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This Show is Dedicated to the Memory of Tommy Ardolino of NRBQ, etc.
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Artist Track Album / Format Year Comments Approx. start time
Hank Levine w/ Timothy Leary  Image, Part One / The Psychedelic Experience   Options (CD-R) from the Brainen Archive   1961 / 1966    0:00:00 Pop‑up)  
Beach Boys  My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)   Options The Smile Sessions (Boxed set) * from the Brainen Archive   1966 / 2011    0:01:56 Pop‑up)  
Gene Clark  Full Circle Song   Options Roadmaster (CD) * from the Brainen Archive   1970 /2011    0:08:36 Pop‑up)  
Ted Hawkins  I Gave Up All I Had   Options Watch Yourself Step (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1982 / 1993    0:11:17 Pop‑up)  
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis  I'm Coming Home   Options Smoking In Heaven (CD) *   2011    0:14:17 Pop‑up)  
Nina Simone  African Mailman   Options Nina Simone and her Friends (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1959    0:18:31 Pop‑up)  
Chico Hamilton Quintet w/ Eric Dolphy  Fair Weather   Options With Strings Attached (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1959 / 2007    0:21:39 Pop‑up)  
Cream  I Feel Free   Options Fresh Cream (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1966    0:24:44 Pop‑up)  
John Randolph Marr  Raggedy Ann   Options John Randolph Marr (LP) from the Brainen Archive   1970    0:27:28 Pop‑up)  
Music behind DJ:
Baroque Inevitable 
  Baroque Inevitable       0:29:05 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Whistle While You Work   Options Stay Awake (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1988  VAR Disney Music Tribute  0:39:20 Pop‑up)  
Pete Donnelly  When You come Home   Options When You come Home (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2011  see: petedonnellymusic.com  0:41:43 Pop‑up)  
Jake And The Rest Of The Jewels  Just A Stone's Throw   Options A Lick And A Promise (CD) * from the Brainen Archive   2011  w/ Tom and Terry  0:45:10 Pop‑up)  
P.J. O'Connell  Application   Options Happy Go Lucky (CD)   2002  Tom-piano solo  0:48:16 Pop‑up)  
Tom Ardolino   Round One   Options Unknown Brain from the Brainen Archive   ca. 1971 / 2004  Tom's pre-NRBQ home recordings
or, in this case, "busted in church" 
0:52:58 Pop‑up)  
Pete Donnelly  Tommy's Piano   Options When You come Home (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2011  the song title says it all  0:53:41 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Girl Scout Cookies (instrumental)   Options Music's been Good To You (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2002  comp.  0:56:05 Pop‑up)  
Music behind DJ:
  "Bob Brainen's Soul 'n RnB Instro cassette"       0:57:57 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Sweet and Petite   Options Keep This Love Goin' (CD) * from the Brainen Archive   2011    1:05:40 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ w/ The Whole Wheat Horns  Little Rootie Tootie   Options That's The Way I Feel Now (LP box set) from the Brainen Archive   1984  VAR; Tribute to Thelonious Monk  1:08:17 Pop‑up)  
Terry Adams  Beautiful Lover   Options Holy Tweet (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2009    1:12:14 Pop‑up)  
P.J. O'Connell  Byrds   Options Join The Crowd (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2011    1:14:56 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Kingston Town   Options Atsa My Band (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2002    1:19:12 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  The Music Lesson   Options You're Nice People You Are     featuring Tom as Dr. Fleishaker  1:22:44 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Spider   Options You're Nice People You Are (CD) from the Brainen Archive   1997  written By Tom and Joey Spampinato  1:26:49 Pop‑up)  
Music behind DJ:
  "Bob Brainen's Soul 'n RnB Instro cassette"       1:28:26 Pop‑up)  
Tom Ardolino  talk and music-picked by Tom   Options from the Brainen Archive   2005  Tom and PJ O'Connell on this show on Sept. 11, 2005.  1:39:27 Pop‑up)  
Marshall Crenshaw  Yvonne   Options Downtown (LP)   1985  w/ Joey and Tommy on bass and drums  1:43:44 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Little Floater   Options Wild Weekend (LP) from the Brainen Archive   1989    1:47:39 Pop‑up)  
Terry Adams & Steve Ferguson   Ichabod   Options Louisville Sluggers (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2006    1:50:42 Pop‑up)  
Terry Adams  Howard Hughes   Options Rhythm Spell (CD) from the Brainen Archive   2007    1:54:44 Pop‑up)  
NRBQ  Don't she look Good   Options Kick Me Hard (LP) from the Brainen Archive   1979    1:55:58 Pop‑up)  
Music behind DJ:
  "Bob Brainen's Soul 'n RnB Instro cassette"       1:57:42 Pop‑up)  

(* = new, from the Brainen Archive The marked selections are from the Brainen Archive.)

Listener comments!

  9:02am David in ATL from NJ:

It's a sad day here, Bob.
  9:11am Jeff:

So very sad
  9:12am Jack:

Happy New Year Bob & listeners!
  9:14am Todd E:

Very saddened to learn of Tommy's passing. But we can best remember him and pay tribute by remember the joy he brought into our lives. A swinging drummer for the ages!!!! Looking forward to what you'll be playing in his memory.
  9:16am Bob:

I had only brief conversations with him so I certainly didn't know him well, but what a loss. I feel like a close family member passed. I've spent so much time listening to and watching him play. Terrible news.
  9:19am P. J. O'Connell:

Tommy loves you Bob and always mentioned what a great time he had on your show. And Michael Greenberg brought Tom a copy of your recent show with the great Jake Jacobs to the hospital just before the holidays. Tom has blessed us all, and will continue to do so
  9:24am Lisa Haun:

I'll never look at a wicker lampshade again without seeing it as a hat for Tom.
  9:37am James in ATL:

Well said P.J.. Tommy was one of the nicest guys I ever met.
  9:37am glenn:

  9:54am mike tp:

bob have to say i only got introduced to nrbq thru you i seen them once at the capitol th passaic nj and its funny but i won the tix from wfmu on lou the ducks show will always enjoy your show bob. definitely felt the loss when hendrix died and knowing how connected you are with them well it hurts
  10:14am Taavi:

Tommy Ardolino: One of the sweetest smiles you'll ever see on a bandstand.
  10:19am Mark R:

Time for some song-poems?
  10:22am RHenderson:

Yes, "The Beat Of The Traps" - with that comp Tom A. introduced me and so many others to the wonders of the song-poem.
  10:23am Caryn:

RIP Tommy
Don't envy you, Bob, There's so much stuff to choose from, you could do days of shows...
  10:28am abby in france:

yes he was great in that movie about the song-poems, i remember he told a story about that junk shop in kingston....
  10:42am Keith Spring:

Bob - Thanks for your appreciation of and affection for Tom. The show has been a great overview of him and his talents.
  10:43am hithere:

Bob, when did Magnetic Field re-open? I thought they closed years ago?
  10:47am Robert:

thanks Bob for all the attention you gave to NRBQ and its individual members over the years, cheers from Holland!
  10:49am seang:

cool tune
  10:49am fxo:

thanks Bob.
  10:50am frenchee:

Hi FXO, and yes, thanks Bob! I love this song "Little Floater" it's rollicking!
  10:52am Gary:

Love the Q! How about playing something from Kick Me Hard this morning?
  10:53am Pete:

Tommy couldn't have wished for a better send-off than yours, Bob...and I just wish it didn't have to happen. Meow.
  10:55am Woo:

Saw the Q many times at Lupo's in Providence. That's what a live show should be. Tommy and the boys were a joy to watch
  10:58am Robert:

P.J., are you the O'Connell who's Damon Lindelof's friend?
  10:58am Karen Momme:

thankyou for this wonderful tribute...
  10:59am Robert:

If so, you're one of his poker buddies whom I did NOT meet.
  11:00am Jeff:

Thanks Bob
  11:01am Jim Price:

It's like a locomotive - Let's keep this rhythm going - Let's take this rhythm home.
  11:02am Molly:

Thanks for connecting the many grieving fans.
  11:07am Scott C.:

Thank you Bob for a fine and heartfelt tribute to a good man. My thoughts are with Tom's family and many friends. God bless us all.
  11:07am Robert:

...maybe this sad event will make Joey and Terry come together and realize that life is short....
  11:13am Christian Rubenbauer:

A kind and sweet guy. Tragic news, God Bless you Tom.
  3:52pm RSTVMO:

deep bad news, hit me like a sledgehammer. music is love. and eternal.
  4:28pm Joel:

the genuine article. untarnished enthusiasm for playing after all those decades.
  5:01am Yoshi Nagato from Japan:

Tom,the heartbeat of nrbq... sweetest guy in the world.Rest in peace.Thanks for your beautiful tribute for Tom.
  2:26pm David Greenberger:

Thanks Bob for this thoughtfully curated program celebrating Tom.
  6:10pm Steve Harvey:

Tommy was my pal ever since I met him in 1983, We shared a similar love of outthere music and humor. He would always chide me about my other favs, "your little Flamin' Groovies". Showed him a boot of the Groovies doing "I Want You Bad" to rib him back. This a sad end to an era. Play the Beach Boys' "A Young Man Is Gone" for Tommy. All too true.
  9:50pm joe mac:

thanks bb....bummed out all weekend,will see the q next weekend in va,hole in my heart and all....the beat goes on
  12:07pm Mark B.:

Really great tribute to Tom. Thanks.
  4:54pm Wayne:

Great choices Bob. Thanks for the show. And God rest, Tommy. We miss you.
  11:17am Tammy:

Thank you for remembering Tom in the best way - though music! He was the sweetest guy, greatest drummer and best mix tape maker in the world:
My Tom Mix Tape Top 10: 1) Oh Babe What Would You Say (Hurricane Smith), 2) Wonderful Summer (Robin Ward), 3) Nitty Gritty (Shirley Ellis), 4) I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Beach Boys), 5) It Won't Be Long (Beatles), 6) Red Blue Jeans and A Ponytail (Gene Vincent), 7) Primal Solution (Michael Damian), 8) I Just Wanna Stop (Gino Vanelli) 9) Come Get to This (Marvin Gaye) 10) Waffle Doo Wop.
Sending lots of love to you Tom in Cat Heaven! xo
  10:11am Dano:

Bob - Thanks so much for the two weeks of tribute shows and your many years as one of the Q's most ardent and erudite public supporters. A question for you: What does "*=new" indicated? New to the show? New to your library? A new release? Inquiring minds ...
Anyway, I hope youdo a show or segment dedicated to song-poems sometime.
Dan Aloi
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