Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 9th 2012 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
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Friendship” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Kicking off the show with a Louis trifecta. Written by Louis Jordan & Claude Demetrius and recorded in 1947.Buy it!
Louis Prima featuring Keely Smith with Sam Butera & the Witnesses “Jump, Jive, An' Wail” from The Wildest! (CAPITOL 2002) —Written by Louis Prima & recorded in 1956.Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “You've Made Me So Very Happy” from Brenda Holloway: The Motown Anthology (Universal/Motown 2005) —Recorded in 1966 and written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway (her sister), Frank Wilson & Berry Gordy, Jr. This later became a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears but this original version is just so great.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “I'm In Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Bobby Womack wrote this song for his wife and plays guitar & sings background with Wilson Pickett on this 1967 recording made at Chip Moman's American Recording Studios in Memphis.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “Eight Men and Four Women” from 8 Men and 4 Women (Backbeat 1967) —Southern soul at its very best. Recorded in 1967 for the Backbeat label. Drug excesses led to an early death (age 41) but he was a tremendous soul singer.Buy it!
Ted Hawkins “Long As I Can See The Light” from The Next Hundred Years (Geffen Records, Inc. 1994) R —I had a request for this song last week but the station didn't have it. Better late than never. Written by John Fogerty. His voice just kills on this and so does the slide guitar work by Greg Leisz.Buy it!
James Hunter “Mollena” from People Gonna Talk CD ALBUM (Go 2006) —2006 Sam Cooke-influenced song written and arranged by James Hunter. James Hunter recently recorded a new album with producer Gabe Roth (aka Bosco Mann of Daptone Records) in Riverside, CA. How can that possibly not work?Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Slumber's Sympathy” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Yeah, I know I've been playing this album every week but, at least, it's a different song each week. Written by Gabe Roth who also plays bass on this albumBuy it!
Mieko Hirota “Nagisa No Tenshi” from Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat, & Bossa Nova 1966-70 (Big Beat rhino.com 2009) —1968 mash-up of Cool Jerk & It's Not Unusual sung in Japanese. This makes me happy.Buy it!
Brunetta & The Balubas “Baluba Shake” from Le Beat Bespoke 2 (Circle 2006) —It's been a long time since I've broke this one out. 1966 recording out of Italy featuring the lead vocals of Mara Pacini. Baluba Shake, baby!Buy it!
The Forty-Fives “Trying To Get Next To You” from Fight Dirty (Yep Roc 2002) —This North Carolina band didn't last too long but when they did, they burned bright. Terrific live act until they lost their original drummer.Buy it!
Foxboro Hot Tubs “Mother Mary” from Stop Drop and Roll!! (Jingle Town Records 2008) —Completely overlooked side project by Green Day that has all kinds of rock and pop gems on it. Like this one.Buy it!
Redd Kross “Stay Away from Downtown” from Researching the Blues (Merge 2012) N —Whoa! Who knew this new release (their first since 1997) would be this good? Written & sung by Jeff McDonald (who sounds great, incidentally).Buy it!
Tim Buckley “Move With Me” from Greetings from L.A. (Rhino 1972) R —Written by Tim Buckley & Jerry Goldstein and featuring sublime backing vocals by Clydie King, Venetta Fields & Lorna Maxine Willard.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Splendid Isolation” from Transverse City (Virgin 1989) —"Michael Jackson in Disneyland / Don't have to share it with nobody else / Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand / And lead me through the World of Self"Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “I'm Alright” from 40 Odd Years (Shout! Factory 2011) —1985 song written by Loudon Wainwright III & produced by Richard Thompson. He wrote this for the Fabulous Thunderbirds but, according to Loudon Wainwright III, they didn't really get what he was going after.Buy it!
Villagers “Twenty-Seven Strangers” from Becoming a Jackal (Domino 2010) —Villagers consists of one man, Conor J. O’Brien from Dublin, and all songs on this debut album were written & sung by him.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Strawberry Road” from Martinis & Bikinis (Expanded Version) (Omnivore 2012) —2-LP vinyl reissue of her 1994 album including four bonus tracks. Written by Sam Phillips & produced by T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sun King / Mean Mister Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy)” from McLemore Avenue (Expanded Version) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt taken from the 10:44 medley recorded in 1970.Buy it!
William Elliott Whitmore “Not Feeling Any Pain” from Field Songs (Anti- 2011) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Friday (8/10) as part of the Open Highway Festival. Also on the bill are Old Lights & Will Hoge.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Smokin' 100's Alone” from 24 Hours A Day (Atlantic 1997) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Saturday (8/11) as part of the Open Highway Festival. Also on the bill are Rough Shop, John Henry & The Engine, and Ben Nichols (of Lucero).Buy it!
The Del McCoury Band “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” from Oxford American 2003 Southern Music CD - No. 6 (Oxford American 2003) —Written by Richard Thompson. The Del Yeah!: One-Day Bluegrass Festival featuring Del McCoury Band, Cumberland Gap, and others will be taking place at the Old Rock House in September (Saturday 9/1).Buy it!
Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers “Tried So Hard” from Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers (Bonus Track Version) (SBCMG 2007) —Written by Gene Clark & recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Around And Around” from Brown Eyed Handsome Man: St. Louis Salutes The Father Of Rock 'N' Roll (Undertow 2004) L —Opening for Chuck Berry next Wednesday (8/15) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room which is very cool. My guess is they won't do this song, though.Buy it!
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