Monday, September 11, 2017

Easy Ed's Variety Hour Sept. 8 + Primitive Sounds Sept. 20 + The New England Shake-Up!







Hey, folks!


If you missed the September 9 broadcast you can find the always-free archive MP3 right here. This episode features selections by Benny Joy, Warren Smith, Vince and the Sun Boppers, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Lucky Stars, Nolan Strong and the Diablos; a brand new release by The Retrobaits; and a preview of bands coming our way next week for The New England Shake-Up. The list of songs we played this time out appears at the bottom of this post. Read on, tune in, and dig in!


Local folks, you have two chances to see Big Sandy next week--at the Shake-Up (Saturday night) and at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on September 19


This is going to be GREAT! Come on down to Brass Union in Somerville on September 20 for a super-special Rockabilly edition of Primitive Sounds. Easy Ed's Record Hop will be spinning with three top DJs from out of town:

James (Los Angeles)
El Dedo (Phoenix)
Skeets (Montreal)

All 45s
All Killer, no Filler!

Early (8:00 PM) start. No cover!

Brass Union has an excellent sound system, dance floor, table games, extensive beer and cocktail selection, and great food. See you there!

Brass Union
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143


Event flier by Mrs. Sludge.


The New England Shake-Up (September 22-24 in Sturbridge, MA) is almost here! Year five's band lineup features Sweden's Go Getters, The Barnshakers (Finland), Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Lucky Stars, Furious, Rockin' Lloyd Tripp,The Starjays, Lil' Mo and The Unholy 4, The 24th Street Wailers, and lots, lots more. A car show, dance classes, and fantastic DJs spinning records all weekend long. Easy Ed's Record Hop is excited to be on the bill for the fifth time.



Here's what we played on the September 8 show:

Billy Lee Riley “College Man” from Red Hot! The Best of Billy Lee Riley on AVI — Originally unissued/Sun Records 1957

The Sureshots “I Want to Be With You” from Sure Hot on Tail Records

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

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

Vince and the Sun Boppers “It’s You” from Gone For Lovin” on Rhythm Bomb Records

Mike McAlister “I Don't Dig It” from Various: Rock 'n' Roll Orgy, Vol. 9 on Flesh Den — Hob Nob Records 1958

Alan Knight “Bertha Lou (Alternate Take)” from Various: The Songs of Johnny & Dorsey Burnette, Vol. 2 on Fury Records

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

Mr. Big & The Littlemen “Something Else” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Background/ambient

Al Willis And the New Swingsters “She's My Little Baby” from Sock Beat Bop on Crazy Times Records

Warren Smith “I Like Your Kind of Love” from Warren Smith: Classic Recordings on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1959 (originally unissued)

Janis Martin “Bang Bang” from The Female Elvis: Complete Recordings, 1956-60 on Bear Family Records — RCA Victor 1958

Barbara Tennant with the Hindle Butts Band “Rock, Baby, Rock” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Kudo Records 1958

Phil Baugh “Chattanooga” from Live Wire! on Sundazed — Background/ambient

Don Rader and The Five Stars “Rockin’ the Blues” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Strate 8 Records 1959

Al Terry “Watch Dog” from Hickory's Cajun Hillbilly on Ace Records — Hickory Records 1960

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys “Draggen-it Boogie” from On the Go on No Hit Records — See him at the New England Shake-Up 9/22-9/24!

The Ragtime Wranglers “Red Rod Race” from 15 Smoking Tracks on Home Brew Records — Background/ambient

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

The Lucky Stars “Whose Hat Is That?” from Go to Town on Fate Records —  See them Sept. 22-24 at the New England Shake-Up in Sturbridge, MA.

Earl Bostic “Steamwhistle Jump” from The Earl Bostic Story 1945-55 3: Flamingo on Proper Records — Background/ambient

Mabel Scott “Catch ‘em Young” from Various: Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock and Roll, Vol 1 on Past Perfect — Coral Records 1951

H-Bomb Ferguson “Work for My Baby” from Various: Hey DJ! Play Some R&B Jivers!, Vol. 1 on Helllo Dare! Records

Shirley Gunter and The Queens “Oop Shoop” from Various: R&B Confidential, Vol. 1 on Ace Records — Flair Records 1955

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

Clyde McPhatter “Lover Please” from n/a on Mercury 45 — Mercury Records 1962

Lee Allen and His Band “Boppin’ at The Hop” from n/a on Ember 45 — Background/ambient

Nolan Strong and the Diablos “Mind Over Matter” from n/a on Fortune 45 — Fortune Records 1962

Joe Carl “Too Hot to Handle” from Too Hot to Handle — Zynn Records 1960

Joe Coldwell “Rowdy Mae Is Back” from Various: Chicken Shack Boogie, Vol. 7 on Play Back Records — M.C. Records 1959

Baby Jean “If You Wanna” from Various: Jump and Shout! on Crypt Records — Stacy Records 1963

Elliott Shavers and His Blazers “Thin Possum” from Thin Possum — Background/ambient

Eddie Clearwater “Hey Bernadine” from Various: Badass Rockers on Blues Town Records — Federal Records 1962

Noble "Thin Man" Watts “Hot Tamales” from n/a on Baton Records 45 — Baton Records 1959

Ted Jarrett “Let’s Twist Slow and Easy” from n/a on Spar 45 — Spar Records 1962

Googie Rene “The Slide, Part 2” from n/a on Rendezvous 45 — Background/ambient

Aki Aleong and the Nobles “Hiawatha” from Come Surf with Me on Vee Jay LP — Vee Jay Records 1963

Bob Luman “Boston Rocker” from Various: Record Hop Madness, Vol. 1 on RHM — Warner Brothers 1961

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

The Favourite Sons “That Drivin' Beat” from n/a on Mercury 45 (reissue) — Mercury Records 1966

The Rivies “You Know What I Like” from Various: Frantic Early Rock Instrumentals on Collector Records — Background/ambient

The Retrobaits “Heartache Comin’ Your Way” from Hey Mr. Bottle 45 on Western Star

Buddy Holly “Rock Around With Ollie Vee, November 1956 Version” from Hollybilly: Buddy Holly 1956: The Complete Recordings on El Toro Records — November 1956 Version

The Fireballs “Teekee” from The Fireballs on Ace Records — Background/ambient

The Barnshakers “Boppin' in Roswell” from Five Minutes To Live on Goofin —  See them Sept. 22-24 at the New England Shake-Up in Sturbridge, MA.

The Go Getters “Somebody's Been Rockin' My Boat” from Real Gone on Part Records —  See them Sept. 22-24 at the New England Shake-Up in Sturbridge, MA.

The 24th Street Wailers “Can't Fight It” from Where Evil Grows on Lmb Records —  See them Sept. 22-24 at the New England Shake-Up in Sturbridge, MA.

Link Wray & the Wraymen “Radar (Alternate Take)” from Slinky! The Epic Sessions, '58-'61 on Sundazed — Background/ambient

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Easy Ed's Variety Hour (August 25, 2017 Show) and Lots More!



Hi, folks!

First off, if you missed last Friday's show you can find the always-free archive MP3 right here, along with several years' worth of back episodes. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, let me know by hitting that Send Message button on our Facebook page. Thanks! 

The songs from this show are listed at the bottom of this blog post. 

We paid tribute to Sun Records great Sonny Burgess, who died on August 18, and talked about the upcoming New England Shake-Up Festival (great lineup!), as well as our expanded Primitive Sounds DJ night schedule. Read on details.



I feel fortunate to have seen Sonny Burgess perform several times--most recently at the Nashville Boogie this past June--and he never failed to put on a great show. I DJ'd a show he did in Boston a few years ago and another at the Red Hot and Blue Festival. He always seemed to have fun on stage, and had a positive attitude about playing live and show business in general. 


Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, Circa 1956


This past Saturday I purchased a lot of 45s from a junk store, and buried in one of the boxes was a clean copy of "We Wanna Boogie." Other clues in the boxes indicate that this was a '50s/'60s-era collection from a local resident. I've read that "Red Headed Woman" (the flip of "We Wanna Boogie") was popular in Boston when it first came out in 1956. 


Junk-Store Score. These Double 45 Boxes are Getting Hard to Find.

The Box Itself Ain't Much, But the Records Were Desirable and Very Clean.
Couldn't Find Much Info Online About This Long-Gone Shop Once Located Near Medford City Hall.



The New England Shake-Up (September 22-24 in Sturbridge, MA) is crazy-fun rockabilly party featuring excellent bands from around the world, a hot rod show, dance lessons, and all-night record hops. Year five's band lineup features Sweden's Go GettersThe Barnshakers (Finland), Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, The Lucky Stars, Furious, Rockin' Lloyd Tripp, The Starjays, Lil' Mo and The Unholy 4, The 24th Street Wailers, and lots, lots more. Easy Ed's Record Hop is very happy to be on the bill for the fifth time.






The Wednesday night before the Shake-Up we're doing a 4-DJ rockabilly event at Brass Union--a special edition of our regular rockin' Primitive Sounds night at that venue (8:00 PM start/no cover). Excited to be spinning with DJs James, El Dedo, and Skeets! (Poster design by Mrs. Sludge.)


Due to popular demand, starting in September Primitive Sounds will be at Brass Union every Wednesday evening. Our full September schedule:


9/6: Eric Penna spins with Easy Ed

9/13: Stacy Thornton spins with Forrest P.

9/20: Primitive Sounds Rockabilly Party (4 DJs):

James (Los Angeles)
El Dedo (Phoenix)
Skeets (Montreal)
Easy Ed (Boston)

9/22: Special Primitive Sounds Friday (Soul/Dance Party): Jason Thornton spins with Forrest P.

9/27: PJ Eastman spins with Easy Ed



November 18: Deke Dickerson is coming our way! Catch him at the Rockwell in Somerville, with Jittery Jack and Easy Ed's Record Hop! Advance tickets recommended for this one. See the event link for details(Poster design by Mrs. Sludge.)


Here's what we played on last night's show (August 25, 2017):


Joe Melson “Oh Yeah” from n/a on Hickory 45 — Hickory Records 1960

Elvis Presley “A Big Hunk O' Love” from n/a on RCA 45 — RCA Records 1959

Don Cole “Beulah Mae” from Various: The Porter Record Story on Bear Family Records — Originally unissued

Bob Luman “Try Me” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 3 on Bear Family Records — Capitol Records 1958

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

The Epitones “The Mighty Rumble” from Various: Frantic Early Rock Instrumentals on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Sonny Burgess “A Kiss Goodnight” from Hittin' That Jug! The Best Of Sonny Burgess on Self-Released — Rest in Peace, Sonny Burgess.

Bonnie Fusell “Too High Class” from Various: Boppin' on the Bayou on Ace Records — Hammond Records 1959

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics “Sparkin'” from Number One Hit Record! on Hightone Records — See him 11/18 at the Rockwell with Jittery Jack and Easy Ed's Record Hop!

Rusty Isabell “Jaybi” from Various: The Porter Record Story on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

The Orbits “Queen Bee” from Various: Ultra Rare Rockin' & Boppin', Vol. 4 on Chief Records — Space Records 1959

Lil' Mo's Unholy 4 “Lonesome Feeling” from Rapture on Rhythm Bomb Records —  See them at the New England Shake-Up, Sept. 22-24 in Sturbridge, MA 

The Collins Kids “Just Because” from The Rockinest on Bear Family Records — Columbia Records 1957

The Joel Patterson Trio “Walkin’ The Strings” from Steel Is Real on Ventrella Records — Background/ambient

Skeets McDonald “Cheek to Cheek with the Blues” from Heart Breakin' Mama on Bear Family Records — Columbia Records 1960

Lattie Moore “Why Did You Lie to Me” from I'm Not Broke But I'm Badly Bent on West Side Records — Starday Records 1958

Joe Maphis “Guitar Rock and Roll” from Joe Maphis: Flying Fingers on Bear Family — Columbia Records 1956

Susquehana Industrial Tool & Die Co. “Bearskin Boogie” from n/a on N/A — www.facebook.com/sitanddieco

Jerry Byrd “Byrd's Boogie” from Byrd’s Expedition on RWA — Background/ambient

Billy Vaughn “Guitar Boogie” from Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits on Dot Records — Background/ambient

Dennis Binder “Early Times” from Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm: Early Times on Rev-Ola — Modern Records 1954

Big Joe Turner “Morning, Noon, and Night” from n/a on Atlantic 45 — Atlantic Records 1956

Dolly Cooper “Ay La Bah” from n/a on Modern 45 — Modern Records 1955

Roy Perkins “Bye Bye Baby” from n/a on Meladee 45 — Meladee Records 1955

Willie Restum “What'd He Say” from Various: Hey DJ! Play Some R&B Jivers!, Vol. 1 on Helllo Dare!l Records — Background/ambient

Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy “That's What's Knockin' Me Out” from Various: The R&B Years 1952 on Boulevard Vintage — Specialty Records 1951

Willie Joe and His Unitar
 “Unitar Rock” from n/a on Specialty 45 — Specialty Records 1956

Larry Williams “Give Me Love” from Here’s Larry Williams on Yeah Mama Records — Specialty Records 1959

Don and Dewy “Bim Bam” from Bim Bam on Specialty 45 — Specialty Records 1959

The Egyptians “Party Stomp” from Norton Records 45 on Norton — Background/ambient

Thunder Lee “Too Late for Tears” from Various: Most Wild & Frantic, Vol. 3 on Official Records — Groove Records 1963

The Fabulous Gardenias 
“What’s the Matter with Me” from n/a on Fairlane Records 45 — Fairlane Records 1961

Roy Hamilton “Tore up over You” from n/a on RCA Victor 45 — RCA Victor 1965

Joe Louis Johnson and the Coanjos
 “Dance the Boomerang” from Various: Transparent Rock Shake Rhythm on Still Records — Dapt Records 1961

Les Cooper “Jungle Pony” from Wiggle Wobble on Collectables — Background/ambient

Wes Dakus “Cavalier Twist” from Various: Early Canadian Rockers, Vol 6 and 7 on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Vince Everett “Don't Go” from n/a on ABC Paramount 45 — ABC Paramount 1962

Dale Hawkins “My Babe” from Rock 'n' Roll Tornado on Ace Records — Checker Records 1958

Lance Roberts “Gonna Have Myself a Ball” from n/a on Decca 45 — Decca Records 1959

The Shardells “Black Crack” from Various: Twistin’ Rumble, Vol. 4 on Twistin' Rumble — Background/ambient

The Mosriters “Turmoil” from n/a on Norala 45 — Norala Records 1965

Frantic Freddie and the Pro-Teens “Charmaine” from Various: The Texas Box on Bee Sharp Records — White Rock Label

The Trendells “Don't You Hear Me Calling Baby” from Various: East Coast Teen Party, Vol. 9 on East Coast Music — Tilt Records 1961

The Ventures “Poison Ivy” from Twistin’ 62 on Jasmine Records — Background/ambient

Scotty Baker “One and Only One” from Lady Killer on El Toro Records

Galen Denny “What Ya Gonna Do About It” from Various: Liberty Rock 'n' Roll on Liberty Records — Liberty Records 1958

Ritchie Valens “Come on, Let's Go” from n/a on Del-Fi 45 — Del-Fi Records 1958

The Passengers “Sand In Your Eye” from n/a on Muse 45 — Background/ambient

T.J. Mayes “Leaving Soon” from Dig It Up! on Wild Records

Sonny Burgess “We Wanna Boogie” from The Sun Days: The Best of Sonny Burgess and The Pacers on Self-Released — Sun Records 1956

Jimmy Logsdon “Rocket in my Pocket” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 24 on Bear Family — Roulette Records 1958

The Royal Rockers “Jet II” from n/a on Bee Records 45 — Bee Records 1959

Darrel Higham “Ring Dang Doo” from Ghost of Love on Hunka Burnin'



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Our August 11 Broadcast (And Lots of News)




Hi, folks.

I hope you are all doing well. We're back from vacation and just broadcast a new show on Friday, August 11--the podcast version of which is now available for free download right here. The list of songs played this time out appears at the end of this post. Enjoy! 

On this show we featured several selections from Holland's Collector Records label. Over the course of 40+ years they have issued tons of LP and CD reissue comps featuring lesser known rockin' stuff. We salute you, Collector Records!

We played several King Records 45s (rockabilly and R&B stuff), including this cool one by Milty and Nat that I found at a recent record show. I've been digging around in the music I love and play on the show since I was a young teenager and I still find great songs I've never heard before. I love that!

Australia's Scotty Baker sent over his new release on the El Toro label called Lady Killer and we played a great track called "Girl I Need," recorded with Darrel Higham

We also played songs by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys and The Go-Getters, both of whom will be performing at the New England Shake-Up (with lots of other fine bands) September 22-24 in Sturbridge, MA. This fine event also features fantastic DJs from around the globe. Easy Ed's Record Hop will be spinning again this year.

In September our Primitive Sounds DJ night at Brass Union in Somerville is adding a fourth night to the monthly schedule. Things are really cookin' for us over there! We also have some very special one-time DJ events coming up at Brass Union next month. More on that soon!

Finally, I want to thank Boston Groupie News for their detailed review of our July 22 show at the Midway (Cranktones, Barley Hoppers, Roy Sludge, Fearless Leaders, Easy Ed's Record Hop). BGN, you guys are great--many thanks!

Maybe I'll see you next Friday at the Los Straitjackets show at the Sinclair (with Roy Sludge and Marahall Crenshaw).


Here's what we played on last Friday's show:

The Sundowners “Snake Eyed Mama” from Various: Long Gone Daddies on Ace Records — Sun-Rise Records 1962

The Bell Notes “Real Wild Child” from n/a on Madison Records 45 — Madison Records 1960

The Mee Kats “Rag Top Baby” from Skip Records 45 on Skip Records 45

Jerry Raines “Hello Sweetie Pie” from Various: Early Rockin’ Gold, Vol. 5 on Collector Records — Black Gold (date?)

Hugh Dixon “All Gone” from Various: Early Canadian Rockers, Vol 6 and 7 on Collector Records — Background/ambient

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

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys “Hold Tight Mama” from Fly Right With Big Sandy and The Fly-Rite Trio on Dionysus Records —See them at the New England Shake-Up 

The Go-Getters “Loud Pipes & Lead Feet” from Various: Rock & Roll Is Everywhere! on Goofin' Records — See them at the New England Shake-Up

B.B. Cunningham “Tantrum” from Various: Hot Rockin' Music from Memphis on Stomper Time Records — Background/ambient

Van Walker “The Crawl” from Various: 41 Years of Collector Records on Collector Records — Who knows?

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

Charlie Gaston “I Dreamt Last Night” from Rockin’ with Unknown Greats on Collector Records — No one strolls like Gaston.

The Bill Tanner Quartet “Plymouth Rock” from Various: Frantic Early Rock Instrumentals on Collector Records — Background/ambient

The Key Brothers “Party at Lulu’s” from n/a on Gardena 45 — Gardena

The Royal Jacks “I'm In Love Again” from Various: Teenage Rockabilly on Rock-A-Billy Records — 20th Century Fox 1958

Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones “Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks” from n/a on ABC Paramount 45 — ABC Paramount 1957

The Invaders “Jumpin’ Jivin’ Chord Progression” from Various: Let’s Go Instro on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Moon Mullican “Seven Nights to Rock” from Seven Nights To Rock on King repress — King Records 1956

Boyd Bennett & His Rockers “Cool Disc Jockey” from Various: Jiving Jamboree on Ace Records — King Records 1959

Charlie Feathers “Nobody's Woman” from Wild Wild Party on Southern Records — King Records 1957

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

Terry Timmons “He’s the Best in the Business” from Various: Voodoo Voodoo on Fantastic Voyage — RCA Victor 1953

Little Esther “Hollerin' And Screamin'” from Various: Jiving Jamboree 3 on Ace Records — Federal Records 1953

Milty and Nat “Baby I’m Coming Home to You” from n/a on King 45 — King Records 1958

Annisteen Allen “Bongo Boogie” from Fujiyama Mama on Rev-Ola — King Records 1951

Joe Houston “Goofin'” from Rock and Roll with Joe Houston on Tops — Background/ambient

Joe Johnson “Cool Love” from Various: R&B Humdingers, Vol. 12 on Vee-Tone Records / IODA — Cascade Records 1959

Rosco Gordon “The Dilly Bop” from n/a on N/A — Duke Records 1960

Jimmy McCracklin “The Wobble” from The Walk: Jimmy McCracklin at His Best on Razor & Tie — Mercury Records 1959

The Impellas “Hook-em” from Dr. Boogie Presents Heavy Jelly on sub rosa — Background/ambient

Little Luther “The Twirl” from Various: Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock and Roll, Vol 2. on Past Perfect — Checker Records 1964

J.D. McPherson “Wolf Teeth” from Signs & Signifiers on Hi-Style Records

Marvin and Johnny “Ain’t That Right” from Various: Ace Records 30th Anniversary on Ace Records — Modern Records 1958

Gary U.S. Bonds “I Wanna Holler” from n/a on LeGrand 45 — LeGrand Records 1987. See him in October at the Ponderosa Stomp!

Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars “Hawaii 1963” from Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums on Master Classics Records — Background/ambient

The Pharos “Pintor” from Various: Wild Surf on Del-Fi — Background/ambient

Los Straitjackets “Surf Rider” from Various: Delphonic Sounds Today on Del-Fi Records —  See them August 18 at the Sinclair in Cambridge--with Marshall Crenshaw and Roy Sludge!

The Four Teens “Spark Plug” from Various: Wild Men Ride Wild Guitars on Sundazed — Challenge Records 1958

The Blue Echoes “Cool Guitar” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Bon Musique Records 1959

Turner Moore with Charlie Moore and the Crystals “I'll Be Leavin' You” from 32 Original Historic Rockabilly Classics Vol. 1 on Lost Gold Records — Mel-O-Tone Records

The Nightcaps “Sassy Frug” from The Frug on Forum Records — Background/ambient

Ricky Nelson “Gypsy Woman” from n/a on Decca 45 — Decca Records 1963

Simon Scott “Move It Baby” from n/a on Imperial Records 45 — Imperial Records 1964

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

Scotty Baker “Girl I Need” from Lady Killer on El Toro Records. With the great Darrel Higham

The Nite Rockers “Little Mama” from Various: Rumble Rock on Buffalo Bop — Originally unissued

Warren Miller “Everybody’s Got a Baby But Me” from Various: Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth on JSP Records — United Artists 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis “High School Confidential” from Live At The Star Club-Hamburg on Bear Family Records — 1964

The Five Chavis Brothers “Baby Don't Leave Me” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 2 on Bear Family Records — Coral Records 1961

Aleong and the Nobles “Hiawatha” from Various: Let’s Go Instro on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Scotty McKay “Bad Times” from Various: Rockabilly And Rockers on Collector Records — Originally unissued

Link Wray & the Wraymen “Slinky (Alternate Take)” from Slinky! The Epic Sessions, '58-'61 on Sundazed

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 14 Broadcast/Primitive Sounds/Cranktones and More at The Midway July 22!



Hi, everyone.

Happy mid-summer, and I hope all's well with my listeners. Feel free to get in touch via Facebook and let me know. If you hear records or bands that might be a good fit for the program I'd love to hear about it--let me know. Thanks for listening too!

If you missed last night's show you can find the free archive here, along with a few years' worth of previous broadcasts. 

Remember that we have a huge rockin' show coming up at the Midway next Saturday night (July 22): Roy Sludge, the Cranktones, the Fearless Leaders, and the Barley Hoppers (with Easy Ed's Record Hop). Advance tickets available at the Midway's site.



On July 19 I'll be spinning the Primitive Sounds at Brass Union in Somerville with my special guest DJ Jason Thornton. 8:00 PM start, no cover, excellent food and drink. Hope to see you there!




Here are the songs from the July 14 broadcast.

Orangie Ray Hubbard “Just Moved in” from Various: Great Rockers from Cincinnati on Collector Records

Tommie Tolleson “The Gulf Coast Twist” from Various: Flip, Flip on Buffalo Bop — Gulf Coast Records 1965

Don Ruby “Rockin' Piano, Outta Tune Guitar” from n/a on Cub 45 — Cub Records 1958

Jimmy C. Newman “Carry On” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 5 on Bear Family Records — Dot Records 1958

Jerry Lee Lewis “I'm on Fire” from n/a on Smash 45 — Smash Records 1964

The Neutrons “Cut-Out” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Background/ambient

Herb Kliebe’s Nervous Kats “Devil’s Run” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 1 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

The Cranktones “Rock On” from n/a on unreleased — See the Cranktones 7/22 at the Midway!  Along with The Fearless Leaders, Roy Sludge, The Barley Hoppers, 
and Easy Ed's Record Hop.

Hedley and Lee “Trouble” from Challenge 45 (reissue) — Challenge Records 1963

Jackie Lee Cochran “Hip Shakin’ Mama” from n/a on Sims 45 — Sims Records 1956. This one goes out to our good friend John Duke Wales, whom we lost two years ago.

Dale Vaughn “Can You Be Mean to Me” from Various: Rockabilly Rarities, Vol. 3 on Yeaah! — Von Records 1958

Billy Mure's Supersonic Guitars “Supersonic” from Various: Wild Guitar Instrumentals on Rockbeat Records — Background/ambient

The Flintales “D-Rail” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Background/ambient

Bailey Dee “Too Long” from n/a on Ruby Records 45. See Baily Dee at the New England Shake-Up September 22-24. http://www.newenglandshakeup.com/

Bobby McDowell “Lonely” from Various: Shiver and Shake on Buffalo Bop — Supreme Records 1960

The Satans “Big Boss Man” from Various: The Florida Box on Be Sharp Records — Seller Records 1966

Gene Vincent “Dance To The Bop” from Gene Vincent: The Road Is Rocky on Bear Family Records — Capitol Records 1957

The Tremolos “Riglolo Rock” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 10 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

The Starliners “Thunder” from Various: The Rockin' Reed Recordings on Collector Records — Background/ambient

Warren Smith “Tonight Will Be the Last Night” from Warren Smith: Classic Recordings on Bear Family Records — Sun Records 1958 (originally unissued)

Roy Sludge (The Coachmen) “Gooseball Brown” from The Turner Session on unreleased. 
See the Roy Sludge 7/22 at the Midway!  Along with The Fearless Leaders, The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers, and Easy Ed's Record Hop.

Tony and Jackie Lamie and the Swing Kings “Sunset Blues” from Various: Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth on JSP Records — Sunset Records 1958

Curtis Gordon “Sitting on Top of the World” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 11 on Bear Family Records — Mercury Records 1957

Billy Vaughn “Raunchy” from n/a on Dot 45 — Background/ambient

Hank Ballard and The Midnighters “Rock, Granny, Roll” from n/a on Federal 45 — Federal Records 1956

The Hi-Liters “Bobby Sox Baby” from n/a on Vee-Jay 45 — Vee-Jay Records 1956

The Cues “Why?” from The Cues: Why? on Bear Family Records — Capitol Records 1956

The Dells “What You Say Baby” from n/a on Vee-Jay 45 — Vee-Jay Records 1958

The Four Kings “Hokin’” from Various: Original Memphis Rhythm 'n' Blues on Stomper Time Records — Background/ambient

Lucky Carmichael “Hey Girl” from n/a on Pam 45 (reissue) — Pam Records 1961

Larry Dale “Drinking Wine Spo-dee-o-dee” from n/a on Atlantic Records 45 — Atlantic Records 1962

Ruth Brown “Sweet Baby of Mine” from Various: Voodoo Voodoo on Fantastic Voyage — Atlantic Records 1956

Eddie Bo “Oh Oh” from n/a on Chess Records 45 (reissue) — Chess Records 1957

Larry Williams “Heeby-Jeebies” from n/a on Specialty 45

The Impellas “Hook-em” from n/a on SAN 45 — Background/ambient

Elmore James “Stranger Blues” from n/a on Fire 45 — Fire Records 1961

Billy Gayles “Do Right Baby” from n/a on Federal 45 — Federal Records 1956

Gene Burks “Shirley Jean” from n/a on Arock 45 — Arock Records 1964

Boots Brown and His Blockbusters “Cerveza” from n/a on RCA Victor 45 — Background/ambient

Frankie and Johnny “Picadilly Rose” from n/a on Blast Off 45 — Blast Off Records 1960

Maria Dallas “Ambush” from n/a on EMI 45 — EMI 1967

The Deltas “Wan-Bak-A-Na (She’s My Girl)” from n/a on EMP 45 — EMP Records 1965

Ford Hopkins “Ya Fine Fine Fine” from Various: Greasy Rock 'n' Roll, Vols. 5 and 6 on Blakey Holdings

The Escorts “Silly Putty” from Various: East Side Sound Vol. 2 on Bacchus Archives — Background/ambient

The Rough Diamonds “Slingshot Around The Sun” from Slingshot (Around The Sun) on Diablo Records — Diablo Records 1995

Vince Taylor and His Playboys “Move Over Tiger” from n/a on Pallette 45 — Pallette Records 1961

Bobby Darin “Pity Miss Kitty” from Twist with Bobby Darin on Warner Brothers — Atco Records 1961

Eddie Angel “Love is a Swingin’ Thing” from Eddie Angel Meets The Beatles on Spinout Records — Spinout Records. See Eddie Angel with Los Straitjackets August 18 at The Sinclair in Cambridge.

The Gigalos “Night Creature” from Various: Amazing Hits of the Transistor Era, Vol. 1 on Fervor Records — Background/ambient

The 24th Street Wailers “Aim to Please” from Wicked on The 24th Street Wailers — See them at The New England Shake-Up! 

The Beats “Beatnik Bounce” from n/a on Columbia 45 — Background/ambient

Kai Rai “I Want Some of That” from Various: Desperate Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 2 on Flame — Shooting Star 1961

The Majestics “Oasis” from Various: Shrunken Head Exotica on Red Devil Records

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 30 Broadcast/Cranktones, Barley Hoppers, Roy Sludge, Fearless Leaders July 22 at the Midway






Hi, folks!

If you missed last night's broadcast you can find the (always free) archive MP3 right here. The songs from this week's show are listed below. 

Remember that we have a huge rockin' show coming up at the Midway on July 22: Roy Sludge, the Cranktones, the Fearless Leaders, and the Barley Hoppers (with Easy Ed's Record Hop). Advance tickets available at the Midway's site. 


Have a great weekend!

--Easy Ed


Here's what we played last night:

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

Johnny O'Keefe “Real Wild Child” from Various: Brunswick Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 1 on Lesley Records — Brunswick Records 1958

The Sureshots “Bop-a-Lena” from Various: The Rock 'a' Billy Heaven Presents Tour '98 on Be Be's Records

Eddie Cochran “Pretty Girl” from The Eddie Cochran Box Set on EMI — Liberty Records 1958

Jittery Jack “Boston Baby” from Gonna Have a Time with Jittery Jack on Annabelle Records

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

Milton Allen “Don't Bug Me Baby” from THAT'LL FLAT GIT IT, VOL. 1 (RCA Victor) on Bear Family Records — RCA Victor Records 1957

Ray Campi “You Don't Rock and Roll At All” from Rockabilly Rocket on Synergie OMP — Rollin’ Rock Records 1977

Ron Ouderkirk “My Kind of Woman” from Various: Do the Bop on Buffalo Bop — Sitation Records (date?)

Carl McVoy “Little John’s Gone” from n/a on Hi Records 45 — Hi Records 1958

The Silvertones “High Hat Rock” from Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 4 on Buffalo Bop — Background/ambient

Ben Hewitt “I Want a New Girl Now” from n/a on Mercury 45 — Mercury Records 1960

Jimmy Dell “I've Got a Dollar” from n/a on RCA 45 — RCA Victor 1958

The Teen Tones “Don’t Call Baby I’ll Call You” from Don’t Call Baby I’ll Call You on Decca 45 — Decca Records 1959

Charlie Hightone and the Rock-It`s “Baby Behave” from n/a on Sleazy 45

I4 Camillo “Guitar Twist” from Various: Collector Items From Belgium, Vol. 1 on Rarity Records — Background/ambient

Carmen Ghia and the Hot Rods “Broken Heart” from Tough Lover on Self-Released

Johnny Lion “Haunted Heart” from Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 4 on Flame Records — Coed Records 1959

Marcel Bontempi “Crawfish” from n/a on O-HA Records 45

Rod Willis “Will Travel” from Various: The Rockin' South on Ace Records — NRC Records 1959

Duane Eddy “Water Skiing (Without Sound Effects)” from Deep in the Heart of Twangsville on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

Walton and the Silver Lake Boys “Man What a Party” from Various: The Texas Box on Be Sharp Records — Lael Records (date?)

Roy Sludge (The Coachmen) “Sugar Coated Love” from The Turner Session on unreleased

George Wormington “Hours with the Owls” from Various: The Texas Box on Be Sharp Records — Orbit Records (date?)

The Barley Hoppers “Doghouse Boogie” from The Barley Hoppers on Self-Released

Roy Clark “Texas Twist” from Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark on Rock-A-Billy Records — Background/ambient

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

Jimmy McCracklin “Savoy Jump” from n/a on Irma 45 (reissue) — Irma Records 1957

Young Jessie “Hit, Git, and Split” from Various: Jiving Jamboree on Ace Records — Modern Records 1956

Paul Gayten “You Better Believe it” from n/a on Checker 45 — Checker Records 1956

The Ray-O-Vacs “Party Time” from It's Party Time with the The Ray-O-Vacs on Coleman Records — Kaiser Records 1956

Jimmy Spruill “Raisin' Hell” from Various: Harlem Rock 'n' Blues, Vol. 3 on Collectables — Background/ambient

Bo Toliver “Farm Dell Rock” from Various: Desperate Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Vol. 3 on Big Max — Background/ambient

Bonnie and the Little Blue Boys “You Better Run” from n/a on Nikko 45 — Nikko Records 45

Larry Williams “She Said “Yeah”” from n/a on Specialty 45 — Specialty Records 1959

The Dolphins “Pony Race” from n/a on Gemini Records 45 — Gemini Records 1962

Big Bo and the Arrows “Big Bo's-Twist” from n/a on Duchess 45 — Duchess Records 1962

Steve Douglas “Casual Twist” from Twist with Steve Douglas on Crownstar Records / The Orchard — Background/ambient

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

Buddy Lucas “Bump Te Bump” from n/a on Lawn 45 — Lawn Records 1964

The Dial Tones “Chicago Bird” from n/a on Lawn 45 — Lawn Records 1963

The Rip 'Em Ups “I Don't Care Baby” from Killswitch! on Rhythm Bomb Records

The Legends “Late Train” from n/a on Empire 45 — Background/ambient

Los Straitjackets “Outta Gear” from ¡Viva! Los Straitjackets on Viva! Los Straitjackets Upstart Records —Coming to the Sinclair in Cambridge August 18

Bobby Osborn “Wine, Wine, Wine” from Various: Rhythm and Booze on Buffalo Bop Records — Knickerbocker Records 1963

The Dropouts “I'm Leaving” from n/a on Acame 45 — Acame Records 1964

Jim Doval and The Gauchos
“Bony Maroni” from n/a on Diplomacy 45 — Diplomacy Records 1965

Adrian Lloyd and the Sunsets “Mersey Girl” from Breakthrough on Sundazed — Background/ambient

Santo & Johnny “Tequila” from Santo & Johnny on Black Tulip — Background/ambient

The Wheelgrinders “Betty Lou’s Got a New Tattoo” from Torque-Flite Baby on The Wheelgrinders

Jimmy Apostle & The Willows “I Love Ya Honey” from I Love Ya Honey — Power Records 1961

Rodger and the Tempests “Bad Bad Way” from Various: Teenage Rebels, Vol. 2 on Red Devil Records — Nu Records

Bowleggs “Hunky Twist” from Various: The 60's Hipster Lounge on Garage Masters Records — Background/ambient

The Excels “Let's Dance” from Various: Fear on Buffalo Bop — Gibson Records 1963