Monday, January 16, 2017

Our January 13 Show






Hi, folks.

Thanks for your interest in the show! If you missed the January 13 program you can listen to the archive at any time. Just click here. The songs we played this time out are listed below.

Our next broadcast is scheduled for January 27. On February 18 I'll be spinning live with the Cranktones at the Midway (early show). And remember our regular live DJ night, Primitive Sounds, takes place at Brass Union in Somerville twice a month. Our next outing: January 25.

Mysterious trivia for instrumental fans: Radio continues to be fun for me because I learn new things all the time. For instance: On this episode I played a fantastic instrumental called "Purple Crackle" by Jimmy Jeffers and The Jokers (Target Records 1960) from a CD compilation called "Strummin' Mental, Vol. 1" on Crypt Records. (Hear it here.) Loyal listener Karl called in to correct me. No, he says, that track is "Tom Tom" by Carl Newman--Trio Records 1960. (Find that one here.) To my ears they are not only the exact same song, but the exact same recording of the song. They sound identical. So, what's the real story? Further info would be appreciated, listeners, if you have any. 



Thanks!



Here's what we played on the show:


Billy Eldridge "Let's Go Baby" from "Imperial Rockabillies, Vol. 1" on Liberty -- Vulco Records 1959 

Lew Lewis and the Twilight Trio "How Could You Be so Mean" from "Red Hot Baby" on The Western Star Recording Company 

The Jades "Blue Black Hair" from "Various: Rock and Roll Dance Party, Vol. 4" on RRDP -- Oxboro Records 1964 

Tony Greco "Something Else" from "Various: Teenage Rockabilly" on Rock-A-Billy Records 

The Mysterions "Downhill" from "Various: Strummin' Mental! Part Two" on Crypt Records -- Background/ambient 

Eddie Cochran "Sweetie Pie" from "n/a" -- Liberty Records 1960 

Joe South "I'm Snowed" from "n/a" on NRC 45 -- NRC Records 1958 

Two Chaps "No More" from "n/a" on Atlantic 45 -- Atlantic Records 1958 

Roy Head and The Traits "One More Time (Alternate Version) [Take 2]" from "Live it Up!" on Norton Records -- The released take came out on TNT Records in 1959. Hope you feel better soon, Roy Head! 

Duane Eddy "Just to Satisfy You" from "Duane A Go Go Go" on Colpix -- Background/ambient 

Robert & Gene Wilson "Jamboree Rock" from "Various: Wild Rock & Roll Instrumentals" on Collector Records -- Background/ambient 

Phil Gray & the Go Boys "Pepper Hot Baby" from "Various: Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth" on JSP Records -- Rhythm Records 1956 

Sandy Lee "Ballin’ Keen" from "Various: Teen Beat: Hip Chicks and Hot Mamas" on Teen Beat -- Santa Fe Records 1959 

Al Ferrier "Let's Go Boppin' Tonight" from "Al Ferrier and His Boppin' Billies" on Big Tone Records -- Goldband Records 1959. 

The Noble Brothers "Didn't It Rock" from "Various: Rockabilly Rarities, Vol. 4" on Yeaah! -- Challenge Records 1958 

Jake Calypso and His Red Hot "The Red Hot Boogie" from "Father and Sons" on Chickens Records

Darrel Higham and Jittery Jack "The Remedy" from "Darrel Higham Meets Jittery Jack!" on Foot Tapping Records -- Record release party at Atwoods' Tavern in Cambridge January 14 early 4:00 PM show. 

Darrel Higham and Jittery Jack "It Must Be Right" from "Darrel Higham Meets Jittery Jack!" on Foot Tapping Records 


Nero and The Gladiators "Boots" from "n/a" on Decca 45 -- Background/ambient 


Wayne Hancock (Featuring Rose Sinclair on Steel) "Over Easy" from "Slingin' Rhythm" on Bloodshot Records


Johnny Horton "I'm a One Woman Man" from "n/a" on Columbia 45 -- Columbia Records 1956 


Bradd Suggs With the Swingsters "Bop, Baby, Bop" from "Various: The Complete Meteor Rockabilly & Hillbilly Recordings" on Ace Records -- Meteor Records 1956 


Tommy Allsup & The Raiders "Slow Poke" from "Twistin' The Country Classics" on Master Classics Records -- Rest in peace, Tommy Allsup. 


Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers "The Honey Jump, Part 2" from "Hey Lollie Lollie!" on Ace Records -- Background/ambient 


Carmen Davis with Ernie Freeman’s Combo "No No Baby" from "n/a" on Middle-Tone 45 -- Middle-Tone Records 1956

LaVern Baker "Whipper Snapper" from "Soul on Fire: The Best of Lavern Baker" on Atlantic Records -- Atlantic Records 1958 

The Maharajahs "Why Don’t You Answer" from "n/a" on Flip Records 45 -- Flip Records 1958 


Jimmy Breedlove "Killer Diller" from "Rock 'n' Roll Music" on Official Records LP 


Joe Houston "Goofin'" from "Rock and Roll with Joe Houston" on Tops -- Background/ambient 


Gary U.S. Bonds "Not Me" from "n/a" on LeGrand 45 -- LeGrand 1961 


Wild Jimmy Spruill "Country Boy" from "n/a" on Vim Records 45 -- Vim Records 1962 


Tommy Louis "Wail Baby Wail" from "Various: Wild and Frantic" on Official Records -- Muriel Records 1965 


Carrie Grant & The Grandeurs "Mish Mash" from "n/a" on Newtown 45 -- Newtown Records 1963 


Elliot Shavers "Thin Possum" from "n/a" on Raja 45 -- Background/ambient 


Elvis Presley "His Latest Flame" from "From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters" on RCA -- RCA 1961


Jimmy “Frenchie” Lee (Mickey Gilley) "I Ain’t Givin’ Up Nothin’" from "n/a" on Scope Records 45 -- Scope Records 1962 


Conway Twitty "Reelin' and Rockin'" from "The Rock 'N' Roll Years" on Bear Family Records -- MGM 1960 


Tommy Allsup "Rave On" from "Buddy Holly Song Book" on Rollercoaster -- Background/ambient 


Lue Cazz "The Walk" from "n/a" on Vee Jay 45 -- Vee Jay Records 1963 


Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks "Baby Jean" from "Mr. Dinamo" on Discos Cada / The Orchard 


The Fanatic IV "Warpath" from "n/a" on Showdown 45


The Cranktones "Lover's Curse" from "Vibrate with The Cranktones" on Rhubarb Records -- See them 2/18 at the Midway (with Easy Ed’s Record Hop) 

And 1/21 at Atwoods’ in Cambridge. 

Gary Usher "Power Shift" from "Various: Muscle Bustle" on Ace Records -- Background/ambient 


The Jokers "Purple Crackle" from "Various: Strummin' Mental! Part One" on Crypt Records -- Target Records 1960 


Marcel Bontempi "Shag Rag" from "Witches Spiders Frogs & Holes (Demos & Recordings 2009 -2014)" on Stag-o-Lee Records


Scotty McKay "Rollin' Dynamite" from "That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 20 - Rockabilly from the Vaults of Event Records" on Bear Family Records GmbH -- Event Records 1959 

Little Joe Allen "Tiger" from "Various: Tattle Tale" on Buffalo Bop Records -- MCM Records 1958 


The Dynamics "Later On" from "Various: Strummin' Mental! Part Two" on Crypt Records -- Background/ambient 


The Hi-Winders "309" from "The Hi-Winders Story" on Lenox


The Busters "Bust Out" from "Various: Teen Beat, Vol. 4" -- Background/ambient 


The 24th Street Wailers "Don't Cross Me" from "Where Evil Grows" on Lmb Records

Sunday, January 1, 2017



Happy 2017, everyone.

Short and sweet: The (always free) archive mp3 of our December 30 broadcast is now ready for download. Find it here. Enjoy!

The songs from this episode are listed below. We started rolling early with some some '50s R&B before officially starting the show at 6:00.

Local folks, don't miss the Jittery Jack CD release party coming up at Atwood's Tavern on January 14. It's a 4:00 PM show. 

As always, thanks for listening!

--Easy Ed

The Songs from the December 30 Broadcast


Joe Houston, Houston Shuffle, Houston Shuffle , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Big Tiny Kennedy, Country Boy, Country Boy , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Moohah, All Shook Out, All Shook Out , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Mister Ruffin, Bring it on Back, Bring it on Back , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Tarheel Slim, Number 9 Train, Number 9 Train , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

The Bees, Tough Enough, Tough Enough , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial 

Big Maybelle, My Country Man, My Country Man , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Fats Domino, Please Don't Leave Me, Please Don't Leave Me, Imperial, Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Chuck Willis, Caledonia, Caledonia , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

The Johnny Bird Orchestra, 22 Minutes, 22 Minutes , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Wynonn Carr, Touch and Go, Touch and Go , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

Little Richard, Ready Teddy, Ready Teddy, Specialty, Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

B.B. Cunningham, Pagan Rock, Pagan Rock , Pre-Show Spin/Unofficial

The Rockin' R's, Crazy Baby, Various: Fabulous Flips, Ace Records, Tempus Records 1958

Jim Alley and The Alley Cats, The Great Pretender, "Various: Rock and Roll Dance Party, Vol. 2", RRDP, Pearl Records 1961

Johnnie Strickland, She's Mine, Various: That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 24, Bear Family Records, Roulette Records 1958

Buddy Holly, "Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight, "Various: Big Bad Rockabilly Boppers, Vol. 3", Presto

The Bookworms, Ditching, n/a, Titan Records 45, Background/ambient 

Darrel Higham and Jittery Jack, Should You Change Your Mind, Darrel Higham Meets Jittery Jack!, Foot Tapping 
Records, Record release party at Atwoods’ Tavern in Cambridge January 14 (early 4:00 PM show). 

Bobby Kent And The Kentones, Don't Go 'Way, Various: 50s Rockabilly Pioneers, Vol. 3, Master Classics Records, Bay-State Records 1959

Norman Moon, Blue Diddle, Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 10, Buffalo Bop, Background/ambient
Sean Young, Wiggle Walk, n/a, Witchcraft International 45, http://www.witchcraft-international.de/

Bill Perry, Hit the Nail on the Head, Various: The Rockin' Reed Recordings, Collector Records, Reed Records 1959

Clint Miller, Bertha Lou, n/a, ABC-Paramount, ABC-Paramount 1957

David Gates, You’ll Be My Baby, Various: Rock-A-Socka Hop!, Classic Records, Mala Records 1960

Dave Clowney, Shakin’, Various: Rock 'n' Roll with Piano, Vol. 5, Collector Records, Background/ambient

Johnny Dollar, My Gal Friday, Mr. Action Packed, Dragon Street Records, Unissued recording from 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis, Break Up, n/a, Sun Records 45, Sun Records 1958

Deke Dickerson and The Modern Sounds, Mexicali Rose, Live at Duff’s, Major Label Records

The Viceroys, Don't Let Go, Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 4, Flame Records, E'den 1962

The Ragtime Wranglers, I Can't Stand It, Groove a Tune, Sonic Rendezvous, Background/ambient

The Doel Brothers, Don't Pretend Baby, Empty Pot Blue$, El Toro Records

Don Murphy, Mean Mama Blues, Various: Ice Cold, Buffalo Bop, Cosmopolitan Records 1962

Dale Hawkins, My Babe, n/a, Checker 45, Checker Records 1958

Howard Hebert and the Pleasure Seekers, Rockin’ Country Style, Various: Sweet Little Boppin’, Collector Records, Background/ambient

Glen Morris, I Got the Blues, Various: Hillbilly Jukebox, 4 Star, Liberty Bell Records 1957

Ray Pennington and His Western Rhythm Boys, My Steady Baby, Various: Great Rockers from Cincinnati, Collector Records, Lee Records 1958

Jackson Sloan and the Rhythmtones, Kickin’ Up the Dust, n/a, Cjaro Records 45

Sid King and His Five Strings, Purr, Kitty, Purr, Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight, Bear Family Records, Columbia Records 1956

Tooter Boatman, Beer Rock Pt. 2, Rockin' Tooter Boatman, Collector Records, Background/ambient

Paul Williams, Rock Socks, Paul Williams: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 1949-1952, Blue Moon Rhythm & Blues, Background/ambient

The Dozier Boys, Hey Jack, Various: Chess Rhythm & Roll, MCA,

The Five Keys, She's the Most, n/a, Capitol Records 45, Capitol Records 1956

Dolly Cooper, My Man, Various: Jiving Jamboree, Ace Records, Modern Records 1955

The Gone All Stars, Gee Gee Walk, n/a, Gone 45, Gone Records 1958

Al (Dr. Horse) Pittman and The Musical Jockeys, Crazy Beat, n/a, Clown Records (reissue),

The Three Of Us, Sugar Jump, Various: Transparent Rock Shake Rhythm, Still Records, Background/ambient

Freddie Hall and His Aces, Can’t This Be Mine, n/a, ABCO 45, ABCO Records 1956

Bobby Jackson, Oh Baby, n/a, Jan 45, Who knows? Anyone?

Edgar Blanchard, Lawdy Mama, Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 17, Flame Records, Same.

Little Artie And The Pharohs, The Fox And The Hound, n/a, Cuca 45, Cuca Records 1963

The Orchids, One Mint Julep, Twistin' at the Roundtable with the Orchids, Roulette, Background/ambient

Coral Lee, Bobby Brown, The Weather Vane, Rhythm Bomb Records, www.facebook.com/coralleeandthesilverscream/

Donnie and Ronnie, Pure Love, Various: Greasy Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 13, Blakey Holdings, Associated Artists 1965

The Rumblers, I Don't Need You No More, n/a, Dot Records 45, Dot Records 1962

The Genteels, Take it Off, Various: The Champs--Tequila & Other Rockin' Bands, Goldenlane Records, Background/ambient

The Monzels, Sharkskin, Various: Surf-Age Nuggets, Rock Beat Records, Background/ambient

Jerry Cole & His Spacemen, Midnight Surfer, Various: Lost Legends of Surf Guitar 2: Point Panic, Sundazed, 1963

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes, Bad Boy, Various: Rockin' Race Jamboree 2015, Sleazy Records, Decca Records 1963?

Cal Danger, Teenage Girlie Blues, U.K. Rock ‘n’ Beat, Vol. 3, Smith and Co., Fontana Records 1962

The Nocturnes, Sticky, Various: Rare Surf, Vol. 2, AVI, Background/ambient

The Boogeymen, Domino, Unreleased Demo, N/A, Three-track home recording from the late '80s or early '90s. Boston's legendary Boogeymen!

The Sureshots, Turn My Back on You, Sure Hot, Tail Records, http://www.rockabillyhall.com/SureShots.html

Mark Robinson, Pretty Jane, Various: 1950s Rock N' Roll & Rockabilly Rare Masters, Rock-A-Billy Records, Tee Gee Records 1958

Shig and Buzz, Run, Double Diamonds, Mai Tai Records, Background/ambient 

Joe Clay, You Look That Good to Me, Get Hot Or Go Home: Vintage RCA Rockabilly '56-'59, Country Music Foundation Records, "Goodbye 2016. Happy New Year, Everyone!"

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Our December 9 Broadcast/Easy Ed and Stacy Thornton at Brass Union December 14/Raging Teens December 23/The Nashville Boogie!



Hi, Folks! 

If you missed our December 9 broadcast you can download the (always free) MP3 by clicking here. The songs are listed at the bottom of this blog post, along with a description of what this one was all about. (It was a little different from our normal take.) As always, thanks for listening. 

While I have you, take a look at these upcoming live events!



December 14, 2016: Primitive Sounds at Brass Union is excited to have Stacy Thornton hit the decks with Easy Ed on December 14! Early 8:00 PM start, no cover, excellent menu and cocktails--and lots and lots of cool 45s spinnin' on the decks all night long. More info here.

Brass Union: 70 Union Square in Somerville, MA 02143.



We're super-excited for the Raging Teens' 20th Anniversary Show/Holiday Party on December 23. There will be two separate shows. The late one (with The Roy Sludge Trio and Ten Dollar Mistake) is sold out. There may still be tickets for the early show. Check here. Easy Ed's Record Hop will be spinnin' the wax the whole night! 




Easy Ed's Record Hop will be spinning at the Nashville Boogie, May 18-21, 2107, in Nashville, TN. Check out the cool flier they made for us!
This is an incredible event--80 bands, plus DJs and a huge indoor car shot. See the poster below. Check out the whole line up and reserved tickets at http://www.nashvilleboogie.com/
Thank you, Nashville Boogie, for inviting us to spin. Can't wait!




Here's what we played on the December 9, 2016, show. All selections were 45s from the 200-record road box I bring to live shows in the Boston area. I'm always adding and removing records from that box, but all of these picks were in the current rotation as of this week. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays, everyone!


Fats Domino “I'm Ready” from n/a on Imperial 45 — Imperial Records 1959

Buster Brown “Sugar Babe” from n/a on Fire 45 — Fire Records 1962

Eddie Lang “She's Mine All Mine” from n/a on Ron 45 — Ron Records 1959

The Searchers “Wow Wow Baby” from n/a on Class 45 — Class Records 1958

Larry Williams “Heeby Jeebies” from n/a on Specialty 45 — Specialty Records 1957

Noble "Thin Man" Watts “Hot Tamales” from Hot Tamales on Baton 45 — Baton Records 45/ Background/ambient

Teddy and The Rough Riders “Path Finder” from n/a on Huron 45 — Huron Records 1961

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

Gene Vincent “Git It” from n/a on Capitol 45 — Capitol Records 1959

The Legends “Bop-A-Lena” from n/a on Ermine 45 — Ermine Records 1963

The Caps “Redheaded Flea” from n/a on Get Hip 45 — Get Hip reissue 45/ Background/ambient

Willy Ward “Iggy Joe” from n/a on Star Records 45 — Star Records 1958

The Candy Johnson Show “Ohh Poo Paa Doo” from n/a on Canjo 45 — Canjo Records 1964

The Jumping Jacks “Roasted Peanuts” from n/a on Bertram International 45 — Bertram International Records 1961

Jimmy McCracklin “The Wobble” from n/a on Mercury 45 — Mercury Records 1959

The Tempos “It’s Tough” from n/a on Hi-Q Records — Hi-Q Records 1959/ Background/ambient

Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers “Emulsified” from n/a on Okeh 45 — Okeh Records 1961

Tabby Thomas “Popeye Train” from n/a on Excello 45 — Excello Records 1962

Little Jimmy Griffin “If Things Don’t Change” from n/a on Our 45 — Our Records 1960

Guitar Junior “The Crawl” from n/a on Goldband 45 — Goldband 1958

The Mixtures “Sen-Sa-Shun” from n/a on Linda Records 45 — Linda Records 1964/ Background/ambient

Bobby Peterson “Piano Rock” from n/a on V-Tone 45 — V-Tone Records 1960/ Background/ambient

Jerry Langford “Tell Me” from n/a — Del-Fi Records 1959

Huelyn Duvall “Pucker Paint” from n/a on Challenge Records 45 — Challenge Records 1957

Sonny Anderson “Yes, I’m Gonna Love You” from n/a on Imperial 45 — Imperial Records 1959

Jesse Lee Turner “Put Me Down” from n/a on Bear Family 45 — Bear Family 45 (Originally unreleased Sun Records recording from 1957)

Jerry Lee Lewis “Wild One” from n/a on Norton 45 — Norton Records 45 (Originally unreleased Sun Records recording from 1958)

The Clee Shays “Dynamite” from n/a on Triumph 45 — Triumph Records 1966/ Background/ambient

Roland Janes “Guitarville” from n/a on Judd Records 45 — Judd Records 1959/Background/ambient

Jittery Jack “Something Wicked this way Comes” from n/a on Rhythm Bomb 45 — Rhythm Bomb 45

Trini Lopez “Sinner Not a Saint” from n/a on United Modern 45 — United Modern 1963

Rusti Steel & the Star Tones “Prisoner of Your Charms” from Rock Hard! Rock Right! - EP on The Western Star Recording Company


Keetie and the Kats “Way Out” from n/a on Huron Records 45 — Huron 45 1961/ Background/ambient

The Johnny Otis Show (Johnny Otis and Marie Adams Vocals) “Bye Bye Baby” from n/a on Capitol Records 45 — Capitol Records 1957

Mamie Bradley “I Feel Like a Million” from n/a on Sue Records 45 — Sue Records 1958

The Robins “Whadaya Want?” from n/a on Spark 45 — Spark Records 1955

The Checkers “White Cliffs of Dover” from n/a on King Records 45 — King Records 1953

Bullmoose Jackson “Watch My Signals” from n/a on Encino 45 — Encino Records 1957

Edgard Blanchard “Let’s Get It” from n/a on Ric 45 — Ric Records 1958/ Background/ambient

H.B. Barnum “Tia Juana” from Tia Juana on Imperial 45 — Imperial Records 1958

Thunder Lee “Too Late for Tears” from n/a on Groove 45 — Groove Records 1963

Elmore James “Shake Your Moneymaker” from n/a on Fire Records 45 — Fire Records 1961

Lattimore Brown “Teenie Weenie” from n/a on Duchess 45 — Duchess Records 1961

Pete Bennett “We Feel So Good” from n/a on Sunset Records 45 — Sunset Records 1962/ Background/ambient

The Imps “That'll Get It” from n/a on Do-Ra-Me 45 — Do-Ra-Me Records 1961

The Catalinas “Cha Cha Joe” from n/a on Dial Records 45 — Dial Records 1963

The Swingtones “You Know Baby” from n/a on ABC-Paramount 45 — ABC-Paramount 1958

The Catalinas “Speechless” from n/a on Dial Records 45 — Back Beat Records 1958

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

Little Richard “Ooh! My Soul” from n/a on Specialty 45 — Specialty Records 1958

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

Jimmy Crain “Shig-a-Shag” from n/a on Spangle 45 — Spangle Records 1958

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.

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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 — www.bigsandy.net 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 — www.jakecalypso.com/

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 — www.facebook.com/HanksJalopyDemons?fref=ts

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