Monday, October 19, 2015

Send Greg Germani A Vintage Post Card!

Here's an update on our good pal, Greg Germani.  As many of you know, he was run over on his bicycle on the way home from work last year.  He's still at home recovering and I think he would really enjoy hearing from all of us here at Ichiban.

Greg Germani
PO Box 846
Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Benefit For Greg Germani

Donate HERE.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Crime Stoppers Atlanta

Red Dodge Nitro
Our dear pal and Ichiban co-founder, Greg G was the victim of a horrific hit and run on his bicycle this week in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is in stable but critical condition in the ICU at Grady Hospital.  Please keep him in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.  If you know anyone that lives in Georgia, please send them a link to this story.  The driver is still at large and there is a Reward fund that you can donate to.  If you'd like to send get well greetings, email ghostwave@comcast.net.

Ray Price - Invitation To The Blues (2:51)

Friday, June 6, 2014

King Freddy Shows Us What It's All About

Freddy Cannon! (From Village Of The Giants, 1965).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Trouble In My Arms (MP3)

Johnny & Jonie Mosby  -  Trouble In My Arm

How 'bout a few minutes of ultra-catchy honky-tonk for your Tuesday night?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wolf Call

Mrs. Illinois Jacquet hits the dance floor with the big bad wolf, via JET magazine, 1958.

Earl Washington  -  Wolf Call  (2:07)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Shangri-Las, 1966

The Shangri-Las in Valdosta, Georgia, 1966.

Via the Valdosta State University's Flickr page.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The World's Most Popular Instrument

Billboard magazine ad, 10/14/1966.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Pure Country

Here's the Billboard magazine (10/08/1966) promoting Johnny Dollar's then-new 45rpm recording of Windburn. What tickles me is the reference to "pure country" which is perhaps a little surprising in light of the fact that the recording was positively saturated with the sounds of country fuzztone guitar!  And that is, to be sure, a fine thing.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gin & Bourbon

Gin And Bourbon
My Babe

Here's both sides of a solidly rockin' mid-1960s effort from the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia.  The top side's a booze-oriented tribute to / rip-off of The Newbeats' big 1964 hit Bread And Butter and the flip's the Little Walter standard.

Monday, April 28, 2014

King Solomon

Solomon Burke, 1964.  Via the JET magazine archives.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Neighborhood Vs. Wynonie Harris

Here are a couple of news items via the Jet magazine archives (02/24/1955 and 11/03/1955, respectively) detailing wildman Wynonie Harris's clashes with touchy neighbors in Brooklyn and Long Island.

I'd give just about anything to see a photo of the flashing sign on his Long Island lawn reading "The World's Greatest Blues Singer Lives Here."  As the great Dizzy Dean once said, "it ain't bragging if you can do it."

Below: Wynonie Harris, via ACE records.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Record Store Day!

Harvey Pekar (and not R. Crumb as I originally said), via Kicks magazine.  Thanks to The In Crowd for setting me straight in the comments.

UPDATE: Third and final try...what we see here is R. Crumb's artwork, accompanying a story by Harvey Pekar.  Thanks to Matt Fiveash for illuminating me.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Iceman Cometh To Atlanta

Jerry Butler, St. John & The Cardinals and Grover Mitchell at Atlanta's Kitten's Korner, Februrary, 1968.

Things could be far, far worse.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Slim Gaillard suits up for blast-off, 1953

Photo by Isaac Sutton, via the Jet magazine archives.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Monty Johnson  -  Flyin' Saucers In The Air

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hey, Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-bay-bee

Rusty Draper  -  Tongue Tied Over You

Hey, remember when they used to make dopey records about speech impediments?  No? Pretty sure I don't either, but here's proof.  I have more.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nipsey & The Strippers

Via the Jet magazine archives, 1954.  Nipsey Russell cavorts with strippers Rose LaRosa and Delilah Wyld at the Baby Grand nightclub in Harlem.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Super Volcanic Lloyd Price

New York City - Lloyd Price tears it up at the Rockland Palace, 1960.  Via the priceless JET magazine archives.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mow Town