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Twenty years of dusty fingers, frayed cuticles, & upper respiratory infections — from record digging and DJing around the globe — coalesces into a 2-hour journey through Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Rock & Roll, and all points in between. Your speakers will be head-nodding, toe-tapping & even two-stepping to this vintage 45rpm party in no time. Hear favorite songs you didn't know were your favorites, aural treats & record-world problems from the vinyl side of life.

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Options May 12, 2020: Little Richard & Betty Wright Tribute Show

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Artist Track Label Format
Little Richard  Do It To It   Options Reprise  7" 
Little Richard  Green Power   Options Reprise  7" 
Little Richard  Dancing In The Street   Options Reprise  7" 
Little Richard  I Saw Her Standing There   Options Reprise  7" 
Little Richard  Freedom Blues   Options Reprise  7" 
Little Richard   Try Some Of Mine   Options Brunswick  7" 
Little Richard (w/Jimi Hendrix)  I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)   Options Vee Jay  7" 
Little Richard  Dance What You Wanna   Options Vee Jay  7" 
Little Richard  Baby What You Want Me To Do   Options Modern  7" 
Little Richard  She Knows How To Rock   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Bama Lama Bama Loo   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  I Got It   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Kansas City   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  True Fine Mama   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Good Golly Miss Molly   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Poor Boy Paul   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Lucille   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  The Girl Can't Help It   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Tutti Frutti   Options Specialty  7" 
Little Richard  Rip It Up   Options Specialty  7" 
Betty Wright   Where Is The Love   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Shoorah Shoorah   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Secretary   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  One Thing Leads To Another   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Let Me Be Your Lovemaker   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  It's Hard to Stop (Doing Something When It's Good To You)   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Baby Sitter   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Is It You Girl   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  If You Love Me   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Clean Up Woman   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  If You Love Me Like I Love You   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Pure Love   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  The Wrong Girl   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  The Best Girls Don't Always Win   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Watch Out Love   Options Alston  7" 
Betty Wright  Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do   Options Alston  7" 
The Insiders  Good Golly Miss Molly   Options    


Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Matt from New Orleans:

Kris slept like crap last night and feeling it. I’ll catch up in the archive. Have a good show.
Avatar 9:50pm Kris Holmes:

Ok Matt, your presence will be missed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm WR:

Connected. Interested to hear your take on this.
Avatar 10:05pm Kris Holmes:

I am a huge Little Richard fan & really the biggest problem here is having to reign it into this first hour.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm chresti:

Hi Kris and homers!
Avatar 10:06pm Kris Holmes:

Hi Chresti, how are you guys doing?
Avatar 10:14pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Kris and all
Avatar 10:15pm Kris Holmes:

Hi Coel, welcome!
Avatar 10:17pm coelacanth∅:

stoked to hear a legit Little Richard tribute
Avatar 10:18pm Kris Holmes:

I am gonna do my best
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22pm WR:

I had figured you would not be playing many of the initial Specialty hits which everyone already has on re-issue, right everyone.
Avatar 10:22pm Little Danny:

Hi Kris 'n' all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm WR:

And where did Paul McCartney get his whooos...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm WR:

That Green Power song is interesting, Little Richard doing a James Brown thing.
Avatar 10:26pm Kris Holmes:

exactly, Paul got his from Richard!
Avatar 10:27pm Kris Holmes:

Green Power is great, love that cut
Avatar 10:28pm Little Danny:

These LR Brunswick sides are cool. And seemingly forgotten about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm WR:

I've stopped looking up release details, can do that later. These are so good I need to fully focus on what I'm hearing.
Avatar 10:29pm Kris Holmes:

Hi Dan, yes, agreed, this is the only one I have :-(
Avatar 10:29pm Kris Holmes:

We're around 1964 right now WR
Avatar 10:31pm coelacanth∅:

i once said something along the lines of Little Richard had about 15 great songs and ...please forgive me if it was here or on cool blue flame but i think it was Larry Grogan said oh no you haven't heard enough Little Richard then, and said he'd do a dedicated show. if he did that i missed it.
Avatar 10:32pm Kris Holmes:

Ha, yeah, people only think of the rock & roll hits but there is a lot more
Avatar 10:32pm coelacanth∅:

so far tonight i've only heard try some of mine
...this because it's on a Hendrix boot that i've got
Avatar 10:32pm Little Danny:

@coel: It might be said that there about 15 different songs at the core of Little Richard, and that the rest are variations. That's still a better average than most.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm WR:

Who is the lady singing Baby What You Want... with him?
Avatar 10:36pm Kris Holmes:

not sure
Avatar 10:39pm coelacanth∅:

maybe so Danny...i think i based that harsh judgement on considerably more ignorance than that though!
- i have a Little Richard comp and that's the number of songs on it that i don't dislike.
(i have no interest in hearing "when the saints go marching in" or by the light of the silvery moon...etc)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41pm doctorjazz:

Hi folks!
Avatar 10:41pm coelacanth∅:

WooooooOOO!
Avatar 10:42pm Little Danny:

He was an entertainer first. I think his recorded legacy was secondary to his legacy as a performer, a lot of second-rate output got churned out in the studio.
Avatar 10:44pm Kris Holmes:

as far as a legacy goes, a lot of legacies are built on less than his initial Specialty outburst
Avatar 10:44pm Kris Holmes:

just listen to the band on these, hot!!
Avatar 10:45pm coelacanth∅:

hey dr.j!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm doctorjazz:

Hi Coel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm doctorjazz:

Never heard this Kansas City, boy for Paul owe him a lot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm doctorjazz:

... boy DID Paul owe him a lot...
Avatar 10:47pm Kris Holmes:

Hear James Brown in this right?
Avatar 10:48pm Franco Twinkie:

Kris, this is the shit!
Avatar 10:48pm Little Danny:

Roy Montrell on guitar on a lotta those Specialty sides from NOLA. And Earl Palmer, drums. And Lee Allen, sax.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm doctorjazz:

Absolutely!
Avatar 10:49pm Kris Holmes:

Thanks guys & thank you Little Richard.
Avatar 10:50pm Little Danny:

I think "The Girl Can't Help It" remains my fave Speciality side. Very New Orleans-sounding.
Avatar 10:50pm coelacanth∅:

one thing i've said for most of my days is that, despite being into Chuck Berry since childhood and thusly correcting anyone who called Elvis Presley "the king of rock and roll", once i got into Little Richard (even by those aforementioned 15 songs only) he may've been "the king"!
he certainly took it to the next level.
Avatar 10:56pm Franco Twinkie:

How about Baby Face? His version cracks me up!
Avatar 10:56pm Kris Holmes:

I don't think I have that
Avatar 10:57pm coelacanth∅:

ahh, you've played both my favorites now
Avatar 10:58pm coelacanth∅:

baby face is one of those on my compilation record that made me wonder if he only had 15 good songs!
(sorry Franco!)
Avatar 10:59pm Little Danny:

Haha yeah "Baby Face" is a little rough
Avatar 11:00pm Little Danny:

Yeah!
Avatar 11:00pm Little Danny:

That drum beat!
Avatar 11:00pm coelacanth∅:

maybe i should hear all those again now i might feel differently
when i was like 22 i filled one side of a cassette with my favorites and haven't heard those others since then.
Avatar 11:01pm Kris Holmes:

New Orleans, Cosimo Matassa's studio
Avatar 11:01pm Franco Twinkie:

I know Coel, strictly bottom of the barrel, but it still makes me laugh. Just because it's a stupid song, I guess.
Avatar 11:01pm coelacanth∅:

yeah this opens that comp. blew me away at first i must've played it 3-4X/day!
Avatar 11:02pm Little Danny:

I never realized that LR's piano is somewhat somewhat subsumed by the rest of the band here. Maybe what's why I like it. It's a bit different.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02pm Phillippe Bastille:

Howdy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02pm doctorjazz:

The band is amazing!
  11:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Roll Holmes roll!
Avatar 11:03pm coelacanth∅:

drums and vox up front
Avatar 11:03pm coelacanth∅:

hey Phillippe
Avatar 11:03pm Kris Holmes:

The drummer on all these is just on point the whole time, such a hot band
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04pm Phillippe Bastille:

Hey coel
Avatar 11:05pm coelacanth∅:

i heard John Lennon's version of rip it up first. took a few years to learn it was LR's
Avatar 11:09pm northguineahills:

Thanks for the LR tribute. Sounded great in the car...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm WR:

Thank you Kris. Particularly for the later sides.
  11:10pm Dean:

Only just occurred to me that Channel 3, an early '80s LA area punk band, echoed the refrain from "The Girl Can't Help It" in their superlative tune, "You Make Me Feel Cheap."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm doctorjazz:

That was fun!
Avatar 11:11pm Kris Holmes:

glad you guys enjoyed it
Avatar 11:13pm coelacanth∅:

(channel 3's best song by far too, in my opinion)
Avatar 11:21pm coelacanth∅:

Loving the Betty Wright as well.
have i really only heard clean up woman by this woman?
Avatar 11:22pm Little Danny:

I think that was her sole national pop hit, coel, but Kris will know
Avatar 11:23pm Kris Holmes:

Clean Up Woman was the biggie
Avatar 11:24pm Kris Holmes:

But she is fantastic the whole way through
Avatar 11:28pm Franco Twinkie:

Did you say she married King Sporty!?!
Avatar 11:29pm Little Danny:

That was news to me too Franco
Avatar 11:30pm Kris Holmes:

I think so. Someone google if it was King Sporty or someone else?
Avatar 11:32pm Kris Holmes:

I have been known to get my carribbean Kings & Princes confused
Avatar 11:32pm Franco Twinkie:

That makes no never mind to me what she did. I just want to know about King Sporty!
Avatar 11:33pm coelacanth∅:

wikipedia says yes. her 3rd marriage.
Avatar 11:35pm Kris Holmes:

co-writer of Buffalo Soldier for one Robert Marley
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37pm chresti:

Wow, King Sporty.
Avatar 11:38pm Franco Twinkie:

Yup! Dudes a player. Also, a gas tank on a Harley Sportster apparently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38pm WR:

Is it you: killer track!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

sounding good. hi, Kris and WFMU crew, chatters, lurkers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47pm Phillippe Bastille:

Hey Granny! How's your world?
Avatar 11:50pm Kris Holmes:

check out the song "The Wrong Girl" coming up, how on earth Clarence Reid hit on that subject matter but made it sound so stunning is beyond me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm WR:

Yes, didn't see that twist in Wrong Girl coming.
Avatar 11:56pm Kris Holmes:

crazy right!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59pm Phillippe Bastille:

Thanks Kris!
Avatar 12:01am coelacanth∅:

Great program Kris! Thanks for the tributes

rest in peace Betty Wright, Little Richard, Millie Small, Tony Allen, Florian Schneider, John Prine.......

take care y'all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am chresti:

Thanks Kris! Nice tributes.
Avatar 12:03am Kris Holmes:

super sad amounts of legends leaving us, hard to keep up
Avatar 12:03am Franco Twinkie:

She was a busy lady for sure. Thanks Kris.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05am WR:

Thanks Kris. Betty Wright is such a loss. Little Richard had his time. We are richer from them both.
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