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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)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Rose & The Killer

Rose Maddox & Jerry Lee Lewis

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rose Maddox Month

Rose Maddox - Move It On Over

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Honky Tonkin'

Rose Maddox  -  Honky Tonkin'

The Hot Rod Jordanaires

Jordanaires  -  Malibu Run  (2:04)

Recently, while scrounging for 45s out in the Atlanta suburbs I found this mystifying head-scratcher by the Jordanaires.  Who would've figured these tame but talented background vocalists for Rip Chords wannabes with a passion for hot rod sounds?  Certainly not I.  And how about the fact that this extraordinarily unlikely disc was produced by Don Law and Frank Jones, Columbia's in-house go-to guys for classic Nashville country sounds by people like Ray Price, Carl Butler and Pearl, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell and others.  And I have no idea who author R. Wilkins is but I wonder if he's somehow related to Bucky Wilkin (no "s" at the end) who wrote and recorded a substantial body of hot rod work in Nashville as a member of Ronny & The Daytonas

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Louis Nye, Silly Guy

He would have turned a hundred this year. Gordon Hathaway. Sonny Drysdale. Raise a glass (better still, as Gordon advised on his Heigh-Ho Madison Avenue album, hoist some “Martinis and Miltown”). Or offer a heartfelt “Boola boola” as raccoon-coated Sonny did on more than one episode of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Steve Allen, it’s been persuasively argued, was the first hip spy in the house of TV, abetting the earliest visitations by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack Kerouac, Frank Zappa, the Collins Kids and countless other outsiders to millions of American living room; he “had the true spirit of a comic anarchist fluttering like a red flag in his soul,” wrote James Wolcott.

 Louis Nye (1913-2005) was among the more subversive offerings of Allen’s late-Fifties/early-Sixties show. Appearing weekly in skits and ‘Man on the Street’ bits, Nye’s Gordon Hathaway wasn’t merely funny, batting his eyes, cocking coy smiles, dropping Mad-Ave and Greenwich Village jargon into his exchanges with Allen. He was a cultural signifier of a half dozen things that, much like race and ethnicity, official America found too taboo to talk about. He was a louche aesthete and style cat, an uninhibited wit who couldn’t tell you who won last week’s big game, who was maybe gay, who hung with bohemians and cracked about getting high. Walking into frame in his thin tie, button-down Gant and Tyrolean hat, Gordon (whose shtick was usually written by Allen staffers Stan Burns and Herb Sargent) confounded prevailing notions of how guy-hood was supposed to play. If Lord Buckley was the Fifties’ avatar of the Sixties, Gordon Hathaway was, in his own way, the coal-mine canary that brought news of much that society would eventually accept and respect.

Nye’s brief (1962) run as Clampett banker Mr. Drysdale’s playboy son Sonny was juicy if wildly anachronistic; The Beverly Hillbillies’ writers wrote the eternal college student as a prancing refuge from the Thirties. It was as Gordon Hathaway that Nye killed, with heavy doses of sly and silly—not just on Allen’s show, but on singles like “Teenage Beatnik” (“I like to cha-cha in my Bermuda shorts” and LPs like Heigh-ho Madison Avenue and Here’s Nye in Your Eye, where the proto-Mad Men tropes fly fast and furious (“Let’s toss it down the well and check it for splash”). If you can find the latter set, dig “Hipster in a Bank” and be set free.

A SCORPION by any other name...

I while back I wrote a blog about Jimmie McConville's amazing contribution to the Instrumental genre; Scorpion. It was released under his own name, and later by his band The Carnations.

Well, as an adden-dumb to that post, I present this. An outright theft of Scorpion by a band called The Dawn Beats. Not sure what year this is from, probably early 60's. 

Here is the original post:


And here is Road_Block.

Notice the similarities...

Monday, September 2, 2013

Star Time

B.B. Kings Blues Club is celebrating the Girl Group Sound this coming Sunday, September 8th!!  Be there for an amazing line up of the original ladies behind all the hits.  Ichiban favorites Baby Washington, Maxine Brown, Louise Murray, Lillian Walker, Margaret Ross, Barbara Harris, Toni Wine, Nanette Licari and Beverly Warren.  The ladies will be backed up by the Boyfriends, featuring members of Yo La Tengo, Loser's Lounge and the Uptown Horns.  Directed by Jeremy Chatzky and produced by Jill Sternheimer.  WFMU's Gaylord Fields and Dave the Spazz will MC.  Don't miss this historic event!!

Cookies - Up On The Roof

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rose Maddox Month

September is Rose Maddox Month here on Ichiban.  

Wild Wild Young Men 1955