WRFG Route 66 Playlist and Podcast – May 16, 2021

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WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021

Song
Artist
Original Album or Single & Date

Jackson’s Nook Teddy Bunn w/ “Pony” Poindexter (alto) Selective Records 1949
They Don’t Want Me To Rock Mark Hummel Married To The Blues 1996
All She Wants to Do Is Rock Wynonie Harris King Records 1949
I’m Gonna Play the Honky Tonks Marie Adams & Bill Harvey’s Band
Peacock Records 1952
Groovy Movie Blues Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers / Charles Brown
Exclusive Records 1948
Big Boy Junior Watson Long Overdue 1994
Rock Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe w/ Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra
Decca Records 1941
Run Me Down Little Charlie & The Nightcats Captured Live 1991

LOUIS JORDAN: THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y – WEEK 30
Let The Good Times Roll Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five Decca Records 1946
A blues standard and one of Louis Jordan’s best known songs, “Let the Good Times Roll” was originally the B-side of “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens.” Both songs spent nearly six months on the Billboard R&B chart in 1947.
The song was acknowledged with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2009

and added to the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cry Me A River Blues The Johnny Otis Show w/ Esther Phillips
Live At Monterey! 1970
Blues Waltz Ray Charles At Newport 1958
Rocket 88 Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats w/Ike Turner Chess Records 1951
Times Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents
Live At The Montreaux -Detroit Jazz Festival 1995
Baby, What You Want Me To Do? Etta James w/ Shuggy Otis The Late Show 1987

BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO BIG JOE TURNER
(b) Joseph Vernon Turner, Jr. in Kansas City on May 18, 1911
Big Joe Turner is most often remembered as one of the originators of rock’n’roll,
but his musical legacy went far beyond one individual style.
Flip, Flop & Fly Big Joe Turner Atlantic Records 1955
A follow-up to the amazingly similar “Shake Rattle, & Roll,” “Flip” was on the Billboard R&B Chart for 16 weeks peaking at number two in the spring of 1955.
S.K. Blues (Part 1) Joe Turner with Pete Johnson’s All Stars
National Records 1945
Written by Saunders King, “S.K.Blues” marked Turner’s first appearance on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song stayed on the charts for six weeks, peaking at number three in the spring of 1945.
Boogie Woogie Country Girl Candye Kane & Sue Palmer One Night In Belgium 2011
A minor hit when first released in 1956, Turner’s “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” has been recorded by dozens of artists including Bob Dylan and Roomful of Blues.
Roll’em Pete Milt Jackson Soul Believers 1978
Written by Pete Johnson, the song was first recorded by Turner and Johnson on December 30, 1938. “The recording is regarded as one of the most important precursors of what later became known as rock and roll.” “Roll’em Pete” was induced into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.
Wee Baby Blues Ella Fitzgerald Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (1962) 2020
“Wee Baby Blues” was first recorded and released by Art Tatum in early 1941 with Joe Turner credited as the “vocal chorus.” Written by Turner and Pete Johnson, the song been recorded under several titles including “Early in the Morning” and
“On My Way to School.”
Rocks In My Bed Joe Turner with the Freddie Slack Trio Decca Records 1941
Written by Duke Ellington, Turner debuted the song in the 1941 musical revue “Jump For Joy.” He made the first recording of “Rocks in My Bed” in Los Angeles, California
on September 8, 1941.
I Love the Way (My Baby Sings The Blues) Big Joe Turner, Roomful Of Blues, Dr John Blues Train 1983
Turner was 72 and suffering from poor health when he recorded with Roomful of Blues. He reportedly fainted and collapsed during one session, pinning guitarist Ronnie Earl to the floor.
BIG JOE TURNER RESOURCES
biography @ wikipedia.org
discography @ discogs.com
overview @ allmusic.com
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME


Latino Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra The Blues 1956
You Satisfy Billy Wright Savoy Records 1949
The Huckle-Buck Roy Milton & His Solid Senders Specialty Records 1949
Ain’t Nobody’s Business Ruth Brown & B.B. King The Blues Summit Concert 1993
Honky Tonk Big Jay McNeeley Honkin’ & Jivin’ at the Palomino! 1989
(sign off)
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005

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