Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 24th 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
Rosco Gordon “Just A Little Bit” from Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection (Shout! Factory 2007) —Recorded in 1959 & released on the Vee-Jay label. Written by Ralph Bass, Buster Brown, John Thornton & Ferdinand "Fats" Washington. Later covered by the likes of Them & Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.Buy it!
Ray Charles “This Little Girl of Mine” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) [Remastered] (Atlantic Records/ATG 1960) —1955 Atlantic single written by Ray Charles. This song was later covered by Tony Jackson & The Vibrations in 1964.Buy it!
Billy Boy Arnold “I Ain't Got You” from The Vee-Jay British Hits (P-Vine 2006) —Written by Calvin Carter & released on the Vee-Jay label in 1956. This was later covered in the 60s by a Memphis band called The Jades as heard recently on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.Buy it!
Robert Parker “Barefootin'” from The Soul of New Orleans (Charly 1986) —Heading down to New Orleans for a brief sojourn. Written by Robert Parker & released in 1966 on the NOLA label. Another version by Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers was played this month on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.Buy it!
Benny Spellman “Fortune Teller” from Crescent City Soul: The Sounds of New Orleans 1947-74 (EMI 1996) —Written by Allen Toussaint & released in 1962 on the Minit label. Found on this 4-CD/119-song box set of greatness. This song was later covered by the Merseybeats, Rolling Stones, Hollies, Who, etcBuy it!
Aaron Neville “Over You” from Crescent City Soul: The Sounds of New Orleans 1947-74 (CAPITOL 1996) —Written by Allen Toussaint & Allen Orange and released in 1960 on the Minit label. Produced by Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
June Gardner “It's Gonna Rain” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental version of a song written by Sonny Bono. Featuring one of New Orleans' greatest drummers, June Gardner, along with James Booker & George Davis, among others.Buy it!
Garnet Mimms “Anytime You Want Me” from Cry Baby: The Best of Garnet Mimms (EMI 1993) —Written by Norman Meade (aka Jerry Ragovoy) & Garnet Mimms and recorded for United Artists in 1963. Later covered by Cilla Black as heard on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.Buy it!
The Shirelles “Baby It's You” from Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Castle 2005) —Written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David (Hal's brother) & Barney Williams and recorded in 1961 for the Scepter label. Arranged by Burt Bacharach which begs the question "why is that crazy keyboard sound so loud at the end of the song?"Buy it!
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas “Lovey Dovey” from King & Queen (stax 1967) —Written by Ahmet Ertegun & King Curtis and recorded in 1967. The backing band is Booker T. & The MGs, Isaac Hayes & the Memphis Horns.Buy it!
Willie Wright “I'm So Happy Now” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) N —This album was originally recorded in 1977 by the Massachusetts-based soul singer but given that only 1,000 copies were ever pressed, you probably have never heard it. Until now, that is, due to it being unearthed & reissued by The Numero Group.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Sweet Thing” from Astral Weeks (Warner 1968) —From his 1968 soul, jazz, blues & folk masterpiece. I get the feeling it could have been recorded with the same musicians a week later and sounded way different.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Tobacco Road” from The Essential Lou Rawls (Legacy 2007) —Written by J.D. Loudermilk & recorded in 1964 for Capitol. For a really good overview of his career including recordings from various labels spanning several decades, this 2-CD collection is a great place to start.Buy it!
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Bettye LaVette “What's Happening Brother” from What's Going On (Shout! Factory 2006) —Marvin Gaye cover from 2006. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Jon Cleary are appearing this Saturday (2/26) at the Sheldon Concert Hall.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “The Kitty Cat Song” from Ride Your Pony CD ALBUM (Sundazed 1965) —2009 reissue of his 1966 Stateside label release. Written by Jimmy Roach & Joe Spendel and produced by Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Berry Please” from Beat of Our Own Drum SINGLE (Vampisoul 2009) —2009 ode to Berry Gordy. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound & The Green Room Rockers will be at Off Broadway this Friday (2/25).Buy it!
The Parting Gifts “Bound to Let Me Down” from Strychnine Dandelions (In The Red 2010) N —New band featuring Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) and Coco Hames (the Ettes). Written by Greg Cartwright & found on their 2010 debut release.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “In the Dark Places” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) N —Written by PJ Harvey & found on her new release which just came out last week. One of several harrowing songs about the ravages of war found on this album.Buy it!
Eric Burdon and The Animals “Mama Told Me Not to Come” from On Vine Street: The Early Songs of Randy Newman (Ace 2008) —This is the original recording of this Randy Newman song & came out in 1967 (three years before Randy Newman released it). Produced by Tom Wilson.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Clef Club #1” from Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman (Rhino/Reprise rhino.com 1998) —Music bed. Randy Newman instrumental originally written for the 1981 "Ragtime" film soundtrack.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Birmingham” from Good Old Boys (Rhino/Reprise rhino.com 1974) —Randy Newman will be appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall this Friday (2/25). A can't-miss show as far as I'm concerned.Buy it!
The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” from Something Else By The Kinks (Bonus Track Edition) (Sanctuary) —1998 expanded reissue of their 1967 release. Written by Ray Davies. One of those songs I'll never grow tired of.Buy it!
Kate Rusby “Walk The Road” from Make the Light (Pure Records (Yorkshire) Ltd 2010) N —Gorgeous vocal from Kate Rusby and found on her latest release. Written by Kate Rusby & featuring harmony vocals by her husband, Damien O'Kane.Buy it!
The Pogues “I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day” from Rum Sodomy & the Lash [Expanded] (Rhino 1985) —Expanded reissue of their 1985 release. Traditional song featuring the vocals of Cait O' Riordan.Buy it!
Trashcan Sinatras “I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows” from In the Music (Lo-Five UK 2009) —2009 song featuring Frank Reader on lead vocals. Trashcan Sinatras will be appearing at the Firebird in March (Thursday 3/24) and will be doing an acoustic show. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Julie Fowlis “Hug Air A' Bhonaid Mhoir” from Cuilidh (Spit & Polish 2007) —Traditional song sung in Gaelic by the sublime vocalist from an island called North Uist off Scotland. Featuring Chris Thile on mandolin & John Doyle on guitar. C'mon, you just aren't going to wrong with that.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —This song sounds rather Springsteenesque to me. Only this song -- not any other songs on this fine 2011 release. Written by Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch.Buy it!
The Holmes Brothers “(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” from State of Grace (Alligator Records www.alligator.com 2007) —Written by Nick Lowe. The Holmes Brothers will be appearing next Saturday (3/5) at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups.Buy it!
Prairie Rehab “Ernest Tubb” from Philology (self-released 2011) N L —Prairie Rehab is having their CD release party this Saturday (2/26) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill is Jon Langford & Skull Orchard.Buy it!
The Waco Brothers “Revolution Blues” from Do You Think About Me (Bloodshot Records www.http://bloodshotrecords.com/ 1997) —Written by Neil Young. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard will be at Off Broadway this Saturday (2/26). Prairie Rehab is opening.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Dress Blues” from Sirens of the Ditch (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2007) R —I had a request to play something by Jason Isbell. This really moving song about the death of a soldier is one of his finest songwriting moments, I think.Buy it!
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