Betty Everett & Jerry Butler “I Can't Stand It” from Delicious Together (Vee-Jay 1964) —Written by Smokey McAlister and later recorded by The Spencer Davis Group and The Soul Sisters.Buy it!
Betty Everett “You're No Good” from The Vee-Jay British Hits (P-Vine 2006) —Dee Dee Warwick was the first to record this Clint Ballard, Jr.-penned song but it wasn't a hit until Betty Everett recorded it in 1963. This later became a #1 hit for Linda Ronstadt.Buy it!
Jerry Butler (with The Impressions) “For Your Precious Love” from Jerry Butler: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years (Shout! Factory 2007) —Co-written by Jerry Butler and originally released as a Vee-Jay single in 1958. A vocal masterpiece.Buy it!
Frank Armstrong & The Stingers “Humpin' (aka Stuffed Peppers)” from Instrumental Explosion (Beat Goes Public 2004) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental recorded for the Modern label.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Confusion (feat. Menahan Street Band)” from Victim Of Love (Dunham 2013) —From his forthcoming album slated for release on April 2. He'll be at the Old Rock House on May 5. I put this show in the "crazy to miss" category.Buy it!
Syl Johson “I'm Talking About Freedom” from is it because i'm black (Twinight/Numero 2013) N —New vinyl reissue of his 1970 album.Buy it!
Lady Margo “This Is My Prayer” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Chicago soul from 1974 found on this incredibly put-together box set by The Numero Group.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Is It Because I'm Black (Instrumental)” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental version.Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Let The Monkey Ride” from Minute By Minute (Go Records, under license to Concord Music Group 2013) N —From their forthcoming album coming out on Feb 26th. It's been five years since their last album. Produced by Bosco Mann.Buy it!
MARY WELLS “Operator” from Two Lovers (Motown 1963) —Another great song written by Smokey Robinson.Buy it!
The Revelations Featuring Tre' Williams “Because Of You (Instrumental)” from Deep Soul (Decision Records 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental from the Pacific Northwest soul band.Buy it!
The Relatives “Let Your Light Shine” from The Electric Word (Yep Roc Records 2013) N —Brand new release from the Dallas gospel/soul/funk band that formed in 1970. Can't wait to hear this whole release. They are a mind-blowing live band.Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “High On Your Love” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) —The vocals are so great on this song from the soul and funk band out of Milwaukee. They are long overdue for a new release. See them live if you ever have the chance.Buy it!
The Impressions “I'm So Proud” from Definitive Impressions (Kent 2002) —Written by Curtis Mayfield and recorded for ABC Paramount in 1964.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Think” from Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition] (Rhino/Curtom rhino.com 1972) —Music bed. Instrumental from the 1972 soundtrack written by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Superfly” from Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition] (Rhino/Curtom rhino.com 1972) —1972 song written by Curtis Mayfield. You might have heard this one before.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Tusk” (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 1979) —Written by Lindsey Buckingham and with backing by the USC marching band.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder 2012) —This New Orleans brass band version of the Eurythmics song really works.Buy it!
June Gardner “Hang On Sloopy” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Late-60s New Orleans instrumental version of the McCoys song.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Little Boy Blue” from One from the Heart (Music from the Motion Picture) (Sony 1982) —Written by Tom Waits and found on the 1982 soundtrack to the Francis Ford Coppola film.Buy it!
Johnny Depp & Patti Smith “The Mermaid” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —New 2-CD second volume of pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys produced by Hal Willner.Buy it!
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle “Take Me Home” from One from the Heart (Music from the Motion Picture) (Sony 1982) —Written by Tom Waits and featuring the vocals of Crystal Gayle.Buy it!
Ennio Morricone “La Lupa” from Ennio Morricone: The Complete Edition (GDM Music 2008) —Music bed. 1995 instrumental composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Ennio Morricone.Buy it!
Beth Orton “Bamboo (River Come Down)” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —Your mileage might vary on this one. Me? I love it.Buy it!
Barb Jungr “I Want You” from Every Grain of Sand (Linn Records 2004) —Written by Bob Dylan. What a fine interpretation of this song.Buy it!
Ennio Morricone “La Disubbidienza” from Ennio Morricone: The Complete Edition (GDM Music 2008) —Music bed. 1981 instrumental composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Ennio Morricone.Buy it!
Villagers “Nothing Arrived” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —Written by Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O'Brien.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Temperamental Complement” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Written by Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen. Featuring Diane Christiansen on lead vocals.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “The Milkshake Incident, Part 1” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental from the Chicago band's new release.Buy it!
The Kinks “Celluloid Heroes” from Everybody's In Show Business (Rhino 1972) —I was just having a hankering to hear this song. Mark your calendar for the next big KDHX tribute night honoring the Kinks, March 30 at Off Broadway. http://kdhx.org/calendar/evrybodys-gonna-be-happy-a-tribute-to-the-kinks-and-kdhx-benefit-39596Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Ballad of Mott the Hoople” from Mott (Columbia 1973) —Like Chuck Prophet said, "The road isn't all Starbuck's oatmeal." A cautionary tale.Buy it!
The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock 'N Roll Star” from Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia 1967) —Written by Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn.Buy it!
The Byrds “Stranger In a Strange Land (Instrumental)” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) —Music bed. Instrumental credited to David Crosby.Buy it!
The Love Experts “Your Shining Hour” from Cuba Street - EP (Undertow Music Collective 2004) L —Written and lead vocals by Steve Carosello. It seems natural having this song follow the Byrds.Buy it!
The Incurables “FM” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —Lots of really good songs on this new release by the St. Louis band. Great sounding recording, too. Written and lead vocals by Jimmy Griffin.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Day Tripper” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Mid-60s instrumental version on the Beatles song.Buy it!
Peter Wolf with Merle Haggard “It's Too Late for Me” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 2010) R —I had a request for this during last week's all-duets show but didn't get it on he air. Better late than never.Buy it!
Son Volt “Shine On” from Honky Tonk (Rounder 2013) N L —From their forthcoming new album being released on March 5. Great news - Son Volt will be at the Pageant on Saturday (6/1).Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “Jewel of the South” from Daytrotter Session May 20, 2011 (www.daytrotter.com) —Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Richard Thompson will be at the Peabody Opera House in Marcg (Sun 3/17.Buy it!
Chet Atkins “St. Louis Blues” from Eclectic Guitar (Cherry Red Records 2007) —Music bed. 1956 version of the WC Handy song.Buy it!
The Geyer Street Sheiks “Oh, Daddy” from Great Dream CD ALBUM (Bjam 1993) LBuy it!
Manassas “Don't Look At My Shadow” from Manassas (Atlantic 1972)Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “I've Been to Memphis” from Joshua Judges Ruth (Curb/MCA 1992)Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “The Night Rider” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Music bed.Buy it!
Junebug “7Th Street” from Dead Horse (self-released 2013) N L —Written by Donny Besancenez and featuring lead vocals by Donny Besancenez and Jaime DollarBuy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Sweet Peony” from Local Gentry (CAPITOL NASHVILLE 2007) —Written by Bobbie Gentry and originally released as a single for Capitol in 1968.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Golden” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Written by Kelly Hogan for Neko Case.Buy it!
Lone Justice “Soap, Soup and Salvation” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —Written by Maria McKee.Buy it!
The Sir Douglas Quintet “Be Real” from 1+1+1=4 (Philips 1970) —Written by Doug Sahm.Buy it!
Ron Sexsmith “Where's My Everything?” from Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) —Written by Nick Lowe.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Post to Wire” (El Cortez 2003) —Harmony vocals by Deborah Kelly and lead vocals by Willie Vlautin.Buy it!
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