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June 16, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 281 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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Our second program from quarantine. We briefly sample Little Richard’s output on Specialty; blues and R&B from both coasts–New York and California; music from the R&B revival of the late 1980s and the early 1990s; country gospel from 1938; African-American gospel from 1964-1974 and a pair of gospel instrumentals.

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On the Show:

Harold Jackson & the Jackson Brothers – Little Richard – Jackie Wilson – Larry Dale – Johnny Fuller – Camille La Vah – Pee Wee Crayton – Harry Van Walls – Mark “Bird” Stafford – Charles Brown – Coon Creek Girls – Rev. Lonnie Farris with Thelma Wiiliam – Ziontones – Lamar Nelson – Ray Charles – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 10th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week

TBA.

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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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Next week

Stars of classic R&B

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January 5, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 211 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We outlined a plan for this week’s program but decided to play some older music than what we had tentatively planned.  Instead, we’re going to take a brief look at the Johnny Otis show of the 1970 era and at some slightly later Johnny Otis productions and we’re going to feature some recordings collected by Alan Lomax at Parchman Farm Penitentiary.

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We all understand the romance of so-called country blues and excitement of electric blues from Chicago but it’s still hard for us to understand the general lack of interest blues enthusiasts in the 1960s in the R&B of the forties and early fifties, when the artists were still close to their prime.  Paul Oliver, the doyen of early blues researchers, barely mentioned R&B in his writings  There were hints of interest but not many. Columbia issued two records of King R&B classics, perhaps because the names of James Brown and Hank Ballard were still current. The first, from 1967,  was called 18 King Size Rhythm & Blues Hits. Polydor, in Great Britain issued a 1968 album called Kings of Rhythm & Blues, one side devoted to Wynonie Harris, the other to Tiny Bradshaw. Specialty Records issued volume 1 of This Is How it All Began in 1969, with tracks by Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, Jimmy Liggins and Percy Mayfield. Volume 2 followed the next year. These five albums were how it all began for us but it would be a while before a flood of research and reissues filled out the picture. As so often, the Europeans would be ahead in this game. Meanwhile, in 1970, Johnny Otis began presenting the stars of R&B playing and singing something like their original style. He also produced a series of albums showcasing a number of the biggest stars of the music. These were recorded in 1974. We’re going to play a bit of this music on the program.

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Also, on the program a brief look at recordings made at Parchman Farm, represented on the 2014 Parchman Farm album-book combination on Dust-to-Digital. At this point the Dust to Digital set is easier to obtain than the two Rounder CDs of Alan Lomax’ field collection from 1947 and 1948. As well as tracks from those 1947-48 field sessions there are recordings from the Southern Journey field trip of 1959 but beyond the selection of tracks from what had already been issued from the 1947-48 and 1959 sessions, there is material that had not previously been available to the public before.  

Also on the program, two Western Canadian blues guitarists and early Soul or proto-Soul recordings.                                                                                                                            

On the Show:

Ted Taylor – Esther Phillips – Charles Brown – Lead Belly – Tangle Eye– Clarence Alexander –Ervin Webb & group – Marshall Lawrence – Big Dave McLean – Joe Medwick – Mavis Staples

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Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until February 1st.

Contact Us:

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (January 12th)

TBA

Errors and Omissions

Song we played by Good Rockin’ Charles Edwards was, as first announced, “Five Years in Prison”. The title comes from an original verse Charles introduced to what was essentially a cover of  the song “Broke and Hungry, Ragged and Dirty Too”. We questioned on air whether we had played the right song. We also called the Five Keys “Hucklebuck With Jimmy” a cover but the original had a different title. It was Jimmy Preston’s “Hucklebuck Daddy”.

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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 161 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 23rd, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We assemble this program on the computer and, of course, we also maintain this blogsite, but we were without a working computer for most of the week prior to the Christmas show. In the end, we did manage to put a show together but not to give advance notice of the content.

There is a limited supply of classic blues, rhythm, & blues, gospel and soul for Christmas and this was our fourth Christmas special at CFMU. Most of the program was made up of fresh material, however, and we think it was a quality selection.

On the Show:

Casey Bill & His Orchestra – Goree Carter – Rev. J.M. Gates – Selah Jubilee Singers – Bumble Bee Slim – Charles Brown – Reverend Cleophus Robinson – Blind Boys of Alabama with Mavis Staples –  Richard Newell  – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until January 21st.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (December 30th)

Our pre-New Year’s show will feature blues from the album era, especially, and some longer tracks than we usually play on the program. Emphasis on uptempo material.

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August 19, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 93 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week’s lineup includes fifties and sixties blues and R&B from both coasts, some hard blues and a couple of tracks on the poppish side of things. We have something from the new CD from Mark “Bird” Stafford (Live At the Delta) and an older track from Charlie Musselwhite, lately touring with Ben Harper. Also, some sacred steel and something from a fine retro singer who appears to have a new CD on the way.

On the show: 

Jackie Wilson –  Larry Dale  –  Ray Agee – Camille La Vah – Margie Evans – Harry Van Walls – Charles Brown – Rev. Lonnie Farris – Snooks Eaglin – and more

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until September 17th.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (August 27th)

Our last program of the summer will be our repeat of the John Lomax Southern Journey feature, which first aired in May. The following week, September 3rd, will emanate from the lobby of the McMaster Student Union building and we’ll be shopping all of our musical wares for those who are present live at the MSU and those of you listening at home or at work.

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