Famous Monsters “Outerspace deathrace” from Around The World In 80 Bikinis! (Estrus Records) —Hound Dog Brown is filling in today for Ms Danger.Buy it!
Bessie Smith “I ain't gonna play no second fiddle” from Bessie Smith - The Collection (CBS Records) —Louis Armstrong backs up Bessie on cornet on this cut. Recorded 1925, and Bessie's vocal and Louis' cornet cut through the fog of 86 years like a laser scalpel!Buy it!
Bessie Smith “Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)” from Bessie Smith - The Collection (CBS Records) —Recorded 1927.Buy it!
Memphis Minnie McCoy “He's in the ring” from Memphis Minnie - Queen of the Blues (Columbia Legacy) —This song is all about praisin' heavyweight champ Joe Louis.Buy it!
Memphis Minnie McCoy “Please don't stop him” from Memphis Minnie - Queen of the Blues (Columbia Legacy) —Both Memphis Minnie cuts are from the '30s.Buy it!
Bunny Paul “You Came A Long Way From St. Louis” from Rock 'n' Roll (Membran/Documents) —Three picks from the '50s.Buy it!
Dorothy Collins “My Boy Flat Top” from Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 9 (Membran/Documents 2005)Buy it!
Marilyn Scott “Beer Bottle Boogie” from Boogie Woogie (Membran/Documents)Buy it!
Janis Joplin “What good can drinkin' do” from Janis (Columbia/CBS 1998) —This is Janis' first ever recording, done on a home recorder in 1962, singing and accompanying herself on autoharp, age 19. She had only been singing and playing for a few months, and she's belting out the blues like a pro on a song she wrote.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Trouble in mind” from Janis (Columbia/CBS 1998) —Rec ca. '65 in Frisco on a home recorder, acc by Jorma Kaukonen on guitar & Jorma's wife on the typewriter for percussion. A bootleg was once released called "The Typewriter Tape", but this cut is from a legit record. Janis sounds just like Bessie Smith!!Buy it!
The Toys “A LOVER'S CONCERTO” from The Toys Sing "A Lover's Concerto" and "Attack!" (Dynovoice 1966) —Gotta love '60s girl groups! Here's four in a row.Buy it!
The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” from Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (Phil Spector Records 2011)Buy it!
Martha & The Vandellas “Nowhere To Run” from Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (Motown Record Company 2009)Buy it!
The Ronettes “BE MY BABY” from The Best of The Ronettes (ABKCO 1992)Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor” from I Heard It On NPR - Down To The Roots (EMI Special Markets/National Public Radio)Buy it!
Famous Monsters “Monsters over Tokyo” from Around The World In 80 Bikinis! (Estrus Records)Buy it!
Ralph Stanley and Lucinda Williams “Farther Along” from I Heard It On NPR - Down To The Roots (EMI Special Markets/National Public Radio)Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Storng hand” from I Heard It On NPR - Down To The Roots (EMI Special Markets/National Public Radio) —This song is in tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash.Buy it!
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage “Kentucky Borderline” from Ragin Live' CD ALBUM (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2005) L —The pride of Missouri, and reigning queen of bluegrass, recorded live in St. Louis at the Sheldon Theater in 2005!Buy it!
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage “Drivin' Nails In My Coffin” from Ragin Live' CD ALBUM (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2005) LBuy it!
The East St. Louis Gospelettes with Francis Moore “I've got to do it” from Movin' On Up (Nashboro 1980) L —Recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain at Archway Studio in St. Louis, released on LP on the Nashboro label in 1980.Buy it!
Famous Monsters “Bloody Mary” from Around The World In 80 Bikinis! (Estrus Records)Buy it!
Halfway To Cleveland “Fill my cup” from Halfway To Cleveland (Greta Records 2003) —Kim Massie delivering powerhouse vocal on this CD made when she was living in Ohio, before she moved back to St. Louis.Buy it!
Halfway To Cleveland “No more of your trouble” from Halfway To Cleveland (Greta Records 2003)Buy it!
Sharon Jones with Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith “We shall not be moved” from The Great Debaters (Music From & Recorded for the Motion Picture) (Atlantic)Buy it!
Sharon Jones with Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith “Up? Above my head” from The Great Debaters (Music From & Recorded for the Motion Picture) (Atlantic)Buy it!
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