WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D


    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Happy New Year!

    Return To Malamondo


    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)