February 19, 2014

Show #39 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 to come back to Rick’s Radio show. I have some tracks from Alvin Lee, John Mayall, The Farmer Boys, Del Reeves, Eddie Bond, Zoot Sims and a whole lot more. All these tunes have been re-mastered by me for the Rick’s Radio show and it is all here for your enjoyment.

 

So let’s get started!

 

We are going to start this show with the amazing Zoot Sims. Like many before him Zoot came from a family of music and his were vaudeville performers. He played both drums and clarinet. He played in a lot of old jazz and be bop combos and here he played using his own group. I present to you,

 

Zoot Sims – Crazy Rhythm

 

Bobby Lord grew up in Tampa, Florida and as a teenager he entered talent contests wowing crowds with his edgy rockabilly style. He was popular with Tampa’s young crowd, playing concerts at dance halls, high schools and sock hops. His catchy songs and guitar work made him stand out from the crowd. I present to you,

 

Bobby Lord – Everybody’s Rockin

 

Here is a crackup. My next artist, Eddie Bond, is infamous for having rejected the then 18-year-old Elvis Presley, who was auditioning for Bond’s band.  In the mid 50s Bond recorded for Mercury Records and toured with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Warren Smith and many others. I present to you,

 

Eddie Bond – Rockin’ Daddy

 

Denver Duke usually played in a duo with Jeffery Null, both recording out of Chicago. Denver was a rather ugly fellow and Null was the modern rocker singer modeled after Fabian. Anyway, here is their one hit from a very rare recording. I present to you,

 

Denver Duke – Rock and Roll Blues

 

My next track is another piece of history. Jimmy Heap has been cast aside as others made greater leaps into the music world. But this little ditty of his left him a place in my collection and I think you will like it too. I present to you,

 

Jimmy Heap – Go Ahead On

 

Del Reeves was a great American country music singer best known for his “girl-watching” songs. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s and some of that came from the release of this next track. I present to you,

 

Del Reeves – Baby I Love You

 

Hank Thompson was another great American country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. Thompson’s musical style was honky tonk Western swing. A mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that highlighted his distinctive, smooth baritone voice. I present to you,

 

Hank Thompson – Rockin’ In The Congo

 

The Farmer Boys were an American country music duo consisting of Bobby Adamson and Woody Murray. Adamson and Murray were both born in Arkansas but met in California when they sang a song together around a jukebox. In 1952 they started working together, singing at local dances with Adamson on lead vocals and Murray on harmony and guitar. Herb Henson gave them a spot on his television show, which broadcast out of Bakersfield, California on KERO. They eventually became nightly performers on the show, and Henson gave them the name The Farmer Boys, since they lived in Farmersville. I present to you,

 

The Farmer Boys – Cool Down Mama

 

Bobby Norris taught himself to play the guitar in the hills of Tennessee and joined the Navy to see the world. In the late 50’s he started his recordings with Capitol Records and made rockabilly history with this next track. I present to you,

 

Bobby Norris – I went Rockin’

 

Were going to go to some real tight old blues now. I have Lightnin’ Hopkins, an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist came from Houston, Texas. Hopkins’ childhood was immersed in the sounds of the blues and he developed a deeper appreciation at the age of 8 when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson at a church picnic. So imagine the music this man lived? I present to you,

 

Lightning Hopkins – Trouble Stay Away From My Door

 

Back In the 1960’s John Mayall and his blues band were responsible for giving the world a vast treasure trove of great blues artists. From Eric Clapton to Mick Taylor this man was the center pole for all that was blues in the UK. I present to you,

 

John Mayall – What’d I Say

 

While most known as the guitarist with Ten Years After, Alvin Lee was a force on his own. His wild guitar is heard on many other artists’ cuts so I am proud to present him on his own,

 

Alvin Lee – Hear Me Calling

 

Well, this last cut is something special. Because during the time of the Beatles there was a beautiful woman, Michelle, who used to hang with all the bands at that time. They all hung out together, Stones, Beatles, all of them. Well, my guitar teacher, Roger Bunn, stole her away from The Beatles and married Michelle. They have a daughter who is living now on Majorca. I present to you,

 

The Beatles – Michelle

 

Last but not least will be one of my psychedelic favorites, Quicksilver Messenger Service. The track is from way back to 1968 and really takes you higher. A great ending to a great show I think so I present to you,

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Light Your Window