Oscar Brown, Jr. “Humdrum Blues” from Sin & Soul . . . And Then Some (Columbia 1996) —Written by Oscar Brown, Jr. & recorded in 1960. Found on this reissue which also includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Greenbacks” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) [Remastered] (Atlantic Records/ATG 1960) —Atlantic single from 1955 written by Renald Richard. The sax solo is by David "Fathead" Newman. "Just a little piece of paper coated with chlorophyll."Buy it!
Shirley Ellis “Sugar, Let's Shing-A-Ling” from You Can Count On Me! (Brown Sugar 2003) —Originally released in 1967 on her Sugar, Let's Shing-A-Ling Columbia LP. Co-written by Shirley Ellis.Buy it!
Mongo Santamaria “Get The Money” from You Can Count On Me! (Brown Sugar 2003) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by Marty Sheller.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “When You Took Your Love From Me” from A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades (Backbeat 1971) —Produced by Willie Mitchell with backing by the Hi Records Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “I'm In Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Bobby Womack & recorded at American Studios in 1967. Featuring Bobby Womack & Reggie Young on guitar.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Fight It” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Wilson Pickett & Steve Cropper. The Sweet Inspirations have backed everybody from Elvis Presley & Van Morrison to Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke & Dusty Springfield.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Hi-Heel Sneakers” from Soul Men (stax url 2003) —Music bed. 60s instrumental version of the Tommy Tucker hit.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I Wish” from Songs In The Key Of Life CD ALBUM (Motown 1976) —Don't forget to mark your calenders for Higher Ground: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Benefit for 88.1 KDHX taking place at Off Broadway in September (Friday 9/30).Buy it!
Nikka Costa “Everybody Got Their Something” (Virgin Records America 2001) —Written by Nikka Costa & Justin Stanley.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “No Time For Dreaming” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) N —Instrumental from this new vinyl release of all the backing tracks (sans vocals) from the Charles Bradley release which came out at the beginning of the year.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Revelation Road” from Revelation Road - Single (Everso 2011) N —New single from her forthcoming album.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Just Because You Can't Be Mine” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —1969 country soul cover of a Merle Haggard song recorded for Capitol.Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “Every Little Bit Hurts” from Brenda Holloway: The Motown Anthology (Universal/Motown 2005) —Written by Ed Cobb & recorded for Motown in 1964. Featuring one of the finest soul vocals, ever.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “What's Going On (Instrumental)” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental mix of the Marvin Gaye song.Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “High On Your Love” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) —Appearing on day 1 (Saturday 8/27) of Loufest. Soul & funk out of Milwaukee. Go to loufest.com for more details.Buy it!
Darondo “Let My People Go” (Luv N Haight 1973) —70s Bay Area soul written by Darondo Pulliam. This 2006 compilation made up of three singles recorded in the 70s plus unearthed demo tracks (augmented by 2005 vocal & guitar overdubs) led to a resurgence of his career.Buy it!
Charles "Doc" Williams “Bumpin' On Sunset/We Got More Soul” from Sweet Sounds From the Bay Area: Music City Fink & Soul Grooves 1971-75 (BGP url 2011) N —1972 soul medley of Wes Montgomery's 'Bumpin' On Sunset" & Dyke & The Blazers' 'We Got More Soul." Featuring the vocals of Darondo.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “In The Hole” from The Best of The Bar-Kays (Stax-Volt 1992) —Music bed. 1968 Stax-Volt single written by Allen Jones & James Alexander.Buy it!
William Bell “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” from SuperBreaksPresents Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Written by William Bell & Booker T. Jones and recorded in 1968 for Stax.Buy it!
The Otis and Carla Band “Tramp” from Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Otis & Carla hit.Buy it!
The Hold Steady “Sequestered In Memphis” from Stay Positive (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2008) —Appearing on day 1 (Saturday 8/27) of Loufest. See www.loufest.com for more details.Buy it!
Beck “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” from War Child - Heroes, Vol. 1 (EMI 2009) —Yeah, I know I pull this one out every 4 months or so but it's one of the best Dylan covers I've heard. Plus, I dig the seagull noises.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Holding On To The Earth” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —1988 song written by Sam Phillips & T-Bone Burnett (who also produced this album).Buy it!
Death In Vegas “Girls” from Lost in Translation ST (Emperor Norton 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental from the soundtrack to the Sofia Coppola film.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Come to Mary” from Marble Son (Station Grey / Thirty Tigers 2011) N —Written by Jesse Sykes & found on their new release.Buy it!
Moby Grape “8:05” from Listen My Friends! The Best of Moby Grape (Columbia 2007) —Written by Jerry Miller & Don Stevenson and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Villagers “Old Man” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) —Sung by Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O’Brien & found on this 2011 compilation of various artists performing the songs off Neil Young's 'Harvest' album.Buy it!
Neil Young “The Emperor of Wyoming” from Neil Young (Reprise 1968) —Music bed. Instrumental from his 1969 debut release.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “The Way It Will Be” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) N —Neil Young-influenced track from their highly recommended new release. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings will be at the Pageant in September (Saturday 9/3).Buy it!
The Duke And The King “Have You Seen It?” from The Duke And The King (Anti- 2011) N —From their debut domestic release which just came out this week. Come to think of it, this is a Neil Young-influenced song, as well.Buy it!
The Byrds “Stranger In a Strange Land (Instrumental)” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 1965 instrumental written by David Crosby.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “School's Out” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N —From the St. Louis-based duo's new debut release. They are appearing tonight (Thurs 8/18) at Strauss Park at Grand Center for this week's installment of KDHX's Thursdays at the Intersection series. 6 PM. The film "To Catch A Thief" follows.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Souls Travel” from Pharmacy of Love (Palomine 2010) —From the Amsterdam-based band's 2010 release. Sung & co-written by Carol van Dyk.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Around And Around” from Brown Eyed Handsome Man: St. Louis Salutes The Father Of Rock 'N' Roll (Undertow 2004) L —Reimagined version of the Chuck Berry classic sung by Chris Grabau. Great ending to a well-done tribute album organized by Kip Loui.Buy it!
Les Champions “Colorado” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed. Early 60s instrumental from a band based out of - you guessed it - France.Buy it!
Gloria Jones “Tainted Love” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —My second Ed Cobb-penned song of the day. 1964 single recorded for the AVI label.Buy it!
The Standells “Dirty Water” from Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Rhino 1998) —Ed Cobb-mania continues! Written & produced by Ed Cobb and recorded in 1965.Buy it!
The Gentleman Callers “Hurt On Me” from Don't Say What It Is (Wee Rock 2005) L —From the St. Louis band's final 2005 release. They used to be an entertaining band to see live.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “All I Said” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —Brand new release from St. Louis's own instrumental masters.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Title 5” from Exile On Main Street Expanded Edition (Rolling Stone Records 2011) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental.Buy it!
David Olney “Covington Girl” from Dutchman's Curve (Deadbeat Records 2010) —David Olney & Sergio Webb are appearing tonight (Thursday 8/18) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Deeper Well” from Wrecking Ball (Asylum 1995) —Written by David Olney, Emmylou Harris & Daniel Lanois (who also produced this album).Buy it!
The Bottle Rockets “Kerosene” from Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With The Bottle Rockets (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N L —From their new release of live acoustic versions of Bottle Rockets songs recorded at the now-defunct Lucas House in St. Louis. This version brings the lyrics more to the forefront which makes the song even more poignant than before.Buy it!
Santo & Johnny “Summertime” from The Best of Santo & Johnny (Stardust 1997) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Gershwin classic.Buy it!
Bob Reuter and Kamikaze Cowboy “Charlie Floyd” from Down in America (Magoo Records 2000) L —Bob Reuter just turned 60 this week. I think this is one of the best songs to come out of St. Louis in the last 20 years.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Seasons Come, Seasons Go” from Delta Swamp Rock - Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country & Soul (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2011) N —Written by Bobbie Gentry & recorded in 1967Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Come On Over (Turn Me On)” from Sunday at Devil Dirt (V2 2008) —Written by Isobel Campbell.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Paris, Texas” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. Instrumental from the 1984 movie soundtrack. With Jim Dickinson & David Lindley.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Eagles Lodge” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) N —New release from the Portland, OR band featuring the vocals of Willy Vlautin & Deborah Kelly.Buy it!
Jay Farrar “Feel Free” from Sebastopol (Artemis 2001) L —Coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall on Friday, October 21. I can't imagine a more perfect place to see him perform.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Girl On The Logging Road” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from their new release.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Feels So Good” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) N L —They will be doing two shows tomorrow night (Friday 8/19) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Jack, You're Dead” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1946. "What's the use of having muscles when your life hangs by a thread / If you ain't got no red corpuscles, Jack, you're dead! "Buy it!
Jimmy & The Mustangs “I Want You To Be My Baby” from Hey Little Girl (Vanity 1982) —Revved up version of the Louis Jordan song by a blues & rockabilly band based out of Los Angeles. Written by Jon Hendricks.Buy it!
Jim Campilongo and the Ten Gallon Hats “Splitsville” from Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats (Blue Hen Records 1996) —Music bed. Instrumental featuring guitarist Jim Campilongo & pedal-steel player Joe Goldmark.Buy it!
Les Paul & Mary Ford “Smoke Rings” from Saint Etienne Present Songs For The Dog & Duck (Ace 2009) —Recorded in 1950 for the Capitol label.Buy it!
Wilco with Syd Straw “The T.B. Is Whipping Me” from Red Hot & Country (Mercury 1994) —Written by Ernest Tubb in tribute to Jimmie Rodgers.Buy it!
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