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November 12, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 263 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 29th (10:00 to 12:00 noon

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Featured this week on the program a selection of R&B from Los Angeles recorded in the years 1944 to 1957. Blues singers sang about the lure of California from here and there in the 1930s but a wave of migration gave the coast a growing African-American population augmented by the wartime economy and the attraction of wartimes jobs fabricating armaments and wartime materials. A vibrant club scene supported local music and a host of independent labels competing to record local musical talent helped make Los Angeles and the coast a destination for musicians. Most of those labels were short-lived but a few important indies, including Modern, Aladdin and Specialty, emerged to become national players, while Exclusive and Swing Time developed impressive catalogues bvut couldn’t negotiate the transition from 78 to 45 rpm.

Our feature includes a number of talented performers important in their time but without easily recognizable names today.

Also on the program, the Staple Singers, blues from a couple of early country string groups, Leroy CarrMiss Angel and Steve Strongman.

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Othe Show:

Wid Bill Moore –  Austin McCoy – Gene Phillips – Clara Smith – Howlin’ Wolf – Leroy Carr – Duke Henderson – Helen Andrews with Johnny Creach Trio – Great Gates – Sherman Booker – Rockin’ Highliners – Hill Billies – Ken Whiteley – Staple Singers and others

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 December 31st. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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

Bluebird label Blues

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September 19, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 193 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 18th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

We haven’t maintained our blogsite for the past month. This program began with some Texas blues, including a never issued instrumental by Long John Hunter. We featured Deak Harp on the show for the first time and then several Chicago blues tracks. We revisited a couple of white vaudeville blues recordings from the early 1920s and then looked at late twenties recordings by Clara and Bessie Smith, leading into a couple of quartet recordings from the Birmingham-Bessemer area of Alabama. Last in the show, some soul and soul-blues, including Cicero Blake.

On the Show:

Long John Hunter – Deak Harp – James Cotton – Aileen Stanley & Billy Murray – Clara Smith – Bessie Smith – Bessemer Sunset Four – Denise LaSalle – Cicero Blake – a.o.

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 September 14th.

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 25th)

Mercury R&B story – 90 minute special

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