HERE’S THE WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020
Title Artist Original Album or Single & Date
Big Foot’s Boogie The Hollywood Blue Flames Soul Sanctuary 2005
Christmas in Jail The Youngsters Empire Records 1956
Good Morning Judge Wynonie Harris King Records 1950
But Officer Sax Gordon Have Horn Will Travel 1998
Save Your Love For Me Bettye LaVette Blackbirds 2020
Born To Be No Good T-Bone Walker Capitol Records 1949
Stormy Monday Johnny Rawls Live in Europe 2020
Big Boy Bill Jennings Quintet King Records 1955
FEATURE: LOUIS JORDAN, THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y – WEEK 8 Buzz Me Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1946 Jordon’s 13th entry on the Billboard R&B chart. “Buzz Me” was on the chart for 13 weeks and number one for 9 weeks.
Oh Yeah! Chris Corcoran Band Coolerator 2020
Blue Monday Blues Big Joe & The Dynaflows Layin’ In The Alley 1994
(We Wanna See) Santa Do The Mambo Big John Greer Groove Records 1955
Flying Home Mambo Arnett Cobb Atlantic Records 1955
Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line Diane Schuur Running On Faith 2020
Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry Chess Records 1958
8:00 AM BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO WILLIE MAE “BIG MAMA” THORNTON (b) Ariton, Alabama on December 11, 1926
Let Your Tears Fall Baby Wille Mae Thornton & Billy Harvey’s Band Peacock Records 1951 Thornton’s first charting single, reaching #5 on the Cash Box Regional R&B Chart for Dallas in March of 1952.
Bad Luck Got My Man The Harlem Stars featuring Willie May Thornton E&W Records 1947 After leaving Alabama in 1940, Bessie Smith’s half-sister, Diamond Tooth Mary helped Thornton find work as a singer. During the 1940s, she was often billed as “The New Bessie Smith.” You can hear why in her first record, cut with The Harlem Stars in 1947.
Me & My Chauffeur Blues Memphis Minnie Okeh Records 1941 Thornton idolized Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie. Both artists were major influences on her style.
Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton with Kansas City Bill & His Orchestra Peacock Records 1952 Although the Lieber & Stoller song made Thornton a household name, she received none of the profits for what would be her only Billboard R&B hit.
Bear Cat Rufus Thomas Sun Records 1953 The success of “Hound Dog” inspired several so-called “answer” songs, Thomas’s “Bear Cat” was the most successful.
I Smell A Rat Young Jessie & His Orchestra Modern Records 1954 Thornton recorded “Rat” as a follow-up to “Hound Dog,” but her version with the Johnny Otis Band fell flat, as did this equally fine rendition by Young Jessie.
Stop Hoppin’ On Me Willie Mae Thornton (Big Mama Thornton) Peacock Records 1954 “Hoppin'” was Thornton’s last charting single, barely making it onto the Cash Box R&B Charts.
Yes Baby Big Mama Thornton & Johnny Ace Peacock Records 1955 Thornton recorded several duets with Johnny Ace. She was there when he accidentally shot himself to death on Christmas Day 1955.
Here’s the WRFG Route 66 Playlist for Sunday, December 6, 2020 Song Artist Original Album or Single & Date
S.K. Groove Saunders King Rhythm Records 1942
You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’ Duke Robillard & Friends w/ Chris Cote Blues Bash 2020
Sam’s Blues Sam Taylor & His All Star Jazz Tease! The Beat of Burlesque 1956
Christmas Spirit Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Capitol Americana Records 1947
I Ain’t Gonna Let You In Annie Laurie & Paul Gayten & His Orchestra Regal Records 1949
Bottle It Up & Go Big John Greer w/ Mickey Baker Groove Records 1954
Shake Baby Shake (Champion) Jack Dupree Red Robin Records 1953
DD Rider Sax Gordon Have Horn Will Travel 1998
FEATURE: LOUIS JORDAN – THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y Boogie Woogie Blue Plate Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1947 Jordan’s 31st entry on Billboard R&B chart, Boogie Woogie Blue Plate was in the top five for 25 weeks and spend 14 weeks at number one.
Sabroso Slim Gaillard Mish Mash 1953
Mad Lad Sir Charles & HIs All Stars Apollo Records 1947
Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris & the Johnny Otis All Stars Philo Records 1945
Bad, Bad Whiskey King Curtis Sings The Blues 1961
Juice Head Baby Dave Specter w/ Lynwood Slim & Jack McDuff Left Turn On Blue 1996
Christmas Date Boogie Big Joe Turner Down Beat Records 1948
Shake A Hand Igor Prado Band Record in MONO at Studio 8 (SP/Brazil) 2007
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO LITTLE RICHARD (b) Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, GA on December 5, 1933 After being “discovered” by Sister Rosetta Tharp, Little Richard performed in medicine and drag shows before moving to gospel and R&G around 1950. Today’s tribute focuses on how four songs became Little Richard songs.
Tutti Frutti Little Richard Specialty Records 1955 SONG ONE: “Tutti Fruitti” is the song that made Little Richard famous. The story goes that he banged out the original version in all its X-rated glory during a break at a recording session in 1955. The session wasn’t going well and Richard apparently too out his frustrations on the 88. Art Rupe, the president of Specialty Records, liked what he heard and called in songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie to clean up the lyrics.
I Got The Blues For You Al Collins & His Orchestra Ace Records 1955
Slippin’ & Slidin’ (Peepin’ & Hidin’) Little Richard w/ Lee Allen (sax) Specialty Records 1956 SONG TWO: “Slippin’ & Slidin'” evolved from “I Got The Blues For You,” a song written and recorded by Al Collins in 1955. In early 1956, R&B singer Eddie Bo rewrote the song and released it as “I’m Wise.” Later that year, LR got his hands on it, changed a few words, and turned it into a rock’n’roll classic. The songwriting credits for Little Richard’s version go to Richard Penniman, Al Collins, Eddie Bo, and James Smith.
Johnny Johnny Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers w/ Mari Jones Modern Records 1952 SONG THREE: Little Richard changed “Johnny Johnny” to “Jenny Jenny” and a hit was born.
Keep A Knockin’ An You Can’t Get In James ”Boodle It” Wiggins Paramount Records 1928
Keep A Knockin’ Little Richard Specialty Records 1957 SONG FOUR: “Keep a Knockin'” was probably written in the 1920s. Sources disagree on the author. It was first recorded by James Wiggins for Paramont Records in 1928. The first minute of Wiggins’s version is included in this program. There are numerous other versions including one by Louis Jordan in 1939. LR’s 1957 version reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and #8 on the Pop chart.
WRFG Route 66 Playlist for Sunday, November 29, 2020
Song Artist Original Album or Single & Date
Calling All Comets Bill Haley & His Comets w/ Rudy Pompilli (sax) Rock’N’Roll Stage Show Part 1 EP 1956
Save The Bones For Henry Jones Ray Charles & Lou Rawls Just Between Us 1988
Joogie Boogie Ari Borger & Igor Prado Lowdown Boogie 2013
The Boys Are Back in Town Laura Tate Live from El Paso 2020
I Don’t Want Your Money Honey Frantic Fay Thomas w/ Red Callender (bass) & Lee Young (drum) Exclusive Records 1949
Thunderbird Hal Paige & The Whalers J & S Records 1957
The Hucklebuck Canned Heat w/ Junior Watson & James Thornbury Reheated 1989
LOUIS JORDAN: THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y Blue Light Boogie (Parts 1 & 2) Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five Decca Records Jordan’s 52nd entry on the Billboard R&B Chart. It was in the Top 10 for 16 weeks & number one for seven weeks.
Rocket 88 Rocket 88 w/ Hal “Cornbread” Singer (tenor) Rocket 88 (Live-Rotation Club Hanpver W. Germany) 1981
I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues Sugar Ray & The Bluetones with Little Charlie Baty Too Far From The Bar 2020
(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean Ruth Brown Atlantic Records 1952
Walkin’ With Mr. Lee Lee Allen Walkin’ With Mr. Lee 1958
Crazy Feeling Etta James, Maxwell Davis & Orchestra Modern Records 1955
Driftin’ Blues Chuck Berry Rockin’ at the Hops 1960
PHILO RECORDS: SOME HIGHLIGHTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
Eddie and Leo Messner launched Philo Records in 1945. The Mesner brothers owned a record store in Los Angeles called the Philharmonic Music Store & shorted the name to Philo for their new label. When the U.S. Patent Office refused to let them use the name because it was too close to Philco Recording Services, the brothers changed the name to Aladdin Records. All of the Philo titles were re-released by Aladdin in 1946.
Indiana Lester Young, Nat King Cole, & Red Callender Philo Album #A-1 1945
Flying Home Pt’s 1 & 2 Illinois Jacquet & His All Stars Philo Records 1945
Around The Clock Parts 1 & 2 Wynonie Harris w/ Johnny Otis Philo Records 1945
Be Baba Leba Helen Humes w/ Bill Doggett Octet Philo Records 1945
Unlucky Woman Helen Humes w/ Bill DoggettOctet Philo Records 1945
McShann’s Boogie Blues Jay McShann Trio Philo Records 1945
Walkin’ Blues Jay McShann & His Jazz Men w/ Numa Lee Davis Philo Records 1945
Baby Don’t You Cry Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers w/ Charles Brown Philo Records 1945
Blazer’s Boogie Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers w/ Charles Brown Philo Records 1945
Post War Future Blues Cousin Joe w/ Leonard Feather’s Heptet Philo Records 1945
Mop Mop Howard McGhee & Band Philo Records 1945
These Foolish Things Lester Young & His Band Philo Records 1945
Jumpin’ At Mesners Lester Young & His Band Philo Records 1945
Here’s the WRFG Route 66 Playlist for Sunday, November 22, 2020
Song Artist Original Album or Single & Date
Blow Big Jay Big Jay McNeely Exclusive Records 1949
Money Honey Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters Atlantic Records 1953
No Money Down Chuck Berry After School Session 1957
Don’t Save It Too Long (The Money Song) Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Capitol Records 1950
Midnight Jump Memphis Slim & His House Rockers Miracle Records 1948
New Flying Home Lloyd Glenn All Stars featuring Maxwell Davis RPM Records 1951
Third Degree Eddie Boyd & His Chess Men Chess Records 1953
You Played On My Piano Duke Robillard & Friends w/ Michelle “Evil Gal” Wilson Blues Bash 2020
FEATURE: LOUIS JORDAN: THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y Beware Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Decca Records 1946 Jordan’s 17th entry onto the Billboard R&B Charts, “Beware” was in the top five for nine weeks, peaking at number two in May of 1946.
What Love Can Do Candye Kane & Laura Chavez Coming Out Swingin’ 2013
Blues for Yolande Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster 1957
Feelin’ Happy Joe Turner & His Orchestra w/ Mickey Baker Freedom Records 1950 Let The Good Times Roll Dr. John Gumbo 1972
Hucklebuck With Jimmy The Five Keys Aladdin Records 1951
Good Golly, Miss Molly Little Richard Little Richard 1958
8:00 AM BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO ETTA JONES
Blow Top Blues Etta Jones & The Cedar Walton Trio A Soulful Sunday – Live at the Left Bank 1972 (Released in 2019)
Evil Gal Blues Barney Bigard & His Orchestra featuring Etta Jones Black & White Records 1944
Long, Long Journey Leonard Feather’s Esquire All-Americans with Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong His Master’s Voice Records (RCA) 1947
Salty Papa Blues Barney Bigard & His Orchestra featuring Etta Jones Black & White Records 1944 Born in Aiken, South Carolina on November 25, 1928, Jones grew up in Harlem & began her career with the Buddy Johnson Orchestra. Jones made her recording debut with Barney Bigard & his Orchestra on December 29, 1944. The session was produced by jazz critic Leonard Session, which featured four of his songs: “Blow Top Blues,” “Evil Gal Blues,” “Long, Long Journey,” & “Salty Papa Blues.”
One O’Clock Jump Jack Parker & Etta Jones Decca Records 1954
Fine & Mellow Etta Jones Etta Jones Sings Lady Day 2001
Here’s the WRFG Route 66 Playlist for Sunday, November 15, 2020
Song Artist Original Album or Single & Date
Drivin’ & Jivin’ Tiny Grimes Quintet Gotham Records 1949
Too Much Boogie Roomful Of Blues In A Roomful Of Blues 2020
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble B.B. King RPM Records 1959
Cool Rage Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra Mercury Records 1952
Good Rockin’ Tonight Wynonie Harris w/ Hot Lips Page King Records 1948
Fine Brown Frame Nellie Lutcher Capitol Records 1948
Hippy Horace Silver Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers 1955
LOUIS JORDAN: THE SOLO HITS FROM A TO Y
Beans & Cornbread Louis Jordan Decca Records 1949 Jordan’s 49th entry onto the Billboard R&B Chart, it peaked at #1 in August of 1949
The Way You Do Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band Brazilian Kicks 2010
Caldonia Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Cleanhead’s Back In Town 1957
Teardrops from My Eyes Ruth Brown Atlantic Records 1950
After Hours Session Frank “Floorshow” Culley & His Band w/ feat Van “Piano Man” Walls Atlantic Records 1950
I Don’t Want To Be President Percy Mayfield Atlantic Records 1974
Straight Eight Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s Jump For Joy 2001
Still Got the Blues Laura Tate Live from El Paso 2020
8:00 a.m. Feature: A Birthday Tribute to Little Willie John Born William Edward John in Cullendale, Arkansas on November 15, 1937
All Around The World Little Willie John King Records 1955 This was the first recording of the blues classic written by Titus Turner. The song was Little Willie John’s first release as a solo artist and his first hit, peaking at #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart in November of 1955.
My Nerves Little Willie John King Records 1956 The flip side of “Need Your Love So Bad,” John’s second entry onto the Billboard chart.
Do Something For Me Doug Sahm The Last Real Texas Blues Band 1994 Little Willie John’s original peaked at #15 in 1956
Home At Last James Brown Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things 1968 A minor hit for Little Willie John. It appeared in the #6 position on the Billboard chart for one week in January of 1956.
It Only Hurts A Little While Lamont Cranston Tiger In Your Tank 1988 Little Willie John recorded this one in 1964. It was one of his last recordings before he was arrested for manslaughter.
Talk to Me, Talk to Me Catherine Russell Harlem on My Mind 2016 Little Willie John was the first to record this standard written by John Seneca. His 1958 version sold more than a million copies.
Ring A Ling Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers a w/ Little Willie John Rama Records 1955 Henry Glover, the president of King Records, signed Little Willie John to a solo contract after hearing him sing with the Hucklebuckers.
Need Your Love So Bad Eddie Tigner Slippin’ In 2009 John’s second single and second hit, peaking at #5 in 1956
Fever Little Willie John King Records 1956 Little Willie John was the first to record this classic written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell (under the pseudonym of John Davenport). John’s version reached #24 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #1 on the R&B Chart. It sold more than a million copies and was awarded a gold record.
Here’s the WRFG Route 66 Playlist for November 1, 2020
Title Artist Original Album or Single & Date
Easyville Gil Bernal Spark Records 1954
Battle of the Blues, Pt 1 & 2 Big Joe Turner & Wynonie Harris Aladdin Records 1949
Satisfy My Soul Bonita & The Blues Shacks Bonita & The Blues Shacks 2015
Do You Mean It (Ike Turner) Duke Robillard & Friends w/ Chris Cote Blues Bash 2020
You’re Driving Me Insane Ike Turner with Ben Burton’s Orchestra RPM Records 1952 Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. – November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Sweet Baby Of Mine Ruth Brown Atlantic Records 1956
That’s What Makes My Baby Fat Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade w/ Faye Adams Lowdown Baby 1952
FEATURE: Louis Jordan – The Hits from A to Y (56 Solo Hits from Billboard & Cash Box R&B Charts) Ain’t That Just Like A Woman Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five w/Carl Hogan (guitar) Decca Records (#1 for two weeks in October 1946)
L & N Special Christine Kittrell w/ Her Band Republic Records 1953
Mystery Train Little Junior’s Blue Flames Sun Records 1953
In the Dark (Junior Parker) Shemekia Copeland Uncivil War 2020
Black Nights Lowell Fulson Soul 1965
Honky Tonk (parts 1 & 2) The James Brown Soul Train Polydor Records 1972
Hard Luck Blues Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men DeLuxe Records 1950
8:00 AM Feature: Savoy Records Survey, 1944 to 1956
Savoy Records is an American record company and label established by Herman Lubinsky in 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. Savoy specialized in jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music, and was the first label to release records by Charlie Parker and other jazz and R&B greats.
Head Hunter Johnny Otis Orchestra featuring Peter “Guitar” Lewis & Big Jay McNeely Savoy Records 1949
He Knows How to Hucklebuck Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers w/ Joan Shaw (vocals) Savoy Records 1948
Grandma & Grandpa Jimmy “Baby Face” Lewis Savoy Records 1948
If It’s News To You Little Esther Phillips Savoy Records 1953
V-Eight Baby Tommy Brown Savoy Records 1951
Take The Hands Off The Clock Tiny Bradshaw Savoy Records 1947
Bongo Blues Dee Williams Sextette Savoy Records 1949
Open The Door, Richard (Parts 1 & 2) Dusty Fletcher Savoy Records 1948 Comedian Dusty Fletcher performed “Open The Door Richard” as a sketch in the 1930s and 40s Jack McVea turned it into a song in 1947
Barbados The Charlie Parker All Stars Savoy Records 1948 Charlie Parker’s only entry onto the Billboard R&B Charts It peaked at #15 for one week in 1948
My Fault Brownie McGhee Savoy Records 1948
Jumpin’ Jacquet Illinois Jacquet Savoy Records 1946
What’s The Matter With Me Albennie Jones & Don Byas Orchestra w/ Dizzy Gillespie Savoy Records 1945
We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll Wild Bill Moore Savoy Records 666 1948
Wild Wig Big Jay McNeely & His Blue Jays Savoy Records 1949
Doggin’ Blues Linda Hopkins w/ The Johnny Otis Orchestra Savoy Records 1950
Candy Big Maybelle & the Kelly Owens Orchestra Savoy Records 1956