Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 14th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton “A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)” from Two of Us (Mercury 1960) —Happy Valentine's Day, everybody. Today's show will be made up entirely of duets. Hope you like it! - Written by Brook Benton, Luchi de Jesus, and Clyde Otis.Buy it!
H.B. Barnum “Lost Love” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2: 1961 (Hasmick 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by H.B. Barnum.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell “You're All I Need To Get By” from The Complete Duets (Tamla 2001) —1968 song written and produced by Ashford and Simpson. Tammi Terrell passed away at the age of 24 due to a brain tumor. Way too young.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “The Way You Do The Things You Do” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Original instrumental backing track for the Temptations' song.Buy it!
Betty Everett & Jerry Butler “Love Is Strange” from Delicious Together (Vee-Jay 1964) —1964 cover version of the Mickey & Sylvia hit. Also covered, famously, by the Everly Brothers. This album was arranged by Johnny Pate which is always a good thing.Buy it!
Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure “Don't Mess Up A Good Thing” from Chess Soul: A Decade Of Chicago's Finest (MCA 1997) L —1964 Checker single written by Oliver Sain. This one goes out in memory to Fontella Bass who just passed away in December.Buy it!
Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto “In The Basement Part 1” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Kent 2009) —1966 Cadet single written by Billy Davis, Raynard Miner, and Cal Smith.Buy it!
Barbara Acklin & Gene Chandler “From The Teacher to the Preacher” from Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1977 (Brunswick 2006) —1966 Brunswick single written by Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record, and Carl Davis.Buy it!
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas “Bring It On Home to Me” from King & Queen (stax 1967) —Written by Sam Cooke. Can't go wrong with backing by Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, and the Memphis Horns.Buy it!
James Brown & Marva Whitney “Sunny” from It's My Thing (Soul Brother Records 2000) —1969 soul duet version of the Bobby Hebb song. Produced by James Brown. Marva Whitney was the lead female singer in the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1969.Buy it!
The Otis and Carla Band “Tramp” from Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental backing track to the Otis Redding and Carla Thomas song. Same personnel as 'Bring It On Home to Me.'Buy it!
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings with Lee Fields “Stranded in Your Love” from Naturally (Daptone 2005) —Written by Bosco Mann. Lee Fields and the Expressions will be at 2720 Cherokee in March (Wed 3/27). Mark your calendars . This was one of the best shows of 2012.Buy it!
James Carr and Betty Harris “I'm a Fool For You” from The Complete Goldwax Singles (Kent 2001) —Terrific 1967 Goldwax single. I would have loved to hear a whole album of duets between these two.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “Peter Gunn” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. 1961 Henry Mancini-penned instrumental.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello & Sinead O'Connor “Don't Take All Night” from Pour une ame souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —This album is made up of all songs that were written by or previously interpreted by Nina Simone. This was in my top 10 list of favorite 2012 albums.Buy it!
X “Motel Room In My Bed” from Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra 2001) —Co-written and featuring the vocals of John Doe and Exene Cervenka. Written about a place called the Lombard Inn in San Francisco. Sounds like a nice place.Buy it!
Steve Earle with Lucinda Williams “You're Still Standing There” from I Feel Alright (Warner Bros. 1996) —"I've spent my life following things I cannot see / And just when I catch up to them, they slip away from me."Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “The Price Of Love” from Walk Right Back: The Every Brothers on Warner Bros. 1960 to 1969 (Warner 1993) —1965 song written and sung by Don and Phil Everly.Buy it!
Bill Black's Combo “Smokie (Part 2)” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 1960 (Hasmick Records 2011) —F 1 Music bed.Buy it!
Jay Farrar & Kelly Willis “Rex's Blues” from A Retrospective: 1995-2000 (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) L —Written by Townes Van Zandt. I'd listen to a whole album of Jay Farrar and Kelly Willis duets. Somebody should get on that.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash featuring Johnny Cash “September When It Comes” from Rules of Travel (Capitol Records 2003) —Rosanne Cash will be appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall in May (Fri 5/10). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “Ring Of Fire” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2: 1961 (Hasmick 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Bury Me (feat. Maria McKee)” from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. CD ALBUM (Warner 1986) —Written by Dwight Yoakam and featuring lead vocals by Dwight Yoakam and Maria McKee (of Lone Justice).Buy it!
George Jones and Melba Montgomery “Let's Invite Them Over” from The George Jones Collection: The United Artists Years, Volume 2 (Razor & Tie 1997) —Duet from 1963.Buy it!
Faron Young and Margie Singleton “Keeping Up With The Joneses” from The Best of Faron Young - 20th Century Masters:The Millenium Collection (Unknown) —Originally released as a single on Mercury in 1964.Buy it!