Monday, January 25, 2010

Jim Lowe !

Ah, an old time fav !!!
Missourian Jim Lowe was working in Chicago as a disc jockey, trying to find his niche in music, in 1954. That year, he was signed to Chicago's Mercury label, and wrote and recorded country and western material. One of his songs was the original version of the self-penned "Gambler's Guitar." Lowe soon moved to New York to continue his radio career, and switched to Dot Records in 1955. His first successful attempt with Dot was the novelty "Close the Door (They're Coming in the Windows). A few months later, he recorded another novelty, "Green Door," in a Greenwich Village apartment. This time, it was pure gold, rising to #1. A million-seller and gold record recipient, Lowe's 1956 hit "Green Door" was written by Marvin Moore and Bob Davie. After a few more moderate hits for Dot Records, Lowe concentrated on his radio career. He retired in 2004 at the age of 77, and lives in Southampton, New York.

Jim Lowe :
* The Green Door *
* Rock-A-Chicka *
* The Crossing *
+ Bonus !
* The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question *
+ Double Bonus !
* Close the Door (They're Coming in the Windows) *

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blind Roosevelt Graves !

Go Mamuwalde Go !

Hallelujah !
A quick note to introduce ourselves to the great Roosevelt Graves and a good excuse to play 3 of my favorite tracks !
On all his recordings, Roosevelt Graves played with his brother Uaroy Graves, who was also nearly blind and played the tambourine. They were credited as "Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother". Their first recordings were made in 1929 for Paramount Records.
For a number of years, the subject of Uaroy's identity was disputed. In several books, magazine articles, and album liner notes that mentioned the Graves brothers, the names "Aaron" or "Leroy" were substituted for Uaroy, on the assumption that the otherwise unknown name Uaroy must have arisen due to the poor penmanship of a recording company employee whose handwritten notes were misinterpreted.
In July 1936 they were located by talent broker H. C. Speir, who arranged for them to record in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, according to some sources at the train station although Speir later told Wardlow that the recordings took place in a temporary studio in the Hotel Hattiesburg at Mobile Street and Pine Street. For the session they were joined by local piano player Cooney Vaughn, who performed weekly on radio station WCOC in Meridian prior to World War II, & the trio were billed on record as the Mississippi Jook Band.
Well, now, enjoy !

Blind Roosevelt Graves :
* I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) *
* Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) *
* When I Lay My Burdens Down *

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jim Messina & His Jesters !

Happy new year 1964 !
Early in his career (right at the outset, in fact) 18-year-old Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina) was a devotee of surf music, enamored of the music you know well here. The Jesters was among his early professional efforts, a surf band that included, along with Messina, Bill Beckman and Ron House on guitars, Jim Sholstedt on bass, Dave Archuleta on saxophone, and Larry Cundieff on drums. They won a lot of local band competitions in California, where the competition in the field was still fierce in 1965 and 1966, and were good enough to get to record an entire LP for Audio Fidelity, which has been one of my fav record ever since I can’t remember, I mean, Messina's guitar work is truly exceptional !

Jim Messina And His Jesters :
* The Jester *
* The Cossack *
* High Voltage *
* Yang Bu *

In Memory Of Sebastien Favre - RIP

Monday, January 04, 2010



To each & everyone of you !!!

It's know it's gonna be a great year !!!
(or it'll be the end of the world, in that case, re-study your copies of Mad Max)

Yeeeehaa !

Charles Blackwell Orchester :
* Bumble Beat *


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