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Attention Mac Users!

Mac users have been experiencing problems in unpacking the WinRAR archives used on this blog. Two solutions have been suggested.

1. Use The Unarchiver - - see comments on Little Esther Bad Baad Girl post for details.

2. Use Keka - - see comments on Johnny Otis Presents post.

Tuesday 31 March 2015

The Later Roy Milton (re-up)

Re-upped by request, this time with a front cover! Original post here:

New download link:

From the original post:

Although Roy Milton’s chart career ended in 1952, his recording career rolled on. As the sound of rhythm & blues changed and rock ‘n’ roll loomed on the horizon, Roy’s records got tougher and bluesier. His last recordings for Specialty were made in 1953, with some of this material being released through 1954 and 1955. “Baby Don’t Do That To Me” and “Tell It Like It Is” were recorded for Specialty in April 1953 and released in February 1955 and October 1954, respectively.

Walter “Dootsie” Williams, the owner of DooTone Records and a former trumpeter with Roy’s band The Solid Senders, signed Roy to his label in 1955. There was only one recording session  for Dootone, in October 1955 which produced a few classic rockin’ numbers, especially “You Got Me Reelin’ & Rockin’”. “Fools Are Getting Scarcer” and “I Can’t Go On” are also from this session.

In October 1956 Roy recorded a session for King Records in Cincinnati. The hip stomper “One Zippy Zam” which includes terrific electric guitar from Johnny Rogers is from this session. “A Brand New Thrill” and “Jeeps Blues” are from Roy’s final session for King in July 1957. Thereafter there was no more recording by Roy until 1960 when he started making discs for a series of small obscure labels through to 1964. “Driveway Blues” and “I’m Forgetting About You” were recorded in Los Angeles for the Thunderbird label in 1962.

Many thanks to Joan for some obscure vinyl rips and label shots!

Ripped (mostly) from vinyl (except the Specialty sides) at hugely varying bitrates.

1. Baby, Don't Do That To Me (Specialty 545)
2. Tell It Like It Is (Specialty 538)
3. Fools Are Getting Scarcer (Dootone 363)
4. I Can't Go On (Dootone 363)
5. You Got Me Reelin' & Rockin' (Dootone 369)
6. One Zippy Zam (King 4993)
7. A Brand New Thrill (King 5074)
8. Jeep's Blues (King 5074)
9. Driveway Blues (Thunderbird 104)
10. I'm Forgetting About You (Thunderbird 104)

An appeal - there was a request a few weeks ago for a source for Roy Milton's King recording "Skid Row." Does anyone have a copy they could share?

Monday 30 March 2015

Count Basie & His Orchestra - Swingin' The Blues (re-up)

These classic recordings for Decca were cut between July 1937 and February 1939. The band line-up included the twin tenor sax threat of Lester Young and Herschel Evans, and of course the All American Rhythm Section of Freddy Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums) and the Count himself on piano. There’s a tremendous blues shouting performance by Jimmy Rushing on the classic “Sent ForYou Yesterday” which is a number I just can’t get out of my head at present.

“Jive at Five” and “Lady Be Good” were recorded on the third of February 1939, just five days before Herschel Evans died of a heart condition. On these tracks Chu Berry deputized for the ailing Herschel. Berry himself was to die in an automobile accident just two years later.

The tracks were ripped from a cassette issued in 1984 by Charly Records. Inlay card with notes is included in the download.

Ripped at 320 kbps

1. Swinging The Blues
2. John's Idea
3. Blue & Sentimental
4. Texas Shuffle
5. Panassie Stomp
6. Sent For You Yesterday
7. You Can Depend On Me
8. Every Tub
9. Jumpin' At The Woodside
10. Time Out
11. Jive At Five
12. Oh Lady Be Good
13. Shorty George
14. Out The Window
15. Topsy
16. Doggin' Around

New download link:

The original post from 2008 is here:

Re-uploaded at the request of a Be Bop Wino fan!

Sunday 29 March 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 4 (re-up)

 01 - The Kings - Come On Little Baby - 1958 - Jalo 203
 02 - The Sophomores - Every Night About This Time - 1956 - Dawn 216
 03 - The Cufflinks -  It's Too Late Now 1957  Dooto 422
 04 - The Dundees - Never - 1954  Space 201
 05 - The Carnations - Tree In The Meadow  1952 Derby 789
 06 - The Serenaders - Tomorrow Night  - 1952 JVB 2001  
 07 - The Delmonicos - Until You - 1964  Musictone 6122
 08 - The Tornadoes - 4 O'Clock In The Morning -  1956 - Chess 1649
 09 - The Five Scalders - Girl Friend - 1956 Drummond 4-3001
 10 - The Haven Knights - Why Go On Pretending - 1957 Atlas 1092
 11 - The Velvet Angels - I'm In Love - 1964 Medieval 201 (The Diablos, acapella)
 12 - The Roomates - Here Am I Broken Hearted - Unreleased
 13 - The Invictas - Nellie - 1959  Jack Bee 1003
 14 - The Tantones - I Love You Really I Do - 1956 Lamp 2002
 15 - The Marigolds - Juke Box Rock 'n' Roll - 1956 Excello 2091 
 16 - The Rogues - I've Been Dreamin - 1958 - Old Town 1056
 17 - The Masters - Crying My Heart Out - 1958 Le Sage 713
 18 - The Rannels -  Blue Island - 1963 Boss 2122

Please note - track 12 "Here Am I Broken Hearted" by The Roomates is in fact a modern recording by a doowop revival group. The original was by The Four J's out of Philly. You can access that excellent record by searching on YouTube. The Roomates version is acapella and I can see why Joan may have thought it was a demo. Very nice vocals by the Roomates! I'd thought of replacing it with the original but in the end I re-upped the comp as originally presented by Joan way back in 2012.

Your new download link is here:

Original post is here:

That brings us to the end of Joan's comps (for now!?). Thanks for this doowop education Joan. It was certainly an eye opener for me and I'm sure for many other people.

If you've been searching through old Be Bop Wino posts which feature the Divshare music widget you'll be aware that there have been playback problems for weeks now. Divshare have been very uncommunicative about the nature of the problems on their website. It appears that they may be moving towards a new "business model" and may also be suffering from self inflicted "technical issues." I am now investigating an alternative music widget service.

Like the way-going of Rapidshare, the Divshare problems have been a pretty heavy blow to Be Bop Wino. In particular, the many posts featuring the 78 rpm rips of El Enmascarado have been rendered "silent." If my trial of an alternative service proves successful, the Masked One's posts will be the first to be re-upped.

Lastly, my apologies for the lack of posts over the last 2 weeks. I had to swot for my exams. I may have retired at the end of last August but I made the mad decision to go back to university to study German and Italian. You're never too old to learn!

Thursday 12 March 2015

Joan Spins Again - Volume 3 (re-up)

1 - The Duponts - Must Be Falling In Love  Winley 212 / Savoy 1552 (1958) (F/b Little Anthony Gourdine)
2 - The Carnations - The Angels Sent You To Me  Savoy 1172 (1955)
3 - The V-8s - Pretty Girl  Most 711 (1959)
4 - The Orients - Shouldn't I  Laurie 3232  (1964)
5 - The Hi-Liters  - Feelin' Allright This Morning Vee Jay (Unreleased) (1958)   
6 - The Centenniels - The Wayward Wind  Dot 16180  (1961)
7 - The Concords - You Can't Stay Here  Harlem 2332  (1955)
8 - The Calvaes - Anna Morcora   Checker 928  (1959) (F/b Oscar Boyd)
9 - The Five Embers - Love Tears  Gem 227  (1955)
10 - The King Odum Four - All Of Me   Derby 
11 - The Gentlemen - Baby Don't Go  Apollo 470  (1954)
12 - The Thrillers - 'Lizabeth  Herald 432  (1954)
13 - Little June and the Januarys - Hello  Salem 188  (1959)
14 - The Masterkeys - Mr. Blues Abbey 2017   
15 - The Impalas - Why  Corvet 1017  (1958)
16 - The Invictas - Gone So Long  Jack Bee 1003  (1959)
17 - The Five Stars - Sweet Names Note (1956)  
18 - The Four Buddies - Sweet Tooth For My Baby  Savoy 866  (1952)

Your new download link for Joan Spins Again Volume 3:

The original post is here:

With thanks to Joan K.