Thursday, November 18, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Hey Annie, It's Hank Ballard's Birthday!


On this day in 1927, a baby named John Henry Kendricks was born in Detroit. He grew up to become an R&B belter named Hank Ballard, who in the early 1950s made some good old fashioned suggestive, scandalous rock 'n' roll, getting most of his well-known tunes banned on radio stations all across the land of the free.

As his page on the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame website says, "His success is a perfect representation of rock and roll appeal—it behaves so bad but it sounds so good."

Happy birthday, Hank.

Ballard died in 2003. But I had the pleasure of interviewing him by phone before a Santa Fe concert in April 1989 and then meeting him backstage before the show at the old Sweeney Convention Center. (I also got to meet Ballard's wife and manager Theresa McNeil, who was killed just a few months later in a hit-and-run crash.)

In that phone interview, Ballard talked to me about the state of music back when he recorded "Work With Me Annie."

"We was still in the Victorian Age," he said with a knowing laugh. "Man, as young as we were, we didn't think we wereb being insulting to anyone. We were just having fun."

But, as I noted in my story, Ballard wasn't claiming complete innocence. "The kids like them risque songs. They still do. ... It was a wonder that we didn't get arrested."

Ballard was born in Detroit, but, as he told me, his family moved to Alabama when he was very young, where he grew up singing in his church choir.

But another huge influence on his music, he told me, was cowboy music. "Gene Autry was my first idol," he said. "I also liked The Sons of the Pioneers. Remember `Cool Water'? Man, I still love it."

Ballard still is best known for this song, which, he told me,  was about an old girlfriend from Louisville, Kentucky. "She's a school teacher in Chicago," he told me in 1989. "She's been doing that for about 25 years. We played a gig over there and she happened to be present. I introduced her as the real Annie and people lined up to get her autograph."

Work with me here:

I guess Annie had to take maternity leave. (Though Ballard insisted that his Kentucky sweetheart did not have his baby.) 

In that 1989 interview, he told me that this next song was a rush job, recorded "at some woman's house in Washington, D.C. during a break in a gig." This version of "Annie Had a Baby" is from the wonderful old show Night Music, from around the same time I saw Ballard at Sweeney Center.

And the third part of Ballard's Annie cycle was an ode to Annie's Aunt Fannie.

"Annie" inspired a lot of 1950s singers, including Etta James, who cleaned up "Work With Me Annie" into a tune called "The Wallflower, which had the refrain, "Dance With Me Henry." Also Buddy Holly expanded on the character of Annie and put her to work on the "Midnight Shift":

And years after the Annie songs, Ballard wrote a little tune about a little dance. His version wasn't the hit one however. That distinction goes to a guy named Ernest Evans who Dick Clark reinvented as Chubby Checker:

And finally, a Ballard tribute from Ronny Elliott. As Ronny said, "I never liked Chubby Checker ..."



Sunday, November 14, 2021

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Hot Smoke and Sassafras by Bubble Puppy
Where's My Pebble by NRBQ
A Question of Temperature by Balloon Farm
Whisperer by Ty Segall
Catfight by The Barbarellatones 
Tip My Canoe by Dengue Fever
Treat Her Right by Los Straitjackets with Mark Lindsay
Born With a Tail by Jesse Dayton
My Way by Sid Vicious

I Got Loaded by The Cadets
Let's Talk About Girls by The Chocolate Watchband
Over the Cliff by Old 97s
Ain't That Just Like Me by The Searchers
Stranger to Me by The Monsters
Jungle Fever by Charlie Feathers
Tapioca Tundra by The Monkees
Hoodoo Lady by Memphis Minnie

Negativland  Mini-Set

Negativeland at Meow Wolf, Santa Fe
Nov. 12, 2021


Don't Don't Get Freaked Out 

No Brain 

This is Not Normal

Create the Visitor




Feel the Pain by Dinosaur Jr.
We're Laughing by Psychedelic Aliens
I Love You So by The Chantels
Hucklebuck by The Riptones

In the Rut by Alto Street
Man Downstairs by Junior Wells
Party While You Still Can by Shinyribs
You're Just in Love by Louis Prima
Bye and Bye by Corey Harris
Time by Lindsey Buckingham
Love Letters by Ketty Lester
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Carl Stalling!


On this day 130 years ago, a child of German immigrants was born in Lexington, Missouri. Carl Stalling would grow up to become undoubtedly the greatest creator of cartoon music in the history of film.

Stalling,  Allmusic says, was:

Stalling at work
...  the visionary behind the kaleidoscopic music beating at the heart of the classic cartoons produced under the aegis of Warner Bros. Studios during the middle of the 20th century. Frenzied and impassioned, his work broke new ground by following the visual trajectory of the on-screen action instead of the accepted rules of composition; the result -- a technique not anchored in conventional senses of time, rhythm, or thematic development -- was unprecedented in its extremism, as melody, style, and form crashed together in a glorious pile-up of sound and image. A maverick whose reach extended from pop to jazz to classical and beyond, Stalling's revolutionary cut-and-paste compositions remain a clear forerunner of the experimental music created in his wake -- in fact, it could easily be argued that he succeeded in introducing entire generations of young cartoon fanatics to the music of the avant-garde.

... Working with Warner's 50-piece orchestra under the direction of conductor Milt Franklyn, Stalling scored each cartoon in about three hours at a staggering rate of at least one a week, absorbing the influences of current pop hits, classical symphonies, and the like, and then quoting whatever seemed to fit ...

And, according to The Stephen W. Terrell (Music Web Log) "It's hard to imagine the music of Spike Jones or Frank Zappa without Carl Stalling." (Steve Terrell 2021)

Stalling learned to play piano at the age of six. By the time he was 12, he started a career as a pianist at silent movie theaters. (Silent movies depended on live musicians for their "soundtracks." I remember my grandmother telling me that as a girl in Oklahoma City she had a big crush on a clarinet player who worked in the band at her local silent movie joint. She called him "Clarinetti," but that's a whole other topic.)

But before silent movies had the opportunity to die, Stalling's career took an upward turn when, working at the Isis Movie Theater in Kansas City, he met a young filmmaker named Walt Disney who admired his work.

In 1969 interviews, (compiled and published in 1971, a year before Stalling's death) the composer told Michael Barrier, Milton Gray, and Bill Spicer that he met Disney in the early 1920s:

He used to come to the Isis Theater, where I played the organ and had my own orchestra. This was music to accompany silent movies, and I played the whole afternoon and evening. When I wasn't at the organ, I'd be conducting, or playing the piano and conducting. I had a pianist for a number of years, and then I just conducted. Walt was making short commercials at that time, and he'd have us run them for him. We got acquainted, and I had him make several song films. The End of a Perfect Day, showing a sunset…Victor Herbert's A Kiss in the Dark. The words would come on one at a time, with the music. This was before sound, of course.

Like Disney before him, Stalling, in the late 1920s, left Kansas City for Hollywood. He scored a couple of Mickey Mouse shorts for Disney. But probably his most memorable work there was his music for Disney's Silly Symphonies series. The first of these (1929) was called The Skeleton Dance. From that same interview:

The Skeleton Dance goes way back to my kid days. When I was eight or ten years old, I saw an ad in The American Boy magazine of a dancing skeleton, and I got my dad to give me a quarter so I could send for it. It turned out to be a pasteboard cut-out of a loose-jointed skeleton, slung over a six-foot cord under the arm pits. It would "dance" when kids pulled and jerked at each end of the string.

Listen to Stalling's music and shake your bones!

Stalling left full-time employment Disney Studios in 1931 to freelance for Disney and other studios. In 1936 he was hired by Warner Brothers, where he'd work for the next 20-plus years. Here's a medley of some of his early work there: 


Here's one especially appropriate for Wacky Wednesday, "Porky in Wackyland" (from 1938, along with "Dough for the Do Do" from 1949.) 

If you play this one backwards you'll hear a sinister voice saying "Elmer Fudd sucks cocks in Hell!"


Sunday, November 07, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, November 7, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Justine by The Righteous Brothers
You Can't Hide by Al Anderson
Bulbs of Passion by Dinosaur Jr.
Woman Alone by Nots
Little Girl by John & Jackie
I Believe the Woman by Pocket FishRMen
Agile, Mobile and Hostile by The Goldstars
Bad to the Bone by Sloks
Born in a Barn by Scroat Belly
Don't Let Go by Bloodshot Bill
Rawhide by Legendary Shack Shakers

Mystery Writers by Divine Horsemen
Ice Cream Phoenix by Jefferson Airplane
Crawl by Eilen Jewell
Turncoat by Imperial Wax
Monkey Business by Eddie Hill
The Ray Charles-ton by Chubby Checker
Truckin' My Blues Away by Blind Boy Fuller

Bionic Trunk by Old Time Relijun
The Torture Never Stops by Frank Zappa
On My Way to Houston by Powell St. John & The Aliens
Broke Down by Mal Thursday
Willow Gardens by The Meat Purveyors
No More Hotdogs by Hasil Adkins
Tallahassee Lassie by The Flamin' Groovies

Merseysong by Rico Bell & The Snake Handlers
Not Long Ago by The Mekons
Cry Cry Cry by Sally Timms
Pappa Was a Rollin' Stone by Ray Wiley Hubbard & The Band of Heathens
I Pity the Fool by Bobby "Blue" Bland
The Virginian by Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, November 04, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Tommy Makem

 


On this day 89 years ago, Tommy Makem, who with his pals The Clancy Brothers helped popularize traditional Irish music in the U.S. during the 1950s and '60s, was born in County Armagh in Northern Ireland.

Happy birthday, Bard of Armagh!

Makem, whose parents both were musicians, emigrated to these United States in 1955, first going to Dover, New Hampshire 

According to his obituary in The New York Times:

His uncle took him to New York in 1956 for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, at which he met two of the Clancy brothers, Paddy and Tom. He already knew Liam Clancy, who soon returned from Ireland and joined the group. After one of their first appearances, Pete Seeger, the folk singer, and Alan Lomax, the folklorist and musicologist, encouraged them. Bob Dylan, in the early days of his career, solicited songwriting tips from Mr. Makem.

Tommy, who played banjo, tin whistle and other instruments, began recording with the Clancy boys as a group for Tradition Records. Their first release together was titled The Rising of The Moon: Irish Songs of Rebellion. After an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961, the group signed with Columbia Records.

Makem left the Clancys in the late '60s to pursue a solo career, but he always was best known as the Clancy Brother who wasn't really a Clancy Brother. In 1975 he teamed up with his old bandmate Liam Clancy to form a duo that lasted 13 years.

He died in 2007 at the age of 74.

So let's get on with the music.

Here's Tommy with the Clancys on Ed Sullivan in 1961:


Here Tommy & The Clancys perform "We Want No Irish Here" at a 1963 White House event for President John F. Kennedy:


Here's Tommy & The Clancy Brothers in 1965 on the very first episode of Pete Seeger's  television show Rainbow Quest on WNJU-TV (Channel 47), a New York City-based UHF station . Tommy sang lead on "Butcher Boy":


Finally, here's Tommy in his later years singing "Four Green Fields."




Sunday, October 31, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

 



Sunday, October 31, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres 
Lil' Reapers
Coolest Little Monster by Zacherley
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
Corpse Grinder by The Meteors
The Devil's Coming by Stud Cole
Bo Meets the Monster by Bo Diddley
Haunted Horror Howl by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
I'm in Love With A Ghost by Mal Thursday
Voodoo Stomp by The Saucer Men
Monster Blues by Dex Romweber
It's Halloween by The Shaggs

Demons are a Girl's Best Friend by Necromantix
Walk Like a Zombie by Horrorpops
Dead Man's Slide by Shouting Thomas & The Torments
Dangerous Weirdos by The Zombie Dandies
Halloween Hell by The Goldstars
Creeps Me Out by Robbie Quine
(She's My) Vampire Girl by The Groovy Ghoulies
Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man by Concrete Blonde
Haunted House Blues by Bessie Smith

Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie
You've Become a Witch by The Electric Mess
I Think of Demons by Roky Erickson
She's Wicked by The Fuzztones
Hoodoo Party by Tabby Thomas
Tombstone Rock by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
Devil Baby by The Monsters
Voodoo Doll by Deadbolt
Satan's Bride by Gregg Turner

I Hear Voices by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
She's Fallen in Love With The Monster Man by  Screaming Lord Sutch
Halloween by Ron Haydock & The Boppers
The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon by The Cramps
It's Your Voodoo Working by Charles Sheffield
Captain of the Creeps by Oh! Gunquit
The Vampire by T. Valentine & Daddy Long Legs
Look Out, There's a Monster Coming by The Bonzo Dog Band
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: A Satanic Serenade by Anton LaVey

 


It almost being Halloween, what better time for some sweet, creepy calliope music from the founder of the Church of Satan?

Anton Szandor LaVey died Oct. 29, 1997 -- so we're just two days away from the 24th anniversary of that strange and mournful day.

Born Howard Stanton Levey in Chicago in 1930 (Really? What kind of Satanic priest is named "Howard"?!?!?), shortly after he was born, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay area. LaVey claimed he left high school to join the circus -- first as a roustabout, then later as a calliope player.

In 1966 he founded the Church of Satan, appointing himself as high priest.

But before you work yourself into a Satanic panic, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

LaVey presented Satanism not as the practice of evil or as the worship of an actual Antichrist but as a kind of ethical egoism. According to LaVey, traditional religions were fundamentally hypocritical and dangerously inhibited the physical tendencies and emotional needs that were vital to human life. He claimed that his brand of Satanism was inspired by his having noticed as a teenager that the men he saw at church on Sunday, praying to God for absolution, were the same ones he had seen at burlesque shows on Saturday night. LaVey’s Satanism was in fact atheistic: the opposition between God and Satan represented for him the struggle between hypocrisy and repression on the one hand and indulgence and liberation on the other. LaVey was also not a nihilist: he instructed his followers to obey the law, and he taught that indulgence in pleasure could be beneficial only if it did not harm others. 

But he always was a showman. And during his life, in addition to the books he wrote about Satanic philosophy, LaVey recorded three albums: The Satanic Mass, Satan Takes a Holiday, and Strange Music (which later was released with a slightly different tracklist as The Devil Speaks (& Plays).

As the Allmusic Guide says, "... like any good horror movie, LaVey and his music do indeed haunt and, for some, delight."

So let's start out with LaVey's delightful version of "Harlem Nocturn." This is from the 1993 documentary, Anton Szandor LaVey - Speak of the Devil. Here he also talks about his loving relationship with the calliope.


Lavey loved those gypsy love songs

A happy little ditty called "Gloomy Sunday." (Vocals by his wife, Blanche Barton. I actually wish he'd chosen Singing Sadie.)

Finally, it's time to swing your Honolulu Baby!

Happy Halloween!

LaVey with his friend Jayne Mansfield

Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Sunday, October 24, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Big Black Witchcraft Rock by The Cramps
Wicked Waters by Benjamin Booker
That Certain Female by Charlie Feathers
Demon Death by Southern Culture on the Skids
Devil Baby by The Monsters
Mean Blue Spirit by The Dead Brothers
Not Fade Away by HeadCat
Pokin' Aroubd by Mudhoney
North to Alaska by Johnny Horton

Fixin' to Crawl by Churchwood
Help You Ann by Lyres
Psychobitches Outta Hell by Horrorpops
The Stranger in Town by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
Get Down With It by The Woggles
I'm a Mummy by The Fall
Filthy by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes


A Celebration of Bloodshot Records
All songs from Bloodshot releases

Plenty Tough and Union Made by The Waco Brothers
Way Out West by Moonshine Willie
Keep the Home Fires Burnin' by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Every Kind of Music But Country by Robbie Fulks
I Was Drunk by Alejandro Escovedo
Child of Mercy by The Yawpers
Ghost of Mae West by Trailer Bride
Hey Little Girl by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
The Raven by The Flat Five

I Walked In While He Was Changing Your Mind by Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys
I'm So Lonesome Without You by Hazeldine
My Old Drunk Friend by Freakwater
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Bad Way to Go by Lydia Loveless
Snowbird by Sally Timms
All the Fame of Lofty Deeds by Jon Langford
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lotsa Musical Birthdays on October 21



October 21 is the birthday of many amazing musical giants of various styles and genres. Happy birthday all!

On this day in 1915 Owen Bradley was born in Westmoreland, Tenn. He became renowned as one of country music's greatest producers in the 1950s and '60s. He was the subject of an episode in the current season of the Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast. And though he's most famous for his behind the scenes work for other artists -  Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty etc. -- Bradley also recorded some songs under his own name. Here's one from 1949 with vocals by Jack Shook and Dottie Dillard:

John Birks Gillespie, better known as "Dizzy," was born in 1917. He was a colossus of be-bop and he did it all with a bent trumpet. Here he is in France in 1971 playing "Night in Tunisia":


Cuban singer Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, aka Celia Cruz, was born in Havana in 1925. Here she is playing in Zaire in 1974


Derek Bell, best known as the harpist for The Chieftains was born in Belfast in 1935. This is from a solo album called (I'm not kidding!!) Derek Bell Plays With Himself:


Blues rocker Elvin Bishop was born in 1942 in Glendale, California.


Erick Lee Purkhiser was born in 1946. The world later got to know him as Lux Interior of The Cramps. He was the maddest daddy!


Other musicians born on Oct. 21 include country singer Mel Street (1935); British Invader Manfred Mann (1940); soul guitarist Steve Cropper (1941); Beau Brummel singer Ron Elliot (1943 -- not to be confused with Florida rocker Ronny Elliott); weirdo rocker Julian Cope (1957); Queens of the Stone Age singer Nick Oliveri (1971) and singer songwriter Josh Ritter (1976).

Happy birthday all!


Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Psychotic Reaction by The Cramps
Dirt by Lou Reed
Hillbilly Zombies by Deadbolt
Lonesome, On'ry and Mean by Henry Rollins
Too Hot to Handle by Jayne Mansfield
Bug Zapper by The Control Freaks
Jumpin' Jack Flash by Alex Chilton
Lo Stregone (The Witch Doctor) by Fred Buscaglione

Last Grave by Sloks
Sad Songs by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Nutbush City Limit by Black Diamond Heavies
Baby OK by Izobel Garcia
One Dark Day by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
All Black and Hairy by Screaming Lord Sutch
Waxman by Ty Segall
Dragnet for Jesus by Sister Wynona Carr
Camptown Races by Freddie & The Dreamers

Stand for the Fire Demon by Roky Erickson
This Wondrous Day by The William Loveday Intention
Captain of the Creeps by Oh! Gunquit
The Boogie Disease by Doctor Ross
Infeccion by Nestter Donuts
Sneaky Jesus by Chuck E. Weiss
Only Black Man in South Dakota by Andre Williams
A Bloody Life by Reverend Tom Frost

Lonely Street by Carl Belew
Working Woman by Shinyribs
Haunted House Blues by Bessie Smith
Demon in My Head by Joe Buck Yourself
Los Canarios by Rudy De Anda
Cerrickfergus by The Chieftains with Van Morrison

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Freddie & The Dreamers Deep Cuts

 


Say the name "Freddie & The Dreamers" and Americans of a certain age (read: old) reflexively will start moving their arms and legs in a quasi-jumping-jack style and singing in a bad British accent, "I'm telling you now, I'm telling you right away ... " or,  "It's the thing to do, kids will envy you / Do the Freddie ..."

And this, Freddie and band have gone down in history as a two-hit wonder.

But this British invasion band, which put Manchester on the rock 'n' roll map two decades before The Fall, recorded more than 20 singles and several albums between 1963 and 1968, when the original group disbanded.

Freddie Garrity died in 2006 at the age of 69.

So this Wacky Wednesday we celebrate Freddie's less celebrated songs.

I remember seeing this one on Shindig in the mid '60s:


I remember this minor Freddie hit very fondly. I always thought it was The Dreamers' strongest tune, even though it wasn't nearly as popular as "Do the Freddie":


The first time I actually paid attention to this song was a version by The Hentchmen, with guest Jack White,  about 20 years ago. "Some Other Guy" is a Lieber and Stoller tune originally recorded by American R&B singer named Richie Barrett in 1962. Soon after that it was recorded by a British band called The Big Three, after which it became a frequent cover by Mersy Beat/British Invasion groups, including a little combo of Fab Moptops, who frequently played it on stage. 

As "Some Other Guy" shows, Freddie was hardly averse to doing cover songs. For instance here's a Stephen Foster tune:


And like Sun Ra, Freddie & The Dreamers even did an album of Disney songs. This one's super:




Sunday, October 10, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

 




Sunday, October 10, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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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
Bayou Fever / The Jellybutt of Timbuktu by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Stoney Path by Divine Horsemen
Hide Another Round by Dinosaur Jr.
Stroll In Hell by The Goldstars
Psychedelic Freakout by The Barbarellatones
The Boss Wants to Party With You by Quintron
Bridget the Midget by Ray Stevens

Little Annie Fanny by The Kingsmen
Leave My Bed by The Routes
Toe Cutter Thumb Buster by Thee Oh Sees
Smell My Tongue by The Monsters
Fisticuffs by Primus
Oxycontin Girl by The Claypool Lennon Delirium 
Boo! by Bonzo Dog Band
Scream by Lindsey Buckingham


DESTINATION SOUNDWORLD!

People from Another World by The Jive Five
That Makes It by Jayne Mansfield
Psycho Serenade by Big Jay McNeely
Lonely by Sleepy LaBeef
Fever by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards
Destination Moon by Dinah Washington
The Fang by Nervous Norvus
Delicious by Jim Backus & Friend
Rock Doc by Louis Jordan
The Night is So Lonely by Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
Shanty Tramp by Betty Dickson

Polka Dot Dress by Southern Culture on the Skids
Living for the City by The Dirtbombs
I'm Going to Leave You Baby by Lazy Lester
How the Light Knows by Shinyribs
Come Closer by Honshu Wolves
The Observations of a Crow by Marty Stuart
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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FOLK REMEDY Playlist


Sunday, October 10, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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8 am to 10 am  Sundays Mountain Time
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Never Did No Ramblin' by The Folksmen
Last Train from Poor Valley by Norman Blake
In Tall Buildings by John Hartford
Grey Funnel Line by Peter Case
The Murder of Leo Frank by Mark Rubin
Blind Willie McTell by Bob Dylan
Poor Carrie Anne by Al Duvall

Lonesome Dove by Almeda Riddle
The Burglar Man by Bob Carpenter
The Irish Soldier and the English Lady by Neil Morris
Poor Ellen Smith by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Dreaming My Dreams with You by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Headed South by Martha Fields
Back in Your Kitchen by Tommy Shaw

Red-Neck Hippie Romance by Bobby Bare
Asleep with Both Eyes Open by Possessed by Paul James
Saucy Sailor by Steeleye Span
Cakes and Ale by Silly Sisters
Railroad Blues by Sam McGee
Greenville Strut by Sarah & Daddy Stovepipe
They Don't Rob the Trains Anymore by Ronny Elliott

Powers and Horror by Chivalrous Amoekons
The Fame of Lofty Deeds by Jon Langford
Fear and Beer by The Mekons
That's How Every Empire Falls by John Prine
16 Miles of Chain by Tami Neilson
My Eyes by Tony Gilkyson
The Crawdad Song by The Meat Purveyors


Thursday, October 07, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Bear Family's Destination Series

For my birthday last month I was lucky that both of my kids gave me generous Amazon gift certificates. And by some weird coincidence I'd just discovered that the venerated German record label Bear Family, in just the past couple of years, had released a fantastic series of CD compilations featuring wild old (mostly from the 1950s and early '60s)  R&B, rockabilly, doo-wop, country, blues and warped pop, each title beginning with the word "Destination."

For years I thought of Bear Family primarily as the source of exhaustive, 10-CD sets of obscure hillbillies, blues shouters and early rockers -- all of which sound great but would set you back hundreds of bucks. Case in point: on the label's home page at the moment they're selling a 16(!) CD box set called R&B in DC 1940-1960 , 20 hours of music and a 352-page hardcover book, all for a mere $273.04. 

But these Destination compilations are actually affordable (especially when my kids are paying), about $12 each and each disc has at least 30 tracks.

And all of them are retro delights with bitchen album art and comprehensive liner notes.

I bought all six Destination compilations

So I'm going to post a song from each of the five compilations I bought. Here's one of my favorites from Destination Forbidden Planet, which consist of Sputnik-era sci-fi themes (including a few weird old movie trailer clips). It's none other than Louis Prima, contacting intergalactic civilizations.


Similar to Destination Forbidden Planet, the Destination Moon compilation is about going to the moon, which was very much on the nation's mind in the '50s and '60s. Here's Lenny Welch, best known for his 1963 version of "Since I Fell for You," in a flight to the lunar surface.


There is no vaccination for either rocking pneumonia or the boogie woogie flu. Therefore, there are no shortages of tunes about doctors, nurses, hospitals, and medications, as Destination Health (subtitled "Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy") proves. This song by Macy Skipper was covered by The Cramps.


We've all walked down Lonely Street at some time or another, and some of us have even been guests in that street's most famous hotel. Here's the first song from Destination Lonely Street, Gene Vincent covering the 1956 hit by country singer Carl Belew (which is the closing track on the CD)


Now let's get to the sex.

There are two volumes of Destination Lust, each stacked with breathy vocals and suggestive lyrics full of double, maybe triple, entendres. Both volumes include some sexy Golden-Throat Hollywood bombshells including Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Ann-Margret, Elke Sommer and the ever delightful Mamie Van Doren. From Volume 1, here's Mamie with "Separate the Men from the Boys."



From Volume 2, (subtitled "Chicksville USA,") here's a lesser-known singer, Pat Morrisey with a slinky little number called "Trapped in the Web of Love."


To conclude, here are a couple of Bear family promo videos for a couple of these Destinations







Wednesday, September 29, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: A Wacky Birthday Salute to Les Claypool

 


Les Claypool, the bass-plucking force behind Primus and many lesser-known bands (Sausage, Holy Mackerel, The Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and others) turns 58 today.

Happy birthday, Les. I remember when I was your age. 

Unless you were completely deaf to early '90s "alternative" rock,  you already know that Primus was one of the most unique acts of the era -- a "power trio" (I bet Claypool hates that label!) that centered around the bass rather than guitar. And speaking of labels, Primus often was lumped into the "punk-funk" category along with the more popular but vastly inferior Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Besides Claypool's crazy talent (and guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander werent exactly slouches either) the main thing that set Primus apart was their humor and sense of absurdity.

So on this Wacky Wednesday, I present some of the wackiest Primus tunes.

The first song that drew me to Primus was the celebration of a murderous hillbilly called "My Name is Mud.":


On this song, Primus pays tribute to one of the finest members of the rodent kingdom, a big brown beaver:


One of my favorite Primus tunes is "Fisticuffs." Here's a live version from 2013:


Although Primus is associated with punk and funk, they've also been known to do amazing covers of country songs. Back in the '90s, they recorded a wondrous  version of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses".  More recently (2003) they recorded and made a bitchen video for this  Charlie Daniels classic:


One of Claypool's most recent projects is his work with son of the Walrus Sean Lennon. Here's a tune from 2016, a touching tribute to a boy and his chimp:


Happy birthday, Les! Your name is never Mud on this blog.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, September 26, 2021
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
I'm Alive, Your'e Dead by Kathy Freeman
Feel Good by Ty Segall with Denee Segall
Killer vs. Killer by Sloks
Fruit Fly by Hickoids
Satan's Just a Waitin' by Big Al Anderson
Shrieking Insects by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
Last Kind Words by Dex Romweber Duo with Jack White

They Wanted the Devil But I Sang of God by The William Loveday Intention
Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman) by The Cellos
I Can't Get No Nookie by The Masked Marauders 
Hairy Lula by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers
Humans by Pocket FishRMen
Take the Skinheads Bowling by Camper Van Beethoven
Spilling Blood (at the Rock 'n' Roll Show) by The Fleshtones
Oww by Half Japanese
Poor Carrie Anne by Al Duvall

Summertime by Die Zorros
I Have Enough by Reverend Beat-Man
Real Man by The Devils
The Ghosts of American Astronauts by The Mekons
The Olde Trip  to Jerusalem by Chivalrous Amoekons 
When Fate Deals It's Mortal Blue by Meet Your Death
Model Ex Citizen by Quintron
I'm Not Your Stepping Stone by Paul Revere & The Raiders
Good Ship Venus by Loudon Wainwright III

Day of Revenge by Mark Rubin
My Mood Swings by Elvis Costello
Electric Chair by Sleepy John Estes & The Tennessee Jug Busters
Teen Angel by Sha Na Na 
When She Comes by Prince
Dying to Live by Edgar Winter
Goodnight My Love by Jesse Belvin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

A Belated Look at "Summertime"


Since retirement, I enjoy drinking my morning coffee out on the old front porch when the weather is nice and warm.

This morning, after about a half a cup, I came back inside. It was too chilly.

It's Sept. 23 and I think summer time is over. So let's celebrate "Summertime."

This classic song started on Broadway, composed in 1935 by George Gershwin with lyrics by DuBose Heyward, for the musical Porgy and Bess. The lullaby soon became a jazz standard and made its impact in other genres of popular music as well. 

Here's the first recording of it from 1935 featuring soprano Abbie Mitchell on vocals and Gershwin on piano. Abbie's part doesn't start until about 2 minutes in:


Here's the version by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, who did an album of Porgy and Bess songs in 1959:

The very first version I ever heard was Sam Cooke's. And it's still a doozie:

Soul singer Billy Stewart had a hit single with the song in the '60s. Dig the 10-gallon hat here:

Many members of My Generation believe that "Summertime" started with Big Brother & The Holding Company. It didn't, of course, but Big Brother's version was beyond powerful. Here's a 1969 live performance by Janis Joplin after she went solo:


Doc Watson, with his son Merle, took the song to the country:


And more recently, the Swiss band Die Zorros (featuring the unstoppable Reverend Beat-Man) took it to the Bizarro World:  


The cool weather is nice, but don't be a stranger, summertime! I like it best when the livin' is easy!

For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook

Sunday, September 19, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

 



Sunday, September 19, 2021
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
Hand Full of Sand by Divine Horsemen
Baby Please Don't Go by Them
Exotic Store by Sloks
I'm Going Back by Grys Grys
Suzie by Coyotes y Krotal
Smash the Fascists by Pocket FishRMen 
Confessions of a Psycho Cat by The Cramps
You Don't Know by 13th Floor Elevators
Hey Man! You Just Made My Day by Harry "The Hipster" Gibson

Crime to Be Poor by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
CIA Man by The Fugs
The Greatest Whole by King Khan & Saba Lou
New Big Prinz by The Fall
Come and Have a Go If You Think You're Hard Enough by The Mekons
Bongo Stomp by Little Isidore & The Inquisitors
Do You Remember What You Did by Nolan Strong & The Diablos

Mother of Earth by The Gun Club
O Christine by The Reigning Sound
Shopping Like a Mormon by 50 Watt Whale
Save the Whales by Country Joe McDonald
ICU by The Control Freaks
Mi Eganaste by The Fleshtones
What's His Name by Joey Quiones & The Sinseers
Wooden Heart by Elvis Presley
Driftwood 4023 by Mitch Webb & The Swindles

24 Hours from Tulsa by Shinyribs
What Are You Looking for by King Shark
My Love Is by Bernadette Seacrest
Lily of the West by Bob Dylan
Juanita by Sturgill Simpson
Far From Any Road by The Handsome Family
Dreaming My Dreams by Waylon Jennings
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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FOLK REMEDY Playlist


Sunday, September 19, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
8 am to 10 am  Sundays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM

Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org
Here's the playlist :
The Lost Ones by Ted Hawkins
Sugar Baby by Dock Boggs
Hog of the Forsaken by Michael Hurley
Do the Boogie Mama by Yank Rachell & His Tennessee Jug Busters
Get Up in the Morning Soon by Gus Cannon
Fishing Blues by Henry Thomas
Booger Country Blues by Nick Shoulders
Going Down That Road Feeling Bad by Doc & Merle Watson
Oh Darlin' by Blaze Foley
Give Me That Old Time Religion by Joseph Spence
Ragtime Cowboy Joe by Peter Stampfel

World Gone Wrong by The William Loveday Intention
Crazy Mixed Up World by Ray Condo
Crawdad Song by Jerry Lee Lewis
Long Time Gone by The Flatlanders
Charlottesville by Jesse Dayton
J'Entendes Siffler Le Train / 500 Miles by Martha Fields
Pretty Polly by The Dead Brothers
Down South Kosher by Mark Rubin

Flora, the Lily of the West by Tim O'Brien
The Coo-Coo Bird by Clarence Ashley
I'm Satisfied by Mississippi John Hurt
Railroad Bill by Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Oh Ambulance Man by The Memphis Jug Band
Rambling Gambler by The Dixon Brothers
Jesus Don't Love Me by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
The Awful Parts of Me by Rachel Brooke
Alabama Pines by Jason Isbell 

Come Down Angels by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Charlie James by Peter Case
Dink's Song by Dave Van Ronk
Tennessee Blues by Bobby Charles
Right Track Now by Powell St. John
The Pilgrim Chapter 33 by Kris Kristofferson
The Pilgrim by Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sgt. Barry Sadler: Deep Cuts

 


When I think of songs about the Vietnam war, the first one that comes to my mind Country Joe & The Fish's "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag," However, for anyone who was out of diapers in 1966, the best know Vietnam song probably is  "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Sgt. Barry Sadler (a New Mexico native, born in Carlsbad in 1940).  For some weird reason, Sgt. Barry's song got tons more commercial radio play than Country Joe's. 

Encyclopedia Brittanica says Sadler's patriotic song with the military beat and bugles "reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in late February [1966] and stayed there for five weeks, going on to sell more than nine million records. The album sold some two million copies and hit No.1 on Billboard’s best-selling albums chart in early April."

Though it was more corny than a field in Nebraska,  I believe part of the appeal of Sadler's song was that the singer knew what he was singing about. Unlike John Wayne, who later starred in a spectacularly bad movie called The Green Berets (the soundtrack of which used a choral arrangement of the song), Sadler was no poser. He was a real combat veteran, a medic with the Green Berets who was nearly lost a leg after he stepped on a punji stick booby trap the year before he became a recording star.

Look ma, no beret!

He released one other album in 1966 called The A-Team, then the next year he dropped the "Sgt." from his stage name and released another album, Back Home, in which he posed in civilian attire (with no beret!) and contained songs not dealing with warfare. 

But "Green Berets" was such a colossal hit, all of Sadler's subsequent musical efforts paled and failed in comparison. The public was quickly turning against the war and Sadler's songs that followed seemed like faint echoes of the one song of his we know.

After his music career stiffed, Sadler turned to writing. Starting in 1977, he wrote more than 30 adventure novels, most of which were part of a series called  Casca: The Eternal Mercenary. (Casca was the Roman soldier who speared Jesus on the cross. The Son of God wasn't amused, so he cursed Casca to live and fight wars until the Second Coming. (Other authors took over the series after Sadler died.)

Sadler's life became more troubled in the late '70s, as this 1989 Los Angeles Times story shows. He'd basically become a major lush and a womanizer. In 1978, while living in Nashville, Sadler shot and killed a wanna-be country singer named Lee Emerson Bellamy. The dead man was the ex-boyfriend of a woman with whom Sadler was having an affair. Bellamy allegedly was stalking and harassing the woman. 


During a confrontation in his girlfriend's apartment parking lot, Sadler shot Bellamy, who'd reached for his pocket. Sadler thought he was pulling a gun, but in reality he was reaching for his car key. Sadler pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four to five years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. However, according to the Times, "The judge later reduced the sentence to 30 days with two years’ probation. Sadler got off after 22 days on good behavior."

After all, silver wings upon his chest ...

In the early '80s, Sadler moved to Central America, where he wrote some of his Casca books. He also allegedly got involved with mercenaries, ran guns and trained the Contras for Nicaragua's civil war. (The Times article says, "The people who claim to know Sadler best say he nurtured the mercenary image only to sell books."

Almost exactly 33 years ago, on September 7, 1988, Sadler was shot in the head in Guatemala City. According to Brittanica, "Witnesses and the police said he accidentally shot himself. Others claimed he was the victim of a robbery or assassination attempt." He was brought back to the U.S., where he died in November 1989.

Even though it's hard for people my age to have avoided "The Ballad of the Green Berets," only the most die-hard Sgt. Barry fans know the rest of his musical repertoir. His follow-up was a song called "The A-Team," which, disappointingly, has nothing to do with Mr. T. (And for reasons best known to RCA Records, was not on the album of the same name.)

Here's the B-Side of "The A-Team"


Sgt. Barry loved the women. He undoubtedly was thinking of some Hotlips Houlihan -- or several -- when he wrote this song. 


Here's another tear-jerker from the Sarge


Finally here's one of Sgt. Barry's non-military tunes


Sunday, September 12, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, September 12, 2021
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


OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
The Show is Over by The Fleshtones
25th Floor by The Divine Horsemen
Far Away by Sleater-Kinney
Erased by Ty Segall
Long Way Down by The Ar-Kaics
Drug Me by ET Explore Me
Ode to a Mermaid by Robbie Quine
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me by Mississippi John Hurt

Baron Samedi by The Dead Brothers
Marie LaVeau by Tete 
Walk on Gilded Splinters by Sonny & Cher 
Where the Wolf Bane Grows by The Nomads
Beware by The Warlocks
Lost Dead Island by Laino & The Bad Seeds
Heart Attack and Vine by Screain' Jay Hawkins
Natty Kicks Like Lightning by Dillinger

Get Your Damn Vaccine by Jim Terr
Jesus Was a Social Drinker by Chuck Prophet
On the Run by The Gories
So Long by Les Grys Grys
Action Woman by The Litter
Miss Luann by George Thorogood 
King of the New York Streets by Dion
Martin Scorsese by King Missile

How the Light Knows by Shinyribs
Pink Cadillac by Paul Bascomb 
I the Fly by Powell St. John
Goodbye Sweet Dreams by Roky Erickson & Okkervil River
Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends by Joan Osborne
Crossing Muddy Waters by John Hiatt
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Voodoo Queen


Tomorrow, September 10, is the birthday of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen of New Orleans, who was active for most of the 19th Century until her death in 1881. She would have been 220 years old today.

Happy birthday, Queen Marie!

Marie, born a "free woman of color" in New Orleans, started out as a hairdresser. She also served as a nurse, tending to patients during outbreaks of yellow fever and and cholera.

But she became far more famous for her side gig of selling sold magic potions and gris gris (pouches of  herbs, stones, grave dirt and other hoodoo material), telling fortunes and giving advice to spiritual seekers of all stripes.

Marie is said to have had followers among the wealthy elite as well as by poor people. Her funeral is said to have been attended by many prominent whites. And when she died in 1881, the New Orleans Time Picayune editorialized:

All in all Marie Laveau was a most wonderful woman. Doing good for the sake of doing good alone, she obtained no reward, oft times meeting with prejudice and loathing, she was nevertheless contented and did not lag in her work. She always had the cause of the people at heart and was with them in all things. ... While God's sunshine plays around the little tomb where her remains are buried, by the side of her second husband, and her sons and daughters, Marie Laveau's name will not be forgotten in New Orleans.

And, as you'll see below, she inspired many songs.

But first, here's one of my favorite personal shaggy dog stories (or maybe more appropriately a shaggy cat story) from my hitchhiking days.

I paid a visit to that "little tomb" where God's sunshine plays back when I was 21.

It was in the summer of 1975, on my second great hitchhiking adventure. I was going down to Birmingham, Alabama (by way of Arkansas and Kansas City)  to help my friend, Julie move her stuff back to Albuquerque. I decided to stop in New Orleans for a few days. 

There's an old superstition about going to the crypt of Marie and making a red X on the crypt with a brick. For good luck. So on my last day in town I decided to do that, just to get a little good hoodoo going for the last stretch of my trip.

Little Darrell Terrellk
Not the same black cat
So I found the cemetery where she's said to be entombed -- St. Louis Cemetery #1, though some have disputed that Marie actually rests there. There I went looking for her crypt. The rows and rows of big marble crypts all looked alike to me, so I just wandered around for several minutes trying to read the inscriptions on each one. It was very frustrating.

But then I saw the black cat. 

The dang thing literally crossed my path so I decided to follow it. Was he an emissary of Marie? I followed the cat who turned a sharp corner . As I turned I almost bumped into this very tall, thin Black man in some weird, red Sgt. Pepper-like uniform.

“May I help you, sir?” he said in some kind of accent that sounded Caribbean. 

I told him I was looking for the grave of Marie LaVeau. “Right this way,” he said and led me through the graveyard maze. I wondered whether this man might be an incarnation of Baron Samedi, Voodoo loa of the dead.

Whoever he was, he showed me the way to the white marble crypt covered with red Xs. On the ground, conveniently, were lots of pieces of red pieces of bricks. My guide disappeared before I made my X and asked Marie for her blessing for my travels. 

Despite some bumps in the road, I like to think that I've traveled with that blessing ever since. 

As I later wrote in my song "The Vagabond Treasure": 

“Every highway has a demon, and buddy, I’ve met some. / But there are angels who will answer when you’re prayin’ with your thumb …”

I tried to go back to St. Louis Cemetery #1 when I was in New Orleans nearly 40 years later in 2013.

But I didn't get there until a Sunday afternoon and the graveyard was closed. I was leaving town the next day, so I couldn't return to her tomb.

And apparently, a few weeks after that trip, some idiot vandal had spray-painted the crypt, coloring it pink. Shortly thereafte,r The Archdiocese of New Orleans closed St. Louis #1 to visitors except for paid guided tours. I didn't learn of this until I returned to New Orleans in 2019. I went back to the ceremon7 on a weekday during regular business hours. 

I decided against paying for a guided tours when I saw that the tour guide was neither the tall guy the Sgt. Peppers suit nor a black cat. 

But let's get on to the music.

This song, simply known as "Marie Laveau," was recorded in the early1950s by Papa Celestine's New Orleans Band.  It was later covered by Dr. John


There was a spate of Marie songs in the 1970s. Holy Modal Rounders celebrated "Voodoo Queen Marie" on their 1975 album Alleged in Their Own Time. The melody here is borrowed from the old fiddle song "Colored Aristocracy" 

Also in the '70s, the  Native American band, Redbone, helped spread the legend of  the "Witch Queen of New Orleans."



And even though it doesn't really have much to do with the historic Marie, Bobby Bare's "Marie LaVeau," written by Shel Silverstein, is a hoot.


Skipping ahead to the 21st Century, the Danish metal band Volbeat (not to be confused with the alt country band from Michigan, The Volebeats) showed that the legends of Marie have spread to Scandinavia. 


And in 2013,  Tété, a Senegalese expatriate living in France, did his own haunting tribute to Marie,



Marie's tomb much like I remember it
(From Wikimedia Commons)


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Hey Annie, It's Hank Ballard's Birthday!

On this day in 1927, a baby named John Henry Kendricks was born in Detroit. He grew up to become an R&B belter named Hank Bal...