Category Archives: Deeper Roots on KOWS

Girl Groups – 50s & 60s

Soul and rhythm, heartbreak and boy trouble, big hair and sequined dresses. Deeper Roots goes on a romp through the early years of rock and soul sharing the very special talents that filled the AM airwaves of the fifties and sixties. It was almost impossible to select one song from each of these groups but we had to given the time constraints. There were the “Ettes”: The Chordettes, The Bobettes, The Marvelettes, The Ronettes, and The Ikettes; The Angels, The Murmaids, The Crystals, The Jelly Beans, and The Tammys. There were the Detroit sounds, the Wall of Sound, the Brill Building, and the Philly sounds. Perfectly delicious and light-hearted pop and soul from every corner. Tune into for a listen. Two hours of Deeper Roots this week.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Ronettes Be My Baby The Best of the Ronettes Amazon
3Shirley Gunter & The Queens Oop Shoop Shirley Gunter Amazon
4The Chordettes Mr. Sandman Magic Moments – The Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 1) Amazon
5The Teen Queens Eddie, My Love The Doo Wop Box, Vol. 2 Disc 2 Amazon
6Patience & Prudence Gonna Get Along Without You Now Forgotten Duos of Rock Volume 1 Amazon
7The Chordettes Born To Be With You The Best Of The Chordettes Amazon
8The Bobbettes Mr. Lee The Doo Wop Box, Vol. 2 Disc 2 Amazon
9The Chantels Maybe Doo Wop Box Disc 3 Amazon
10The Poni-Tails Born Too Late Hit The Road Jack- The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
11The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me Back to Mono (1958-1969) Disc 1 Amazon
12The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow Malt Shop Memories Save the Last Dance for M Amazon
13The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Marvelettes Amazon
14The Ikettes I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) The Best of the Ikettes Amazon
15The Crystals He's A Rebel The Best Of The Crystals Amazon
16The Cookies Chains Early Girls: 1 Amazon
17Orlons Don't Hang Up Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Disc 2 Amazon
18The Murmaids Popsicles And Icicles Early Girls: 1 Amazon
19The Jaynetts Sally, Go 'Round The Roses Malt Shop Memories: Top Down Convertible Sound (Disc 2) Amazon
20The Angels My Boyfriend's Back Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1963 Amazon
21The Chiffons One Fine Day Malt Shop Memories: Top Down Convertible Sound (Disc 2) Amazon
22The Crystals Then He Kissed Me The Best Of The Crystals Amazon
23Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Malt Shop Memories: All I Have To Do Is Dream (Disc 2) Amazon
24Exciters Tell Him Northern Soul – The Early Years – 100 Classic And Rare Tracks (CD4) Amazon
25The Ronettes Baby I Love You The Best of the Ronettes Amazon
26The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go Time-Life Classic Rock: 1964 – The Beat Goes On Amazon
27The Shangri-Las Leader of The Pack Malt Shop Memories: Save The Last Dance For Me (Disc 2) Amazon
28Jelly Beans Baby Be Mine Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day, Vol. 6 Amazon
29The Dixie Cups Chapel of Love Red, White & Rock Disc 2 Amazon
30The Tammys Egyptian Shumba Great Googly Moo: Silly Songs from the American Charts Amazon
31The Dixie Cups People Say Chapel Of Love…And Other Great Girl Group Gems [Disc 1] Amazon
32The Blossoms That's When The Tears Start So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958 – 1998 Amazon
33The Cake Baby That's Me The Coolest Songs in the World! Vol. 6 Amazon
34The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
35The Supremes Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart Gold Disc 1 Amazon
36Martha & the Vandellas Jimmy Mack Motown: The Classic Years Disc 2 Amazon

Murder Most Foul

Our show this week is brought to you by a song, a narrative like no other Bob Dylan has ever produced. Murder Most Foul was released earlier this year as the first single from his latest album Rough and Rowdy Ways. It is a 16 minute narration of cultural reflection that speaks to the passing of time in the context of what has been lost and what still might be lost yet still celebrating our gains. The Kennedy assassination is one of those times that we reflect on, remembering the day that it happened with as much clarity as time permits. What Dylan does is use pastel images of ‘what was then’ with who we are now as he speaks to cultural touchstones in his (and our) life. And he warns us, once again, that the times are indeed changin’ and that we should likely hear this song as a storm warning. Tune into for a listen. Two hours of Deeper Roots this week.  You can also find out more about the Dylan song at https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/murder-most-foul-and-the-haunting-of-america.


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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Nina Simone Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Anthology Disc 1 Amazon
3Bob Dylan Murder Most Foul Murder Most Foul Amazon
4Louis Armstrong & All His Stars St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues) Satchmo Plays King Oliver Amazon
5Erroll Garner Trio Misty Your Hit Parade – 1954 Amazon
6Miles Davis Stella by Starlight '58 Sessions Amazon
7Julie London Cry Me A River Julie Is Her Name & Lonely Girl Amazon
8Nat King Cole On The Street Where You Live The World Of Nat King Cole Amazon
9Marie Knight The Old Rugged Cross Hallelujah What A Song! Amazon
10Etta James I'd Rather Go Blind Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
11The Platters Twilight Time Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 3) Amazon
12The Fleetwoods Tragedy American Music Library: The Hits Of 1961 Amazon
13Gerry & the Pacemakers – Freddie & the Dreamers Ferry Cross The Mersey Back 2 Back Hits Amazon
14Elvis Presley Long Black Limousine From Elvis in Memphis Amazon
15Lefty Frizzell Long Black Veil Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
16The Kingston Trio Tom Dooley Yesterday's Gone [Disc 2] Amazon
17Marty Robbins El Paso All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
18Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday To JFK The Essential Marilyn Monroe Amazon
19Lena Horne Love Me Or Leave Me RCA Records Label: The 1st Note in Black Music [Disc 3] Amazon
20The Beach Boys The Warmth of the Sun Endless Summer Amazon
21Ray Charles What'd I Say Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
22Larry Williams Dizzy Miss Lizzy [Album Version] Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
23The Staple Singers Wade In The Water Freedom Highway Amazon
24Elvis Presley Mystery Train Lonesome Whistle – An Anthology Of American Railroad Song Amazon
25Billy Joel Only The Good Die Young The Stranger Amazon
26Richard Burton Camelot Ultimate Broadway [Disc 1] Amazon
27Toussaint McCall Nothing Takes The Place Of You Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol. 2 Amazon
28The Animals Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood The Most of the Animals Amazon
29Billy Bob Thornton He Was A Friend Of MIne Private Radio Amazon

Mr. Songwriter – Harlan Howard

We’ll be honoring the songwriting prowess of Harlan Howard this week on Deeper Roots. A country songwriter and performer whose career spanned six decades and wrote some of the classic songs of the Golden Age, turning formula into phrasing and stories of true life as he saw it. After a few minor successes, his song Pick Me Up on Your Way Down became a No. 2 hit for Charlie Walker in 1958 and Heartaches by the Number for Ray Price the following year,his name appeared at the forefront of songwriting talent of the time. His songs were performed by everyone from Merle Haggard to The Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. This week’s show will feature songs written by Harlan Howard and we’ll get to hear him perform many of his own. He  coined the oft-quoted phrase “Three chords and the truth”. Tune in for the festivities.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Porter Wagoner Harlan Howard Medley 1964-1965 (Warped 6508) Amazon
3Charlie Walker Pick Me Up On Your Way Down Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
4Rodney Crowell Above And Beyond (The Call Of Love) Playlist: The Very Best Of Rodney Crowell Amazon
5Bobby Bare The Streets Of Baltimore The Essential Bobby Bare Amazon
6Kingston Trio Everglades Made In The USA Amazon
7Waylon Jennings Nashville Rebel Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
8Brenda Lee Too Many Rivers The Brenda Lee Story: Her Greatest Hits Amazon
9Patsy Cline I Fall To Pieces Lifetime Of Romance: Falling In Love [Disc 2] Amazon
10Patsy Cline He Called Me Baby 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – Classic Patsy Cline Amazon
11Tennessee Ernie Ford She Called Me Baby Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon
12George Jones You Comb Her Hair The Best Of George Jones: 1955-1967 Amazon
13Ray Charles Busted Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 3 Amazon
14Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind The Soul Story, Vol. 1 [Disc 1] Amazon
15Buck Owens Sweet Thing The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
16Derailers I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love (Today) Reverb Deluxe Amazon
17Wynn Stewart Heartaches For A Dime Come On – Gonna Shake This Shack Amazon
18Buck Owens I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Original Mono Single Version) Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
19Harlan Howard I Can't Stand It 1959-1963 Amazon
20Harlan Howard My Baby's His Baby Now 1959-1963 Amazon
21Al Brumley Someone's Gonna Get Hurt The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
22Ray Price Heartaches By The Number Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
23Guy Mitchell Heartaches by the Number Your Hit Parade -1959 Amazon
24Burl Ives Call Me Mr. In-Between [Single Version] 20th Century Masters :The Millennium Collection: Best of Burl Ives Amazon
25Patsy Cline Foolin' Around Patsy Cline Story Amazon
26The Collins Kids Soda Poppin' Around Hop, Skip & Jump [Disc 1] Amazon
27Waylon Jennings Green River Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
28Johnny Cash The Wall The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Disc 2 Amazon
29Jan Howard Evil on Your Mind Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 Amazon
30Lefty Frizzell She's Gone, Gone, Gone Look What Thoughts Will Do Amazon
31Emmylou Harris/George Jones All Fall Down Friends in High Places Amazon
32Jim Reeves I Won't Forget You Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
33Harlan Howard Be Just a Little Meaner 1959-1963 Amazon
34Rosanne Cash Featuring Elvis Costello Heartaches By The Number (Feat. Elvis Costello) The List Amazon
35Waylon Jennings The Chokin' Kind The Essential Waylon Jennings [2007] Disc 1 Amazon
36The Little Willies Streets Of Baltimore The Little Willies Amazon
37The Tractors Pick Me Up on Your Way Down Trade Union Amazon

Broken Hearts For Sale

It’s theme time once more. We’ve got songs about the broken hearts, tears, and childhood souvenirs…but mostly broken hearts. Lost love, faded love, and remembering old love letters from the book of broken hearts featuring country, soul, and rhythm, all from the past century. Join in for some classic country from Don Williams and Billy Walker, brassy vocals from Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday, late movie Elvis, and a couple of rockabilly legends named Sonny Burgess and Warren Smith. And don’t miss out on Mary Wells, Jimmy Ruffin, Tom Petty, and The Louvin Brothers this week. It’s all there…a common theme in songwriting for being relatable, illustrative, and purposeful in its singular stories of love and loss. Tune into KRJF 92.3 FM, Sonoma County Community Radio with your host Dave Stroud this Friday evening at 9 Pacific.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2John Prine Souvenirs Souvenirs Amazon
3Anita Carter A Pair of Broken Hearts (with Hank Snow) Warped 5627 – Anita Carter – 1956 – 1962 Amazon
4Willie Nelson My Broken Heart Belongs To You It Always Will Be Amazon
5Don Williams Some Broken Hearts Will Never Mend The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Charlie Walker Broken Hearts Will Haunt Your Soul Charlie Walker – 1959-1964 Amazon
7Billy Walker You're Gonna Pay With A Broken Heart Whirlpool – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Amazon
8Hank Williams Men With Broken Hearts Beyond The Sunset Amazon
9Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Take A Look At This Broken Heart Of Mine This Broken Heart Of Mine Amazon
10Johnny & Jonie Mosby Line of Broken Hearts Make a Left and Then a Right Amazon
11Warren Smith Book Of Broken Hearts Point Of No Return: The Liberty Records Story 1962 Amazon
12Johnny Cash Story of a Broken Heart The Sun Country Box Amazon
13Sean McConnell Another Song About A Broken Heart Secondhand Smoke Amazon
14Tom Petty Only a Broken Heart Wildflowers Amazon
15Sonny Burgess One Broken Heart Rock n' Roll Legend Amazon
16Elvis Presley One Broken Heart for Sale Elvis Double Features: It Happened at the World's Fair & Fun in Acapulco Amazon
17Doug C & The Blacklisted Working On My Next Broken Heart Hit and Run Amazon
18The Contessas Broken Heart Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground Amazon
19Jewel Paige I'm Left With A Broken Heart Jazzin' The Blues Vol. 3 Amazon
20Peggy Lee All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart The Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
21Billie Holiday You Can't Lose A Broken Heart The Ultimate Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
22Nat King Cole You Can't Lose A Broken Heart Chronological Classics: Nat King Cole 1949 Amazon
23Sam Browne Happy-Go-Lucky You and Broken-Hearted Me Hits of '32 Amazon
24Cleo Brown Give A Broken Heart A Break Complete Recorded Works (March 1935 – June 1935) Amazon
25The Cadillacs Broken Heart For Collectors Only (Disc 1) Amazon
26The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama Broken Heart Of Mine Oh Lord, Stand By Me / Marching Up To Zion Amazon
27Nat Hall With The Mellow 3 A Broken Hearted Clown Rare Soul: Groove & Grind 1963-1973 [Disc 3] Amazon
28Mary Wells Can You Fix It (My Broken Heart) (Previously Unreleased) Looking Back 1961-1964 Amazon
29The Miracles Broken Hearted [Single Version] The 35th Anniversary Collection Amazon
30Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Motown: The Classic Years Disc 1 Amazon
31Al Green How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? More Greatest Hits Amazon
32k.d. lang Trail of Broken Hearts Recollection CD 1 Amazon

Shelter In Place

Six months later…’nuff said, right? Deeper Roots finally gets around to the theme of pandemic protection by staying at home until things stabilize. We were all put out when it looked like six weeks and here we are talking months, not weeks. Patience and commitment. Something we have to work on. But we’ve got music to comfort us. Our heritage is rich with an incredible catalog of works; from country classics to the raw country blues, soul from Motor City and the Eastern Seaboard, jazz from New Orleans and KC, and everything in between. Just look (or listen) back. This week’s Deeper Roots features songs about keeping safe in shelter with fresh sounds from the digital bins. Warren Zevon, Jim Reeves, Wynonie Harris, The Alphabetical Four, Kitty Wells, and Buddy Miller will be featured. No need to put on your helmets (or tin foil hats) or to duck and cover. But you might want to get out the vote!

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jakob Dylan & Fiona Apple In My Room Echo In The Canyon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Amazon
3Dill Jones Trio Four Walls And One Dirty Window Blues The Chiaroscuro Songbook, Vol. 1 Amazon
4Irma Thomas These Four Walls Irma Thomas: A Woman's Viewpoint: The Essential 1970s Recordings Amazon
5Willie Nelson Hello Walls Mr. Record Man – The Early Singles As & BS Amazon
6Jim Reeves Four Walls Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
7Jeff Beck And Johnny Depp Isolation Isolation (Single) Amazon
8Billy Vera & The Beaters I Can Take Care Of Myself By Request: The Best Of Billy Vera & The Beaters Amazon
9Warren Zevon Splendid Isolation I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) [Disc 2] Amazon
10Whiskeytown Empty Baseball Park Faithless Street Amazon
11Buddy Miller Shelter Me Universal United House Of Prayer Amazon
12Jerry Jeff Walker Time to Stay Home Hill Country Rain Amazon
13Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors Super Hits Amazon
14Bob Dylan Shelter from the Storm Blood on the Tracks Amazon
15Rodney Crowell Shelter From The Storm [Album Version] The Outsider Amazon
16Lone Justice Shelter Ultimate Collection: Maria McKee Amazon
17Ray LaMontagne Shelter Trouble Amazon
18Joe Cocker Shelter Me Ultimate Collection Amazon
19The Deadly Gentlemen Locked Up The Bastard Masterpiece Amazon
20Dave Alvin All by Myself Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy Amazon
21Charline Arthur I'm Having A Party All By Myself Welcome To The Club Amazon
22Alphabetical Four I'm Gonna Walk Right in and Make Myself at Home Complete Recorded Works 1938-1943 Amazon
23Wynonie Harris Drinkin' By Myself Playful Baby Amazon
24Garnet Mimms A Little Bit of Soap The Best of Garnet Mimms: Cry Amazon
25Stonewall Jackson I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water Singles Amazon
26Porter Wagoner I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew & Dolly Parton 1967-1968 (Warped 6797) Amazon
27The Deadly Gentlemen Hello, Apocalypse The Bastard Masterpiece Amazon
28David Olney Mister Stay At Home When The Deal Goes Down Amazon
29The Beach Boys In My Room Endless Summer Amazon

Saucy Rhythm Serenades

Rhythm & Blues is the order of the day. Join Dave Stroud for an entertaining blast of fresh sounds from the well of the past century. What’s old is always new if you haven’t heard it, right? The playlist this morning features songs about the night time from Ray Charles, honeydripper rocking from Big Joe Turner, doo wop serenades from the The Jive Bombers, bluesy torch sounds from Erma Franklin, and so much more. We’ll stretch the boundaries of R&B with Elvis, Lonnie Johnson, and a few more as we take on some saucy serenades and unruly pleas from performers from the thirties to the early sixties. All without malice of forethought, I assure you. Tune into Sonoma County Community Radio every Friday morning at 9 Pacific.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Tarheel Slim & Little Ann Anything For You (W. Little Ann) The Robin & Fire Years Amazon
3Big Joe Turner My Little Honeydripper Big, Bad & Blue: Anthology [Disc 3] Amazon
4Elvis Presley Dirty, Dirty Feeling The Essential 60's Masters I [Disc 1] Amazon
5Roy Hamilton Crazy Feelin' Oxford American 10th Anniversary Music Sampler, [Disc 1]: "Future Masters" [Oxford American, 2008] Amazon
6The Larks Ooh… It Feels So Good The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 4: Doo-Wop Dancin' Amazon
7The Harlem Hamfats Little Girl Harlem Hamfats Vol. 1 1936 Amazon
8Lonnie Johnson It Feels So Good Pt. 2 (w/Spencer Williams) Complete Recordings Vol. 4 Amazon
9Blue Lu Barker Don't You Make Me High Flashbacks #1 Drug Songs 1917-1944 Amazon
10Big Joe Turner Don't You Make Me High Big, Bad & Blue: Anthology [Disc 3] Amazon
11State Street Swingers Don't Tear My Clothes No. 2 (C-1768) State Street Swingers (1936-1937) Amazon
12Irene Scruggs Must Get Mine In Front (Pm 13023, L-499-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
13Sam Cooke Soothe Me The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke Amazon
14The Jive Bombers Bad Boy Cry-Baby Amazon
15Ray Charles Night Time Is the Right Time The Birth of Soul Disc 3 Amazon
16Nappy Brown I'm Getting Lonesome Night Time Is the Right Time [Disc 1] Amazon
17Ruth Brown I Want To Do More Ruth Brown: The Definitive Soul Collection [[Disc 2]] Amazon
18Julia Lee The Curse Of An Aching Heart (06-13-47) 1947 Amazon
19Erma Franklin Piece of My Heart Something to Believe In Amazon
20Miss Baker You'd Better Find Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll/Volume 2 [Disc 5] Amazon
21Billy Ward & The Dominoes My Baby'S 3-D (10-12-53) 1953-1954 Amazon
22Rosco Gordon Real Pretty Mama Let's Get High (B) Amazon
23Gladys Hill Please Don't Touch My Bowl Sleazy Rhythm & Blues Vol. 3 Amazon
24Lil Green What's The Matter With Love Romance In The Dark Amazon
25Nellie Lutcher He's a Real Gone Guy Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin' [Disc 2] Amazon
26Ruth Brown I Want To Do More R & B Years 1955 V.2 [Disc 2] Amazon
27Big Maybelle It's a Sin to Tell a Lie The Very Best Of Big Maybelle Amazon
28Clarence "Frogman" Henry I Told My Pillow More Dirty Laundry: The Soul Of Black Country Amazon
29Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five A Man Ain't A Man Vol. 3-Blues Roots Amazon
30Rose Marie McCoy Dippin' In My Business Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
31Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends You Ain't Got It No More Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 2 Amazon
32Ruth Brown I Wanna Do More Miss Rhythm Greatest Hits And More Disc 2 Amazon
33Wynonie Harris Wasn't That Good Lovin' Machine Amazon
34The Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan Turn The Lights Down Low Rhythm And Blues Caravan [Disc 3] Amazon
35Louis Jordan It's Full Or It Ain't No Good The Chronological Louis Jordan 1945-1946 Amazon
36Lil Green No Baby, No Body But You The R&B Years – 1942-45 [Disc 3] Amazon

Get Down With It

Free form Friday this month. Lots of favorites to share with you as we reach out to our awesome first responders once more here in Sonoma County. August, our static month of warm weather, has turned on us this year (as has everything else) as climate change once more comes knocking on our front and back doors. We’ll try to work on two hours of musical distraction with NRBQ, Little Richard, O. C. Smith, Marlene Dietrich, and Merle Haggard…how’s that for a lineup? Songs about San Antonio, a little place called Hickory Holler, some Madeline Kahn, Tommy Dorsey, and Nina Simone covering Chuck Berry. Money is the root of all evil, and Julia Lee will remind you this Friday morning. Tune into Sonoma County Community Radio once more at 9 Pacific on 92.5 FM, streaming to the world at freespeechnobull.com/listen.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Little Richard Get Down With it OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
3Ivory Joe Hunter You Can't Stop This Rocking and Rolling Ivory Joe Hunter Amazon
4Three Sharps And A Flat That's The Rhythm Hot Harmony Groups 1932-1951: Vol 1: That's the Rhythm Amazon
5The Miller Sisters Ten Cats Down Rockin' Memphis [Disc 3] Amazon
6The Sensations Let Me In Book Of Love: The Argo Records Story 1956-1962 Amazon
7Lou Rawls Love Is A Hurtin' Thing On The Soul Side Amazon
8Irma Thomas Hurtin' for Certain My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
9Billy Joe Royal It Keeps Right On Hurtin' Greatest Hits Amazon
10O. C. Smith The Son Of Hickory Holler Tramp More Dirty Laundry: The Soul Of Black Country Amazon
11Arthur Alexander Genie in the Jug Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter Amazon
12Frank Black Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day Honeycomb Amazon
13Marlene Dietrich The Boys In The Back Room The Blue Angel Amazon
14Madeline Kahn With Mel Brooks And Company I'm Tired – Blazing Saddles Warner Bros.: 75 Years Of Film Music – Songs (3) Amazon
15Jimmy Durante Start Off Each Day With A Song The Great Schnozzle Amazon
16Ella Mae Morse An Occasional Man Singles 3 Amazon
17John Fogerty Down On The Corner The Long Road Home: Ultimate John Fogerty Creedence Collection Amazon
18Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven The Music Goes Round And Round Me & Orson Welles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Amazon
19NRBQ Music Goes Round And Around Tiddly Winks Amazon
20Nina Simone Brown Eyed Handsome Man Wild Is The Wind/High Priestess Of Soul Amazon
21Merle Haggard San Antonio Rose Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player Amazon
22Riders in the Sky Down the Trail to San Antone The Best of the West Rides Again Amazon
23Junior Brown Long Walk Back to San Antone Long Walk Back Amazon
24Bill Kirchen Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone Dieselbilly Road Trip Amazon
25Tommy Duncan Stars Over San Antone Beneath a Neon Star in a Honky Tonk Amazon
26Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Minnie, My Mountain Moocher Singing In The Rain Amazon
27Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Paddlin' Madelin' Home Singing In The Rain Amazon
28Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Don't Save It Too Long (The Money Song) Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 2 Amazon
29The Andrews Sisters Rum And Coca-Cola 20th Century Masters: Millenni Amazon
30Dinning Sisters Buttons And Bows Almost Sweet And Gentle [Disc 1] Amazon
31Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters The Three Caballeros Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters [Disc 2] Amazon
32Bob Hope, The Clark Sisters That's Not the Knot Best of Bob Hope – Capitol Records Amazon
33The Boswell Sisters Wha'd Ja Do To Me? The Object Of My Affection Amazon
34Little Richard Jenny Jenny Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
35James Barnett Keep On Talking After Hours 3 – More Northern Soul Masters Amazon

Discovering Document Records

Today’s Deeper Roots show explores the Document label once more but, this time, we’ll be asking Gary and Gillian to tell us more. They’ll share some personal anecdotes about what brought them to their life’s work. So many of us from the baby boomer generation discovered early roots music through covers by bands from our early years that led us to recurring moments of musical revelation. And many of us found ourselves digging, rummaging, exploring, collecting, and listening for those mother lodes of musical treasures that surfaced like bits of gold on that river of time that runs from ‘then’ to the ‘now’. It’s the second part of our interview with this delightful couple from across the pond. Hear their stories of connecting with this music and how it informed their life’s work with Document Records.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Lil' Son Jackson Rockin' And Rollin' Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
3Big Bill Broonzy Key to the Highway Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
4Deeper Roots Intro and Early Document w Johnny Part Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
5Peetie Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
6Big Bill Broonzy Good Boy Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
7Deeper Roots Discovery of the Folk and Blues Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
8The Rolling Stones Confessin' The Blues 12 X 5 Amazon
9Deeper Roots Buys Document Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
10Major "Big Maceo" Merriweather Kid Man Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
11Deeper Roots Impact of American Music Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
12Josh White Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out In Chronological Order, Volume 6 (1944-45) Amazon
13Deeper Roots Hunting Swap Meets for Blues (With Music) Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
14Gitfiddle Jim (Kokomo Arnold) Paddlin' Blues Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s: 1926-1937 Amazon
15Deeper Roots Growing Up with Music to the Beatles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
16Cliff Richard & The Shadows Please Don't Tease Hit The Road Jack: The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
17The Beatles Anna (Go to Him) Please Please Me Amazon
18Deeper Roots Closing Snippet 1 Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
19Deeper Roots Document Projects Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
20Walter 'Cowboy' Washington Ice Pick Mama Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
21Blind Willie McTell Stole Rider Blues Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 1 – 18 October 1927 to 23 October 1931 Amazon
22Deeper Roots Musical influences Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
23John Lee Hooker Democrat Man That's My Story Amazon
24Bo Diddley Pretty Thing His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Amazon
25Deeper Roots Early music loves Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
26Freddie & The Dreamers If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody A's, B's & EP's Amazon
27James Ray If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody Birth Of Soul: 3 Amazon
28The McCoys Hang on Sloopy Operation Dumbo Drop Amazon

Crazy Blues Centennial

It was the year 1920.  One of the more important events in the annals of popular music in the United States occurred 100 years ago this month. Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds’ recording of Perry Bradford‘s tune “Crazy Blues” became an instant hit and was the first significant recording in the blues genre. And Mamie herself was also the first African American female popular singer to lead a commercial recording. This week on Deeper Roots we celebrate with the first installment of a show featuring two hours of music including two very special guests: Gillian and Gary Atkinson, proprietors of Document Records in the UK. I had a chance to interview the two about the label and about the dawn of blues and jazz recording including the early century social impact of black artists. A very special opportunity offered for a very special time. We’ll also hear about a recent video release called Searching for Secret Heroes, a resurrection of a long lost documentary made by Sam Charters, released by Document this past April.

 

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mamie Smith Crazy Blues American Roots Music [Disc 2] Amazon
3Deeper Roots Pre 20th Century – Gillian Atkinson Interview Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
4James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band The Darktown Strutters' Ball James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band (Remastered) Amazon
5James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band Memphis Blues James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band (Remastered) Amazon
6Deeper Roots Crazy Blues Recording – Gary/Gillian Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
7Deeper Roots Selling the Crazy Blues Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
8Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band Royal Garden Blues The History of Jazz :The Swing Amazon
9Mamie Smith Mamma Whip! Mamma Spank! Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 Amazon
10Edna Hicks Hard Luck Blues (Pm 12023, 1629-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
11Ma Rainey and Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders Honey Where You Been So Long? (Pm 12200, 1701-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
12Deeper Roots The Circle of Musicians – Gillian Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
13Hall Johnson Choir St. Louis Blues When The Sun Goes Down: Walk Right In – The Secret Story Of Rock & Roll Amazon
14Jelly Roll Morton Buddy Bolden's Blues (I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say) [Album Version] The Rose & The Briar Amazon
15Deeper Roots Document Records with Gary Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
16Lovie Austin and Her Blues Serenaders Traveling Blues (Pm 12255, 10005-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
17Deeper Roots Gillian and Gary Discussing Blues in the Jazz Age Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
18The Hokum Boys We Don't Sell It Here No More Georgia Tom – Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 (September 1928 – 5 February 1930) Amazon
19Deeper Roots Early Influentials in the Circles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
20Deeper Roots Early Influentials in the Circles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
21Bessie Smith I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl The Anthology Amazon
22Deeper Roots Searching for Secret Heroes Serendipity Crazy Blues Centennial Interviews Amazon
23Furry Lewis John Henry Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
24JD Short – Memphis Willie B Alone In The Evening Hours Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
25Hattie Heart Coldest Stuff in Town Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
26Trixie Smith and her Down Home Syncopators Freight Train Blues (Pm 12211, 1767-1) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
27Sippie Wallace With Clarence Williams' Blue Five Baby I Can't Use You No More The Complete Clarence Williams Sessions, Vol. 2 – 1923-1925 Amazon
28Sara Martin/Fats Waller Tain't Nobody's Bus'ness If I Do The Compete Recorded Works Vol. 1, [Disc 1] Amazon
29Lizzie Miles Electrician Blues Rude Dudes Amazon
30Victoria Spivey and Her Hallelujah Boys Black Snake Swing The Victoria Spivey Collection 1926-1937 Amazon
31Ida Cox I've Got The Blues For Rampart Street Black Swan Sampler Amazon
32Mamie Smith You Can't Keep A Good Man Down Mamie Smith Vol. 1 (1920-1921) Amazon

Fall of Empire

Authoritarianism right in our own backyard. What are the signs that we should concern ourselves with? Much has been revealed over the centuries of how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. While our so-called checks and balances lay down in fear in the face of fascism and the childish fear of being made fun of by the playground bully, the innocents are called terrorists and the terrorists, patriots. Up is down and down is up, right? Music’s been made of the human condition over time and there’s also been books and countless political speeches…and we’re going to take our time today to share the music and speak of the ballot box which is our only weapon, it seems, in a democracy. When cowards and sycophants led by the GOP and Fox News pretend patriotism, we know we’re in trouble and we know that the hard rain is falling. Federal troops are attacking mothers, veterans, and peaceful protesters with impunity and there are no checks. There is no balance. As songwriter R. B. Morris observes, that’s how every empire falls…and you can tune in for inspiration as the August march on Washington is just around the corner.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Great Big Sea End of the World Great Big CD Amazon
3Danko, Fjeld & Andersen When Morning Comes to America Danko / Fjeld / Andersen Amazon
4Neil Young Bound for Glory Old Ways Amazon
5Willie Nelson Vote Em Out Vote 'Em Out Amazon
6Ray Charles America The Beautiful Ultimate Hits Collection [2 of 2] Amazon
7Ry Cooder Rally 'Round The Flag Boomer's Story Amazon
8The Abyssinian Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir Battle Hymn Of The Republic The Civil War Amazon
9Johnny Cash Ragged Old Flag Ragged Old Flag Amazon
10Joan Baez The President Sang Amazing Grace Whistle Down the Wind Amazon
11The Dixie Hummingbirds Jesus Children of America 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon
12R.B. Morris That's How Every Empire Falls Singing Through the Wall. Songs for Western Sahara Amazon
13Simon & Garfunkel America Old Friends Disc 2 Amazon
14Paul Simon American Tune There Goes Rhymin' Simon Amazon
15Neko Case & Her Boyfriends Thrice All American No Depression Compilation – What It Sounds Like Vol. 1 Amazon
16Dr. John The Patriotic Flag-Waiver Babylon Amazon
17Steve Earle Dear Old Flag Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War Amazon
18Jay & the Americans Only in America Red, White & Rock Disc 2 Amazon
19Jimmy Griggs The Beginning Of The End The Beginning Of The End – The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
20William Elliot Whitmore Civilizations Radium Death Amazon
21Dorothy Love Coates The Kingdom Of Babylon Is Falling Down A City Built 4 Square Amazon
22Bob Dylan Something's Burning, Baby Empire Burlesque Amazon
23Bruce Cockburn Call It Democracy World Of Wonders Amazon
24The Trumpeteers Babylon's Fallen Good News, Vol. 2: Wade In The Water Amazon
25Jerry Lee Lewis End Of The Road A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
26Roy Zimmerman The Liar Tweets Tonight The Liar Tweets Tonight (Single) Amazon