WRFG Route 66 Playlist and Podcast December 11, 2022

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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Original Album or Single & Date

Big Boy Bill Jennings Quintet King Records 1955
Don’t Jive Me Baby Nick Curran & The Nitelifes Nitelife Boogie 2001
Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Last Night ZuZu Bollin Torch Records 1952
Heed My Warning Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1949

How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around
Jimmy Witherspoon
Swing Time Records 1951

(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean Ruth Brown Atlantic Records 1952

Big Joe Turner, Roomful Of Blues, Dr John
Blues Train 1983

Oh Yeah! Chris Corcoran Band Coolerator 2020
Good Morning Judge Wynonie Harris King Records 1950
Christmas in Jail The Youngsters Empire Records 1956

East of The Sun (and West of The Moon)
Catherine Russell
Send For Me 2022

Loving You (Is All I Need) Lowell Fulson Checker Records 1955
The River’s Invitation John Mayall Find A Way To Care 2015
Hey Now Ray Charles Swing Time Records 1952
Silent George Myra Johnson King Records 1950
Big Mamou The Red Wagons Blues Band Jumpin’ With Friends! 2012
Ain’t That Dandy Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown One More Mile 1983


Born in Ariton, Alabama on December 11, 1926, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorntonan
was American singer and songwriter of the blues and R&B genres. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, in 1952, which became her biggest hit,
staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies.wikipedia

Hound Dog
Big Mama Thornton with Kansas City Bill & His Orchestra
Peacock Records 1952

Bad Luck Got My Man
The Harlem Stars featuring Willie May Thornton
E&W Records 1947
Thornton made her first recordings with the Harlem Stars.
At the time she was being promoted as the “New Bessie Smith.”

Let Your Tears Fall Baby
Wille Mae Thornton & Billy Harvey’s Band
Peacock Records 1951
Thornton was the drummer and featured singer with Bill Harve before
launching her solo career in 1952.

I Smell A Rat Young Jessie & His Orchestra Modern Records 1954
“I Smell a Rat” was Thornton’s follow-up to “Hound Dog,” but Modern Records beat Peacock Records to the punch and made the song a hit for Young Jessie.

Biography @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com

Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia on December 5, 1932,
Little Richard was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Described as
the “Architect of Rock and Roll”, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the
mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized
by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll.wikipedia

Ain’t That Good News
Duces of Rhythm & Tempo Toppers, lead Little Richard
Peacock Records 1953

After scoring a local hit in Atlanta with his first record for RCA in 1950, Little Richard signed with Peacock Records. While none of his records for Peacock became national hits, “Ain’t That Good News” received good reviews in the music press.

Long Tall Sally Little Richard Specialty Records 1956
True Fine Mama Little Richard Here’s Little Richard 1957
In 1956, Art Rupe, the owner of Specialty Records, bought out Little Richard’s
contract with Peacock Records. Little Richard scored a total of 17 hits with
Specialty during the last half of the 1950s.

Directly From My Heart To You Mothers of Invention Weazels Ripped My Flesh 1970
Don “Sugarcane” Harris sang and played electric violin on this live version of
“Directly From My Heart To You” while touring with Frank Zappa’s band in the late
1960s. He also played electric violin on the original version of the tune recorded by
Little Richard and the Johnny Otis Orchestra in 1953.

Biography @ wikipedia.org
Discography @ discogs.com

Big Foot’s Boogie The Hollywood Blue Flames Soul Sanctuary 2005

Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith 1958
Cleveland Ohio Blues Bull Moose Jackson King Records 1948
The Richest Guy In The Graveyard Etta Jones Victor Records 1947
Professor Bop Babs Gonzales Capitol Records 1949

Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby)
B.B. King
Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan 1999

Flying Home Mambo Arnett Cobb Atlantic Records 1955
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus Mabel Scott Exclusive Records 1948
Cool Yule Colin James Little Big Band Christmas 2007

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

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