Welcome to the 31st Rick’s Radio Show where you can find some of the finest blues, jazz and classic rock and roll in Spain or the world. Each week I bring you new and exciting music from the 1920’s right through to the new millennium.
Show 31 starts with old and rare boogie-woogie, then morphing into the wild gyrations with some classic rockabilly. Not to leave you too mixed up with new music I move into some classics you just have to know. Sort of touchstone music, music you have heard before and find yourself dancing too. I am kind of getting ready to do some holiday music without the cult edge. I have Count Basie, Albert Ammons, Andy Kirk, Kip Tyler, Ralph Money, The Four Teens, Barker Brothers, Eric Burdon, The Beatles, and more lined up and ready to rip. . All this great classic jazz, boogie, and rock music is all lined up and ready for your listening pleasure. It is another great music anthology I mixed just for you.
So let’s get the music started!
We are going to move way back in time to the 30’s and 40’s and there may be no better way to do that then with the famous Count Basie. A real star of the boogie-woogie era this amazing artist came out of the swing movement in Kansas City and rose to national fame in the USA after 1938. Here is one of his best boogie-woogie beats, I present to you,
Count Basie – Basie Boogie
I’ve covered Albert Ammons a lot as he is really a legend and his art just has to be appreciated. Albert knew how to tickle the keyboards and get his audience to stand up and dance in the halls he played. While his short life left us a small legacy his bluesy jazz styling allowed this major piano player to leave us some amazing music during his 2 decades of performing. I present to you,
Albert Ammons – Woo, Woo Boogie
Andy Kirk is someone I have not played on Rick’s Radio before but should not be left out of our Boogie-Woogie section. A top jazz saxophonist and tuba player, he took his place among the greats of the swing era. It should be mentioned this is not the Andy Kirk who plays contemporary electronic music but the 30’s swing and boogie-woogie man. I present to you,
Andy Kirk – Boogie Woogie Cocktail
Next up we have Jay McShann who was born somewhere between 1909 and 1916 in Muskogee, Okalahoma. He was better known among swing and boogie-woogie enthusiasts as Hootie. He found his best fan base in Kansas City and was part of the Buster Smith Band. Check out the amazing piano playing on this next cut as I present to you,
Jay McShann – Hold’Em Hootie
Ok let’s move on to another genre that I think lays over well from boogie-woogie. I am talking about Rockabilly. Rockabilly is more a mix of rock, hillbilly that seems to have merged from the roots of boogie-woogie. It is actuated with hard driving rhythms and short but sweet songs. I start out with the Barker Brothers whose high-speed bluegrass hopped onto the backloads to fame in the USA. I present,
Barker Brothers – Nancy
Yeah! Next up is a singing duo, a real couple as a husband and wife team who spent two decades giving us some incredible music. Think about this mix; you have Johnnie born in the southern rock Arkansas and his wife born in Van Nuys, California. Married in 1958 they mixed up the two sounds and joined the Rockabilly genre. Here I present,
Johnnie & Jonie – Kee Ro Ryin
Here is another great Rockabilly band that was once managed by the infamous Phil Specter’s sister Shirley. Many put these artists into the Jungle Hop or Rumble Rock category but they are still Rockabilly in my book. Check out the sax on this track and join me now with some wailing sounds as I present to you,
Kip Tyler & The Flips – Wail Man Wail
What better way to expand the music we listen to than to add the steel guitar? Ralph Mooney was a major steel guitarist who played with all the best including Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. He died a few years ago but still holds a place in the best of Rockabilly. I present to you,
Ralph Mooney – Moon’s Boogie
The Four Teens are from Lubbock, Texas right alongside Buddy Holly. The band consisted of Larry Welborn, Brownie Higgs, Leon Ligon and Jimmy Peters. Check out this great tune as I present,
The Four Teens – Great Day In The Morning
Let’s move back to the Barker Brothers because they really did have a good grip on Rockabilly and you will see why as I present to you,
Barker Brothers – You Can’t Get Rid Of Me
Now is the time of this show where I am giving you a great collection of bands playing the song “Louie Louie.” Each week about mid way through the show I have been giving you a track of the famous song “Louie Louie.” This song was composed by Richard Berry and was taken to first fame by a version by The Kingsmen in 1963. I am now going to give a version of this song by
Paul Revere And The Raiders – Louie, Louie
Next I am bringing you another new band from the old days. The Olympics were on the scene from 1958 until 1961 but in that time they made a mark for themselves in the Rockabilly and more in making novelty records. You know? Songs like Weird Al Jancovich might do? Well here I give you one their recording done at the peak of their careers and I present to you,
The Olympics – Western Movie
OK, I am trying to give you some touchstone music, something you have heard and relate to. Sometimes too many new names, bands and music can set off a panic attack and I don’t want you to leave! So I have the great Eric Burdon with a song I just know you all know. I present to you,
Eric Burdon & The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
Continuing on with music you have loved and enjoy even today I can’t find a better band or songs than those from the Beatles. So lets give a listen as I present to you,
The Beatles – Get Back
One of the better songs you must have heard from an artists you have to know comes from none other than Bob Dylan. Find me a person that does not know of Dylan and they are either dead or unborn. This song certainly tickled my fancy back in the days it was released and I present to you,
Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
So if you need more in the comfort zone I just cant see how I can do it. I imagine we might have a breakdown in communication. So I bring you another well-known band that almost everyone must know and a song that explains it all. I present to you,
Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown
What better song to end this play list than some amazing guitar work done by the great Joe Satriani. Joe has played for my concert series for OnlineTV and while this song was not one from that series it is still an amazing cut. So I present to you,
Joe Satriani – Strange
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.
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Tune in next week when I bring you more great and special music. I am going to go back to our roots of jazz, blues and roots rock. 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!
So thanks again for tuning in and see you next week!