Struttin My Stuff # 22 - He´s A Rebel

When Phil was still popular with the girls...
Good day to you all and welcome to Struttin My Stuff # 22!
Like I promised  last week, we kick off with a bunch of Phil Spector tunes. Apart from that we have loads of blues, some tough R ´n´ B ladies,  great Afro- Funk, a few US Soul Brothers, Belgian Soul Brother Jacques Brel and - among more - a fantastic live version  of the Ethiopian classic Tzeta by the Either/Orchestra. (We played 
Bezawork Asfews version last week.) Called Soul Tezeta here,  the first few seconds - before the singing  starts-  you would bet your life on it that you´re listening to a Van Morrison live-show from the late nineties or so.
Anyway, last show ´till september, this one. Time for a summer break. Time for updating and revising the show playlists and The Never Ending Playlist - yes, we´ve been sloppy in this field, lately. Time also to think about new shows for the second part of the year, maybe put some video´s on our You Tube channel, solve technical problems  et cetera  et cetera. We might even have some time for a little holiday. 
For now, In the words of what might be our show outro: see you later!

TB Turpentine
Playlist Struttin My Stuff # 22  He´s A Rebel
intro: ´Don´t Fuck It, Phil´
01 John Lennon - Slippin  And Slidin  (Apple, 1973)
02 The Ronettes - Be My Baby (Philles, 1963)
03 Jean DuShon -  Talk To Me, Talk To Me  (Atco, 1961)
04 The Ronettes - Baby I Love You (Philles, 1963)
05  The Crystals  (Darlene Love & The Blossoms) - He´s A Rebel (Philles, 1962)
06  Clarence Edwards - Lonesome Bedroom Blues  (Blue Horizon, 1970)
07  The Highway Q. C´s - The Way Up The Hill (Vee Jay, 1957)
08 Little Johnny Taylor - Somewhere Down The Line  (Galaxy, 1963)
09  Varetta Dillard - That´s Why I Cry (RCA Victor, 1957)
10  Jo Tongo aka Jojo L´Explosif - Dig It Babe  (Akue, 1968)
11 Cookie & The Cupcakes - I´m Twisted (Paula/ Lyric, 1959)
12 Roland Alphonso - President Kennedy (ND, 1965)
13 Clarence Carter - What Was I Supposed To Do? (Future Stars/Ronn, 1977)
14 Johnny Lewis - Jealous Man
15 Georgia Crackers -  Georgia Black Bottom
16  Blind Blake - George Bound
17 Cousin Leroy - Waiting At The Station
18  Gnonnas Pedro Et Ses Panchos - Okpo Videa  Bassouo
19 Willy de Ville - 18 Hammers
20  Either Orchestra -  Soul Tezeta
21 Wallace Cheese Read - Je Charche Tout Partout
22 Whispering Smith - Storm In Texas AKA Texas Flood
23  Big Mama Thornton & Group -  You Did Me Wrong
24 Baby Washington - Knock Yourself Out  (J & S, 1958)
25 James & Bobby Purify - She Ain´t Gonna Do Right
26 Dottie Daniels - Play Me A Sad Song
27 Jacques Brel - Quand On n´a Que L´Amour
outro: Lemmy Special Mabaso - See You Later

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Struttin My Stuff # 21 - Jailbirds

Ex-convict? Lucky bastard!
 A very warm welcome to  ya´ all , here´s Struttin My  Stuff  # 21,  from the jailhouse this time.

Starting with an absolutely wild version of Jailhouse Rock by Dean Carter (real name: Arliee Neaville) with an out of this world solo on a 12 string dobro. In later years our man Dean just recorded gospel tunes and hymns, by the way.
The Mono Men from the US state of Washington  follow, with their meaty garage instrumental Behind Bars, before with move up to Sweden  for the ska tune Of Them Outta Jail by The Skalatons.
Things getting serious now folks, with people not only singing about prison, but actually being  in it - at least at the time of  recording. For  the United States (about one in every 100 adults in the US are in jail at the moment!)  there are two names which stands out when it comes to recording prisoners´ songs. One of them is, of course,  Alan Lomax. We play two of his 1943 recordings  ( by ´Alex´ and ´Jimson´)  made in  the prison .
The other jail recording master is Harry Oster. Largely unknown to the general public Oster´s work as a roots music researcher is just a valuable as Lomax´. Oster, to say just one thing, was the guy who discovered blues great Robert Pete Williams, in Louisiana´s Angola Prison in 1959. For an  interesting article about Oster and his blues recordings, go to Big Road Blues blog. We will play some of Foster´s prison blues in a later show. But in this episode we stick to one of his other major achievements: Oster was actually one of the first who  recorded  the music of the Louisiana Acadians. From Oster´s 1959 lp The Folksongs Of The Louisiana Acadians we play Bee Deshotels´  beautiful  Aux  Natchitoches.

We have a new logo (thanks again, Daniel Pérez!) which features a Ruth Brown record sleeve. We never played much of Ruth records so far (in fact only I Don´t Know in show # 12,  so here´s Ruth with the ballad Anyone But You.  
When Ruth Brown is around,  Lavern Baker is never far away. This time she´s here with Hey Memphis  an adaption of Doc Pomus´ Little Sister, made famous by Elvis himself.
 Both  Brown´s and Baker´s record were produced for -Atlantic by Phil Spector. Talkin about jailbirds! Old Phil has to spent 19 years in prison because he shot  actress Lana Clarkson.  We´ll play a lot more Spector on next  show, but for now: have fun!

TB Turpentine

PS.  I just saw the footage of the Amy Winehouse ´show´ in Belgrado. Yes Amy, I´m wondering now!

Playlist Struttin My Stuff # 21 - Jailbirds
Intro: ´How I Got In The Penententiary
01 Dean Carter - Jailhouse Rock
02 The Monon Men - Behind Bars
03 The Skalatones -  Of Them Outta Jail
04 ´Alex´- Prison Blues
05 Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail
06  Th´Legendary Shack Shakers -  Hoptown Jailbreak
07 ´Jimson´and men with axes - No More, My Lawd
08 Bezawork Asfew - T´zeta
09 Amy Winehouse- You´re Wondering Now
10 Rail Band - Moko Jolo
11 LaVern Baker - Hey Memphis
12 The Hi-Liters - Feelin´ Allright This Morning
13  Big Jay McNeely - The Goof
14 Bruce Upshaw - Rosilee
15 Rev. A. Johnson - Death In The Morning
16  The New Mastersounds - 102 per cent
17 Prince Dgibs - Ogningwe
18 Kaz Lux with John Schuursma -  Sinner´s Prayer
19 Marion Williams - Wicked Messenger
20 The Four Brothers -  Usagare Ne Chigumbu
21 Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Over The River
22  Roy Hawkins - I Walk Alone
23 Ruth Brown - Anyone But You
24 Elmore James - I Believe My Time Ain´t Long 
25 Painted Ship - And She Said Yes
26 June Bateman - Possum Belly Overalls
27  Dan Pickett - Decoration Day
28  Bee Deshotels - Aux  Natchitoches
Outro: Magic Dick - Magic´s Mood

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Struttin My Stuff # 20 - The Devil Can´t Save Your Soul

Keep those sinners away!

Greetings to ya all!

The devil can´t save your soul and soul can´t save you from the devil. Soul can save you from God though: there have been numerous well known soul artists who started in gospel music. People like Little Johnny TaylorOV Wright, Wilson Picket, Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson all  began their careers singing the Lord´s music. Maybe the most discussed of them all is Sam Cooke, who in 1957 left The Soul Stirrers to become a R ´n´ B and pop star.

In the blues field those career moves have been less frequent, when it comes to big stars.  Maybe the switch from God to the Devil is too big.  I don´t know of any blues star who really had a earlier career as a gospel artist. (Yes, BB King sang in the gospel choir as a boy, but which blues artist did not start in church?)  A lot of blues artists though, have recorded occasionally gospel numbers or have played and or recorded both, blues and spirituals, simultaneously.

For some (or a lot?) of them this dichotomy mirrored their private lives. A guy like Delta blues pioneer Charley Patton performed and wrote spirituals and preached in local churches. That didn´t keep him from drinking and partying, going through eight marriages and of having his throat cut by a jealous husband. No wonder Patton died at the early age of 43, because of heart problems. His last week on earth he spent in bed because of a bronchitis, all the time preaching from the
Book of Revelations.Shortly before he died Patton went to New York for his last recording session. There he recorded his version of I Know My Time Ain´t Long which he retitled Oh Death. Death was well known to the singer since his early age. Patton was one of twelve children, seven of whom died before they could reach their teens. Quiet unusual, even for a poor black family in the Delta at the beginning of the 20th century.
You can hear Patton´s song on this Struttin My Stuff show, together with a gospel by another Delta blues hero, Johnny Shines, Do Like The Lord Say Do, plus spirituals performed by Chicago pianist Little Brother Montgomery and Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee.

The eternal battle between God and Devil isn´t restricted to the blues of course. Rock and Roll made a lot of sinners too. Among htem good southern country boys like Jerry Lee Lewis. Anybody who his slightly familiar with the history of the Sun record label must have heard one time or another the religious discussion between Jerry Lewis and Sun boss Sam Phillips - part of it  is today´s show intro. Lewis, brother in law of the not so innocent preacher Jimmy Taggart, recorded quiet a few gospel tunes for Sun. We play Night Train To Memphis, together with religious outings of Jerry Lee´s fellow Sun sinners Charley Rich and Sonny Burgess.

Sinner´s or saints, the artists on a Struttin My Stuff show have one thing in common: they all make music from the soul.

Have fun with the show!

TB Turpentine

Playlist Struttin My Stuff # 20 - The Devil Can´t Save Your Soul

Intro:´´Sermon´ by Jerry Lee Lewis
01 Jerry Lee Lewis - Night Train To Memphis  (Sun, 1959)
02 Marie Gladness - Cops and Robbers  (Abner, 1961)
03 Mike Pedicin -  Burnt Toast And Black Coffee (Federal, 1961)
04 Marilyn Barbarin - Reborn (Bo Sound, mid 60´s)
05 Little Brother Montgomery -  Just Got Over At Last (Follkways, 1965)
06 Honny and the Bees Band - Sisi Mbon  (unknown, avail on comp. Ghana Specia,  Soundway, 2009)
07 Eugene Jefferson - Too Young (Bay-Tone, 1961)
08 The Echoes Of Zion - Wilderness  (Smash, 1961)
09 Norma Fraser - The First Cut Is The Deepest (Coxsone, 1967)
10 Orlando Julius and His Modern Aces - My Girl  (Phonogram Nigeria, 1966)
11 William Bell - Any Other Way  (Stax, 1962)
12 The Fabulous Denos - Bad Girl  (King, 1964)
13 Driftin Slim - Down South Blues  (Modern, 1951)
14 Johnny Shines - Do Like The Lord Say Do (Black and Blue, 1971)
15 Ebo Taylor - Ohiani Sua Efir
16 Clara Ward - Abraham, Martin and John (Capitol, 1969)
17 Furry Lewis -  Billy Lyons and Stackolee (Vocalion, 1927)
18 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Oh, What A Beautiful City (Prestige/Bluesville, 1960)
19 Jeb Stuart - A Whole Lot Of Tears (Pure Gold, 1965)
20 Bad Boys - Love (Paula, 1966)
21 Don Norman & The Other 4 - Low Man (Sir John, 1966)
22 Sonny Burgess - All My Sins Been Taken Away (Sun, 1975)
23 Peter ´Guitar´ Lewis -  Raggedy Blues (Federal, 1952)
24 Joe Turner - Wine-O Baby Boogie (Swingtime, 1948)
25 Al Brown - Ain´t No Love In The Heart Of The City
26 Diane Cunningham - Party Time (Fontana, 1967)
27 Ada Richards - I´m Drunk And Real High (Hello World, 19??)
28 Charley Patton - Oh Death (Vocalion, 1934)
Outro: Magic Dick - Magic´s Mood (Atlantic, 1976)

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Struttin My Stuff # 19 - Soul Got Reggae

A very warm welcome to ya all!

Temperature is rising to thirty degrees Celsisus here in Barcelona, so what about some tropical sounds in this Struttin My Stuff show? This time around it´s Jamaicanized versions of American soul classics. A quick look at what we offer:
* Gimme some more  is a version of  the JBs tune. Done in 1972 by a unknown studio band.
* A year later Sidney, George & Jackie (aka The Pioneers) did a killer version of the killer Papa Was A Rolling Stone  by the Temptations.
* Movin up in time, in 1975 we find the unknown Carl Bradney with a fine version of  War´s anti ghetto violence anthem Slipping Into Darkness.

*The history of Jamaican music would different without Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions´ Gypsy Woman -as a lot of other Mayfield songs - was covered by several Jamaican artists. This version by Milton Henry might be the best.
* Is It Because I´m Black?  was first released by soul/blues man Syl Johnson on the Twilight label in 1968.  Ken Boothe´s great version was a a single in Jamaica, before it ended up - with added horns - on his 1973 album Let´s Get It On.
* OK, nothing beats Otis and Aretha´s versions of Respect, but it´s nice to hear Norma Fraser´s ´lighter´ rendention.
*Last record of the show is Prince Buster´s 1966 version of  James Carr´s Dark End Of The Street.
We have the man himself on the show too, together will other soul greats like the Bar Keys and Wilson Picket, plus plenty of other goodies form various fields, going from the springy cumbia made by Peru´s Los Sander´s de Nana  to (talking about great covers!) Ike And Tina Turner doing an incredible I Smell Trouble,  which must have made Bobby Blue Bland groaning out of sheer delight.

Have fun with the show!

TB Turpentine 

Playlist Struttin My Stuff # 19 -  Soul Got Reggae 

Intro:  ´How to spell Kingston´
01 The Studio Sound - Give Me Some More (Downtown, 1972)
02 Guitar Shorty – Ways Of A Man  (Pull, 1959)
03 Bo Didley – You Can´t Judge a Book By Looking At The Cover  (Checker, 1962)
04 John Mayall – Looking Back (Decca, 1966)
05 Ike and  Tina Turner – I Smell Trouble (Blue Thumb, 1969)
06 Reverend Lonnie Farris -  Walk To Thee  (??, 1962-1964)
07 Sidney, George &  Jackie -  Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Attack, 1973)
08 Ronnie Hawkins – Sick And Tired (Cotillion, 1971)
09 The Rolling Stones -  Do You Think I Really Care aka Yellow Cab (unreleased, 1978)
10 Manu Dibango  - Yo Na Nga  (Sango, 1992)
11 Carl Bradney – Slipping  Into Darkness  (Orchid, 1975)
12 Lee Jackson – Keep Your Mouth Shut  (Atlantic, 1965)
13 Milton Henry – Gypsy Woman  (Success, 1976)
14 The Cookies – Later Later
15 Blind Gary Davies – I Belong To The Band, Hallelujah
16 Clifton Chenier -  Josephine  Par Se Ma Femme  (Arhoolie, 1970)
17 Wilson Picket – That´s A Man´s Way  (Atlantic, 1966)
18 Ken Boothe -  Is It Because I´m Black?  (Trojan, 1973)
20 Los Sander´s de Nana -  El  Tramboyito  (Difa, 1972)
21 Joe Hill Louis  - A´ Jumpin´  And A´ Shufflin  (Columbia, 1949)
22 Randy Hobbs – You Better Run (Gator, 1960)
23 The Bar Keys -  Knucklehead (Volt, 1967)
24 Norma Fraser – Respect  (Coxsone, 1968)
25 James Carr -  She´s Better Than You  (Goldwax, 1966)
26 Prince Buster – Dark End Of The Street  (Blue Beat, 1967)
Outro: Magic Dick – Magics Mood  (Atlantic, 1976)

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