RADIO RPB #013 • June 1, 2018
Small Faces – Hey Girl
Buddy Holly – I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down
Lolas – In My Car
Paul Perryman – Just To Hold My Hand
NRBQ – You Got It
Allen Toussaint – Up The Creek
Flamin’ Groovies – Have You Seen My Baby?
Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Rain Just Falls
Rolando Alphonso And His Soul Brothers – Dr. Ring-A-Ding
J.J. Jackson And The Jackaels – Oo-Ma-Liddy
Joe Brown – There’s Only One Of You
Buddy Holly recorded I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down sometime in 1956, but this un-dubbed original recording remained unissued until 1983 when it was released on the HIGHLY recommended LP For The First Time Anywhere.
Birmingham , Alabama isn’t the first place that comes to mind for jangle pop perfection, but here are Lolas! Lolas have three LPs for sale at Bandcamp, but I first heard these folks via the Wizzard Brew compilation from Japan’s Wizzard In Vinyl label, pop tastemakers from the early 2000’s. I hear Wizzard In Vinyl is plotting a comeback and I can’t wait.
Paul Perryman‘s Just To Hold My Hand has been covered numerous times, but I could find scant information on My Perryman, other than discographies of his releases on Duke Records. Got any leads to share? Where’s I first hear this song? Not by Perryman, but my heroes NRBQ...
… who we can hear on You Got It from Tapdancing Bats, the1983 collection of oddball recordings. Big Al handles the lead vocals. And there’s something oddball about this one – I get a feeling it was written in a major key, but someone along the way said “let’s play it minor.”
Flamin’ Groovies firing on all cylinders with a cover of Randy Newman’s Have You Seen My Baby from the last LP of their early Rolling Stones-influenced incarnation. They’d switch gears and labels (from Kama Sutra to Sire) and reinvent themselves in a vision more influenced by Beatles than Stones.
Cuban born Rolando Alphonso made his name as a founding member and saxophonist in Jamaica’s Skatelites. This 1966 number by Rolando Alphonso And His Soul Brothers has a melody that sure sounds a lot like Twine Time by Alvin Cash and The Crawlers, but maybe that’s a case for investigation by the Dr. Ring Ding.
Last up, the great Joe Brown with a 1963 album track, There’s Only One Of You. Joe was, and remains a big influence to the British beat set.
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