Monday, September 12, 2016

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

Hi, folks!

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

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

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

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

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

Brass Union

70 Union Square

Somerville, MA 

8:00 PM to closing

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

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

Here's What We Played on September 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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