Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 17th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
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!
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!
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 2010) 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!
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!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 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!
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 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!
Jonathan Richman “Action Packed” from Jonathan Richman (Rounder 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!
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!
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!
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