Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menard Rogers - Oh My Love "Titty" Can't Be Still

Filling a request from Gerard and I'll point you to his excellent blog for info on Menard Rogers.
I don't know if Menard packed the night clubs but this LP is a bit dodgy, a crap pressing and not for the blues fans out there but the track "Ain't nothing but a titty" is fun.


Sunny Land Slim - Plays The Rag Time Blues

A Lp that hasn't been listened to in years and thanks go to Luis Lisboa for requesting it. Backing by the fabulous Aces.
Thanks also to Stefan Wirz for the correct tracklisting taken from his Bluesway discography.
- Get Hip To Yourself
- Mr. Cool
- Bassology
- Ain't Gonna Drink No More
- It's You Baby
- Everytime I Gets To Drinkin'
- Lonesome Ride
- Canadian Walk
- Rice, Salmon And Black-Eyed Peas [not listed on back cover]
- Got To Get To My Baby [listed as "Goin' to My Baby" on the back cover]
- When Your Mama Quit Your Papa [not listed on back cover]


Frits's Tapes Number 75 & 76

Tape 75:

Tape 76:

Some more fine and sometimes obscure offerings from Frits.

Willie Egan - Rocks, Rolls & Boogies

If ever an artist was undeserving of obscurity, it was Willie Lee Egan, a Louisiana rocker in the style of Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis. Until the early 1980’s, nobody seemed to know if he was still living, which is not surprising, since even during Willie’s heydays in 1955 -56 his excellent records were poorly distributed and although he never cracked the national R&B charts, he developed an unrivalled reputation around Los Angeles clubs as "the House Rocker" with a pounding right hand piano style such as Jerry Lee Lewis would later make famous. The long out of-print ground breaking records he recorded for the tiny Mambo / Vita label have become the stuff of legend and trade hands among collectors for hundreds of dollars apiece. Willie Egan is back in the house and the house is definitely rocking! - Borrowed from Amazon


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.

02-06-2014 Marineband:  Big Joe Turner 'Boss Man Of The Blues' LP with Rod Piazza.
12-06-2014 Gerard Herzhaft/Blue Eye: Calvin Leavy:Give me your loving loving loving (originally on a Soul Beat 45 116).
13-06-2014 Owlface: Victoria Spivey and her Blues - Spivey Records LP-1002
18-06-2014: MarcD: Jody Williams - Time for a change / Lonely without you (Yulando 8665)
07-07-2014: Steve626: Ronnie Hawkins - Rrrracket Time, with James Cotton
24-07-2104 Anonymous: Guitar Shorty "On The Rampage" Olive Branch Blues LP - this is Guitar Shorty/David Kearney
04-08-2104 HM: Earl Hooker Put Your Shoes On Willie. Checker 45 B side to Tanya
10-8-2014 Bob Mac: Alfred Bolden: His Last and Greatest (King KS-G3-1106)
13-08-2014 Anonymous: George & Ethel McCoy: Early In The Morning - Adelphi AD 1004
18-08-2014 Gerard Herzhaft: Elmon Mickle & Ernie Pruitt Whatever You're Doing, Keep On Doing It/ Short 'n' Fat (E. M. and E. P. Records 133)Good Morning Little School girl(Wonder 15001)
20-08-2014 Rob F: Va - Those old happy days: 1960s blues from the Gulf (Flyright FLY 513)
23-08-2014 Aunt Fin: VA - Take A Little Walk With Me The Blues in Chicago  1948-1957
Boogie Disease
01-09-2014 Steve626: Big Joe Turner - The Real Boss of The Blues on Bluestime
07-09-2014 Leroy Slim: VA - Savannah Syncopators (CBS [UK]
12-09-2014: Riley: VA - Orange County Special (Flyright)
15-09-2014: Kempen: Snooks Eaglin: Message From New Orleans (Heritage vinyl)
03-10-2014 Anonymous: Herwin 405 "Cannonball: Piano Ragtime Of The Teens, Twenties & Thirties Vol. 2" and Wolf WSE106/WBCD-006: James "Yank" Rachel: Complete recordings in chronological order Vol. 1 (1934-38)
03-10-2014: Aunt Fin: New Orleans Willie Jackson ‎– 1926-1928, Old Tramp ‎– OT-1215
03-10-2014 Fabio: CC Richardson - Blues Of The City (Blue Jay) & I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

Frits's Tapes Number 73 & 74

Tape 73:

Tape 74:

George "Wild Child" Butler - Funky Butt Lover

The great bluesman George "Wild Child" Butler died Tuesday, March 1 in a Windsor, Ontario hospital, the result of a pulmonary embolism. He was 68. Wild Child was born in Autaugaville, Alabama on October 1, 1936 and earned his blues stripes beginning in the late 1950s when he took his unique harmonica sound and singing from rural Alabama juke joints to the clubs of Chicago. In the late 1960s, he performed mostly in New Orleans and Houston before returning to Chicago and then touring extensively. Wild Child eventually settled in Canada with his wife Elaine, who survives him. Wild Child's recording debut came on the Sharp label in 1964. Between 1966 and 1968, he recorded singles produced by Willie Dixon for Jewel Records. He later had releases on Mercury, TK Records, Charly, Rooster Blues, MC Records, Bullseye Blues and APO Records. His final record, Sho' 'Nuff, was released in 2001. Wild Child's performance resume includes tours with Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay, Lightnin' Hopkins, Cousin Joe and Roosevelt Sykes. He also played periodically with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Lee Robinson, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson II and many other famous bluesmen. George Butler came upon his nickname even before he could walk. The little boy took to harassing the women who visited his mother in their rural Alabama shack. He would crawl across the floor and pull on their skirts and legs until the women began telling Beatrice Butler that her son was "a wild child." From the time Wild Child picked up the harp at age five, he played it upside down. Not until about 25 years ago did somebody tell him that the high notes were supposed to be played on the right side of the harp. By then, Wild Child had developed his upside down sound, and that style combined with his syncopated singing has been tough to pigeonhole. "They've always called mine the swamp sound," Wild Child said in 2001. "It's not too fast and not too slow. They calls it snapping blues. I was told from Willie Dixon that I had a way-out strange voice. He said he could hear it between Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins. He said ain't nothing been around like that." Dixon also once told Wild Child: "You are the moan of the suffering woman, the groan of the dying man. You ain't nothing but the blues." Wild Child was a very talented songwriter who performed and recorded almost all originals. He and APO Records were planning another recording session when he died. Wild Child had finished writing all of the songs. To those who knew him, Wild Child will be remembered for his exceptional kindness. He had a child-like innocence and enjoyed laughing about simple observations. He sincerely cared for his friends and checked up on them regularly, even those who never checked on him. APO Records appreciates him as an always-loyal friend who shared generously of his time and talent.Visit for more info.

Eddie Taylor - Same

Home made comp that I picked up at record fair for next to nothing. Seller told me that it was made for him by the editor of an English R&B magazine ... could be. The live tracks are the interesting ones and the quality is very good.

John Watkins - Here I Am

I've included the back cover as I can find next to nothing on John Watkins a.a. John "Mad Dog" Watkins on the internet. Hoping that Gerard can share some more info also.
This is the original LP on Johns own label that seems to have no name except "John Watkins Band" . The LP was also released on the French "Blue Phoenix" label and later on Cd but with an altered track listing. The French releases bill John as  "Mad Dog" Watkins something that is not on the US release. Wonder why?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What do you think is the worst Lp cover?

To make a change from posting LP's I thought it would be a good/bad ( whatever you think) idea to ask you what would be your choice for a bad Blues, R&B lp cover. As both Marineband and Alan Balfour have pointed out some of the Red Lightnin' and Chess covers where pretty bad. I can also think of the Lee Shot Williams - Country Disco on the Roots label.
Leave your choice as a comment and we'll see where it goes from there.