Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 31st 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Friendship”
from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Written by Louis Jordan & Claude Demetrius and recorded in 1947. "Now I don't get mad like the average cat would do/When she buys me one shirt & she buys you two/But when she feeds you chicken & steak & gives me Irish stew/You is a lizard in the bushes"
Howard Tate “How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark”
from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select / Verve 2004) —Written by Peter Chatman (aka Memphis Slim) and found on this reissue of his debut 1966 release which includes 16 additional mono single mixes plus additional bonus tracks. Highly recommended.
Baby Huey “Running”
from The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend (Water rhino.com 2004) —Written & produced by Curtis Mayfield. This Chicago soul vocalist died at the age of 26 in 1970 and, sadly, didn't get to see the release of his debut album in 1971. We'll call this the Curtis Mayfield-influenced portion of the show.
Mavis Staples “Chained”
from Mavis Staples (stax 1969) —Written by Frank Wilson (who wrote many Motown songs -- including this one for Marvin Gaye) and recorded for Stax in 1969. Backing was by the MGs (sans Booker T.) and Marvell Thomas on piano. This album was produced & arranged by Steve Cropper.
New Mastersounds “Looking for an Answer (feat. Dionne Charles)”
from Plug & Play (One Note Records 2008) —One regret I had at SXSW was missing this UK-based soul & funk band. Hey, you can't see everything but it isn't like they'll be in St. Louis any time soon. Recorded in 2007 and featuring some fine vocals by Dionne Charles.
Charles Bradley “No Time For Dreaming”
from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records 2010) N —Really fine title track written by J. Quarterman (I don't know who he is) & found on this debut full-length release by the NY-based soul singer born in 1948. Surely, one of the ten best 2011 releases, I would think.
Billy Bragg “Sexuality”
from Must I Paint You a Picture?: The Essential Billy Bragg (Rhino 2003) —Written by Billy Bragg & Johnny Marr and produced by Grant Showbiz & Johnny Marr. Recorded in Manchester in 1990.