Higher and Higher

A carefully curated concoction of sounds on a Friday morning will keep you on your toes going into the weekend here in Sonoma County. We’ll pay tribute to Beverly “Ruby” Ross, a songwriter and musician who co-wrote some early rock n’ roll classics who passed away last week. And there’s no stopping the classics from rolling in with some country from the Golden Age including The Browns and Johnny Horton, an eclectic run of blues with Jimmy Reed and BB King, and some of the sweeter sounds from Patti Page, Jo Stafford, and Linda Ronstadt. Jackie Wilson will open our show this morning and we’ll be sure to feed your soul with some Geraint Watkins from across the pond. Join us on the stream at kowsfm.com/listen.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jackie Wilson (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher Something to Believe In Amazon
3Cissy Houston Deep River/Campground Testify! The Gospel Box Amazon
4The Fairfield Four Roll Jordan Revival Amazon
5Bob Dylan Someday Baby Modern Times Amazon
6Geraint Watkins I'm Just Crazy About You Dial 'W' for Watkins Amazon
7The Chordettes Lollipop Red, White & Rock Disc 1 Amazon
8The Earls Remember Then The Only Doo-Wop Collection You'll Ever Need [Disc 2] Amazon
9Roy Orbison Candy Man The Soul of Rock And Roll [Disc 2] Amazon
10Bill Haley & His Comets Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) (Single Version) Rock Around The Clock Amazon
11Lesley Gore Judy's Turn to Cry (Single) 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lesley Gore Amazon
12Elvis Presley The Girl Of My Best Friend The Essential 60's Masters I [Disc 1] Amazon
13The Browns Cool Water 1959-1960 (Warped 5995) Amazon
14The Sons Of The Pioneers Wagon Wheels Tumbling Tumbleweeds Amazon
15Patti Page I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart Country Music On the Mercury Label Amazon
16Jo Stafford Ragtime Cowboy Joe Capitol Collectors Series Amazon
17Johnny Horton North To Alaska My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
18Gene Pitney (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance The Look Of Love [Disc 1] Amazon
19Dinah Washington Somebody Loves Me (from "The Swingin' Miss D") Dinah Washington: Eight Classic Albums Amazon
20Linda Ronstadt Perfidia Mambo Kings Amazon
21Carla Thomas B-a-b-y Something to Believe In Amazon
22Brenda Lee Little Jonah (Rock On Your Steel Guitar) Grady Martin Amazon
23Brenda Lee That's All You Gotta Do 36 All-Time G.H. V2 Amazon
24Dave Edmunds Deep in the Heart of Texas D.E. 7th Amazon
25Geraint Watkins Oobee Doobee Eyes Watkins Bold as Love Amazon
26Jimmy Reed Take Out Some Insurance Blues Masters: The Very Best Of Jimmy Reed Amazon
27Henry Spaulding Cairo Blues American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants 1897-1939, Vol. 2 [Disc 2] Amazon
28B.B. King * Eric Clapton Rollin' & Tumblin' Riding With The King Amazon
29Chubby Checker Hey Bobba Needle The Best Jukeboxhits 3 Amazon
30Sir Douglas Quintet Nuevo Laredo Mono Singles '68-'72 Amazon
31Johnny Restivo The Shape I'm In Lost Male Hits Of The 50's Amazon
32Rockin' Sidney My Toot-Toot Alligator Stomp: Cajun Zydeco Classics Amazon
33Los Super Seven My Window Faces The South (ft. Lyle Lovett) Heard It On The X Amazon
34Nora Jane Struthers Cowgirl Yodel #3 Nora Jane Struthers Amazon
35Shirley & Lee Let The Good Times Roll Shirley & Lee Rock Amazon
36Sam Cooke Good Times Ain't That Good News Amazon

A Bowl Of Soul

This Friday’s Deeper Roots takes another dip into the brass and sass of soul and funk sounds from Duke, Kent, Motown, and beyond. We’re taking a bright and soulful circuitous route from Detroit to Memphis, Chicago, Philly, and the Chitlin’ Circuit. A little bit of rare soul beach music thrown in with some northern soul. We’ll hear from Mitty Collier, Donnie Elbert, Eddie Floyd, Willie Tee and an incredible roster of the known and not-so known from the past century. We’ll also pay tribute to Betty Davis, a soul and funk pioneer songstress who we lost this past week. Dial us up every Friday morning at 9 Pacific.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jimmy Hughes You Can't Believe Everything The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
3Johnny & Jackey Someday We'll Be Together Northern Soul – The Early Years – 100 Classic And Rare Tracks (CD4) Amazon
4Quinn Golden Party On the Weekend On the Chitlin Circuit Amazon
5Pat & the Blenders Hard Workin' Man Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records Amazon
6Rufus Thomas All Night Worker All Night Worker: Rare Soul Sides Amazon
7Jerry Butler I'm A Telling You Northern Soul – The Early Years (CD 1) Amazon
8Eddie Floyd I Need You Woman Rare Stamps Amazon
9Donnie Elbert Everything To Me Chess Uptown Soul Amazon
10Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Love Land Rare Soul Beach Music Classics: Vol. 3 Amazon
11James Carr These Ain't Raindrops Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures – Vol. 5 Amazon
12Carla Thomas Stop! Look What You're Doing Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol. 2 Amazon
13Matilda Jones Wrong Too Long Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 4 Amazon
14Jean Wells After Loving You Soul On Soul – Deluxe Edition Amazon
15Eula Cooper Shake Daddy Shake Let Our Love Grow Higher Amazon
16Mitty Collier Don't Let Her Take My Baby Northern Soul – The Early Years – 100 Classic And Rare Tracks (CD4) Amazon
17Madeline Bell One Step At A Time Bell's A Poppin' Amazon
18James Ray I've Got My Mind Set On You (Part 1 & 2) The Great American Soul Book Chapter 1: Any Way You Wanta! Amazon
19The Fantastic Epics We Do It All Up Here Rare Soul: Groove & Grind 1963-1973 [Disc 4] Amazon
20Reggie Smith Soul Walkin' Rare Soul: Groove & Grind 1963-1973 [Disc 4] Amazon
21Carl Hall Mean It Baby You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972 Amazon
22Betty Davis Shoo-b-doop And Cop Him Up South The Great Migration Of Southern Sound, Oxford American Southern Music Issue Volume 23 Amazon
23L. C. Cooke Let's Do It Over Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios Amazon
24The Artistics You Left Me Brunswick Lost Soul – Volume 1 Amazon
25Bobby Womack What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone) On The Soul Side Amazon
26Willie Tee Walking Up A One Way Street Rare Soul Beach Music Classics: Vol. 3 Amazon
27James Brown Lost Someone Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures – Vol. 3 Amazon
28Etta James Only Time Will Tell Enduring Soul Amazon
29Sugar Pie DeSanto A Little Taste of Soul A Little Bit of Soul (1957-1962) Amazon
30Roscoe & Barbara It Ain't Right Heavy Soul: Old Town & Barry's Deep Down & Dirty Sides Amazon
31Howard Tate Sweet Love Child Get It While You Can: The Comp Amazon
32Roddie Joy Come Back Baby Kent's Cellar Of Soul: Volume 2 Amazon
33Ollie & The Nightingales You're Leaving Me Stax Southern Soul Amazon
34Chuck Jackson I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) Oxford American 10th Anniversary Music Sampler, [Disc 1]: "Future Masters" [Oxford American, 2008] Amazon
35Ralph Soul Jackson You Left the Water Running Hall of Fame – Volume 3 Amazon
36William Bell I Forgot To Be Your Lover The Very Best Of William Bell Amazon

Flotsam & Jetsam

Music comes in all shapes and sizes. There are always the also-rans, the one hit wonders, the bright little shiny piece that gets lost among the thousands of others of the same mint, the ones that couldn’t afford to compete, as well as all the B-sides and album leftovers. We’re picking a few of those and a couple dozen others that we found as we ‘walked the beach’ in search of the perfect playlist to share this morning.  Tune in for a sweet mix of just about everything featuring David Seville, Scatman Crothers, Lou Monte, Neil Young, Esquivel, and Johnny Cash as we lay out a brimming sea of sound like so much flotsam and jetsam on the Sonoma County airwaves this morning. Tune in for an earful and more.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Trini Lopez The Search Goes On Exotic Blues & Rhythm Volume 7 & 8 Boom-A-Lay & Chug-A-Lug Amazon
3Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin' Stone Rollin' – Single Amazon
4Esquivel! Mucha Muchacha Watchamacallit Amazon
5David Seville Almost Good Exotic Blues & Rhythm Volume 7 & 8 Boom-A-Lay & Chug-A-Lug Amazon
6Betty Wright Clean Up Woman The Best of Betty Wright Amazon
7Cliff Edwards A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody Ukulele Ike Amazon
8Dolly Parton Joshua Ultimate Dolly Parton Amazon
9Skeeter Davis I Can't Stay Mad At You The Essential Skeeter Davis Amazon
10The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1957 Amazon
11Neil Young & the Shocking Pinks Wonderin' Everybody's Rockin' Amazon
12The Du Droppers I Wanna Know We Loved You Madly, Chapter 78: Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young Amazon
13Mavis Staples Down In Mississippi (Cd) We'll Never Turn Back Amazon
14Johnny Cash Personal Jesus American IV: Man Comes Around Amazon
15Greg Brown Boomtown Poet Game Amazon
16Florence + The Machine Dog Days Are Over Lungs Amazon
17Leon Redbone All I Do Is Dream of You Any Time Amazon
18Steve Forbert Any Old Time Any Old Time Amazon
19Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Romeo's Tune An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert Amazon
20Scatman Crothers Hot Rod Harry So-Cal Speed Shop's Hot Rod Classics Disc 4 Amazon
21Lou Monte The Italian Cowboy Song Songs for Pizza Lovers – Lou Monte Sings Amazon
22Danny Kaye Beatin', Bangin' 'N' Scratchin' Danny Kaye The Best of Amazon
23Bobby Troup Seventh Son Make Mine Mondo Amazon
24Natalie Cole Route 66 Unforgettable: With Love Amazon
25Nat King Cole Sweet Lorraine Nat King Cole [Disc 1] Amazon
26Hem Radiation Vibe No Word From Tom Amazon
27Frank Black Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day Honeycomb Amazon
28Fats Domino Make Me Belong To You Fats Is Back Amazon
29Roy Brown I'm Convicted of Love The Complete Imperial Recordings Amazon
30June Christy This Year's Crop Of Kisses Jazz Greats Amazon
31Eels Love Of The Loveless Shootenanny! Amazon
32Bruce Springsteen I'm Goin' Down Born in the U.S.A. Amazon
33Cab Calloway Minnie The Moocher Best Of The Big Bands Amazon

The House That Ruth Built

The decade of the fifties found the sounds of rhythm and blues being best represented on the Atlantic Records label. Founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, the catalog of artists and the quality of production were unparalleled for their time. And while Ertegun’s biography is subtitled “The House That Ertegun Built”, the performers were also undisputed heavyweights: Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Clyde McPhatter, and Lavern Baker to name a few. Things, however, exploded when a lady dubbed “Miss Rhythm” arrived with “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” leading to another moniker: “The House That Ruth Built”. This week’s show will feature some of the great tracks from Ruth Brown and the many contemporaries who made the label synonymous with R&B well into the seventies and beyond. Tune in for a special treat. Rock, rhythm, and dynamite doo wop from the Atlantic vaults on a Friday morning.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Clovers One Mint Julep Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
3The Cardinals Wheel Of Fortune Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 1] Amazon
4Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters Money Honey Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
5Carmen Taylor & The Boleros Ooh I Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
6Sheiks Walk That Walk Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
7The Chords Sh-Boom Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
8The Playboys Good Golly Miss Molly Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
9The Regals Got The Water Boiling Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 1] – Jumpin' & Bluesy Amazon
10The Clovers Devil Or Angel Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 2] – Slow & Dreamy Amazon
11Ruth Brown Oh What a Dream (Japan 2012 Remaster) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
12Ruth Brown Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Japan 2012 Remaster) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
13Ruth Brown Lucky Lips (Japan 2012 Remaster) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
14The Cookies In Paradise Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 19471974, Vol. 3: 19551958 Amazon
15Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters Treasure of Love Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
16The Drifters Long Lonely Nights Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
17The Drifters Long Lonely Nights Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
18Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle & Roll Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
19Big Joe Turner Boogie Woogie Country Girl Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
20Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
21Ray Charles Mess Around Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
22Ray Charles This Little Girl of Mine Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
23LaVern Baker Get Up, Get Up (You Sleepy Head) [Japan 2012 Remaster] Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
24LaVern Baker Tweedle Dee (Japan 2012 Remaster) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
25LaVern Baker Soul on Fire (Japan 2012 Remaster) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
26Ivory Joe Hunter Since I Met You Baby (Single/LP Version) Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
27Ivory Joe Hunter It's a Doggone Crying Shame Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon
28The Bobbettes Mr. Lee Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
29The Ospreys It's Good To Me (You Don't Know And I DOn't Know) Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
30The Drifters Drip Drop Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
31The Coasters Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
32The Coasters Dance! Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
33Del-Larks Remember The Night Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
34The Sh-Booms (The Chords) Blue Moon Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
35Top Note Hearts Of Stone Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
36Billy Storm When You Dance Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
37Stick McGhee & His Buddies Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 1] Amazon
38Big Joe Turner Midnight Special Train Atlantic Rock & Roll Amazon