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Artist Song Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
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0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
"Year" is the year in which the song was originally written, recorded, or first performed. The song's writers are listed in comments.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins  You Made Me Love You   Options At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins  Epic  1913  James V. Monaco - Joseph McCarthy    0:01:17 (Pop‑up)
Tony Sheridan with The Beatles  Sweet Georgia Brown   Options The Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan  Pickwick  1925  Ben Bernie - Maceo Pinkard - Kenneth Casey    0:03:07 (Pop‑up)
Nara Leao  Tea for Two (Bobagens de Amor)   Options Meus Sonhos Dourados (My Golden Dreams)  Philips  1924  Irving Caesar - Vincent Youmans    0:05:12 (Pop‑up)
Lord Tanamo  I'm in the Mood for Ska   Options The Trojan Records Story (various artists)  Trojan  1935  Dorothy Fields - Jimmy McHugh 
0:07:42 (Pop‑up)
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant  Lover   Options Swingin' on the Strings  Razor & Tie  1932  Richard Rogers - Lorenz Hart    0:10:10 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Gene Wright 
Sweet Georgia Brown/Five Foot Two   Options Horse Music  Gene Wright        0:12:30 (Pop‑up)
Peter Stampfel  Haunted Heart   Options You Must Remember This  Gert Town Records  1948  Howard Dietz - Arthur Schwartz    0:15:47 (Pop‑up)
The Roches  It's Bad for Me   Options Nurds  Warner Bros.  1933  Cole Porter    0:19:40 (Pop‑up)
Nino Tempo & April Stevens  Begin the Beguine   Options Sweet and Lovely: The Best of Nino Tempo & April Stevens  Varèse Sarabande  1935  Cole Porter 
0:22:24 (Pop‑up)
The Mamas & the Papas  Glad to Be Unhappy   Options Creeque Alley: The History Of The Mamas And The Papas  MCA  1936  Richard Rogers - Lorenz Hart    0:24:46 (Pop‑up)
Mickey Baker  Night and Day   Options The Wildest Guitar  Atlantic  1932  Cole Porter    0:26:29 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
George Wright 
Tumblin' Tumbleweeds   Options Encores  High Fidelity  1934  Bob Nolan    0:29:37 (Pop‑up)
Ronnie Ong  Buttons and Bows   Options Steam Kodok: 17 A-Go-Go Ultrararities from the 60s - Singapore and Southeast Asia Underground  Grey Past  1948  Jay Livingston - Ray Evans 
0:32:38 (Pop‑up)
Mickey Katz  I'm an Old Cowhand   Options Comin' 'Round the Katzkills  Capitol  1936  Johnny Mercer    0:35:36 (Pop‑up)
James Brown  Don't Fence Me In   Options Reality  PolyGram  1934/44  Robert Fletcher - Cole Porter    0:38:06 (Pop‑up)
The Bartlebees  Nobody's Lonesome for Me   Options Urban Folk Legends  Little Teddy  1950  Hank Williams    0:41:31 (Pop‑up)
Mekons  Lost Highway   Options Fear and Whiskey  Sin  1949  Leon Payne    0:45:17 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Three Suns, with Alfredo Mendez 
Indian Summer; Honeysuckle Rose   Options The Things I Love in Hi-Fi  RCA Victor     
0:48:16 (Pop‑up)
Spanky and Our Gang  Brother Can You Spare a Dime   Options Spanky and Our Gang  Mercury  1932  E.Y. "Yip" Harburg - Jay Gorney    0:53:09 (Pop‑up)
Tiny Tim  Stay Down Here Where You Belong   Options God Bless Tiny Tim  Reprise  1904  Irving Berlin    0:58:06 (Pop‑up)
Y Pants  Barbara's Song   Options Y Pants  Periodic Document    Bertolt Brecht - Kurt Weill - Marc Blitzstein (English translation)    1:01:00 (Pop‑up)
Dave Van Ronk  Alabama Song   Options No Dirty Names  Verve  1927  Elisabeth Hauptmann - Bertolt Brecht - Kurt Weill 
1:04:30 (Pop‑up)
Kirsty MacColl, with the Pogues  Miss Otis Regrets   Options Galore  I.R.S.  1934  Cole Porter    1:09:49 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
J.J. Johnson 
Tumblin' Tumbleweeds   Options J Is for Jazz  Columbia  1934  Bob Nolan    1:12:36 (Pop‑up)
Petty Booka  Lazybones   Options Blue Lagoon  Benten  1933  Hoagy Carmichael - Johnny Mercer    1:17:09 (Pop‑up)
Arlo Guthrie  Ukulele Lady   Options Hobo's Lullaby  Reprise  1925  Gus Kahn - Richard A. Whiting    1:20:53 (Pop‑up)
Bonzo Dog Band  By a Waterfall (watch the Busby Berkeley production)   Options I'm the Urban Spaceman  Sunset  1933  Sammy Fain - Irving Kahal 
1:24:11 (Pop‑up)
The Mommyheads  Hiawatha's Lullaby   Options Bingham's Hole  Dot Dot Dash  1933  Walter Donaldson - Joe Young    1:27:07 (Pop‑up)
Elvis Presley  Blue Moon   Options The Sun Sessions  RCA  1934  Richard Rogers - Lorenz Hart    1:30:03 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Ventures 
Blue Moon   Options 7-inch single (originally)  London; Dolton        1:32:51 (Pop‑up)
The Spaniels  Stormy Weather   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Vee-Jay  1933  Harold Arlen - Ted Koehler    1:35:09 (Pop‑up)
Tricky  Black Coffee (featuring Martina Topley-Bird)   Options Nearly God  Durban Poison/Island  1948  Sonny Burke - Paul Francis Webster 
1:37:27 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Cash  We'll Meet Again   Options American IV: The Man Comes Around  American/Lost Highway  1943  Ross Parker - Hughie Charles    1:41:57 (Pop‑up)
McCoys  Fever   Options 7-inch single  Bang  1956  Eddie Cooley - Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) (and Peggy Lee    1:44:48 (Pop‑up)
DJ Chazaloo  You Are Here in the Sky (remix of The Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes for You")   Options 7-inch single (originally)  End; Chazaloo  1934  Harry Dubin - Al Warren (watch Busby Berkeley excerpt here)    1:47:36 (Pop‑up)
Shantel  Tell Me Why Is It Oh So Hard to Be Oh So Lovely   Options Higher Than The Funk  Studio K7  1956  Alan Jay Lerner - Frederick Loewe    1:51:05 (Pop‑up)
The Jaguars  The Way You Look Tonight   Options 7-inch single (originally); Doo Wop Box III (various artists)  R-Dell; Rhino  1936  Dorothy Fields - Jerome Kern 
1:54:52 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Roland Shaw & His Orchestra 
Tumblin' Tumbleweeds   Options Westward Ho  London Phase Four        1:57:21 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

Hi ho, Charlie and other nothing-doers! The top pic has me craving Hershey's Kisses. I'll craft a chapeau from their wrappings!
  12:01pm Listening Out There:

Next: Charlie's version of "It's a Gas"...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

Hey there, kiddos!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm listener james from westwood:

Yikes! Better open a window for that sorta singalong!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

Hi James!
Listening -- yes, haha!
  12:03pm Listening Out There:

Screamin' Jay wanted to be an opera singer late in life, I've read...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Michael:

Hi gang. It's Screaming Jay Hawkins and he's a wild man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

Hi Michael! Truth is stranger than paradise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Carmichael:

Aloha, Charlie. What kind of shenanigans do we have going on today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Michael:

Re-watched it recently and it indeed is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Hi Charlie! I have my tinfoil hat set on "Busy Doing Nothing," so here I am!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Charlie:

Hi Carmichael! All songs from the first half of the 20th c covered by artists from the second half!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Charlie:

Michael -- one of my fave all-time films!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

Yay, Wendy is here, wearing a tinfoil hat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Michael:

Mine too. Remember seeing it on the Upper West Side when it opened. Was working on 72nd street then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I figured it would be festive for the fall season.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Uncle Michael:

I love the non-standard repertoire.
Avatar 12:15pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm listener james from westwood:

The smaller the songwriter, the more you can fit in one of those offices! Economical AND musical!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

Yippee! It's Uncle Michael and ndbob! Welcome y'all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm doctorjazz:

Been hearing a bit of Peter Stampfel on FMU recently (a good thing!)
Hi all nothingers!
  12:20pm jan:

Here we are again. gathered together for our musical communion!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm doctorjazz:

what a great End to Haunted Heart!
And, the Roches, man, got here late but the set is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

Hey doctorjazz -- well this is three weeks in a row that i've played him:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

Hello Jan! so good to see you:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Parq:

Wow, am I distracted. I didn't even realize it was after noon. Shit like this happens when Friday the 13th comes on a Thursday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm doctorjazz:

I knew I heard him somewhere :)
Think it was elsewhere as well, but that could be lt...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

I'm guessing Weird Al's "Foil" would be too literal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Charlie:

Hi there Parq!
Avatar 12:31pm still b/p:

Caution: Tumbleweeds in the skating rink.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Wendy del Formaggio:

This version of "Buttons and Bows" is fabulous.
Avatar 12:34pm Wilson K:

I LARVE YOU? I larve this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

hey still b/p ! happy to c/u !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Parq:

Oh, this Yiddische "Cowboy" is just great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

Hey Wilson K! We larve you too.
  12:37pm Listening Out There:

Mickey Katz...Joel Grey's dad...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm doctorjazz:

Love this Mickey Katz stuff.
Avatar 12:39pm still b/p:

Too bad Bob Hope's no longer with us. He sang "Buttons and Bows" in "The Paleface" and coulda done one of those late-career duets with Ronnie Ong.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Parq:

just looked at Katz's Wikipedia page. Well worth a look, if only for the section headings. Fun reading in a way that WP pages usually aren't.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Oh rats! I had to leave my desk for a few minutes and missed Mickey Katz. Hmm, maybe Charlie can make me a copy... :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Carmichael:

I've always enjoyed April Stevens and Nino Tempo. Deep Purple and All Strung Out On You, in particular.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Parq:

Wendy: Shazam, you're a copy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm doctorjazz:

I was at the old Knitting Factory on a Saturday night, Don Byron was playing with his Mickey Katz band there, which was sold out. There was a line of Jewish folks from Long Island, and one was standing at the ticket booth screaming at Michael Dorf, "I drove all the way from Long Island to see this", and he was screaming back, "where are you on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, when we have 5 people in the audience?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Wendy del Formaggio:

So Mickey Katz was a DJ? Where can we get those recordings?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Carmichael:

This sounds a lot like Shane McGowan.
  12:47pm Listening Out There:

I too saw Don Byron playing the Mickey Katz klezmer. Great stuff. He had a reeds player who could do all the tricky sax lines...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Charlie:

Parq -- looking fw to reading that Katz WP entry later:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Parq:

Never heard a woman do "Dime" before. Interesting take on it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Charlie:

The Don Byron klezmer stuff is terrific, yes.
  12:58pm famous original italianicewolf:

Hello hello
Avatar 12:59pm geezerette:

Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize for literature today.
He's opening tonight for the Rolling Stones.
They're all 75 years old
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm listener james from westwood:

Listened to this song a lot 8 years ago during the unfolding crash. Then again at my final layoff in December that year.
Avatar 1:01pm geezerette:

Sounds like Tiny Tim AFTER marrying Miss Vicki!
  1:01pm Listening Out There:

Think I mentioned this earlier in these esteemed comments, but when I saw Tiny Tim we were pretty sure he was wearing Depends...
  1:01pm Listening Out There:

...good show though, with Brave Combo...
  1:02pm Listening Out There:

...did Stairway to Heaven...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

hiya hiya to famous original italianicewolf and geezerette!
  1:03pm famous original italianicewolf:

Wow this is a different version of the Barbara Song!!
  1:03pm famous original italianicewolf:

I am wearing a t shirt with an illustration of a lady who sang it off-Broadway :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Y Pants! Mike in Alaska introduced me to them. They're great, and I need to find more of their music.
Avatar 1:04pm geezerette:

LOT, so sad!
The man was psychic though. Ever heard,"The Ice caps Are Melting"?

Howdy Charlie!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Charlie:

That whole God Bless Tiny Tim album had a huge impact on me as a kid. I keep coming back to it again and again.
Avatar 1:06pm geezerette:

Dave Van Ronk! Yay!
Avatar 1:08pm geezerette:

Me too Charlie! My parents took us to see him in Vegas. (1) :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Parq:

Possibly the greatest version of Alabama Song ever. But then, DVR's version of anything is probably the greatest version of it ever.
Avatar 1:09pm geezerette:

  1:12pm Listening Out There:

geezerette: never heard "The Ice caps Are Melting." Oddly, I did hear an interview with Sting (!) where he said that playing with Tiny Tim was a challenge. Apparently, TT would call out for amazing obscure songs since he had an enormous repetoire...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Charlie:

geezerette -- wow, tiny tim in vegas ... the mind boggles ...
Avatar 1:13pm geezerette:

Hi Parq! I've listened to Van Ronk a lot this year because he was new to me and I have to agree. Seeing him live would have been electric! Not literally...but,y'know...:)
Avatar 1:17pm geezerette:

Charlie it was surreal. He totally unnerved my dad, who could not stop laughing. I had very funny parents. :)
  1:21pm jan:

I want some mashi mashi sandwiches that are mentioned in this Petty Booka number,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm Dominick:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

jan -- coming up!
Hi Dominick!
  1:27pm Listening Out There:

Bonzos help my mood while dealing with computer hardware that's crapping out on me...grr...
Avatar 1:28pm geezerette:

The original BONZO.
Avatar 1:29pm ndbob:

scrolling back here... same with me about God Bless Tiny Tim Charlie - my mom loved that record actually
Avatar 1:30pm geezerette:

Charlie you're playing such great stuff. So happy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm Carmichael:

A fellow guitar player friend did some gigs with Tiny Tim, as a caravan of stars type of thing. He also played with Mitch Ryder on the same tour.
Avatar 1:33pm geezerette:

Elvis had a Foley artist?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Parq:

Completely essential Tiny Tim listening, for all non-mainstream music fans, but especially for those who dismiss him as a 60s novelty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Charlie:

Parq -- will check. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the songs of the great vocalists and songwriters of the tin pan alley era.
LOT -- I've also heard he was hard to follow (as a musician) because he would phrase in a personal way, add beats, etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Carmichael:

Tiny did the best version of Stairway to Heaven I've ever heard. I heard the description "Mr. Ed at a piano bar", but it's so much more.
  1:44pm Listening Out There:

"We'll Meet Again" and Dr. Strangelove just go together...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm doctorjazz:

Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm doctorjazz:

Johnny Cash?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm doctorjazz:

Peggy Lee's Fever is cutting it close...
Avatar 1:48pm still b/p:

I've wondered from time to time, in these recent years when unlikely movies are turned into stage productions, if Dr. Strangelove, could...by the right people..be turned into a musical. Johnny would have been perfect to appear at the end to do that number.
  1:49pm Listening Out There:

still: *Could* make a good musical...especially if it included the pie fight in the war room (not included in the final cut)...fine idear...
Avatar 1:49pm geezerette:

sh-bop-sh-bop...oooooo....wa-wa-wa... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Charlie:

doctorjazz -- yes, I broke my own rule there. might even do it again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Carmichael:

And Slim Pickens riding the nuke.
  1:51pm Listening Out There:

"You can't fight in here. It's the War Room..."
Avatar 1:52pm geezerette:

LOT! So brilliant! Love that movie.
  1:53pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Spectacular show today, Mr. Lewis! Special thanks for the Van Ronk. That song was my introduction to this great folkie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

yes, still b/p, dr s the musical -- i would see that
  1:54pm Listening Out There:

geezerette: If you're a Kubrick fan, you gotta read "Stanley Kubrick and Me" - Emilio D'Alessandro was his driver for 30 years. Great/Fun read...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Carmichael:

@Charlie, meant to comment on Miss Otis Regrets. That whole Red Hot & Blue album is just quirky greatness.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Mike East:

Been in and out today, but enjoyed what I was able to catch. Thanks for doin' the work, Charlie.
Avatar 1:55pm still b/p:

See, if the wrong people do it, it turns into the Broadway Spiderman with delays and injuries when they foul up the plummeting nukeroo with rider...bad mojo and public mockery .
Avatar 1:55pm geezerette:

Especially special show Charlie! Thanks !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Parq:

Killed it *again*, Charlie. How *do* you do it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

Hey there Kevin! and MikeEast!
Avatar 1:56pm geezerette:

Thanks LOT! :D
  1:58pm Listening Out There:

Great stuff today, Mr. Charlie...
Avatar 1:58pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:58pm still b/p:

And if they want to triple-cast someone, a la Peter Sellers, who'd be the best candidate for that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm doctorjazz:

1+ on the Van Ronk! (and the McCoys. And Fever. And so many others).
Until next week...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Charlie:

Hey! Thank you all! That was fun. Have a great week. See you next time:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05pm Michael:

S'wonderful tunes Charlie. Got hijacked and will return for the missing!
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