Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson was born this day in 1930

J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") was born this day in 1930.  He worked at KTRM in Beaumont, TX.  He began his musical career as a songwriter.  "White Lightning" became George Jones' first number 1 hit in 1959.  He also wrote "Running Bear" which became a #1 hit for Johnny Preston.  Richardson may best be known for his signature song "Chantilly Lace" and the opening line of "Hellooo Baby!"  He was in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.  Here's the Bopper doing what he did best with "Chantilly Lace"...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween tunes and more on Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour!

Halloween tunes make their way to the playlist this week with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Beach Boys, Howlin' Wolf, Los Straitjackets and others.  Plus, we hear more new tracks from Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Winter, Jim Liban & Joel Patterson and classics from Gene Vincent, Elvis and much more!!

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Scary Daddy" Dempsey

Screamin' Jay Hawkins- "I Put A Spell On You"
Howlin' Wolf- "I Ain't Superstitious"
Mike Sanchez with Imelda May- "Voodoo Voodoo"
Southern Culture On The Skids- "Werewolf"
Billy Lee Riley- "Flyin' Saucers Rock N Roll"

Junior Brown- "Guitar Man"
Gene Vincent- "Git It"

Dr. Rubin's Pomade

Urban Voodoo Machine- "Train Wreck Blues"
Rhythm Bound- "Johnny Cash Life"
Elvis Presley- "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)"

The Coasters- "The Shadow Knows"
The Beach Boys- "Monster Mash"
Kip Tyler- "She's My Witch"

Endless Summer Quarterly

Instru-Mental Breakdown:
Los Straitjackets- "Ghostbusters"
Shakedown Combo- "Monster Stomp"

Jerry Lee Lewis- "Little Queenie"
Johnny Winter- "Who Do You Love"
Jim Liban with the Joel Paterson Trio- "Must've Been Dreaming"
Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms- "I Gotta Get Another Girl"
Eddie Clendening- "900 Miles"

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bill Miller (Johnny Cash Museum) interview part 2 and more!!

Johnny Cash Museum's Bill Miller joins us again this week as we talk about how the idea for the museum originated, more about the Sun Records story, a song request and more Cash tunes!  Also, music from The Bullets, JD McPherson, Elvis Presley, Dale Hawkins, Webb Wilder and lots more!!

Wall of album covers at
The Johnny Cash Museum
Part of new Sun exhibit

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey

The Bullets- "Go Man Go"
Elvis Presley- "Mean Woman Blues"
Ginger St. James- "Beer Bottle Rockets"
Webb Wilder- "Rockin' Little Angel"
The Caezars- "Heartache Overload"

Bill Miller interview
Johnny Cash- "Orange Blossom Special"
Johnny Cash- "Get Rhythm"
Johnny Cash- "Ring Of Fire"
Johnny Cash- "There You Go"
Johnny Cash- "Any Old Wind That Blows"

Brenda Lee- "Dynamite"
Janis Martin- "Drugstore Rock 'N' Roll"
JD McPherson- "Country Boy"

Dr. Rubin's Pomade

Cactus Blossoms- "Lost John Dean"
Dale Hawkins- "Tornado"
Levi Dexter & Magic- "Lonesome Train"

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Delta blues legend Son House passes away in 1988

Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. passed away this day in 1988 in Detroit, MI.  Son's music had a profound impact on artists as early as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Jack White in the current day.  Jack still claims his favorite song is Son's "Grinnin' In Your Face".  Here's some vintage clips of Son House, a White Stripes cover and a clip of Jack White talking about Son's influence here...

interview segment

"John The Revelator"

Son House speaks about Robert Johnson

"Levee Camp Blues"

Son House- "Grinnin' In Your Face"

"Death Letter Blues"

White Stripes- "Death Letter"

Jack White speaks on Son House

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chuck Berry was born this day in 1926

Chuck Berry was born this day in 1926 in St. Louis, MO.  His songwriting, guitar playing and showmanship is one of the biggest influences on rock.  Most artists coming out after Berry have acknowledged him as an influence.  Here are some of his biggest hits along with select covers from others...

"Johnny B. Goode"

Dion- "Johnny B. Goode"

Jimi Hendrix- "Johnny B. Goode"


Elvis Presley- "Maybelline" (live 1955)

"Rock & Roll Music" (w/ Tina Turner)

The Beatles- "Rock & Roll Music"

The Beach Boys (w/ Roger McGuinn)- "Rock & Roll Music"

"Sweet Little Sixteen"

Jerry Lee Lewis- "Sweet Little Sixteen"

"Dear Dad"

Dave Edmunds- "Dear Dad"

"Run Rudolph Run"

Keith Richards- "Run Rudolph Run"

"Memphis Tennessee"

The Ventures- "Memphis Tennessee"


JD McPherson- "Carol"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Little Richard begins 1st recording session in 1951

"Little" Richard Penniman holds his first recording session this day in 1951.  He recorded several singles for RCA and later for Peacock before his successful time at Specialty Records beginning in 1955.  Here's his first single on RCA called "Every Hour" along with the B-side "Taxi Blues"....

"Every Hour"

"Taxi Blues"