Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 25th 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
Young Jessie and His Orchestra “I Smell A Rat” from I Smell A Rat / Lonesome Desert 45 single (Modern 1953) —These first few sets go out in tribute to Jerry Leiber who passed away this Monday (8/22). Jerry Leiber wrote the lyrics and Mike Stoller wrote the music for some of the most beloved songs of the last sixty years. 1953 song written by Leiber & Stoller.Buy it!
Little Esther “Flesh, Blood and Bones” from Fine Gals, Fast Women and Wailin' Daddies: The First of Leiber & Stoller (El Toro 2004) —1952 single recorded for the Federal label & found on this Spanish label 2-CD collection of Leiber & Stoller songs written between 1950-53.Buy it!
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton “Hound Dog” from The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues: Volume 2 (Rhino 1994) —Written by Leiber & Stoller & recorded in 1952 for Peacock. This went to #1 on the R&B charts & features Pete Lewis on guitar. Thornton on Leiber & Stoller - “They were just a couple of kids, and they had this song written on the back of a paper bag."Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)” from The Best of Rufus Thomas (Rhino 1996) —This answer song to Hound Dog was written by Sam Phillips of Sun Records & was recorded in 1953. Don Robey of Peacock sued Sam Phillips & was later awarded a small portion of profits from this song.Buy it!
The Coasters “The Shadow Knows” from There's A Riot Goin' On (Rhino Handmade 2007) —1958 Atlantic recording featuring lead vocals by Billy Guy. Leiber & Stoller wrote many of their hits such as Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Poison Ivy & Young Blood.Buy it!
Otis Redding “There Goes My Baby” from Remember Me (Stax/Fantasy 1992) —Leiber & Stoller produced this song for the Drifters in 1959. This 1965 version features backing by Booker T. & The MGs & the Mar-Key Horns. Written by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, Leiber & Stoller.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care” from The King of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters (BMG 1992) —Recorded in 1957 for the Jailhouse Rock movie soundtrack. Written by Leiber & Stoller & featuring Scotty Moore on guitar & background vocals by the Jordanaires.Buy it!
The Crystals “Are You Trying to Get Rid of Me Baby” from The Real Thing: The Songs of Ashford, Simpson & Armstead (Kent 2009) —Another great songwriter passed away on Monday. Nick Ashford who wrote with his wife, Valerie Simpson, and, at times, with Jo Armstead wrote some huge Motown hits. All three wrote this 1966 song with vocals by La La Brooks.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime)” from The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips - Anthology (Motown 1995) —Written by Ashford & Simpson and recorded in 1969 for their 'Nitty Gritty' album.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Let's Go Get Stoned” from Crying Time (Abc-Paramount 1966) —The Coasters recorded this first but it was Ray Charles who made it a hit. Written by Ashford, Simpson & Armstead and featuring Billy Preston on organ & the Raeletts on backing vocals.Buy it!
Sandy Nelson “I Don't Need No Doctor” from The Real Thing: The Songs of Ashford, Simpson & Armstead (Kent 2009) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental version of a song written by Ashford, Simpson & Armstead with Dr. John on guitar.Buy it!
Maxine Brown “We Can Work It Out” from Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney (Ace 2011) N —Beautiful, slowed-down version of the Beatles song recorded in 1966 for the Wand label.Buy it!
The Martinis “Bullseye” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis circa 1966-67. Found on this new compilation of music featuring Packy Axton on sax. These early recordings feature members of Booker T. & The MGs, The Mar-Keys and the Hi Rhythm Section.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “The Contortionist” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) —From his new release and coming out a mere 13 years after his previous release. Written by Garland Jeffreys. Lou Reed is singing some of the background vocals on this Stones-influenced track.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Get Away” from Performance (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Warner Bros. 1970) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Jack Nitzsche and found on the soundtrack for this 1970 movie featuring Mick Jagger in his acting debut.Buy it!
Merry Clayton “Gimme Shelter” (Ode Records 1969) —The former Raelette & highly regarded session singer recorded this Rolling Stones cover in 1970. She also sang on the original Rolling Stones recording of this song.Buy it!
Darlene Love “A Long Way to Be Happy” from The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love (Phil Spector Records 2011) —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, arranged by Jack Nitzsche and produced by Phil Spector. Recorded in 1965.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Past, Present Future” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Written by Jerry Leiber, Arthur Butler & Shadow Morton. As good a Shangri-Las cover as you can ever hope to hear. RIP Jerry Leiber.Buy it!
Tommy James & The Shondells “Crimson and Clover (Long Version)” from Coffee and Cigarettes (Milan 2004) —Included on the 2004 soundtrack for the Jim Jarmusch film. Recorded in 1968. This long version is fairly trippy.Buy it!
Troubadour Dali “Pale Glow” from Let's Make It Right COMP (Euclid Records Records 2011) N L —New release from the St. Louis-based band. Written by Ben Hinn. Appearing at Loufest this Saturday (8/27) at 1 PM.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Ceiling's High” from Marble Son (Station Grey / Thirty Tigers 2011) —From their new release and introducing more of a psychedelic sound to their music. It works for me.Buy it!
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion “Seven Sisters” from Bright Examples (Ninth Street Opus 2011) N —Written by Sarah Lee Guthrie & on their new release which just came out this week. Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room this Friday (8/26).Buy it!
Vetiver “I Used to Be a King” from Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners (Grassroots Records 2010) —Found on this 2010 compilation of various artists performing songs from (and in the same order as) Graham Nash's 'Songs For Beginners' album.Buy it!
The Wondermints “Porpoise Song” from Wonderful World of the Wondermints (Essential Records 1996) —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and found on this 1996 album of all (but one) song covers.Buy it!
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