Daily Discovery - Pay Day b/w Wee Baby Blues by Val Martinez - R&B Soul b/w R&B Rocker 45 on RCA Victor #8273
"It's pay day, another week closer to the day I die". Dramatic is an understatement! It's been a while since I've collected a paycheck. Val Martinez brings me back to those days. Back breaking work for limited pay. It reminds me of what Sonny says in the movie "A Bronx Tale", "The working man is a sucker". Only now, I have learned that, it's not what I do but how I perceive what I do that is important. What I focus on grows. I choose to focus on what I love. Today, I can say that I love what I do!
"Everybody join in on that hand clap" is the way the flip side introduces this killer R&B Rocker. This powerful groove, vocals and twangy guitars almost reminds me of Ritchie Valens. Nice double sider!
Daily Discovery - Daddy Roll 'Em b/w I Love You So by GRANDISONS - Northern Soul 45 on RCA Victor #8200
As I listen to Daddy Roll 'Em it sounds like this song is about a pimp. "Julie, girl don't you hear me calling, Do ya. Julie baby don't you understand. Julie, baby been a long time waiting". I might be totally off but there is only one very short verse in this 2 minute song, so it's hard to tell. Have a listen and tell me what you think. On the flip side "I love you so, when the lights are down low and I need you so". This is a trippy record to say the least.
Daily Discovery - My Victrola by Joey Pastrana - Latin Soul 45 on Cotique Records #173. Flip side is Luna Trip by Dickie Goodman
"When I woke up this morning baby you were gone" To my surprise baby, I knew that something was gone". First thought that crossed my mind was his girl left him but it was something worse. Not only did his girl leave him but she stole his record player. Only thing worse than that would be if she took his records too! Talk about a nightmare, wake up in the morning and find that someone stole your record player and records! AHHHHH!
Daily Discovery - It's So Hard by Melvin And Leon - Rare Los Angeles R&B Soul 45 on Marv Records #101. Flip side is "Everything About You".
A cautionary tale. This one goes out to the guys who work hard everyday, just to give their money to their girl at the end of the week. Now that's what I call love with a price tag and an emotional hangover to boot. What ever happened to money can't buy love?. Melvin and Leon's pain is our gain as we hear his frustration on this tough to find underground Los Angeles gem.
Daily Discovery - All In One by The 3 Blue Jays - Rare Beat Ballad Northern Soul 45 on Triode Records #106. Flip side is "Bicycle Ride".
A wicked, stomping little beat with vibes, horns and distorted haunting backing vocals. The lead singer is enticing you with an almost sensual feel to get on the dance floor to do his dance. The name of his dance? The "All In One" which is a mixture of different dances he calls out, the monkey, the twist and the chicken. Listening to and letting my imagination run wild I can totally picture him in the middle of the dance floor in his crisp pressed suit, crazy moves and smooth powerful vocals driving the women wild one dance at a time. This is a relatively unknown beat ballad on the same Triode label that released the legendary Northern Soul "I'm Coming Over" record by Johnny Honeycutt.
Daily Discovery - Hello Stranger by Darius - Rare Los Angeles Northern Soul b/w Psychedelic 45 on Chartmaker Records #419. Flip side is "I Don't Mind".
This little known gem has been in my collection for years, I must share this with you so you can decide which version your favorite. Barbara Lewis, Capitols or Darius. Tough choice but this amazing cover is my favorite version of Hello Stranger. Do you agree?
Daily Discovery - Hey Love by Mr. Clean & The Soul Inc. - Rare Group Sweet Soul 45 on Radio City #500. Flip side "I Bet He Don't Love You"
Extremely rare record from San Diego California. This is the same Radio City label that Rosey Grier's New Yorkers Northern Soul classic was released on. Both sides on this record are Group Soul gold with an incredible cover of the Intruders, "I Bet He Don't Love You" and "Hey Love" which I originally thought was a cover of the Stevie Wonder classic but turned out to be very different upon listening again. "Hey Love" is a cover of the song originally sung by the Rotary Connection and was written by Charles Stepney and Richard Rudolph.
Daily Discovery - Chinito Chinito by Don Tosti - Killer Los Angeles Latin Mambo 45 on Philmos #007. Flip side is "Burlate"
You don't need to understand what the words mean to feel the rhythm. Mambo dance floor filler.
Daily Discovery - Uphill Peace Of Mind by The Gospel Truth - Funk Soul 45 on Kayvette #5123. Flip side is the same. Florida sunshine Soul.
So much soul and emotion in their voices. I hear and feel the struggle and will to climb to a higher plane with these guys. I'm always searching for a better way, this gives me motivation to keep climbing. I would love to find more by this group but at the moment this is their only record in my collection. Any one know any other songs by this band?
Daily Find - I'll Be Your Santa Baby by Rufus Thomas - Christmas Funk Soul 45 on Stax #0187. Flip side "That Makes Christmas Day"
Dedicate this to the love of your life or that person you have always wanted to talk dirty to but didn't know how. You can thank me later. If it works for Rufus it should work for us, right??
Daily Discovery - Tootsie Roll by The Peewee's aka Peewees - Doowop 45 on Josie aka Jozie #838. Flip side is "Blue Jean Cinderella". Released in 1958
My 8 year old niece chose this one. Candy, candy, candy! Hope your holidays are as sweet as this tune.
Daily Discovery - Peanut Butter by Vibrations aka Marathons - R&B Doowop 45 on Argo #5389. Flip side "Down In New Orleans. This song was chosen by my 6 year old peanut butter loving niece. I ran a few titles by her and she said "Yes! that one" before she even heard it. The simplicity of being a child is so amazing to watch. At that age you just choose what you like by relating to it. What a concept! Maybe I will get freedom and innocence through osmosis if I hang out with her more often.
Daily Find – Carinito Azucarado (Sweet Love) by Virgina Lopez con Los Tres Reyes – Bolero Cha Cha Latin 45
Daily Discovery - Cariñito Azucarado (Sweet Love) by Virgina Lopez con Los Tres Reyes - Bolero Cha Cha Latin 45 on Seeco Records #7635. Flip side is "Tan Lejos" (So Far). New York latin sound, some other Seeco acts included Celia Cruz, Joe Cuba just to name a couple. You don't have to know spanish to hear the beauty in this style of music. So simple and yet has so much rhythm and grace.
Daily Discovery - What Will It Be Like by The Week Sisters - Mid Tempo Gospel Soul 45 on HSE Records #466. Flip side "He Touched Me". Memphis, Tennessee Southern Gospel. How sweet the sound!
Daily Discovery - Love Me Jesus by Gospel Crusaders - Los Angeles 1960's Gospel 45 on Hooks #1001 . Flip side is "God Is Still Working Miracles". If you don't believe, listen to these angels sing.
Daily Discovery - It Hurts To Be In Love by Yvonne Fair & James Brown Band - R&B Soul Mod 45 on King Records #5687. Flip side "You Can Make It If You Try". What a great double sider, one side is a dancer the other a mellow ballad with James Brown backing Yvonne Fair's powerful vocals. It hurts to be in love, OWW!
Daily Discovery - I Dig Your Wig by Buddy Guy - R&B Soul (Blues) 45 on Chess Records #1899. Flip Side is "My Time After While" which is a blues tune. Today's discovery was brought to you by my 7 year old niece. I went through a stack of records and she said thats the song you need to share. I guess it's not surprising that the title caught her eye, a wig is a funny thing when you are little. Little did she know she picked a stomping R&B rocker.
Daily Discovery - Good Time Charlie by CHARLES BROWN - R&B Northern Soul 45 on Cenco Records #125. Tough Los Angeles R&B from this legendary singer. Flip side is "Let Me Know". I think we all know a "Good Time Charlie", some of us might even be a him. Great lesson with a great groove.
Daily Discovery - Going Back To Where I Belong by Sugarpie DeSanto - Wicked R&B Soul on Veltone Records #108. Flip side is "Wish You Were Mine". 1960 Oakland R&B tune that is started by a wicked sax that just puts you in Sugarpie's shoes. Should I stay or should I go? The inner turmoil that love can sometimes put people in.
Daily Discovery - Sailor On A Ghetto Sea by J. Evans with Pryor's Love - Los Angeles Northern Soul 45 on Libra Records #30001. Flip side is "Goodnite My Love". I'm gonna get my SHIP together. Why don't you get you your SHIP together? Hilarious! Goodnite My Love is the classic song that I first learned by Jesse Belvin. They say its a Northern Soul record but it sounds more like a Modern Soul record to me.
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 - Go For Yourself by Larry Laster - Classic Northern Soul 45 on Loma Records #2043. Killer Northern Soul double sider. Flip side is "Help Yourself". An amazing record and a must have for dj's. This classic is guaranteed to keep them dancing or to get them going to start off your set. Los Angeles Soul dancer from Loma a very well known soul label. SOLD!!!!!
Daily Discovery - Let Your Body Move (Let The Music Take You) by LEGEND - Rare Modern Soul Boogie 12" on Spider Web #101. Flip side is "Over The Rainbow" and "Rainy Night In Georgia". California Soul Boogie monster. Dj's this is a dance floor filler, indeed. You gotta catch this groove so you can put move in the people. Funky!
Daily Discovery - Leave Me Alone by Ray Agee - Hot R&B Soul dancer 45 on Celeste Records #615. Flip side is "You Messed Up My Mind". Leave Me Alone is a killer R&B dancer with a cool sax break at the midway point. The hook, chorus is so simple yet so meaningful, where all the instruments stop except the drum and powerful vocals.
Daily Discovery - Let's Turkey Trot by Little Eva - R&B Soul 45 on Dimension Records #1006. Flip side is "Down Home". Little Eva is most famous for "The Loco-Motion" We are only a couple days away from Thanksgiving Day. The most loved or hated day depending on your outlook of your family. I love the idea of family getting together! I used to love me some Thanksgiving turkey, starting last year I had a turkeyless plate as I have given up eating meat, so take a bite for me if you eat turkey.
Daily Discovery - For Your Love by AL JOHNSON - Modern Soul Boogie Dancer 45 b/w "Ballad of King Kong" mellow Funk on Roller Records #1002. Nice Las Vegas Soul that doesn't turn up very often. Tough!
Daily Discovery - I Can't Let Go by Johnny Summers - Northern Soul 45 on Yorktown Records #1009. Another legendary Miles Grayson arranged & produced Northern Soul Monster. Flip side is "Tell It Like I Feel It". This one is on John Manship's Rarest of the Rare list. Nice double sided west coast production, I thought it was a Los Angeles soul record but I have heard that it is actually from the bay area. Anyone know?
Daily Discovery - Dollar Signs by Lanz Miles & Group - Doowop 45 on Smile Records #111. The flip side is "That Fly Belongs To Me" which is a R&B, out of this world space tune. Gold diggers beware! The cash register sound that goes off in your head is going to STOP! Lanz can see through your gold diggin' ways and he is going to put you on notice.
Daily Discovery - Cherry Lips by Robins - Classic Doowop 45 on Whippet Records #200. Flip side is "Out Of The Picture" a nice latin flavored doowop tune. Nothing but kisses and love and harmony from this classic Los Angeles group. The same group that brought you the tune "Riot In Cell Block #9".
Daily Discovery - A Spanish Boy by The Rubies - Northern Soul / Doowop 45 on Vee Jay Records #596. The flip side is "Deeper". A nice double sider that flaunts some killer girl group vocals. Chicago Northern Soul dancer with a latin twist.
Daily Discovery - Image Of A Star by (Francisco) Aguabella - Chicano Soul 45 on Epsilon Records #806. Killer Latin Chicano Soul double sider. The flip side is an up and coming Modern Soul dancer "I Wanna Know". Check out this mellow tune with a beautiful lead vocal. I was blessed to see Aguabella play at LACMA a couple of years ago, before he left us.
Daily Discovery - Legend Of The Ghost Stage by Fred Darian - Ghost R&R Rockabilly 45 on JAF Records #2020. Flip side is a war record "Battle Of Gettysburg". Death & Distruction, Ghosts and War, makes for a great double sided Rockabilly record.
Daily Discovery - The Scene Of The Crime by Jud Conlon Singers with Bob Thompson's Orchestra - Ghostly 1950's Pop 45 on Zephyr Records #70-015. The flip side is the ghostly "Bridge Of Sighs". So many love stories lead to "Scene Of The Crime".
Daily Discovery - War Dance by Indians - Killer Surf Garage Rocker 45 on House Of Castle Records #94289. Flip side is "Hawk Is Chicken" Who doesn't love to hear a indian war chant? Especially to some killer R&R Surf guitars. Sit back and listen to the screams and twang.
Daily Discovery - Abominable Snowman by Copycats featuring Kimo & Sabbe. Monster Novelty Rock 45 on Rust #5024. The flip side is "Chief Sittin' Bull". A novelty monster rocker from the 60's for the beast in us all. Get your creepy Halloween records ready for the kids trick or treating at your door.
Daily Discovery - Zoot Suit by The High Numbers aka The Who. 60's Mod R&R 45. Back Door records the flip side is "I'm The Face". Killer backing track that was also used in a Northern Soul song but the title is escaping me at the moment. If you know the backing track I would appreciate if you could jog my memory.
Daily Discovery - Oh by ????. Unknown? Crossover Soul 45. I know absolutely nothing about this record other than it has the title "Oh" written in a red wax pencil on a blank white label. I am not sure who sings this. I would greatly appreciate help if you know anything about this song. Thank you!
I think I figured it out after I posted. I think it's Jay Lewis Oh! but the flip side says Love + D but i think the song title is - Love And Devotion.