Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 17th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.