WRFG Route 66 Playlist and Podcast for Jan 17, 2021

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Original Single or Album & Date

Dance Of The Lady Bug
Willis Jackson & His Orchestra
Apollo Records 1950

I Never Missed My Baby
Erline “Rock & Roll” Harris
Regal Records 1949

Rockin’ With Fes
Roy “Bald Head” Byrd
Federal Records 1952

Swanee River Hop
Fats Domino
Imperial Records 1956

The Chill Is On
Big Joe Turner
Atlantic Records 1951

Tutti Frutti Booty
Anthony Geraci & Dennis Brennan
Daydreams In Blues 2020

Lexington Express
Alex Schultz
Think About It 2004

Blues At Sundown
Amos Milburn
Aladdin Records 1946

What Is This Thing Called Love?
Billie Holiday
Decca Records 1945


Don’t Burn The Candle At Both Ends
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Decca Records 1948
“Candle” was Jordan’s 40th appearance on the Billboard R&B Chart.
Written by Benny Carter, Irving Gordon, and Louis Jordan, the song was on the charts
for four weeks, peaking at number seven in September of 1948.

Route 66
King Cole Trio
Capitol Records 1946

Blues In B Flat
The Oscar Moore Quartet w/ Carl Perkins
The Oscar Moore Quartet 1986

Little Steady
Teddy Edwards
Heart & Soul 1962

The Comeback
Harpdog Brown
For Love & Money 2019

When I’m In My Tea
Jo Jo Adams w/ Maxwell Davis & His Band
Aladdin Records 1946

Come On In, Drink Some Gin
Iona Wade & the Jay Mc Shann Orchestra
Peacock Records 1950

Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinkin’ Wine
Lionel Hampton w/ Sonny Parker
Decca Records 1949

Art Rupe Talks About Specialty Records And The R&B Scene In L.A. in 1949 -  Pop Chronicles

This morning, we’re taking a stroll through the catalog of Specialty Records,
one of the pioneering West Coast labels for jump blues, R&B, and gospel
from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s.

Boogie #1
The Sepia Tones
Juke Box Records 1944
Before there was Specialty there was Juke Box Records, a small independent label started by Ben Siegel and Art Rupe when decided to leave Atlas Records in 1944. Siegel and Rupe managed to release just one single in 1944, Boogie #1 by the Sepia Tones.

Kansas City Boogie
The Blues Man
Juke Box Records 1945

Voo-It! Voo-It!
The Blues Woman (Marian Abernathy)
Juke Box Records 1946
“Kansas City Boogie” and “Voo-It! Voo-It!” were the first big sellers for Juke Box Records.

Milton’s Boogie
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
Juke Box Records 1946

R.M. Blues
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
Juke Box Records 1946
Siegel and Rupe really struck gold when they signed Roy Milton. They released records by Milton simultaneously in 1946 and both shot straight up the Billboard and Cash Box R&B Charts. But as more and more of Juke Box’s releases were hitting the charts, there was trouble brewing in the front office. Rupe and Siegel added a new partner, Al Middleman in August of 1945 and my mid-1946, the partnership fell apart leaving Rupe with the label, which he renamed Specialty Records. You can learn more about Specialty Records and Art Rupe by following the links in the resource section below.

Fat Meat
Jim Wynn
Specialty Records 1947

Tear Drop Blues
Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy
Specialty Records 1948

You Don’t Love Me
Camille Howard with the Roy Milton Unit
Specialty Records 1948

Oh Babe
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
Specialty Records 1950

Pink Champagne
Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers
Specialty Records 1950

Strange Things Happening
Percy Mayfield
Specialty Records 1950

I Can’t Lose With The Stuff I Use
Lester Williams & His Band
Specialty Records 1952

The Ball Game Sister
Sister Wynona Carr
Specialty Records 1952

Lloyd Price
Specialty Records 1952

She’s Been Gone
H-Bomb Ferguson
Specialty Records 1953

The Things That I Used to Do
Guitar Slim w/ Ray Charles
Specialty Records 1954

I’m Your Best Bet Baby
Earl King & His Band
Specialty Records 1954

Tutti Frutti
Little Richard
Specialty Records 1955

Main Article @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com
Art Rupe bio @ wikipedia.org
Specialty Records Early Discography – Friktech!
Specialty Records Discography – Global Dog Productions
The Specialty Records Story @ bnspubs.com
Art Rupe’s Specialty Records @ history-of-rock.com

(sign off)

Tag (You’re It)
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Nine Lives 2005

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