Friday, September 30, 2005

Halloweeeeen !




There we go, one month to Halloween, my favorite season of the year (in case you haven’t noticed yet), so OF COURSE, there will be an Samhain special all this month !
(err well, in fact it’s halloween everyday with me, so I don’t see the big change)
Anyway,make some room for ghouls, ghosts, vampires, werewolfs, Mariah Carey, etc...

To start this ghoulish event, let’s begin with a sweeet mix (by Dj Froster The Friendly Reverend).
A Bloody Halloween Mix (23 :16) - Via rapidshare this time

Playlist :
1. Danny Elfman – Tales From The Crypt
2. Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones – She Get So Mean
3. Dave Gardner - Mad Witch
4. The Neanderthals - Jungle Zombies
5. The Daylighters - Mad House Jump
6. Carl Bonafede - Were Wolf
7. The Trashwomen - Nightmare At The Drag
8. The Woggles - Dracula's Daughter
9. Sonny Day - Creature From Outer Space
10. The Fuzztones - Happy Halloween
11. Goblin vs Disney - Dawn Of The Grinning Ghosts (Outro)

Rev Frost presents...A Bloody Halloween Part 1




See you next week !

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Georgia Lee Brown !




As many of the folks in the Mississippi delta Jack Wauken Cochran (aka Jackie Lee Cochran, aka Jack The Cat) was influenced by singers like Hank Snow, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley. His personal roots go back even further, because his grandmother had been a pure blooded Cherokee, that's why he had been given the rather unusual name 'Waukeen'.
In 1956 jack signed a contract with Sims records. His first two songs, Hipshakin' Mama and Riverside Jump, were recorded at Jim beck's studio in Dallas. Jackie Lee Cochran performed regularly with some of the musicians at Marty Landau's famous 'Riverside Rancho' nightclub in Burbank. Cliffie produced for him a session to be released by Decca Records. Jackie Lee Cochran's 'Ruby Pearl' disc featured blind pianist Jimmie Pruett, Cliffie on bass, and although 'The Cat' needed no training on electric guitar solos, he was overjoyed and proud to have 'the master', Merle Travis, playing lead.
He died in his sleep on his sofa in 1998.

Jackie Lee Cochran - Georgia Lee Brown

Jackie Lee Cochran - Riverside Jump


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bamboosville !




Another request brothers & sisters. (Hello Sven)

Wild, urgent, and undeniable.
Here comes the fabulous Mach Kung Fu from Japan, with the terrific « Going Native » soundtrack !
Enjooooooooooooy !

Mach Kung-Fu - Bamboosville

Mach Kung-Fu - Chaquita


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rock Little baby !




Cecil Gant (b. Nashville, April 4,1913; d. 1951) was a Nashville blues, ballad, and boogie pianist who appeared on local radio there in the mid 1930's. He toured the South with his own band, from the late 30's until W.W.II, when he served in the army on the west coast. There, he played in bond rallies and was billed as "The GI Sing-Sation." In 1944, he recorded the crooning ballad "I Wonder," under the name "Private Cecil Gant," and the record went to the top of Billboard's charts. Though the tune was not rock and roll, his 1945 "Cecil's Boogie" was pretty close. So were his late 40's "Screwy Boogie," "Rock the Boogie," "Syncopated Boogie," "Hogan's Alley," and "Boogie Woogie Baby." However, six of his seven records that made the R & B charts were slow ballads. Some of his records featured local Nashville "country" musicians as back-up, giving them an early rockabilly sound. Gant's last Billboard hit was in 1949, but he recorded some red-hot rock and roll in New Orleans in 1950, where he covered but greatly personalized Wild Bill Moore's "We're Gonna Rock," and some more in NYC in January of 1951, where he cut "Rock Little Baby"
That NYC session, however, turned out to be his last. He died 16 days later...all the books say of pneumonia or alcohol poisoning, in a Nashville hospital on Feb. 4, but singer Billy Wright said, "I was with him when he passed. He was with us on Saturday, laughing and talking and we had a good time. He was supposed to meet us that Sunday night, but before my show went on that Sunday night, a call came in that he had had a heart attack and fell dead." Feb. 4, 1951 was indeed a Sunday. While this account does not rule out an alcohol overdose, it certainly rules out pneumonia. Gant was only 38, probably the first rock and roll casualty.
(Thanx to Hoyhoy)

Cecil Gant - Rock, Little Baby

Cecil Gant - Time Will Tell


Monday, September 26, 2005

Cozy Cole !




Cozy Cole had a long and successful career as a sideman, working with many of the greats in jazz: Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton. In 1943, he joined Raymond Scott's CBS radio orchestra. Scott later called him, "The most professional musician I've ever worked with."
In 1953, he formed a profession school for drummers with Gene Krupa in New York City. During the 1950s, he also led The Cozy Cole Combo, appearing regularly at the Metropole in New York. The combo recorded an instrumental featuring Cole on drums called, "Topsy" that sold over a million copies--one of the most popular instrumentals of the rock era.
He continued to tour with Jonah Jones, Cab Calloway, and others until he retired in the mid-1970s.
(btw, « Blog Up » is my official morning theme)

Cozy Cole - Blop Up

Cozy Cole - Topsy Part 1 & Part 2

Cozy Cole - Blop Down


Friday, September 23, 2005

The Pyramids !




The Pyramids ‘ bassist Steve Leonard decided to analyzed the Chantay's "Pipeline" and came up with clever variations of that opening reverb riff.
In early 1964, The Pyramids made the Top 20, helped by the promotion of John Hodge, the group's manager.
The Long Beach, California group achieved some notoriety after Hodge convinced them to shave their heads just as the British Invasion and became "America's answer to the Beatles." During their concerts they'd wear Beatle wigs which they would throw to the audience halfway through the show revealing their bald heads. Hired girls would then storm the stage. Other gimmicks were arriving at a job on elephants or in a helicopter. The gimmicks worked and they were soon appearing on Bandstand and Hullabaloo and in the beach movie Bikini Beach.

Surf up, and have a gooooood weekend !

The Pyramids - Contact

The Pyramids - Penetration

The Pyramids - Pressure




FRIDAY BONUS!

Che-Hong Beck - Blowing The Whistle

Oh and thanx to all the people who came to see me play last night (Mr & Missus El Capitan, Dj Wild Pascal & Edwige, Rockin' Philippe & Jim Carlisle !)
MERKI

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Guitar Slim !




No 1950s blues guitarist even came close to equalling the flamboyant Guitar Slim in the showmanship department. Armed with an estimated 350 feet of cord between his axe and his amp, Slim would confidently stride onstage wearing a garishly hued suit of red, blue, or green -- with his hair usually dyed to match!
It's rare to find a blues guitarist hailing from Texas or Louisiana who doesn't cite Slim as one of his principal influences; Buddy Guy, Earl King, Guitar Shorty, Albert Collins, Chick Willis, and plenty more have enthusiastically testified to Slim's enduring sway.
Born Eddie Jones in Mississippi, Slim didn't have long to make such an indelible impression. He turned up in New Orleans in 1950, influenced by the atomic guitar energy of Gatemouth Brown. With the emergence of the stunning "The Things That I Used to Do" on Art Rupe's Specialty logo, Slim's star rocketed to blazing ascendancy nationwide. Combining a swampy ambience with a churchy arrangement, the New Orleans-cut track was a monster hit, pacing the R&B charts for an amazing 14 weeks in 1954. Excessive drinking and life in the fast lane took its inevitable toll over the years, and he died in 1959 at age 32.

Guitar Slim - Well, I Done Got Over It

Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Limp / The Chain !




Ok everybody, this is a Pulverizing 1964 Northwest rippers featuring pre-Moby Grape Jerry Miller, and these real 2 killer tracks were recorded by Sonics pilot Kearney Barton! Enjoy !

Incredible Kings - The Limp

Incredible Kings - The Chain


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Ice Cold Baby !




One of my all time favorite rocko released in 1957 !

Marlon 'Madman' Mitchell And The Rocketeers - Ice Cold Baby

Marlon 'Madman' Mitchell And The Rocketeers - Bermuda Shorts


Monday, September 19, 2005

The Thrill Is Gone !




Not only was Roy Hawkins dogged by bad luck during his career (at the height of his popularity, the pianist lost the use of an arm in a car wreck), he couldn't even cash in after the fact.
When B.B. King blasted up the charts in 1970 with Roy Hawkins's classic "The Thrill Is Gone," the tune was mistakenly credited to the wrong composers on early pressings !
Modern Records picked up the rights to several Downtown masters before signing Hawkins to a contract in 1949.
Two major R&B hits resulted: 1950's "Why Do Things Happen to Me" and "The Thrill Is Gone" the following year. Hawkins recorded for the Bihari brothers' Modern and RPM imprints into 1954. After that, a handful of 45s for Rhythm and Kent were all that was heard of the Bay Area pianist on vinyl.
He's rumored to have died in 1973.

Roy Hawkins - The Thrill Is Gone

Roy Hawkins - Wine Drinking Woman


Friday, September 16, 2005

The Five Americans !




The Five Americans first met in Durant, Oklahoma at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1962. Under the leadership of Mike Rabon, they formed a group called the Mutineers.
In the summer of '65, they released an original song entitled "I See The Light". The song went to the top twenty in Billboard Magazine and paved the way for a string of hits by the five. "I See The Light" was followed by "Evol-Not Love" which also charted in the top 40 nationwide. Then came the biggest hit of all by the five..."Western Union". This song, which was inspired by a Western Union telegram sign, went on to become number six in Billboard (number 3 in Cashbox) and sold in excess of one million records.

The Five Americans - I See The Light

The Five Americans - Western Union




FRIDAY BONUS !

Jerry McCain - Nextdoor Neighbour

See you on monday

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Voodoo Woman !




A quick post today (sorry about that) but hey, it’s better than nothing !

By request (hello Hank), voodoo woman from 1959 !

Smiley Smith - Voodoo Woman

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Viscounts !




Aaaa, Harlem Nocturne !
The Viscounts’ signature shimmering guitar was played by Bobby Spievak, his brother Joe Spievak played bass, Larry Vecchio played organ, Harry Haller's sassy sax made the nasty quotient rise, and Clark Smith's drums brought in a sleazy tribal foundation.
The Viscounts' one 1959 hit was a cover of "Harlem Nocturne. This perfect track was written by Earl Hagen, a man whose name appeared on many television theme songs as writer. His sense of melody and sultry style were unsurpassed.

The Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne

The Viscounts - Dig


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Cadillacs !




Equally adept at polished ballads or torrid rockers, the Cadillacs were one of New York's top doo-wop groups.
The Harlem quintet signed with Josie in 1954 and debuted with the beautiful "Gloria," but with Earl Carroll's (b. Nov 2, 1937) prominent energetic lead vocals, the Cadillacs became known for humorous jump material and hot choreography after "Speedoo" hit big for them in 1956.
Tapping into the novelty R&B market pioneered by the Coasters, the Cadillacs cut a load of great rockers during the late 50s, such as "Peek-A-Boo" and "Please, Mr. Johnson," and performed in the quickie flick Go, Johnny, Go! in 1959.
Carroll left to join the Coasters in 1958 but the group persevered, eventually signing with Mercury. Carroll has re-formed the Cadillacs in recent years.

The Cadillacs - Speedo

The Cadillacs - Woe Is Me

The Cadillacs - Gloria

Monday, September 12, 2005

Lordy Hoody !




Rockabilly artist Tommy Blake, like so many before him, started his career as a straight-ahead country singer before making the switch to the big beat. Born and raised in Shreveport, LA, Blake (born Thomas Givens) was already working in a teenage combo playing country music at station KTBS in the early '50s. After a one-off session for RCA Victor, yielding a track called "All Night Long," Blake met Sam Phillips and re-recorded the same tune for Sun as "Lordy Hoody." By March of 1958, Blake was back at 706 Union recording more material, with another single seeing release and the rest finding its way into rockabilly history via reissues in the 1970s and '80s. For the record, he was killed by his wife in a domestic dispute over the Christmas holidays in 1985.

Tommy Blake & The Rhythm Rebels - All Night Long

Tommy Blake & The Rhythm Rebels - Honky Tonk Mind




Ps: Does anyone know where the hell is Mr Barf?

Friday, September 09, 2005

Calvin Boze !




Remembered as being a senior - and the school bandleader - by Charles Brown at Prairie View College in Texas, trumpeter Boze (or Boaz, as his name appears earlier) first came to the public's attention on recordings with the west coast bands of Russell Jacquet (Globe) and Marvin Johnson (G&G).
In 1949, he began recording as a vocalist in a strong Louis Jordan vein for Aladdin Records with Maxwell Davis and his band.
Although he never made a huge impression on the R&B charts, his recordings were all solid, earthy R&B jive. He is best known for "Safronia B" and the b-side - Boze's celebration of his adopted home - "Angel City Blues", as well as a couple of songs he wrote for old homeboy Charles Brown - "Texas Blues" and "Hot Lips And Seven Kisses" - also recorded for Aladdin.

Calvin Boze - Blow Man Blow

Calvin Boze - Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business

Calvin Boze - Safronia B




FRIDAY BONUS !!!

Tony Harris - Try This Lil' Ole Heart

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Space Rock !




In 1964 singer/guitarist Dante Rossi, leader of one of the most popular west side bands, The Grasshoppers, decided to form a new five-piece band called The Dantes.
He brought in Bill Emery (bass/vocals), Doug McCutcheon (keyboards/vocals), Larry Meece (lead guitar/vocals) and John Kirkpatrick (drums).
Soon, the Dantes caught the attention of WHK deejay Ron Brittain, who became their manager, and changed their name to the Tulu Babies. The following year, Tulu Babies released The Hurtin' Kind, which became a local hit.
The producer of that record, Jim Testa, then became the group's manager, and changed their name once again.
As The Baskerville Hounds, the group released two songs which made it to Billboard. Debbie, only got to No. 99, but Space Rock, Pts. I & II, reached No. 60.
The latter's popularity was greatly due to Space Rock which became the theme song for the local Friday night TV show, Ghoulardi.

The Baskerville Hounds - Space Rock Part One

The Baskerville Hounds - Space Rock Part Two


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Curfew !




Fantastic ’45 by Steve Carl stop. Real name Steven Leuthold stop. Released in 1958 stop. Enjoy stop. I'm ok I'm ok stop

Steve Carl - Curfew

Steve Carl - 18 Year Old Blues


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I Saw The Light !




Hello y’all.

At first, I didn’t to write something about the situation in Louisiana, but in case you wanna know, I am terribly/fuckin’ (choose) upset by the tragedy in New Orleans. I have wonderful memories of visiting New Orleans as a teen and it really breaks my fat black heart to see that (I know, it’s not even my country but what the heck).
All my condolences.
That’s all I wanted to say.

Well well well, I received a lotta e-mails asking me to post more of my songs -–you fools--
So there you go, I know you all have been very nice , this is the last cover I did two days ago (in 20 minutes to be honest)

Rev Frost – I Saw The Light !

Be clever and make up your own mind. Hallelujah!


Monday, September 05, 2005

Kenny & The Kasuals !




This Dallas group -- too accomplished to be called a garage band in the usual sense of the term -- was pretty popular in their hometown in the mid-'60s, but never made any noise on the internationale level. It's ironic that much of their reputation rests on a live album of covers, Impact, that ranks among the most collectable LPs of the '60s, as the group actually wrote a lot of their own material.
Starting in the mid-'60s as a sort of raucous Dave Clark Five-meets-the Stones combo, the Kasuals progressed to acid punk with their most popular local hit, "Journey to Tyme" (which would become one of the most valued singles by '60s garage collectors).
Lead by Kenny Daniel, a cult legend in the music business, Kenny and the Kasuals provide great fun and impeccable musicianship !

Kenny & The Kasuals - Journey To Tyme

Kenny & The Kasuals - Don't Let Your Baby Go


Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans




Mississippi Fred McDowell - I Wonder What Have I Done Wrong

Georgia Peach & Her Gospel Singers - Do Lord Send Me

Mahalia Jackson - Calvary (Live,1967)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Abner Jay !




The ultimate one-man-band wild man from the 1920-1960s Abner Jay was the most unusual music talent the world has ever seen and a true southerner.
There is a long line of social and musical experience which constitutes Jay´s tradition: blacks' domestic entertainment inspiring white imitations; in turn stimulating composed, sheet-music idioms for middle-class and professional performance, which then animated younger generations of black musicians.
For forty two years Jay worked as a unique one man band where he played electric banjo and swamp guitar, drums, harmonica, and sang at the same time.
Abner Jay was the first of the original black musicians and played the only electric six string banjo you'll ever hear.
A true hero !

Abner Jay - Woke Up This Morning

Abner Jay - Bring It When You Come

Abner Jay - I'm So Depressed



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