Show # 40 is going to go from some old classic jazz and I chose a song that you will not hear on other radio shows because it is a bit long, so don’t worry I go on to some great blues, a bit of Rockabilly, classic oldies with a fine ending that will have you wanting to come back to Rick’s Radio show. I have some tracks from Charlie Harper, Dizzy Gillespie, Lightning Hopkins, John Mayall, The Beatles 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 be starting off the next few shows with rather long songs that generally do not make it to radio for that reason.
Charles Christopher “Bird” Parker was a U.S. bebop saxophonist and composer. He was nicknamed Yardbird; this was later shortened to “Bird.” Parker is commonly considered the greatest bebop jazz musician. Bird’s talent is compared to such legendary musicians as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and his reputation and legend as one of the best saxophonists that many critics say he was unsurpassed.
A founding figure of bebop, Parker’s innovative approach to melody, rhythm and harmony has exerted an amazing influence on jazz. So I present to you,
Charlie Bird Harper – Scrapple from the Apple
Dizzy Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on a virtuoso style and adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop. He was a style master! For that I present to you,
Dizzy Gillespie – Swing To Bop
Lightnin Hopkins had a bag of licks and patterns that fit largely into two types of music — slow E and Fast E – with an occasional A kicked in. His rhythm and the chord changes went with his feelings at that moment in time and, as such, made it difficult for other musicians to follow. I guess I play like this too. So I present to you,
Lightning Hopkins – Lightnin’s Piano Boogie
John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include “Boogie Chillen” and “Boom Boom” which I have already played on Ricks Radio. Now I present to you,
John Lee Hooker – Streets Is Filled With Women
John Mayall is the “Father of the British blues.” His band is still called John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. They started out in England during the 1950s with Chicago style blues as a jump point for their sound. At one point John Mayall was playing a fairly jazzy sound but he has always comes back to the blues. I present to you,
John Mayall – Prison On The Road
Oh yeah, Albino rock again. I love Johnny Winter and remember him rocking the halls in Chicago. His lightning fast guitar and gutsy vocals were hard to forget. He gave it all and when he did he could take the blues to directions no one had before him. I present to you,
Johnny Winter – New York, New York
Off to rockabilly! Let’s star with Bob Luman, an American country and rockabilly singer born in Blackjack, Texas. Bob first gained notoriety following Elvis’ departure as a regular from “The Louisiana Hayride” in 1956. His song “Red Cadillac and a Black moustache” brought him to the attention of radio in the South. The girls at The Hayride screamed like they had for Elvis! I present to you,
Bob Luman – Red Hot
Rick Nelson started his career with his parents on the hit TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” We all used to sit by the TV and watch him, as he knew how to get all the best babes by singing his music. Before Elvis he was one of the most popular singer guitar players of the time. His death in an air accident echoed heavily as we lost a real rockabilly stoner. I present to you,
Rickie Nelson – Boppin’ The Blues
The Strikes were apart of the Rockabilly rising tide as white vocal groups sprung up in the middle-1950’s. They were trying to grab a piece of the rock ‘n’ roll action that was starting to swirl around the charts. They started out as a country vocal trio, consisting of Willie Jacobs on lead, Ken Scott singing tenor and playing rhythm guitar, and Paul Kunz singing bass, at North Texas State College in the first half of the 1950’s – their sound in those days was honky-tonk. I present to you,
The Strikes – Rockin
So once again I am closing out the show with a special request from Pilar of Eliana. Pilar loves the Beatles and I really try to include their songs on my show. An amazing group whose lives played out in public and we were all affected by the Boys From Liverpool. Everyone knows their hits but here is a Beatles tune that you just might have forgotten. I present to you,
The Beatles – Matchbox