Platter Playlists

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I Cried My Last Tear


Tommy Ridgley – The Girl From Kooka Monga
Ernie K-Doe – I Cried My Last Tear
Major Lance – Mama Don’t Know
King Coleman – The Boo Boo Song
Hurricane Harry – The Last Meal
The Coasters – Down in Mexico
The Five Keys – Ling, Ting, Tong
Preston Epps – Bongo Rock
Dee Mullins – Beers
Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys – As Long As I Live
Bob Blum – Little Pink Elephants
Bob B. Soxx – Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah
Eric Burdon & The Animals – True Love (Comes Only Once In A Lifetime)
James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet
Percy Sledge – Take Time To Know Her
The Hesitations – Whiter Shade of Pale


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I’m Living Good


The Ovations – I’m Living Good
Ruby Andrews – You Made A Believer (Out of Me)
Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searchin’ For My Love
Oscar Brown Jr. – But I Was Cool
Johnny Jones – Tennessee Waltz
Andy Kim – Baby I Love You
Beach Boys – The Times They Are A-Changin’
Bob Dorough – Three Is A Magic Number
Buck Owens – It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me)
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – Then Last Thing On My Mind
Jerry Lee Lewis – Lincoln Limousine
Hank Snow  – Moanin’
Link Wray – La De Da
Jim Ford – Big Mouth U.S.A.
Mickey Newbury – Cortelia Clark
Townes Van Zandt – Sad Cinderella
The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream


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Singles Going Steady Vol. 2: South Louisiana Saturday Night


For the second installment of Singles Going Steady I present to you a finely groomed assortment of Swamp Pop, Cajun fiddle and zydeco tunes taken straight from the original 45rpm releases, which spun in every other jukebox and radio station in South Louisiana.

A few months ago, I went down to a man’s house in Lake Arthur, LA. Along with a random assortment of water-damaged country records, I was given about one hundred Cajun 45s. Flipping through labels like JIN, Swallow, La Louisiana and Goldband never gets old.

The songs featured here are mostly selections from my Lake Arthur haul but a few are from other collections I’ve inherited. Having these records dropped on me is such a treat, especially at a time when my taste has been crawling back into the 50’s and early R&B. It allows me to discover and share Lousiana’s place in the early stages of Rock & Roll.


Luderin Darbone & His Hackberry Ramblers – Pallet Su Le Planchier (Goldband 1169-1)
Les Domangue & The Dufrene Bros. – My Girl Josephine (Bayou Country Records 101)
Cleveland Crochet & The Hillbilly Ramblers – Sugar Bee (Goldband 1106)
Herbie Stutes & The Grand Shin – I Love My Saturday Night (JIN 265)
Aldus Rogus & His French Accordion – Diga Ding Ding Dong (Goldband 1084)
Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats– Family Rules (Viking 1010)
Harry Choates – Jole Blon (D 1050)
Hasa “Hazy” Ortego – Anniversary Night (Swallow 10233)
The Cajun Trio – “Mamou” Hillbillies (Swallow 10145)
Buck Rogers – Crazy Baby (JIN 241)
Cookie & His Cupcakes – I’m Twisted (Lyric 2609)
Vin Bruce – La Valse Du Bayou (Swallow 10164)
Jay Nelson – You’re The One (drew-Blan 1008)
Dunice Theriot – Henderson Waltz (Swallow 10227)
Bobby Charles – One More Glass Of Wine (JIN 1030)


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Ain’t Got No; I Got Life

Nina Simone, late 1960s

Allen Toussaint – We The People
Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No; I Got Life
Abner Jay – I’m So Depressed
Buck Owens – Act Naturally
Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
The Showmen – It Will Stand
The Wonder Who – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Blossom Dearie – Figure Eight
Fleetwood Mac – Walk A Thin Line
Richard & Linda Thompson – Dark End Of The Street
Johnnie Allen – Out Of Left Field
Don Covay – Can’t Stay Away
Joe Tex – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
Tommy Ridgley – In The Same Old Way
Ferlin Husky – Walkin’ and Hummin’
Odetta – With God On Our Side


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In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)


Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
Danny White – The Twitch
Hank Levine – Image pt. 1
Bobby Bland – Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do
Nat Phillips – I’m Sorry I Hurt You
Wilson Pickett – I’m Sorry About That
Merle Haggard –  In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
Otis Redding – Open The Door (Skeleton Key Version)
Faron Young – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
Dan Penn – Rainbow Road
Tom T. Hall – I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew
Townes Van Zandt – When Your Dream Lovers Die
Wendy Rene – Reap What You Sow
Eddie Floyd – Got To Make A Comeback
“Don’t Play Us Cheap” Original Soundtrack – Quittin’ Time


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July ’14 Platter Cuts

In addition to my monthly playlists, this year I’ll be orchestrating an archive that will consist of daily additions of songs from my record collection. I’ll feature a blog entry for each weekday for 365 days and each song (Scroll down past this month’s playlist). There you’ll find a downloadable mp3 file of that days song. Also I’ll be adding the day’s song to the playlist below, which can be streamed by clicking. To access previous month’s playlists go to the PLATTER CUTS page in the top menu bar. I love sharing my tunes so much so enjoy, spread the word and HAPPY 2014!

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Day 178: Bob Dorough – Three Is A Magic Number

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Nothing like learning your multiplication tables while simultaneously indulging in some great music.


Day 177: Dee Mullins – Beers


A melodic glorification of a local loser. If you think about it, it really is just that. But damn catchy!


Day 176: Roy Acuff – As Long As I Live


Start your week off with the barn-stompin’ harmonies of Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys.


Day 175: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree


Polish the week off with a bit of country-folk by Johnny & June.


Day 174: The Millennium – It’s You


Pure 60′s sunshine pop from Curt Boettcher’s California-based supergroup.


Day 173: Gene Clark – One In A Hundred


In 1970, the original members of The Byrds got together and laid down this gem.


Day 172: The Monkees – What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?


I figured out something a while ago. Michael Nesmith is why I love The Monkees and in my opinions this is his best song as part of the group. If you like this and want more, I strongly suggest dipping into his solo career.


Day 171: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – Ten Four – Over and Out


I think this one speaks for itself. Get a load of the sincerity in the chorus. That Porter Wagoner can write one hell of a song.


Day 170: Procol Harum – Pilgrims Progress


An epic album-closer to close out this week.


Day 169: Love – Always See Your Face


Not much to say about this on other than it is probably my favorite Love/Arthur Lee song and the perfect mixture of psych and soul.


Day 168: Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes


Cover of the Keith Sykes song that can be found on Jerry Jeff’s 1969 album “Five Years Gone.” Sort of atypical of the country output of Jerry Jeff in the years to come. The melancholy lyrics mixed with ambient folk/country tones it feels more like a modern Bill Callahan song. Timeless.


Day 167: Webb Pierce – Life to Go


Heartbreaking story of remorse, check. Chilling strings backed with a honky-tonk snare and steel, check.  And some sharp, searing and ultimately haunting vocals, check. True country music level ACHIEVED.


Day 166: Bob Blum – Little Pink Elephants


We’re gonna start the week with a hillbilly trip-out. Enjoy.


Day 165: James Talley – Mississippi River Whistle Town


Here’s a slow-moving, down-home gem from American country/blues singer James Talley. Happy 4th!


Day 164: John Stewart – California Bloodlines


Wonderfully mellow tune from the 1969 album by folk singer John Stewart.


Day 163: Dee Dee Warwick – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me


Dee Dee Warwick debuted this remarkable soul single in 1966, a good two years before Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations made it a Motown hit. For what it’s worth, I feel like the Warwick version really hits the spot and is much rawer than the glossy Motown version.


Day 162: Ketty Lester – When A Woman Loves A Man


Great sister song to one of the greatest soul songs ever written.


Day 161: Tanya Tucker – New York City Song


Another killer cut from Tanya’s run at Columbia.


Day 160: The Hesitations – Whiter Shade of Pale


And now we’ll close the week out with a deep dish serving of Cleveland Soul.


Day 159: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searching For My Love


Sweet Soul Music at it’s finest.


Day 158: The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream


Leave it to the Louvins to tear at your heartstrings with a lovely melody about the tribulations of departure and the end of a relationship. As always they perfectly encapsulate feelings through song; how something so beautiful can be followed by such pain. THIS is country music.


Day 157: Jerry Lee Lewis – Lincoln Limousine


A straight-up knockout of a song Jerry Lee wrote in memory of JFK in 1966.


Day 156: Hank Snow – Moanin’


This particular song caught my ear when a WFMU DJ was playing a set of Hank Snow. It’s got this lovely melody like that of a lullaby and follows that old familiar dirt road of loneliness that is usually the marker for a great country ballad.


Day 155: The Grateful Dead – Brokedown Palace


I am by no means a Grateful Dead fan and especially not a “Deadhead.” However I do love this one record and think this song in particular is wonderful. I was first turned on to it back in ’08 when I first heard Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s cover.


Day 154: Jim Ford – Changin’ Colors


Stunning, twangy anthem by one of my favorites.


Day 153: Tanya Tucker – The Baptism of Jesse Taylor


If you don’t know much about Tanya Tucker, I strongly suggest looking into her first three records (recorded when she was 13-16 years old) for Columbia, produced by Billy Sherrill. They are full of great songs like this, with huge backbeats and wide arrangements of instrumentation.


Day 152: Michael Nesmith – Some of Shelly’s Blues


If you have yet to explore the amazing world of Michael Nesmith’s solo career here is a good place to start


Day 151: Townes Van Zandt – No Place To Fall


One of my favorite songs to kick off a week of mellow songs.


Day 150: Beau Brummels – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away


Returning back to the same song we heard on Monday from the Beach Boys. Today I present you with Beau Brummels covering it with grace, that classic lazy delivery and a bit of orchestration in the background to bring a more than adequate week closer.


Day 149: Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun


Revisiting Nina Simone’s 1971 with it’s flowing, soulful title track.


Day 148: Ike & Tina Turner – Let It Be


Here Tina takes a few liberties with lyrics but serves up an ultimately stunning rendition.


Day 147: Al Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand


This rarities collection provides us with a soulful take on the Beatles’ classic.


Day 146: Beach Boys – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away


I’ve decided to feature all Beatles covers this week and to start things off with an acoustic version recorded live at the Beach Boys party in ’65.


Day 145: Tom Waits – Mockin’ Bird


Now we’ll close the week out with a lovely Tom Waits rarity.


Day 144: Dave Van Ronk – Dink’s Song


Just a wonderful folk song I heard first in the film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” I don’t know much about Van Ronk but he has a lot of grit and soul to his voice and the more I delve into him the more I hear Michael Hurley similarities.


Day 143: Michael Hurley – Uncle Bob’s Corner


I started listening to Michael Hurley a few years ago and I remember being at a point where I felt I had a good grip on music. I felt like I knew all the big names and had a basic knowledge of all the key players. Little did I know, in the years between then and now I’ve probably learned more about music than every year of my life combined. Part of that involved scouring Michael Hurley’s discography gem after gem. You can always trust a Michael Hurley song to take the right turns and follow a unique and timeless melody.


Day 142: Jerry Jeff Walker – Stoney


A lesser known Jerry Jeff song about a wayfaring traveller that could stand toe to toe with Mr. Bojangles any day.


Day 141: Link Wray – Black River Swamp


On an album full of gems, I have to say this one is my favorite. It’s lyrics paint a vivid portrait of a the backwoods way of life while the subtle instrumentation sets a pace and a groove not unlike a slow Bobby Charles song. And let me add, I am a sucker for songs that start with “I was born…” Abner Jay and Jim Ford come immediately to mind. It’s definitely a blues/country thing.


Day 140: Randy Newman – I’ll Be Home


Closing out the week with some live Randy Newman.