Friday, October 31, 2008


Single songs 2008_october

From time to time there are suggestions or requests in the comments of my articles. Sometimes I honoured that in the past, but from 2008_july on (well, it will be a test) I will post them the last date of the current month.
Please note, my Blog isn't a request Blog. For that purpose sometimes other sites can be of help like Grumpy's Golden Oldies... But when I like a remark and if I can and have time I wanna be of some help.
Requests over here will not be posted or honoured ! Just specific comments about the songs are allowed and posted.

Songs will be available in the comments to download for just a very limited time !
If you just wanna listen click the play-button > on the left.

Blue Teddy Scholten - Een beetje _1959 listen

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Halloween tomorrow

Tomorrow is halloween. All over the world strange scary songs.
After weeks of preparation dj V-Tone from V-Rocket does a Halloween special friday from 19-21 CET (14-16ECT/EST). If you wanna listen click 'USA' or 'Europe'. And if you wanna chat : USA chatroom (click at the left) or European chatroom.

Here's my contribution to Halloween on the 'newly founded' Wanda label : #1001.
Doo Wop Halloween is a Scream
01-4 Flops - Trick Or Treat
02-Magics - Zombie Walk
03-Nightmares - Headless Ghost
04-Frankie & Newports - Monster Mash
05-Poets - Dead
06-Hollywood Flames - Frankenstein's Den
07-Newports - I'm In The Ground For Good
08-King Flash & Calypso Carnival - Zombie Jamboree
09-Verdicts - Mummy's Ball
10-Chotalls - Queen Of Halloween
11-Calvanes - Horror Pictures
12-Nu Trends - Spooksville
13-Frankie & Fashions - Witch Doctor
14-Revels - Dead Man's Stroll
15-Duponts - Screamin' Ball
16-Denis & Duble Dates - That Halloween Night
17-Crewnecks - Rockin' Zombie
18-Swinging Phillies - Frankenstein's Party
19-Pete & Bloodsuckers - My Baby Likes Scary Movies
20-Bill Riley - Nightmare Mash
21-Companions - Dorothy, My Monster
22-Archie King - The Vampire
23-Dennhy & Lenny w Hollywood Ghouls - Monster's Love
24-Big Bee Kornegay & Group - At The House Of Frankenstein
25-Bill Buchanan - Beware
26-Zane Bros - Dracula
27-Crystalairs - Dr Jekyll & Mrs Hyde

Scary things ! Scary things ? Yes or no ?

What's underneath the right I will not tell ya (lol big C & little I..) but I'd certainly
wish to 'halloween party' with someone like the left lady...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Today 1946 Peter Green was born

Peter Green was born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, in Bethnal Green, London. He's a British blues-rock guitarist and founder of Fleetwood Mac.
A figurehead in the British blues movement, Green inspired BB King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." Green's playing was marked with a distinctive vibrato and economy of style. Though he played other guitars, he is best known for deriving a unique tone from his 1959 Gibson Les Paul, a result of the guitar's neck pickup connections being reversed to produce an 'out of phase' sound.
He played in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, the 'original' Fleetwood Mac and lately Peter Green's Splinter Group.
A short biography can be fount at Wikipedia.

In the past I offered you Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On 1969_10 and Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House 1970. Today something very special. Fleetwood Mac's first album called Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac 1968. But not just the album, I 'used' my CoolEditPro again and added some alternate takes of various songs.

Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac _1968
01-My Heart Beat Like A Hammer _take 1&studio talk &2master
02-Merry Go Round _take 1&studio talk &2master
03-Long Grey Mare _master
04-You're So Evil & Hellhound On My Trail _masters
05-Shake Your Moneymaker _studio talk &master
06-Looking For Somebody _master
07-No Place To Go _master
08-My Baby's Good To Me _master
09-I Loved Another Woman _take 1-6 &studio talk &master
10-Cold Black Night _take 1-6&studio talk &master
11-The World Keep On Turning _master
12-Got To Move _master
13-I'm Coming Home To Stay _unknown date
(extra bonus)

Track #09 is 14 minutes...., track #10 is 9 minutes...
Special note to track #04. I always felt Robert Johnson's Hellhound on my trail the best blues song of this LP. Here's also Jeremy Spencer's own 'rendition' of this song as You're so evil..... Note also Jeremy saying at the end (not on the offical album !) 'I forgot the lyrics'. It should have been obvious as Jeremy delivers the lyrics 'If today was Christmas day and tomorrow was Christmas eve'.... Nobody seems to have spotted the error at the time or simply kept quiet... By the way, Hellhound was take 1 and Evil take 2, but I reversed it in my editing....
Extra bonus track #13 is of unknown date but my personal guess is it was recorded the same date as My heart beat like a hammer (1967_december_11).

I never liked the 'poppy' Fleetwood Mac with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Hurry up to the comments and tell us your opinion.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Today 1943 Conny Froboess was born

Cornelia Froboess was born October 28, 1943, so today she celebrates her 65th birthday !!
She's a German actress and a teen idol of the 1950s and early '60s.
During that time, Froboess appeared in many musical films, especially after the rock 'n' roll wave had hit Germany. In those comedy films, she would often portray the typical Berliner Göre (girl from Berlin) who craves for independence from her all-too-strict parents.
As Conny Froboess, she had her first hit in 1951, aged eight, with a song written by her father. Pack die Badehose ein (Pack Your Swimsuit) is a cheery tune about a group of children going swimming on a hot summer's day at the Wannsee. The title of the song has become a set phrase and synonym for going swimming easily recognized even by speakers of German who have never heard of the song.
In 1962 Froboess finished in sixth place at the Eurovision Song Contest, where she sang Zwei kleine Italiener (Two Little Italians) for Germany.
Later Froboess became a theatre and movie actress.

Nicht nur für Conny ist es heute Feiertag, auch für meine Blog Gäste : zum zweiten Mahl eine Deutsche Interpret(in) auf das Blog..... Ist es nicht schön nicht nur Englische Musik aber jetzt eine fabelhafte Deutsche Sängerin mit einige Ihrer grössten Lieder.

Conny Froboess - Conny's Party
01-Diana (German)
02-Zwei Kleine Italiener
03-I Love You Baby (German)
04-Drei Musketiere
06-Lady Sunshine Und Mr Moon
07-Auch Du Hast Dein Schicksal In Der Hand (He's Got The Whole World In His Hand)
08-Teenager Melodie (& Will Brandes)
09-Blue Jean Boy
10-Ich Möcht Mit Dir Träumen (& Will Brandes)
11-Jolly Joker
12-Hey Boys, How Do You Do
13-Holiday In Honolulu
14-Ob 15, Ob 16, Ob 17 Jahre Alt
15-Lippenstift Am Jackett (Lipstick On Your Collar)
16-Verliebt, Verlobt, Verheiratet (& Peter Alexander)

Beim Bemerkungen/Comments weitere Information.....

Monday, October 27, 2008


Do you belong to the doo wop strollers ?

I got this self compiled album a few weeks ago from a friend. Did some research and found out most of of the tracks were taken from the great box set 'Doo Bop Jivers'. The rest are from a few Atlantic R&B albums. Anyway, I think it's a nice compilation.
VA - Doo Wop Strollers
01-Cheers - Chug Chug Toot Toot
02-Delighters - Somebody Help Me
03-Tip Tops - Oo-Kook-A-Boo
04-Dramatics - Toy Soldier
05-Five Satins - Ain't Gonna Dance
06-Sierras - I'll Believe It When I See It
07-Gum Drops - Natural Born Lover
08-Neptunes - House Of Heartaches
09-Drifters - Nobody But Me
10-Marcels - One Last Kiss
11-Addrisi Brothers - Love Me Baby
12-Fortune Tellers - Marry Her Joe
13-Twiliters - Hey There
14-Notes - Cha Jezebel
15-Marcels - Twistin' Fever
16-Conductor - Bla bla bla cha cha cha
17-Dontells - Make A Change
18-Debs - Whaddaya Want
19-Del Vikings - What Made Maggie Run
20-Cues - Burn That Candle
21-Oscar & Jeanette Baker - Hey Girl, hey Boy
22-Cues - I Fell For Your Loving
23-Five Keys - Me Make Um Pow Wow
24-Jimmy Brown - Hello

Sunday, October 26, 2008


DJ Witte left the building like Elvis Presley

We intimates know DJ Witte is one of the world greatest fans of Elvis Presley. He's almost an Elvis look-alike. Like EP he adores driving big cars the whole day.
As he stated once everything is big with me..... He can exaggerate so much...
So after last night's party he left, like Elvis, the building and drove with his car and Popcorn music to far away horizons... When will we see him again ?

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Does Lucille Starr sing in French ?

Tonight is the party in Willebroek. Just heard one of the ladies can't be the star of the evening.... So I have to honour her request over here...

Lucille Starr - The French Song _1965
01-The French Song
03-In A Little Spanish Town
05-Crazy Arms
07-Wooden Heart
08-Release Me
09-Jolie Jacqueline
11-My Happiness
12-Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
13-Freight train
14-I'm Leaving It All Up To You

If you wanna listen for yourself if Lucille does you have to check the comments.

Friday, October 24, 2008


DJ Witte 'café den Arend', Willebroek, Belgium

Popcorn lovers can attend a unique Popcornparty tomorrow, saturday in Belgium. Every 6 months dj Witte does a special Popcorn evening for his friends (so free entrance !!), in his local pub den Arend in the small Belgium village Willebroek.
Listen to PopcornCity's Jan v Deijck - SPOT 2008_oct_25 DEN AREND

A picture collage of this informal event 2008_april_26 in Willebroek.

To this special occasion we fly again to Antwerp and use a cab to Willebroek. Who offers a place to sleep or does it has to be a hotel ? You'd be a fool, if you are near, not to go there too and join this private, most intimite, party of the year.
There's for the youngsters nowadys an after party but I present ya a pre-party....

DJ Witte, cafe den Arend, Willebroek, Belgium 20081025
01-PopcornCity_Jan v Deijck - SPOT 2008_oct_25 DEN AREND
02-Ramsey Lewis - China Gate
03-Burt Bacharach - Any Day Now
04-Carmen McRae - Belonging To You
05-Mr Lee - If I Knew Then
06-Hortense Ellis - I'll Come Softly
07-Fabulous Four - I'm Comin' Home
08-J-Funk Express - I've Got To See You Tonight
09-Marianne Mille - Je Ne Vois Que Toi
10-Billy Preston - Let Me Know
11-Hillard Street - Limbo
12-Spirit Of Jamaica - Leaving Rome
14-Kenny Karen - Nature Boy
15-Jim Conte - Promised Land
16-Bertha Colbert - Rain In Lover's Lane
17-Radiants - Washington Medley
18-Al Collier - Who Will Take The Place
19-Benny Turner - You Gonna Miss Me
20-Du-Dua - Cien Kilos De Barro (A Hundred Pounds Of Clay)
21-Benny Troy - I Wanna Give You Tomorrow
22-Colman Brothers - El Nino (Cha Cha Mix)

Ladies, I can understand you wanna 'cha cha' with me, that good looking guy. So write in my ballroom-book which can be found in the comment but be sure to wear solid shoes.... Hope to meet everyone (and more) from the above pictures.


Thursday, October 23, 2008


Bob Dylan Theme time radio #78 - Night

Yesterday the third of Bob Dylan's Theme Time radio shows from the Abernathy Building studio B in this third year was aired.
Dylan’s radio series proved a delight. He used his slot to recreate exactly the kind of 1950s radio that was so formative and so much a musical lifeline for the Bobby Zimmerman who was listening to it in Hibbing, Minnesota - a radio era he has expressed his fondness for in more recent years.

Tom Palaima, an Austin Texas professor, sums up Dylan’s intent and achievement here with what he calls Dylan’s ‘warm evocations of old-timey radio’:
‘In each hour, Dylan covers a chosen theme: mothers, fathers, baseball, coffee, weddings, divorce, showing how the common musical traditions of the United States shaped our lives in song and lyric. Dylan's succinct commentary makes the music shine. He is witty, gently humorous, erudite and always reverent about the music he is playing.
We hear the sounds of big band, country swing, rockabilly, blues, rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, Nashville, Motown, Sun Records, Frank Sinatra, the Ink Spots, Bob Wills and Kitty Wells. Interspersed, he gives plainly spoken information about the artists, where they came from, where they went, who influenced them and what influence they had. He recites lyrics, painting pictures of our lives in sound.
Dylan doesn't peddle himself or anything else. No product placement here. Period commercials are spliced in to set the mood. A listener asks on Theme Time Coffee: "Why do you play so much old music? Do you have something against new music?" Dylan replies, "I like new music. But there's more old music than new music."
…Theme Time Radio is hip, but not Tarantino's jaded hip, or William Shatner's self-mocking hip. Dylan respects the music we and he loved. He respects the artists who created it, even lived it.
These shows are so humane, so out of time… Dylan is still protesting. He is protesting our fast-paced, dehumanized present by calling us to gather round the hearth of old-time radio and remember life as it used to be and could be again, if we stop and really listen to it, and to each other.’

Dylan, Bob - 2008_10_22 XM Radio Show #78 - Night
Broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, 22 october 2008
XM radio_Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan

Joe Houston - All Night Long
Dr John - Such A Night
Drifters - Another Night With The Boys
LeRoy Carr - When The Sun Goes Down
Fred Astaire - The Way You Look Tonight
Willie Nelson - Nite Life
Chick Carbo - In The Night
Buddy Holly - Midnight Shift
Zuzu Bollin - Why Don't You Eat Where You Slept Last Night
Strangeloves - Night Time
Professor Longhair - In The Night
Latin Playboys - Forever Night Shade Mary
Charles Brown - Black Night
Kris Kristofferson - Help Me Make It Through The Night

No more talking, check the comments and just listen (like Aussi 'Imogen'..)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Cruisin' 1962 Russ 'Weird Beard' Knight KLIF

Number eight in my/the small serie of Cruising records. You can get more info about this serie at the great Cruisin' blog.

Prior to 1962, rock and roll, and pop radio, had gone through some harsh years. Since 1959 most of the music had been rather bland. There hadn't been much happening and in '62 there seemed to be a searching for the next "thing." So this was a year the television networks recognized the folkies and made "Hootenanny" one of several regularly scheduled folk music shows. Others had their eyes on California's coastline, where the Beach Boys went on a Surfin' Safari, starting a second "trend." Still more thought the wave of the future was coming from Brazil in the bossa nova beat. While the dance madness (essentially the twist) hung on like a dog to a meaty bone. Nor had the blandness disappeared totally; there are several superb examples of gingerbread left over from the early Dick Clark era in this volume of CRUISIN'.
1962 was many things musically - somewhat exciting (certainly not so boring as '59, '60 and '61), extremely commercial (surf boards, twist clubs, TWO "Hootenanny" magazines), and somehow encouraging, no matter how apparently directionless. It was, if nothing else, a peculiarly "pop" year - a year when pop culture and all its inherent fallout occupied everyone's thoughts.
It was when Herman Taller's "Calories Don't Count" topped the year's best-selling book list. (Although more copies of the "JFK Coloring Book" were sold.) John Glenn circled the earth three times. The New York Daily News sent a reporter to Harvard University to check reports one of its professors, Timothy Leary, was feeding his students unusual drugs. "Lawrence of Arabia" took the best picture Oscar. And the Yankees took the pennant again.
More seriously, President Kennedy faced down the steel industry when it tried to boost prices and later in the year faced Kruschev down, telling him to take his missles out of Cuba, or else. Congress investigated The Fabulous Frauds of Billie Sol Estes. The Soviets orbited two cosmonauts in two spaceships, simultaneously. Francis Gary Powers was returned to the U.S. in history's best-publicized spy-swap. Arthur Goldberg and Brian (Whizzer) White were named to the Supreme Court. And 1,113 Cuban invasion prisoners were ransomed with $53 million in medicine and baby food.
More info about 1962 can be found in the text-file !

Cruisin' 1962 Russ 'Weird Beard' Knight KLIF, Dallas.
Russ 'Weird Beard' Knight resume.
Russ Knight was the "Weird Beard" on the air at KLIF in the early 60's. Real name: Russel Lee Moore. Russ had a degree from SMU in Drama and at one time had the highest ratings ever achieved in nighttime radio in Dallas, a 62 share! Russ was one of the first night jock showmen. He intertwined bits and schtick into his delivery and included requests and dedications from the phone. His was a SHOW! He called himself "the Saviour of Dallas radio".
Russ remained with McLendon after leaving KLIF in 1964 landing the night show on KILT in Houston. In the summer of 1966, Russ and KLIF's night jock Bob McCord traded shifts. Russ came up from KILT in Houston and McCord went to KILT. As it turned out McCord stayed in Houston and the "Weird Beard" was back at KLIF for a while in the summer of '66! Knight did stops in several northern major markets and was heard doing talk radio in the Washington D.C. area a few years ago, and is now living in Poplar Bluff, MO, dabbling occasionally in voice work for syndication.

KLIF News Headlines Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
KLIF Summer Spectacular I Need Your Lovin' - Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
This Knight's Bullseye Hey Baby - Bruce Channel
KLIF Master Control Let Me In - The Sensations
Skyland Chrysler commercial What's Your Name - Don and Juan
KLIF station ID & KLIF News Story Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
You'll Lose a Good Thing - Barbara Lynn
Gillette commercial The Wanderer - Dion di Mucci
KLIF E.S.P. promo Flying High in the Dallas Sky Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland
KLIF DJ Trading Stamp promo I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George

On the original LP were also Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starlighters / Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares / Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren / Locomotion - Little Eva. They were replaced on this CD by What's Your Name - Don and Juan / I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George.

Comment, comment, comment....

Monday, October 20, 2008


Wanda's sweetheart serenade_Elvis Presley

Every monday Wanda does her utmost to 'air' with two great hours of just Elvis Presley songs. I recorded part of her show last week for ya.

Wanda's sweetheart serenade_Elvis
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care / Such a night / Goodbye Elvis (Will Tura _Belgium) / Tomorrow is a long time / My way (live) / There's No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car / Good Rockin' Tonight / Reconsider baby / Crawfish / Endless sleep / New Orleans (did Wanda do a striptease on this ..?) / Guitar man / Fountain of love / Fairytale (live) / Kiss me quick / I've lost you / From a jack to a king / I met her today / Tomorrow night / Fun in Acapulco / Twenty days and twenty nights / I'll be back

Wanda's Elvis radio show is every monday 9pm(CET)----11pm >> 3pm(ECT)----5pm ! You can attend her live by JOINING her with this link ! This way you get the internet stream directly in your Winamp/Mediaplayer.
Check the comments to get Wanda W's last week Elvis Presley show.


Sunday, October 19, 2008


Youtube video problem on my blog

It seems all my own Youtube videos are no longer available....
Links to videos placed by others on Youtube are ok....
I realy don't understand why my videos seems to cause problems and others don't....

Saturday, October 18, 2008


James Hunter - People gonna talk

Tonight at the AB in Brussels, Belgium there will be a concert by James Hunter.
On LastFM I read :
Hunter is a British blue-eyed soul singer whose smokey mellifluous voice has been compared to his influences like Sam Cooke, Georgie Fame and Jackie Wilson. Hunter began his roots music career in the 1980s under the name Howlin’ Wilf. His later solo recordings feature rhythm and blues in the style of the 1950s and 60’s, pitched between R&B, early rock and roll, and early soul. His 1994 solo debut, Believe What I Say, had guest appearances by Doris Troy and Van Morrison, and Hunter appeared on a couple of Morrisons’s mid-’90s albums, as well as performing as part of Morrison’s Rhythm and Blues Revue. Hunter, who jokingly refers to his career as an “overnight success that took 20 years”, is also a skilled guitarist, and writes most of the material on his albums, including his 2001 release, Kick It Around. He released People Gonna Talk in 2006 which garnered him much acclaim and his first stateside recognition in year end top ten lists of major media outlets. His most recent album, The Hard Way, released in 2008, was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London and includes a cameo from Allen Toussaint. Hunter seems poised for additional career breakthroughs via increased exposure through television and radio, and distribution through Starbucks music label feeding a demand for other retro sounding artists like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele, who too echo the classic soul sounds from the ’50s and 60s.

Van Morrison : "one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R'n'B and soul".

Some of my Popcorn friends will attend this 'sold out' concert. Of course they will sing out loud his superb People gonna talk & You can't win..... After the concert they'll go to one of the Popcorn parties in Belgium. To get all a little bit in the right mood here's a nice compilation album by James Hunter.

James Hunter - People gonna talk
01-People Gonna Talk
02-No Smoke Without Fire
03-You Can't Win
04-Riot in My Heart
05-'Til Your Fool Comes Home
07-I'll Walk Away
08-Watch & Chain
09-Kick It Around
10-Don't Come Back
11-It's Easy to Say
12-Tell Her for Me
13-Talking 'bout My Love
14-All Through Cryin'

Conclusion. James Hunter is a modern singer who unapologetically embraces the R&B sounds of the 50s and early 60s. He's developed a sizeable following in the UK for his brand of authentic soul music, which he is now bringing to the US. He found a fan in legendary singer Van Morrison (can there be a better advisor to listen to this guy ??), and ended up touring with him on both sides of the Atlantic. At a time when radio is spewing a fair amount of anti-music, theres a lot of appeal to his work that basks in engaging tunes, soulful vocals and the simple arrangements of guitar, bass, saxophone and drums.

Note a nice concert at AB 2007_november_13 Skatalites + The Aggrolites !!

Will there be more comments besides just mine ?

Thursday, October 16, 2008


My daughter went to Jamaica again

My daughter went to Jamaica again and it seems, like the last time, there will be again some rain, thunderstorm and so on..... My blog is my private diary so I wanna check again the weather the next weeks....

Weather Forecast | Weather Maps | Weather Radar | Hurricane Center

Click on video on the left & on 15 days on the right for your weather forecast.

Getting up early 'cause I have to bring her to the airport.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Nicky Hopkins was a tin man dreamer

A friend of mine likes to learn a littlebit about classical music. Simple classical to start with. So I ripped some Bach - Brandenburg Concerts & the organ church music Jesu joy of my desiring, Vivaldi - Four seasons, some Mozart, Tchaikovsky - First piano concert (Allegro Non Troppo) and so on. I hope it'll be not too difficult for her.

I told ya all earlier about Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady grove.
Check my archive 2008_july_08 and listen to Nicky Hopkins Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder. In my humble opinion a classic in Popmusic, a 'must have'.
This keyboardist lent his talents to an astonishing number of LPs - the Who's My Generation, the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society just to name a few. Listen to some outtakes of the Rolling Stones Satanic sessions.... Need I go on ?

When you search the internet, no doubt, you will find a lot about this pop classical keyboardplayer. Check Revolutionary Piano of Nicky Hopkins.

Nicky Hopkins AMG Biography by John Dougan
Born Feb 24, 1944 in London, England & Died Sep 6, 1994.
Check the credits on any number of rock albums from the late '60s through the '80s, especially Rolling Stones albums, and you'll come across the name Nicky Hopkins. For almost two decades, he was the most in-demand session pianist in rock; the Beatles, Kinks, Who, Jeff Beck Group, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane — there was hardly a major rock band in the world that hadn't benefited from Hopkins' deft touch at the keyboards. Born in London in 1944, Hopkins honed his chops with Screaming Lord Sutch and British bluesmeister Cyril Davies before producer Shel Talmy absconded with him to provide keyboards on early Kinks and Who albums. Hopkins' biggest break was in 1967, when he worked with the Stones on Their Satanic Majesties Request; it was the start of a professional relationship with the band that would last until 1980. Hopkins only recorded three solo albums, the second of which, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer, was a surprisingly solid, engaging record that, frankly, no one thought he was capable of recording. Frail and often in ill health, Hopkins never toured much, preferring the studio to the road. Sadly, his chronic health problems culminated in his death in October 1994.

Hopkins, Nicky - The tin man was a dreamer _1973
01-Sundown in Mexico
02-Waiting for the Band
03-Edward (the mad shirt grinder)
05-Speed On
07-Banana Anna
08-Lawyer's Lament
09-Shout It Out
10-Pig's Boogie

AMG Review by Bruce Eder
Nicky Hopkins' finest solo album, the memorably titled The Tin Man Was A Dreamer is a solid piece of engagingly edgy pop-rock — picture Elton John's early '70s work with more variety, a few rough edges, and a bit less ego. As one would expect, Hopkins' piano playing (augmented by the organ in spots) dominates most of the songs, but there's ample room for strong contributions from George Harrison (working as "George O'Hara") on lead and slide guitar on four of the tracks, and Mick Taylor on lead and acoustic guitars on four tracks; the rest of the band includes Klaus Voormann on bass and Bobby Keys on sax, as well as future Tubes alumnus Prairie Prince on drums. Highlights include the hauntingly beautiful ballad Dolly, the closest thing to a potential hit on this album, featuring a moving vocal performance by Hopkins (who wasn't known as a singer), with a beautifully understated lead guitar contribution by Taylor; the instrumental Edward, featuring Hopkins' piano and organ rippling across a wide range of musical textures; the pounding, pumping rocker Speed On, which offers Hopkins and his songwriting partner Jerry Williams on vocals; the wittily scatalogoical Banana Anna; Lawyer's Lament, with its exquisite harmonies and Taylor's sensitive lead playing; and the rollicking Pig's Boogie, which crosses paths with the work of Merrill Moore and Jerry Lee Lewis. This isn't a perfect album, lacking the pronounced pop hooks of, say, Elton John's work of the same period, to put it across to the public, or the personality flash to go with the virtuosity to make Hopkins into a star, but it is a very worthwhile foray into center-stage by one of rock's most renowned side- and session men.

It's time to check the comments and enjoy one of my favorite piano-players !

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Monty Python - The good old days

Monty Python - Four Yorkshiremen, The 1948 show

Monty Python - Four Yorkshiremen, 40 years later
(Four yorkshiremen with John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin & Terry Jones).

I wrote about the financial crises and how little we had in them fifties when we were young. This morning Keld (we don't differ much in age..) responded in the shoutbox and asked for a Monty Python sketch 'in them good old days'. Well I picked these two from Youtube (there are more 'alike'..).
Of course this is cabaret but in fact we didn't had much.
I remember Santa Claus. When we got home from church in the middle of the night Santa had visited us.... I got a color pencil set for school, new underwear set, some sweeties, drawing paper and a simple chess board....
How happy I was (as were my sister and brother with the same kind of gifts).....
We learned to be satisfied with 'nothing' and man o man, how happy we were...

Monday, October 13, 2008


Popcornworld according to Binky Spoons

This afternoon UK's Binky Spoons shouted in the shoutbox on the left and even 'dared' to put a link to his/her (according to 'Blue' one never knows these days....) renewed Blog.
As I am a lover of the musical style Popcorn a lot of my visitors are. Binky seems to have the same musical taste and will offer you every sunday (at least that's the promise) a nice Popcorn soup. So spoon necessary...

Hello to anyone stumbling across this blog and welcome to my world.
Every week, usually a Sunday im going to be digging about to find 5 records from years gone by , all with a Soul and popcorn theme.
Some are quite rare, some not , but all quite obscure and long forgotten, except for the delvers and collectors of spoons out there.

You can make it a succesful Blog by visiting The world of Binky Spoons. Today I offer ya the same artists with different Popcorn songs.
Popcorn_The world of Binky Spoons 2008_10_13

01-Alan David - I Don't Want To Cry
02-Daylighters ft Gerald Sims - Cool Breeze
03-Gale Garnett - You've Been Talking 'Bout Me Baby
04-Jimmy Randolph - Miracle After Miracle
05-Susan Singer - Lock Your Heart Away

So today just these five can be found in the comment.
If you like this again why don't you do like Binky Spoons and start a Blog yourself. If that is/seems too difficult for ya you can post this kind of oldies on my simple Blog. Just mail me at jean.dupree(at)


Sunday, October 12, 2008


Eurovison songcontest 1959 Teddy Scholten

Teddy Scholten - Een beetje

'Blue' requested yesterday in the comment about RATO some info about the Dutch winner of the 1959 Eurovision song contest. He is thinking about a guy but it was lady as you can see in this Youtube video ! I will not blame him...
She was born Teddy van Swieteren (1926_may_11) and I believe she originally was a TV announcer and it was more a joke to join the contest (she was asked by the former NTS_National Television Organisation).
In the later years she and her husband Henk Scholten made some TVshows and in 1966 she herself presented the Dutch National Songcontest. They made together some covers of well known songs like Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren & Ron Goodwin Orchestra - Goodness gracious me. Like Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren weren't great singers they weren't either if I remember well. Okay, she wasn't bad, but it wasn't really 'her thing' although they made a good living of it.
Addition/correction appreciated.
The songtitle is 'A little bit' but the lyrics aren't translatable. It is just a simple word game about love.... On the other hand, in just three minutes a little story is told.... The lyrics of the oldies are so much better compared to todays songs...

The link to this song is temporarily available in the comments.

Shame on me assuming 'Blue' is a guy... Made the same mistake... Lol, 'Blue' is a lady. And 'cause I like girls far more than boys I'd better correct it...

Saturday, October 11, 2008


RATO went back to the fifties 10

I like listening to old music and making compilations for ya all.
Last weeks I just had time to listen. I hadn't much time to work on my Blog due to the 'financial crises'.
So many people still don't know what it's all about. So sad, just being greedy. Too high mortgages, too many loans, two cars, three holidays... Yups... I want this and that and I want it now. I am entitled to have...
Saving an apple for a rainy day ? Never heard of...
I wanted to write about my family portfolio but will not do. You will not like my 'positive' status. So lemmie just tell ya I can sleep very well and find the whole thing very interesting... A lesson to all, not just those bankers...

In them fifties life was so easy. We played with 'nothing'. Made ourselves a soccerbal. Were satisfied and very happy with a new pencil for school.
Of course we had wishes. If it wasn't fulfilled next month maybe the next annual quarter and if not who cares. It was nice to have wishes. Untill today I don't want to have all the music I like. I still like to have wishes....
We cared for each other. We talked and helped.
Today, I wrote it before, human mankind is selfish. Just wanna have, gready.
Even a nice thank you, let alone some more words, are too much for those who downloaded my links. They (you ?) don't care about the time involved.
For a long time I am thinking about stopping. Read and reread my simple short Next shots on Lucky Luke. I can imagine the same goes for many other Bloggers.

I suppose you all will find this too much bla bla again.
You just wanna have music and for the rest : Blogger f*ck off, I can use my precious time in a better way than to give a one minute comment.....

Today, not my compilation but one from 'RATO Records'.

As he says : Já há mais de 7 meses que esta coleção tão apreciada pelos mais "velhotes" não aparecia aqui pela toca. Ok, agora que ela regressou, e em força, fica a promessa de a verem chegar rapidamente à primeira dúzia.
Pay him a visit at RATO Records Blog: BACK TO THE FIFTIES 10, come back to him and give this fine Portuguese lad some feedback.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Marvelettes asked Please Mr Postman in 1961

The Marvelettes' career epitomized the haphazard progress endured by many of the leading girl-groups of the early 60s. Despite enjoying several major US hits, they were unable to sustain a consistent line-up, and their constant shifts in personnel made it difficult to overcome their rather anonymous public image. The group was formed in the late 50s by five students at Inkster High School in Michigan, USA: Gladys Horton, Georgeanna Marie Tillman (died 6 January 1980), Wanda Young, Katherine Anderson and Juanita Grant. They were spotted at a school talent show by Robert Bateman of the Satintones, who introduced them to Berry Gordy, head of the fledgling Motown organization. Bateman co-produced their early releases with Brian Holland, and the partnership found immediate success with Please Mr Postman - a US number 1 in 1961, and Motown's biggest-selling record up to that point. This effervescent slice of pop-R&B captivated teenage audiences in the USA, and the song was introduced to an even wider public when the Beatles recorded a faithful cover version on their second album.
After a blatant attempt to repeat the winning formula with Twistin' Postman, the Marvelettes made the Top 20 again in 1962 with Playboy and the chirpy Beechwood 4-5789. The cycle of line-up changes was already underway, with Juanita Grant's departure reducing the group to a four-piece. The comparative failure of the next few singles also took its toll, and by 1965, Tillman had also left. The remaining trio, occasionally augmented by Florence Ballard of the Supremes, was paired with producer/writer Smokey Robinson. He tailored a series of ambitious hit singles for the group, the most successful of which was Don't Mess With Bill in 1966 - although The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game' was arguably a more significant achievement. Gladys Horton, the Marvelettes usual lead singer, left the group in 1967, to be replaced by Anne Bogan. They continued to notch up minor soul hits for the remainder of the decade, most notably (When You're) Young And In Love, before disintegrating in 1970. Wanda Young completed the group's recording commitments with an album, The Return Of The Marvelettes, which saw her supported by session vocalists. In 1989 original members Wanda Rogers and Gladys Horton, plus Echo Johnson and Jean McLain, recorded for Motor City, issuing the disco-sounding Holding On With Both Hands and Now. Johnson and McLain were replaced by Jackie and Regina Holleman for subsequent releases.

Here's their first 1961 LP
Marvelettes - Please Mr Postman

02-I Want A Guy
03-Please Mr Postman
04-So Long Baby
05-I Know How It Feels
06-Way Over There
07-Happy Days
08-You Dont Want Me No More
09-All The Love I've Got
11-Oh I Apologize


Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Bob Dylan Theme time radio 3 season

Imogen wrote in the shoutbox : Hi, I am trying to get hold of a complete set of recordings of Bob Dylans Theme Time Radio Hour - I am in Australia so miss most of the due to time differences - do you know where I can get them?
For those who want the older episodes check Theme Time Radio Hour Archive.
I checked two links and and it was very good. Needless to say I have all the shows of the first two years myself and already made some people very happy.
Today Bob Dylan started the new season and the first episode was called Money part one. What a choice in these days.... and it was fun again to listen to mister Bobby Zimmerman !


Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Chuck Jackson's tribute to king Elvis Presley

Chuck Jackson is relatively forgotten today, and his brand of uptown soul is dismissed by the relatively vocal clique of critics who prefer their soul deep and down-home. But Chuck Jackson was a regular visitor to the R&B charts (and an occasional one to the pop listings) in the early '60s with such early pop-soul concoctions as I Don't Want to Cry, Any Day Now, and Tell Him I'm Not Home. His records were very much of a piece with New York pop/rock-soul production, with cheeky brass, sweeping strings, and female backup vocalists. Those production trills make his work sound dated to some listeners, and his hoarse, emotional vocals weren't as subtle or commanding as peers like Ben E King or Wilson Pickett. On its own terms, though, his best work is quite good, whether you prefer pop to soul or vice versa.

Jackson sang with one of the best doo wop groups, the Dell-Vikings, for a while in the late '50s (although he doesn't appear on their hit singles). Spotted by Scepter Records while performing with Jackie Wilson's Revue, he started recording for the label in 1961. As was the case with labelmates Dionne Warwick and the Shirelles, Jackson's early-'60s arrangements blended pop, R&B, and New York-session professionalism. Like Warwick, Jackson was one of the first singers to successfully record Bacharach-David material; one of his best singles, I Keep Forgettin (1962), was written and produced by Leiber-Stoller. Jackson had some success with some duets with Maxine Brown in the mid-'60s, but he left Wand in 1967 for Motown, at the urging of Smokey Robinson. Jackson was (perhaps understandably) lost in the shuffle during his four years at Motown, and he's barely been heard from since, although he remains a favorite on England's Northern soul scene.

We had so much fun last night listening and chatting to Wanda Watson's weekly two hours broadcast about the king Elvis Presley I almost forgot I still had to make a Blog-posting. After a long consultation with Ingrid I decided to offer you the following album, after all she is a fan of Chuck Jackson.

The album Dedicated to the King!! ranks atop the series of tribute LPs Chuck Jackson cut for Wand during the mid-'60s — a soulful and respectful tribute to the music of Elvis Presley, it wisely avoids the schmaltz Presley recorded upon going Hollywood in favor of the perennially vital rock & roll classics he cut at the outset of his career. Jackson sheds his trademark uptown sophistication to get down and dirty on these ten tracks, instilling pop classics like Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, and Hound Dog with surprising grit and potency. Best of all is his poignant reading of Crying in the Chapel, borrowed by Elvis from R&B legends the Orioles.

Chuck Jackson - Dedicated to the king _1966
01-Hound Dog
02-Heartbreak Hotel
03-Don't Be Cruel
04-Jailhouse Rock
05-Teddy Bear
06-Love Me Teddy
07-Crying In The Chapel
09-I Forgot To Remember To Forget
10-It's Now Or Never

At least there's my comment. Yours also ?


Monday, October 06, 2008


Battle at Kruger

Yesterday's Chevy Impala reminded me of a video I downloaded from Youtube...
An 8 minute battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa's Kruger National Park while on safari.

Battle at Kruger

It's an amateur film but a professional couldn't have done it better. A 'must see' !
I sincerely hope everyone who watched this great private video gives a comment.

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe 1959

Again a picture of the car we had 1959-1966 when a stupid drunk person had to drive in the night and destroy eight cars in our street.....

Isn't 'she' a nice car with sweet lines ????

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Sugar Popcorn tastes so sweet tonight

The last days/weeks/months weren't exactly nice on the financial markets.... But you know, when the need is the highest some help is on it's way... POPCORN on Laser radio next saturday will be a resting point to reflect new investments !

For saturday's Popcorn playlist go to LASER radio or the Sugar Popcorn Laser_log_Popcorn page and take a look at the playlist.
Saturday at exactly 20hrs local_CET time (14hrs_ECT time) Theo Dumoulin says : Go Popcorn go ! You can attend live if you JOIN us ! This way you get the internet stream directly in your Winamp or Mediaplayer.
You can also go to the LASER stream page and their stream.

To get everyone a littlebit 'in the mood' here's as usual my (alternative) playlist.
Please note, this is not a normal LP/CD, just some songs gathered from various singles/albums and even old 18cm tapes. I 'follow' Theo's playlist tracks but just use other songs by the same artists. I posted in the past already a lot of todays possible cover Popcorn songs so I compiled some tasty lesser-popcorn here !

Popcorn 2008_10_04 Sugar Popcorn
01-Bob Bellows - Tout Doux, Tout Doux
02-Titus Turner - Miss Rubberneck Jones
03-Brass Ring - The Phoenix Love Theme (instrumental)
05-Georgie Fame - Green Onions (instrumental)
07-Fleetwoods - He's the Great Imposter
08-Billy Butler & Enchanters - Found True Love
09-Bunny Paul - History
10-Arthur Epps - Baby These Are The Things I Need
12-Chase Webster - Moody River
13-Fortune Tellers - Marry Her Joe
15-Marva Josie - I don't care
16-Otis Leavill - Why, why, why
18-Byron Lee & Dragonaires - Watermelon Man (instrumental)
19-Kenny Rankin - Where Did My Little Girl Go
21-Walter Jackson - It Will Be The Last Time
25-Donald Jenkins & Delighters - Adios (My Secret Love)
29-Willows - It's Such A Shame
32-Floyd Robinson - The Art Of Making Love
33-Frontiers - Each Night I Pray
39-Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie - Move Over Babe (instrumental)

You can have 'live chat fun' too if you join us in the Laser Radio chatroom. Theo appreciates questions and will give even more info.
Chatroom info using mIRC (best option : mIRC passed 2008_february the 150 million download mark !!)
Server: IRCnet Channel:
The language is Dutch but everyone can answer in English. Give it a try if you like the above tunes !! But please be there in time, we have just a small room ... :-)

The above chat printscreen is taken at his show #100 in 2003 after all Theo started his Popcorn show on Radio192 2001_october_06, so we have something to celebrate tonight... ! .

Finally, the music link to this 45 minutes compilation is in the comment.


Friday, October 03, 2008


Veronica_Lex Harding & Ad Bouman - ABTT

Number five, picked from my old offshore radio archives, of radio Veronica broadcasts is by DJ Lex Harding & technician Ad Bouman.

The show is called Lexjo ('Lex show'...) with sub-title ABTT (Ad Bouman Top Ten).
What a mess this program always was....
It was the week after a Veronica party at the Pier in Scheveningen_The Hague. Lex announces this program as an 'ABTT new style'.
A lot of guest are present. Sieb Kroeske, Jan Bult (record plugger), Tineke de Nooij, Jos Hogen and Juul Geleick.
Juul Geleick tells how he and Ad went to Amsterdam.... But the story ends into ... nothing !
Ad Bouman and Lex Harding are quarreling. Ad even says : "I'll hit you in the face'...! Of course they are joking, which the whole program always was.
There was at the time an Ad Bouman fanclub. Sieb tells about missing money from the fanclub... Lol...

This particulair tape was lost for years but Sieb did found it on his attic...

Veronica_73_october_08_Lex Harding & Ad Bouman - Lexjo_ABTT (19_20)
Here's todays ABTT top10.
10 Fungus (NL) - Farewell to Torwathi
09 Grass (NL) - Colorblind
08 Who - 5.15
08 Dylan, Bob - Knocking on heaven's door
07 Isley Brothers - That lady
06 Manfred Mann - Joy bringer
05 Wood, Roy - Nancy
04 Walsh, Joe - Rocky mountain way
03 Ferry, Bryan - LP these foolish things
02 Miller Band, Steve - the Joker
01 Santana - Samba pa ti

Why this particular broadcast ?
This studio recording is from 1973_october_08, exactly 35 years old..
After the closure of off-shore Radio Veronica Ad Bouman worked later on for years for public Radio Veronica.
After a Veronica reunion in 1999 in Lapershoek in Hilversum (see Lex and Ad at the left picture in 1974 and 1999....) Ad Bouman and Michael Bakker started Radio192.
On Radio192 Theo Dumoulin started in 2001_october_06 his Popcorn program (see tomorrow).
After Radio192's deficit Ad Bouman started Laser radio 2 years ago.
Sieb Kroeske was a leading factor of Laser radio but sadly left recently. Sieb was the chairman of the Ad Bouman fanclub in them seventees.
When Theo Dumoulin does his Popcorn show tomorrow at least 2 AB-fanclubmembers will be present in the chatroom...
Well enough reasons for those who remember them times to pick this broadcast I think.

If you wanna join this 'mess' hurry up to the comments to get this broadcast.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Popcornparty saturday in Temse_The Pocket

Dj’s Andre Seymus & Giovanni are ready for you next saterday in
music cafe The Pocket in Temse for Popcornoldies as they should be !!!
When I get an invitation I may join them next saturday...
Take a look at to get more info.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Little did you know about the Techniques

The Techniques were a rocksteady vocal harmony group (formed in Jamaica in 1964 and disbanded in 1966). The group included singer Junior Menz (previously of the Paragons) and had hit songs, such as Little Did You Know, by the next year for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label. The Techniques found more success in 1967, this time with the single Love Is Not a Gamble, which was also issued in the UK on the young Trojan label. Despite the emergence and increasing popularity of reggae, the following year found vocal groups still going strong, and the Techniques had two more hits that year, one, with their entry in the Jamaican Song Festival, Run Come Celebrate, and the second, with their take on the signature tune of the Temptations, My Girl. With their recordings scattered across dozens of compilations, the Heartbeat label's Run Come Celebrate (1993) was a welcome way to own a number of songs by the Techniques on one CD.

Why all this bla bla again ? Well, Belgium PopcornCity's DJ Jan van Deijck asked me last sunday to provide him Lyn Taite & Baba Brooks Band - Magnificent Ska to air on one of his next Popcorncity shows. The song is on the first (and I believe only) LP the Techniques made. At the time they didn't recorded much songs so the album was completed with some Baba Brooks songs. I don't believe you will find these songs on a Techniques compilation cd. Today I present you this original LP.

Techniques - Little Did You Know _1967
01-Techniques - Little Did You Know
02-Baba Brooks - Twilight Zone
03-Techniques - When You Are Wrong
04-Techniques - Please Say You Are Mine
05-Techniques - I Wish It Would Rain
06-Techniques - My Whole Life Depends On You
07-Techniques - Queen Majesty
08-Lyn Taite & Baba Brooks Band - Magnificent Ska
09-Techniques - I Am In Love
10-Baba Brooks Band - Gun Fever
11-Techniques - You Don't Know
12-Baba Brooks Band - Dog War Jump Up

About the song and title of this album.....
Slim Smith would really set Jamaica, and the UK, alight during the rocksteady era, the apex of the vocal groups, but his work with the Techniques during the ska age was equally unforgettable. Little Did You Know was the first song that the Techniques cut for Duke Reid, and it's clear the producer had some way to go in showcasing the band. The single is set to a driving ska arrangement, slamming beats further harried by a clippity-cloppity cowbell. Trumpeter Baba Brooks, whose band provides the accompaniment, turns the heat up higher with a jubilant middle-break solo. With such a forceful backdrop, lead singer Slim Smith has little choice but to belt out the lyrics, presenting a tougher soulfulness that will be seldom heard in the rocksteady years. This song would pale in comparison with his later work, but the single was a hit and helped further establish the group's reputation.

I used the front scan from someone else.... Saves me time.
Along with Jamaican Raphy, do you dare to ska-dance and comment to this ?

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