Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 18 Show/Thank You, Billy Miller/Primitive Sounds at Brass Union Thanksgiving Eve

Hi, folks.

Saturday morning. Facing a long to-do list, which is why this post reads like directions for setting up your new toaster. ("Congratulations!  . . .")

1. The songs from last night's show are listed below.

2. The (always free) archive MP3 for this show is available for download here.

3. We are eternally grateful to Billy Miller, co-founder of Norton Records, for the tons of cool songs he found and released to the world at large. We play Norton material on almost every show. Rest in peace, Billy.

4. Thanksgiving Eve: Join me at Brass Union in Somerville, MA, for a very cool rockin' record party, with DJ sets by me and my good buddy Forrest Plassmann. 8:00 to 1:00, 21+, no cover, cool venue, table games, excellent food and drink.

Thanksgiving Eve at Brass Union
Easy Ed and Forrest Plassmann
Spinning the Platters from 8:00 to 1:00

Brass Union
7 Union Square
Somerville, MA

5. Keep your records clean and sleeved in a climate-controlled space. But if they're beat up, play 'em anyway. Play them! Records are not museum pieces. They are there to be enjoyed by you today.

6. Life is short, and it goes by quickly. Be good to your fellow human beings and animals. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's What We Played on November 18, 2016

Bob Calloway & the Spiro Hep Cats “What's the Matter with Me” from Various: Wild Rockin' on Collector Records — Big Red Records 1958

Marlon Grisham “Ain't That a Dilly” from Various: Hot Rockin' Music from Memphis on Stomper Time Records — Cover Records 1959

Scott Engel with Count Dracula & the Boys “Good for Nothin'” from n/a on Orbit Records 45 — Orbit Records 1958

Bob Butfoy & the Western All-Stars “Movin’ In” from Various: We Never Had It So Good on Western Star

Johnny Gore & The Jesters “Fi Fi” from Various: The Rockin' Reed Recordings on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Bucky and The Premieres “Cruisin'” from Various: Hot Rod Gang on Buffalo Bop

Benny Joy “Bundle of Love” from Benny Joy: Crash the Rockabilly Party on Ace — 1958 (originally unissued)

Darrell Higham and Jittery Jack “The Remedy” from Darrell Higham Meets Jittery Jack on Preview of forthcoming release

The Vibratos “Vibrate” from Various: Rare Rock 'n' Roll Masters on Goldenlane Records — Background/ambient

Bryant Trenier & The Dynasonics “Kiss Me Once” from Bryant Trenier & The Dynasonics on El Toro Records

Johnny Powers “Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips” from Various: Reallll Rrrrockin' on Collector Records — Fox Records 1957

Duane Eddy “Cottonmouth” from Duane A Go Go Go on Colpix — Background/ambient

Ray Smith “Hey, Boss Man” from n/a on Sun 45 — Sun Records 1962

Johnny Garner “Little Girl, Kiss Me Sweet” from Various: Cat Music: Rockin’ and Boppin’ on Mustang — Imperial Records 1958

Chilli & Mario “What I Miss” from Fingerprints on Part Records

Jerry Jones & Johnny Winster's Band “Ice Cube” from Various: Rock 'n' Roll with Piano on Collector Records — Background/ambient

The Collins Kids “Hoy Hoy” from The Rockinest on Bear Family Records — Columbia Records 1958

Woody Thorne “Sadie Lou” from Rock 'N' Roll With Piano, Vol. 5 on Collector Records — GNP Records 1961

TJ Mayes “45 Rpm” from From the Plains to the Piers on Wild Records

Sonny Burgess “Feelin' Good” from Hittin' That Jug! The Best Of Sonny Burgess on Self-Released — Sun Records 1956 (originally unissued)

Buddy Starr “Hold It” from n/a on Kangaroo Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Joel Patterson Trio “Boppin' Steel Guitar” from Steel Is Real on Ventrella Records — Background/ambient

Faron Young “Snowball” from n/a on Capitol Records 45 — Capitol Records 1957

Jack Huddle “Starlight” from Various: West Texas Bop on Ace Records — Kapp Records 1958

Don Head “Goin' Strong” from Various: Real Gone Daddy on Mustang Records — Dub Records 1958

Sonny Fisher “Rockin' & a-Rollin'” from Various: Real Cool Cats on El Toro Records — Starday Records 1955

Slim Willet “Cruisin’ (with the Cruisers)” from Various: Boppin' Hillbilly Series on Collector Records — Collector Records

The Ted Taylor Four “Jericho” from Four Times Four on Smith & Co. — Background/ambient

Al Caiola “Guitar Boogie” from n/a on United Artists 45 — United Artists 1962. We salute you, Al Caiola. Rest in peace.

Al Caiola “Apache” from Golden Hit Instrumentals on United Artists LP — Background/ambient

Eddie Cleary “Think It Over Baby” from Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 2 on Flame Records — Kawana Records 1959

Jack and the Real Deals “You Gotta Pay” from Chain Gang Blues on Foot Tapping Records

Jerry Lee Lewis “Lovin' Up a Storm” from Classic Jerry Lee Lewis on Bear Family — Sun Records 1959

Joe Johnson “Rattlesnake Daddy” from Various: Shake it Up on Buffalo Bop — Acame Records 1963

Jimmy Preston “Oh Babe” from Various: The R&B Years 1950 on Boulevard Vintage — Derby Records 1950

Roy Brown “Mr. Hound Dog’s Back in Town” from n/a on King 45 — King Records 1953

Teddy "Mr. Bear" McRae “Hi Fi Baby” from Various: Rock N' Roll '50s Blues Essentials on Master Classics Records — Amp 3 Records 1958

Big Al Downing “Georgia Slop” from n/a on Columbia Records 45 — Columbia Records 1964

Buster Brown “The Madison Shuffle” from The Bobby Robinson Story Volume 2 on JSP Records — Background/ambient

Piano Slim “Squeezing” from n/a on Dart Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Fathoms “The Hearse” from Overboard on Musick Records 

Ray McArthur’s Hill Stoppers “Raymond’s Beat” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 9 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

The Margraves “That Somethin'” from On the Warpath on Rhythm Bomb 

Senor Jimenez “California Dance” from n/a on Feature Records 45 — Feature Records 1964

Fats And His Cats “Our Slop Is Here to Stay” from n/a on CBS 45 — CBS Records 1963

The Knockouts “Mo Jo (Part 1)” from n/a on Tribute Records 45 — Tribute Records 1964

Frank De Rosa & His D Men “Irish Rock” from n/a on Dot Records 45 — Background/ambient

Norton Records Tribute. Thank You, Billy Miller, for the Great Kicks!

Bobby Fuller “Keep on Dancing” from El Paso Rock: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 on Norton — Thank you for everything, Billy Miller!

Gene Maltais “Lovemakin'” from Various: The Raging Teens, Vol. 2 on Norton Records — Regal Records 1958

Doug Sahm and The Dell Kings “Slow Down” from Various: I Hate CDs on Norton Records — Harlem Records 1960

The Versatiles “Moon Dawg!” from Various: Shake Um Up Rock on Norton Records — Sea Crest Records 1961

Bobby Fuller “Thunder” from Bobby Fuller: El Paso Rock, Vol. 3 on Norton Records — Background/ambient

Long John Hunter “El Paso Rock” from Ooh Wee Pretty Baby! on Norton Records — Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Easy Ed's Variety Hour November 4, 2016 + Primitive Sounds November + More!

Hi, folks!

Missed last night's show (November 4, 2016)? Just click here to get to the always-free archive mp3. Scroll down to see the songs we played this time out.

Like what you hear? Please comment on the Easy Ed's Variety Hour Facebook page. Thank you for your support!

On November 9 Easy Ed and Stacy Thornton will be spinning the Primitive Sounds at Brass Union in Somerville, MA. Early start (8:00 PM). All vinyl 45s all night. Rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, '50s R&B, and lots more! No cover, great food and drinks--all at a very cool little nightspot. Hope to see you there! (Update: Our November 9 night at Brass Union was cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. Stacy Thornton will instead be our guest DJ on December 14.)

December 23: Get your tickets (please do--this show's about to sell out) for the Raging Teens' 20th anniversary celebration/rockin' holiday show at O'Brien's in Allston. With Roy Sludge, Ten Dollar Mistake, and Easy Ed's Record Hop.

Have a rockin' weekend!

Easy Ed

Here are the songs we played on November 4

Joey Nepote “Doctor, Doctor, Doctor” from Various: Knock Out on Buffalo Bop — Blue Ribbon Records

Ronnie Haig “Hey Little Baby” from Get Hip Archives on Get Hip Records — 1957 (unissued acetate)

The Infernos “Local Boy” from Various: Goofin' Around on Goofin' Records —

Ronnie Self “You're So Right for Me” from Various: Ain't I'm a Dog on Columbia Legacy — Columbia Records 1958

The Rhythm Aces “Mohawk Rock” from Various: Rockabilly And Rockers on Collector Records — Sparkette Records 1959

Jimmy Thurman “Pretty Baby” from Various: Rockabilly And Rockers on Collector Records — Sparkette Records 1959

The Stillmen “Stow-A-Way” from All Hopped Up on Star Tone Records

Boots Collins “Mean” from Various: Great Rockin' Girls on Collector Records

Billy Harlan “I Wanna Bop” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 2 on Bear Family Records — Decca Records 1958 /See him at the Nashville Boogie, May 18-21, 2017.

The Jim Dandees “Loco-Motion” from n/a on Star Crest Records 45 — Background/ambient

Eddie Cochran “Somethin' Else” from Liberty 45 on Liberty — Liberty Records 1959

Bob and Ray “Shorty Shorty” from n/a on Nasco Records 45 — Nasco Records 1958

Jimmy Apostle and The Willows “I Love Ya Honey” from Various: Record Hop Madness, Vol. 1 on RHM — Power Records 1961

The Ozarks “Who Stole My Bird Dog?” from n/a on California Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Raging Teens “Waiting Right Here” from Rock 'N' Roll Party on Rubric Records — See them 12/23 with Roy Sludge, Ten Dollar Mistake, and Easy Ed’s Record Hop

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys “Chalk It Up to the Blues” from It's Time! on Yep Roc Records — See them 11/12 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. And I will see you there.

The Titans “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” from Today's Teen Beat on MGM LP — Background/ambient

Glen Glenn “One Cup of Coffee and a Cigarette” from Various: Rarest Rockabilly and Hillbilly Boogie/The Best of Ace Rockabilly on Ace Records — Era Records 1958

Jake Calypso and His Red Hot “When the Pretty Girl Bop” from Downtown Memphis on Chickens Records —

Rex Ellis “Bop Hop Jamboree” from Various: Memphis Rockabillies, Hillbillies & Honky Tonkers, Vol. 2 on Stomper Time Records — Rivermont Records 1958

The Moods “Easy Going” from Various: Sarg Rockers on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Bill Lawrence “Hey Baby” from Various: Cat Talk: The Best of Imperial Rockabilly on EMI — Freedom Records 1958

Luke McDaniel “Go Ahead Baby” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 16 on Bear Family — Sun Records 1957 (originally unissued)

Hank's Jalopy Demons “You Bring out the Wolf in Me” from Music on the Up Beat on Flipster Records —

Bob Luman “Deep Dark Jungle” from Bob Rocks on Bear Family — 1955 demo recording (originally unissued)

The Gentry Brothers “Swanky” from Various: Chicken Rock on Eagle Records — Background/ambient

Red Rhodes “Country Boogie Blues” from Various: Somebody's Rockin' on P-VINE RECORDS (Japanese Reissue) — Background/ambient

Nate Gibson with the Barnshakers “Where There's a Will There's a Way” from Nate Gibson and Friends: The Starday Sessions on Goofin' Records

Don Gibson “Sittin' Here Cryin'” from Don Gibson: A Legend in My Time on Bear Family Records — RCA Victor 1957

Lester Peabody “Nine O'Clock Special” from Focus on Guitars on Goofin' Records — Background/ambient

Todd Rhodes and His Orchestra “Jumpin’ with the Mountain King” from Blues For The Red Boy: The Early Sensation Recordings on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Fats Domino “Don't You Know I Love You” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Imperial Records 1955

The Barons “My Baby’s Gone” from n/a on Decca Records 45 — Decca Records 1954

Gene and Eunice “Bom Bom Lulu” from n/a on Aladdin Records 45 — Aladdin Records 1957

The Wheels “Let's Have a Ball” from n/a on Premium Records 45 — Premium Records 1956

Paul Gayten “Beatnik Bounce” from n/a on Anna Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Starjays “My Wild Girl” from Bang! It's the Starjays on Rhythm Bomb Records

Wild Jimmy Spruill “Scratch 'n’ Twist” from Scratch 'n’ Twist on Night Train International — Background/ambient

Ray Washington “I Know” from n/a on Vin Records 45 — Vin Records 1959

Sweet Pea Walker “Sweet Pea” from n/a on Sweet Pea Records

Bo Diddley “Give Me a Break” from n/a on Checker 45 (Reissue) — Checker Records 1962

Davey Jones “Love Your Way” from Various: Mr. Hotshot's R&B Review on King Novelties Review — Apt Records 1958

Freddy King “Texas Oil” from n/a on Federal Records 45 — Background/ambient

Jerry Warren “Rompin’” from n/a on Dorset Records 45 — Background/ambient

Bobby Vee “Flyin' High” from n/a on Soma Records 45 — Soma Records 1959

Mike Waggoner and the Bops “Guitar Man” from n/a on Vee Records 45 — Vee Records 1961

Mike Kelly “Heart Breaker and A Lover” from n/a on Modern Sound 45 — Modern Sound 1958

Vince Everett “I Ain't Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog No More” from n/a on ABC Paramount 45 — ABC Paramount 1962

The T-Bones “Six Banger” from '60s Rockin' Greats on Master Classics Records — Background/ambient

Ronnie Dawson (Commonwealth Jones) “Do Do Do” from Rockin' Bones: Legendary Masters on Crystal Clear Sound — Columbia Records 1961

The Retrobaits “Don't Be Gone Long” from Don't Be Gone Long 

Danny Dill “I’m Hungry for Your Lovin’” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 13 on Bear Family Records — ABC-Paramount 1956

Kieron McDonald “Louanne” from Shake That Thing on Tagalong Records

Link Wray and the Wraymen “Rumble Mambo” from n/a on Okeh Records 45 — Background/ambient

Jack Bedient and The Chessmen “Double Whammy” from Various: Pebbles Presents Highs in the Mid Sixties, Vol. 7 on Pebbles — Fantasy Records 1965

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The October 14, 2016, Show

Hey folks!

If you missed our latest live broadcast (October 14) you can find the always-free archive mp3 right here. (The songs are listed below.) Thanks for listening, tell your friends, and enjoy!

This episode features a slew of new (old) 45s unearthed at the Allentown show; brand new releases by Jittery Jack and Darrell Higham, the Millwinders, and Pat Capocci; a Gene Vincent tribute; and much more. 

I'm excited to announe that I've been asked to DJ the Nashville Boogie coming up in May 2017. Check out the full lineup here. Yow!

Much sooner (October 26) I'll be spinning the Primitive Sounds at Brass Union in Somerville, MA. My special guest will be Jason Thornton. Come on out! Early start, great food and drinks, and a great sound system.

Remember to get your tickets for the Raging Teens 20th Anniversary show (December 23)!


Easy Ed

Last Night We Played:

Rocket Morgan “You're Humbuggin' Me” from Various: Boppin' on the Bayou Again on Ace Records — Zynn Records 1958

Benny Cliff “Crazy Mama” from Various: Wild Rockin' on Collector Records — Horseshoe Records 1958

Carl Perkins “Glad All Over” from n/a on Sun Records 45 — Sun Records 1958

Connie Dycus “Rock-a-Bye Baby Rock” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! , Vol.11 on Bear Family Records — Mercury Records 1958

The Keytones “Now’s the Time” from Shake Your Hips! on Roof Records —1988

Tiny Fuller “Cocklebur” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 9 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

Jittery Jack and Darrell Higham “Rockabilly Rave” from Jittery Jack Meets Darrell Higham on Preview of forthcoming release

Jerry Dean And The Shades “Walkin' In My Sleep” from Various: Rock And Roll With Piano, Vol. 2 on Collector Records — Creole Records 1959

Jack Lane “King Fool” from Various: Speed Crazy on Speed Records — Yolo Records 1961

Curley & the Jades “Bullfighter” from n/a on Reprise 45 — Background/ambient

Eddie Bond “Rockin' Daddy” from n/a on Mercury 45 — Mercury Records 1956

Curtis Johnson “Baby Baby” from Various: The Raging Teens, Vol. 2 on Norton Records — Event Records 1957

Merl Lindsay “Rockin' Water Baby” from Various: That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 19 on Bear Family — Background/ambient

Red Simpson “Nitro Express” from Red Simpson: Capitol Collectors Series on Capitol Records

The Coachmen “Truck Drivin' Joe” from The Turner Sessions on Promo of Unreleased CD — See Roy Sludge October 16 at Sally O'Brien's (4:00 PM)

Moon Mullican “Rocket to the Moon” from Moonshine Jamboree on Ace Records — King Records 1960

The Lucky Stars “$100 And No Sense” from Go to Town on Fate Records

The Texas Troubadours “Red Top” from The Texas Troubadours: Almost to Tulsa on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

J.D. McPherson “I Can’t Complain” from Signs & Signifiers on Hi-Style Records —For P.J. (if he's listening)

Bill Doggett “Hold It” from n/a on King 45 — Background/ambient

Bobby Smith And The Larks “How Long Must I Wait For You” from n/a on Apollo 45 — Apollo Records 1951

Nappy Brown “Little by Little” from Various: Stompin' at The Savoy on Savoy Jazz — Savoy Records 1956

The Flairs “Love Me Girl” from Various: The R&B Years 1954 on Boulevard Vintage — Flair Records 1954

“Fatso” Theus “Rock ‘n’ Roll Drive-In” from n/a on Aladdin Records 45 — Aladdin Records 1956

Oscar McLollie and His Honey Jumpers “Hot Banana (Instrumental)” from Hey! Lollie Lollie on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Hank Ballard and The Midnighters “Kansas City” from n/a on King Records 45 — King Records 1959

Harold Burrage “Betty Jean” from Messed Up! - The Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 on West Side — Cobra Records 1958

The Tads “Wolf Call” from n/a on Rev 45 — Rev Records 1958

Bob Reed and his Band “Malibu” from Various: Shake That Thing on Still Records

Jimmy Ricks and his Rickateers “She’s Fine, She’s Mine” from n/a on Josie Records 45 — Josie Records 1956

Joe Lyons & The Arrows “Bob a Loop” from n/a on Hit Maker 45 — Hit Maker 1959

Memphis Slim “Guitar Cha Cha Cha” from n/a on Vee-Jay Records 45 — Vee Jay Records 1958

Johnny Guitar Watson “Looking Back” from n/a on Escort Records 5 — Escort Records 1961

The Kingpins “Ungaua, Part 1” from n/a on United Artists 45 — Background/ambient

The Rockateens “Twangy” from n/a on Roulette Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Safaris “Kick Out” from n/a on Valiant Records 45 — Valiant Records 1963

Vern Brandon “Gotta Find the Reason” from n/a on Decca Records 45 — Decca Records 1962

The Grasshoppers “Mod Socks” from n/a on Sunburst Records 45 — Sunburst Records 1965

Scott Engel “Devil Surfer” from n/a on Challenge 45 — Background/ambient

The Millwinders “Love Me So” from It’s Love on Self-Released — Brand new release!

Bobby Crown and the Kapers “Diddley-Daddy” from n/a on Omar Records 45 — Omar Records 1966 (?)

The Saints “Honky Tonky Baby” from n/a on Cue Records 45 — Cue Records 1958

Wayne Worley “Red Headed Woman” from n/a on Brent Records 45 — Brent Records 1961

Keetie and the Kats “Crossties” from n/a on Huron Records 45 — Background/ambient

Pat Capocci “Coming In Hot” from n/a on Ruby Records 45 — 
Brand new release!

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me” from The Road Is Rocky - The Complete Studio Masters on Bear Family Records — Capitol Records 1957

The Del Rays “Midnighter” from Play Old School Rock'n'Roll on Goofin — Background/ambient

Benny Ingram “Jello Sal” from Various: Rockin’ from Coast to Coast, Vol. 2 on Ace Records — Bandera Records 1958

The Hi-Winders “Indian Runner” from The Hi-Winders Story on Lenox — Background/ambient

The Sonics “Dirty Robber” from Here Are The Sonics!!! on Norton Records — Playing in Providence 11/10 with the Itchies

The Wailers “Shakedown” from n/a on Etiquette 45 — Etiquette Records 1963

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The September 30 Broadcast--And Lots of Links!

Hi, folks!

If you missed Friday's broadcast don't fret. You can find the (always free) archive here. Thanks for listening. 

In this episode we paid tribute to legends Joe Clay and Jean Shepard, both of whom passed away last week; featured new music by Miss Amy Griffin (Rockin' Records 45), Jittery Jack and Darrel Higham; sent eighty-first birthday wishes to Jerry Lee Lewis (who will never know how much his records mean to our program); enthused about last weekend's New England Shake-Up--wow, what a fantastic event!; and played lots of other rockin' selections, old and new. We hope you enjoy the show. (Remember, you can listen anytime--on iTunes, or by going to my web site.)

Primitive Sounds (one of Boston's longest-running DJ nights) has a new home base: Brass Union in Somerville. We're there spinning records the second and last Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:00 PM. Next time out (October 12) I'll be sharing the decks with DJ Panda!

The Raging Teens just scheduled a 20th anniversary show in Boston (December 23) and Easy Ed's Record Hop is proud to be part of the event. 

In closing, I want to mention that my radio station, WMFO in Medford, is running a fundraiser to keep our all-volunteer/student station operating. If you enjoy my show, I encourage you to toss a dollar or two in the collection plate--and to te'll 'em you listen to "Easy Ed's Variety Hour" when you do. Much appreciated! You can donate here.

Take care, everyone!

Here are the songs from the September 30 show

Buck Griffin “Pretty Lou” from Let's Elope Baby on Bear Family Records — Holiday Inn Records 1962

Milton Allen “Don't Bug Me Baby” from Various: That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 1 on Bear Family Records — RCA Victor Records 1957

Spo-Dee-O-Dee “Hey Little Baby Doll” from Various: Get Up and Dance on Rhythm Bomb Records

Gene Summers “Gotta Lotta That” from n/a on Jan Records 45 — Jan Records 1958

Kim Fowley and the Renegade Five “Young and Wild” from Various:Chicken Walk: 20 Pounders, Vol. 1 on Norton Records — Conte Records

Jerry Bell and the Original Rockets “Bacardi” from The Troubled Streets: El Paso Rock, Vol. 5 on Norton Records — Background/ambient

The Sureshots “Tell Me” from Sure Hot on Tail Records

Bobby Wayne “Long Lean Baby” from '55 Spokane Rockabilly! on Sundazed Music —

Wade and Dick (The College Kids) “Bop Bop Baby” from Various: Let's Bop: Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 1 on AVI — Sun Records 1957

The Cranktones “Fireball” from Unreleased Track on N/A

The Electro-Tones “GhostTrain” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 1 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

Jittery Jack and Darrell Higham “Should You Change Your Mind” from Jittery Jack Meets Darrell Higham on Preview of forthcoming release

Janis Martin “All Right Baby” from n/a on RCA Victor 45 — RCA Victor 1957

Bill Garland “Guitar Blues” from Various: Shake it Up on Buffalo Bop Records — Palm Records 1959

Bill Justis “Rollin’” from The Complete Sun Recordings on Sun Records — Background/ambient

Dick Lory “Wild-Blooded Woman” from n/a on Columbia Records 45 — Columbia Records 1958

Jackie Cannon “Chill Bumps” from n/a on Chan Records 45 — Chan Records 1961

The Margraves “Girl Trouble” from Girl Trouble on Rhythm Bomb Records

The Rebel Rousers “The Zombie Walks” from n/a on Memphis Records — Background/ambient

Larry Donn “Sunshine Rock” from That's What I Call a Ball on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Sid King and His Five Strings “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee” from Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight on Bear Family Records — Columbia Records 1955

Coral Lee “High Fly Boogie” from The Weather Vane on Rhythm Bomb Records

Jean Shepard “Jeopardy” from Capitol Records 45 on N/A — Capitol Records 1959. Rest in peace, Jean Shepard.

Jackie Johnson “Star Light” from Various: Rock and Roll Dance Party, Vol. 2 on RRDP — Willamette Records 1959

Preston Lipford “Midnight Piano Rock” from Various: Original Tennessee Rockin', Vol. 1 on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Joe Clay “Slippin' Out, Sneakin' In” from Various: Get Hot or Go Home on Country Music Foundation Records — Recorded for Vik Records 1956 (originally unissued). Joe Clay, your fans will miss you.

Joe Clay “Doggone It” from Ducktail on Bear Family Records — Recorded for Vik Records 1956 (originally unissued)

Joe Clay “Get on the Right Track Baby” from Various: Get Hot or Go Home on Country Music Foundation Records — Vik Records 1956

Mickey Baker “Shake Walkin’” from Rock with a Sock on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

The Cardinals “Choo Choo” from n/a on Atlantic Records 45 — Atlantic Records 1956

The Jewels “Pearlie Mae” from n/a on Antler Records 45 — Antler Records 1959

The Cadets “I Want You” from n/a on Regency Records 45 — Regency Records 1956

Rene Hall “Twitchy” from n/a on Specialty Records 45 — Specialty Records 1958

Brownie McGhee “Anna Mae” from Various: Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock and Roll, Vol 2 on Past Perfect — Savoy Records 1955

Frankie Lee Simms “She Likes to Boogie Real Low” from n/a on VIN Records — VIN Records 1958. For Jason Beek, who is currently on the air in Boise. Check out his "Spoonful" show!

Noble "Thin Man" Watts “Jookin’” from n/a on Baton 45 — Background/ambient

Ruth Brown “As Long as I'm Movin'” from Ruth Brown/Miss Rhythm on Collectables — Atlantic Records 1955

Jimmy Ricks and the Suburbans “Bad Man of Missouri” from n/a on Baton 45 — Baton Records 1957

Hop Wilson and His Buddies “Rockin' in the Coconut Top” from Steel Guitar Flash on Ace Records — Goldband Records 1958

The Majestics “Oasis” from Various: Shrunken Head Exotica on Red Devil Records — Background/ambient

The Ramrods “Night Ride” from Various: Surf-Age Nuggets on Rock Beat Records — Background/ambient

Miss Amy Griffin “Shifting Gears” from n/a on Rockin’ Records 45 

Johnny Knight “Rock and Roll Guitar” from Various: Rock 'n' Roll Riot on Buffalo Bop Records — Morocco Records 1958

Conway Twitty “Pretty Eyed Baby” from The Rock 'N' Roll Years on Bear Family Records — MGM Records 1960

The Rangers “Reputation” from n/a on Challenge 45 — Challenge Records 1964

The Playboys “Easy Rockin'” from Easy Rockin' on Vinyl Japan — Background/ambient

Ray Harris “Come on Little Mama” from Various: Let's Bop! Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 1 on AVI — Sun Records 1956

High Noon “Too Much Trouble” from Show and Dance on Goofin' Records

Narvel Felts “Did You Tell Me” from Various: Unissued Sun Masters on Charly Records — Sun Records 1957 (originally unissued)

The Flea Bops “You Can Do No Wrong” from I'm Ready on Vinylux Records

Narvel Felts “Rocket Ride” from Various: Sassy Sugar on Fantastic Voyage — Background/ambient

Jerry Lee Lewis “Breathless” from Classic Jerry Lee Lewis on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1958/Happy birthday, Jerry Lee!

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 9 Show/Brass Union/New England Shake-Up

Hi, folks!

If you missed last Friday's broadcast you can download the (always free) archive from here. The songs are listed below. Enjoy!

This Wednesday (September 14) come on out to Primitive Sounds DJ night at Brass Union!  
All vinyl, all night, and lots of fun, fun, fun. Vintage rock 'n' roll and R&B, exotic instros, rockabilly, and more. 8:00 PM to midnight. No cover.

My cohost P.J. Eastman has moved away but will be back to spin whenever possible. I will keep Primitive Sounds--one of the longest-running DJ nights in the Boston area--going strong at our new home, Brass Union, DJing twice a month alongside special guest DJs from the Boston area.

This week I will be sharing the decks with Forrest Plassman--one of our favorite DJs from our days at River Gods. Forrest spins a fantastic mix of vintage R&B sounds that'll knock you out!

Brass Union has outstanding food and drinks, a super-friendly atmosphere, dance floor, table games, and always lots of great folks stopping in. Come on down, have a round, and dig the Primitive Sounds!

Brass Union

70 Union Square

Somerville, MA 

8:00 PM to closing

Boston rockabilly legends The Cranktones will play a special, early show at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge on Saturday, September 17 at 4:00 PM. Cool!

The New England Shake-Up--a fantastic rockabilly weekender in Sturbridge, MA, is just two weeks away (September 23-25). The band and DJ line up can't be beat! Check out the details (see the link) and get your tickets! I'm happy to be DJing the event once again. Hope to see you there!

Here's What We Played on September 9

Jerry Woodward and the Cavaleers “Downbeat” from Various: Play It Cool on Buffalo Bop — Fad Records 1958

Johnny Carroll “Wild Wild Women” from Various: That’ll Flat Git It!, Vol. 2 on Bear Family Records — Decca Records 1956

Kieron McDonald “Janet Leigh” from Shake That Thing on Tagalong Records

Groovey Joe Poovey
“Ten Long Fingers” from Various: Starday Dixie Rockabilly, Vol. 2 on Ace Records — Dixie Records 1959

Bobby Mizzell
“Knockout” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 6 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient
Jack Rabbit Slim “Hightone Woman (Alternate Take)” from Jack Rabbit Slim Reveals All on Western Star

The Johnny Burnette Trio
“Rockabilly Boogie” from The Johnny Burnette Trio: Rockbilly Boogie on Bear Family Records — Coral Records 1957

Ron Thompson and The Broughams
“Switchblade” from n/a on Soma Records 45 (Reissue) — Soma Records 1959

The Rip 'Em Ups
“Don’t Run Away” from Killswitch! on Rhythm Bomb Records — See them at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at

Abootay's “Pig Bone” from Various: Wild Rock 'N' Roll Instrumentals on Collector Records — Background/ambient

The S&H Scamps “Swampin’” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 6 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

Ray Doggett and The Counts “No Doubt about It” from Various: Rockin' and Boppin' on Collector Records — Pearl Records 1958

Ben Hewitt “My Search” from n/a on Mercury Records 45 (Reissue) — Mercury Records 1960

Scotty Baker and Darrell Higham
“Since My Baby Met You” from n/a

Derry Weaver
“Itty Bitty Betty” from Rockin’ It with Eddie Cochran on Cherry Red Records — From 1959 (with Eddie Cochran on guitar)

The Vulcans “Jambo” from n/a on Flick Records 45 — Background/ambient

Johnny and Jonie “Kee-Ro-Ryin'” from Kee-Ro-Ryin' on Challenge Records 45 — Challenge Records 1958

Karen Wheeler with Jimmy Gentry And The Gents “Going to Hold My Baby” from Various: Great Rockin' Girls on Collector Records — K-Ark Records 1961

Marti Brom “That Crazy Beat” from Wise to You! on Goofin' Records. See Marti at the New England Shake-Up 

Billy Carter and the Cruisers “Summit Ridge Drive” from n/a on Challenge Records 45 — Background/ambient

Leroy Van Dyke “Walk on By” from Various: Country USA, 1961 on Time Life — Mercury Records 1960

Benny and the Cats, Featuring Charlie Thompson “Good Deal Lucille (feat. Charlie Thompson)” from Benny and the Cats Meet Charlie Thompson (feat. Charlie Thompson) - Single on Elegante Music — Released 2015 See Charlie Thompson at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at

Hank Penny “Rock of Gibralter” from n/a on Decca Records 45 — Decca Records 1956
Carl Sonny Leyland “I Like the Boogie Woogie” from Various: Rock-A-Billy Record Co. Sampler on Goofin’ Records

Moon Mullican
“Country Boogie” from n/a on King Records 78 — Background/ambient

Charlie Rich “She Loved Everybody But Me” from n/a on Groove Records 45 — Groove Records 1963

The Red Pennys “Changin' Up My Baby” from Takin' Flight on Small Scale Records

Joe Houston “Maile” from Surf Rockin' on Crown Records LP — Background/ambient

Effie Smith “You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself” from Various: Hey DJ! Play Some R&B Jivers!, Vol. 1 on Helllo Dare! Records — 1959

Bobby “Mr. Blues” Merrell
“I Ain’t Mad at You” from n/a on Bargain Records 45 — Bargain Records 1961

Thurston Harris “Be Baba Leba” from n/a on Aladdin Records 45 — Aladdin Records 1958

The Twi-Lighters “Sittin’ in a Corner” from n/a on Groove Records 45 — Groove Records 1956

Little Ike Hamilton “She Can Rock” from n/a on Champion Records 45 — Champion Records 1959

Alvin "Red" Tyler and The Gyros “Snake Eyes ” from Simply "Red" on Westside Records — Background/ambient

Doc Starkes and the Nite Riders
“Love Me Like Crazy” from n/a on Modern Sound 45 — Modern Sound Records 1958

The Marquis “Popcorn Willie” from n/a on Rainbow Records 45 — Rainbow Records 1956

Don & Dewey “Bim Bam” from n/a on Specialty Records 45 — Specialty Records 1958

Wailin' Bill Dell “You Gotta Be Loose” from Various: Blues 'n' Rockin' on Cheesecake Records — O.J. Records 1957

Sonny Forrest “Knockdown” from n/a on Atco Records 45 — Background/ambient

Al Casey “The Stinger” from n/a on United Artists 45 — United Artists 1959

Eddie Quinteros “Slow Down Sandy” from n/a on Brent Records 45 — Brent Records 1960

The Fanatic IV “Go Where the Action Is” from Go Where the Action Is - EP on El Toro Records

The Tempests “Look Away” from n/a on Fujimo Records 45 — Fujimo Records 1964

Joe Clay “Sixteen Chicks” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 1 on Bear Family Records — Vik Records 1956

Phil Trigwell & the Deputies “Zim Zam” from Various: Jump Cats It's Wild, Vol. 2 on Tail Records

The Leonard Brothers
“Boppin' Blue Jeans” from Various: Rockin' and Boppin' in The Desert on Bear Family Records — 1958 (originally unissued)

The Cranktones “Right By My Baby” from Vibrate with The Cranktones on Rhubarb Records — See the Cranktones 9/17 at Atwood’s in Cambridge. Early (4:00 PM) show!

The Fireballs
“Wicked” from Best of the Fireballs on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics “Beat Out My Love” from Rhythm Rhyme and Truth on Shout! — See Deke Dickerson(Dave and Deke Combo) at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at