WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D


    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Live Like A King...

    ...The King of Western Swing, that is.

    You can do so by purchasing Bob Wills' Fresno home, known back then as the Triple-B Ranch - named for Bob, his wife Betty, and their son Bob Jr.  The somewhat derelict house stands about 10 miles NE of downtown Fresno and it turns out a developer would really like to tear it down to build a subdivision of shiny new houses.  Local preservationists, however, are doing their best to save it and that's where you come in.  The developer has agreed to sell the house for $1, provided you move it and pay for all the associated expenses.  Google map

    This is the house, by the way, where Wills resided during the time he and his Texas Playboys recorded the fabled Tiffany Transcriptions in San Francisco, one of the band's many artistic high water marks.  These were basically live recording sessions that were distributed to various radio stations for syndication purposes.

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Mace And Grenades: Instrumentalists Sing

    1 Johnny Otis: Willie And The Hand Jive
    2 Al Casey & Corkey & The Bats: Give'n Up
    3 Chet Baker: That Old Feeling
    4 Woody Herman & His Orch. (voc Woody Herman): Misirlou
    5 Albert Ayler: New Generation
    6 Randy Rudolph (aka Boots Randolph): Percolator
    7 Hugh McCracken: You Blow My Mind
    8 The Cramps (ld voc Ivy): Get Off The Road
    9 Little Beaver: I Love The Way You Love
    10 The Clash, voc Paul Simonon: The Guns Of Brixton
    11 Roy Clark: Thank God And Greyhound
    12 Leon McAuliffe: Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
    13 Little George Benson: She Makes Me Mad
    14 The Ventures: Cookies And Coke (their only vocal ever?)
    15 Jimmy & Duane: Soda Fountain Girl (Duane Eddy & Jimmy Delbridge)
    16 Hugh Masekela: I Wasn't Made For These Times
    17 King Curtis: Ridin' Thumb
    18 Jack Nitzsche: Marie
    19 Dick Dale & The Del-Tones: Those Memories Of You
    20 Lonnie Mack: Where There's A Will There's A Way
    21 Mickey Baker: Love Me Baby
    22 Link Wray: Fallin' Rain
    23 Doc Severinsen: Okefenokee
    24 Cliffie Stone Orch., voc Speedy West & Billy Strange: Barracuda
    25 Stuff Smith: Here Comes The Man With The Jive
    26 NRBQ, voc Tom Ardolino: 1-2-3
    27 Jimmy Page: She Just Satisfies
    28 Jeff Beck: Hi Ho Silver Lining
    29 Jerry Cole: Come On Over To My Place
    30 Hal Blaine: Bang Bang Rhythm
    31 Dr. Feelgood: Paradise (voc Wilco Johnson -- Lee Brilleaux refused to sing this one!)
    32 Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns: You're Down With Me
    33 Wingie Manone (pic above) & His Orch.: Stop The War (The Cats Are Killin')
    34 Ike Turner: Takin' Back My Name
    35 Jimmy Nolen: Let's Try Again
    36 Koko Taylor with Willie Dixon: Insane Asylum
    37 Lionel Hampton: What's Happening, Baby
    38 Moondog: All Is Loneliness
    39 Oscar Peterson Trio: Calypso Blues
    40 Charles Mingus: Eat That Chicken
    41 Travis Wammack: There's A UFO Up There
    42 The Sex Pistols (voc Steve Jones): Silly Thing
    43 Hugh Masekela: Mace And Grenades


    Nick Tosches Month

    Read 'em all!

    Did That Really Happen? Solomon Burke Plays Country!

    By Ken Eppstein 5/2013

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Nick Tosches Month

    Lyrics by Nick Tosches.

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    I'm In Love With Your Knees

    By Nick Tosches and Austin Thomas.

    Nick Tosches Month

    Here's a great essay written by Joe Bonomo about our hero.

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Two Pizzaburgers Please!

    Joe Houston & a Half Ton Of Glamor, Jet Magazine, 1955.

    Joe Houston  -  Two Pizzaburgers Please

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Nick Tosches Month

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Nick Tosches Month

    Super Heavy Blues Express

    Forty-two years ago today in downtown Atlanta, the Super Heavy Blues Express came to town.  And what a truly astonishing line-up -  Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Al Hibbler, with Jelly Roll as an added attraction.

    Via the pages of Atlanta's radical underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird and the Georgia State University Library Archives.

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    The Lovely Jewel Brynner

    Singer Jewel Brynner (yes, her name was a nod to chrome-domed actor Yul Brynner) is shown here in early 1959, performing at Pittsburgh's Hi-Top Lounge with Wee Walkin' Willie.  Via the Jet archives.  Photo by Clarence Pennywell Jr.

    Fast Freight

    Happy birthday, Ritchie ("Arvee Allens") Valens

    I Like Peanut Butter

    The Four Blazers - Peanut Butter

    Nick Touches On Fool's Paradise With Rex

    September 3, 2011

    Sunday, May 12, 2013


    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Nick Tosches On The Hound's Show

    June 29, 1991

    July 11, 1992

    Also see the Hound blog for more insight and inspiration.

    The Devil In George Jones

    This richly illuminating profile of George Jones comes to us from Nick Tosches, and was published by Texas Monthly back in 1994. It's highly recommended reading and a mighty fine way to spend an hour or two Nick Tosches Month.

    Image via Tommy Bishop.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Six Days On The Road

    From 1961, here is the rarely heard original version of Six Days On The Road by Paul Davis, made into a timeless country truck-driving classic when Dave Dudley recorded it in 1963.  Thanks to YouTuber Mattys45s for sharing it.

    The tune was co-written by Carl Montgomery (brother of singer Melba Montgomery) and Earl Green, who also co-wrote another indispensable trucker classic, the Willis Brothers ' Give Me Forty Acres.

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Bobby Marchan

    By Ken Eppstein  2013

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Ichiban's #1 Song Of All Time

    Our team of experts has concluded that Ernie K Doe's "Mother-In-Law" is the greatest song ever recorded.  Written by Allen Toussaint and featuring Benny Spellman's perfect back-up singing, it sounds fresh and inspiring after repeated listenings.  Thanks for the magic.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Nick Tosches Month