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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.
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 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. 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)
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'