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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

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Travis Wammack, Folk Rocker

Travis Wammack - Tomorrow Night

This catchy vocal folk-rocker is the flip of the instrumental Stay, posted here the other day.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Travis Wammack

Travis Wammack  -  Stay

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Vocal Group 45 of the Week


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Where I'd Like To Have Spent Christmas Forty-Seven Years Ago

The Imperial Hotel at 355 Peachtree Street in Atlanta was home to a succession of nightclubs in the old days, and my fellow Ichiban stalwart Greg G has shared many great ads for them in the past, both here and at his invaluable Atlanta Time Machine site. But to the best of my knowledge, he doesn't have this particular one!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tijuana Christmas

The Border Brass  -  Tijuana Christmas  (1:59)

The Border Brass was just one of many Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass knock-offs that helped feed the world's insatiable appetite for faux Latin easy listening instrumentals back in the late 1960s. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lionel Hampton - Hep Santa Claus

Via the Jet magazine archives (December, 1957).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa's Movin' On

Happy Magic Christmas

Leonard Clark and Land Of Sky Boys - Happy Magic Christmas  (Thanks to Greg O)

Friday, December 13, 2013

There's A UFO Up There

Travis Wammack - There's A UFO Up There

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chinky Grimes & Jimmy Rushing come to Brooklyn, 1955

Jimmy Rushing  -  Lotsa Poppa  (2:35)

Photo via the Jet magazine archives.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ruth Brown Beat Down

If you're fortunate enough to have a pair of lucky lips, you're probably safe from Ruth Brown's ferocious fists of fury.

Via the Jet magazine archives, 1954.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Louie Louie

Travis Wammack - Louie Louie

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Let's Go To Strollsville

 Boots Brown & The Blockbusters  -  Let's Go To Strollsville  (2:20)

1962 – The Sandy Springs High Class of ‘62 dances at the Marietta Country Club, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's photo Tumblr.  The original caption?  "Those of the Charleston era puzzled? This is ‘The Stroll."

Thunder Road


December Is Travis Wammack Month!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Makin' Bacon: Songs of the Squealin' Swine

1 Sound Stage Orch. with The Children's Showcase Singers: Five Little Piggies
2 Chuy Reyes & His Orch.: Oink, Oink Mambo
3 Classie Ballou: Crazy Mambo
4 Eddie Kirk: The Hawg (pt. 1)
5 Fred Mick with The Kingsmen: Daddy-O-Goose And The Three Little Piggies
6 Harry Roy & His Band, feat. Marjorie Kingsley: The Booglie Wooglie Piggy
7 The Dorsets: Pork Chops
8 The Satellites: My Piggie's Gotta Dance
9 James Carter & The Twilights: Wild Hog
10 Blind Boy Fuller: I Crave My Pig Meat
11 Christmas: A Pig Amongst Men
12 Dick Curless: Hogtown
13 Land O' Lakes Co-Op Radio: Profitable Extra Pigs
14 The Coasters: I'm A Hog For You Baby
15 Bobby Byrd: Hang It Up
16 Dale Hawkins: Little Pig
17 Chuck Higgins & His Band: Greasy Pig
18 Memphis Minnie: Selling My Pork Chops
19 Todd Rhodes: Hog Maw And Cabbage Slaw
20 The Jaguars: Hog Wild
21 Andre Williams & His New Group: Bacon Fat
22 Merced Blue Notes: Do The Pig
23 Bessie Smith & Her Band: Gimme A Pigfoot
24 The Groupies: Hog (I'm A Hog For You Baby)
25 The Who Orchestra (aka Graham Bond Organization): Waltz For A Pig
26 Land O' Lakes Co-Op Radio: Shrinking Prices
27 R.T. & The Potlickers: Sticky Pig Feet
28 Earl Jackson Orch., voc Luther Luper: Take Out The Squeal (If You Want A Meal)
29 Charlie Rich: Hawg Jaw
30 Freddy Cannon: I Loves Ya (Like A Hawg Loves Slop)
31 Otis Redding: Hawg For You
32 Cecil Payne: Ham Hocks
33 Jimmy Castor: Ham Hocks Espanol
34 Natural Bridge Bunch: Pig Snoots (pt. 1)
35 James Duncan: Three Little Pigs
36 The Pork Dukes: Making Bacon
37 Joe Tex: Looking For My Pig
38 Tony McKay: The Island Hog (pts. 1 & 2)
39 Troy Hess: Wild Hog Boogie
40 Chill Wills: The Hog
41 Bo Carter: Pig Meat Is What I Crave
42 Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys: Cincinnati Dancing Pig
43 Clarence Williams with Howard McGhee's Orch.: Bacon Blues
44 Grady Martin & His Winging Strings: Pork Chop Stomp
45 Tony Valla & The Alamos: Pork Chops
46 Land O' Lakes Co-Op Radio: Spring Start
47 The Four Blues: Chittlin's And Pigs Feet
48 George Harrison (live in Japan): Piggies
49 The Solotones: Pork And Beans
50 The Monkees: Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky
51 The Jive Bombers: Po'k Chop Boogie
52 Mel Blanc with Bonnie Baker: That's All, Folks (song!)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing: Ersatz Extravaganza

1 The Western Playboys, voc Les Guthrie: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee
2 uncredited: I Walk The Line
3 uncredited: Ready Teddy
4 Jimmy Leyden with Jimmy Carroll Orch. & Chorus: Stranded In The Jungle
5 Hank Smith: Heartbreak Hotel
6 Artie Malvin: Jailhouse Rock
7 Artie Malvin & The Brigadiers: Short Fat Fannie
8 unknown (Jap.): Little Darlin'
9 uncredited: Sweet Little Sixteen
10 Michael Reed: Don't You Just Know It
11 Edna McGriff with Jimmy Carroll & Orch.: Don't You Just Know It
12 Sam Cee: Johnny B. Goode
13 unknown (Jap.): What'd I Say
14 unknown (Jap.): Dynamite
15 Connie Landers: Vacation
16 Music City Five: Wipe Out
17 The Georgettes: Be My Baby
18 Ed Hardin: Suspicion
19 The Chords: Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
20 Betty York: My Love
21 The Jalopy Five: Help!
22 The Jalopy Five: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
23 Betty Richards: These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
24 Betty Richards: How Does That Grab You Darlin'
25 The Jalopy Five: Yellow Submarine
26 The Jalopy Five: Sock It To Me Baby
27 uncredited: Batman Theme
28 Sherry York: A Sign Of The Times
29 Bobby Sims: Wild Thing
30 Sandy: Bang Bang
31 Sherry Young: A Single Girl
32 Kathy Shannon: I Take It Back
33 The Classmates: Tighten Up
34 Jack & Sherry Young: Jackson
35 Alan Caddy Orch.: Fire
36 Alan Caddy Orch.: Want Ads
37 Alan Caddy Orch. & Singers: Double Barrel
38 Alan Caddy Orch.: Freddie's Dead
39 The Now Generation: Half-Breed

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sax on the beach

I fully expect my blogging privileges to be revoked after that groaner.  But in the meantime, check out Louis Jordan as he throws himself a beach party of the shores of Lake Michigan, 1966. Via the JET magazine archives.  Also pictured, the "leggy lovelies" Agatha Collins, Gwendolyn Roberts and Phyllis Campbell.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ape Call

Friday, November 15, 2013

I Like Girls!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Fang!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Shoot The Juice To Me Bruce - Part 2 (Ed. Repost)

When Ichiban boss Debbie blogged a Nervous Norvus 45 here yesterday, I was reminded of the positively eye-popping NN photos buried deep within the Life magazine archives. Photographer Ralph Crane snapped these images back in 1956 and they seem to have been hidden away in the vaults ever since.

Since Life's photographic treasures are not always labeled with 100% accuracy, finding them was a real stroke of luck. Instead of identifying him as Nervous Norvus, he's dubbed "Nervous Nervous" in the archives! Anyhow, these are only a few of the Nervous Norvus pictures they've got stashed away over there. Check out some more. Sure, many of them appear to be duplicates but have a look anyhow and your day will likely be made.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nervous Norvus Month

Snidely Whiplash tells you what you need to know about our hero over at the Song-Poem Archives.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Is Nervous Norvus Month!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ernie Anderson vs Ghoulardi

Ghouardi fans be sure to check out the amazing print by Drew Friedman available here!

I leave you with these fabulous out takes of the great Ernie Anderson losing his shit while doing voice over work for ABC television.  Anyone growing up in the 70's heard Ernie's amazing voice constantly on television, radio and movie trailers.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to Be a Vampire Victim in one Easy Lesson!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Norton Records Invades WFMU!

This just in from Rex:  Almost a year to the dreadful day that the flood waters of Sandy nearly washed them away--Norton Records is prouder and louder!  Join Billy and Miriam as they share the events of the past year of recovery and thrill to the sounds of several new Norton releases!  Plus special guest Charles Plymell, author of Benzedrine Highway (Kicks Books) will check in and take us on a ride in his Rocket 88.  Set your radio dial to 91.1 FM and stay tuned!

This Saturday on Fool's Paradise 1-3 PM EST.

Listen to the archive.

Ghoulardi Shock Theater - The Hypnotic Eye

The Whigs - Chicken Switch

Here's The Wigs, hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. Yesterday, we shared the group's fantastic publicity shot, showing the group clad in colonial-era garb.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Wigs

Wigs Warble:  Wearing colonial style wigs and George Washington-type garments, Cleveland vocal group called The Wigs score big in their night club appearances.  Fancy dress and buckled shoes of yesteryear are no bar to their modern rhythm and blues numbers."  Jet - 1964

All I can say is, I sure hope they did the Buckle Shoe Stomp.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I Want A Radio

Ichiban Radio!

(Thanks to Chris T for the jingle!)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel!

More Ghoulardi/Ghoul mayhem! Presenting Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Three Sixpacks, Two Arms And A Juke Box

Johnny Seay  -  Three Sixpacks, Two Arms And A Juke Box 

Most of Johnny's hits, not that there were all that many of them - but he did have a smattering of chart success stretching from the late 1950s until near the end of the 60s, were released under the name of Johnny Sea.  The pronunciation didn't change, only the spelling, when he reverted to his birth name of Seay.  In any event, this 1968 outing gets my nod for the Honky-Tonk Record Of The Week, full-up with fiddles, steel guitar and heart-wrenching lyrics about blotting out pain with the help of a little binge drinking.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Five Minutes To Live

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ghoulardi Party Part Two!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ghoulardi Party Part One


Friday, October 4, 2013

Ghoulardi's Pet Sounds

So cool it with the boom-booms, overday! As originally compiled by Kogar The Swinging Ape !

Ghoulardi necktie party

Ghoulardi - Desert Rat

Desert Rat by Duane Eddy - The flip of Boss Guitar
& Ghoulardi's main theme music.


October Is Ghoulardi Month? Sounds Just Right!

October Is Ghoulardi Month

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Surfer From Tennessee (MP3)

Joey Paige  -  Surfer From Tennessee

What, y'all didn't know hillbillies loved surfing?

Muscle Shoals Giveaway

Ichibaners have been offered free tickets to see the Muscle Shoals documentary at the IFC Center in NYC this weekend.  Just go to the website and use the code "ShareTheShoals".  It deserves to be seen on a big screen.

You can also win the above poster and soundtrack by tweeting any of these photos with the hashtag
#MuscleShoalsWin.  T&C apply.

Spotify users can listen to playlists compiled by Rick Hall and David Hood.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

Rose Maddox  -  On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

Rose Maddox dips into the Hank Williams songbook and emerges with a winner.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Muscle Shoals

Don't be put off by Bone-o! This is one of the best music docs out there.

 Jimmy Hughes - Steal Away
Arthur Alexander - I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full
James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
Terry & the Chain Reaction - Keep Your Cool
Tommy Roe - Everybody
Liza Minelli - Everyone's F***ing But Me (unreleased)
Bobby Gentry - Fancy

Rent it on Itunes

Monday, September 23, 2013

Heartaches By The Gallon?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down

 Rose Maddox - Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down

Sally Let Your Bangs Hand Down appeared on Rose Maddox's 1960 Capitol LP, The One Rose, one of her earliest efforts at striking out on her own after the demise of the Maddox Brothers & Rose.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rose Maddox Month

Dedicated to Matt Fiveash.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"C'mere, Loverboy!"

Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me

Rose Maddox  -  Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Plastic Eyeball Debut

Via the JET magazine archives, here's the photo run by the mag to let everyone know about Sammy Davis Jr's new eyeball in June, 1955.  For the search engines:

"Sammy Davis Jr. Doffs Eyepatch: Removing his now-famous eye patch for the opening performance at Las Vegas' New Frontier Hotel, entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. unveils his new plastic left eye for the scrutiny of his uncle, Will Mastin.  Sammy lost his eye in California auto crash."  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Rose Maddox

Hillbilly Music...Thank God!
Ichiban Achievement Award goes to Marshall Crenshaw for this compilation.

Rose Maddox & Buck Owens - Mental Cruelty
Rose Maddox - Take Me Back Again

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Step Right In - Rose Maddox

Here are a couple of tough honky-tonk numbers Rose Maddox released in 1967.  Somehow, neither side charted, but they're well-worth checking out.

Rose Maddox  -  Step Right In  (2:25)

Rose Maddox  -  Through The Bottom Of The Glass  (2:27)