Daily Discovery - Rhythm Rockin' Blues b/w In My Neighborhood by Rollee McGill - R&B Rocker 45 on Mercury Records #70652
An absolute R&B Rockin' monster! Chicago, Illinois produced many great R&B, Soul, Blues, and Funk artists. Rollee McGill may not be a household name but after hearing this tune, I wondered what else he recorded. To my surprise Rollee released enough music to have a full CD. I am not sure what year this was released but it's definitely from the mid to late 50's.
Honkin' sax, amazing piano, funky guitar, head bobbin' bass and strong screamin' vocals. What more can you ask for in a R&B stomper? If you can't move to this one, we need to check your pulse!
Daily Discovery - Chili Beans b/w Puerto Rican Riot by Felix (Garcia) & His Guitar - Latin Rocker 45 on Aut Records #LH-1001
Time to throw on some lunch time music. Chili Beans anyone? This Los Angeles Rocker, gives you your fill of honking sax, horns and guitars with a Latin beat. Flip the record over to dance off the Chili you just ate with this late 50's upbeat Cumbia dancer. I was expecting something different but I was still pleasantly surprised with this record.
Daily Discovery - Bip Bop Bip b/w Paper Dollar by Pretty Boy - R&B Rockabilly 45 on Atlantic Records #1147
R&B Rockabilly, Yes! You read it right! This is Don Covay under the alias, Pretty Boy. This late 50's tune shows what happens when the power of Rock n' Roll meets the grit of Rhythm & Blues. "Bip Bop Bip" may not sound like a great title but when the music and vocals come together, you quickly change your mind.
Daily Discovery - The Skate b/w Come Back Baby by THE LARKS - Northern Soul 45 on Money Records #127
The Larks (aka The Meadowlarks) are a classic Los Angeles Soul group led by Don Julian. He is my favorite Los Angeles soul singer and I could have chosen any song to showcase him, he is that good! Amazing singer from the 50's and even was a part of music into the 90's when he collaborated with Too Short on his album Shorty The Pimp, which sampled Don Julian's song of the same title. An influential singer/writer/producer from his early days until his death in the late 1990's. I was lucky enough to speak to him on a call in show put on by the Doo Wop Society in the late 80's. I felt privileged and honored to speak to this Doowop, R&B, Soul, Funk legend before his passing.
Daily Discovery - Don't Say Goodbye b/w It's Good Enough For Me by Jean King - Northern Soul 45 on HBR (Hanna Barbera Records) #497
What a great record! Both sides of this Los Angeles / Hollywood record are great. Yes it is the same Hanna Barbera that released your favorite childhood T.V. show from the 50's and 80's which you can now catch on Cartoon Network. This label actually put out some pretty good stuff in all types of genres.
Daily Discovery - The Grocer's Cha Cha by Morty Palitz & Orchestra w/ The Americans - Odd 50's Latin Pop on Josie Records #850. Flip side "Eso Es El Amor" (This Is Love)
"Bring along your honey, spend a little money". An odd little cha cha number placed in Havana, Cuba. Bring your dancing shoes to this restaurant that serves up chili and cha cha, with the purchase of the chili of course. True marketing genius.
Daily Discovery - Coffee Break by Sue Allen - 50's R&B on Key Records #504. The flip side is "I've Never Been To St. Louie (But I've Got The Blues)". The song starts out from point of view of everybody's doing it. Then comes in a killer uptempo sax break or the caffeine high that will give you the pep in your step. Right when you start to crash it's time for another cup. What are you waiting for? Isn't it time for your java break?
Daily Discovery - Gimme A Beat On Your Ding Dong by Ivan Brown Calypsos - Risque Calypso 45 Ep on London #6167. Way out risque Caribbean from the late 50's to early 60's. Music has always used words that have a double meaning or change it subtly so they could get away with risque lyrics. That would keep them out of trouble and able to play their songs on the radio. "I will give you a beat but I'm afraid you will bust a note" or "Darling I will give you a guarantee, that If you give me a beat I will touch the note softly" "And 'der I am wit' me big stick in me hand". They are talking about music right??? A classic risque record that used this same technique was "Sixty Minute Man" by the Dominoes or "Big Long Slidin' Thing" by Dinah Washington.
Daily Discovery - Craving by Cameos. 1955 Los Angeles Doowop 45 on Dooto. From the Dootsie Williams label that was located on Central Avenue in LA. I am craving listening to more music like this. What are you craving?
Daily Discovery - Hully Gully Papa by Rudy Ray Moore. R&B 45 rpm record from Gardena (Los Angeles) California on the Case label. Yes this is Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite. Rudy started singing in the late 50's R&B style but quickly became one of the most vulgar and well known comedians creating a style unlike anyone before or after him.