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Catamount Community Radio - November 8, 2009

Two by Camille, two by Bebo Valdés, two by Mickey & Sylvia. Three versions of "Caravan." Jimmie Rodgers goofing with the Carter Family on the radio, and much more. The show streams live on the internet on Sunday mornings (10-12 East Coast time) on WWCU-FM.

Camille is a French singer qui fait également la voix française du personnage de Colette dans Ratatouille, un film du studio d'animation Pixar, sorti en août 2007. I think Aiesha once mentioned to me that her boyfriend is Rachid Taha.

Bebo Valdés is still going strong at 90 years of age. I hear that he just recorded an album with his son Chucho, who himself at 68 is no spring chicken.

Here are a couple tidbits on Jimmie Rodgers from Wikipedia:

"Rodgers decided to travel to Asheville, North Carolina, later that same year (1927). On April 18, at 9:30 p.m., Jimmie, Sam Biglari, and Otis Kuykendall performed for the first time on WWNC, Asheville’s first radio station. A few months later Jimmie recruited a group from Bristol, Tennessee called the Tenneva Ramblers and secured a weekly slot on the station listed as "The Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers."

"On July 16, 1930, he recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, whose wife, Lillian, played piano on the recording."

Reverend Frost on Sylvia and Mickey:

"This popular duo began recording together in 1956 and enjoyed a US R&B chart-topper that year with ‘Love Is Strange’, which peaked at number 11 in the US pop chart the following year. This enduring call-and-response song is rightly regarded as a classic of its genre, and later became a minor UK hit when recorded by the Everly Brothers.

Prolific session work for Atlantic Records, Savoy, King and Aladdin earned the former the epithet Mickey ‘Guitar’ Baker, while the latter had made her recording debut with jazz trumpeter Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page as early as 1950. Yep, Mickey was a music instructor and Sylvia one of his pupils!

The duo eventually bought their own nightclub, established a publishing company, and formed their own record label , and they had further success with ‘There Oughta Be A Law’ (1957) and, after a brief hiatus as a duo, ‘Baby You’re So Fine’ (1961), but their career together was undermined by commitments elsewhere. They continued to record together until 1965. After that, Mickey had a successful career as a studio musician. Sylvia had a huge hit in 1973 with the song 'Pillow Talk.'"

I found this bit on Woody Phillips at Amazon.com: "a novelty artist who performs well-known holiday songs and classical pieces on common hand tools. After his training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he worked as a cellist and arranger of early American folk music. In 1998, he released his saw-, power drill-, and hammer-orchestrated versions of Christmas standards on A Toolbox Christmas, and followed in 2000 with his personalized ode to composers of the 18th and 19th centuries; Toolbox Classics. ~ Zac Johnson, All Music Guide"



An anonymous commenter on a blog somewhere said this about the rough barber shaving off Castro's beard: "As I recall reading somewhere .. the CIA actually approached Ian Fleming and asked him for ideas and he provided them with a few ideas including LSD on Castro's SCUBA mouthpiece combined with itching powder in his wetsuit, to make him go crazy and drown; thallium salts in his cigars or hat to make his manly beard and hair fall out and thus emmasculate him; projecting a massive religious icon in the sky above Cuba to induce revolution against communism; and probably more that the CIA never actually tried."



1. Ron Afiff – Dolphn Dance
2. Camille – Quand je marche
3. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Alfie
4. Ella Fitzgerald – Wait Till You See Him
5. Piero Umiliani – Lady Magnolia
6. Slam Stewart & Major Holley – Close Your Eyes (Shut Yo' Mouth)
7. Bebo Valdés – Tres lindas cubanas
8. Ceux Qui Marchent – Nola
9. Blossom Dearie – Thou Swell
10. Radio fun with The Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers
11. Ray Charles – Heaven Help Us All
12. Duke Ellington – Caravan
13. Fred Hersch – Caravan
14. Johnny Santo – Caravan
15. Dorothy Dandridge – Smooth Operator
16. Omer Avital – Arrival
17. Craig Duncan – Wabash Cannonball
18. Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange
19. Christian McBride, Nick Payton & Mark Whitfield – Chameleon
20. Wycliff Jean – Gone Till November
21. Phil Celia – If Butch the Rough Barber Man Shaves Castro
22. Tony Allen – Gbedu
23. Tony! Toni! Toné! – If I Had No Loot
24. Darrow Fletcher – The Pain Gets a Little Deeper
25. Camille – Ta douleur
26. George Cables – Tasshi's Night Out
27. Mounir Mourad – The Factory Theme
28. Woody Philips – Habanera
29. Charlie Parker – Now's the Time
30. Bebo Valdés – Danza Bº 1
31. Mickey & Sylvia – No Good Lover
32. World Saxophone Quartet – Requium for Julius
33. Mount Eagle Quartet – When I Take my Vacation in Heaven


Jimmie Rodgers


Mickey & Sylvia


Bebo Valdés

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