Daily Discovery - I Started To Run b/w You're Leaving by Joe Williams - Rare R&B Northern Soul 45 on Alpha Records #622
Ridiculous, raw chain gang style folk R&B with a Northern Soul beat. I don't do it often but I can't stop playing this record. Listened to it 8 times back to back. Blown away by this obscure haunting Los Angeles produced tune.
Daily Discovery - Hey Y'all b/w Grandpa's Farm by Debbie & Poochee - R&B Soul 45 on Amanda Records #101
I'm in total work mode, put a 45 on the turntable, record it, take it off, next! I get to Debbie & Poochee on Amanda, a small label from Los Angeles. Looks interesting enough, I've had it for a while. I even remember playing it years ago. Eh, whatever, it's two kids singing, so it's placed in a box and put it in storage. Even though it's years later, and my listening ears have evolved, I still only half listen. I don't expect much and am only vaguely interested as I continue to do research on other records. I hear two sweet young voices sing,
"Hey Y'all" in unison, "We got a story to tell, the biggest story since the atom bomb fell".
WHAT!? Did I just hear that right? My ears perk up, all work has stopped, and I'm definitely now all in with my listening.
"Everywhere you go you see a big fight, they say they're fighting for the human right".
"Hurry up, nobody wants to wait, it's already 100 years too late. These folks been waiting for a long long time, I do believe their going to lose their mind".
"Let's do the thing the way it ought to be, what's good for you is good enough for me, so stop this carrying on we got to do this thing up right".
"Hey Y'all, this ain't no big problem. What y'all gonna do, huh!?"
"Hey Y'all, what y'all gonna do?"
"Hey Y'all, what you gonna do about me?"
"Hey Y'all what you gonna do about us?"
Human rights is something everyone deserves. When they are not given, even children can see the injustice! To hear such young voices making the point, now that is a powerful message. I was so touched by the words, that I had to share. I love music that has a message. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Peekaboo b/w Out House by EDDIE BRIDGES and His LOWRIDERS R&B Soul 45 on Romark Records #109
Peekaboo is a kids game, isn't it? Here is a weird twist on this tough to find Los Angeles Soul label. "Peekaboo Peekaboo, I got my eyes on you. Come here baby. Peekaboo Peekaboo, looking dead at you". A little while later in the song Eddie sings, "All I can say my oh my, I guess I'm just a natural born peeping Tom, so Peekaboo Peekaboo". My first thought was stalker! When I listened closer he is talking about checking out girls as they are passing him by. No big deal, by these standards we are all peeping toms.
Daily Discovery - Red! This Ain't No Big Thing b/w Loving Time by Ed Gates - R&B Soul 45 on Robins Nest Records #112
"This Ain't No Big Thing", oh Ed, I beg to differ. From your voice, to your Hammond organ, to your foot stomping beat, you bring that swing! Not to mention one of the crudest label designs ever created. Seeing two hand drawn birds landing, with worms in their beaks, ready to feed a nest full of chicks makes me think of what creating and sharing music is all about. The feeding from musician to a wanting audience and the building and nurturing of a lifelong relationship. At least that's the hope and dream, to hear the chirps of longing, "Give us more! Give us more!" from an adoring audience. At least from a poetic view. A Los Angeles gem, for sure! Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Louisiana Groove b/w My Dream by King Solomon - R&B Soul 45 on Cadillac Records #503
Yet another R&B Soul tune that we chose to feature by King Solomon. An amazing R&B vocalist. While this isn't his best, it's definitely an odd one out of Los Angeles. "Louisiana Groove" features The Lad Teens Band, a Chicano Soul group who were at least partially from my home town, Hawthorne California. The Lad Teens also released a tough to find tune on the same label, Cadillac Records #502, called Keep On Rollin' b/w White Rice.
This is not your typical King Solomon, R&B tune. It sounds like King Solomon and his producers were trying to get a nationwide hit with this dance 45 that mentions cities across the U.S. The flip side "My Dream" has the screaming and yelling, party like atmosphere, maybe recorded live? It has mellow and has a creepy vibe to it. It's almost as if King Solomon was going for an impression of James Brown singing, "Try Me". An interesting double sider either way. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Separation b/w Scratch My Back by King Solomon - Los Angeles R&B Soul 45 on Magnum Records #721
"This separation gonna drive me out, out of my mind". Do you get chills every time he sings the extended "out" during this song? Wow! What a voice! This Magnum version is a lot more bluesy than the version that was released on Mader-D Records #301, which is an R&B Soul dancer. Despite their differences in tempo and some of the lyrics, both prove to be great versions.
Daily Discovery - In The Phonograph Booth b/w Blues At Sandy Cove by The Moments - R&B Soul 45 on Era Records #3128
"She was playing records in the phonograph booth" "All of a sudden she opened the door, I was so surprised i nearly fell on the floor". "Come on in, please don't stare, sit right down I want to hold your hand". Ahhhhh....I can hear the choir singing. I can see the wings unfurl off her back, the halo floating above her head, and a faint light glowing behind her. "The scene was so perfect, the night was so young and we were really having some kind of fun". "Then we left the records in the phonograph booth". "When we left we were feeling so fine, we didn't buy a record but we had a good time, At the record store, where I met that baby of mine". I think the writer broke into my thoughts and wrote a song about meeting my dream woman. Describing it to a tee! Although I must admit, it would really take something for me to leave those records behind!
Daily Discovery - The Place by Big Mama Thornton - R&B Soul Lp on Arhoolie Records #1028
"It's that crazy beat that moves the body and the feet" the lyrics tell it all. Funky guitar that breaks into a Mod dance beat, and of course Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's voice! A short but impressive tune. Yeah, no doubt, this will be on your want list shortly.
What about the rest of the album, you ask? Yes, it has "Hound Dog"! The liner notes mention the 1952 song (which was also later recorded by Elvis Presley) by the soon to be legendary writing team Leiber & Stoller. They actually handed "Big Mama" the song on a brown paper bag! She liked the song but didn't actually record it until 1953. When it was released, it quickly brought her fame, nationwide.
"My Heavy Load" is a tear jerker! Instantly my heart felt synchronized to the plucking of the guitar. I felt heavy, my shoulders seemed to slump through the pain in the music and in the voice! Talk about the blues, oh man! I remembered my mom saying to me as a child when I was about to do something wrong "don't do it, don't get yourself in trouble". I couldn't help listening to the song 6 times in a row. Through chills and almost fever, I couldn't get enough!
That's just the beginning!
Side 1 - Swing It On Home - Sweet Little Angel - The Place - Little Red Rooster - Unlucky Girl - Hound Dog
Side 2 - My Heavy Load - School Boy - Down Home Shake Down - Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be - Session Blues
Recorded in London, England in 1965 then later pressed in Berkeley, California
Daily Discovery - Rockin' D.J.'s b/w Lonely Tears by Pam Baitey - R&B Soul 45 on Rockin Records #503
Another tough to find Los Angeles R&B Soul tune. I couldn't find anything about this record. Please let me know if you have any information about this tune. "Rock & Roll will never go away. Rock & Roll is here to stay. I tell you why I know it's true, cause every D.J. is rockin too!". Obviously Pam was right, we are still jammin' to R&R to this day. No doubt, this is a party record!