WRFG’s Route 66 celebrates a time when blues, jazz, and R&B blended
together, often in the same song. The focus is on the the Jump Blues and
Early Rock’n’Roll Eras (1940s to mid-1950s) and on how those styles
and artists have evolved over the years.
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WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Flying Home Lionel Hampton w/ Illinois Jacquet Decca Record 1942
Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles The Genius 1959
Real Pretty Mama Amos Milburn Aladdin Records 1949
Going Back To New Orleans Catherine Russell Send For Me 2022
FEATURE: JOHNNY MOORE
Johnny Moore was an R&B guitarist and vocalist who is best known as the
founder of Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers with Charles Brown and Eddie Williams.
He was born John Dudley Moore in Austin, Texas on October 20, 1906.
He is credited with composing “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Drifting Blues”
(although, this has been disputed by Charles Brown,
who claimed to be the composer). – discogs.com
Changable Woman Blues Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers Exclusive Records 1947
Featuring Charles Brown on vocals, “Changable Woman Blues” was sixth of 19 songs
by the Three Blazers to reach the national R&B chart.
Scratch Sheet Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers Modern Records 1949
Nice instrumental workout featuring Oscar Moore, Johnny Moore’s younger
brother and guitarist for the (Nat) King Cole Trio.
Telephone (Operator) Blues
Floyd Dixon & Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers Aladdin Records 1950
Floyd Dixon was one of several pianist who played with the Three Blazers after
Charles Brown went solo. For some reason, Johnny Moore kept hiring singers &
pianists who sounded a lot like Charles Brown.
FEATURE: JUNIOR WATSON
Born Michael Watson in Tulare, California on October 15, 1949, Junior Watson is an influencial West Coast and jump blues guitarist. Watson was a founding member of The Mighty Flyers with Rod Piazza and played with the reconstituted Canned Heat throughout the 1990s.
House Party Junior Watson & The Red Wagons Live From Outer Space 2011
The Hucklebuck Canned Heat w/ Junior Watson Reheated 1989
FEATURE: PIANO RED
Known professionally as Piano Red and later in life as Dr. Feelgood,
Willie Lee Perryman was the first American blues musician to hit the
pop music charts. He was born Willie Lee Perryman near Hampton,
Georgia on October 19, 1911. – wikipedia
Red’s Boogie Piano Red RCA Victor 1950
Red’s first song to make the national R&B chart, “Red’s Boogie” was on the
chart for nine weeks and peaked at number four in early 1951
Sugar Bee Dr. Feelgood & the Interns Okah Records 1968
Dr. Feelgood featured two future Atlanta blues guitar legends:
Beverly “Guitar” Watson and Albert White.
The Right String, Baby, But The Wrong Yo-Yo
Dr. Feelgood Live recording, date unknown
A late career rendition of his best known song, “The Wrong Yo-Yo”
was Piano Red’s third national hit in 1951.
Kidney Stew Blues Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Mercury Records 1947
Gimme A Pigfoot & A Bottle Of Beer Candye Kane One Night… 2011
Peel Me A Grape Lyle Lovett 12 of June 2022
Dream Girl Blues T-Bone Walker Capitol Records 1947
8:00 AM FEATURE: ILLINOIS JACQUET
Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet was born in Broussard, Louisana on October 31, 1922. He was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader who entered the national spotlight as the featured soloist on Lionel Hampton’s hit
recording of “Flying Home” in 1952.
Here are three examples of Jacquet’s work from the jump blues era.
Jet Propulsion Illinois Jacquet RCA Victor 1948
Blues (First B Flat Blues) (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, Les Paul, etc.
Norman Granz’ Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol. 4 1944
Illinois Jacquest & His Orchestra w/ Count Basie on organ
Recorded live in New York in 1952
ILLINOIS JACQUET RESOURCES
Biography @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com
Take The “A” Train Ella Fitzgerald Twelve Nights In Hollywood 1961
Saturday Night Fish Fry
B.B. King Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan 1999
Raise The Roof, Raise The Rent Johnnie Bassett Cadillac Blues 1998
FEATURE: DIZZY GILLESPIE
Dizzy Gillespie was a jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer dubbed
“the sound of surprise” by some publicist back in the day. He was born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina on October 21, 1917. – wikipedia
What’s The Matter With Me
Albennie Jones & Don Byas Orchestra w/ Dizzy Gillespie Savoy Records 1945
The first song featuring Dizzy to make the national R&B Chart
Manteca Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra RCA Victor 1948
Gillespie’s first appearance as bandleader on the national chart
Lady Be Good
Joe Carrol & Dizzy Gillespie Dee Gee Records 1951
Texas & Pacific Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1947
Rockin’ the House Memphis Slim Miracle Records 1947
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005