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Catamount Community Radio - January 28, 2012

While most of the days have been gray of late, today we have beautiful blue skies smiling at us. I was half way to the station on my bicycle this morning when I realized that I didn't have my keys. Oh no! U-turn. Then to campus in the car ... no time for bicycle riding. I walked through the door at 10:00 sharp and was on the air by 10:02. So the screeching tires were appropriate.

We heard Oscar Peterson on the organ, a duo with Roy Eldridge. At a party a week ago, a friend's daughter requested Elvis, so I played "All Shook Up" for Sally. The Velvet Fog, Mel Tormé did a nice version of "Bye Bye Blackbird." I was reminded of a radio station my dad would occasionally impose on us when we were kids, one that billed itself as "Warm and Friendly." Please, Dad, not the warm and friendly! I think he played it in part simply to get our goats. Our goats were got. I read Mel Tormé's autobiography; he was quite a guy. He could play the drums, he was an actor, a writer, he collected guns, was a pilot, had a lot of hot girlfriends. At one point he and Buddy Rich had matching MG sports cars.

Ella Fitzgerald with Johnny Mercer's "Too Marvelous for Words":

You're much too much, and just too very very
To ever be in webster's dictionary.

I quipped that Ella was reflecting on the inadequacy of human language to express our deepest thoughts and feelings. I'm a regular Jacques Derrida over here.

Andy Iona and his Islanders did "Tahu-Wahu-Wai." Iona was one of the great Hawaiian musicians.

Two from Tina Turner, "Nutbush City Limits," which you know from Bob Seger's Live Bullet album, and then a much more recent recording, her cover of Joni Mitchell's "Edith and the Kingpin" with Herbie Hancock.

A little New Orleans piano for Professor Longhair and Dr. John.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast time) on WWCU-FM



1. Ralph Towner – Always by Your Side
2. Gilham Park Orchtet – Pharmacies of Tamaulipas
3. Roy Eldridge & Oscar Peterson – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
4. Moondog – Snaketime Rhythm
5. Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
6. Gonzalo Rubalcaba – El guerrillero
7. Mel Tormé – Bye Bye Blackbird
8. Bettye Swann – Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
9. Bruce Springsteen – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
10. Glenn Miller – Mission to Moscow
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Too Marvelous for Words
12. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
13. Andy Iona & His Islanders – Tahu-Wahu-Wai
14. Dr. John - Delicado
15. Kenny Cox – Trance Dance
16. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On
17. Kenny Garrett – Killing Me Softly
18. Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
19. Tina Turner & Herbie Hancock – Edith & the Kingpin
20. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocenrics – Chinese New Year
21. Elton John – Tell Me When the Whistle Blows
22. Silfe Nergaard – Let There be Love
23. Porter Wagoner – Be a Little Quieter
24. Faron Young – Country Girl
25. Dinah Washington – Fat Daddy
26. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
27. Tom Waits – Face the Highway
28. Sun Ra – State Street
29. Steve Earle – Way Down in the Hole
30. Marcus Roberts – Single Petal of a Rose



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