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June 25, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 250 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 25th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

On this week’s program we have a selection of R&B tracks by prominent acts between 1939 and 1947. Also, a segment of Hillbilly Boogie, acoustic blues, some classic soul and Harrison Kennedy.

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On the Show:

Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five – Cat & the Fiddle – Dinah Washington – Julia Lee – Amos Milburn – Ramblin’ Tommy Scott – Maddox Brothers & Rose – Mississippi John Hurt  – Keb’Mo – Harrison Kennedy – Candi Staton – Percy Milem – George Perkins & the Silver Stars – Sonny Thompson – 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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You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week

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March 8, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 220 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 8th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

This year, March 8th falls on a Tuesday. We try to devote a show to International Women’s Day each year. Up to this year, we’ve surveyed blues, R&B, gospel and soul on each of our IWD programs. This year, we thought to devote the entire show to women in R&B but we were diverted into starting the show with a survey of the late thirties, when there was a revival of the record companies’ interest in female performers and a bit of a surge in recording. These pre-war recordings are often treated as a footnote to the real history of the blues and we thought we’d present a sort of counter-argument by surveying these 1930s recordings before getting into the early figures in women’s R&B. As a result, straddling two eras, with World War II and the first American Federation of Musicians recording ban of 1942-1944 serving as dividers, our survey of women’s blues and R&B takes us only from 1935 to 1947.  As with male performers, not many of the singers in the pre-war group of recording artists made records in the R&B era but R&B wasn’t a completely different music. There were many continuities.  We see blues and classic R&B as one tradition and we treat them that way on the program week to week.

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As to the content of the songs, we mostly let them speak for themselves. Is there a feminist thread to women’s blues and R&B? Sometimes there is.  Often there isn’t. Is the full range of women’s experience reflected in blues and R&B by female singers? Since the great majority of songs are about relationships, love and the absence of love, we’d have to say no, but other concerns aren’t absent altogether. In any case, IWD, gives us the opportunity to present the story within the story and correct for the imbalance in men’s and women’s recordings after the classic or vaudeville era of blues, if only one time a year.  The vast majority of records in blues and R&B after the classic era were made by men. The record industry was run by men and it was almost always men who decided who got to record and what songs they recorded. In addition, it was men who wrote most of the songs women recorded, even in the classic era.

On the Show:

Christine Chatman – Georgia White – The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) – Rosetta Crawford – Ida Cox – Dinah Washington – Miss Rhapsody – The Blues Woman – Ella Johnson – Gladys Bentley – Betty Hall Jones – and others

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 April 4th.

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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 (March 15th)

TBA

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September 19, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 194 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

Our plan was to work up a feature on R&B. This evolved to a full-length study of Chicago’s Mercury Records, a label which began as an independent specializing in R&B and country but was advantageously placed to become a major player in the recording industry. Our feature concentrated on the early years when, according to Berle Adams, the label’s success was based upon its R&B catalogue. We took the story from 1945 to 1952. Mercury did not remain a Chicago label for long. The label recorded in New York, New Orleans and L.A. and by the end of the fifties it was a major label, highly competitive in the pop field and with a large classical catalogue. As an R&B label, Mercury put together an impressive catalogue, including the recordings of Dinah Washington from 1946 to 1962. At different times the label had Eddie Vinson, Jay McShann, and Buddy and Ella Johnson on its roster.

On the Show:

Four Jumps of Jive – Sippie Wallace – Dinah Washington – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Helen Humes – Cootie Williams Orchestra – Professor Longhair – Austin McCoy Trio with Frankie Ervin – Chuck Norris – Big Jim Wynn – 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 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 (September 1st)

We had to take a week off. The station played a repeat program.

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May 11, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 130 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We try to present a radio that is more than just aural ephemera but sometimes we’re glad that the program is something that can be heard and forgotten. Such was the case with our program of May 6th. If you tuned in and out of the show it’s within the realm of possibility that you might not have been aware of it but the program was a series of errors, proving,  we suppose, the danger that lurks beneath live broadcasting. CDs that didn’t play, songs that were not the ones announced and false starts all in ninety minutes. The plan was to present a selection of early rhythm & blues tracks. tracks made between 1940 and 1948, including a few major artists and marquee acts but also some fairly obscure performers and names that would be less easily recognized today.

We may try to present this show again as a summer repeat and try to get it right. This is one show we wish we had prepared in the production studio.

On the Show:

Earl Hines with Billy Eckstine –  Sepia Tones – The Delta Rhythm Boys – Lillette & her Escorts – Marion Abernathy – Clyde Bernhardt – Memphis Jimmy – Dinah Washington – Amos Milburn – many others

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 June 3rd.

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 (May 13th)

Blues, gospel and probably some soul music on the program.

Errors and Omissions

On BRS 130, we could not recall the name of the bass singer for the Delta Rhythm Boys, who wrote the lyric to Ellington & Strayhorn’s “Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin'” for the group. We settled on Joe Gaines. Knew it wasn’t right. It was Lee Gaines.

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