Anyone got a nickel? I would like to hear track K8 - Da Doo Ron Ron by The Crystals please.

Dad’s Oldies Mix Tape = My Education


When I was a wee lad, my father went to work creating an oldies mix tape for us while on road trips and weekend visits.  This mix tape would serve as the backbone of my musical education - it’s romantic gestures, funky backbeats, great stories, killer grooves, amazing voices and just… yeah.  Here’s half the tape, 11 songs.

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Turner
  • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin
  • Home of the Blues by Johnny Cash
  • Big Town by Ronnie Self
  • Goodnight My Love by Jesse Belvin
  • Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter
  • Drown In My Own Tears by Ray Charles
  • Ruby Baby by The Drifters
  • Fever by Little Willie John
  • Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On by Jerry Lee Lewis 

Not a bad start, huh?

The digital versions of all the 45s I copped on Saturday.

Score!  I found a beautifully maintained record store in Charlottesville, Virginia while kicking it with my pops and girlfriend.  It’s not a hipster hangout but a place for genuine music fans, a sort of clubhouse for psychedelic rockers and punkers, for those who are looking for just that right sound, for those who know how to skank to the beat and for those jazz cats who always know where the downbeat is. Ask for Gwen Berthy and tell him Jason sent you. 

I picked up this superb stash of 45s:

  • I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
  • Cold Sweat - James Brown
  • In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
  • I’m a Midnight Mover - Wilson Pickett
  • Gimme Little Sign - Benton Wood
  • Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and his Comets
  • Funky Chicken - Willie Henderson and the Soul Explosion
  • Promised Land - Chuck Berry
  • Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharohs
  • Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
  • Super Freak - Rick James
  • Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  • (I’m A) Road Runner - Jr. Walker and the All Stars
  • Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
  • Fever - Peggy Lee
  • Dirty Water - The Standells
  • Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • You’re Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
  • The Twist - Chubby Checker

My Childhood at 45 Revolutions Per Minute

These songs served as a huge piece of my inspiration as a kid. You hear Rice Krispies (Snaps, Crackles and Pops) because they were recorded off the original vinyl. Have a boat load of fun.

In no particular order:

  • The Boy from New York City - The Ad-Libs
  • Bend Me, Shape Me - The American Breed
  • Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades
  • Let’s Dance - Chris Montez
  • The Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peters
  • Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five
  • Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings
  • The Wonder of You - Elvis
  • Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots
  • The Rapper - The Jaggerz
  • Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay and The Techniques
  • Little Bit O’Soul - The Music Explosion
  • Needles and Pins - The Searchers
  • Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
  • Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
  • Five O’Clock World - The Vogues
  • I Can See For Miles - The Who

Shooby Dooby Doo

I also do a music podcast called the Ear Candy Update. This episode is dedicated to that glorious sound of Doo Wop from the ’50s and ’60s.

The tracks:

  • Blue Moon by The Marcels
  • Lily Maebelle by The Valentines
  • Money Honey by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
  • Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnight by The Spaniels
  • Sh-Boom by The Chords Earth Angel
  • (Will You Be Mine) by The Penguins
  • Mary Lee by Rainbows
  • Story Untold by The Nutmegs
  • Only You (And You Alone) by The Platters
  • One Mint Julep by The Clovers
  • At My Front Door by The El Dorados
  • I Met Him On a Sunday by The Shirelles
  • Get A Job by The Silhouettes
  • Book of Love by The Monotones
  • I Wonder Why by Dion & The Belmonts
  • Everyday of the Week by The Students
  • 16 Candles by The Crests
  • Since I Don’t Have You by The Skyliners
  • Pizza Pie by Norman Fox & The Rob Roys
  • Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) by The Impalas
  • A Teenager in Love by Dion & The Belmonts
  • Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop by Little Anthony & The Imperials
  • Tonight I Fell In Love by The Tokens
  • Barbara-Ann by The Regents
  • Rama Lama Ding Dong by The Edsels
  • Never Let You Go by The Five Discs
  • Denise by Randy & The Rainbows
  • Stay by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs


Everyday || Buddy Holly

May you find your one true love. May you sing on rainy days. May you dance the funky chicken at your wedding anniversary. May every song you sing be your favorite tune.vintage

You see, covers songs are remarkably overrated. What I dig are the original versions of killers. If you dig deep enough you may find they’re sublimely different and often better than the cover versions.

This is not to discredit Otis Redding’s “Respect.” His version is absolutely incredible, but a clear difference exists between incredible and legendary. Aretha took that song and made it so. When Bob Dylan does All Along the Watchtower now he plays it like Jimi did. Even still, the original version of classic cuts often provide deeper insight, especially once one gets beyond the mystique or vocal talent. Frankly, some tunes are better in rough fashion. Some jams work best when they’re loose shambles before a slick producer gets his hands on it. Here’s to the authentic. 

These songs were covered by Johnny Cash, The Clash, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett and more.