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Roy Brown !

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On board with Mr Roy Brown ! Born Roy James Brown in New Orleans, Brown started as a gospel singer and after a move to Los Angeles some time in the 1940s, and a brief period spent as a professional boxer in the welterweight category, he won a singing contest in 1945 at the Million Dollar Theater covering "There's No You" by Bing Crosby. Brown and his band "The Mighty Men" were spectacular performers, with the kind of crowd pleasing stage histrionics for which Little Richard would soon be famous ! Unfortunately, tastes changed and Brown could not keep up. The decline of his fortunes coincided with his successfully winning a lawsuit against King Records for unpaid royalties in 1952, one of the few African American musicians to do so in the 1950s. This has led some, such as author Nick Tosches (in his book Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, which contains a chapter on Brown – gotta have it folks) to believe that Brown may have been blacklisted. When his pop

Frankie Lee Sims !

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Frankie ! Monday! Posting Time ! Mr Frankie Lee Sims picked up a guitar when he was 12 years old. By then, he had left his native New Orleans for Marshall, TX. After World War II ended, he played local dances and clubs around Dallas and crossed paths with T-Bone Walker, and he'd cut his first 78s in 1948 in Dallas. The guitarist recorded fairly prolifically for Los Angeles-based Specialty into 1954, then switched to Johnny Vincent's Ace label (and its Vin subsidiary) in 1957 to cut the mighty rockers "Walking with Frankie" and "She Likes to Boogie Real Low," both of which pounded harder than a ballpeen hammer. Sims mostly missed out on the folk-blues revival of the early '60s that his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins cashed in on handily. When he died at age 53 in Dallas of pneumonia, Sims was reportedly in trouble with the law due to a shooting incident and had been dogged by drinking problems. Goddamn. Frankie Lee Sims : * She Likes To Boogie Real Low

Ray Martin !

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Ray Martin (Born 'Raymond Wolfgang Kohn', and later anglicised his name) was a British orchestra leader and was noted for his light music compositions. Allmusic journalist, Bradley Torreano states "Ray Martin created a legacy for himself in British popular music through his work with his orchestra during the 1950s. In 1957, he emigrated to the U.S.. He composed, arranged, and conducted on recordings for Imperial, but he's best remembered for his albums for RCA. The two bloody fantastic tracks included here are taken from Martin's Dynamica (who is one of the highlights of RCA's Stereo Action series.) His regular appearances on radio and television kept him in the public spotlight, while his position at EMI Records made him an influential producer at the label. His use of pseudonyms has blurred the path of his career through the years, making his many contributions even harder to keep track of ! Ray Martin & His orchestra : * The Flight Of The Bumblebee

A Bloody Come Back Mix, Part V !!!

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It's a plane? No ! It's a bird? No ! It's a bloody come-back mix, part 5 !!! Oh my, 5 years of blogging, and here's the fifth comeback mix...not bad uh. As usual, play it naked and loud, and of course, no personal thoughts on this mix...at all. Boy, this one's mean. Rev. Frost Presents...A Bloody ComeBack Mix, Part 5 ! (51:33) - via rapidshare Tracklist : 01. The Challengers - Mr. Moto 02. Jesse James - I'm All Right 03. Carl Lester & Showstoppers - When You See Me Hurt 04. Kenny Owen - I Got The Bug 05. Big Maybelle - 96 Tears 06. The Cavaliers - Le Vème Cavalier 07. The Gants - Road Runner 08. Don Covay - The Boomerang 09. Nick Curran & The Nightlifes - Shot Down 10. Sammy Cotton - Give Me One More Drink 11. The Coasters - Bad Blood 12. Joe Thomas – Rocatella 13. The Shondells - Something's Got A Hold Of Me 14. Grace Chang - I Want Your Love 15. Jimmy Holiday - Love Me One More Time 16. Brownie McGhee - Anna-Mae 17. Amos Milburn Jr – Gloria 18.