Friday, December 19, 2014

Lost & Found playlist for 12/18/14

Intro: "Cozy's Mambo" - Cozy Cole

Background music for the show: Bill Evans - On Green Dolphin Street

Wendy Rene - "After Laughter Comes Tears"
Etta James - "All I Could Do Is Cry"
Candi Staton - "Jolene"
The Uniques - "Toys Are Made for Children"
The Bookends - "Christmas Kisses"

Otis Redding - "I'm Coming Home to See About You"
Eddie Holland - "I'm So Glad I Learned to Cha-Cha"
Junior Kimbrough - "Meet Me in the City"
The Animals - "I'm Mad Again"
Tony Joe White - "No News is Good News"

Labi Siffre - "Sadie and the Devil"
Parliament - "Little Old Country Boy"
Brenton Wood - "Trouble"
Johnny Nash - "There Are More Questions Than Answers"

The Fixin-To-Die Rag: Private Charles Bowens & the Gentlemen from Tigerland - "Christmas In Vietnam"

Plain Jane - "That's How Much"
Thin Lizzy - "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Got Me in It's Spotlight)"
Wendy Rene - "Gone For Good"
Root & Jenny Jackson - "So Far Away"
Binky Griptite - "Stone Soul Christmas"

Stevie Wonder - "Hey Love"
Otis Leavill - "You Brought the Good Out in Me"
Howard Tate - "Where Did My Baby Go"
Bobby Rush - "Bowlegged Woman, Knock Kneed Man"
George Jackson - "I Can't See Sadness Ahead for Me"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "Call His Name/Red Sea"

The Black & Blues - "Chains"
The Drapels - "Wondering (When My Love is Coming Home)"
King Floyd - "Handle With Care"
The Embraceables - "Here I Go"
Black Velvet - "Goodwill to All Mankind"

Outro: "Christmas Must Be Tonight" - The Band

See you in 2015!

Lost & Found playlist for 12/11/14

Intro: "Cozy's Mambo" - Cozy Cole

Background music for the show: "O, Tannenbaum" - The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Little Richard - "Keep-a-knockin'"
The Flairs - "She Wants to Rock" [Take 2]
Sonny Knight - "Confidential"
Little Jimmy Griffin - "If Things Don't Change"
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva - "I Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Todd Rundgren - "Just One Victory"
Faces - "Had Me a Real Good Time"
Bo Diddley - "Another Sugar Daddy"
The Animals - "You're On My Mind"
The Equals - "Look What You've Done to My Daughter"

Abelardo Barroso - "Triste Lucha"
Los Gitanos Polinais - "En El Fondo Del Mar De Lima"
Derrick & Patsy - "Housewife's Choice"
Grant Green - "In the Middle"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Marvin Gaye - "I Want to Come Home for Christmas"

The Miracles - "That's the Way I Feel"
The Showmen - "The Wrong Girl"
The Caravelles - "Pink Lips"
Buddy Guy - "She Suits Me to a Tee"
Lightnin' Slim - "Good Morning Heartaches"

Bill Withers - "Let Me Into Your Life"
The Dixie Nightingales - "I Don't Know"
Edna Gallmon Cooke & the Radio Four - "Walk Through the Valley"
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "Strange Things Are Happening Every Day"
Fontella Bass - "Poor Little Fool"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "He Is Real"

Buddy Holly - "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
Billy Gales - "Dreaming of You"
Rosco Gordon - "Hey Hey Girl"
Little Richard - "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"

Bobby 'Blue' Bland - "All I Want to Do Is Cry"
Big Al Downing - "Heartbreak Hill"
Jimmy Radcliffe - "(There Goes) The Forgotten Man"
Emorise Kelly - "The Biggest Fool"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

R.I.P. Wendy Rene

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Stax recording artist Wendy Rene has died at age 67. The singer and songwriter, whose real name was Mary Cross, died from complications of a stroke Tuesday morning. The news was confirmed by her family.
A homegrown talent on the Stax Records roster in the mid-’60s, the sweet-voiced Mrs. Cross was always seemingly a step shy of stardom during the era, but would be fondly remembered and rediscovered in later years by R&B fans, soul aficionados and a new generation of hip-hop artists.
In a statement released through the Soulsville Foundation, Stax co-founder Jim Stewart said, “I am truly saddened. I’ve thought about Wendy a lot through the years and regretted that due to a combination of reasons Stax Records was never able to help her to realize the highly successful career she deserved. Wendy was an incredibly talented artist and a gifted composer.”
Born Mary Frierson, Mrs. Cross began her career in a teen gospel singing group called the Drapels with her brother Johnny. In 1963, the group auditioned for Stax head Stewart, who offered them a deal. But Mrs. Cross, still in high school, was writing songs of her own, and she would be signed concurrently as a solo act as well. The company envisioned her as a replacement of sorts for its queen, Carla Thomas, who was taking a hiatus from recording while attending college. She first took the stage name Wendy Storm before adopting the more elegant sounding Wendy Rene, at the suggestion of Stax public relations woman Deanie Parker and fellow artist Otis Redding.
Recording with house backing band Booker T. & the MGs and getting writing assists from the group’s guitarist, Steve Cropper, Mrs. Cross released a succession of singles such as the moody “Give It What You Got” and the dance number “Bar-B-Q.” Her greatest work, however, was her debut ballad, “After Laughter (Comes Tears).” It captured the essence of Mrs. Cross’ youthful verve, becoming a minor hit.
“Mary’s style was very unique,” said Parker. “Her voice was unique and she was truly a good composer. She had that innocence in terms of her songwriting and also her delivery as a vocalist.
“She had all the ingredients: She wrote her own songs, had a distinctive style,” added Parker. “But she didn’t fit into the mold typically associated with the sound of Stax. So it was difficult to launch the kind of career she really did deserve. But she was enormously talented. ”
In 1967, newly married to Stax employee James Cross, Mrs. Cross decided to quit music to raise a family. For the next four decades, her musical ambitions were limited to singing in her church choir. But, eventually, the industry would rediscover Mrs. Cross and her songs.
At the dawn of the ’90s, “After Laughter” was famously sampled by the hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan for the track “Tearz” off their Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album; more than a decade later, the song was incorporated by Alicia Keys into “Where Do We Go From Here” on her platinum-selling 2007 album As I Am.
“A testament to her greatness as a composer is that artists continue to cover her songs and material,” said Parker. “She’s one of those Stax artists you have to dig for, but when you do find her, you get turned on to her music in a big way.”
In 2010, Mrs. Cross was finally coaxed back to the stage for the first time since the late-’60s, performing as part of the Ponderosa Stomp, a New Orleans music festival.
In early 2012, the Los Angeles-based label Light in the Attic released After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965, a comprehensive look at Mrs. Cross’ career, gathering all her studio efforts as well as several previously unreleased songs. The publicity-shy Mrs. Cross even made an appearance at a release party for the disc, at the Stax Museum that winter.
She is survived by her former husband James Cross, and their children Andre, Eric, Jacques, Rashad, Ivan, Jami. Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Temple of Deliverance, 369 GE Patterson Avenue.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

One WMBR Co-Music Director's Top 28 Records of 2014

[In alphabetical order, obvs.]

The Acid - Liminal (Mute/Infectious)
Sam Amidon - Lily-O (Nonesuch) 
Blues Pills - S/T (Nuclear Blast America)
Benjamin Booker - S/T (ATO)
Cheap Girls - Famous Graves (Xtra Mile)
John Coltrane - Offering: Live at Temple University (Impulse!)
Dama/Libra - Claw (Northern Spy)
Emma Donovan & the PutBacks - Dawn (Hope Street Recordings)
The Dustaphonics - Big Smoke London Town (Dirty Water Records)
Bob Dylan & the Band - The Basement Tapes Complete (Columbia/Legacy)
Lee Fields & the Expressions - Emma Jean (Truth & Soul)
Hallelujah the Hills - Have You Ever Done Something Evil (Self Released)
Curtis Harding - Soul Power (Burger Records)
Homeboy Sandman - Hallways (Stones Throw)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone Records)
Sonny Knight & the Lakers - I'm Still Here (Secret Stash)
La Cerca - Sunrise for Everyone (Fort Lowell Records)
Linda Perhacs - The Soul of All Natural Things (Asthmatic Kitty)
Psychic Wheels - Peripheral Drift (Superdreamer Records)
Radio Moscow - Magical Dirt (Alive Records)
Ty Segall - Manipulator (Drag City)
The Soundcarriers - Entropicalia (Ghost Box)
Swamp Dogg - The White Man Made Me Do It (Alive Natural Sound)
Swans - To Be Kind (Young God/Mute)
Doug Tuttle - S/T (Trouble In Mind)
Ryley Walker - All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square)
Scott Walker & Sunn 0))) - Soused (4AD)
Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs (Self Released)

Lost & Found playlist for 12/4/14

Intro: "Cozy's Mambo" - Cozy Cole

Background music for the show: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation [NEW, Impulse!]

Warren Zevon - "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" [Live in Boston, September 29, 1982]
Faces - "Fly in the Ointment" [R.I.P. Ian McLagan]
Bob Dylan & the Band - "I'm Guilty of Lovin' You"
Tom Waits - "Blind Love"
Athanor - "Roll Me Like the Ocean"

Lee Moses & Lotsa Poppa - "Tell Me Who's to Blame"
Them Two - "Am I a Good Man?"
Big John Hamilton - "Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
Esau Isaac - "Baby Man"
Lloyd Robinson - "You Said You Loved Me"

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Big Bulbs" [NEW Christmas 7"]
Little Belle Caesar & the Lionel Hampton Orchestra - "Little Annie"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Found My Way to Wine"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: The Shellettes - "My Soldier Boy Over There"

George Perkins - "Baby You Saved Me"

Marvin Gaye - "I Wish I Didn't Love You So"
Mavis Staples - "Until I Met You"
Booker T. & Priscilla Jones - "Time"
Toussaint McCall - "Nothing Takes the Place of You"
Ike & Tina Turner - "Why Can't We Be Happy"

The Gospel Songbirds - "I Thank You Jesus"
The Brothers & Sisters of L.A. - "All Along the Watchtower"
Bobby 'Blue' Bland - "Loan a Helping Hand"
Lazy Lester - "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "True Fine Mama" [Unreleased Version]

Lou Monte - "Dominic the Donkey"
Marino Choice - "Cherry Juice"
Mercy Dee - "Have You Ever?"
The King Pins - "You're Using Me"
Betty Everettt - "I've Got a Claim On You"

George Jackson - "Talking About the Love I Have For You"
The Tiffanys - "No Doubt About It"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost & Found playlist for 11/20/14

Intro: "Jambo" - Claude McLin

Background music for the show: Philip Corner - Satie Slowly

Jimmy Ruffin - "Don't Feel Sorry for Me"
Billy Hambric - "Flaming Mamie"
Bettye LaVette - "Hello Sunshine"
Deep Purple - "Space Truckin'"
Ike & Tina Turner - "Bold Soul Sister"

Johnny Sonnier - "Slow Walking Fever"
Lightnin' Slim - "Bad Luck Is Fallin'"
The Original Golden Stars - "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
Mickey & Sylvia - "No Good Lover"
Joshie Armstead - "Sitting Here Thinking"

The Louvin Brothers - "Blues Stay Away From Me"
Bobbie Gentry - "Somebody Like Me"
Etta James - "Quick Reaction and Satisfaction"
Candi Staton - "Trouble, Heartaches, and Sadness"
Jerry Butler - "I'm-a Tellin' You"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Coast - "Why"

Desmond Dekker & the Aces - "You've Got Your Troubles"
Roosevelt Nettles - "Heartaches and Troubles"
Nina Simone - "In the Morning"
The Harmonizers of Newtown, MS - "Just a Little While"

Sonny Terry - "Louise"
Eddie Jefferson - "Uh Oh (I'm In Love Again)"
Reuben Bell & the Casanovas - "I'm Not That Easy"
Andrew Tibbs - "Hard-Hearted Woman"
Swamp Dogg - "I'm So Happy"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "All Night Long" [1955 Audition Tape Version]

Jimmy Ruffin - "You Gave Me Love"
Betty O'Brien - "She'll Be Gone"
Tony Clarke - "Cry"
Wilson Pickett - "My Heart Belongs to You"

Marv Johnson - "All the Love I've Got"
Johnny Nash - "Some of Your Lovin'"
Brenton Wood - "A Little Bit of Love"
The Tams - "Disillusioned"

Outro: "Home Cookin'" - The Band