Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 15th 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
June Gardner “99 Plus One” (Night Train International 2000) —Wardell Quezergue passed away this Tuesday at the age of 81. Allen Toussaint referred to him as "the Creole Beethoven." A producing & arranging genius. This 1965 instrumental by the drumming great, June Gardner, was produced by Wardell Quezergue.Buy it!
King Floyd “Groove Me” from King Floyd (Cotillion 1971) —This 1970 King Floyd-penned song was arranged by Wardell Quezergue. At a music conference I attended in 2009, Dr. John said Wardell Quezergue (who was also present) would be very rich if he was ever paid for all the samples taken from his work.Buy it!
The Wardell Quezergue Band “Robert & WQ's Train” from Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin' Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies 2002) —Music bed. !968 instrumental recorded with the Wardell Quezergue Band for the Nola label - a label co-owned by Wardell Quezergue.Buy it!
Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” from The Last Soul Company (MALACO 1999) —1971 recording arranged & produced by Wardell Quezergue. Jean Knight will be at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans on Friday (9/16).Buy it!
Smokey Johnson “It Ain't My Fault, Pts. 1 & 2” from It Ain't My Fault (Night Train International 2004) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by another great New Orleans drummer, Smokey Johnson and Wardell Quezergue (who also arranged this).Buy it!
Dr. John “How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around” from Goin' Back To New Orleans (Warner Brothers 1992) —Arranged by Wardell Quezergue. "I got the baddest dog, he’ll bite anybody / He bit my little brother, took a chunk out of my ol’ sweet li’l mother / He bit the mailman – he sees him every day / He takes one look at you, he wanna jump up and play."Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Got To Make a Comeback” from Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Kent 2008) —Alright, shifting from New Orleans to Memphis, now. Written by Eddie Floyd & Joseph Shamwell and recorded for Stax in 1966 with Steve Cropper on guitar. Eddie Floyd will be playing at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans next week (Sat 9/17).Buy it!
Mel & Tim “Backfield In Motion” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Hey, it's the start of football season. You know I have to play this. I'm predictable if nothing else. Written by Mel & Tim & recorded in 1969 for the Bamboo label.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Jack and Ginger” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) N —Booker T. & The MGs-influenced instrumental from the band based out of Memphis & featuring Skip Potts on guitar, Howard Grimes on drums & Hubbie Tuner on keyboards.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Wrote A Song For Everyone” from You Are Not Alone (Anti www.anti.com 2010) —Written by John Forgerty & featuring background vocals by Kelly Hogan & Nora O' Connor. Mavis Staples is appearing this Friday (9/9) at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in downtown Columbia, MO.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) —Appearing this Saturday (9/10) at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in downtown Columbia, MO. Go to www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com/schedule for the entire impressive lineup.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Big Brother” from Talking Book (Motown 1972) —Don't forget September 30 at Off Broadway: Higher Ground: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Benefit for 88.1 KDHX. I predict a sell-out. You have been forewarned.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “Soul Stomp” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Motown instrumental from 1964.Buy it!
The Funky Butt Brass Band “St. Louis Breakdown” from You Can Trust The .... (FBBB 2011) N L —Written by the late, great Oliver Sain & found on the their new release. They will be at Funkfest 6 this Saturday (9/10) at the Broadway Oyster Bar along with Fresh Heir, Dogtown Allstars, Hip Grease & the Teddy Presberg Funktet.Buy it!
Eddie Holland “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal unk 2005) —Previously unreleased track recorded in 1964. Written by Holland, Dozier & Holland.Buy it!
Margie Joseph “Stop! In The Name of Love” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records (Concord Records, Inc. 2008) —Sublime version of the Supremes song recorded for the Stax label in 1970. Another track written by Holland, Dozier & Holland.Buy it!
The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” from Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (Phil Spector Records 2011) N —Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry and recorded in 1963. Produced by Phil Spector & arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Terrible Angels” from Terrible Angels EP (Because Music 2011) N —New EP which just came out this week. A new full-length release from her is being released in the few months.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Sister Morphine” from Hearing Is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story 1962-79 (Ace 2005) —Recorded in 1969 for the London label with arrangements by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Hard Times” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) N —Gillian Welch & David Rawlings put on a staggeringly great show at the Pageant last Saturday. And I wish this song didn't have to ring so true, nowadays.Buy it!
Alison Krauss “Can't Find My Way Home” from Crossing Jordan (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 2003) —2003 cover version of the Traffic song penned by Steve Winwood. Alison Krauss and Union Station will be at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Thursday (9/22).Buy it!
Los Lobos “The Bare Necessities” from Los Lobos Goes Disney CD ALBUM (Disney Sound 2009) —2009 version of the' Jungle Book' Disney classic written by Terry Gilkyson (father of Liza & Tony Gilkyson).Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Senor Don Gato” from The Bottle Let Me Down (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —The pinnacle of all cat reanimation songs. That is Andrew Bird on strings. C'mon, the song mentions 'solar plexus'. Of course, I'm going to play it.Buy it!
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