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Three Cool Cats

By Jim Duffield | Jan 11, 2017

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the song “Three Cool Cats”.  The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra has been covering this song from almost the beginning of the band. It was a 1958 song that was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who were the subject of an earlier post. It has been described…

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Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947 1974 Collection

By Jim Duffield | Dec 11, 2016

Many years ago, I separately purchased individual volumes of the Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947 – 1974 Collection.  I likely started with Volumes 5 and 6.  Growing up in the 60s, the CDs included soul and R& B songs I was familiar with from my teenage years: The Drifters: Up on the Roof, On Broadway,…

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Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward and the Dominos

By Jim Duffield | Nov 5, 2016

The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra has its own version of “Sixty Minute Man” originally recorded by Billy Ward and the Dominos.  They were an R&B group from the early 1950s.  The group helped launch the careers of Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter.  Clyde McPhatter went on to form The Drifters and to a solo career.  We…

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Moondog Matinee by The Band

Moondog Matinee

By Jim Duffield | Oct 22, 2016

The Band’s “Moondog Matinee” album is not a well-known album. None of my friends had it and I don’t think it was ever widely promoted. I believe I found it in a “Sam the Record Man” delete bin. I had heard a story at the time that the songs were a collection of tracks “The…

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Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive

By Jim Duffield | Oct 3, 2016

Back in 1981, I was visiting a friend who was one of those friends always turning me on to new and different records and sounds. He pulled out two albums to play me. The first one was Peter Gabriel’s fourth album “Security” (the one with “Shock the Monkey”). The second album was “Jumpin’ Jive” by…

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You give me Fever

Fever All Through the Night

By Jim Duffield | Jul 17, 2016

Today I wanted to introduce you to the singer Little Willie John and the songwriter Otis Blackwell. I am embarrassed to say, I knew very little about Little Willie John until I started researching this post. You can find his whole musical history on the Internet so I won’t cover all the details. You can…

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Is you is or is you ain't my Baby

Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?

By Jim Duffield | Jul 3, 2016

One of the first songs we learned when we got together as the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra (EVO) was the song “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”. It’s a 1944 Louis Jordan song that appears to have gained top ten status on the pop, country and R&B charts. Wikipedia notes that Louis Jordan’s…

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My Baby Just Cares for Me

My Baby Just Cares for Me

By Jim Duffield | Jun 12, 2016

Kerry, our drummer, suggested we cover “My Baby Just Cares for Me” by Nina Simone. He sent us an animated video for the song. The song is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson (“Makin’ Whoopee”) and Gus Kahn (EVO also covers Gus Kahn’s “Dream and Little Dream of Me”). The song was an obscure…

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5 Reasons Why You (Yes, You!) Want to Swing Dance

By Jim Duffield | May 22, 2016

As many of you know, this coming Friday May 27th Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra will be hosting a Swing Dance Party at Bookshelf’s ebar.  There have been some questions and comments about the event, that we hope to address with this post.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Rhythm and Brews Brewing Company Cambridge

    January 25, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  2. Sip Club Guelph on February 22, 2020 from 6-9

    February 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Manhattans Music Club Guelph in April 17 & 18

    April 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Book EVO For Your Event

Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra would love to play at your festival, event, party or wedding. We are based in Guelph, and can perform anywhere in Ontario. We play swing music reminiscent of big band music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, as well as 50s Rhythm and Blues.


Electric Vinyl Orchestra Album and Apparel

Our album Last Chance to Dance is available to purchase, along with t-shirts, hoodies, and more!

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