Wednesday, March 30, 2005

It was great hearing from a couple of internet listeners, as well as, of course, our normally great local broadcast listeners.

Here's the playlist from the double shift last week:

1 Ride Jockey Ride - The Lamplighters
2 Baby Doll - The Crows
3 Nothing But Good - The Midnighters
4 Just You And Me - Joe Tex
5 Ring Ding Doo - Chuck Willis
6 Way Cross Mama - John Houston And Orchestra
7 I'll Be True - Faye Adams
8 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Big Maybelle
9 Edna's Blues - Edna McGriff
10 The Ball Game - Wynona Carr
11 Tell Me Pretty Baby - Lloyd Price
12 I Want To Boogie - Buster Bennett
13 Something's Wrong - Woo Woo Moore
14 Dearest One - The Montereys
15 Beer Barrel Boogie - The Platters
16 Lamplight - The Deltas
17 ABC's Of Love - Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
18 Rang Tang Ding Dong - The Cellos
19 Work to Do - The Average White Band
20 I'm A Midnight Mover - Wilson Pickett
21 Power Of Love - Joe Simon
22 Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris
23 You Can't Get That No More - Louis Jordan
24 There'll Be No Next Time - Louis Prima W Sam Butera
25 That's All Right Baby - Joe Turner And Pete Johnson
26 Mmm Mmm Baby - The Spiders
27 There Ain't No Use Beggin - The Robins
28 Little Darlin' - The Willows
29 Taxi Blues - Little Richard
30 Great Big Hunk O Man - Jimmie Nelson
31 Rock O La - Joe Lutcher
32 Something's Wrong - Woo Woo Moore
33 Dem Days Are Gone Forever - The Orioles
34 The Way I Feel - The Drifters
35 Your Cheatin Heart - The Pearls
36 Que Sera Sera - The High Keys
37 Take It Back - The Class Notes
38 The Reason - The Five Chanels
39 Hide And Seek - Bunker Hill
40 You Are My Only Love - The Cardinals
41 Pretty Baby Blues - The Cardinals
42 Here Goes My Heart To You - The Cardinals
43 If Somebody Told Me - Anna King
44 Girl You're Too Young - Archie Bell And the Drells
45 It's All Over - Walter Jackson
46 Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
47 Blue Velvet - The Moonglows
48 The Plea - The Jesters
49 Open Up Your Heart - Charles Andrea And The Hi-tones
50 Heaven Above Me - The Jets
51 Give Me Your Love - The Columbus Pharoahs
52 She Believed A Gypsy - The Delta Rhythm Boys
53 The Way Love Should Be (Live acappella) - The Nutmegs
54 Darlene - The Dreams
55 Cry Wind Cry - The Heartbreakers
56 How Could You - The Enchanters
57 Today Is Your Birthday - The Enchanters
58 Boogie Woogie Daddy - The Enchanters
59 I'm Coming Home - The Swan Silvertones
60 Why Did You Leave Me - The Ravens
61 Out Of A Dream - The Ravens
62 Write Me A Letter - The Ravens

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

We're now available live on the web.... go to (link available on the right) and click on the radio for live streaming broadcast.

I'll be once again subbing for Johnny Barbata on the r and b shop this week.... so I will be on from eight until noon Saturday morning.

Here's the playlist from last week (once again I didn't get Darlene on and so... this week.... promise) :

1 I Hear Bells - The Del Vikings
2 Anything To Say You're Mine - Lula Reed
3 Heartbeat - The Whirlwinds
4 When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver - The Jive Bombers
5 Cherry - The Jive Bombers
6 All Of Me - The Jive Bombers
7 I Wrote A Letter - The Serenaders
8 I Love You So - The Earls
9 Daa De Ya Da - Wilbert Harrison And The Roamers
10 So All Alone - The Moonlighters
11 Boogie Woogie Ball - The Five Red Caps
12 Stay - The Rainbows
13 Zoop - The Charts
14 You're The Reason - The Charts
15 Dance Girl - The Charts
16 Everything Will Be All Right - John Brooks And The Gospel Melodies
17 Letter To My Girl - The Dreams
18 That's My Desire - The Channels
19 I Don't Know - Willie Mabon
20 Daisy - The Corvells
21 Quiet Whiskey - Wynonie Harris
22 If You Need Me - Solomon Burke
23 Why Do Me That Way - Solomon Burke
24 Send Me Some Loving - Solomon Burke
25 That's When I Fall In Love - The Five Sounds
26 Hurt Me - Wynona Carr
27 All Because - The Varnells
28 I Won't Cry Any More - Dinah Washington
29 A Sunday Kind Of Love - Dinah Washington
30 Evil Gal Blues - Dinah Washington

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Well exciting things on Sound Of The City. First of all, we will be on the internet now within just a few weeks. Stay tuned for the pertinent information.

Last week it was an honor and a thrill to have Wes Hayes, who sang with The Dreams, Kenny Esquire & The Starlites, The Coeds, and his own bands, in the studio, along with Billy Taylor.
Billy of course sang with The Castelles and Sonny Til's third group of Orioles. We also learned that he too sang with The Dreams (on Darlene), The Modern Redcaps, and also with (though not recording with) The Spaniels and The Dominoes.

And what a thrill it was to have phone calls from Bernie Harris, another original member of The Dreams, and the man himelf, George Grant of the legendary Castelles.

By the calls from our listeners, no doubt you all were as thrilled to hear the stories of these wonderful gentlemen.

Many thanks go to people who made the show possible... Bob Bosco for arranging the visit and Bernard Harris's call, Bill Keith for getting me in touch with George Grant to enable HIS phone call, Steve Applebaum who co authored the definitive article on the Castelles with Charlie Horner... and Carl Tancredi for his cheerleading in the studio.

Here's a list of what we played (yeah I know time cut out Darlene... I am gonna play it on this week's show but it's going on the "official" recording of last week's show):

1 Sweetness - The Castelles
2 This Silver Ring - The Castelles
3 My Little Honey Bun - The Dreams
4 Under The Willow Tree - The Dreams
5 My Girl Awaits Me - The Castelles
6 Boom Chica Boom - Kenny Esquire And The Starlites
7 Hey Baby Baby - The Castelles
8 Over A Cup Of Coffee - The Castelles
9 Time After Time - The Coeds
10 Write And Tell Me Why - Sonny Til And The Orioles
11 It's Too Soon To Know - Sonny Til And The Orioles
12 They Call Me A Dreamer - Kenny Esquire And The Starlites
13 Golden Teardrops - The Modern Redcaps
14 Out There - John Brooks And The Gospel Melodies
15 Wonder Why - The Castelles
16 Darlene - The Dreams

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

This week's show (3/12) will be special with the visits of John Hayes (The Dreams ) and Billy Taylor (The Castelles). I also expect that collectors/experts Bob Bosco, Steve Applebaum, and Carl Tancredi will be on hand. And if we are lucky, maybe a special phone call or two.

Last week's show was changed at the last minute to reflect my trip Friday night to Fordham University to see the Bronx African American History Project honor Arthur Crier... in part for his contribution to the culture, but also for his contribution to improving the lives of the people of the area. It was a wonderful celebration of love in its purest sense, and featured some wonderful performances by jazzman Jimmy Owens and r and b performances by the Harptones, Lillian Leach and the Mellows, the Chords, the Clickettes, and others.

Here's the playlist from last week:

1 Hong Kong Jelly Wong - The Royaltones
2 Edna - The Palms
3 Father Time - The Turks
4 Mean Old World - The Halos
5 Gee How I Wish You Were Here - Curtis Lee (With The Halos)
6 Oh What A Night - The Halos
7 He Is A Shelter - The Soul Stirrers
8 I Thought I Could Forget - The Cap Tans
9 Meet Me After School - The Earls
10 Here I Am - The Moonglows
11 Sweet Annie Laurie - Sammy Turner
12 All By Myself - Fats Domino
13 Sh Boom - The Chords
14 Because Of My Best Friend - The Clickettes
15 Life Is But A Dream - The Harptones
16 Speedilac - Sonny Day And The Versatiles
17 Sugar Sugar - Wilson Pickett
18 Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
19 Everybody Loves A Lover - The Vibrations
20 Half Angel - The Twilighters
21 I'm Yours - The Morrisania Review
22 You're Mine - The Crickets
23 Rocking Is Our Business - The Treniers
24 Respectable - The Isley Brothers
25 Shanghai - The Billy Williams Quartet
26 Zing Zing - Art Neville
27 Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
28 Don't Say Goodnight - The Valentines
29 A Thousand Dreams - Bobby Hendricks
30 How Sentimental Can I Be - Lillian Leach And The Mellows

Friday, March 04, 2005

the event "of a lifetime"

At last June's Doylestown Doowop, RDV personalities left to right Peter Blaikie, David April, Jim Bakay, Mike Bane, Ray Moore
I am going to take the opportunity to promote DoylestownDoowop on March 12 by publishing the flyer above... as well as a photo of some of the RDV Personalities who were there.

My buddy Johnny Barbata needs to take an extended leave of absence to get his health issues in order. I thought he'd be back in two weeks, but, it looks like he'll be out for a while. There will be substitute hosts on the R and B Shop, but I will pepper my show with a little larger helping of "Johnny -type" tunes while he's gone.

Here's the playlist from last week for the combined R and B Shop/Sound Of The City shows:

1 Love Conquers All - The Lamplighters
2 Lulu The - Sh-booms
3 Priscilla - Eddie Cooley And The Dimples
4 Early In The Morning - Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
5 Amos Blues - Amos Milburn
6 Little Demon - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
7 Frettin' For Some Pettin' - Jesse Price And His Blues Orch
8 Jump And Shout - Erline Harris
9 Don't Cry - Ruth Brown
10 Mama Don't Allow It - Frankie Lymon
11 Not Too Young to Fall In Love - Louis Lymon And The Teenchords
12 I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
13 Over And Over - Thurston Harris And The Sharps
14 Shouldn't I Know - The Cardinals
15 Buick 59 - The Medallions
16 Let The Good Times Roll - Ray Charles
17 Put Your Arms Around Me - Bobby Charles
18 Good Rockin' Tonight - Roy Brown
19 Black Pearl - Sonny Charles And Checkmate Ltd
20 Cry to Me - Solomon Burke
21 Soothe Me - The Sims Twins
22 Act Right - Wynona Carr
23 Luscious Woman - Wynonie Harris
24 Haul Offf And Love Me - Bullmoose Jackson
25 Closest To The Bone - Louis Prima
26 I Didn't Want To Do It - The Spiders
27 Drinkin Wine SpodeeODee - Sticks McGhee
28 Brown Eyes - The Chateaus
29 The Fat Man - Fats Domino
30 She's Mine - Joe Tex
31 In Paradise - The Cookies
32 I Love You So - The Chantels
33 Cry Cry Cry - Bobby Bland
34 So Far Away - The Pastels
35 Geraldine - The El Venos
36 Fools Love - The Strollers
37 That's What You're Doing To Me - The Five Keys
38 She Carried Me All Over Town - Chuck Edwards
39 You Lost The Sweetest Boy - Mary Wells
40 I Couldn't Believe It - David Ruffin And Eddie Kendricks
41 First I Look At the Purse - The Contours
42 Choice Of Colors - The Impressions
43 Shorty's Got To Go - The Impressions
44 We're A Winner - The Impressions
45 Secret Love - The Moonglows
46 Lullabye Of The Bells - The Deltairs
47 920 Special - The Delta Rhythm Boys
48 Once There Lived A Fool - Savannah Churchill And The Striders
49 Lonesome Road - The Four Tunes
50 Gloria - The Mills Brothers
51 It Had To Be You - Madeleine Green And The Three Varieties
52 Sing High Swing Low - The Ink Spots
53 You Do Something To Me - The Avalons
54 Teenager's Dream - The Kodaks
55 Ease My Trouble In Mind - The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet
56 Every Beat Of My Heart - The Pips
57 Darling - The Pips
58 Letter Full Of Tears - The Pips
59 Darling You Are Here - Charles Baker And Group
60 My Days Are Blue - The Five Chances
61 I'm True - Sammy Cotton
62 Take A Giant Step - The Drakes
63 Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Bobby Hendricks
64 Charles My Darling - Ami And The Cliftones