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.
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.
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton “Hound Dog”
from The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues: Volume 2 (Rhino unk 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."
Rufus Thomas “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)”
from The Best of Rufus Thomas (Rhino unk 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Martinis “Bullseye”
from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic www.lightintheattic.net 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.
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.
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