Big Brother & The Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” from Cheap Thrills (Columbia/Legacy. 1967) —Jerry Ragovoy, one of the great r'n'b songwriters, passed away the other day. Janis Joplin sang several of his songs.Buy it!
Small Faces “You'd Better Believe It” from Anthology 1965-1967 (Polygram 1996) —Steve Marriott could eat up songs like this.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Time Is On My Side” from Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans (Razor and Tie 2008) —The majestic masterpiece!Buy it!
Howard Tate “Get It While You Can” from Get It While You Can: The Legendary Sessions (Mercury 1995) —One of the most under-rated brilliant singers from back in the day - much as I love the Janis Joplin version, this one is definitive.Buy it!
Lorraine Ellison “Heart Be Still” from The Best of Loma Records - The Rise and Fall of a 1960's Soul Label (Warner Brothers 1995) —A rare Ragovoy gem.Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “Move Me No Mountain” from Then Came You (Spy 1975) —A terrific Warwick pseudo-disco number penned by Ragovoy. I have to check out the rest of this record; this song is amazing.Buy it!
The Enchanters “I Wanna Thank You” from The Best of Loma Records - The Rise and Fall of a 1960's Soul Label (Warner Brothers 1995) —Another of the lesser known Ragovoy gems. This Loma Records comp is chock full of amazing stuff, by the way. It was a WB soul subsidiary label.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face” from Where Am I Going (Musicarama 1967) —This one was produced by Ragovoy, but I think somebody else wrote it. Credits are confusing.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Catch This Teardrop” from Got to Get It Back (Electraphonic 2011) N —I'm blanking on the name of the great (but obscure) singer who was with the Bo-Keys last week when they were in town & who sings this cut. He's terrific, and I'm embarrassed.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Fool To Cry” from Forty Licks (Rolling Stones Virgin 2002) —I never get tired of this soul ballad.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Walking the Dog” from Stax 50 - 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax Records/Fantasy, Inc. 2007) —Sometimes I worry about playing songs as familiar as this one, until I remember you don't hear it anywhere else & there are people who still don't even know this classic.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Let Yourself Go (Come On)” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —LaVere covers a gem from Bobby Charles. Amy LaVere will be in town Aug. 12 at Off Broadway - I recommend checking her out.Buy it!
Bobby Charles “Tennessee Blues” from Bobby Charles (bearsville www.rhino.com 1972) —Another song from the album on which LaVere found the last one.Buy it!
Tara Nevins “Tennessee River” from Wood and Stone (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) —New solo album from the Donna the Buffalo singer, produced by Larry Campbell so you know it's good.Buy it!
The Swingin' Medallions “Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)” from Frat Rock (Rhino 1966) —Let's get this party started!Buy it!
Imelda May “Pulling the Rug” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) —This Irish woman can sing! And this song makes me want to dance.Buy it!
Nikki Jean “Mercy of Love” from Pennies In A Jar (S-Curve 2011) N —Co-written with Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.Buy it!
Oliver Sain “Baby Scratch My Back” from St. Louis Breakdown: The Best of Oliver Sain (Excello 1996) —You need help with an itch.Buy it!
KC Bowman “Mine Called Somebody Else” from International Pop Overthrow Vol. 2 (Del-Fi 1999) —A cowbell number presented to me by Rich Reese, who digs up some rarities.Buy it!
Hanson “Thinking 'Bout Somethin'” from Shout It Out (Three Car Garage 2010) —I played this last year when it came out, but cowbell this fantastic deserves a second spot of honor in this segment.Buy it!
The Monkees “Papa Gene's Blues” from The Monkees (Colgems 1966) —An absolutely perfect record, with perfect cowbell!Buy it!
999 “Nasty Nasty” from 999 (Captain Oi 1978) —Yeah, this is punk rock brilliance!Buy it!
Supermoon “Photo Tangerine” from demo SINGLE (none 2011) N L —New one from a St. Louis band that sounds awfully good.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “The Original Heart” from Robert Pollard Is Off to Business (Guided By Voices Inc. 2008) —How many great songs has he just knocked off over the years?Buy it!
The Boomtown Rats “Mary of the 4th Form” from A Tonic For the Troops (Columbia 1979) —True story: I loved this album when it came out, but then one day I listened to it while I was sick, and I associated it with vomit for many years before I learned to love it all over again.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Hurry For the Sky” from Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc 2009) —I love the way he kind of evokes old western tropes with the rhythm and the steel guitar.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Gary, Indiana 1959” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —A typically brilliant Dave Alvin story song.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers “Love Like a Hurricane” from Little Bird (Liberation 2010) N —Simply a lovely country ballad.Buy it!
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE “Louisiana Fog” (Kent 1968) —During Musselwhite's brief psychedelic blues period.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Can't Win” from Amnesia (CAPITOL 1988) —Oh, the nerve of some people. I don't know who you think you are.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Seventeen” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —The Beatles meet the Velvet Underground - this St. Louis band has chutzpah! Just don't ask Michelle Bachmann to pronounce that.Buy it!
AC/DC “Let Me Put My Love Into You” from Back In Black (ATCO 1980) —What a sweet love song.Buy it!
John Hiatt “I Love That Girl” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West 2011) N —This new Hiatt album just might go down as one of his best ever. It comes out the first Tuesday in Aug.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Private Conversation” from The Road to Ensenada (Curb MCA 1996) —I still keep thinking about what a pleasure it was to see Hiatt and Lovett together at the Fox a few weeks back.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Mama Tried” from Down Every Road 3 (CAPITOL NASHVILLE) —One of the greatest records ever made.Buy it!
Dolly Parton “Missing You” from Better Day (Dolly 2011) N —Dolly singing a sad country song - well that's a gimme.Buy it!
Joe Cocker “Marjorine” from With A Little Help From My Friends (A&M 1969) —I've only recently discovered this song - it bounces and sways beautifully.Buy it!
Simon & Garfunkel “Baby Driver” from Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia 1970) —I'm 52 years old, and I just heard this 41-year-old album in its entirety for the 1st time yesterday, which means I just heard this nifty song for the first time, too.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “Rock and Roll Music” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) N —See, it's still possible to make a good song about rock.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “I Remember You” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —One of this year's best songs right here.Buy it!
Johnny Adams “Real Live Living Hurtin' Man” from Heart & Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —I love a good redundancy in a song title.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Finger Poppin'” from The Best of Loma Records - The Rise and Fall of a 1960's Soul Label (Warner Brothers 1995) —See, here's an Ike & Tina song I'd never heard until I discovered this compilation.Buy it!
B.B. King “Ain't Nobody Home” from Why I Sing the Blues (MCA 1992) —One more Jerry Ragovoy number I forgot to play way back at the beginning of the show.Buy it!
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