WRFG Route 66 celebrates a bygone time when blues, jazz, and R&B blended
together, often in the same song. The focus is on the music of the Jump Blues
and Early Rock’n’Roll Eras (1940s to mid-1950s) and on how those styles
have evolved over the years.
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WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Jumpin’ At The Apollo Illinois Jacquet And His All Stars
Apollo Records 1947
Them There Eyes Andra Day The United States vs. Billie Holiday 2021
Give It Up Roomful Of Blues Roomful of Blues 1986
Feel So Bad Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra
Ray Sings Basie Swings 1973
Black Night Charles Brown Aladdin Records 1951
Careful Love Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy
Specialty Records 1949
Please Love Me B.B. King RPM Records 1953
Razz My Berries Kurt Crandall Starts On The Stops 2022
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino Imperial Records 1956
Cherry Red Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
The Late Show (with Etta James) 1987
Moanin’ Art Blakey/The Jazz Messengers Moanin’ 1958
Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee Wynonie Harris King Records 1949
Mellow Chick Swing Sean Costello Cuttin’ In 2000
Tell Me Daddy Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins Back In Business 1999
Night & Day (I Miss You So) Roy Milton Specialty Records 1952
BILLY WRIGHT – ATLANTA’S PRINCE OF THE BLUES
Born William Wright in Atlanta, Georgia on either May 21, 1918 or 1932,
Billy Wright was an American jump blues singer. A flamboyant performer,
Wright was a key figure in Atlanta blues after World War II. – Wikipedia
Hey Little Girl Billy Wright Savoy Records 1951
Wright’s final hit, Hey Little Girl peaked at number 10 on the Billboard R&B Chart.
Blues For My Baby Billy Wright Savoy Records 1949
Wright’s first record was a hit, reaching number three in early 1949.
You Satisfy Dinah Washington Mercury Records 1948
Dinah Washington’s version of the tune by Danny Baxter topped the charts in
early 1949, Wright’s version reached number nine later that year.
Card Game (Stacked Deck) Big Walter “Shakey” Horton
Cobra Records (unreleased) 1954
A rare cover of a song written by Billy Wight.
His version of “Stacked Deck climbed to number nine in 1951.
Keep Your Hands On Your Heart Billy Wright Savoy Records 1951
Not a hit, but a great performance by the Prince of the Blues.
(See Cash Box’s review above)
Ready Teddy Little Richard Here’s Little Richard 1957
Wight was a major influence on Little Richard and helped him
secure his first recording contract in 1951.
BILLY WRIGHT RESOURCES
Biography @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com
ARTICLES ABOUT BILLY WRIGHT
Queer Music Heritage
Vocal Music Harmony
The Hound Blog
Calling All Comets Bill Haley & His Comets
Rock’N’Roll Stage Show Part 1 EP 1956
In The Dark Marie Adams w/ The Johnny Otis Show
Capitol Records 1957
Mother Earth Franck L. Goldwasser, Christan Rannenberg and Roger C. Wade
Crazed And Dangerous 2022
Reet, Petite & Gone Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1947
Be-Bop Daddy Lil Green Aladdin Records 1949
Well Oh Well Tiny Bradshaw King Records 1950
After Hours Session Frank “Floorshow” Culley Atlantic Records 1950
I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue)
Tom Waits Small Change 1976
Take The A Train Ella Fitzgerald
Twelve Nights In Hollywood (Live at the Crescendo) 1961
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005