Daily Discovery - Ain't Gonna Move b/w Baby Don't Leave by Johnny Guitar Watson - Northern Soul 45 on Jowat Records #118
Johnny Guitar Watson moved to Los Angeles with his mother in the early 1950's. Johnny quickly made an impact in the LA music scene. A few of the major stars that he influenced were, Etta James, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and there's no doubt in my mind that there were countless others. "Ain't Gonna Move" was released in 1964 and was his only release on the Jowat label, as far as I know. Going back to his roots, the flip side "Baby Don't Leave" decided to sing and record a Blues tune. If you don't know much about Johnny, check out one of my favorite songs by him, it's a Bluesy Soul tune titled "Cuttin' In", and let me know what you think.
Daily Discovery - The Sniffing Song b/w Mr. Babbitt by Reta Ray - Comedy 45 on Par-Dee Records #6
Music has been about money/fame, love, sex or drugs for a long time. I have heard of drug songs being recorded as early as the 1920's and of course until present day. It was all about getting airplay for your records, so song writers would use clever ways to describe sex or drugs without using words that would raise red flags. Even today, certain words automatically ban records from being played over the airwaves. Song writers also carried that practice into the naming of songs as well, "The Sniffing Song", it sounds innocent enough, until you hear the lyrics.
This record was originally recorded and released around 1949 on 78's first then probably pressed on 45 in the early 1950's. I had never heard a song of this era be so blatant about drug use. Within the first 25 seconds Reta Ray says cocaine 5 times! I can't pass up this pun opportunity, this record is from "Holy" Toledo, Ohio. Trippy is an understatement for this tune!
Daily Discovery - Haunted House by Johnny Fuller - Halloween 1950's R&B 45. What would you do in this haunted house?
Daily Discovery - Death Of An Angel - Donald Woods & Vel-Aires - Creepy Doowop 45. Looking for a creepy, haunting, weeping, screaming, somber record for your Halloween party? It's all in here on this masterful tale of a man losing his love. This is one of my all time favorite records! I learned it when I was about 14 and I used to play this one 5 times in a row. I was sucked into the story as soon as the haunting sax, somber vocals, the death march drum to the bass voice with his hypnotic "da doom" then the wallowing weep. A weepy masterpiece!