Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crayons To Perfume's Girl of the Week is Koko Taylor along with the girls of 60's Rhythm & Blues!

Crayons to Perfume presents the ladies of 60's rhythm & blues with our girl of the week, KoKo Taylor. Koko rose from being a Tennessee share croppers daughter to being Chicago's Queen of the Blues when she met Willie Dixon who helped her get signed to Chess Records in 1962. Koko released many records in her day, but it was the live performances that were her passion. Right up until her death in 2009 she was still touring and doing about 200 dates a year!

We also hear from the great Barbara Lynn, Little Ester, Sinner Strong, Queen Ester, and Mitty Collier, all on our show #19 which you can hear, here. You can stream via the pop up player and download using the mp3-128k link.

Mitty Collier was a frequent guest on the short lived TV show The Beat!!!. Here she is doing I Had A Talk With My Man.

-I'm really excited about our next show - featuring Girls in the Garage! Tune in Wednesday at 7pm!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Let's Go To Strollsville

 Boots Brown & The Blockbusters  -  Let's Go To Strollsville  (2:20)

1962 – The Sandy Springs High Class of ‘62 dances at the Marietta Country Club, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's photo Tumblr.  The original caption?  "Those of the Charleston era puzzled? This is ‘The Stroll."

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The House Where Jerry Byrd Lived

On a recent trip to Nashville, I headed for the library to dig around some old city directories in an effort to find out if the houses where Homer & Jethro used to live might still be around, but I came up empty. I couldn't find a listing for either of those guys for some reason.  I did, however, discover that Jerry Byrd lived here, at 4849 Aster Drive, in 1962.

Byrd (1920 - 2005) made a name for himself as one of the nation's top (non-pedal) steel guitar talents in the 1940s and '50s.  He spent time playing in Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours before departing to join up with Red Foley and play steel in his band for several years.  In the early '60s, he began exploring Hawaiian music and recorded several LPs in that vein.  Byrd eventually relocated to  Hawaii in the late '60s and remained there until his death.

Here's a track from his 1964 Monument LP, Admirable Byrd.

Jerry Byrd  -  Theme For A DJ   (2:06)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Heart Over Mind

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blassie, King Of Men

The legendary Fred Blassie manhandles Dick Van Dyke, while Mary Tyler Moore and Mel Cooley look on, trembling fear. From "The Twizzle," a 1962 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fifty Years Ago This Week In Upstate South Carolina

 I can't vouch for the current whereabouts of the other D.J.s , but Country Earl can be found at his restaurant in Simpsonville every weekend. Have a look-see!
As near as I can tell, I currently have 27 out of 40 (and eight of the MIAs are intentional). How about you?

Ed. note:  you can hear Country Earl's radio program under the "Aircheck" section on the right side of this here blog.