(March 17, 2018): Rex Allen – (The Wreck Of The) The Sloop “John B”

From the a-side of the 1951 single, (The Wreck Of The) The John B / The Roving Kind.  One of the many covers of the Bahamian traditional folk song, “The John B. Salis”. The earliest recording, according to Wikipedia, was by the Cleveland Simmons Group as “Histe Up the John B. Sail” in 1935 (even though it was transcribed in 1916). Everyone, of course, knows the Beach Boys cover.  Interestingly, this cover by Rex Allen is not listed on Wikipedia. Rex Allen was the voice behind dozens of Walt Disney films in the 1950s and 1960s.

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(March 11, 2018): Ramones – Bonzo Goes To Bitburg

From the 1985 UK single, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg / Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love).  Trump’s upcoming trip to North Korea puts me in mind of this ditty. Not wanting to be too ‘political’, Sire released the tune as a promo in the in the US with the title “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down” in 1986.

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(March 8, 2018): Aretha Franklin – Satisfaction

From the 1967 album, Areatha Arrives.  Almost tune on this LP is a cover. This has to be one of the best covers of Satisfaction ever. An apropos song for International Women’s Day 2018 #IWD2018.


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(February 28, 2018): The Fraternity of Man – Don’t Bogart Me

K-SHE Classic. From the 1968 self-titled album, The Fraternity of Man. A two LP band, but sweetmeatone remembered for its contribution to the Easy Rider soundtrack with this tune.  Three of the members – Richie Hayward, Warren Klein, and Martin Kibbee – went on to play with Lowell George’s first band, The Factory. Elliot Ingber, after being fired from the Mothers of Invention (which Lowell George then joined), played guitar.

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(February 27, 2018): Carl Mann – Burnin’ Holes in the Eyes of Abraham Lincoln

From the 1974 a-side of Burnin’ Holes In The Eyes Of Abraham Lincoln / The Ballad Of Johnny Clyde. Mann started out as a late 1950’s as a rockabilly artist. There was a hiatus in recording from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s when he came back more of a country musician. Gotta love these lyrics.

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(February 21, 2018): Jungle By Night – Empire

From the 2014 album, The Hunt.  The band is a nine piece afrobeat collective based in Amesterdam. In 2011, when they formed, they were ages 15-22.

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(February 15, 2018): The Courtneys – Virgo

From the 2017 album, II.  Courtney Loove (Garvin), Jen Twynn Payne and Sydney Koke are a Vancouver trio that go by Classic, Cute, and Crazy. Signed with Flying Nun Records during a 2015 tour of the Antipodes.

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