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, JUNE 5, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Groovin’ With Grimes Tiny Grimes Savoy Records 1944
I Can’t Stop It Ben Levin Still Here 2021
Don’t Put Me Down Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy
Specialty Records 1949
Lovin’ Machine Wynonie Harris King Records 1951
She Winked Her Eye Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Peacock Records 1951
All Night Long (Night Train) Rusty Bryant Dot Records 1954
How Long Must I Wait For You? Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Decca Records 1948
Hard Hearted Hannah Delbert McClinton Outdated Emotion 2022
Evil Gal Blues Lionel Hampton w/ Dinah Washington
Keynote Recordings 1944
Flying Home Pt’s 1 & 2 Illinois Jacquet & His All Stars Philo Records 1945
Street Lights Little Esther Federal Records 1953
Goin’ To Chicago Blues B.B. King Confessin’ The Blues 1965
Tonk WDR Big Band A Tribute To Ray Charles (DVD) 2008
Chicken Shack Boogie James Harman & Gene Taylor Band
Live In Germany 2012
Route 66 Eddie Tigner Route 66 2001
That’s Life Wax & Boogie Make Up Your Mind 2022
SAVOY RECORDS – 80TH ANNIVERARY SALUTE – PART ONE OF THREE
Savoy Records was founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky, the owner of the
Radio Record Shop in Newark, New Jersey. The label specialized in jazz, R&B,
and gospel music and became one of the most important independen record
labels of the 1940s and 1950s.
Rhythm & Bugs Savoy Dictators Savoy Records 1942
This loonytoon by a band with an unfortunate name was Savoy’s first release.
Lubinsky had recorded the song and three others by the Dictators in the late 1930s.
Don’t Stop Now Bonnie Davis w/ the Bunny Banks Trio Savoy Records 1943
Savoy’s third release, “Don’t Stop Now” was on Billboard’s fledging “Harlem
Hit Parade” for twelves weeks, peaking at number one.
How Long, How Long Blues Coleman Hawkins w/ Joe Turner Savoy Records 1940
Many of Savoy’s early releases were of songs recorded much earlier, but not released
for one reason or another. For example, this tune by Coleman Hawkins was recorded
in 1940, but was not released until 1943.
Pete Brown’s Boogie Pete Brown Quintette Savoy Records 1944
Pete Brown was a sax player, pianist, and bandleader from Baltimore, Maryland.
He lead Savoy’s house band on many dates in the 1940s.
Fortune Tellin’ Man Helen Humes w/ Leonard Feather’s Hip-Tet
Savoy Records 1944
After Humes left the Count Basie organization, she recorded several tunes
for Savoy without great success. Her fortunes turned when she recorded
“Be-Baba-Leba” after signing with Philo Records in 1945.
Tiny’s Tempo Tiny Grimes Quintette Savoy Records 1944
Charlie Parker played alto with Grimes’s group before forming his own combo.
This side was one of the Bird’s first appearances on Savoy, the label with which
he is most closely associated.
Hey Lawdy Mama Miss Rhapsody (Viola Wells) Savoy Records 1944
One of a handful of sides Viola Wells recorded for Savoy in 1944, “Hey Lawdy Mama” was first recorded by Buddy Moss in 1934. The tune has become a blues standard and has been recorded numerous times by everyone from Louis Armstrong to Steppenwolf.
Much of the research material for this series can be found at vocalgroupharmony.com
MORE SAVOY RECORDS RESOURCES
Savoy Records (main article) @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com
Harman Lubinsky biography @ wikipedia.org
A Shot in the Dark Chris Corcoran Band Blues Guitar Grooves 2017
The Comeback Count Basie & Joe Williams
Count Basie Swings & Joe Williams Sings 1956
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer Billie Holiday Decca Records 1950
Mambo Baby Ruth Brown Atlantic Records 1954
The Monkey Speaks His Mind Dave Bartholomew Imperial Records 1957
Salute to the Basement Floor Bloodest Saxophone Rhythm and Blues 2014
Big Foot’s Boogie The Hollywood Blue Flames Soul Sanctuary 2005
In The Night Catherine Russell Send For Me 2022
It Had To Be You Ray Charles The Genius… 1959
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & the Nightcats Nine Lives 2005