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 — www.facebook.com/theripemups?fref=ts See them at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at http://www.newenglandshakeup.com
http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

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 http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

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 http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 19 Edition of "Easy Ed's Variety Hour"




Hi everyone!

If you missed the August 19 broadcast you can find the archive mp3 here. The songs played are listed below. As always, we greatly appreciate your interest in this show--thank you for listening!


Remember to check out the New England Shake-Up, which takes place at the end of September. If you're going I will see you there! I'll be DJing, hearing lots of great music, and catching up with friends. Hope to see you!


OK, I haven't cleaned my record room in a month and I can't find anything, so I'm going to throw on a Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs LP and get busy with some 45 filing.


Enjoy, folks!


--Easy Ed




Pete and Jimmy “So Wild” from n/a on Castle Records 45 (repro) — Castle Records 1959

The Domestic Bumblebees “No Matter What” from Cheater on Enviken Records

Jimmy Dell “I've Got a Dollar” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 1 on Bear Family Records — RCA Victor 1958

The Racketeers “Easy on The Slacks” from Easy on The Slacks on Part Records EP — For Frank. Part Records 1998

Duane Eddy “Water Skiiing” from Deep in the Heart of Twangsville on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

Dale Rocka and the Volcanoes “Now I Fall in Love” from We Do the Bop EP on Sleazy Records

Ronnie Burton “Somebody's Been Babyin' My Baby” from The Last Great Rockabilly Saturday Night, Vol. 2 on Stomper Time — Tam Records

Gene Vincent “I Got a Baby” from Gene Vincent: The Road Is Rocky on Bear Family Records — Capitol Records 1958

The U.S. Rockers “Bodacious” from Various: Automatic Bop, Vol. 2 on Collector Records — Background/ambient


Wildfire Willie and The Ramblers “Cut It Out” from Rarin' To Go! on Sun Jay Records

Mack Vickery “Goin' Back to St. Louis” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 24 on Bear Family Records — Roulette Records 1960

Charles Page “Baby You Been to School” from Various: Louisiana Rockers on Ace Records — Goldband Records 1962

The Vulcans “Shimmy Shuffle” from Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 17 on Flame Records — Background/ambient

Cowboy Copas “My Autobiography” from Settin' Flat on Ready on Bear Family Records — Starday Records 1963

Gordon Terry “If You Don’t Know It” from n/a on Cadence Records 45 — Cadence Records 1958

High Noon “Ain't It Wrong” from Glory Bound on Goofin' Records — See them at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at 
http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

Hank Garland “Hank’s Dream” from Hank Garland and His Sugar Footers on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

Joel Patterson “Seven String Ride” from Handful of Strings on Ventrella Records — Background/ambient

Johnny Horton “Got the Bull By the Horns” from Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton (1956-1960) on Columbia Legacy — Columbia Records 1960

Charlie Thompson “Look at That Moon” from The Rockin' Side of Charlie Thompson, Vol. 1 on Tail Records — See Charlie Thompson at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

Hal Harris “I Don't Know When” from Various: Rockabilly Shakeout on Ace Records

Sonny Fisher “Pink and Black” from Various: The Starday Story, Vol. 2 on Texas Gold — Starday Records 1956

Joe Maphis “Moonshot” from Flying Fingers on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

Doug Whiltshire “Bossman” from Various: Get Up and Dance on Rhythm Bomb Records

Slick Slavin “Speed Crazy” from Various: Red Hot Rockabilly, Vol. 3 on Disky — Imperial Records 1958

Eddie Dugosh “One Mile” from Various: Hot Rod Rumble on Buffalo Bop — Award Records 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis “Put Me Down (Alternate Take)” from Classic Jerry Lee Lewis on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1957

Ray Allen “Hot Rod” from Hurry Up! on Rhythm Bomb Records — Background/ambient

The Retrobaits “Don’t You Be Gone Long” from Your Squeezes Don't Leave Me on Western Star — Great!

The Holiday Trio “Desperate” from Various: Hot Rocking Music from Memphis, Vol. 2 on Stomper Time Music — Background/ambient

Moon Mullican “I'm Mad with You” from Moon Mullican: The Old Texan on King Records — King Records 1956

Gus Pate & The Jokers “Man Alive” from Various: Fantastic Rock & Roll on Collector Records — Summit Records 1959

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

The Quarter Notes “Canadian Sunset” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Background/ambient

Jimmy and Joe Liggins “I Ain't Drunk” from Various: Jump Blue/Rockin' the Jukes on Blue Note — Aladdin Records 1954

Roy Brown and His Mighty Mighty Men “Fannie Brown Got Married” from Various: Jiving Jamboree 3 on Ace Records — King Records 1955

Ella Mae Morse “Smack Dab in the Middle” from Razzle Dazzle: Ella Mae Morse in The '50s on Rev-Ola — Capitol Records 1955

Linda Hayes “You Ain't Movin' Me” from n/a on Antler Records 45 — Antler Records 1956 For Julie and Kevin in Vermont

El Dorados “Crazy Little Mama” from n/a on Vee-Jay 45 — Vee-Jay Records 1955

Cecil Payne “Blockbuster Boogie” from Various: Jumpin’ the Blues on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Junior Wells “Lovey Dovey Lovey One” from Junior Wells 1957-1963 on Chief Records — USA Records 1963

Varetta Dillard “Scorched” from Various: The Ultimate Rock N' Roll & Rhythm N' Blues Collection on Goldenlane Records — Triumph Records 1959

Dee Clark “Oh Little Girl” from n/a on Falcon Records 45 — Falcon Records 1958

Les Cooper “Hippity Hop” from Wiggle Wobble on Collectables — Background/ambient

The Fathoms “Fathom This!” from Fathom This! on Musick Records — Background/ambient

Ricky Nelson “Mighty Good” from Ricky Rocks on Bear Family Records — Imperial Records 1959

The Rimfires “Bandstand Step” from n/a on Sounds of the Rimfires 45 — Sounds of the Rimfires 1964

Arthur Thomas “Bee Sticks to Honey” from Various: Kustom Rockers, Vol. 1 on Flaming Piston Records — Capa Records 1965

TJ Mayes “Short Fuse” from From the Plains to the Piers on Wild Records — www.facebook.com/tjmayes59/?fref=ts

The Sabres “2040 Stomp” from The Sabres on Rhythm Bomb Records — Background/ambient

The Persuaders
(with Chuck Rio) “Toes on the Nose” from Chuck Rio: The Tequila Man on Ace Records — Saturn Records 1963

Mort Shuman “I’m a Man” from n/a on Decca Records 45 — Decca Records 1959

The Chartbusters “She's the One” from n/a on Mutual Records 45 — Mutual Records 1964--for Tony!

Jimmy Gordon “Buzzzzzzzzzzz” from Various: Greasy Rock 'n' Roll, Vols. 9 and 11 on Blakey Holdings — Background/ambient

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Last Night's Show (August 5)/Brass Union August 10



Hi, folks.

If you missed last night's show you can download the (always free) archive MP3 from here. The songs we played are listed below.

On August 10 I'll be spinning records with P.J. Eastman at Brass Union in Somerville, MA (8:00 PM to closing). Hope to see you there!

Primitive Sounds at Brass Union
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA

Have a great weekend!

The Songs from Last Night's Show:



Ronnie Self “Pretty Bad Blues” from Various: That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 13 on Bear Family Records — ABC-Paramount 1956

The Paris Brothers “This Is It” from Various: Rockin' Boppin' Duos on Cheesecake Records — Brunswick Records 1959

Eddie Clendening “I Love a Woman” from Eddie Clendening Is the Rage of the Teenage! on Wormtone Records

Fred Farah “Settle Down” from Various: Alley Cat on Buffalo Bop — Sabre Records 1961

Eddie Cochran “Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me” from The Eddie Cochran Box Set on EMI — 1958 (originally unissued)

The Noisemakers “Panic” from Various: Las Vegas Grind, Vol. 2 on Strip Records — Background/ambient

Kieron McDonald “A Little Love” from Shake That Thing on Tagalong Records

Hayden Thompson “Don't You Worry” from Rock-A-Billy Gal on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1959 (originally unissued)

Charlie Rich “Philadelphia Baby” from Charlie Rich: That's Rich on Charly Records — Phillips International 1958

The Quintones “Times Sho' Gettin' Ruff” from Various: 706 Union Instrumentals on Charly — Background/ambient

Buddy Holly “I'm Gonna Love You Too” from The Ultimate EP Collection on See For Miles — Coral Records 1958

Lew Lewis and the Twilight Trio “Ooh Now” from Who I Am on Western Star

Joe Richie “Across the Bay” from Various: Rock It, Vol. 1 on Enviken Records — Buddy Records 1962

Mike Vinnie & His Twisters “Outboard Twist” from Plenty Of Twist! on Master Classics Records — Background/ambient

Marc and the Wild Ones “Real Rockin’ Baby” from n/a on Rhythm Bomb Records 45

Bill Morrison “Set Me Free” from Various: Get Your Kicks: 25 Vintage Rockers on Big Mike's — TNT Records 1960

The Raiders “Hocus Pocus” from Various: High School Caesar on Buffalo Bop Records — Andex Records 1958

Johnnie Lee “The Big Wheel” from Various: Rock-a-Billy & Rock n' Roll Sensations! on Rock-A-Billy Records / The Orchard — Background/ambient

Joe South “Chills” from Various: The Rockin' South on Ace Records — NRC Records 1959

Mickey Hawks “Bip Bop Boom” from Various: The Best of Profile Records on PRCD — Profile Records 1958

The Moonstompers “You’re Gone” from High Speed Daddy-O on Enviken Records

The Shut Downs “Four On The Floor” from Various: Rockin' & Boppin' on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Los Straitjackets “Cantina” from Encyclopedia of Sound Vol. 1 on Lovecat Music — Background/ambient

Skeets McDonald “Blues in My Mind” from Various: A Capitol Rockabilly Party, Vol. 3 on Disky Records — Capitol Records 1958

Link Davis “Fallin' for You” from Various: Okeh 18000 Series on Cactus Records — Okeh 1954

The Texas Troubadours “Leon's Guitar Boogie” from The Texas Troubadours: Almost to Tulsa on Bear Family Records — Decca Records 1965

The Dave and Deke Combo “Moonshine” from There's Nothing Like an Old Hillbilly on Bucket-Lid Records — See them at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at .http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

The Milestones “Node for Bust” from El Trepidante Ritimo on El Toro Records — Background/ambient

Etta James “Baby Baby Every Night” from Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings on Ace Records — Kent Records 1958

Big Jay McNeely “Big Jay Shuffle” from Various: Dr. Boogie Presents Heavy Jelly on Sub Rosa / Believe Digital — Background/ambient

The Monitors “Nita” from n/a on Circus Records 45 — Circus Records 1958

Big John Greer “Bottle It Up And Go” from Various: The R&B Years 1954 on Boulevard Vintage — Groove Records 1954

Paul Griffin “Rag Doll Baby” from n/a on Golden Crest 45 — Golden Crest Records 1957

Bill Jennings “Stompin’ with Bill” from Various: Swing Dance Special on Collectables — Background/ambient

Johnny Otis “Ring a Ling” from Hum-Ding-a-Ling. The 1957-1959 Rock & Roll Recordings on Hoodoo Records / The Orchard — Capitol Records 1958

Count Basie “The Basie Twist” from n/a on Roulette 45 — Roulette Records 1961

Screamin' Jay Hawkins “What That Is” from Screamin' Jay Rocks on Bear Family Records — Mercury Records 1955 (originally unissued)

The 5 Royales “Washboard (Take 1)” from Soul & Swagger The Complete 5 Royales (1951-1967) on Rock Beat Records — Background/ambient

Eddie Riff “Ain't That Lovin' You Baby” from Various: Got Them Hill Billy Blues on El Toro/Bullseye — Dover Records 1956

Marty Lewis “I Want to Know” from Various: Mr. Hotshot’s R&B Review on King Novelties — Flame Records 1960

Bo Diddley “You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover” from Bo Diddley: The Chess Box on MCA Records — Chess Records 1962

Jackie and Tut “Hawaiian Punch” from n/a on Chess Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Belairs “Squirt” from Volcanic Action! on Sundazed Records — Background/ambient

Barrence Whitfield and The Savages “Bloody Mary” from Various: The Ultimate Rock N' Roll & Rhythm N' Blues Collection on Goldenlane Records — See them 9/29 at Once in Somerville with Diablogato /https://www.facebook.com/events/301697046828737/

Link Wray “Comanche” from Slinky! The Epic Sessions, '58-'61 on Sundazed — Epic Records 1959

The Outcasts “That's All Right” from The Outcasts on Self-Released

The Dovells “(Hey, Hey, Hey) Alright” from n/a on Swan Records 45 — Swan Records 1965

The Pyramids “Bikini Drag” from n/a on Carol Ann/ Bikini Drag 45 — Background/ambient

Bloodshot Bill “When My Baby Passes By” from Shook Shake on Norton Records — See him this Sunday (8/7) at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge www.facebook.com/events/640908776074472/

Tooter Boatman “Susie's House” from Rockin' Tooter Boatman on Collector Records — Originally unreleased

Bing Day “I Can't Help It” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 11 on Bear Family Records — Mercury Records 1959

The Playboys “Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues” from Easy Rockin' on Vinyl Japan — Vinyl Japan 1997 www.facebook.com/The-Playboys-210260519108698/

The Monterays “Rocker” from Various: Strummin' Mental! Part One on Crypt Records — Background/ambient

Sonny Wilson “Troubled Times” from Various: Rock and Roll Dance Party, Vol. 1 on RRDP — Candix Records 1962

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Last Night's Broadcast (July 29, 2016)





Hi, folks.

If you missed the July 29 broadcast, just click here to download the free archive mp3. The songs from this episode are listed below. This show features excellent new tracks by Kieron McDonald, the Retrobaits, the Starjays, the Fanatic IVScotty Baker and Darrel Higham, plus lots of old favorites--and some tracks I've never gotten to before.

Reminder: The New England Shake-Up--a world-class rockin' weekender--takes place September 23-25. Check out the fantastic line-up, and get tickets, at http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/

We've been away from the studio for several weeks. Apologies to you folks who regularly listen live or download the archive. Real life blocked the road for a while, but things have more or less smoothed out now. 

A lot has happened in the last few weeks, including the awful, sudden closing of my local live-DJing home River Gods. (I will likely talk more about that in a future blog post, but you can see some of my published comments here.) Generally speaking, this has been a year of too much change. In closing I'll just say--and I don't mean that in some trivial way--thank god for rock 'n' roll. It has gotten me through some dark times. Long live Gene Vincent!



The Songs from Last Night's Show



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

Joel Hill and the Strangers “I Thought It Over” from Various: Rockin' from Coast to Coast, Vol. 1 on Ace Records — Trans American Records 1957

Jittery Jack “Dance Adrianne Dance” from Gonna Have a Time with Jittery Jack on Annabelle Records

Little Dennis & The Bopcats “Wild Jungle Night” from Various: Jump Cats, It's Wild, Vol. 3 on Tail Records

Charlie Aldrich “Scroungy Man” from Various: Lot Of Rockin' on White Label LP — Background/ambient

Jackie Lee Cochran “Hip-Shakin' Mama” from Various: Red Hot Rockabilly, Part 1 on Magnum Records — Sims Records 1956

Kieron McDonald “Rockabilly High” from Shake That Thing on Tagalong Records —

Warren Smith “Dear John (alternate take)” from Uranium Rock on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1957 (originally unissued)

Slim Willett “Pandemonium” from Various: Early Rock & Roll With Piano on Collector Records — Background/ambient

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

Ray Smith “Johnny the Hummer” from n/a on Infinity Records 45 — Infinity Records 1961

Myles Connor and The Wild Ones “I Don't Need You Anymore” from Various: The Raging Teens, Vol. 4 on Norton Records — Wink Records 1962

Bradd Suggs “Partly Cloudy” from n/a on Phillips International 45 — Background/ambient

The Rockats “Driving Wheel” from Rollin' Thunder on Downer Records

The Chrystals “Malaquena” from Various: Jook Joint, Vol. 3 on Time Records — Background/ambient

Eva Eastwood & The Major Keys “602 91” from Hot Chicks & Cool Cats on Tail Records — Tail Records 2003

Johnny Horton “I'm Coming Home” from Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton (1956-1960) on Columbia Legacy — Columbia Records 1957

Scotty Baker and Darrell Higham “Since My Baby Met You” Yet-to-be-released single. Fantastic!

Ray Stanley “Pushin’” from n/a on Zephyr 45 — Background/ambient

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

Weyman Parham “Hang Loose” from Various: Rock 'N' Roll Orgy, Vol. 1 on Flesh Den — Staro Records 1958

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

The Bill Black Combo “Hey Bo Diddley” from Movin' on Hi Records — Background/ambient

The Ragtime Wranglers “Low Man On a Totempole” from Groove a Tune on Sonic Rendezvous — www.facebook.com/Miss-Mary-Ann-the-Ragtime-Wranglers-202294894046/

Tommy Blake “Flat Foot Sam” from Koolit on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1957

Charlie Thompson “I Like That Kind” from The Rockin' Side of Charlie Thompson, Vol. 1 on Tail Records — See him at the New England Shake-Up Sept. 23, 24, 25, in Sturbridge MA. Tickets and info at http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

Earl Hooker “Dynamite” from Essential Blues on Master Classics Records — Background/ambient

Mabel Scott “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo” from Various: The R&B Years 1952 on Boulevard Vintage — Coral Records 1951

The Starjays “The Right Girl” from Bang! It’s the Starjays on Rhythm Bomb Records — https://www.facebook.com/thestarjays/?fref=ts

Jimmy Witherspoon “My Girl Ivy” from Rock And Roll Dance Party, Vol. 1 on RRDP — Atco Records 1956

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

Bullmoose Jackson “Nosey Joe” from n/a on King Records 45 — King Records 1952

Johnny Otis With Johnny "Guitar" Watson “Let's Rock (Let's Surf Awhile)” from Various: Honky Tonk! The King & Federal R&B Instrumentals on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Charles Epps “Rock with the Boogie” from n/a on Brosh Records 45 — Brosh Records 1962

Screamin' Joe Neal “Tell Me Pretty Baby” from Rock ‘n’ Roll Deacon on Norton Records — Shippings Records 1959

The El Torros “Doop Doop a Walla Walla” from n/a on Duke Records 45 — Duke Records 1962

The Rene Bloch Orchestra “Cha-Cha Stroll” from Mucho Rock on V.S.O.P. Records — Background/ambient

Ray Collins Hot Club “Barefoot” from Surforama Festival 2016 45 (Split with the Neanderthals) on Sleazy Records 45

Jerry Mott “Come with Me” from Come with Me

The Velaires “Lotta Lovin'” from The Screamers to Flairs to Velaires on Bear Family Records — Recorded 1961 (originally unissued)

The Instrumentals “Are You Nervous?” from n/a on Hanover Records 45 — Background/ambient

Dick Dale and His Del-tones
“The Wedge” from The Best of Dick Dale and His Del-Tones on Rhino Records — Capitol Records 1963

The Trophies “Somethin’ Else” from n/a on Nork Records 45 — Nork Records 1964

The Esquires “Come On, Come On” from Come On, Come On on Glenvalley Records 45 (reissue) — Glenvalley Records 1966

The Kaisers “Trick Shot” from Shake Me! on Get Hip — Background/ambient

The Retrobaits “I Tried, You Lied” from Your Squeezes Don’t Leave Me on Western Star — Big thanks to the band for sending me a copy of their debut CD. It's a great one!

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

Jerry Lee Lewis “Sixty Minute Man” from Classic Jerry Lee Lewis on Bear Family Records — Originally unissued Sun recording

The Rockets “Moovin’ and Groovin’” from Various: Wild Rock 'N' Roll Instrumentals on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Benny Joy “Miss Bobby Sox” from Crash the Rockabilly Party on Ace Records — Originally unissued 1957

The Sabres “My Hot Mama” from Various: Get Your Kicks: 25 Vintage Rockers on Big Mike's — Demo. Late fifties.

The Rip 'Em Ups “I Wanna Love You” 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 http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/.

Clyde Stacy “Tranquilizer Cins” from Pleasant Jamboree with Clyde Stacy on Eagle Records — Background/ambient

Danny Flores and the Fans “Bruce” from Chuck Rio: The Tequila Man on Ace Records — Background/ambient


PS: We started the broadcast, unofficially, a half hour early, playing an extended set of instrumentals to get the night started. If you'd like to see the instros played in the first half hour you can see them here..

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 27 Broadcast/Thanks!/Brass Union June 8/Primitive Sounds June 2016


Hi, Folks.



I hope you all have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend! If you missed the May 27 broadcast you can download the free archive by clicking here. (The songs from that episode are listed at the bottom of this post.) Also, WMFO just rolled out their summer schedule and Easy Ed's Variety Hour will remain in the usual time slot--alternating Fridays from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern. Yeah!







Johnny Carlevale very thoughtfully had all the bands sign this poster for me. I'll hang on to it forever!


Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our tenth anniversary celebration at the Midway on May 7—the bands, DJs, dancers, and all my fellow fans of great rockin’ music. You brought the party, and what a party it was! To my radio show listeners who were able to come: I know that some of you traveled far to attend, and I was truly blown away to see so many of you at the Midway. Without you, none of this would be happening. Thank you! The bands were fantastic. It killed me to be the schedule keeper, because I wanted everyone to just keep playing. Sending tremendous gratitude to The Fearless Leaders, The Barley Hoppers, Roy Sludge, The Bop Thrills, The Cranktones, Johnny Carlevale and His All-Stars, and Amy Von E. Thanks to Kogar and Jesse Dee for your great DJ sets! (Side note: The DJ table was set up on stage. Thirty plus musicians and their gear moved on and off that stage during the event and not one record skipped the whole time. During Johnny’s set there were nine performers on stage and no one even came close to bumping the turntables. You guys are pros.) Special thanks to Johnny Carlevale for all the work he put into this show—helping me plan and promote, manning the soundboard, and much more. Thanks to Jay Balerna and the Midway staff for their hospitality and ongoing support of our live events. Thanks to WMFO in Medford for keeping “Easy Ed’s Variety Hour” on the schedule for ten years. Kathy Wade designed a beautiful poster for the event—thank you, Kathy! Finally, thanks to my lovely wife Beth, who supports everything I do and has fun doing it—even when it means unpacking the car at 3:00 AM on Mother’s Day.


We'll have another radio broadcast for you in two weeks. In the meantime, if you're local, you can find me on June 8 at Brass Union in Somerville, MA, where I'll be spinning records with my good buddy P.J. Eastman.



Finally, here's the June 2016 schedule for Primitive Sounds, our long-running DJ night at River Gods in Cambridge, MA.




And here's what we played on the May 27, 2016 show


Bob Luman “Make Up Your Mind” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Imperial Records 1957

Gene Dunlap “Made in the Shade” from Various: Red Hot Rockabilly, Part 1 on Magnum Records — Hit Records 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis “Real Wild Child (Outtake)” from Classic Jerry Lee Lewis on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1958 (originally unissued)

Lil' Luis y los Wild Teens “Crazy Daisy” from Rip It Up on Wild Records

Link Wray “Turnpike U.S.A.” from The Original Rumble on Ace Records — Background/ambient

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

Rex Allen “Knock Knock Rattle” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 6 on Bear Family Records — Decca Records 1958

Jimmy and James & The Tempos “The Moon Will Shine” from Various: Fernwood Rockabillies on Stomper Time Records — Dora Records 1961

Glenn Reeves “Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee” from Johnny on the Spot on Bear Family Records — Atlantic Records 1956

Janis Martin “Barefoot Baby” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 1 on Bear Family Records — RCA Records 1956

Ray Smith “Right Behind You Baby” from Various: Rock Baby Rock It, Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 2 on AVI — Sun Records 1958

Doug Perez & The Shuffling Orbits “Umble Rumble” from Various: Rumble Rock on No Hit Records — Background/ambient

Bill Perry “Hit The Nail On The Head” from Various: The Rockin' Reed Recordings on Collector Records — Reed Records 1959

Frank Ryan and the Sunsetters “Love Me Baby” from n/a

The Sureshots “Straight Skirt” from Rock 'n' Roll Ball on Empire Records

Elvis Presley “Make Me Know It” from n/a on RCA 45 — RCA Records 1960

The Ernie Freeman Combo “Puddin’” from Raunchy on Black Tulip — Background/ambient

Ray Burden “Sweet Lou from Lou” from n/a on Adonis Records 45 — Adonis Records 1960

Kris Jensen “Claudette” from n/a on Hickory Records 45 — Hickory Records 1962

Johnny Jay “I’m Gonna Keep It” from n/a on Mercury Records 45 — Mercury Records 1958

Ernie Freeman “Walking the Beat” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Side-Wynders “Lyin’ Baby” from Let's Go Sparkin' With . . . on Rhythm Bomb Records 


Rusty and Doug Kershaw “Hey Mae” from n/a on Hickory Records 45 — Hickory Records 1957

The Dave and Deke Combo “Salty Boogie” from Moonshine Melodies on No Hit Records — See them at the New England Shake-Up, Year 4, September 23-25. Get your tickets at www.newenglandshakeup.com

Moon Mullican “I Done It” from Moonshine Jamboree on Ace Records — King Records 1953

Dale Oliver “Long Gone Daddy” from Various: Hardcore Rockabilly on Folkline Entertainment — Sangelo Records 1966

The Roy Sludge Trio “Back the Truck Up” from Too Drunk to Truck on DeeVeeUs Records — See them May 29 at State Park in Cambridge (9:00 to 11:30 PM)

Hank's Jalopy Demons “Blue Knuckle Ride” from Music on the Up Beat on Flipster Records

Bill Justis “Flip, Flop, and Bop” from The Complete Sun Recordings on Sun Records — Background/ambient

Bill Jennings and Willis Jackson “Down Boy” from n/a on King Records 45 — Background/ambient

The Marvels “I Shed So Many Tears” from n/a on Laurie Records 45 — Laurie Records 1958

The 5 Royales “You Didn't Learn It at Home” from Soul & Swagger The Complete 5 Royales (1951-1967) on Rock Beat Records — King Records 1955

Nappy Brown “Don't Be Angry” from n/a on Savoy Records — Savoy Records 1956

Alvin "Red" Tyler and The Gyros “Walk On” from n/a on Ace Records — Ace Records 1958

C.C. Curtis “Aunt Minnie” from n/a on Audicon 45 — Audicon Records 1960

Johnny Guitar Watson “Deana Baby” from The Original Gangster of Love: The Keen Records Sessions on VSOP Records — Keen Records 1958

Larry Williams “Boney Maronie” from n/a on Specialty Records 45 — Specialty Records 45

Lord Luther “A Thinkin' Man's Girl” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Imperial Records 1959

Googie Rene “Look at Your Girl” from Kapp Records 45 on Kapp Records — Background/ambient

The Rhythm Rockers “Ramrod” from Soul Surfin' on Sundazed Music — Challenge Records 1963

The Tidal Waves “Farmer John” from n/a on HBR Records 45 — HBR Records 1966

The Rivingtons “Papa Oom Mow Mow” from n/a on Liberty Records 45 — Liberty Records 1962

Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars “(Dance with The) Surfin' Band” from n/a on RCA Records 45 — RCA Records 1963

Al Garcia & The Rhythm Kings “Tootie’s Guitar” from Exotic and Rockin' Instrumentals, 1963-1964 on Bacchus Archives — Background/ambient

The Vibrants “Rapier Beat” from Dance with the Vibrants on El Toro Records — Request

Bracey Everett “The Lover's Curse” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 21 on Bear Family Records — Atlantic Records 1958

Bobby DeSoto “The Cheater” from n/a on Claro Records 45 — Claro Records 1959

Paul Revere and The Raiders “Orbit (The Spy)” from n/a on Gardena 45 — Background/ambient

Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” from The Legendary Masters Series on EMI — Liberty Records 1958

The Chessmen “Bop-a-lena” from Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 4 on Flame Records — 1966

Bobby Fuller “Shanghied” from Bobby Fuller: El Paso Rock, Vol. 2 on Norton Records — Background/ambient

The Seeburg Spotlite Band “Slow Down” from n/a on Seeburg 45 — Seeburg 1966

The Time Keepers “3 Minutes Heavy” from n/a on Generation 45 — Generation Records 1970