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L.J. Thomas & His Louisiana Playboys !

Remember Lafayette « Thing » Thomas ? You don’t ? You don’t learn your lessons or what ? You didn’t do The Walk in the 1st of April ? Well, gather ‘round my friends.

This is the first recording LafayetteThomas made while on tour with McCracklin: "Baby Take A Chance With Me/Sam’s Drag", was recorded in Memphis in 1951 for Sam Phillips and was issued on Chess Records under the name of L.J. Thomas And His Louisiana Playboys.

L.J. Thomas & His Louisiana Playboys - Baby Take A Chance With Me

L.J. Thomas & His Louisiana Playboys - Sam's Drag

I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time !

The Third Bardo recorded just one single, "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time," which appeared on Roulette in 1967. That one single, however, is lauded by many collectors as one of the greatest 1960s garage/psychedelic tracks.
With its mysterious lead guitar lines that recalled the theme to the Twilight Zone, Eastern-like minor melody, creepy organ, and one of the most definitive sub-Jagger garage snarl lead vocals ever, it was worthy of more exposure than it got.
However, although it got some airplay on the East Coast, it was pulled off the radio, lead singer Jeff Monn has recalled, because of perceived drug associations, although in fact there are no overt drug references in the lyrics !

The Third Bardo - Five Years Ahead Of My Time

The Third Bardo - Lose Your Mind

Love Me !

Jerry Lott a.k.a. The Phantom was born near Mobile, Alabama in 1938 and moved to Leaksville, Mississippi during infancy. He played country music until 1956 when Elvis Presley turned his head around.
"Love me", recorded in Mobile in the summer of 1958, is one of those rare, lusty explosions which crackle with more energy than the national grid. Lott took the master to Hollywood. On a Satanic impulse, he followed Pat Boone to church and persuaded him to listen to the tape.The devil was surely working overtime that Sunday. It was Boone's idea to call Lott "The Phantom" and he even agreed to issue the record on his own label, Cooga Mooga (an euphemisme for God, as in Great Cooga Mooga). In the event, Lott signed a contract with Boone's management and never met anyone at Dot, who finally released "Love me" in 1960. In 1966 this screaming bundle of testosterone sustained paralytically severe injuries when a car in which he was travelling tumbled 600 fee…

I Ain't Drunk !

To conclude this week (aaa, there ain't no cure for the summertime blues), let's meet Jimmy Liggins !
Inspired by the success of his brother (Jimmy Liggins toiled as Joe's chauffeur for a year), the ex-pugilist jumped into the recording field in 1947 on Art Rupe's Specialty logo. His "Tear Drop Blues" pierced the R&B Top Ten the next year, while "Careful Love" and "Don't Put Me Down" hit for him in 1949. But it's Liggins's rough-and-ready rockers -- "Cadillac Boogie," "Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man," and the loopy one-chord workout "Drunk" (his last smash in 1953) -- that mark Liggins as one of rock's forefathers. His roaring sax section at Specialty was populated by first-rate reedmen such as Harold Land, Charlie "Little Jazz" Ferguson, and the omnipresent Maxwell Davis.
Liggins left Specialty in 1954, stopping off at Aladdin long enough to wax the classic-to-be "I Ain'…

The Surfaris !

The Surfaris were formed in 1962 by a few surfing teenage kids who wanted to provide dance music at local skating rinks and VFW halls.
As their name suggest, the surf subculture and musical style was becoming popular, a "Surfing Safari" being a common term used by surfers hunting good waves.
Jim Fuller, leader of The Surfaris, obtained the standard "surf sound" kit:
Leo Fender’s Stratocaster guitar, reverb, and Bandmaster amp. Ron Wilson, introduced a vigorous cadence-laced drumming style which caused The Surfaris music to be much more energetic than other surf bands.
The band’s first recording effort in late 1962 brought them the song they are best know for, Wipe Out (but Bombora’s still my favorite !)

The Surfaris - Bombora

The Surfaris - Wipe Out!

The Artesians !

The Artesians :
Ultra-rare 1960s Pacific Northwest scorch at its pounding best !
Read more here.

The Artesians - Koko Joe

The Artesians - Grunlins

Jumpin' From Six To Six !

Born in 1923, JimmyWilson recorded for Bob Geddins’ Big Town label, with, among others, Que Martyn on tenor sax, King Solomon on piano and Lafayette « Thing » Thomas on guitar.
Bob Geddins stated that in Dallas he made his last recordings with Jimmy Wilson – Thereafter Clarence Garlow rediscovered Jimmy Wilson and brought him to Eddie Shuler’s Goldband.
Besides the Goldband recordings, Wilson made some recordings for Duke, another Texas label.
But soon after this, he died in Dallas in 1965, killed by the booze.

Jimmy Wilson - Jumpin' From Six To Six

Jimmy Wilson - Big Town Jump

Jungle Rock !

Ok, We're back in buziness !

In 1956 Hank Mizell moved to Chicago where he formed a combo with guitarist Jim Bobo, bass player Eddie Boyd and drummer Bill Collins.
In the autumn of 1958, Mizell and Bobo were approached by Gene Parsons, a local country vocalist who had set up his own record label, Eko Records.
Parsons had converted his garage into a makeshift recording studio and it was here that Mizell and his band recorded the rockabilly novelty "Jungle Rock", as well as two other songs. Parsons achieved wonders with the limited technology at his disposal, conjuring up a thick, bottom heavy sound.
The first pressings of "Jungle Rock" on Eko 506 wrongly credited Jim Bobo as both the writer and the artist, and Parsons had the single re-pressed with Mizell's name on the label !

Hank Mizell & Jim Bobo - Jungle Rock

Hank Mizell - I'm Ready


Bo & Joe & The Niteriders - Jungle Rock


Dead Elvis-The Crea…



Everyone’s doing ok ?

Vacation was great (God I love the basque side…and Missus Frost by the way), it almost brings a big tear to my fat black eye. Damn.

Anyway, back to our sermons.

Thanks to you all for your emails, especially Shane who sent me 2 fantastic songs , & thanx to the 500 fools who come here everyday.

September will be a busy month : new job (…), new band (aaaaaaaa), new tatoos . And a lotta fantastic tracks just for you.

So let’s jump the boogie to celebrate with Luke Jones who recorded those two hot sides with Joe Alexander's Highlanders in 1947 for Atlas.

Aaaa, it’s good to smoke, er touch the green green grass of home.

...but to be honest, I’ll REALLY be back on Monday...

Luke Jones - Jump The Boogie

Luke Jones - Shufflin' Boogie

Rev Frost In Heaven