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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.  .


Many listeners tune in by using their phones. Here is where to get the app.
Later in the week you can stream the show from the 
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 February 5

Last week on The Home Town Special you heard the first hour of the show twice. So this week we will try again with a new first hour and the previously recorded second hour. Norman Witcher cuts the fine line between rockabilly and straight up rock’n’roll with “Somebody’s Been Rockin’ My Boat.” The Drifters, Charles Clark, and Ted Prillaman with Hender Saul, quickly step us through the different styles of music most often featured on this show with vocal group, blues, honky tonk country, and bluegrass recordings. Last week I was remiss in not placing Kitty Wells‘ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in context with the Hank Thompson hit “The Wild Side of Life.” J. D. Miller from Crowley, Louisiana wrote Well’s hit. He had certainly heard the Hank Thomposon hit, but there was more than a good chance he also heard the French version by Marie Falcon with Shuk Richard’s Louisiana Aces called <<La Cote Farouche de La Vie>>. Miller’s song royalties from the hit gave him the money to go into the recording business full time and he produced some incredible blues records. A set by Lightning Slim (Otis Hicks) gives you just a little taste of his output. Last week our Sunday Afternoon Host, Dick Spottswood, noticed that the Hawkshaw Hawkins’ record “Back To The Dog House” was based on “I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town.” While I don’t have the Jimmy Rushing, Count Basie original, I do have nice versions by Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam. Roy Milton with pianist Camille Howard gives us “Milton’s Boogie” from 1945, while Ralph Wilson, gives us “Roy’s Boogie” from 1949 which was named for his guitarist Roy ColemanMarie Knight, once a sidekick to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, delivers a creepy lyric in “I Know Every Move You Make,” and is matched by Washington’s Clovers, and G. L. CrockettSonny Terry and his frequent partner, Brownie McGhee give us some Piedmont style blues from 1952. Brownie’s brother, properly called “Stick McGhee” with no ‘s’ was frequently misnamed as “Sticks” on record labels. That didn’t keep him from putting out some uptempo blues tracks with great dance rhythms for several different labels in the early 1950s. “You Won’t Let Me Go” was a popular tune around Washington R&B circles in 1951 when The Four Dots recorded it for Dot Records. They had won the recording opportunity through Jackson Lowes’ annual cycle of live radio talent shows. We trace the song back though Charles Brown in 1949, to the originator, Buddy Johnson, in 1941. Hopeless Homer brings us home with his tale of “The Girl In The Red Blue Jeans.” Hope you hear something you enjoy!

Thank you for your donations to bluegrasscountry.org
Jay Bruder

Somebody’s Been Rockin’ My BoatNorman WitcherPoor Boy 102 -IndyDec1958
SteamboatBill Pinkney and the DriftersAtlantic 1078Oct1955
Row, Row Row Your BoatCharles ClarkArtistic 1500Aug1958
I Ain’t Gonna Rock TonightHender SaulLiberty  1041956
Hard Right To My HeartHender SaulLiberty 1061956
You Don’t Love Me DarlingTed Prillaman – Hender SaulLiberty 301Fall1952
The Right Way of LifeTed Prillaman – Hender SaulLiberty 301Fall1952
The Wild Side of LifeHank ThompsonCapitol F F1942Jan1952
La Cote Farouche De La Vic (sic for Vie)Marie Falcon w Shuk Richard & his Louisiana AcesKhoury’s 621early1952
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk AngelsKitty Wells (J. D. Miller)Decca 9-28232Jun1952
Bugger Bugger BoyLightnin’ SlimFeature 3012 Flyright LPOct1954
Lightnin BluesLightnin’ SlimFlyright LP 524
Rooster Blues Alt take CD 3002Lightnin’ SlimExcello 2169Oct1959
Back To The Dog HouseHawkshaw HawkinsKing 859Jun1950
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts of TownBig Bill Broonzy and his Chicago 5Columbia 37196Apr1942
We Gonna MoveWashboard Sam an his Washboard BandBluebird 7001Feb1937
Nobody’s Fault But MineTrumpeteersKing 4403Sep1950
I Wonder Who CaresCumberland River SingersDeLuxe 6008circa1953
Banjo FlingMcCormick BrothersHickory LPM-108circa1955
Milton’s BoogieRoy Milton, Camille Howard pianoJuke Box 503Dec1945
Roy’s BoogieRalph Wilson Quintt Roy Coleman gLucky 7-11-3Jan1949
I Know Every Move You MakeMarie Knight w Leroy Kirkland OrchestraDecca 48315Apr1954
I’ve Got My Eyes On YouCloversAtlantic 1035Jul1954
Every Goodbye Ain’t GoneG. L. Crockett4 Brothers 448Jun1965
She Don’t Want Me No MoreJimmy Reed w Henry GrayVee-Jay 153Aug1955
I  Don’t Go For ThatJimmy ReedVee-Jay 153Aug1955
Bottom BluesBrownie McGhee and Sonny TerrySavoy 844Mar1952
Tell Me BabyBrownie McGhee and Sonny TerrySavoy 872Mar1952
Diamond RingBrownie McGheeSavoy 835Jan1952
Betty and DupreeChuck Willis w Gene BargeAtlantic 1168Dec1957
You Gotta Have Something On The BallSticks McGheeLondon 978Mar1951
Six To EightSticks McGheeKing 4783Mar1955
Venus BluesStick McGhee & his BuddiesAtlantic 909May1950
You Won’t Let Me GoBuddy JohnsonDecca 8518Apr1941
You Won’t Let Me GoCharles Brown w Johnny Moore’s Three BlazersModern Music 142Sep1946
You Won’t Let Me GoFour DotsDot 1043Apr1951
The Girl In The Red Blue JeansHopeless Homer Harvey ChambersGoldband 1040Apr1957
Blue JeansMorris LaneApollo 808May1951


Sunday January 29

Tonight on The Home Town Special we’ll take a brief excursion into cat culture from the mid 1950’s. Roy Orbison had only one hit on Sun with “Ooby Dooby,” which I played last week. Tonight I wanted to give fuller sense of what he did at Sun before moving on to mega stardom with his Monument recordings in the 1960s. The Platters were perhaps the most successful of the groups who crossed over from R&B to rock’n’roll and on into mainstream pop music. That didn’t spare them from harsh critique from a previous generation of pop music lovers, and especially from the sarcastic wit of Stan Freberg. We’ll hear him lampoon “The Great Pretender.” The Platters respond with their 1958 version of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” a 1933 standard from the musical “Roberta,” and follow with a nicely executed Disco-era version by Blue Haze.  Freberg made a career of running down rock’n’roll. His parodies were often mean-spirited and demeaning. He couldn’t help but gloat when the payola scandal hit in 1959. To celebrate he dusted off a 1950 pop title “The Old Piano Roll Blues,” and turned it into “The Old Payola Roll Blues.” I’ll play part 1. I don’t know about Part 2. Billy Walker‘s “Back Street Affair” sounds like an answer to Kitty Wells‘ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” which in turn was an answer to The “Wild Side of Life.” From There we go to the dogs with Hawkshaw Hawkins, Hank Williams, and Cliff Johnson. “Go Away Hound Dog,” another put down of Elvis, featured a really interesting harmonica player in the style of Sonny Terry, who we will hear in the second hour with his frequent partner, Brownie McGhee. Brownie’s brother, properly called “Stick McGhee” with no ‘s’ was frequently misnamed as “Sticks” on record labels. That didn’t keep him from putting out some uptempo blues tracks with great dance rhythms for several different labels in the early 1950s. Marie Knight, once a sidekick to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, delivers a creepy lyric in “I Know Every Move You Make,” and is matched by Washington’s Clovers, and G. L. Crockett. “You Won’t Let Me Go” was a popular tune around Washington R&B circles in 1951 when The Four Dots recorded it for Dot Records. They had won the recording opportunity through Jackson Lowes’ annual cycle of live radio talent shows. We trace the song back though Charles Brown in 1949, to the originator, Buddy Johnson, in 1941. Hopeless Homer brings us home with his tale of “The Girl In The Red Blue Jeans.” Hope you hear something you enjoy!

Thank you for your donations to bluegrasscountry.org
Jay Bruder

Cattin’ TonightTim DinkinsFable 595Nov1957
Put Your Cat Clothes OnCarl PerkinsSun  NOIlate1956
Catty TownPee Wee King with Dick GlasserRCA Victor 47-6584Jul1956
RockhouseRoy Orbison and the Teen KingsSun 251Oct1956
I Like LoveRoy Orbison and the Teen KingsSun 284Jan1958
You’re My BabyRoy Orbison and the Teen KingsSun 251Oct1956
The Great PretenderPlattersMercury 70753Dec1955
The Great PretenderStan FrebergCapitol F3396Apr1956
Smoke Gets In Your EyesPlattersMercury 71383Nov1958
Smoke Gets In Your EyesBlue HazeA & M 1354Nov1972
Old Piano Roll BluesCliff Steward and the San Francisco BoysCoral 60177Apr1950
Old Payola Roll Blues Part 1 editedStan Freberg w Jesse White , Billy May ToadsCapitol 4329Jan1960
Back Street AffairBilly WalkerColumbia 21003Aug1952
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk AngelsKitty Wells (J. D. Miller)Decca 9-28232Jun1952
Back To The Dog HouseHawkshaw HawkinsKing 859Jun1950
Move It On OverHank Williams and his Drifting CowboysMGM 10033Jul1946
Go Away Hound DogCliff JohnsonColumbia 4-40865Mar1957
Blue Grass BluesRay LunsfordExcellent 310Aug1956
Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord!Norfolk FourGotham748Sep1953
Friday Night StompJohnny MaddoxDot 15014Apr1952
Milton’s BoogieRoy Milton, Camille Howard pianoJuke Box 503Dec1945
Roy’s BoogieRalph Wilson Quintette Roy Coleman guitarLucky 7-11-3Jan1949
I Know Every Move You MakeMarie Knight w Leroy Kirkland OrchestraDecca 48315Apr1954
I’ve Got My Eyes On YouCloversAtlantic 1035Jul1954
Every Goodbye Ain’t GoneG. L. Crockett4 Brothers 448Jun1965
She Don’t Want Me No MoreJimmy Reed w Henry Gray pianoVee-Jay 153Aug1955
I  Don’t Go For ThatJimmy ReedVee-Jay 153Aug1955
Bottom BluesBrownie McGhee and Sonny TerrySavoy 844Mar1952
Tell Me BabyBrownie McGhee and Sonny TerrySavoy 872Mar1952
Diamond RingBrownie McGheeSavoy 835Jan1952
Betty and DupreeChuck Willis w Gene BargeAtlantic 1168Dec1957
You Gotta Have Something On The BallSticks McGheeLondon 978Mar1951
Six To EightSticks McGheeKing 4783Mar1955
Venus BluesStick McGhee & his BuddiesAtlantic 909May1950
You Won’t Let Me GoBuddy JohnsonDecca 8518Apr1941
You Won’t Let Me GoCharles Brown w Johnny Moore’s Three BlazersModern Music 142Sep1946
You Won’t Let Me GoFour DotsDot 1043Apr1951
The Girl In The Red Blue JeansHopeless Homer, Harvey ChambersGoldband 1040Apr1957
Blue JeansMorris LaneApollo 808May1951