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May 19, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 180 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 19th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We went over our database of playtracks last week in preparation for our Specialty label gospel feature and noticed that we’ve never done a feature on Specialty label R&B although we have announced our intention to present such a feature. That changes this week.

When the world at large discovered classic R&B and interest grew in this genre of music, people often learned first about Specialty Records, the label that issued records by Roy Milton and Joe Liggins, not to mention, in later years, Lloyd Price and Little Richard.

Specialty emerged from a gaggle of post-war indie startup record labels in LA. It was actually not founded until 1946 as owner Art Rupe shut down his first label, Juke Box, founded in 1944, and sold off most of the Juke Box masters. Rupe ran Specialty himself, without partners, and he ran a tight ship. He established a roster of name artists and didn’t try to maintain a large and diverse catalogue. For as long as he could he declined to engage in payola, or radio pay-for-play. When he sensed the industry had shifted and his small indie could no longer get by, like Sam Phillips, he wound down the business.

Rupe began from an interest in “race music”, especially gospel. He attributed his success with Specialty to his ability as a producer, part of which would have meant the confidence to identify the acts that could make records he would be able to sell and leave the rest to other labels.

Unlike Sam Phillips, Art Rupe held onto his masters and was able to see them reissued in a comprehensive series of albums, which only enhanced the reputation of Specialty’s catalogue. Two early album\ reissues that surveyed the Specialty catalogue were titled This Is Where it All Began.

Our survey begins in 1944 with the Juke Box label recordings and ends in 1954.

On the Show:

Camille Howard – Sepia Tones – Roy Milton & HIs Solid Senders – Joe Lutcher – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy – Nelson Alexander Trio – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Percy Mayfield – Willard McDaniel – Lloyd Price – Chuck Higgins with Daddy Cleanhead

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 Jun 16th.

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 26th)

B.B. King special

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February 17, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 168 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 17th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We broadcast on Tuesdays. That means it would be difficult for us to ignore Mardi Gras. Nor would we choose to ignore it. We did not present a Mardi Gras show last year, however, because Fat Tuesday fell in the middle of Fundraising Week for CFMU

As is the case with Christmas, there are a limited number of Mardi Gras pieces to choose from. We use our Mardi Gras program to explore the New Orleans musical tradition, which, while it has hugely influenced blues and R&B, still stands slightly apart from the rest of the American tradition. It makes sense to devote a couple of shows a year just to New Orleans and Mardi Gras affords an opportunity to do that once a year, anyway. This year’s Mardi Gras special will include R&B, a bit of the jazz that relates in part to the marching band history in the city, and to the indigenous funk music that underlies a lot of what the marching bands do today as well as the music of the Mardi Gras Indian bands. we’ll also sample just a bit the Mardi Gras music of the Bayou and Southwest Louisiana.

On the Show:

Joe Lutcher – Young Men of New Orleans – Art Neville – Wild Magnolias – Bunk Johnson – Johnny Wiggs – Meters – Eddie Bo – Balfa Brothers – James Booker – Earl King –  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 March 16th.

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 (February 24th)

Blues and Gospel miscellany. In two weeks time (March 3rd), it will be Fundraising Week for CFMU and for this program. We will need your support.

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