Thursday, May 19, 2022

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Celebrating Mickey Newbury

 


Revered Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury was born on this day, May 19, in 1940. The Houston-born Newbury, who died in 2002,  "quietly altered the fabric of country music in the late Sixties and Seventies," according to his obituary in Rolling Stone

The obituary also noted, "Newbury was best known for being unknown, a songwriter who wrote hits for Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joan Baez and numerous others, including “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” the first hit single for Kenny Rogers and First Edition."

Besides Kenny's psychedelic dabbling with "Just Dropped In," (I prefer Mojo Nixon's version), my favorite Newbury songs include "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye" (Jerry Lee did that one best); and "Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings," especially as sung by Tom Jones.

And though he was a fantastic songwriter, Newbury's probably most famous for his arrangement of three songs he didn't write, "Dixie," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"  and "All My Trials." The medley is known as "American Trilogy." And it got to be famous through Elvis Presley's version. (Please see my discussion of this HERE.)

But before Elvis did it, "American Trilogy" was on a Newberry album called Frisco Mabel Joy, which Allmusic Guide describes as "an entire series of songs that talk of dislocation, emptiness, and endless searching through regret, remorse, and ultimately acceptance and resignation. "

But for this Throwback Thursday I'd like to look at versions of Newbury songs from an old tribute album produced by Peter Blackstock, founder of (and my old editor at No Depression magazine, and now a music writer at the Austin American Statesman) I have to admit that the first time I heard some of these songs were the takes on  Frisco Mabel Joy Revisited.

Let's start with a sweet tune from my friend, Gary Heffern, Newbury"s "The Future's Not What It Used to Be:"

Heff's friends, The Walkabouts contributed this song, "How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)" to Frisco Mabel Joy Revisisted.

One of my favorite tracks on this album was Chuck Prophet's haunting "You're Not My Same Sweet Baby.":


Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men rocked this song on Frisco Mabel Joy Revisisted.


The Mabel Joy tribute ended with a good version of this quasi-title song, sung by Kris Kristofferson. But I want to end this little blog post with the original 1971 version by Mickey himself.


Happy birthday, Mickey, wherever you are.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, May 15, 2022
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Baby Let Me Bang Your Box by The Bangers
Call the Police by The Oblivians
The Devil's Ice Age by Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers
That's My Girl by The Monks
Psycho Serenade by Big Jay McNeely
Snake by Sam Snitchy
Who Ya Gonna Call by Mike Edison & Guadalupe Plata
Exotic Store by Sloks
Ticket by Night Beats
Kiss My Ring by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
My Bathroom (from The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals Volume 1)

Ritzville by Mudhoney
That's How It Goes by Meat Puppets
Watching My Idols Die by Les Gys-Grys
Old Car by Weird Omen
Mr. Freeze by The Gregg Turner Group
Time to Pray by The Christian Family

Narcissist by King Khan Unlimited
Animal Party by The King Khan & BBQ Show
The Ants by Double Cheese
Phantom Limbs by Pornscars
Electro Pussycat Lounge by Robbie Quine
Call a Doctor by The Crows 
The Witch by The Sonics
God of Thunder by Quintron
Murder in My Heart for the Judge by Moby Grape

Billy the Kid by Nocturne Spark
Maggie's Farm by The William Lovejoy Intention
Devil's Vine by Ghost Wolves
Zimmer by Sedlmeir
Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge
Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends by Willie Nelson & Roseanne Cash
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, May 08, 2022

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

 



Sunday, May 8, 2022
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Motherly Love by The Mothers of Invention
Gone Again by Patti Smith
25th Floor by Divine Horsemen
13th Floor City by Degurutieni 
Slow Death by The Dictators
(When I'm a) Ghost by Weird Omen
Necrophiliac in Love by Gregg Turner Group
It Ain't Mine by The William Loveday Intention
Another Man Done Gone by Mike Edison

Human Clam by Das Clamps
Monkey with Your Tail by The Cramps
Rotting Money by Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers
Who's Gonna Catch Me by The Christian Family
Road Ragin' Mama by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Sh*t SHow by The Darts (US)
'Til the Following Night by Screaming Lord Sutch
Come Spy With Me by Pamela Delran & The Doppel Gang 
No More Hotdogs by Hasil Adkins

Kiss My Sister's Fist by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Oh Sinnerman by Black Diamond Heavies
Black Ceasar by Thee Butchers Orchestra
My Gal is Red Hot by Ronnie Hawkins
My Shit is Perfect by Bob Log III
Jail Time by Double Cheese
Blame the Parents by Pornscars
There But For the Grace of God Go I by The Gories
Kill My Baby by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes
Rock Doc by Louis Jordan

Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl by The Barbarians
Chores by Robbie Fulks
I've Always Been Crazy by Shannon McNally
If You Want Me to Stay by Sly & The Family Stone
Strange Kisses by The Big Bopper
Carnival Time by Irma Thomas with Cyril Neville
Love Letters by Dex Romweber Duo with Cat Power
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

WACKY WEDNESDAY: One-Name Wonders

 


Cher! Madonna! Prince! Adelle!

Those are just a few of the major musical superstars who perform and record under their Christian name alone. You could reach back and add Melanie, Lulu and Ann-Margret or reach not-that-far back for Sylvester, Jewell, and Alisha. 

But there are other one-name wonders who deserve our attention.

For instance, back in the mid 1960s there was James Barry Keefer, but you might have heard him under his stage name "Keith," singing his AM radio hits like "Ain't Gonna Lie" or this one:

 

Then there's the goddess of bad-album-cover buffs, Joyce. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the only Joyce video I could find is less than a minute long.


But there's another Joyce, a singer from Brazil who has been performing since the 1960s. I guess she's not as well known as the artist I'll call "Joyce (U.S.)" because her album covers aren't that bad. Here's a Brazilian Joyce tune from 1980, "Feminina":



In the '70s there came a force of nature from Spain named María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza -- but you can call her Charo. Here she is singing a song by a fellow one-namer:



Finally, here's a one-name wonder from Japan I just discovered a couple of years ago. Here's Degurutieni with a little song called "Shanghai":


Sunday, May 01, 2022

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, May 1, 2022
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Last Day on Earth by Oh! Gunquit
Golden Key by The Vagoos
125 by The Fuzztones
Viper's Tongue by The William Lovejoy Intention
He's Comin' Down by The Christian Family
Love Tsunami by The Darts (US)
Just Went Numb by Hijack Broadcast
Blurring The Lines by Pornscars
Changing Contours by Ty Segall
The Great Banana Hoax by The Electric Prunes

The Vampire Dog of Jesus Christ / Right Track Now by The Gregg Turner Group
They Saved Hitler's Cock by The Angry Samoans
Move It Wrong by Bob Log III
Black Mini by Doo Rag
My Hit Parade by Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers
Oofty Goofty (Wild Man of Borneo) by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Daylight Robbery by Les Grys-Grys
Listen to the Showman Twang by The Dustaphonics

Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls by Les Claypool, Eugene Hutz, Sean Ono Lennon, Stewart Copeland,  Billy Strings & Sergey Ryabtseb 
Crocodile Theater by Old Time Relijun
Infected by Simon Stokes
A Lion in the Jungle by Carl Perkins
I'm Gonna Take You Home and Make You Like Me by Robbie Fulks
Pickin' Up Beer Cans on the Highway by Homer Henderson
The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend by Nervous Norvus
Dust Devil by Butthole Surfers
Lightning's Girl by Nancy Sinatra
Norman by Sue Thompson

Ain't It Fun by Rocket from the Tombs
Cuffed by Nick Hakim
Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) by Stevie Wonder
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Celebrating Mickey Newbury

  Revered Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury was born on this day, May 19, in 1940. The Houston-born Newbury, who died in 2002,...