Sugar Pie DeSanto “Slip-In Mules (No High Heel Sneakers)” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Ace 2009) —Recorded for the Checker label in 1964. "Baby, my red dress is in the cleaners but my shift will steal the show / Yes, it's fitting, child, it's fitting, And it ain't the back hat's cut too low."Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “High Heel Sneakers” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Live 1965 recording from the Olympia Theatre in Paris. He was 14 years old when this was recorded. Written by Robert Higgenbotham & a big hit for Tommy Tucker in 1964.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Soul Shoes (live)” from Passion Is No Ordinary Word (Rhino 1993) —1976 live recording written by Graham Parker and found on this 2-CD anthology of songs from 1976-91.Buy it!
The Guys from U.N.C.L.E. “The Spy” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Kent 2010) —Instrumental to put you in a spy music frame of mind. Recorded in 1966 & released on the Swan label.Buy it!
Jamo Thomas & His Party Orchestra “I Spy (For The FBI)” from The Curtom Sory (Charly 2001) —Recorded in 1965 & written by Herman Kelly & Richard Wylie. Instant party.Buy it!
The Jody Grind “Peter Gunn” from One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure (DB records 1990) —Written by Henry Mancini & sung by Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
Laurie Johnson and The London Studio Orchestra “The Avengers: Main Title” from Sex and the '60s (Varese Sarabande 2005) —This theme from the 1966-69 TV series, The Avengers, was composed & conducted by Laurie Johnson. Diana Rigg -- need I say more?Buy it!
The Plugz “Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man)” from Repo Man: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MCA 1984) —1984 revved-up Spanish version of the Johnny Rivers hit written by P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri.Buy it!
Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers “Sock It to 'Em J.B. - Part 1” from Sock It to 'Em Soul (Warner Strategic Marketing UK 2004) —Soul & funk ode to James Bond recorded in 1966 for Atlantic.Buy it!
Edwin Starr “Agent Double-O-Soul” from The Best of Edwin Starr (Motown 2001) —Originally released as a single in 1965 for the Ric Tic label. Written by Charles Hatcher & Bill Sharply.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “He Ain't Gonna Do Right” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Originally released in 1968 on Atlantic & found on this terrific new compilation of various artists' versions of songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “In You (I Found a Love)” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2011) N —Yet another fine release by the Daptone label. This is the full-length debut from the Brooklyn-based singer born in 1948. Backed by the Menahan Street Band.Buy it!
Janet and The Jays “Without a Reason” from Cheatin' Soul (Trikont 2005) —Written by Don Bryant & recorded at Hi in 1966. This Mississippi trio was one of the first soul acts to record there. Featuring the lead vocal of Janet Wallace.Buy it!
Los Amigos Invisibles “Dubi Dubi Dubi” from Not So Commerical (Nacional 2011) —Instrumental off the Venezuelan band's new release. How do you follow up a 2009 release called "Commercial?" With a 2011 release called "Not So Commercial."Buy it!
The Clash “Hitsville U.K.” from The Clash - The Singles (Sony BMG Music Entertainment 2006) —Written by The Clash & released as a single and on the album, Sandanista!, in 1980.Buy it!
Little Ann “Sweep It Out In the Shed” from Saint Etienne Present Songs For the Dog & Duck (Ace Records 2009) —Early-60s soul out of Detroit featuring a great vocal by Little Ann Bridgeford. Written by Dave Hamilton & Rony Darrell.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Love Child” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) N —Previously unissued 60s instrumental version of the Motown hit recorded in Norman Petty's Clovis, NM studio.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) —Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room this Saturday (2/12). I believe it is sold out so you might want to check before heading down if you don't have tickets.Buy it!
John Legend and The Roots “Our Generation (The Hope of the World)” from Wake Up! (Columbia Records 2010) —Written by Leon Moore & originally recorded by Ernie Hines in 1970. Featuring CL Smooth.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” from Ready to Wear (Soundtrack) (Columbia 1994) —From the 1994 soundtrack of the Robert Altman film. Written by Lee Hazlewood & produced by T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
Les Lionceaux “Nowhere to Run” from Le Beat Bespoke (Sanctuary 2004) —1965 cover version of the Martha & The Vandellas hit sung in French. Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Sweet Ride” from Califia: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Ace 2010) —1968 song written & produced by Lee Hazlewood.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Fool to Cry” from Black and Blue (Virgin 1976) —Recorded in 1976 & also featuring Wayne Perkins on guitar.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Nothing But the Wheel” from Sleepless (Epic 2002) —Written by John Scott Sherrill & featuring Mick Jagger on vocals & harmonica.Buy it!
Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew “Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)” from Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) / Cops and Robbers single (Crest 1956) —Written by Kent Harris (aka Boogaloo) & recorded in 1956. The Coasters had a big hit (Shoppin' for Clothes) with this in 1960. The greatness of this track can not be denied.Buy it!
The Cliffters “Django” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Early 60s instrumental out of CopenhagenBuy it!
Fabienne Delsol “Ragunboneman” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) —2010 release by the ex-bassist & vocalist of The Bristols. Hugely entertaining release.Buy it!
The School “Valentine” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) N —Indie-pop gem out of Cardiff, Wales from their highly recommended 2010 release. Written & sung by Liz Hunt. Somebody bring them to the States. Please.Buy it!
The Zombies “I Love You” from The Zombies - The Original Studio Recordings, Vol. 3 (Marquis Enterprises Ltd rhino.com 2007) —1965 song written by Chris White.Buy it!
Tight Pants Syndrome “Cocksure” from Singles CD ALBUM (Blip Blap! 2008) —2004 recording written by Tom Stephens & featuring Marcia Pandolfi on lead vocals.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Tom Boy” from Palomine (Matador 1992) —Perfect pop song from the Amsterdam-based band with lyrics & vocals by Carol VanDijk.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Ribbons and Chains” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2010) N —Written by Steve Wynn & found on their new release. Well worth seeking out.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Action Packed” from Jonathan Richman (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 1989) —Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkin will be at Off Broadway next Wednesday (2/16). You can never go wrong with a Jonathan Richman show.Buy it!
Mark Turnbull “Money Slips Through My Fingers” from When I Was Six I Got A Ukelele (Beachtown 1977) —1977 release from the songwriter based out of Laguna Beach, CA. "Money slips through my fingers / Money rolls off my hands."Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Synthetic World” from It's All Good: A Singles Collection 1963-89 (Kent 2011) N —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg & recorded for the Canyon label in 1970Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Straight From the Can” from Last Night!/Do The Pop-Eye (stax url 2002) —1962 instrumental written by Steve Cropper.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Don't Knock” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) —Written by Pops Staples & produced by Jeff Tweedy.Buy it!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Jericho” from Gospel Train (Verve 1962) —Traditional gospel song from 1956.Buy it!
Drive-by Truckers “I Used to Be a Cop” from Go-Go Boots (ATO 2011) N —From their forthcoming release. This track features the lyrics & vocals of Patterson Hood.Buy it!
Neil Young “Revolution Blues” from On the Beach (Reprise 1974) —Written by Neil Young and featuring Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums) & David Crosby (rhythm guitar).Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “I Started Loving You Again” from Love and Circumstance (Ninth Street Opus 2010) —Appearing at Old Rock House on Monday (2/14) along with Erin McKeown & Mary Gauthier. This track was written by Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens and features Buddy Miller on harmony vocals.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore” from Translated from Love (Ryko/WEA 2007) —Written by Damon Bramblett & produced by Kelly Willis.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from John Wesley Harding (Columbia 1968) —Reissue of his 1967 release.Buy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “Soda Machine” from Drive In Movie (Vertical 1996) —Fred Eaglesmith will be appearing this Friday (2/11) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are the Fabulous Ginn Sisters.Buy it!
Jon Langford & Sally Timms “Broken Bottle” from Por Vida (Or Music 2004) —Found on this 2-CD collection of various artists covering Alejandro Escovedo songs. Some of the other artists on this include Ian Hunter, Calexico, Son Volt, Jennifer Warnes, Chris Stamey & John Cale.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Break This Time” from The Boxing Mirror (Back Porch Records 2006) —Written by Alejandro Escovedo & produced by John Cale. Backing musicians include Jon Dee Graham, Susan Voelz & Brian Standefer among others.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Big City” from Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone 1994) —From this 1994 collection of various artists covering Merle Haggard songs. One of the better tribute albums I've heard. Merle Haggard has gone on record praising this Iris Dement version.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Bloody Mary Morning” from Phases and Stages (Atlantic 1974) —Recorded at Muscle Shoals, written by Willie Nelson & produced by Jerry Wexler. One of his finest albums, I think.Buy it!
Jimmie Dale Gilmore “My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own” from After Awhile (Nonesuch 1991) —Written by Butch Hancock & recorded in 1991.Buy it!
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