This is a 45 that I found in a junk shop. It's a nice popcorn soul stroller [I've picked up these weird terms from various British and Europ web sites]. I posted this on You Tube myslef so I thought I'd post it here!!
I found this 78 at a flea market and sold it for 400 bucks within three hours of gettng it home. It is by Seven Foot Dilly and his Dill Pickles from 1930 on the Brunswick label. The song is Kenesaw Mountain Rag. This is my first attempt at making a video for this and putting it on You Tube--not too shabby eh??
Here's an old and rare cartoon for ya. Columbia Pictures released cartoons back in the 1930S and 40s under the name SCREEN GEMS. Krazy Kat and Scrappy were once popular back then but somehow they never made TV magic in the 50s and 60s and are therefore forgotten by all but the most avid cartoon geeks like myself.
This was off of his 1959 LP that also featured his mega-hit BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS. This song was originally done by Moon Mullican and was a hit a few years back by BR 549, but this is by far my all-time favorite version.
What we have here are two Halloween themed cartoons. Both of these are from the golden age of animation--The first one is an early Universal production by Walter Lantz starrnig Oswald, The Lucky Rabbit, a character origally created by Walt Disney. This "Spooks is from 1930" . The second version is a 1932 production by UB Iwerks and stars Flip the Frog. Iwerks was originally part of Walt Disney's team of animators..
This is a documentary abut a very strange record producer--if you thought Phil Spector was odd, check out this guy. He produced Telstar by the Tornados plus lots of other classic British hits--his work is not as well known here in the US, but many collectors still seek out his work
This is the last Looney Tunes cartoon to feature Bosko. It contains the earliest appearance of Hitler in a cartoon short--also there is a certain four-letter word uttered by Bosko. possibly the first use of that certain word in any Hollywood motion picture.
This is an early Merry Melodies cartoon from 1931. Be Warned!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT BY TODAY'S STANDARDS BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS FROM THAT TIME PERIOD. This is the first time I've seen this full length and uncut. The warner Bros screen titles are intact.
Short subject released by Educational Pictures--the stars of this production are The Cabin Kids--the group that starred in several Little Rascasls / Our Gang shorts and appeared in one of Gene Autry's B-westerns
Looks like he's still able to deliver the goods--and at 83 HE CAN STILL DO THE DUCKWALK !!!!!!!!!!!!!..he's playing a Fender Strat as well...first time I'vde ever seen him play anything but his trademark Gibson
Not all of the British Invasion groups were successful in invading the US charts..this one is a prime example. The Four Pennies had this one hit--it was issued on the PHILIPS label here but the label was too busy promting the FOUR SEASONS and let this records slip by....
Vera Lynn---one of England's greatest singers, has reached the numbe one position in the UK with a greatest hits compilation--at 92 years of age making her the oldest artist to reach that point. Here in the US , her biugesty hit was 1952's "Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart"--however, this is one of her most remembered hits...
I have't posted any cartoons lately, so I decided to pick one from the 50s--and a Disney cartoon to boot!! So stupid it's funny..Humphrey the Bear!!. You'll notice that the voice of the park rainger is the same as Droopy Dog from the MGM cartoons.
Well--at last here's one that's still alive--she just turned 90. Kitty Wells is still the queen of country music--most of today's country fans will prbably say Kitty who???..but she is one of the classic female country artists..in fact she is the first female to go right to the top of the country charts..and she didnt have to get breast implants to help her records sell either.
Man oh Man--I don't want this blog to look like an obituary column, but I can't help it lately, first MJ , then Gordon Waller, Billy Lee Riley, and now the last of the classic guitar wizards..and this guy next to Chet was one of the HEAVIES!!. I mean this guy invented stereo -not to mention his guitar prowess and the overdub process!!
so here's to one of the greats VAYA CN DIOS, LES PAUL!!
It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Gordon Waller of the Sixties Duo Peter and Gordon has passed away suddenly. He was 64. My sources tell me that he went into cardiac arrest and all efforts to save him failed. My condolences go out to his family and friends some of whom I know very well.
In remeberenace I present this video of their biggest hit written espcailly for them by Sir Paul McCartney
Rockin ‘ and Rollin’ on RPM/Modern• Just two shows ago we took a journey into the vocal group vaults of the Modern/RPM/Flair/Kent family of labels. Now we are going to focus on the solo artists–mixing in Blues with R and B and Rockabilly, I’ve come up with a sow guaranteed to at least make your big toe jump if nothin’ else.
You’ll be diggin’ the sounbds of Pat Cupp, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Smokey Hogg, Oscar McLollie, Richard Berry, Young Jessie, Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Johnny Jones and some early rockin’ B B King
The Island Of Misfit Records Part 1 Just like on the Rudolph Christmas special, there’s also an island for those records I want to play but don’t know where to put them…or I’m just too lazy to sit down and come up with a theme…
Anyway–there’s lots of good rockin’ roots music from Washboard Sam, Romeo Nelson, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Al Urban, Mad Man Taylor, The El Capris,Lonnie Glosson,Bob Wills, Paul Peek, Ronnie Love, and lots more
West Coast Group Harmony From the Modern/RPM/Flair/Kent Labels• ) No crazy title-just great group harmony [doo wop for some]–taken from the West Coast Modern family of labels and featuring The jacks, The Cadets, The Flairs, The Rocketeers, The Robins, The Meadowlarks, and folks like Ricahrd Berry and B B King with back-up vocals groups—-and Paul Anka’s first record!!
Wall-Of-Soundalikes [The Best Records, Phil Spector Never Produced!]• I’ve totally gone 180 degrees here, but I know I have friends of the show that DO prefer 60s pop over 50s country–so you boppers and honky tonkers can take a break and go out and enjoy the Spring–haha!
This time were are doing records by those who were influenced by Phil Spector’s Wall-Of-Sound productions–many of these folks were actually watching Phil and taking notes [Sonny Bono, Brian Wilson, Nino Tempo etc..]…even Berry Gordy observed so we have an hours’ worth of delights by The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, The Four Tops, Ruby and the Romantics, Kane and Abel, Clydie King, The Dreamlovers. and others
WHat??? You Bought More “Rekkids”??• This is what I’ve come up with in the last six months or so–it ain’t all of what I got but some nice examples–mostly hillbilly and rockabilly but also a few odd-ball pieces
45 RPM doughnuts by Gene Henslee, Mickey & Sylvia, Al Runyon, Slim Whitman, Rex [aka Orval] Prophet, Jim Boyd, Hayden Thompson, The Fleetwoods [ya gotta be kiddin’[, Tom Jones [oh my he’s really lost it..but wait..it’s an early Joe Meek production–oh ok it OUGHTA BE AT LEAST HALF-WAY GOOD!!] and more stuffffffffff