Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 30th 2012 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
Charles Spurling “Popcorn Charlie” from King Northern Soul: Volume 3 (Kent 2012) N —Charles Spurling was, primarily, a songwriter & producer for other King recording artists but he also put out singles, as well. Written by Charles Spurling & recorded for the King label in 1969.Buy it!
Don Bryant “Funky Broadway” from Precious Soul (2012 Hi Records Under Exclusive License to Fat Possum Records 2012) —Dyke & The Blazers cover found on this reissue of his 1969 Hi Records release. Produced by Willie Mitchell.Buy it!
The Fantastic Johnny C “Boogaloo Down Broadway” from The Phil-LA of Soul Singles Collection 1967-1973 (Phil-LA of Soul Records 2008) —1968 song penned by producer Jesse James & recorded in Philadelphia with session musicians who later would play on many of the Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff hits. I can't imagine this song wouldn't make any drummer happy.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Niki Hoeky” from Lady Soul (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Pat & Lolly Vegas (of Redbone fame) and Jim Ford. Produced by Jerry Wexler & featuring Jimmy Johnson, Joe South & Bobby Womack on guitar. That's also the Sweet Inspirations & Carolyn Franklin (Aretha's sister) on backing vocals.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Fight It” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —The Sweet Inspirations have sung backing vocals for everybody from Elvis Presley & Van Morrison to Aretha Franklin & Dusty Springfield. This song was written by Wilson Pickett & Steve Cropper.Buy it!
George Jackson “I'm Just A Prisoner” from Let The Best Man Win (Kent 2012) N —Highly recommended new compilation of previously unissued 60s recordings made at FAME Recording Studios. He co-wrote this with Edward Harris for Candi Staton to record. He also wrote hits for Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Otis Clay, Bob Seger, etc.Buy it!
Mel & Tim “I'm Your Puppet” from Starting All Over Again (stax url 1972) —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and produced by Barry Beckett (who plays keyboards on this album) & Roger Hawkins (who also plays drums & percussion on this album).Buy it!
The Hopson Family “Hello Sunshine” from Holy Spirit: Spiritual Soul & Gospel Funk From Shreveport's Jewel Records (Harmless 2012) N —1974 soul gospel version of a song written by King Curtis & Ron Miller and also recorded by Aretha Franklin & Wilson Pickett.Buy it!
Lianne La Havas “Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye” from Is Your Love Big Enough? (Deluxe Edition) (Warner Music UK www.putumayo.com 2012) N —Leonard Cohen song found on the deluxe edition of the UK singer's new debut release.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Walk On Thru That Door” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012) —Terrific production & arrangements on this track. They will be appearing at Lola on Sunday (9/16). Not to be missed.Buy it!
William DeVaughn “Be Thankful for What You Got (Pt. 1)” from Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (Sony 2008) —Written by William DeVaughn and originally released as a single for the Roxbury label in 1974.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “I Still Got It (Instrumental)” from Faithful Man (Instrumentals) (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Music bed. From this new vinyl release made up of all the instrumental backing tracks from their Faithful Man release.Buy it!
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk “You Can Make It If You Try” from Live at 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (MunckMix Inc. 2010) —Appearing at the Old Rock House in September (Thursday 9/13).Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Natural Man” from If You Don't Already Have a Look (In The Red 2005) —Pretty great Lou Rawls cover. Maybe not as good as their Sly & The Family Stone 'Underdog" cover but close, which is saying a whole lot.Buy it!
Rodriguez “I Wonder” from Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Whoa, a listener has informed me that Rodriguez is playing at the RootsnBluesnBBQ festival in Columbia, MO on Friday (9/21). For the entire impressive lineup of the two day festival, go to http://rootsnbluesnbbq.comBuy it!
The Yardbirds “What Do You Want” from Over Under Sideways Down (Repertoire Records 1966) R —Reissue of their 1966 album. This song was written by Jeff Beck / Chris Dreja / Jim McCarty / Keith Relf / Paul Samwell-Smith.Buy it!
The dB's “That Time Is Gone” from Falling Off the Sky (bar none 2012) N —Written by Peter Holsapple and found on their new release which is the first featuring their original lineup since 1982.Buy it!
Carole King “Like Little Children” from The Legendary Demos (Hear Music 2012) —Demo recorded circa 1966 written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin. This song was recorded by The Knickerbockers and by Inez & Charlie Foxx.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Crazytown” from Charmer SINGLE (Superego 2012) N —From her new release coming out on September 18. Aimee Mann will be at the Pageant in November (Tuesday 11/13). Thanks to Roy Kasten from Feel Like Going Home for getting this in my hands.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Souls Travel” from Pharmacy of Love (Palomine 2010) —From the Amsterdam-based band's most recent release. They should be about due for a new one. Written by Carol van Dyk & Martijn Blankestijn.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “Beware of Darkness” from Under The Covers - Vol. 2 (Shout! Factory 2009) —Written by George Harrison. Don't forget that Matthew Sweet will be performing “Girlfriend” in its entirety as well as other songs at the Duck Room in September (Saturday 9/22).Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Sing the Delta” (Flariella Records 2012) N —Finally, some new Iris Dement music. This album is slated for release on 10/2. This is her first album of original material in 16 years.Buy it!
Neil Young “From Hank to Hendrix” from Unplugged (Reprise 1993) —Live 1993 recording with a band made up of Nils Lofgren, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Nicolette Larson & Tim Drummond, among others.Buy it!
Crazy Horse “I Don't Want to Talk About It” from Hard Workin' Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story - Vol. 2 (Ace 2006) —1970 song written & sung by Danny Whitten and produced by Jack Nitzsche & Bruce Botnick.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.