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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Still Groove Jumping!


Side One
1. Right Now Baby - Roy Gaines
2. All My Life - Roy Gaines
3. Down To The Bottom - Larry Dale
4. You Better Heed My Warning - Larry Dale
5. Midnight Hours - Larry Dale
6. Country Boy - Tiny Kennedy
7. Peek-A-Boo - Mr. Bear
8. The Bear Hug - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats

Side Two
1. Drink Up - The Du-Droppers
2. Mr. Bear Comes To Town - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats
3. I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye On You - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats
4. Rockin' With Red - Piano Red
5. High Low Jack - Buddy Lucas
6. When I Got Married - Champion Jack Dupree
7. She's Got No Hair - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
8. Jump Man Jump - Piano Red

Finally we get round to posting the follow up LP to “Groove Jumping!” Issued in 1987 on the UK Detour Records label, “Still Groove Jumping!” is a blaster of a compilation of sides originally released on the RCA subsidiary Groove in the mid 1950s.

It’s a mighty mess of clanging blues guitar mostly from Mickey “Guitar” Baker and buzz saw tenor sax solos from King Curtis and Sam “The Man” Taylor. There’s no need for me to go on at length as all bases are covered by the sleeve notes compiled by Bez Turner.

For more information on the short life of Groove Records read the “Groove Jumping” post. Read the “Detour Records” post for more information on this all but forgotten UK re-release label.

Listen to highlights from “Still Groove Jumping!” in the player below:



Peruse these original Groove and Vik EP covers courtesy Joan K:


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1. Right Now Baby - Roy Gaines
2. All My Life - Roy Gaines
3. Down To The Bottom - Larry Dale
4. You Better Heed My Warning - Larry Dale
5. Midnight Hours - Larry Dale
6. Country Boy - Tiny Kennedy
7. Peek-A-Boo - Mr. Bear
8. The Bear Hug - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats
9. Drink Up - The Du-Droppers
10. Mr. Bear Comes To Town - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats
11. I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye On You - Mr. Bear & His Bearcats
12. Rockin' With Red - Piano Red
13. High Low Jack - Buddy Lucas
14. When I Got Married - Champion Jack Dupree
15. She's Got No Hair - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
16. Jump Man Jump - Piano Red

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Jesse Allen - an amendment

Thanks to research carried out by Bob Eagle and further information received from Jesse's daughter Joanne it is now known that Jesse was born on the 25th September 1925 and not in 1930 as was previously thought. My thanks to Bob and Joanne.

Due to work pressures I haven't had time to post recently. The blog will be back soon with more Jump and Jive from shellac and Blues from vinyl. Keep-a-rockin' out there in R&B land.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Honeydripper, parts 1 & 2 - Sammy Franklin and His Atomics (Black & White 101)



Recorded in Los Angeles and released in late August 1945. Personnel - Sammy Franklin (trumpet); Len Talley (vocal); remainder unknown.





This disc was one of a number of cover versions of Joe Liggins' huge hit "The Honeydripper." There were more successful covers by Jimmie Lunceford, Roosevelt Sykes and Cab Calloway but what makes this version especially interesting is Sammy Franklin's connection with Joe Liggins and with the genesis of  "The Honeydripper."

At the beginning of the 1940s Joe was a member of Sammy Franklin's band, The California Rhythm Rascals. Joe wrote "The Honeydripper" and started performing it with Sammy's band. He offered Sammy co-composer rights if he would front up $500 to cover the cost of recording the song but Sammy turned him down. Joe left and formed his own small jump band, The Honeydrippers, recorded his song for Leon Rene's Exclusive Records and the rest is, as they say, history.

"The Honeydripper" by Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers was released towards the end of April 1945 and became one of the biggest R&B hits of all time. Five months later we find Sammy releasing a version with a small jump group with the then topical name "The Atomics." But it was too late for Sammy. The Honeydripper juggernaut had long disappeared over the horizon and was now well out of reach. There's a lesson there for us all.

With thanks to El Enmascarado for this rare 78 rpm disc. More jumpin' and jivin' on 78!

Billboard, 15th September 1945