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Catamount Community Radio - June 3, 2012

I dreamt last night that the radio station flooded, and that I was forced to do the show from a remote location, Duke University's East Campus. The only problem was that there was no microphone and the CD players were ancient and I couldn't figure out how they worked. What's the meaning of the dream? That I talk too much?

We listened to a couple blues numbers with biblical references. R.T. Hanen did "She's Got Jordan River in her Hips" from back in 1931:

Now your motor don’t run, like no Cadillac or Ford
Run like a Packard, Mama, out on the road
You got Jordan River in your hips,
Daddy’s screaming to be baptized
You got Jordan River in your hips,
Your Daddy’s screaming to be baptized

The banks of this river is very high
But the stream in this river it don’t never go dry
You got Jordan River in your hips,
Daddy’s screaming to be baptized
You got Jordan River in your hips,
Your Daddy’s screaming to be baptized

Later on we listened to Jim Jackson's "I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop," from 1928:

I walked and I walked and I walked and I walked
I stopped to rest my feet
I sat down under an old oak tree and there went fast asleep
I dreamt about sitting in a swim cafe hungry as a bear
My stomach sent a telegram to my throat:
There's a wreck on the road somewhere
I heard the voice of a porkchop say: Come on to me and rest
Well you talk about your stewing me: I ain't know what the best
You talk about your chicken, ham, and eggs and turkey stuffed in dress
But I heard the voice of a pork chop say come on to me and rest

The lyric has its origin in a Bible verse, Matthew 12:28: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." But perhaps what inspired Jackson was a nineteenth-century hymn, "Come unto me and rest."

While the lyrics to Jackson's tune are great, I like just as much the banter. They have this little groove going at the beginning: "Don't that sound good? ... Stir it up, will you?" And later on he riffs, "Ain't it nice to be nice when you can be nice?"

I featured Napoleon "Nappy" Brown today, an R&B singer from Charlotte, NC (1929-2008). As Diddy Wah says,

Brown ... was a considerable force in the world of '50s R&B ... His big hit came in '55 with "Don't Be Angry," which climbed to #2 on the R&B chart and #25 on the Billboard chart -- that constitutes a crossover hit. He was part of the vanguard of African-American artists to do this with what was the popular 'pop' music of the time.

The tune that Diddy Wah features, that we heard today, is "Skidy Woe," from 1958, which takes the figure from Dámaso Pérez Prado's "Mambo No. 5" and turns it into an R&B tune. Rather than a mambo, you might call it a "mamboid" number.

All this and more. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.


1. Bebo Valdez – Consúelate
2. Charlie Rouse – Merci Bon Dieu
3. Hampton Hawes – Feelin’ Alright
4. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley – Never Will I Marry
5. R.T. Hanen – She’s Got Jordan River in her Hips
6. Buddy DeFranco – Twelve Tone Blues
7. Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry
8. Nappy Brown – If You Need Some Lovin’
9. Ragnar Bjarnsason – Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. Tom Waits – Diamonds on my Windshield
11. Ray Barretto – Acid
12. Dámaso Pérez Prado – Mambo No. 5
13. Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
14. Count Basie – Dickie’s Dream
15. Pivi et les Balladins – Samba
16. John Coltrane – Impressions
17. Don Byron – Charley’s Prelude
18. Plas Johnson – Blue Jean Shuffle
19. Bahta Gebre Heywet – Ewnet Yet Lagagnesh
20. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Stand Alone
21. Stevie Wonder – Boogie On Reggae Woman
22. Duke Ellington – Snibor
23. Ben Webster – You’re Mine, You
24. Abdullah Ibrahim – Ishmael
25. Alison Krauss – Steel Rails
26. Chet Atkins – Sneakin’ Around
27. Moondog – Down is Up
28. Jim Jackson – I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop
29. Willie Nelson – Just Breathe
30. Greenwood Rhythm Coalition – Salsa verde
31. Duke Ellington - Melancholia

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