Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 5th 2013 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
Al Wilson “Do What You Gotta Do” from Searching for the Dolphins (Soul City 1969) —Hailing from Meridian, MS, Al Wilson is best known for the hit 'Show and Tell' but I think this album was his finest moment. This song was written by Jimmy Webb and was produced by Johnny Rivers.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Tupelo Honey” from Cameo (Abc Dunhill 1973) —Written by Van Morrison and including lyrics not heard on his hit version.Wonderful production on this album Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.Buy it!
Oscar Brown Jr. “Humdrum Blues” from Sin & Soul ... And Then Some (Columbia Legacy 1960) —Written by Oscar Brown Jr. and recorded in NYC in 1960. He could do it all - he was a playwright, poet, actor, activist, songwriter, singer, and TV host. This solo debut is highly recommended.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Greenbacks” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —1955 Atlantic single written by Renald Richard. "Whenever you in town and looking for a thrill / If Lincoln can't get it, Jackson sure will / On a greenback, greenback dollar bill / Just a little piece of paper, coated with chlorophyll'Buy it!
Ray Charles “Doodlin'” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —1960 Atlantic single instrumental written by Horace Silver. Arranged by Quincy Jones.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Brother Where Are You” from Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2013) N —Written by Oscar Brown Jr. and found on this new compilation of various artists performing some of their favorite songs to benefit the Sweet Relief Foundation.Buy it!
Valerie June “On My Way” from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) N —Written by Valerie June and Booker T. Jones and found on this really strong debut release by the singer-songwriter out of Tennessee.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages “Bread” from Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Rave-up version of the Bobby Hebb song that was the flip side to 'Sunny." Written by Joe Renzetti. In retrospect, I probably should have played this one in the set with 'Greenbacks.'Buy it!
Baby Huey & The Babysitters “Hard Times” from The Baby Huey Story (Sequel Records rhino.com 1999) —Originally released in 1971. Baby Huey died at the age of 26 in 1970 so, sadly, he never saw the release of his only album. This track is one of two Curtis Mayfield-penned tunes on the album.Buy it!
Barbara & The Browns “Watch Dog” from Can't Find Happiness: The Sounds of Memphis Recordings (Kent 2007) —Originally released in 1972 and written by Dan Greer.Buy it!
The Flirtations “Nothing But A Heartache” from Sounds Like the Flirtations (Deram 1968) —The Flirtations were from South Carolina and Alabama but they didn't become really successful until they went to England and hooked up with the songwiting and production team of Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington.Buy it!
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels “Sticks and Stones” from Rev Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels (Rhino 1989) —Released in 1966 and written by Henry Glover and Titus Turner.Buy it!
Neko Case “City Swans” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —Written by Neko Case and Paul Rigby and found on her new release which just came out this week. - She will be at the Pageant in October (Sun 10/20). Not to be missed.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Golden” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Written by Kelly Hogan about her friend, Neko Case. Kello Hogan will be singing harmonies with Neko Case for the aforementioned Pageant show on 10/20. Worth the price of admission just to hear these two sing together.Buy it!
Hurray For The Riff Raff “Jealous Guy” from My Dearest Darkest Neighbor (This is American Music www.thisisamericanmusic.om 2013) N —John Lennon cover from the New Orleans-based band featuring the lead vocals of Alynda Lee.Buy it!
Chocolate Snow “A Day In The Life” from Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. 1973 soul and funk instrumental out of Wichita, KS which loosely (and I mean really loosely) references the Beatles song.Buy it!
Shout out Louds “Sugar” from Optica (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2013) —Indie pop out of Stockholm, Sweden. I finally saw them at SXSW this year. The show could have been transcendent if not marred by the worst sound in the history of rock shows.Buy it!
MEL AND TIM “Backfield In Motion” from If Loving You is Wrong (Ace 2002) R —I play this song every tear to kick off the start of the St. Louis Rams season. I forgot to bring it but Spencer Marquart came to the rescue. - Recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Stiff Little Fingers “Alternative Ulster” from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A Label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2013) N —Belfast punk song recorded in 1978 and featuring the lead vocals of Jake Burns. This is off the soundtrack to a film about Terri Hooley, his record label, and the Good Vibrations label which he founded.Buy it!
The Chandelles “El Gato” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. Guitar instrumental from 1963.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed.Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “This is Southland” from Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1935-1955 (JSP 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1953.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “If Not For You (Alternate Version)” from Another Self Portrait 1969-1971 Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Columbia 2013) —Alternate and quite different version recorded during the 'New Morning' sessions.Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Hub Cap Roll” from Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1935-1955 (JSP 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
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