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Archive Player. Launch the Sunday 6 pm segment and click ahead one hour.

Jay Bruder’s  big Washington music retrospective set, “R&B in D.C. 1940-1960” has been released by Bear Family Records and is available from their website.  It’s been reviewed in the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine.  .

Sunday June 4

This week on the Home Town Special we go from silly to serious and back again. Gene Wyatt and Ronnie Dove give us their unrelated compositions called “Lover Boy.” Ronnie was from Baltimore so we follow on with Baltimore favorites by The Stratfords and and The Lafayettes. “Life’s Too Short” was a title used by both The Lafayettes in the 1960s and The Cats and The Fiddle in the 1940s. That takes us back to Depression era blues records by Louie Lasky and Lottie Kimbrough from the “Chimpin The Blues” CD by Jerry Zolten and Robert Crum. Ian Nagoski of Canary Records in Baltimore has recently published a book and CD on the Armenian-American vocalist Zabelle Panosian. Her acoustic era recording of “The Crane” is a remarkable sound document. We’ll hear it along with titles by Cheika Tetma and Rita Abazi. Lil’ Son Jackson follows the Middle Eastern theme with “Cairo Blues.” from Bill Quinn‘s Gold Star Records with other Gold Star titles by “D. C. Washington” and Lightin’ Hopkins. Mitchell’s Christian Singers round out the first hour. Jack Sneed and his Sneezers talk about “The Numbers” Man” while The Golden Light Quintet of Baltimore enjoins you not to play the numbers. They never convinced Wynonie Harris. He sings “Grandma Plays The Numbers” and a host of his jump blues standards. Art Sheirdan ran the legendary Chance and Sabre Record companies out of Chicago in the early 1950s. We’ll hear some of those much sought after discs by The Five EchoesThe Chanceteers, The 5 Blue Notes, and Johnny Sellers. Little Donna Hightower, Louis Jordan, and Jack McVea answer. Not to forget piano boogies, Redd Stewart and Chuck Murphy document the country piano tradition. Homer & Jethro send up Larry Darnell’s “Oh Babe!”  The Pals remind us that “Summer Is Here” so don’t forget to get out and enjoy it. Hope you hear something you enjoy!

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Lover BoyGene WyattEbb 123Dec1957
Lover BoyRonnie Dove & The Bell TonesDove RINC 1021circa1959
Saddest SongRonnie DoveJALO 1406Jan1962
Two LoversStratfordsO’Dell 101Mar1964
Life’s Too ShortLafayettesRCA Victor 47-8044May1962
Life’s Too ShortCats And The FiddleBluebird B-8932Feb1942
Gang BustersCats And The FiddleBluebird B-8248Jun1939
I Miss You SoCats And The FiddleBluebird B-8429May1940
How You Want Your Rolling DoneLouie LaskyVocalion 02955Apr1935
Rollin’ Log BluesLottie KimbroughParamount 12850Nov1929
Groung -Crane Take 2Zabelle PanosianColumbia E3503Apr1917
Guenene TiniCheika Tetma AlgeriaPolyphon V-45344circa1930
Mother Please Don’t Send Me To AmericaRita AbaziOrthophoic S-319mid1930s
Cairo BluesLil Son Jackson -Houston purchasedGold Star 663circa1948
Rebob BoogieD. C. WashingtonGold Star 661Dec1947
Big Mama JumpLightning HopkinsGold Star 3131circa1947
Who Was JohnMitchell’s Christian SingersMelotone 6-07-58Jul1936
What Can Jesus DoMitchell’s Christian SingersMelotone 6-07-58Jul1936
Hungry SlimSlim Willett and his Hired Hands4 Star 1642Sep1953
The Numbers ManJack Sneed and his SneezersDecca 7522Jan1938
Stop Playing the NumbersThe Golden Light QuintetMarshall 703circa1954
Grandma Plays the NumbersWynonie HarrisKing 4276Feb1949
Quiet WhiskeyWynonie HarrisKing 4685Nov1953
Bloodshot EyesWynonie HarrisKing 4461Jun1951
Lovin’ MachineWynonie HarrisKing 4485Nov1951
Git With The GritsWynonie HarrisKing 4814Jul1955
You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It TooIke & Dee Dee Johnsoninnis 3002Feb1964
Lonely MoodFive EchoesSabre 102Sep1953
The FlameChanceteersChance 1107May1951
The Beat of Our Hearts5 Blue Notes of Washington, D.C.Sabre 108Aug1954
Mirror BluesJohnny SellersChance 1138Jun1953
I Ain’t In The MoodLittle Donna HightowerDecca 48254Dec1951
If I Had Any Sense I’d Go Back HomeLouis Jordan, Bert Payne guitarAladdin 3249Jul1954
Fightin’ Mama BluesJack McVeaExclusive 48xSep1948
Brother Drop DeadRedd StewartKing 843Feb1950
Blue Ribbon BoogieChuck MurphyBama 301Jan1951
Oh Babe!Homer & JethroRCA Victor 21-0404Oct1950
Summer Is HerePalsTurf 1000circa1958
Louie’s BluesLouis JordanAladdin 3249Jul1954

Sunday May 28

This week on the Home Town Special We start off with some rock’n’roll from ABC-Paramount including a track by “Vince Everett” of Atlanta (not his real name) and follow with tracks by Washington’s own “Vince Everett” (not his real name either) before turning our attention to some great late 1950s rock’ n’ roll songs by The Bell Notes, The Rocking Chairs, and The KeystonersTerry Fell gives us near his last gasp at a hit while at RCA Victor records before we recognize Memorial Day with WWII and Korean War songs from The Armstrong Twins, L.W. LambertCarl Sauceman, and The Carter Family. Dewey Price travels the road that will eventually lead to bluegrass with two mid-1940s cuts. Harry “The Hipster” Gibson kicks off hour-2 with a bang. Then it is time to go fishing with Tony Hollis, Willie Love, and Chuck Willis. That leads us to Chicago Blues with Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, and Little Johnny Jones. Bo Diddley demonstrates the Chicago to D.C. connection. Appalachian Reign was a popular bluegrass band around Washington in the 1970s and 1980s. Leader, Tom Knowles, has worked with Tom Mindte of Patuxent Music to create a CD in remembrance of the band and the many sidemen who played in it. We’ll hear a couple of cuts from the new CD. We’ll also hear “Sally Ann” the sole playable track from the acetate Tom and The New River Boys cut at WPIK in the Virginia Theater building in Alexandria about 1956. Tom says they had Circle Recording run off some extra copies of that acetate. If anybody has one, he’d love to hear the flip side again. We finish up with some Top 40 rock’n’roll 78 rpm discs from 1957. They mark the beginning of the end of the 78-era in the U.S.  I think they sound better than the 45s or LP cuts, and sometimes they sound a little different that the master tape as presented on CD. Hope you hear something you enjoy!

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Doggone It Baby I’m In LoveClint MillerABCParamount 9878Dec1957
Cotton Pickin’ RockerJoe Bennett And The SparkletonesABCParamount 9885Jan1958
Baby Let’s Play HouseVince Everett rn Marvin BenfieldABCParamount 10472May1963
Stay Right HereVince Everett rn Jay F MorrisSAGA 1002Nov1959
Don’t WorryVince Everett rn Jay F MorrisSAGA 1002Nov1959
ButtercupVince Everett rn Jay F MorrisTown 1964circa1964
I’ve Had ItBell NotesTime 1004Dec1958
A Kiss Is A KissRocking ChairsRecorte 402May1958
Magic KissKeystonersG&M 102Jun1956
Hot To TrotTerry Fell and the FellersX 0149Jul1955
That’s What I LikeTerry FellRCA Victor 20-6256Jul1955
I Know My Daddy’s ThereArmstrong Twins4 Star 1244May1948
The Battle In KoreaL W Lambert and Harold Tomlin and the Carolina NeighborsBlue Ridge 204early1953
Wrap My Body In Old GloryCarl SaucemanCapitol 2060Mar1952
Faded Coat of BlueCarter FamilyBluebird B-5974Dec1934
I Have No One To Love MeCarter FamilyVictor V-40036May1928
Meet Me By The Moonlight AloneCarter FamilyVictor 23731Nov1932
So Worried So BlueDewey Price and his Carolina HillbilliesArista 6001Dec1946
Air Mail Special On The FlyDewey Price and his Carolina HillbilliesMajestic 6008May1947
30 Pieces Of SilverStewart Family4 Star 1488Jun1950
Cope’s WildflowerCowboy CopasStarday SEP-145late1950s
Beer Party Saturday NightHarry Gibson, “The Hipster”Diamond 2066Apr1947
Barrelhouse BoogieHarry “The Hipster” GibsonMusicraft 293Dec1944
Fishing BluesTony HollinsDecca 48300Jul1953
Everybody’s Fishin’Willie Love & His Three AcesTrumpet 147Dec1951
Wrong Lake To Catch A FishChuck WillisOKeh 6930Dec1952
You’re Gonna Miss MeMuddy WatersAristocrat 1307Dec1948
Return Mail BluesRobert NighthawkChess 1484Oct1951
Big Town PlayboyLittle Johnny JonesAristocrat 405Jan1950
Who Do You LoveBo DiddleyChecker 842Sep1956
Crackin’ UpBo DiddleyChecker 924May1959
MonaBo DiddleyChecker 860Mar1957
Barefoot NellieAppalachian Reign WAMU ConcertPatuxent CD-371-21Feb1980
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)Appalachian ReignPatuxent CD-371-04Apr1980
Sally AnnNew River Boys Tom Knowles. Johnny HopkinsWPIK recordingcirca1956
Mr. LeeBobbettesAtlantic 1144Jun1957
Lotta Lovin’Gene Vincent And His Blue CapsCapitol 3763Jul1957
AloneShepherd SistersLance T-125Aug1957
Sweet PaulineBlue JaysRoadhouse 1004circa1952
The FlameChanceteersChance 1107May1951