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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.

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Options January 31, 2018: An evening listening intently to women making beautiful music.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3 
Etta James  Tell Mama   Options 45RPM Single  Chess  1967  45 
Gladys Knight and the Pips  Just Walk In My Shoes   Options 45RPM Single  Soul  1966  45 
Gloria Jones  Heartbeat Pt1   Options 45RPM Single  Uptown  1965  45 
Irma Thomas  What Are You Trying To Do   Options 45RPM Single  Imperial  1965  45 
Piccola Pupa  Breakaway   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1965  45 
Sandy Wynns  Love Belongs To Everyone   Options 45RPM Single  Champion  1964  45 
Vicky Gomez  Boys Are a Dime a Dozen   Options 45RPM Single  ABC/Paramount  1965  45 
Rita and the Tiaras  Gone With the Wind Is My Love   Options Collectors Delight Volume One  Dore  1967  LP 
 
The Apollas  Mr Creator   Options 45RPM Single  Warner Brothers  1967  45 
Dorothy Berry  Shindig City   Options 45RPM Single  Planetary  1965  45 
Funky Sisters  Soul Woman   Options 45RPM Single  Aurora  1968  45 
Bobbettes  Tighten Up Your Own Home   Options 45RPM Single  Mayhew  1972  45 
Roberta Flack  Compared To What   Options First Take  Atlantic  1969  LP 
Mieko Hirota  On a Sorrowful Day   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia JP  1969  45 
Nanette Workman  Lady Marmalade   Options 45RPM Single  Pacha  1975  45 
Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and the Trinity  Indian Ropeman   Options 45RPM Single  Marmalade  1969  45 
 
Twiggy  When I Think About You   Options 45RPM Single  Capitol  1967  45 
Lynne Randell  That's a Hoedown   Options 45RPM Single  Epic  1967  45 
Lulu  Love Loves To Love Love   Options 45RPM Single  Epic  1967  45 
Janis Ian  Sweet Misery   Options The Secret Life of J Eddy Fink  Verve  1968  LP 
Julie Budd  All's Quiet On West 23rd Street   Options Child of PLenty  MGM  1968  LP 
Jeannie Piersol  Gladys   Options 45RPM Single  Cadet Concept  1968  45 
Norma Tanega  Walking My Cat Named Dog   Options Walking My Cat Named Dog  New Voice  1966  LP 
Lesley Gore  Off and Running   Options California Nights  Mercury  1967  LP 
Francoise Hardy  Ce Petit Couer   Options Francoise Hardy  Four Corners  1965  LP 
2 of Clubs  Heart   Options 45RPM Single  Fraternity  1966  45 
Evie Sands  Take Me For a Little While   Options 45RPM Single  Blue Cat  1965  45 
Bonnie Hayes and Wild Combo  Girls Like Me   Options Good Clean Fun  Slash  1982  LP 
 
Shirley Bassey  Light My Fire   Options Something  United Artists  1970  LP 
Rita Coolidge  Walkin' In the Morning   Options 45RPM Single  Pepper  1969  45 
Lynn Castle and Last Friday's Fire  Rose Colored Corner   Options 45RPM Single  LHI  1969  45 
Merilee Rush  Reach Out   Options 45RPM Single  AGP  1968  45 
Roslyn Kind  A Modern Day Version of Love   Options Give Me You  RCA  1969  LP 
Tina Mason  Are You There   Options Something Wonderful  Capitol  1967  LP 
Dusty Springfield  No Stranger Am I   Options 45RPM Single  Philips  1968  45 
Brenda Lee  The Crying Game   Options 45RPM Single  Decca  1965  45 
Della Reese  It Was a Very Good Year   Options 45RPM Single  ABC/Paramount  1966  45 
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45 

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:02pm Jeff Ash:

Hello from Wisconsin, where we're about to go back into the deep freeze through the weekend. We gather for some heat from Mr. Larry Grogan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:03pm Uncle Michael:

'zappening?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:03pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Unk!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:04pm coelacanth∅:

hey Larry and others
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

Hey C!
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:06pm still b/p:

I like this GK&P...don't think I've heard it. Did it do anything in '66?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:08pm Funky16Corners:

Hey SBP! According to Billboard R&B not a thing. Big record on the Northern Soul scene though
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

ARSA says that it had regional Top 40 success in the midwest
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:16pm Parq:

Supper's almost ready.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:17pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:17pm Parq:

(Mrs. Parq works late.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:17pm Funky16Corners:

Mrs Testify was out tonight so the Grogan boys had a big greasy pizza with anchovies
  Wed. 1/31/18 10:21pm cupcakejenny:

Psst. You don’t “spin” things into the warp and weft. That’s weaving. ;D
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:22pm still b/p:

I'm having a roasted vegetable pizza (that started froze) and I added butternut squash and pesto quinoa on top.

Speaking of 1966 music, that's one of those years with a pretty extraordinary fun and interesting line-up for the Billboard Top 100. I'm biased, of course, by memories and nostalgia and the follow-up appreciation and broader history of pop & rock. But, I'm tellin' ya...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:25pm Funky16Corners:

1966 is my pick for the best year of the 60s. It really represents a sweet spot for stylistic growth and transitions
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:29pm coelacanth∅:

i've said before i think the renaissance of modern music was from 1966 through 1977. ...am i being too generous to go up to '77? maybe '75.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:30pm coelacanth∅:

(of course this is greatly influenced by my own preferences!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:30pm Funky16Corners:

If you include 77 you get punk in full flower and the birth of new wave
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:33pm still b/p:

Guy I used to work with would say "we got ripped off...shafted" because our junior high through young adult years were in a period of poor music -- the 70s. I said no no no. You just weren't looking or weren't aware of the range. It wasn't just bubble gum and disco. (And even some of that found redemption in my ears later.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:35pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, plenty to love in the 70s. Some night I'm going to do a show composed entirely of high quality disco and stylish modern soul from the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:36pm coelacanth∅:

right. and i'm a big fan - up to '79 or '80 maybe 81 latest.
but aside from punk/new wave there was a general shift, starting sometime mid-70s toward less creativity and more marketability. punk was the only bright spot, i think, after rock became bravado and formulaic, and disco came.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:37pm Funky16Corners:

I think the record industry was cranked up on cocaine and high profits. I always look to the packaging of records as a touchstone. They were doing crazy things with record jackets in the mid to late 70s that must have cost a fortune with very little return. By the early 80s MCA was shoving double albums into single sleeves to save money
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:38pm coelacanth∅:

this song - one version or another, gets played either in my house or via the jukebox at the pub, more than once/week. Roberta was my first.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:39pm coelacanth∅:

yeah i got some of those who reissues on mca. good deal for poor people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

I have to play the original 1967 Compared to What by Les McCann, two years before his duet with Eddie Harris
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:41pm Funky16Corners:

Actually 1966 www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:43pm coelacanth∅:

to be clear - i like a lot of music from every year of the 70s; including some cheesy rock, cheesy prog and shallow disco! i'm just saying it wasn't a time for blossoming creativity in most of the industry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:44pm Funky16Corners:

Agreed
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:44pm still b/p:

I hope Roberta included numbers like Compared to What when she was singing live...and not just the big later softer hits.
She's 80 -- still performing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:44pm coelacanth∅:

-and the 70s was a fantastic time for reggae
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:45pm still b/p:

"And now we've put together this collection of CDs called 'Extra Cheese' so you can relive those days through this special offer!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:48pm coelacanth∅:

now i'm thinking maybe i've never even heard the Les McCann version, without Eddie Harris
...the live one with Harris is straight up Orgasmic though! it gets people drumming on the bar every time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:49pm coelacanth∅:

sbp i wouldn't buy that; i could make my own though!
  Wed. 1/31/18 10:51pm cupcakejenny:

Distaff??? My fiber Love is rubbing off on you tonight:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:53pm Funky16Corners:

Is distaff a term used in the world of yarn?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:54pm Funky16Corners:

@C 10:48 - I'm shocked that the original version by McCann isn't better known. As far as I can tell Gene McDaniels never recorded his own
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:55pm coelacanth∅:

that first take also has an excellent cover of a Leonard Cohen song, hey that's no way to say goodbye. but yeah the whole album -whew! very moving
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:55pm Parq:

A hoe-down. There's a truly awful pun in there, but I'm too weary to think it up
  Wed. 1/31/18 10:56pm cupcakejenny:

In spinning with a spindle. It’s a tall thing that holds fiber. Isn’t there a Distaff Day or a St. Distaff day?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:56pm coelacanth∅:

i have to hear the Les McCann one
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:56pm Funky16Corners:

I'll put it on the list
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 10:57pm still b/p:

We could all turn into my Dad later...up with insomnia and late night TV and thinking the country music collection is lookin' pretty good. He was trying to decide last year between that and some one of the loudly pitched gizmos or products.

distaff -- a staff for holding the flax, tow, or wool in spinning. didn'tknow that definition, only the other.

Riffy shot of Last Train to Clarksville in the Hoedown.
  Wed. 1/31/18 10:57pm cupcakejenny:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distaff_Day
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:58pm Funky16Corners:

According to Webster the yarn definition is the primary one. I always heard the word used to describe the female
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 10:58pm coelacanth∅:

Parq you already have! but let's just let that one lie there.
(ehem)
  Wed. 1/31/18 10:59pm cupcakejenny:

Well, St Distaff day is made up I think. Its about women going back to work after ephiphony
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:04pm coelacanth∅:

Lulu could've said "Love, Love Loves to Love Love, Love" (a la "buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo")
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:05pm coelacanth∅:

(actually that first comma shouldn't be there)
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:10pm still b/p:

I recognize this done by someone else on the record player in To Sir With Love. Mindbenders.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:11pm Funky16Corners:

The Mindbenders covered it in the movie
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:12pm Funky16Corners:

It was the very first record i ever played on Testify!
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:15pm still b/p:

I wisht I'da heard that inaugural spin. I'd have thought, "Oh. Things will be good here."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:16pm coelacanth∅:

heh i thought sbp was calling the coincidence, since we just heard Lulu, a mindbender
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:16pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks! Hopefully they still are!
  Wed. 1/31/18 11:16pm Doctorjazz:

Hi, checking in for a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:17pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doc!
  Wed. 1/31/18 11:17pm Doctorjazz:

This Evie Sands track is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:18pm Funky16Corners:

One of the greatest songs ever written
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:21pm still b/p:

Now, regressive sorts of males could say, in the fashion of "Ginger? ...or Mary Ann?" such males could say,"Lulu? ...or Judy Geeson?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:26pm Funky16Corners:

Lulu, all the way
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:27pm still b/p:

Well....all the way is up to her.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:27pm Funky16Corners:

But of course
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:31pm Jeff Ash:

This is a most enjoyable show! Nice work!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:31pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Jeff!
  Wed. 1/31/18 11:37pm Doctorjazz:

Man, what a version of Reach Out! Reminds me of the way Vanilla Fudge did their covers (great vocal).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:38pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, really unusual as it's a follow up to Angle of the Morning
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:51pm still b/p:

This is fun, Della's take.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:52pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah. BIG fave of mine
  Wed. 1/31/18 11:53pm Doctorjazz:

Thanks Larry, really enjoyed the tunes, night all!
Avatar Wed. 1/31/18 11:54pm still b/p:

A duet would've been fun with Frank....but back in the late 60s, not like Frank's late, late kind of vacant duets.

Wonderful show, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:56pm coelacanth∅:

it was very fudgie
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Larry
good night all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/31/18 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks C, everyone!
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