Whoa, WFMU’s Debbie D and company have gone bonkers over at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban site.
There are photos of Phil Spector, circa 1958, looking remarkably sedate. A picture of Tennessee Ernie Ford standing atop a pile of coal, advertising “Sixteen Tons.” A portrait of burlesque star Coco Barr brandishing a pair of pistols.
And, of course, there’s music galore: The Collins Kids, performing on the U.S. Air Force’s Country Music Time show. Big Star. Dexter Romweber. “The Patio Twist.” And an incredible live stream of “obscure ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ soul.” I’m listening to Huey Smith and the Clowns right now!
In other WFMU news, the Trashmen will be performing at the Record Fair, slated for Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion on October 23rd, 24th and 25th!
“A wop bop a loo mop, a good goddam!” Fifty-four years ago today, per Bumps Blackwell’s recommendation, Little Richard Penniman (seen above with Jet Harris, Gene Vincent and Sam Cooke) joined forces with Fats Domino’s band — which included the late Earl Palmer, drummer extraordinaire who performed at the 1st annual Ponderosa Stomp and served … Continue reading PS Time Machine: September 14, 1955
On Saturday night, exactly 54 years after he headlined the St. Francis County Fair in Forrest City, Arkansas, alongside Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Floyd Cramer, Sun rockabilly Eddie Bond took the stage at the Center for Southern Folklore‘s Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. At the fifth annual Ponderosa Stomp, Bond was backed by Deke … Continue reading Scene Report: Eddie Bond at the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Forty-six years ago today, the Ronettes charted with “Be My Baby,” dubbed by Brian Wilson as “the most perfect pop record of all time.” Ronnie Spector performed it to perfection at the 7th annual Ponderosa Stomp, held in late April 2008. From the Ponderosa Stomp website: In a music industry where an artist’s life expectancy … Continue reading PS Time Machine: September 1, 1963