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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Comic Book Crazy

Little Sammy Yates - Comic Book Crazy
What? No Archie!?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wynonie Harris, 1954

No matter where he goes, no matter what he does, the law enforcement ladies want to bust up Wynonie's party! Ten hours later: "Good morning, judge!" Photo courtesy the JET archives.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wynonie Harris, 1958

From the JET archives.

"Mini-skirts, Kids, Stores and Long Hair" ("Magasins Des Jeunes Mini Jupes et Cheveux Longs")

Documentary footage from France. Featuring an Ultra-Cool French Pop-Psych/Freakbeat band called "Les Something", who I don't think made any records. I couldn't find any info on them, anyway. Lots of great shots of cool 60's French dancing teens. It was labeled "Magasins Des Jeunes Mini Jupes et Cheveux Longs" which Google Translate tells me means "Mini-skirts, Kids, Stores and Long Hair". Not sure if that's an actual title or just something somebody made up. No idea when this was broadcast or on what show. via

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Impressions

With Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kays!!!

The Impressions - We're A Winner (2:18)

Desperate Man Blues

Tune in to Joe Bussard's Country Classics every Friday from 5-6 PM on WREK.  Underwritten by Dust-to-Digital records.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


These photos were shot in 1966 at an NCO club in Amberg, Germany. Via mcbooney.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ted Barron Live On The Ichiban Webstream

Tune in to the WFMU Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban webstream every Wednesday night from 8-10 PM to hear Ted Barron spin some of his favorite rock 'n' soul hits!!  Ted is the proprietor over at the Boogie Woogie Flu blog and a damn fine photographer to boot.  Expect to hear plenty of 78 RPM discs, the way rock 'n' soul was meant to be heard.

Playlists and archives will be available for your convenience.  Welcome Ted!!

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!


Monday, January 23, 2012

That Fly Belongs To Me

Lanz Miles - That Fly Belongs To Me
There sure is a lot going on in this song. R&B vocals, Country/Jazz instrumentation, Outer Space, Singing Flies... What more could you want? And just dig that label art!

(Your Last Kiss) TAKE IT AND GIT! - Pete Cooke and the Baby Dolls

Pressed on wacky Easter-egg blue vinyl in the early 60s. The Baby Dolls just want Pete to git, despite his hollering protestations that him not gitting will git them all the pleasures of the world. At least they give him one last kiss as they kick him out the door.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I Dig You Baby

Marvin Rainwater

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Behind the scenes at FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL (1969)

Featuring Brook Benton & Booker T & The MGs recording sessions (could this really be them recording "Time Is Tight?"), The Muscle Shoals horns working out an arrangement (that's gotta be Isaac Hayes playing sax, right?) and more. (A L'affiche Du Monde 3.22.69) via


Grab yo'sef some of that tasty Link Wray backing!

1961 Boo Hoo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday


Monday, January 16, 2012

"Cajun" Radio Promos

Here are some old cajun themed radio spots for a New Orleans car dealership.
Trosclair Radio Spots

MLK Mover: Shirley Wahls

KIP ANDERSON: I Wanna Be the Only One

Kip Anderson's first record. Blazing guitar by (I believe - let's see how long it takes the internet to tell me I'm wrong) Drink Small, singer of the immortal "Tittie Man" (on Ichiban Records). Things get pretty ridiculous at a minute thirty.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ichiban New Bin

Norma Jean - Heaven Help The Working Girl

Happy Sunday from Bunker Hill!!!

The Mighty Clouds Of Joy featuring David "BUNKER HILL" Walker on scorching lead vocals.

The Mighty Clouds Of Joy - You'll Never Know (1963)

Marijuana Grave (MP3)

Sam & Annie Taylor - Marijuana Grave

Here's some first-rate anti-drug propaganda warning of the perils of marijuana use.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Marvin Rainwater Month

Texas Bill Strength - Hillbilly Hades

Friday, January 13, 2012

Marvin Rainwater - A Gambler AND A Lover

Two goodies from Marvin Rainwater - both with ass whuppin' guitar!

First we have Marvin's version of Gamblin' Man (Roving Gambler)

And here's the loving "Rustic Rhythm" of  (There's Always) A Need For Love

Ichiban Live, Take Two!!

Last week, as you recall, we debuted a live show on the Ichiban webstream.  Tune in every Friday from 3-5 PM for Debbie Does WFMU!!  Or catch the archives at your convenience.  For requests/dedications email me at Live accuplaylist at HQ.

Coming soon: Todd-o-Phonic Todd, Matt Fiveash and Ted Barron LIVE on the Ichiban webstream!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Tonkobushi Rock & Roll

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rainwater Goes Fuzztone!

Marvin Rainwater - Indian Momma (1:56)

Here's a breathtakingly cool Marvin Rainwater track with some extra snarl provided by a fuzztone guitar.

Marvin Rainwater - Mr. Blues

Marvin Rainwater - Mr. Blues

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Morning wake 'n' shake: GUITAR GABLE and KING KARL go Walking in the Park

Ever wonder what happened when Aunt Mary finally caught bald head Sally and Uncle John "ducking" in the alley?

Turns out, Sally gets a truly brutal tongue lashing, climaxing with the immortal quatrain: "I'm gonna tear you apart like a dishrag; ain't gonna give you a chance to cry - and when I get through, you know that you will have to get better to die!"

Sally flees. Uncle John gets dragged home and accepts his lot in life.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Don't Knock Elvis (MP3)

Felton Jarvis - Don't Knock Elvis

In celebration of what would've been Elvis Presley's 77th birthday, here's an odd artifact from a very early stage in the career of songwriter and producer Felton Jarvis (1934 - 1981).

Jarvis was Elvis Presley's producer between the years 1966 and 1977, when Presley died. While still struggling to make a name for himself, he recorded this Elvis Presley tribute 45, which was released on the tiny VIVA label in August, 1959. While in the Marines in 1955, Jarvis experienced a life-changing event when was lucky enough to catch a live Elvis Presley show in Norfolk, Virginia.

Upon getting out of the Marines, he returned to Atlanta and went to work as a sheet music printer at Bill Lowery's National Recording Company (NRC). At the time, the label was over-flowing with talented performers who, in less than a decade, would be national stars: Jerry Reed, Mac Davis, Joe South, Ray Stevens and Freddy Weller. Jarvis moved into songwriting and producing, making a name for himself in 1961 by producing Every Beat Of My Heart, the first R&B #1 hit (of eleven, in all) for a local band called the Pips, soon to be renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. From NRC, Jarvis went to work for the ABC label, where he produced "Sheila" a huge national hit for Tommy Roe, another graduate of Lowery's NRC concern. After a few years at ABC, he moved over to RCA where he and Presley established a solid working relationship that worked out pretty well for both of them.

Welcome to the Marvin Rainwater Friendship Club

Marvin Rainwater Friendship Club Record (thanks to Billy Miller)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marvin Rainwater - The Haircut (MP3)

Marvin Rainwater - The Haircut (2:37)

Marvin's problem? His kid refuses to get a haircut, so Marvin rounds up one of his pals and they hatch a plan give the kid a haircut that even Sgt. Carter would love. Let's just say things don't exactly go according to plan.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hot And Cold

Whole Lotta Woman!

It just can't be Marvin Rainwater month without this clip.
Live in London!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January is Marvin Rainwater Month!

Down In The Cellar - Marvin Rainwater

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders Live

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Os Mutantes - "Caminhante Noturno" (English Version) (Chansons Du Bout Du Monde 7.20.69) Live in Color with Orchestra

Rare Os Mutantes clip from French TV, I don't think they ever recorded this song in English. cross-posted from

Monday, January 2, 2012

THE BIG MASHER: Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Like, oh baby, here I am! The Big Masher!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Takeshi Tadatsu

Starting Friday, January 6, 2012

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