Saturday, May 9, 2020

May 8 2020 Edition of Easy Ed's Variety Hour

Hi, folks!

Here's hoping all is well with you. We're continuing to broadcast "Easy Ed's Variety Hour," remotely, from Room 6, Lower Mezzanine 3, of the Easy Ed Record vault. (I have not tidied up down there since, well, .... Let's just say there will be no home studio photographs.) We did another show last night (May 8), and you can find the always free archive MP3 for this episode, and many others, on the Easy Ed Podbean page. Just click here.

I will be doing another live-spin event next weekend (details to come). Also, WMFO has started doing remote broadcasts, and I'm on the schedule for that. Assuming things work out I'll share the info here. 

In addition to the regular radio show I am working on a new interview podcast series called "Djs Talk DJing" and have been busy recording conversations with other DJs for that. It's going great so far. More details soon.

Sad news today about the passing of Little Richard. As you know I'm a huge fan, but only got to see him perform live one time (at the 2007 Greenbay Rockin' 50s Festival--Tony Wilkerson's summary provides lots of detail about the performers at that festival. There were three of these festivals, and I was fortunate to attend all of them.)

Thanks for listening, and stay safe. When this all over, let's have a big party, OK?

And stay in touch! I'd love to know about rockin' happenings and I welcome requests for future shows. You can email me at djeasyed@gmail or message me on Facebook.


Easy Ed

Here's what we played on May 8

Joy Gray by Chuck Howard/Various: Great Rockers from Cincinnati/Collector Records/ESV Records 1960

Don't Blame It on Me by Johnny Dollar/Mr. Action Packed/Dragon Street Records/Originally unissued

I Love You Baby by Andy Starr/Various: Alley Cat/Buffalo Bop/Arcade Records 1959

Let's Get It On by Hershel Almond with Al Good And His Band/Various: Rarest Rockabilly and Hillbilly Boogie/CD ALBUM/Ace Records/Ace Records 1959

Mean Little Mama by Roy Orbison/Roy Orbison: The Sun Years/CD ALBUM/Rhino Records/Sun Records 1957 (originally unissued)

Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On by The Rockin' Rebels/Wild Weekend/Album/Swan LP/

Treat Me Right by The Swags/The Swags//https:/*F

Hey Doll Baby by Pat Kelly with the Shamrocks/Various: Ultra Rare Rockin' & Boppin', Vol. 3/Chief Records/Jubilee Records 1958

Guitar Bass Boogie by Gary Vallet & the Vallets/Various: Strictly Instrumental/ Vol. 4/Buffalo Bop/

Hip Hip Baby by Dennis Herrold/Various: Cat Talk: The Best of Imperial Rockabilly/EMI/Imperial Records 1958

Sweet Little Stranger by Bobby Jay/Various: Imperial Rock & Roll Party/Lesley Records/Imperial Records 1959

My Babe by Ricky Nelson/Ricky Nelson/United Artists LP/Imperial Records 1958

Something I Said by Lew Williams/Various: Cat Talk: The Best of Imperial Rockabilly/EMI/Imperial Records 1956

Guybo by Eddie Cochran/Various: Red Hot Rockabilly/ Part 2/Disky/

Crazy Beat by Gene Vincent/The Crazy Beat of Gene Vincent/Capitol LP/Capitol Records 1963

Rhinoceros by Stan Robinson/n/a/Amy 45/Amy Records 1960

Gonna Have Myself a Ball by Lance Roberts/n/a/SINGLE/Decca/Decca Records 1959

Swanky by The Gentry Brothers/Various: Chicken Rock/Eagle Records/TIME: 8 w/2 ambient

King of the Bop by Dasta and the Smokin' Snakes/Get Wild or Get Gone/Wild Records/https:/

Right Now by Gray Montgomery/Various: Rockabilly Boys/Shimmy Records/Beagle Records 1962

Get with It by Charlie Feathers/Various: The Complete Meteor Rockabilly & Hillbilly Recordings/Ace Records/Meteor Records 1956

Chicksaw Chick by Art Gunn and the Playboys/Various: Rockin' Country Style/Collector Records/

Mind Your Own Business by Preacher Jack/Pictures from Life's Other Side/Cow Island Music/Cow Island Music 207

The Piano Thing by The Crew/Various: Rock 'n' Roll with Piano/ Vol. 4/Collector Records/

Hello Heartache by Ezra Lee/Cryin' at the Wheel/Cat-House Music/https:/

Larry Hart by I'm Just a Mender/Various: Boppin' Tonight/Ace Records/Goldband Records 1958

Frettin' Fingers by Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West/Flamin' Guitars/Bear Family/1955

Satellite Rock by Joe Tate And The Hi Fives/Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol.  24/Bear Family/

Strollin' With Nolen by Jimmy Nolen/Various: Honky Tonk! The King & Federal R&B Instrumentals/Ace Records/

Cornbread and Cabbages by Joe Houston/Various: The R&B Years 1952/CD ALBUM/Boulevard Vintage/Boulevard Vintage

Sweet Lulu by The Lovenotes/Various: The Golden Groups/ Part 16: The Best of Rainbow Records/Relic LP/Riviera Records 1954

Great Big Hunk of Man by Jimmie Nelson/Various: Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock and Roll/ Vol 2/Past Perfect/Chess Records 1954

Miss You So by Tiny Topsy/Various: King Records Rhythm and Blues/King Records/Federal Records 1957

Wine-O by Jack McVea/Various: Jiving Jamboree 2/Ace Records/Combo Records 1954

The Groove by King Curtis/Various: Twist Party /Altantic 45 EP/TIME: 14/3 ambient

Posin' by Johnny Guitar Watson/n/a/King 45/King Records 1961

Ride in My 225 by Spyder Turner/n/a/SINGLE/Fortune 45/Fortune Records 1964

Give Me Love by The Cyclones/Various: Granpa's Gully Rock/ Vol. 3/Floridita Records/Festival Records 1959

Black Cherry by Spot Barnett/Various: Mighty Instrumentals R&B Style 1961 /Rhythm & Blues/TIME ambient

Annie Don't Love Me No More by The Hollywood Flames/Various: The Sue Records Story/EMI/Symbol Records 1965

Nothing But a Playboy by Lee Diamond/n/a/Lola 45/Lola Records  1962?

I Want' a Know by Chewing Gum And The Gum Wrappers//Ron 45 (reissue)/Ron Records 1968

Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow by The Rivingtons/Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow/Liberty LP/

Bustin' Surfboards by The Lively Ones/Hang Five!: The Best of the Lively Ones/CD ALBUM/Del-Fi/12 w 2 ambient

Sting Ray Stomp by The Sting Rays/n/a/Coin 45/Coin Records 1964

Movin' Baby by The Teemates/Jet Set Discotheque/ Vol. 4/Audio Fidelity/Audio Fidelity Records 1964

Keep on Dancing by Bobby Fuller/Bobby Fuller: El Paso Rock/ Vol. 1/Norton Records/

Wild Wave by The New Dimensions/Surf'n Bongos/Sutton/TIME: 8 w/2 ambient

My Girl by The Chancellors/n/a/Elite Special 45/Elite Special Records 1965

Little Woman by Ricky Morvan and the Fens/Various: 41 Years of Collector Records/Collector Records/Luna Records 1962

Twist at the Top by Howie Casey and the Seniors/Various: Desperate Rock and Roll/ Vol. 3/Flame Records /Fontana Records 1962

So What by Johnny Kidd and The Pirates/Johnny Kidd and the Pirates/CD ALBUM/JKCD/HMV 1961

Sabre Dance Boogie by Billy Vaughn/Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits/Dot Records/

2:45 by The Orchids/Various: Wild Guitar Rockers/Collector Records/TIME: 14.5 w/5 ambient

Dear John by Warren Smith/Uranium Rock/CD ALBUM/Bear Family/Sun Records 1957 (originally unissued)

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 24 Edition of Easy Ed's Variety Hour

Hi, everyone.

I hope you are well and that you enjoy our latest broadcast from April 24, 2020. You can listen to the show anytime--just click here:

It's possible our FM radio home, WMFO in Medford, will reopen this year. (When it does I'll be back.) For now I've made some upgrades to my home studio and things sound more or less normal to my ears. I'd be interested in hearing what you think though. You can leave a comment on the Easy Ed's Variety Hour Facebook page email me at  

Speaking of Facebook, they pulled the proverbial rug out from under us when we attempted a live spinning session last Friday. Those live events are fun--I love interacting with you in real time--but I need to find a more reliable channel if I'm going to continue spinning live on the Internet. (I hate to advertise an event only to have it cancelled by The Man.) 

Here's the April 24 song list. Take care, everyone! Easy Ed

I Ain't Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog No More/Vince Everett/NA/ABC Paramount 45/ABC Paramount 1962

Hold On Tight/The Javalins/Various: The Raging Teens, Vol. 2/Norton Records/Unknown

Right Now/Gene Vincent/NA/Capitol 45/Capitol Records 1959

Young and Wild/Kim Fowley and the Renegade Five/Various: Chicken Walk, Volume 1/Norton Records/Conte Records

My Little Girl/The Lancers/Various: Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth/JSP/Panther Records 1964

I Wanna Jump/Lucky Lance and the Star Devils/Lucky Lance & the Star Devils/Self Released/

Stop Talkin', Start Lovin'/Robert Luke Harshman/Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 8/Bear Family/Radio Records 1959

Life Begins at 4 O'Clock/Tooter Boatman/Various: Rockabilly Boys/Shimmy Records/Originally unreleased

Hidden Green Lane/Dick Pitassy/Various: Jukebox/JUKEbox/Ambient

I Feel The Beat/Jim Lowe/NA/Dot 45/Dot Records 1956

Hoppin' Honey/Eva Eastwood and the Major Keys/Hot Chicks & Cool Cats/Tail Records/

Shake the Hand/Mike Cain/Various: Rock 'n' Roll with Piano, Vol. 9/Collector Records/Recco Records 1959

Ubangi Stomp/Dean Shannon/NA/HMV 45/HMV Records 1962

Pickin' Cotton/The Crown T's/Various: Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 10/Buffalo Bop/Ambient

I Sent My Love/Jerry King/Jerry King is Back!/El Toro Redords/El Toro Records 2020

Everlasting Love/Don Hosea/NA/Crystal 45/Crystal Records 1958

Don’t Come Back Knockin’/Buddy Holly/That'll Be The Day/Decca LP/Decca Records 1958

Sheet Board Down/James Wallis and the Roadrunners/Various: Stomp Shake Rock/Collector Records/Penny Records (date?)

Teekee/The Fireballs/The Fireballs/Ace Records/Ambient

Let the Good Times Roll/Ben and Bea/NA/Philips 45/Phillips 1962

Them There Eyes/Varetta Dillard/NA/Savoy 45/Savoy Records 1952

Come Back Baby/The Vibes/NA/ABC 45/ABC Records 1957

Bottle It Up And Go/Big John Greer/NA/Groove 45/Groove Records 1954

Thunderbird/Rene Hall/NA/Specialty 45/Ambient

How to Start a Romance/Little Hooks and the Kings/NA/Chess 45/Chess Records 1963

Deanna Baby/Johnny Guitar Watson/NA/Keen 45/Keen Records 1958

At the Party/Big Sam and the House Wreckers/NA/Eric 45/Eric Records 1962

Dancing Elephants/The Wild-Cats/NA/United Artists 45/Ambient

Hey Country Girl/Andre Williams and the Don Juans/NA/Fortune Records 45/Fortune Records 1958

Florida Shake/Noble Thin Man Watts/NA/Jell 45/Jell Records 1961

Cannibal Stew/Jerry and Mel/NA/Boss Sound 45/Boss Sound 1961

Settle Down/Ray Fourina/NA/Diamond Disk 45/Diamond Disk 1961

Ram-Bunk-Shush/Gene the Hat/NA/Walden 45/Ambient

Break-Thru/Garry Mills/Look for a Star/Jasmine CD/Originally unreleased

Break Up/The Nashville Teens/NA/Enterprise 45/Enterprise Records 1973

Was She Tall/The Lancastrians/NA/Pye 45/Pye Records 1964

I Don't Need You No More/The Rumblers/Various: Desperate Rock and Roll, Vol. 2/Dot 45/Dot Records 1962

That's Alright /Mickie Most/NA/Columbia 45/Columbia Records 1965

Firewater/The Astronauts/Various: Surf Party/20th Century Fox 45/20th Century Fox Records 1964

The Intruder/The Intruders/NA/Sleazy Records/Ambient

Let 'Em Rock/Mike Sanchez & the Limboos/NA/Hot 45's/Hot 45's 2019

Bad Motorcycle/The Angelos/NA/Tollie 45/Tollie Records 1964

Swirl/Freddy Cole and The Northern Lights/NA/Patt 45/Patt Records 1960

The Fuzzy Twist/Duane Eddy/Twistin’ with Duane Eddy/Jamie LP/Ambient

Baby My Lovin’ Is True/Black Kat Boppers/Boppin' Atcha/Foot Tapping Records/

Guitar Boogie/Jr. Miller & The Grand Valley Play Boys/Various: Frantic Early Rock Instrumentals/Collector Records/Ambient

On the Hardwood Floor/Dasta and the Smokin’ Snakes/Get Wild or Get Gone/Wild Records/

Can She Give You Fever/Stan Robinson/NA/Amy Records/Amy Records 1960

Heart's On Fire/The Flea Bops/I'm Ready/Vinylux Records

You Made a Hit/Ray Smith/NA/Sun 45/Sun Records 1958

Summertime Rock/Rodney & The Blazers/NA/Kampus/Ambient

When I Found You/Jerry Reed/NA/Capitol 45/Capitol Records 1956

Rompin'/Jerry Warren/NA/Dorset 45/Dorset Records 1960

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Easy Ed Spins the Platters: April 17, 2020

Hi, everyone! Last night (April 17, 2020) we did another “Easy Ed Spins the Platters” event on Facebook—or tried to: Facebook pulled the plug after 40 minutes. (Insert your own loving ode to Facebook here.) However, I recorded the mix from my ancient Vestax mixer and it sounded fine. This morning I added a few more of the records I had planned to play in order to fill out an hour of music for you. Reminder: These "Spin the Platters" sessions are informal—I make record selections on the fly, depending on how things are going and on what listeners want to hear. I hope you enjoy the archive, which you can find here.

The list of records played appears below. We’ll have a new edition of “Easy Ed’s Variety Hour” for you next Friday. Take care and be well!

Jerry Cole and his Spacemen: Racing Waves (Capitol 45, 1964)

The Instrumentals: Are You Nervous? (Red Fox 45, 1958)

Sandy Nelson: Let’s Go (International Polydor Production 45, 1964)

The Sparkletones: Bayou Rock (Paris 45, 1959)

Don Cole: Sweet Lovin’ Honey (Kent 45, 1958)

Richie Deran: Girl and a Hot Rod (Pontiac 45 RE, 1960)

Billy Lee Riley: Red Hot (Sun 45, 1957)

Red (Hot) Russell: Stop (Porter 45, 1958)

Tommy Adderley: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On (Mar-Mar 45, 1964)

The Royal Teens: Royal Blue (Mighty Records, 1959)

Curtis Lee: Pure Love (Top Rank 45, 1960)

Bob Luman: Buttercup (Warner Brothers 45, 1959)

Teddy Redell: Pipeliner (Hi 45, 1960)

Charlie Rich: Midnight Blues (Sleazy Records reissue 45)

Timmy Brown: Gabba Gabba (Marashel 45, 1962)

The Champs: Midnighter (Challenge 45, 1958)

Joe Turner: Teen Age Letter (Atlantic 45, 1957)

Ella Mae Morse: Seventeen (Capitol 45, 1955)

Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters: What'cha Gonna Do (Atlantic 45, 1955)

The Cadets: Wiggie Waggie Woo (Modern 45, 1957)

The Du Droppers: Boot ‘Em Up (Groove 45, 1954)

Vinny Lee and the Spunkys (Lee 45, 1958)

Billy Land: Shimmy Shake (Warner Brothers 45, 1959)

Al Lucas: Sweet Tooth for My Baby Ruth (Challenge 45, 1959)

The Kuf-Linx: Service with a Smile (Challenge 45, 1958)

Bob Luman: Boston Rocker (Capitol 45, 1961)

Jerry Cole and his Spacemen: Boss Dance (Capitol 45, 1963)