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    Friday, April 30, 2010

    Homer and Jethro

    Henry "Homer" Haynes (1920-1971) and Kenneth "Jethro" Burns (1920-1989) were session musicians until they convinced Syd Nathan of King Records to let them release a comedy album. They had one hit with "I Feel That Old Age Creeping On" then moved to RCA Records when Syd stole the song and had Wynonie Harris record it as "I Feel That Old Age Coming On". That's Showbiz.

    May is Homer & Jethro month on Ichiban. Do the Homer & Jethro Boogie to get yourself in the mood.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Detroit Breakdown

    This just in from the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation:

    The following artists will be bringing their multi-faceted talents to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors' "Roots of American Music" day-long program: sixties garage icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians, iconoclastic rockers The Gories and Death, nomadic bluesman Eddie Kirkland, stirring soul singers Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, Motown hitmakers The Velvelettes and Dennis Coffey and R&B all stars The Party Stompers. July 31st!

    ? and the Mysterians - Are You For Real (45)

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Rest In Peace

    Floyd Dakil image from Garage Hangover

    Bad Boy
    Dance Franny Dance
    Kitty Kitty

    Photos by Jacob Blickenstaff from SXSW 2009

    Kicking Off May Is Homer and Jethro Month In April

    D-I-V-O-R-C-E (B-A-C-O-N & E-G-G-S)

    Double Super Buzz

    The Dancing Outlaw, Jesco White

    The Rebels of the South are back with The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia, debuting next month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Our Man Of The Hour, Deke Dickerson scored the soundtrack and you can rent it on your computer and watch it right now.

    "If you want to get to Heaven, you've got to raise a little Hell"

    Tune in to Fool's Paradise on Saturday May 1 when Rex welcomes director Julien Nitzberg!!

    Floyd Dakil RIP

    Sad news from Texas: Floyd Dakil died over the weekend. According to this article in the Dallas Observer, Dakil was a pretty great guy.

    Saturday, April 24, 2010

    Woman's Got Soul

    The Impressions - Woman's Got Soul (1965 ABC)

    Nobel Prize For Love

    Denise LaSalle - A Love Reputation (1967 Chess)

    Draggin' Wagon

    The Surfer Girls - Draggin' Wagon (45)

    Thursday, April 22, 2010


    Hasil Adkins

    Hasil Adkins April 29th, 193? - April 26th 2005


    Celebrate Hasil Adkins Month by listening to some of the records pictured above! Most available from the fine folks at NORTON RECORDS! Also hit your local chicken shack and eat some chicken in Hasil's honor...

    (painting by Joe Coleman)

    Bonus mp3's




    Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Touch of Evil

    Here's the Main Title music from the Soundtrack album to the Orson Welles film Touch of Evil. This is the song that plays behind the famous opening sequence. Composed by Henry Mancini and performed by The Universal International Orchestra conducted by Joseph Gershenson.

    Universal International Orchestra - Main Title

    Arch Hall, Jr

    Our hero makes his debut in this 1961 classic, The Choppers. Featuring his two smash hits, "Konga Joe" and "Monkey In A Hat Band"

    Saturday, April 17, 2010

    Arch Hall, Jr

    Happy Record Store Day!


    Friday, April 16, 2010

    Capture Of The Monkey Girl

    Kentucky State Fair, 1944. From the LIFE archives.

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    Record Store Day

    One last call for your favorite record store related photo for the slide show.

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    James Moore, better known to the world as Slim Harpo, created the greatest works in the history of modern civilization in any medium. One of these is "Baby, Scratch My Back", presented here along with several worthy other versions, plus an unrelated but nonetheless excellent slab of limey fuzz also entitled "Scratch My Back". The Otis Redding and Booker T. versions contain some of Steve Cropper's finest moments, in my unwanted opinion.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Tommy James & The Shondells

    The legendary Tommy James stops by Music To Spazz By thursday night to discuss his new book; Me, the Mob, and the Music. 8- 11 PM. Archives.

    Tommy James & The Shondells - Say I Am (What I Am) Listen

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Tempest Storm


    Sunday, April 11, 2010

    Hairpieces Lusterized Here!

    Homer & Jethro - No Hair Sam (2:10)

    Samson's ad: Billboard - June 17, 1967

    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Country Comedy

    In 1972, the Statler Brothers introduced us to Lester "Roadhog" Moran and his Cadillac Cowboys. They were an exaggeration of an awful country band trying to make it in Nashville, complete with a 15 minute radio show on Saturday mornings on the fictional WEAK in Rainbow Valley. They also played the Johnny Mack Brown High School dance every Saturday night and released two albums, Country Music Here And Now and Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School. Listen to Alive and you will become a fan of the Statlers.

    1-Lester "Roadhog" Moran and his Cadillac Cowboys Saturday Radio Show (mp3)
    2-Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School
    3-Audition Tape

    Friday, April 9, 2010

    "Not Even a Mediocre Time...!"

    Who is Cathy? Who are Poag and Hutcheson? When and more importantly why was this disc ever recorded? Completely mysterious and practically indescribable, I offer you the Epic "My Name Is Cathy."

    Poag-Hutcheson - My Name Is Cathy

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    Dolemite & Jimmy "Mr. Motion" Lynch At The Lakeside Lounge

    Rudy Ray Moore - Ring A Ling Dong (mp3)
    Jimmy Lynch - Notions Of Mr. Motion

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    It's Been A Good Year For The Roses

    George & Tammy - We're Gonna Hold On (mp3)
    George & Tammy - We're Not The Jet Set

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    "Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Bono

    Anyone who's spent much time being bombarded by my musical choices knows that two things I really love are Sonny Bono's solo records, as collected on the Rhino Handmade version of Inner Views (I'd avoid the Collector's Choice edition, which is only that album without his other singles), and Beach Boys' Party! So imagine my joy to hear Sonny's peanut butter in the Beach Boys' chocolate! Two great tastes that taste great together!

    (Incidentally, you should go here, where the Sonny label is swiped from, to see one of the coolest autograph-collecting strategies I've ever seen)

    Mr. Lucky's

    Wanda Jackson - Whirlpool (45)

    Sunday, April 4, 2010

    Frank Sutton On His Day Off

    What happens when Frank Sutton drops by the LA Dodgers locker room? He makes a beeline for pitcher Claude Osteen (nickname: Gomer) and berates him for his stupidity and knuckleheadededness. He couldn't help himself, I guess.

    More on the late great Frank Sutton over here on WFMU's Beware Of The Blog.

    The Shaynes

    1966 Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    The Shaynes - You Tell Me Girl (mp3s)
    The Shaynes - From My Window
    The Shaynes - Valarie

    The Spiders - The Road To Bali