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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Up On The Roof

The Cookies (45)

Wine, Women And Song

Loretta Lynn (45)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Spike Jones, 1954

Spike Jones. More great Spike Jones photos from the LIFE archives can be found here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Monday, September 27, 2010

The Man Who Knows

Los Wikingos - El Viernes En Mi Recuerdo (mp3)



Saturday, September 25, 2010


Friday, September 24, 2010


Dig In!

Knickerbocker Hotel, 1741 Ivar Avenue, Hollywood.

"The Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel broke ground yesterday (6/8/55) for its new Sun and Cabana Club to be constructed adjoining the hotel. Participating in the rites were: (left to right) Herman B. Sarno, hotel president; Film starlets Heidi Heidemann, Beverly Anderson, and Kathy Marlowe; Comedian Jack Carson; Film Actress Connie Towers; and Singing star Byron Palmer."


The Urn On The Mantel (Country MP3)

Tex Williams - The Urn On The Mantel (2:23)

From 1951, here is Tex Williams' irresistible debut on RCA Victor.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Sunday, September 19, 2010


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chyvonne Answers Barbara Lynn

Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose A Good Thing (45)
Chyvonne Scott - You Lost Your Good Thing

Barbara Lynn will be appearing live at the Brooklyn Soul Festival on Friday, October 8th at the Bell House in Brooklyn.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Fool's Paradise

Did you miss Rex's interview with Hardrock Gunter last weekend?  Don't worry.  You can catch the archive here.  Stay tuned for an upcoming guest spot with Terry Zwigoff on the DVD release of his 1986 documentary Louie BluieSaturdays 1-3 PM on WFMU.

Jackass Blues

Elton Britt - Jackass Blues (2:09)

Elton Britt's 1952 barnyard classic proves his amazing vocal talents extended way beyond his trademark yodel.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jungle 45 of the Week!


Joey Reynolds

The Four Seasons - Joey Reynolds Theme Song (mp3)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Doodles Weaver and Vampira, 1956

In 1956, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce hired Doodles Weaver and Vampira to portray Mr. & Mrs. Droopert, a fictional couple used in their annual traffic safety campaign. This outstanding photo comes to us via the USC Digital Library.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Recent Additions To The Ichiban New Bin

Beehives & Bumper Bullets: A spotlight on the country gals of the 1960s from T-Bird records.  Stand out tracks include Diddy Boppin' And Motor Mouthin' (mp3) by Clara Dean and Lonesome Lovin' Diesel Drivin' Man (mp3) from Penny Jay.  Hear them all on the Ichiban stream.

Special Thanks to Kitty Wells and Rex.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

R.I.P. The King

King Coleman and The Creepy T's at the 2005 WFMU Record Fair

Funky 16 Corners posted the Boo Boo Song here.

Dance Time CD

Crazy Feeling (mp3)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jungle 45 of the Week!


Does Steppin' Out Mean Daddy Took A Walk (MP3)

Red Sovine - Does Steppin' Out Mean Daddy Took A Walk (3:03)

This week's "Country MP3 Of The Week" isn't pulled off a 45; instead it comes from Red Sovine's 1976 Teddy Bear LP. The song, rendered with Sovine's trademark deadpan panache, is delivered from the perspective of a little kid who is struggling to understand all the neighborhood gossip about his horndog of a dad.

The neighbors have been doing plenty of gum-flapping on the topic, but some of the language is just beyond the kid's grasp so he comes to mom with questions like:

"Does stepping out mean daddy went out walking?"

"Does two-timing mean daddy stepped out twice?"

"Does ladies man mean daddy's a sissy?"

Image via Dr. Tabouli's Flickr stream.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The "In" Sound With Harry Harrison

Tommy James - Mirage (mp3)

In the mid 1960's, Harry Harrison had a weekly radio spot where he asked fans what they thought the next hit would be.  He conducted brief interviews with the band, played the selected song and plugged the army.   I wonder how many of these are out there.

Intermission Time

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Love Bug . . . LIVE!

We shared the 45 a couple months back, but here's a live clip of George Jones' The Love Bug, with the extra bonus of seeing the young Johnny Paycheck (with a badass haircut!) singing harmony vocals.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Phantom 309 (MP3)

Edgar Buchanan - Phantom 309

I'm of the opinion that nobody could ever top Red Sovine's definitive version of Phantom 309, a spooky and dramatic recitation with a truck-driving theme composed by singer and songwriter Tommy Faile.

But Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe from TV's Petticoat Junction) has nothing to hang his head about.

Next week: Red Sovine himself makes an appearance with a song about about infidelity.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jungle 45 of the Week!

Jumpin_JUngle (one more time?)

Ichiban Caption Contest!

It's time for an Ichiban Caption Contest! If you win, you will receive an Ichiban Prize Pack that is guaranteed to make you the envy of all your friends and neighbors. Leave your caption in the comments section. If you're truly comically gifted, feel free to enter multiple times.

Ichiban hostess Debbie D is the judge and the deadline is Monday at noon.

Photo courtesy of Special Collections Department, Georgia State University.

Editor's Note:  Please, keep it classy

And the winner is: 

That picture doesn't need a caption!!

Sent in by Eegah!! and Tabonga!

Congratulations and thanks for entering.