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Catamount Community Radio Radio - February 27, 2011

I'm not going to set my alarm clock for another week. How 'bout them apples? Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Lots of fun today:

Two by John Hartford, including "Gentle on my Mind." I remember Glen Campbell singing the tune on TV way back in the seventies and liking the line about the sleeping bag rolled up behind your couch. Two versions of "Say It Isn't So," one by Etta James, and the other, a piano solo by Teddy Wilson. It's curious how the tune is popular with both jazz and R&B singers (Aretha Franklin and Big Maybelle both recorded it). Two by Chick Corea: Children Song No. 15 and a cover of Monk's "Pannonica."

We listened to two by Los Tucanes de Tijuana: the same song, "El árbol," an allegory of corruption, first in the accordion-driven norteña style, and then in a banda version, as they do in Michoacán, I mean Sinaloa.



I followed that up with Unknown Hinson doing "Talk American, one of my corny little jokes.



We heard two versions of "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer," a song from World War II. First a nice doo-wop version by the Four Vagabonds, and then a typically idiosyncratic version by the wonderful Bahaman guitarist, Joseph Spence. The tune is an interesting amalgam of hymn and patriotic song:

Coming in on a wing and a prayer
One of our planes was missing,
two hours overdue.
One of our planes was missing,
with all its gallant crew.
The radio sets were humming,
they waited for a word;
Then a voice broke through the humming
and this is what they heard:

Coming in on a wing and a prayer
Tho' there's one motor gone,
we can still carry on,
Coming in on a wing and a prayer.

Last night the spousal unit and I saw "King's Speech." Not bad at all. You gotta love a flick whose climax is a dude giving a speech over the radio. So I played The Five Scamps "Stuttering Blues."

A smooth Latinized version of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop,"

Piled in the back seat
generating steam heat.

Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore sounding like a couple of socialists, singing "It's All Up to You," a song, get this, not about love, but about health care!

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1. John Hartford – Turn Your Radio On
2. Avishai Cohen – Calm
3. Tim Sparks – Kanah
4. Bill Frisell – Ron Carter
5. Chepito – Blitzkrieg Bop
6. Ellis Marsalis – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
7. Tribalistas – Carnalismo
8. The Four Vagabonds – Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
9. Joseph Spence – Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
10. Etta James – Say It Isn’t So
11. The Five Scamps – Stutering Blues
12. Frank Sinatra & Dinah Shore – It’s All Up to You
13. José Feliciano – Light my Fire
14. Don Byron – “Leopold, Leopold”
15. Chick Corea – Children’s Song No. 15
16. Chick Corea - Pannonica
17. Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio
18. Django Reinhardt – After You’ve Gone
19. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El Árbol
20. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El Árbol (banda michoacana style)
21. Unknown Hinson – Talk American
22. The Velvet Underground – Rock-n-Roll
23. Hot Lips Page – I Can’t You’re in Love with Me
24. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Pure Jam
25. John Lee Hooker – Back Biters and Syndicators
26. Rufus Wainwright – Poses
27. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Lady’s Blues
28. John Hartford – Gentle on my Mind
29. Ray Charles – Undecided
30. Buck Owens – Under the Influence of Love
31. Teddy Wilson – Say It Isn’t So
32. Duke Ellington – Come Sunday


Joseph Spence


Dinah Shore

Comments

Sideburns

"I'd shave mine if she'd shave hers." hahaha

Re: Sideburns

He was without sideburns the two times I saw him.

Re: Sideburns

Were they real or stick-ons?
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