Wayne’s Music 1st/2nd March 2014. A rock and roll road map.
‘St Louis Blues’ LaVern Baker with a wonderful version of W C Handy’s tribute song to St Louis City on the banks of the Mississippi River.
‘Midnight Shift’ Buddy Holly with one of his 1956 pressings you might not have heard before …
‘Little Sister’ Elvis Presley – this song rocks. James Burton’s hard-edged guitar is very cool.
‘Turn Around Look At me’ Glen Campbell with the first of his songs to chart in 1961
‘Kiss’N’Run’ Helen Shapiro during the emerging Brit Girl sound of the early 60s
‘Nashville Blues’ all roads lead to Music City, where the Everly Brothers made their home soon after Don graduated from High School in Knoxville.
‘I Want To be Wanted’ Brenda Lee …with a beautiful memory … that voice can break your heart (even now, 56 years later).
‘A Picture Of You’ The late Solomon Burke in the early days when he was newly signed to Apollo records.
‘Romeo’ Petula Clark with Big Jim Sullivan on guitar in this 1961 recording
‘Do You Know What It means To Miss New Orleans’ Fats Domino singing about his own beloved municipality – where after Hurricane Katrina he almost lost his entire home and possessions and had to be rescued by boat from the rising flood waters
‘The Big Hurt’ Toni Fisher with another one to remind you of your teenage heartbreaks.
‘Brooklyn bridge’ Bobby Bare pursuing the legend that the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge had been financed through illegal taxes, and those citizens who thought their money had been misused had every right to try and “sell” the Brooklyn Bridge.
‘Young And Wild’ Wynonie Harris
‘All Alone’ Alma Cogan, the most successful British female singer on the Hit Parade in the 50s into the 60s.
‘New Mexico’ Johnny Cash in the Spring of 1955 with his trusted side-men, Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant recording for SUN Records.
‘Springfield Guitar Social’ Thumbs Carllile & Bill Wimberly’s Country Rhythm Boys.
‘Mellow mama Blues’ Dinah Washington with a swinging jazz combo that has tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson, trumpeter Karl George, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and bassist Charles Mingus among its eight members.
‘The Point Of No return’ Diana Dors An attempt at a career in music by Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe.
‘My baby’s Gone’ The Springfields when Dusty was a peppy British folkie with brother Tom and Tim Field –.
‘Down By The Station’ The Four Preps – who would have been the cleanest cut kids on the scene in the late 50s ….
Wayne’s Music Sunday 2 March 2014. Snap Your Fingers. PART ONE
‘Spanish Lace’ Gene McDaniels with possibly his last hit in the top 40 in 1962.
‘Johnny-O’ Nancy Whiskey with Chas McDevitt and His Skiffle Group.
‘If A Man Answers’ Bobby Darin with the title song from the film comedy he starred in with his wife, Sandra Dee in 1962 …
‘Where have You Been All My Life’ Arthur Alexander, the country soul pioneer from Alabama was largely unknown although many of his songs are the stuff of genius, and cover versions were made by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dusty Springfield and our own Ray Columbus did a cover of this song in 1965 – although he called it ‘Til We Kissed’.
‘For You Alone’ here’s a most interesting sound you probably haven’t heard before from a young Texan called Kenneth Rogers, who had a penchant for rockabilly, jazz and country music in the 1950s.
‘Sparklin Eyes’ Dean Martin with a single from his 1960 album “relaxin’” …
‘No Matter What You Are’ The Platters – with the incredible voice of lead singer Tony Williams
‘Don’t Make me Over’ Dionne Warwick with her first solo recording and first hit.
‘The Jockeys Are Striking’ The Webb Brothers, from Gympie in Queensland.
‘It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling Frank Sinatra
‘All I Could Do Was Cry’ Etta James, the girlfriend of blues boy King when she was just 16, and she’s thought to have been the inspiration for BB’s “Sweet Sixteen”.
‘Well .. All Right’ Buddy Holly, on the other side of his classic hit “Heartbeat” …
‘My Foolish Heart’ Nancy Wilson
‘Love Of My Life’ another plaintive ballad not heard a lot now from The Everly Brothers, and this song could have been the inspiration for Don Everly’s “So sad”.
‘A Little Too Much’ Clarence Frogman Henry – one of his early claims to fame is that in 1964 he opened a series of concerts across the US and Canada for an up-and-coming young band called The Beatles.
‘More Money For You And Me’ The Four Preps spoofing some of the other groups of their day …
‘Fools Like Me’ Jerry Lee Lewis getting away from his piano pumping rock and roll and paying homage to his pure country roots with a song by Studio Sun Manager Jack Clement.
‘I’m A Woman’ Peggy Lee … who was doing it for her sisters over a decade before Helen Reddy came on the scene …
‘Steady With You’ Cliff Richard getting back to his roots with a song by writer Ian Samwell who wrote his first two hits, “Move It’ and “High Class baby” …
‘That’s My Desire’ Yvonne Baker And The Sensations – originally a Philadelphia Doo Wop Group – one of the early ones with a female lead singer and a male backup.
‘Riders In The Sky’ Kay Starr
‘The Road That leads To Love’ David Gates was a prodigy playing with bands at an early age, growing up in Oklahoma.
‘Right Or Wrong’ Wanda Jackson, the dominant female singing star in the country world in the 60s …
‘Tender Is The Night’ Vic Damone
‘Unchained Melody’ The Blackwells … DeWayne, Glenda and Ron Blackwell had a breakthrough with the song they wrote, “Mr Blue” for The Fleetwoods – then they recorded their biggest hit themselves in 1960 … Unchained Melody”.