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

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 —

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

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 —

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

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..