,

 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Easy Blues

 

OK, now I find myself again with an artist that really needs no introduction. The king of rock and, next to the Beatles the most popular man in the field. I present to you,

 

Elvis Presley – Good Rockin Tonight

 

Let’s keep going with the classic rock. Fats Domino made the national and International stage launching from the famous Ed Sullivan show. He was one of the great rock and roll pianists and on the Sullivan show he sang a hit that made it round the world. I present to you,

 

Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill

 

Moving over to the rockabilly beat I am going to start out with Johnny Horton. Horton used to sing mostly saga songs and historical ballads. But his rockabilly heart often came through with sentimental overtones. I present to you,

 

Johnny Horton – Lovers Rock

 

Red Foley was another great American singer, musician, and radio/ TV personality. Foley was one of the biggest stars of the gospel. country and rockabilly genre, selling more than 25 million records. I present to you,

 

Red Foley – Rockin and Reelin

 

Billy Brown was a rodeo performer, a hillbilly singer, a rockabilly, an unrivalled balladeer, a country gospel evangelist, and never really had a break to make it big. But he did have hits, so I present to you,

 

Billy Brown – Do We Have A Party

 

Skeets McDonald was an American country and rockabilly musician popular during the 1950s and 60s. McDonald was a devoted honky tonk singer and songwriter whose work helped to bridge the gap between country and rock and roll. I present to you,

 

Skeets McDonald – Heartbreakin Mama

 

This next group was composed of James Kersey (vocals), Charlie Johnston (saxophone) and Freddy Anderson (piano) and called themselves The Charlie Bop Trio. I present to you,

 

The Charlie Bop Trio – Mr. Big Feet

 

Ferlin Husky was another great American country music singer who balanced the genres of traditional honky-tonk, ballads, spoken word, and rockabilly pop tunes. He had two dozen Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975; his versatility and matinee-idol looks propelled him along seven-decade entertainment career. He also created a comic outspoken hayseed character, Simon Crum from which this song comes from. I present to you

 

Simon Crum – Bop Cat Bop

 

Let’s go back to Skeets McDonald for a bit. This grandfather of the rockabilly sound had a song special for grandma’s who knew how to rock. I present to you,

 

Skeets Mcdonald – You Oughta See Grandma Rock

 

Edward and Edwin Miolen were known to country music fans as the Milo Twins. They were born five minutes apart in Copperhill, Tennessee and were in fact identical twins. It was said that even their best friends had a tough time determining which twin they were talking to or dealing with but that did not stop them from making a mark on rockabilly. I present to you,

 

The Milo Twins – Baby Buggie Boogie

 

Next is some hard-core blues from one of the all time heavies of the time. Almost everyone played in this band and the song was covered by some of the best. I present to you,

 

John Mayall – Double Trouble

 

Oh yea, lets keep the blues rocking. Moving up the scales with the albino antics of Johnny Winters I present to you,

 

Johnny Winters – Leland Mississippi Blues

 

 

Alvin Lee was a British guitarist and singer, best known as the lead guitarist and singer with the blues-rock/pop band Ten Years After. Lee was named “the fastest guitarist in the West“, and considered a precursor to shred-style playing that would develop in the 1980s. I present to you,

 

Alvin Lee – Slow Blues in C

 

My next selection is none other than one of the greatest harmonizing groups of the 60’s. They brought us the California sound, surf music and hot rods at the drive in burger joints. I present to you,

 

The Beach Boys – Barbara Ann

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!

Bye all!

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