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Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947 1974 Collection

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,…

Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward and the Dominos

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…

Moondog Matinee

Moondog Matinee by The Band

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…

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive

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…

Fever All Through the Night

You give me Fever

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…

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

Is you is or is you ain't my Baby

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…

My Baby Just Cares for Me

My Baby Just Cares for Me

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…

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

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.

Won't you come along with me, to the Mississippi?

Merle Haggard: The Outlaw

Country music legend Merle Haggard died this past week at 79.  If you don’t know his music, you should try and catch some of this songs.  I first heard of him from his 1969 “anti-hippie” song “Okie From Muskogee” with its line, “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee, We don’t take our trips on LSD”. …

If Silence Was Golden, You Wouldn't Raise a Dime – The Music of Mose Allison

Mose Allison

This past week the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra added the song “Deed I Do” to our set list.  It’s a 1926 jazz standard written by Fred Rose and Walter Hirsch.  I should note here that Fred Rose also wrote “Roly Poly”, recorded by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”…