Mamie Galore “Special Agent 34-24-38” from Special Agent 34-24-38 / I Wanna Be Your Radio (St. Lawrence Records 1965) —Originally from Mississippi, Mamie Galore performed with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue and later with Little Milton's band. She signed to this Chicago-based label in 1965 and this was her first single. Written by Monk Higgins and E. Jones.Buy it!
The Jody Grind “Peter Gunn” from One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure (DB records 1990) —Written by Henry Mancini and featuring the vocals of Kelly Hogan. Based out of Atlanta, the band came to an abrupt when a car accident killed two members of the band.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 ode to James Bond recorded in 1966. Written by Clayton Dunn and Rex Garvin.Buy it!
Jamo Thomas & His Party Orchestra “I Spy (For The FBI)” from The Curtom Story (Charly 2001) —Jamo Thomas was from Nassau, in the Bahamas, and recorded this in 1966. Written by Herman Kelley and Richard Wylie.Buy it!
Sandy Nelson “Secret Agent Man” from "In" Beat (Master Classics Records 2011) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental version of the spy theme written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri.Buy it!
The Mad Lads “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” from Iron Fist Chronicles (Soul Temple 2012) N —New 2-disc compilation of Stax soul. 1973 version of the William Bell hit written by Al Bell, William Bell, and Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Luther Ingram “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right” from I Don't Want To Be Right: The Ko Ko Singles - Volume 2 (Kent 2008) —One of the best cheating soul songs ever written. Composed by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, and Carl Hampton and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972.Buy it!
Shirley Brown “Stay With Me Baby” from Woman to Woman SINGLE (stax 1974) —Written by Jerry Ragovoy and Donna Weiss and with Duck Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. on rhythm. She will be at the 8th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena in February (Sat 2/23) with Bobby Womack, Bobby “Blue” Bland and more.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “In The Hole” from The Best of The Bar-Kays (Stax-Volt 1992) —Music bed. 1969 Stax-Volt instrumental.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “I'll Slip Away” from I'll Slip Away single (Light In The Attic 2012) N —The A-side features a new cover version of Rodriguez's 1967 debut single with the original Rodriguez track on the flip-side.Buy it!
Adele “SkyFall” from Skyfall - Single (XL Recordings/Columbia 2012) N —One of the best singles from 2012. Recorded for the latest James Bond film. Written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.Buy it!
Edwin Starr “Agent Double-O-Soul” from The Best of Edwin Starr (Motown 2001) R —I received a request to play this song. Hey, that's something I can't refuse. Written and recorded in 1964 by Edwin Starr.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Sunny” from Dusty Springfield for Cafe Apres-midi (Universal 2003) —Written by Bobby Hebb and originally released on her 1967 "Where Am I Going" album.Buy it!
Garnet Mimms “Prove It To Me” from The Best of Garnet Mimms - Cry Baby (EMI Catalog (USA) 1993) —Written by Jerry Ragovoy and recorded for the United Artists label in 1965.Buy it!
Dave Pike “Jet Set” from Yet Mo' Mod Jazz (Kent 2000) —Music bed. 1968 Dave Pike-penned instrumental recorded for Atlantic.Buy it!
Etta James “Security” from Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (Chess 2001) —1967 Otis Redding cover recorded at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Chained & Bound” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Written by Otis Redding and recorded in Los Angeles in 1969.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Cigarettes and Coffee” from Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding (Rhino 1993) —One of soul music's finest moments. Written by Eddie Thomas, Jay Walker, and Jerry Butler and recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “You Don't Love Me” from Doin' Our Thing SINGLE (Stax Records url 1968) —Music bed. Written by Willie Cobbs and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Dr. Feelgood “All Through the City (Live Version)” from Stupidity + (EMI UK 1991) —It was sad news to hear that Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was the co-founder, guitarist, and songwriter of Dr. Feelgood. This song was written by Wilko Johnson and was recorded live in 1975.Buy it!
The Strypes “Blue Collar Jane” from Blue Collar Jane EP (Virgin EMI 2014) —Recent single from the young R&B band based out of Cavan, Ireland.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “19th Nervous Breakdown” from Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (Universal Music Group International 2002) —1965 song written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.Buy it!
The Marketts “Ready, Steady, Go” from Outer Space, Hot Rods & Superheroes (Ace 2011) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental recorded for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Chris Cacavas and Junkyard Love “Driving Misery” from Chris Cacavas and Junkyard Love (Heyday 1988) —Solo debut from the the keyboardist who often has been a sideman for Steve Wynn, Green on Red, and Giant Sand. Written by Chris Cacavas. This album is usually overlooked but it is well-worth seeking out.Buy it!
The Incurables “Famous Last Words” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —New release from the St. Louis band and featuring all songs written & sung by guitarist Jimmy Jimmy Griffin. Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty sings harmony on this track.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Man of the World” from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) —All Alejandro Escovedo does is keep putting out one good album after another.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Fort Worth Blue” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Alejandro Escovedo and David Pulkingham.Buy it!
Melody Den “More Here Than Meets The Eye” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —Melody Den and Half Knots are both having CD release parties this Saturday (1/12) at Off Broadway. That's twice your CD release party entertainment value. Also on the bill is Saint Gnome from Columbia, MO.Buy it!
Half Knots “Drive Away” from Proof (self 2013) L —See previous entry. Saturday night is a good opportunity to see two fine local bands both celebrating the release of new CDs. I think Danny Kathriner is a really overlooked vocalist in St. Louis.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Why Why Why” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) N —Really strong new release from the Chicago-based band. Look for them to come to St. Louis in the next couple of months.Buy it!
Half Knots “Repose” from Proof (self 2013) L —Music bed. Beautiful instrumental to close out their new release.Buy it!
The Staves “Wisely and Slow” from Dead & Born & Grown (Atlantic Records UK 2012) —Debut album from the band based out of Watford, England and made up of sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor. Beautiful harmonies on this track.Buy it!
Gene Clark “The True One” from No Other (Ekektra 1974) —Written by Gene Clark and recorded in 1974. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Mickey Newbury “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye” from Looks Like Rain (Saint Cecilia Knows 2011) —Reissue of this 1969 recording. With backing by Jerryn Kennedy, Kenny Buttrey, Charlie McCoy, and Wayne Moss. Absolutely gorgeous.Buy it!
Neil Young “The Emperor of Wyoming” from Neil Young (Reprise 1968) —Music bed. Instrumental which kicked off his 1968 debut solo release. He's always done the unexpected.Buy it!
Villagers “Nothing Arrived” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —Villagers is made up of Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and this is a track from his new album which was just released overseas.Buy it!
The Waterboys “This Is the Sea” from This is the Sea (Chrysalis 1985) —Written by Mike Scott and still incredibly powerful.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Deciding to Run” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental fron the band based out of Portland, Oregon.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “35 Summers” from Science Won (self-released 2012) L —David Lazaroff, Jeff Lazaroff, Elizabeth McQueen, and Jenny Roques will be at the Focal Point on Wednesday (1/23) as part of this month's installment of the Songbird Cafe.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Boyfriends” from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD ALBUM (El Cortez 2009) —Lyrics written and sung by Wille Vlautin. 14 songs written around and about the Pacific Northwest.Buy it!
The Trophy Mules “Slow Southern Rain” from Sorry Motel (self-released 2013) N L —The Trophy Mules are having their CD release party this Friday (1/11) at the Stagger Inn in Edwardsville, IL. Written and sung by Corey Saathoff.Buy it!
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed “Tennessee Stud” from Delta Swamp Rock - Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —Instrumental version of the Jimmy Driftwood song recorded in 1971.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Howard Huges Blues” from Trains and Boats and Planes (Diesel Only Records 2008) —Written by John Hartford.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Apartment 21” from An American Quilt: 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —Written by Ronnie Wilkins and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1970.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Caleb Meyer” from Hell Among the Yearlings (Acony 1998) —Written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Produced by T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
Speedy West “Double Or Nothing” from Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed Music 2005) —1962 instrumental composed by Speedy West.Buy it!
Jean Shepard “Twice the Lovin' (in Half the Time)” from Honky-Tonk Heroine: Classic Capitol Recordings, 1952-1964 (Country Music Foundation 1995) —Written by Floyd Huffman and recorded in 1952.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Blue” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) —This Swedish duo is made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg.Buy it!
Tom T. Hall “Tulsa Telephone Book” from In Search of a Song (Mercury 1971)Buy it!
Buddy Miller, featuring Duane Eddy “Sneaky Snake” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet Records 2011) —Written by Tom T. Hall.Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “I Threw It All Away” from President Yo La Tengo / New Wave Hot Dogs (Matador 1996) —Dylan cover from 1996. Thu 1/31 Yo La Tengo and Calexico (double bill) – PageantBuy it!
Calexico “Sunken Waltz” from Feast of Wire (Quarterstick 2003) —Written by Joey Burns & John Convertino. Thu 1/31 Yo La Tengo and Calexico (double bill) – PageantBuy it!
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