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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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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Chubby Checker  Back In the USSR   Options 45RPM Single  Buddah  1969  45  0:01:31 (Pop‑up)
Kenny Rankin  Dear Prudence   Options Family  Mercury  1969  LP  0:04:14 (Pop‑up)
Arif Mardin  Glass Onion   Options Glass Onion  Atlantic  1969  LP  0:10:04 (Pop‑up)
Mel Brown  Obladi Oblada   Options Blues For We  Impulse  1969  LP  0:12:46 (Pop‑up)
Das Damen  Wild Honey Pie   Options The Melting Pot  SST  1988  LP  0:16:16 (Pop‑up)
Young Blood  The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill   Options 45RPM Single  Pye  1969  45  0:17:43 (Pop‑up)
 
Assembled Multitude  While My Guitar Gently Weeps   Options The Assembled Multitude  Atlantic  1970  LP  0:26:59 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Bryant  Happiness Is a Warm Gun   Options Earth Dance  World Pacific  1969  LP  0:30:58 (Pop‑up)
Ambrose Slade  Martha My Dear   Options Beginnings  Fontana  1969  LP  0:34:00 (Pop‑up)
Susan Carter  I'm So Tired   Options Wonderful Deeds and Adventures  Epic  1970  LP  0:36:16 (Pop‑up)
Punch  Blackbird   Options Punch  A&M  1971  LP  0:39:02 (Pop‑up)
Theodore Bikel  Piggies   Options A New Day  Reprise  1969  LP  0:41:44 (Pop‑up)
Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo  Rocky Raccoon   Options Lena and Gabor  Skye  1970  LP  0:44:19 (Pop‑up)
Georgia Satellites  Don't Pass Me By   Options 12" Single  Elektra  1988  12"  0:47:48 (Pop‑up)
Lowell Fulsom  Why Don't We Do It In the Road   Options 45RPM Single  Jewel  1969  45  0:52:33 (Pop‑up)
Hugh Masekela  I Will   Options Reconstruction  Chisa  1970  LP  0:56:14 (Pop‑up)
Charlie Byrd  Julia   Options Aquarius  Columbia  1969  LP  0:59:13 (Pop‑up)
Underground Sunshine  Birthday   Options 45RPM Single  Intrepid  1969  45  1:03:06 (Pop‑up)
 
Dirty Mac  Yer Blues   Options Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus  London  1969  CD  1:11:26 (Pop‑up)
Ramsey Lewis  Mother Natures Son   Options Mother Natures Son  Cadet  1968  LP  1:15:34 (Pop‑up)
Fats Domino  Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me and My Monkey)   Options 45RPM Single  Reprise  1969  45  1:20:22 (Pop‑up)
Ramsey Lewis  Sexy Sadie   Options Mother Natures Son  Cadet  1968  LP  1:22:50 (Pop‑up)
Siouxsie and the Banshees  Helter Skelter   Options The Scream  Polydor  1978  CD  1:25:31 (Pop‑up)
Tanya Donelly  Long Long Long   Options This Hungry Life  Eleven Thirty  2006  CD  1:29:16 (Pop‑up)
Will Taylor and Strings Attached  Revolution #1   Options Strings Attached Plays the Beatles White Album  Live  2014  MP3  1:34:12 (Pop‑up)
Barbra Streisand  Honey Pie   Options What About Today  Columbia  1969  LP  1:39:20 (Pop‑up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Savoy Truffle   Options 45RPM Single  Reprise  1969  45  1:41:57 (Pop‑up)
Richard Barone  Cry Baby Cry   Options CD Single  Passport  1988  CD  1:44:47 (Pop‑up)
Neil Crowley Trio  Revolution #9   Options Revolution  Hide Inside  2010  EP  1:48:02 (Pop‑up)
John Andrews Tartaglia  Goodnight   Options The Tartaglian Theorem  Capitol  1968  LP  1:52:44 (Pop‑up)
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45  2:00:38 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Little Danny:

WOOF. Hi Larry, hi y'all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Danny!
  2:58pm Moog1 Radio:

Good Luck Larry! I have attempted this before! What to do about Wild Honey Pie???
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Kurt! I found one!
  2:59pm Moog1 Radio:

You might have just solved one of the biggest challenges ever!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00pm Little Danny:

Yeah, very curious to see how this unfolds! Lots of titles I've never heard covers of before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm Funky16Corners:

Got some unusual ones
Avatar 3:01pm Jeff Ash:

Let's go!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar 3:05pm Will in Norman:

woah i had no idea chubby covered this! better than the beatles version!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Will! Yeah, old Chubs was rocking out in the late 60s
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Funky16Corners:

I love this early Kenny Rankin stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm Little Danny:

Yeah Rankin's voice is beautiful in this setting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm Funky16Corners:

I have an early doo-woppish 45 by him. He's almost unrecognizable
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm Candy-O'67:

Hey Larry and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09pm Funky16Corners:

Candy-O!
  Swag For Life Member 3:10pm zzz:

fun theme today @F16C. something tells me that we won't be hearing anything from Phish's 1994 live Halloween performance of the full white album.. hah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm Funky16Corners:

Hey zzz! No Phish.
Avatar 3:11pm Erica:

Hi Testifiers. Enjoying the Beatles covers today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Erica!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm doctorjazz:

Beatles? Who dat?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doc! I thought I'd take some time to get obscure.
Avatar 3:17pm Erica:

I meant the Bea-tles. You have to say it like an English person.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm Rick from SC:

Ok, you got my attention now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm Funky16Corners:

Or like the assassin in HELP! "Hey. BE-ATTLE!"
  3:18pm Moog1 Radio:

Leo McKern
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Rick!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Little Danny:

It was years for me between reading about Das Damen in the old SST catalogs and actually HEARING them.
  3:18pm Moog1 Radio:

The new No. 2
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm Funky16Corners:

@Danny - They were from the NY/NJ area. My brother is good friends with their drummer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm Funky16Corners:

@Moog1 - The Prisoner!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Little Danny:

Nice! Those thin '80s production values didn't do their sound justice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Funky16Corners:

They backed up Arthur Lee on one of his comeback tours (pre-prison)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm Little Danny:

Yeah, docjazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Rick from SC:

I bought my first LPs at the Willowbrook mall
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:27pm dutchtheo:

Hey Larry and funky beatle heads! promising band! keeper!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm Funky16Corners:

I used to hit the Willowbrook Mall and its most excellent head shops when I was in college!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Theo!
  3:29pm CalZone!:

Great Great opening set, Larry! Really digging!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm Funky16Corners:

Greetings Cal!
  3:30pm CalZone!:

Hey Moooooo0000000OOOOOOGGGGG1!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Doug Schulkind:

Plugging in to the Groganator! Grog me, baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Funky16Corners:

This Bobby Bryant LP is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35pm Funky16Corners:

BTW, this is THAT Slade
Avatar 3:36pm David Shortell:

Das Damen also had the unhappy task of following Mudhoney at a 1989 Court Tavern show.
  Swag For Life Member 3:36pm zzz:

happiness is a warm gun really lent itself to that sweet bobby bryant arrangement
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Funky16Corners:

Hi David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Brian in UK:

Hello Larry & mop tops.

Larry, this book has just come out and has been serialised on the radio. I know, there are hundreds of Beatle books but this sounds OK.
www.bbc.co.uk...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Brian!
  3:38pm Moog1 Radio:

Hoping to hear some "Electronic Pop Music" next!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:38pm Funky16Corners:

@Brian - Is it a book, or a podcast?
  3:42pm Moog1 Radio:

I predict that this is the first of 2 tracks featured on The 1969 Warner/Reprise Record Show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm Funky16Corners:

Paul Beaver on Moog!
Avatar 3:46pm Justin B.:

I'm dying to know who ever covered Don't Pass Me By
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Justin! You're about to find out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm Funky16Corners:

It's the Georgia Satellites and their crazy sideburns!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm Brian in UK:

Larry, book.
www.theguardian.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Funky16Corners:

That looks interesting!
Avatar 3:50pm Justin B.:

Hey, this isn't terrible!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Funky16Corners:

Right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm Brian in UK:

I remember my friend getting it for Christmas '68 and going round on Boxing Day to listen.
Seems like only yesterday.
Avatar 3:53pm Justin B.:

I recommend this feed to all the listeners from the maniac who has bought 1,800 copies of the While Album and posted each one. Something entrancing about scrolling through and seeing the various ways they warp and discolor: www.instagram.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Funky16Corners:

I'm guessing I got mine about 8 years later. For all my Beatle love and my digging around for used records, I don't think I ever saw a used copy (Back then, anyway)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm Funky16Corners:

@Justin - Is that the guy that set up the exhibition in NYC?
Avatar 3:54pm Justin B.:

Correction, he has 2,800 copies, not a mere 1,800. And yep, that's the guy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Funky16Corners:

Sometimes I feel like they sequenced this album by picking song titles out of a hat.
  3:58pm CalZone!:

This Maskella track is so soulful! Great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Funky16Corners:

His occasional vocals are really nice
  3:59pm Moog1 Radio:

Tomorrow would have been the 90th Birthday of Charles Stepney! Just sayin before "Julia" c'mon Ramsey Lewis!
Avatar 3:59pm Jaylefus:

Looking forward to hearing who tackles Revolution #9.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm Funky16Corners:

@Moog1 - Def some Ramsey on the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm Funky16Corners:

@Cal - Masekela also does a vocal version of "I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times"
  4:01pm CalZone!:

Moog1 has wagers on what LG picks next! 'Cmon Ramsey Lewis, Baby needs a new pair of shoes...'!
  4:01pm Moog1 Radio:

I've been striking out on my predictions but I am certain a band from Wisconsin is next!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:02pm Funky16Corners:

You are correct!
  4:02pm CalZone!:

LG, I need to track down the Maskella Beach Boys cover...ty!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:02pm Funky16Corners:

Vinnie Bell and Herbie Hancock on this Charlie Byrd LP
Avatar 4:04pm Jeff Ash:

Underground Sunshine! The pride of Montello, Wisconsin! This is the version I knew first.
  4:04pm CalZone!:

I got this reckid! Yay Wisconsin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm Funky16Corners:

This was a pretty big hit!
Avatar 4:05pm Jeff Ash:

Their manager was a DJ from Madison, about an hour away. His sister was in the band's original lineup.
Avatar 4:05pm Erica:

It's somebody's birthday today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:05pm Funky16Corners:

Holy shit, there's a guy named Egbert in this band!
Avatar 4:05pm Jeff Ash:

Elton John's birthday! Also Aretha's!
Avatar 4:06pm Jeff Ash:

Yeah, but he more often went as Bert.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07pm bill hanke:

as a Beatles fanatic i was skeptical. THIS IS THE BEST!!!!! thank you so much. Charlie Byrd brough tears to my eyes. thank you.
Avatar 4:12pm David Shortell:

I recall Theodore Bikel killed Sorrell Booke on a Columbo episode!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Bill! Thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm Funky16Corners:

@Jeff - As I (or anybody sane) would...
Avatar 4:14pm David Shortell:

What was the other song the Dirty Mac played on that TV special? I can't remember but a violinist and Yoko joined in.
Avatar 4:14pm Sem:

This is the MOST.
Thank you, Larry the G.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:15pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Sem! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:15pm Funky16Corners:

@David - I can't remember, but your description makes me think I've blocked it out...
  4:16pm CalZone!:

Ramsey for the win!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:16pm Funky16Corners:

This Ramsey Lewis album is just beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:18pm Funky16Corners:

@David - Discogs lists it as 'Whole Lotta Yoko" featuring Ivry Gitlis on violin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm Little Danny:

I'm no audiophile but these drums are so beautifully recorded.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Funky16Corners:

Agreed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Funky16Corners:

This is one of the songs I had multiple versions of and had to choose.
  4:21pm Moog1 Radio:

The other track featured on The 1969 Warner/Reprise Record Show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm Funky16Corners:

This one I have on 45
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm Little Danny:

It covers well. The Feelies version is really great, too.
Avatar 4:22pm Justin B.:

This song is so well suited for being a Fats tune, even if it feels like some weird time travel occured
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm Funky16Corners:

The other one I have is by Orchestra Harlow on Fania
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Funky16Corners:

@Justin - It's like Fats' verison of Lady Madonna
Avatar 4:23pm Justin B.:

Oh yeaaah, I totally forgot about that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Funky16Corners:

Ramsey Lewis Double Play!
  4:24pm CalZone!:

Charles Stepney magic here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm Funky16Corners:

Loving the electric piano!
  Swag For Life Member 4:25pm zzz:

great groove going here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:25pm Funky16Corners:

Glad you're digging it, zzz!
Avatar 4:28pm David Shortell:

Siouxsie covered another White Album track besides this one. I trust you'll play that too!
  4:29pm Andres:

Hello! Liking Siouxsie even more now! Never heard this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:29pm Funky16Corners:

Not on today's playlist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Andres!
Avatar 4:30pm Justin B.:

Siouxsie is killing it here. But here is another great modified Helter Skelter that is entertaining: youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm Funky16Corners:

George got four of the more interesting tracks on this album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33pm Little Danny:

Do you have a fave Beatles album, Larry? You feel like a Revolver kinda guy to me but that might be presuming too much.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:34pm Funky16Corners:

Revolver it is, with HELP! a close second.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm Little Danny:

Excellent. I will redouble my presumptions.
Avatar 4:35pm Erica:

The lead singer sounds a bit like Carly Simon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:36pm Funky16Corners:

I'm not sure who's singing lead. The leader of the band is a violinist
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:40pm Funky16Corners:

I was unable to find the version of Honey Pie that I wanted, as performed by Tony Randall on a TV special in the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Funky16Corners:

This'll wash that last one out of your ears...
  4:43pm CalZone!:

Honey Pie was like budda!
Avatar 4:43pm Sem:

Ella sings George. How great is that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm bill hanke:

why bother w a favorite Beatles album? take each record as a chapter in book.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Funky16Corners:

The album that this is from is EXCELLENT!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Phillippe Bastille:

Nice Barone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Little Danny:

So this is what Richard Barone sounds like. Great voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Funky16Corners:

@Bill - The Beatles are so vast a thing to approach, that I think picking a favorite album is just an exercise in trying to bring it into focus. I know people that won't listen to early Beatles, and some people who ONLY like early Beatles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Funky16Corners:

@Danny - This is a great album. You've heard the Bongos, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Phillippe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Phillippe Bastille:

Barone and Mastro did some nice work as a duo as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm Little Danny:

@Larry: Nope. Barone (and the Bongos) are names (and album covers) I've seen for decades without having knowingly heard their work.
  4:48pm CalZone!:

Barone track is solid!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm Phillippe Bastille:

Gotta give them a listen, Little D. More hooks than a Bass Pro Shop
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm Funky16Corners:

@Danny - You have to grab this ASAP. Cornerstone album of 80s alt-pop/jangle www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Little Danny:

@Larry: thanks, duly D/Ling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Funky16Corners:

I got to see the Bongos at Maxwells, which is kind of like receiving communion at the Vatican
  4:50pm CalZone!:

Ah, so this was my musical question, who would cover #9! Clever! Block that kick!
  4:51pm CalZone!:

I saw REM open for the Bongos at some small club in NYC a million years ago.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm Funky16Corners:

THAT is cool!
Avatar 4:53pm David Shortell:

Barney Gumble parodied Revolution #9 on the "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" episode of The Simpsons.
Avatar 4:53pm Jaylefus:

Upon them, a telegram.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Funky16Corners:

@David - I'd like a mens hat, with a plum floating in perfume...
  4:54pm CalZone!:

I think it was the Mudd Club in 1980 or 81.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm Little Danny:

Number eight BURRRPPP.
  4:55pm CalZone!:

Wonderous show Lar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm Little Danny:

Thanks Larry! Illuminating show as always.
Avatar 4:55pm Erica:

That scene was hilarious David. Barney even dated a Yoko Ono like woman.
Avatar 4:57pm Erica:

Number 9. Buuurrrp. Or something like that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm dutchtheo:

Thanks, Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Hopey Sockmonkey:

Oooo, Larry that Tony Randall Honey Pie thing sounds very familiar!
Avatar 5:00pm Erica:

Great show as always Larry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks all!
Avatar 5:01pm Justin B.:

Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Erica, Danny, Cal, Doc, Justin, Hopey, Theo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm WR:

fun show, thank you.. had to drop after the first hour. will come back to replay and hear the 2nd hour. Puzzled why not seeing comments after the 3:11 ET. laters.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Funky16Corners:

WR - Thanks! Not sure why that is. I’m seeing your comment after my final comment at 5:01ET
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm WR:

PS: when posted my comment the browser refresh shows the rest of the comments, but y'all already knew that would happen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Funky16Corners:

Excellent!
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