April 19, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 315 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

An installment in our chronological survey of the Paramount label’s history of recording this week covering the end of 1926 and the beginning of 1927. Blues, Gospel and Hillbilly from the catalogues of Paramount and its affiliated logos. Also included, a couple of items from Black Patti, which Mayo Williams established surreptiously and separately from his activity as what might be called Paramount’s A&R director, the position he left in the course of 1927. We try to unravel the story behind a famous Hillbilly song that is believed to be about the brutal treatment of African-American convict labour in a Tennessee mine.

Also on the program, B.B. KIng, Smothers brothers, a Country-Hillbilly segment and some Peacock label Gospel.

“They say things will get better but I don’t believe that’s true” — B.B. KIng

On the Show:

Calvin Owens – Abe “Little Smokey” Smothers – Jack de Keyzer – Maddox Brothers & Rose – Armstrong Twins – Sonny Green – Sweet Papa Stovepipe – Biddleville Quintette – Cow Cow Davenport – Buddy Boy Hawkins – Watts & Wilson – Little Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed – Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio – Sensational Nightingales – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until June 15th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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October 27, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 261 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 15th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Our show the day after Thanksgiving Monday began with Rhythm & Blues, mostly from well-known names in the R&B field. Besides that opening feature, we played some Western Swing, some early White Country Gospel, followed by a selection of hard Gospel tracks and more traditonally-based gospel tracks from around 1970. In the playlist, as well, Mel Brown and to close the show, Bobby Bland.

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On the Show:

Johnny Otis Orchestra/Robins –  Walter Brown – Julia Lee – Four Barons – Buddy & Ella Johnson – Mel Brown & the Houserockers – Johnny Lee Wills & the Boys – Alfred Karnes – Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio – Shaw Singers – Big Dan & the Heavyweights – Bobby Bland – 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 December 10th. 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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