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October 13, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 260 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 8th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Feature on this week’s program is a long one covering the Victor label’s blues and country catalogues in the early years. Victor did not enter the roots field when many other labels did but hire the leading figure in race and hillbilly music, Ralph Peer, when he left the OKeh label. Beginning in 1926, Victor quickly became one of the big three labels in the roots field. Early success included the famous Bristol Sessions of 1927 where the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made their recording debuts on Victor. Aside from any commercial success, Peer and Victor arranged some historically famous sessions, including the Tommy Johnson-Ishman Bracey 1928 session in Memphis. As with everyone in the industry, the Depression and its effect on record sales put the program Peer ran into question but by 1934 Victor had established its budget Bluebird line and continued to record and sell blues and country records.

Our feature covers the years 1927 to 1935. To put together the feature we drew from three generations of RCA Victor reissues–the Vintage series of LPs issued between 1964 and 1972, the Bluebird CDs of the early 1990s and the excellent series of CDs When the Sun Goes Down produced by Colin Escott from the early 2000s. Obviously, what’s important is the quality of music contained by these albums and they were very good collections. It’s unlikely that we will see similar reissue programs today beyond special releases like the American Epic set but much of what we played this week is still obtainable.

Also on the program, a few recordings reflecting the growing awareness of Chicago blues from the Blues Revival era–from Storyville, Prestige and Vanguard–and a bit of Hi label Soul.

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On the Show:

Otis Spann –  Billy Boy Arnold – James Cotton – Elmore James – Big Sugar – Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Jim & Andrew Baxter – Jim Jackson – Cannon’s Jug Stompers – Allen Brothers – Lone Star Cowboys – Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah – Ann Peebles Johnson – Al Green – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until December 2nd. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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October 2, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 259 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 1st (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We opened this weeks program with some R&B out of Chicago on the Miracle and Premium labels and from Aristocrat and Chess. We try to cover Rhythm & Blues from the forties and fifties as closely as we do down-home blues from the  same era. As with blues recordings there were many worthy but obscure records and many that have been forgotten since they were once current. Where R&B once ruled the African-American charts it was mostly forgotten by the 1960s when the so-called Blues Revival took place. Today, we can appreciate the quality and variety of this music and we can appreciate a bit better the way the world was in a bygone time.

Also on this weeks program, a bit of mandolin blues, a couple of what appear to have been studio bands that recorded dance and blues records in the late 1930s, Bill and Charlie Monroe, new music from Harpdog Brown and something from HowellDevine.

Last segment of the show devoted to the Gospel Spirit reissues from Columbia Legacy following our exploration of blues from the Columbia catalogue. Many of the pre-war blues recordings in Columbia’s vaults were acquired from other companies in the twenties and thirties. Columbia Legacy put together some excellent gospel reissues in the 1990s, much of it recorded by Columbia or its OKeh subsidiary.

These parts of Columbia’s vaults have been mostly neglected in recent years but you can still find most of the Columbia Legacy reissue albums of blues and gospel one way or another today, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, we like to highlight these collections from time to time because of the resources and documentation that went into their production. We don’t have to identify the source albums on the air but you can identify the titles from each week’s playlist on the CFMU website as long as the shows remain available as podcasts, ie., eight weeks.

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On the Show:

Cryin’ Jesse & his Orchestra – Ella Mae Morse – Five Blazes – Kitty Stevenson – Jimmy Nelson – Harpdog Brown – Sleepy John Estes – Harlem Hamfats – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Morgan Davis – Blind Willie Johnson – Jackson Gospel Singers- Dorothy Love Coates – and others

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September 28, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 258 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 24th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We wanted to do a show on pre-war blues from Columbia Records’s extensive catalogue. In our preparation we did some research on the evolution of the Columbia label and its various subsidiary labels and how Columbia represented blues in its catalogue. What we discovered is that we had not appreciated at all how complicated that history was.

To make things easier, we decided to rely upon Columbia Legacy reissues in putting this feature together but we were distracted throughout our preparation by the recognition that many of the records we chose to play were bot recorded by Columbia but by companies Columbia acquired.

Columbia recorded some of the early stars of blues, including Bessie Smith and Clara Smith. It then ran into financial difficulty in the middle of the twenties, difficulties that could have prevented the label from purchasing the new electrical recording system developed by Bell Laboratories. It’s been argued suggested that it was Bessie Smith’s recordings that kept the company going.  Columbia’s English branch came to the rescue by taking over the American company in order to obtain the new system which it could not purchase on its own as a foreign-based company. An immediate benefit for Columbia was that the owners of Okeh Records, the pioneering race and hillbilly label, determined that theycould not afford to buy Bell’s technology and the label and its catalogue were sold to Columbia.

We won’t detail all the transactions that took place as Columbia established itself as an industry leader. Suffice it to say that Columbia took a serious hit in the early Depression years and was acquired by the Brunswick Record Company in 1934. That company thereby strengthened its own position having already been merged with the American Record Company but in 1938 Columbia Broadcasting took a major position in the industry buying out the Brunswick-ARC conglomerate from Consolidated Film Industries.

Columbia has done a great job representing the catalogue it assumed after 1938 and added to since but it remains the case that much of what the label has represented as Columbia product, including Leroy Carr, Peetie Wheatstraw, Robert Johnson and much more was recorded by companies Columbia bought out rather than by Columbia itself.

Our feature includes recordings made between 1927 and 1941. Also on the program, a couple of samples from newly resissued compilations from the Swingtime label, newly released Bobby Radcliff and a new album from Third Man documenting the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival.

On the Show:

Earl Brown & His Band – J.B. Hutto & the Hawks – Helen Humes – Buddy Moss – Lucille Bogan – Peetie Wheatstraw – Buddy Woods & His Wampus Cats – Big Bill – Champion Jack Dupree – Carolina Buddies – Jack de Keyzer – Bobby Radcliff – Lavelle White – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until November 19th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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Stars of classic R&B

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September 22, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 257 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 17th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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The term “R&B” is still used today to describe “urban” or African-American style music that is not hiphop. Just our opinion but it seems unfortunate that no more accurate term has been applied to this current field of music.

The term “rhythm & blues” was introduced in 1949 by Billboard Magazine to categorize what previously was categorized as “race music”. Jerry Wexler has been credited with advocating the new term. “Rhythm & Blues” thus began to be used as a term for marketing and merchandising music but it would soon applied more specifically to the music that emerged around the time of the Second World War and appeared to  be a hybrid of jazz and blues.

It’s in that sense that we apply the term on The Blues & Rhythm Show and we also talk about “classic” rhythm & blues” by which we mean music that began to form at the end of the 1930s and remained broadly popular until roughly 1954 when rock and roll entered the scene in a major way while social and economic change and, importantly,  changing aspirations, began to have an impact upon blues culture.

This week a survey of what we call Classic Rhythm & Blues spanning the years 1941 to 1955. Stars of the R&B era as well as less prominent performers are included in the mix. Also, a selection of retro performances of music from the classic R&B era.

On the Show:

Earl Jackson – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Bull Moose Jackson – Mabel Smith – Rubberlegs Williams – Roomful of Blues – Shakura S’Aida – Johnny Nocturne Band – Roy Milton – Percy Mayfield – Dinah Washington – Charles Brown – Johnny Ace & Big Mama Thornton – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until November 12th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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September 10, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 256 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 10th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Last week, our program began with a feature on post-war Chicago blues based upon recordngs spanning the years !947 to 1960. This week, we cover the similar period in Detroit Blues. Detroit had a significant down-home blues scene but not the recording industry that existed in Chicago before Motown. Detroit attracted African-American migrants from he South, like Chicago, and from many of the same places although from a slightly more southeastern range of territory. Chicago had steel and meat packing. Detroit had auto. We have recordings dating from 1949 to 1959.

We also have some latter-day Detroit blues recordings, a short venture into country records from the Motor City, a segment devoted to Gospel from Detroit, including a quartet believed to have Wilson Pickett as lead, and a bit of funky Detroit Soul.

On the Show:

Todd Rhodes & His Septet – Charlie Spand – Calvin Frazier – Eddie Burns – Eddie Kirkland – Baby Boy Warren – Bobo Jenkins  – York Brothers – Alberta Adams – Flying Clouds of Detroit – Rev. C.L. Franklin – Meditation Singers – Laura Lee – Boogie Woogie Red  – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until November 5th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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Stars of classic R&B

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September 3, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 255 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 3rd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

After four out of five weeks absence from the studio we’re back with a new show. 

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We have a program devoted mostly to music from Chicago or influenced by Chicago blues. Main feature is a segment devoted to Chicago Blues from the years 1947 to 1960, with recordings made for small Chicago indie labels but also for Columbia and Chess. We can draw from recent box sets devoted to Chicago blues from Boulevard Varese and Wienerworld. 

Commentators have always wrestled with how to describe post-war blues style as distinguished from rhythm & blues since writers for Billboard and Cashbox developed their own shorthand in the 1940s for capsule reviews of new releases. Reissuers today appear to have settled upon the term “Down Home”. We don’t think it’s an exact fit but it emphasizes the continuity in style and themes between pre- and post-war blues as opposed to R&B. Blues in the large and mid-size cities of the midwest and west coast reflected an experience that was different from what performers and their migrant audience had lived in the south but singers didn’t abandon the older themes and their songs were still partly addressed to a southern audience. Singers in Chicago sang about life in Chicago but were still singing about Mississippi and Arkansas to former and present southerners.

On the show, we also have some later performances of Chicago blues standards on the bill and a few gospel sides from Chicago. Along the way, we also have a couple of sides from the country corner and a brief look at the music the Ace/Kent Record labels of England are selling as New Breed R&B and blues.

On the Show:

Hound Dog Taylor – Howell/Devine – Dirty Red – Memphis Minnie – Homesick James – Chuck Berry – Eddie Boyd  – Earl Wright – Stephen Berry Band – Harpdog Brown – Bobby Radcliff – Cool Papa Jarvis – Mary Love – Staple Singers – Norfleet Brothers – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until October 29th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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Detroit Special

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August 4, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 253 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 30th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program included a special devoted to Louisiana music, mostly of the fifties and early sixties but including tracks from the forties to the eighties. Swamp blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco. That took up the greater part of the program but we also took a look at the Smithsonian Folkways album devoted to Lead Belly‘s recordings for Moses Asch’s various label ventures, recordings made between 1941 and 1948. Leadbelly had spent time previously in a Texas prison but the Lomaxes met up with him in the Angola Penitentiary and he grew up in the Caddo Lake region of western Louisiana.

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On the Show:

Guitar Gable – Lightnin’ Slim – Lonesome Sundown – Clarence Garlow – Classie Ballou – Nathan Abshire – Thaddeus Declouet  – Buckwheat Zydeco – Robert Pete Williams – Lead Belly – Barbara Lynn – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until September 24th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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July 30, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 252 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 23rd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

A lot of the work that goes into this show is work we do preparing at home and we rely on our technological devices to put a show together. We’d planned to take a week off in any case but technical obstacles prevented us from assembling a show two weeks in a row.

Our July 23rd program included rhythm & blues recorded between 1941 and 1959. Also, pair of obscure blues pianists from the 1930s and tracks from a couple of significant Delta bluesmen who recorded just before the war. We also featured some recordings from leading gospel groups in the 1950s after reviewing the Malaco 50th anniversary Gospel set in the previous show.

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Cab Calloway & His Orchestra – Saunders King – King Perry – Big Maybelle – James Brown & the Famous Flames – Jesse James – Tony Hollins – Morgan Davis  – Rod Piazza – Roberta Martin Singers – Caravans – Roy Head & the Traits – Ray Agee – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until September 17. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be easier. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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July 9, 2019

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 9, 2019 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We booked a week off for next Tuesday but technical difficulties stood in the way of our preparations for this week’s show and we decided to take this week off and present the show we’re currently working on next week. In place of the live show the station replayed our Juneteenth Special of June 18th. See the posting for Blues & Rhythm Show #249 for details.
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Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until August 13th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be easier. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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July 2, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 251 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 2nd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We’ll be looking briefly at the new book/album set from Malaco, The Gospel According to Malaco. The occasion of this publication event is Malaco’s 50th anniversary in business. Complicating the project is the fact that Malaco today owns the gospel catalogues of the Savoy and Apollo labels, which adds a further 25 years to the gospel history contained in Malaco’s holdings.

Also on the program, pre-World War 2 blues and roots music on CD with examples from the American Epic collection as well as John Tefteler’s Classic Blues compilations. There will be a few early R&B releases from the Aristocrat-Chess-Checker labels, a bit of Soul and Morgan Davis.

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On the Show:

Forest Sykes – Danny Overbea – Henry Thomas – Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe – Blind Lemon Jefferson – Walker’s Corbin Ramblers – Mississippi Mud Mashers – Davis Sisters  – Keb’Mo – Five Blind Boys of Alabama – Albertina Walker – Dee and Don – Morgan Davis – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until August 13th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be easier. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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