April 16, 2014

Show 46 Ricks Radio Playlist

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Show number 46 is going to go from just one old classic jazz song that is once again a bit long, but don’t worry, I do go on to some great blues, a bit of Rockabilly, classic oldies with a fine ending that will have you loving Rick’s Radio show. I have tracks from Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Maria Muldaur, Gatemouth Brown, Paul Butterfield, 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!

I have some really tight jazz lined up here. When you mix the amazing freeform jazz of Dizzy Gillespie with the smooth electric guitar of Charlie Christian and put it in a pre-WWII setting you have a recipe for some real funky jazz, which led up to the rock era. I love listening to these old cuts as they really do let you see where the inspiration of the 60’s rock era came from. I present to you,

Dizzy Gillespie – Charlie Christian – Down On Teddy’s Hill

Okay, that’s all you get today from the purist jazz front. As spring and summer start to come into view I am more into the blues, rock and a bit of rockabilly than classic jazz. So let’s go right into some rock mixed with soul. I am choosing Ray Charles to do that. Charles spent his whole life bringing great music to us, his touch and feel is part of our lives today. Let’s get some great Motown vocal backings and sink into the rhythm and blues as I present to you,

Ray Charles – Unchain My Heart

Here we go! Keeping with this R&B feel I am going to bring back a band I introduced you to a couple weeks ago, The Detroit Spinners were a teen band from the suburbs of the now bankrupt Detroit. With the use of flowing harmonies and full backup band you can dance right into this song. I present to you,

Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You

John Lee Hooker! Yeah, every show it seems I am playing him and for good reason. His raw blues rap and veritable genius on the guitar make Hooker a man to be reckoned with. It has been almost a year since I played this song but here I present again,

John Lee Hooker – Howlin Wolf

Now another regular I play here at Rick’s Radio for you is Maria Muldaur. I think over here in Europe she never got the fame she deserved. The Greenwich Village blues screamer flirts with folk rock and comes from the roots of this genre both in location and age. I present to you,

Maria Muldaur – I’m A Woman

Ok, I am heading back to John Lee Hooker to get us back on track for a slew of blues hits on this second half of the show. As we all know John Lee Hooker is the man when it comes to the roots of blues. A huge influence on all that followed I present to you,

John Lee Hooker – John L’s House Rent Boogie

Right into another historic blues figure I have keyed up a track by Clarence Gatemouth Brown. A charismatic icon to all blues aficionados Brown takes top medals for his pure blues style. Here he speaks of the new energy promise that was never kept. I present to you,

Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Atomic Energy

Ok, lets slip right into the best of the bluesmen from Chicago, B.B. King. A bit unusual for me I am going to play one of his best-known tunes so that you can identify where we are going. So, with that in mind I present to you,

B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

Well, every one of these blues artists I just played influenced this next artist. His life was dedicated to the blues and his name synonymous with excellent guitar bands. Eric Clapton started his rise to fame with the famous Yardbirds and there his style was copied by the likes of Jimmy Page and others. Here is a little known cut of his early performances and I present to you,

Eric Clapton – We’ve Been Told

Blues, blues, and more blues! I am loving it. So let’s move right into more blues. I have a track from the Paul Butterfield group lined up. We all know that Butterfield’s music is steeped in Chicago style blues and rock. One of the main animators bringing blues to the new rock genre of the time. I present to you,

Paul Butterfield – Look Over Yonders Wall

OK, last week I played a little known hit of this group and now I am going to play their most popular song. In all my travels around the world I have yet to find a place where they have not heard this song. That would be even if they did not know the group, they knew this song. So I present to you the band that made this song rise to the charts and global popularity,

The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun

In the 60’s music was making a lot of transitions. The black-based music of blues had moved to the rock genre with white bands and the folk music bands were joining the rock bands and blending those styles. At the beginning came a band called Buffalo Springfield whose demise was caused by band strife, drugs and the US military draft. I present to you,

Buffalo Springfield – Rock’n Roll Woman

When Buffalo Springfield broke up a couple of the band members when on to form another band called Crosby Stills & Nash. This was a time of hippies and free love. This next song epitomizes those times as people were turning their backs on the suits and corporate jobs and letting their freak flags fly. Here I present to you,

Crosby Stills & Nash – Almost Cut My Hair

Well, I did not cut my hair and my freak flag flies today. Next up for my last selection of tunes on Rick’s Radio Show I am going back to the Beatles. The sixties were really an era of The Beatles. They vied for fame with the Rolling Stones but they reigned far above them and could not reach that level until the Beatles left the music scene. We all cried when the Beatles broke up and everyone had a favorite Beatle. For me it was John Lennon and while all the credits joined with McCartney this song was really John at his best. So, dedicated to the recovery of Pilar I present to you,

The Beatles – I Am The Walrus