Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 28th 2010 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
The Honey Cone “One Monkey Don't Stop No Show” from Invictus Chatbusters (SEQUEL rhino.com 1999) —General Johnson passed away late week. Besides being in The Showmen & Chairmen Of The Board, he also wrote many hits for other artists including this 1971 recording for the Hot Wax label.Buy it!
Chairmen of the Board “Let Me Down Easy” from Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —Written by General Johnson, Greg Perry & Reggie Dunbar and recorded in 1972 for the Invictus label. Featuring the vocals of General Johnson.Buy it!
The Backyard Heavies “Soul Junction” from Sample My Funky Groove Volume 1 (Great American Music Company/F2K 2007) —Music bed. 1971 soul instrumental recorded in North Carolina for the Sansu label.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology” SINGLE (The Numero Group 2010) N —Written by Syl Johnson & Carl Smith and found on this superb new 81-track 4-CD, 6-LP compilation of Syl Johnson's earier recordings. This 1968 track was recorded in Memphis at Royal Studio.Buy it!
The Golden Echoes “Packing a Grip” from Good God! Born Again Funk (The Numero Group 2009) —1985 gospel & funk song from the Georgia-based gospel band recorded in 1985 and sung & co-written (along with Brenda Carswell) by Caroline Smith.Buy it!
The Fleshtones “Play With Fire” from Up-Front (IRS 1980) —Rolling Stones cover found on this 1980 5-song EP. The Fleshtones will be appearing at Off Broadway on Saturday (11/6) as part of the Beat 'N' Soul festival. Also on the bill are The Nevermores, Mondo Topless, The Sights & JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) N —New release from the LA-based Motown-influenced soul & pop band featuring the vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick & Noelle Scaggs.Buy it!
Billy Preston “That's the Way God Planned It (Pts. 1 & 2)” from That's the Way God Planned It (Apple www.applerecords.com 2010) N —New reissue of the 1969 album. Written by Billy Preston and produced by George Harrison.Buy it!
Elton John and Leon Russell “Gone to Shiloh” from The Union (Decca 2010) N —Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin and featuring the vocals of Leon Russell, Neil Young & Elton John. It works for me.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch 2008) —Written by Randy Newman and recorded in 2008. "So actually the main thing about this story is for me / There really is an afterlife / And I hope to see all of you there / Let's go get a drink."Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Ventilator Blues” from Exile On Main Street Expanded Edition (UMe 2010) —Expanded version of the 1972 release. This track was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Mick Taylor.Buy it!
O V Wright & The Keys “That's How Strong My Love Is” from The Goldwax Story, Vol. 1 (Ace Records 2001) —This set goes out to my fantastic wife, Marie. Today is our 4th wedding anniversary & this song was sung at our wedding. Written by Roosevelt Jamison & recorded in 1964 for the Goldwax label. Don't take things for granted. Time is fleeting & precious.Buy it!
Bobby Darin “Irresistible You” from The Beat Goes On.... (Kent 2000) —Recorded in 1961 for Atlantic. From the liner notes: Jerry Wexler - "It was the Bobby Darin hits that paid for the R & B recordings." He had 21 Top 40 hits from 1958-67.Buy it!
Queen “You're My Best Friend” from A Night at the Opera CD ALBUM (EMI Records 1975) —I think this marks the first Queen airplay on M2M. Written by Bassist John Deacon for his wife. This song was also sung at our wedding by Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden. Happy Anniversary, Marie!Buy it!
Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes “My Baby Plays the Same Old Song On His Guitar All Night Long” from Califia: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Ace 2010) N —Written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded for RCA in 1963. The female vocal on this track was Merry Clayton. Duane Eddy's wife, Miriam sang on some tracks before they divorced. Not soon after, she married Waylon Jennings and changed her name to Jessi ColterBuy it!
Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars “(Dance With The ) Surfin' Band” from Hey, Beach Girls! (Ace 2010) N —Written by Hal Blaine, produced by Lee Hazlewood & featuring the lead vocals of then-Blossoms singer, Darlene Love. Recorded for RCA in 1963.Buy it!
Ann-Margret “Thirteen Men” from Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —You might have heard the Bill Haley version of this song. This version of the Dickie Thompson-penned song was recorded for RCA in 1962.Buy it!
The School “Valentine” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) N —Written & sung by Liz Hunt and found on the Welsh band's new release. If there's a bad track on here, I sure haven't heard it. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Fibonaccis “Psycho” from The Fibonaccis (Enigma 1982) —Written by Bernard Hermann for Alfred Hitchcock's movie soundtrack. The St. Louis Symphony will be performing this score live while the film, Psycho, is screened on Friday (10/29) & Saturday (10/30).Buy it!
The Five Jones Boys “Mr Ghost Goes to Town” from The Ultimate Rockin' Halloween Party (American Horror Songs 1930s - 1950s) (The Viper Label 2009) —This is about as good as Halloween songs get. Recorded in 1936.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Run With the Horses” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —Brothers Lazaroff are having their CD release party at Lola on November 12 (Friday). All kinds of bands on this bill.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Joy” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —1995 cover version of a Harry Nilsson song. "Joy, to the world, was a beautiful girl but to me Joy meant only sorrow.""Buy it!
Tom Waits “Time” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —Written by Tom Waits & recorded in 1985. "Well, the smart money's on Harlow/And the moon is in the street/The shadow boys are breaking all the laws/And you're east of East St. Louis/And the wind is making speeches/And the rain sounds like a round of applaBuy it!
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