The Discussion Pt 1 vs Pt 2
This is undoubtedly one of the records
(Bill Dogget, Honky-Tonkin', Pts. 1 and 2, 78 on King records) that Uncle Frank played on his radio show all those years ago in Claremont. If you care to recreate the play list, that is.
And the records that were missing from my collection included:
Philip Upchurch Combo, "You Can't Sit Down" (both parts 1 and 2
, because they were assembled on the flip side of the same record).
Cozy Cole! Topsy Part Two
... most definitely Frank! He loved that! (Those drums! and the way Cozy's voice echoed in the spoken lead in) He wrote the whole thing around his drum solo! And like young music scholars, we'd try to figure out what famous old jazz standard was referenced at the ending in the horn section of the song)
(I'd once offered The Happy Organ
, but Uncle Frank said people could hear that any time on any other radio show, though he eventually borrowed it).
Jimmy Reed's, "Bright Light Big City
", but also "Big Boss Man
Definitely "High Heeled Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker
Slim Harpo, Scratch My Back
Slim Harpo, Tip on In
Anything tasty by the Penguins, even "Earth Angel".
Well, anyway .... My sister had a great collection of 78 rpm r&b from her juvenile delinquent days in Compton and nights later at El Monte Legion Stadium ... real jungle music! Rocket 88 (the original!)
And something by the Deacon. Doo-wop that would make you melt into the sidewalk. The Flamingos. The Orioles. Marvin & Johnny.
(While later in 1963, I had the Rivingtons, with "Slippin and a Slidin
(He would have put on Walkin the Dog by Rufus Thomas
for his r&b hour, as would have I, but his show was earlier in time, and anyway this version
is so much better! Rufus in Europe 1965 after the Rolling Stones 1964. And the original Rufus came out in 1963, much later than the Uncle Frank radio hour.
Though Frank like most musicians of his caliber stopped listening to anyone else's music at all (as he'd already absorbed enough) by 1966, he might have liked the title of "Do the Funky Penguin
" by the same artist, 1972. I felt I knew him. But what the heck do I know really, I was still buying Jimmy Reed in 1963, Shame Shame Shame
While at home, at my house, we'd also listen to Ella sing "Sophisticated Lady". And Julie London. Plenty of jazz, too. Drums ... the basic rhythm. I'd bring out my genetics report (I was in 9th or 10th grade college prep science), as I was better at writing than assembling an experiment and we were given a choice by then for requirements, and I was working on it still: the development of a fetus in utero ... how the heart beat was the first sound of the universe to a baby ... so elemental, that rhythm ... Don was there for that reading.