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September 25, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon.

We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – 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 October 20th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

August 18, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

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On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – 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 October 14th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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.

Errors & Omissions

We provide a lot of information on the program. Inevitably we make mistakes on air, even in prerecorded shows. One obvious error in BRS 286 had to do with the instrumentation behind Rose Mitchell on “Baby Please Don’t Go”. As the listener would have noticed there was only guitar, drums and handclaps. No piano and bass. We wonder if the guitar might have been Edgar Blanchard but have no evidence to say so.

Next week

TBA.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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September 13, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 240 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 13th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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We’ve tried to cover the classic R&B of the forties and early fifties on this radio program as much as, or even more than, other periods in blues history. For us, R&B was the important blues of its era even as other forms of blues persisted and evolved alongside the new amalgam of blues and jazz music. On this week’s feature we will try to trace the direction of the music from the pre-war years, through the wartime period when two particular circumstances–the musicians strike of 1942-1944 and the wartime shortage of shellac needed for pressing 78 discs–combined to limit  the amount of recording that took place;  then, with the resumption of recording activity, through to the end of 1946.  On the program some of the biggest names in R&B, some recognized during the years 1939-1946, others not established as stars of the music until 1947 or later The end of  1946 is an appropriate time to stop. 1947 was something of a breakout year for R&B music and for the independent labels marketing it, even if the end of the year turned out to be another stopping point for the recording industry as James Petrillo’s American Federation of Musicians attempted to impose a second ban on recording, in defence of live music, commencing on January 1st, 1948.

On the Show:

Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Joe Turner – Saunders King – Four Vagabonds – Hot Lips Page – Julia Lee – Wynonie Harris – Ivory Joe Hunter – Jack McVea’s All Stars -Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers  – and others

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Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 11th.

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.

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Next week (September 13th)

TBA

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September 28, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 148 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 

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

Last week’s program began as what was intended to be a representative survey of rhythm & blues from the beginning to about the mid-fifties. The i.d. “rhythm & blues” has been misapplied over the decades and we’re sure there are people who aren’t sure exactly what we are referring to when we use the term. The idea was for last week’s program to let the playlist describe the scope of classic rhythm & blues. “Rhythm & Blues” is first an industry term, used for marketing purposes, but it aptly captures the phenomenon of blues music blended with elements of jazz. Of course, it was used as a blanket term to describe all the records on the African-American charts, formerly known as “race” or, later, as “sepia”. The best-seller chart was known for a while as the Harlem Hit Parade. Thus the term embraced popular jazz records, down-home blues and popular ballads sold to African Americans, as documented by the industry publication, Billboard Magazine. The term was invented by Jerry Wexler while he was a writer for Billboard and applied retroactively to records issued in the post-World war 2 era and to a few records issued in the war years.

When we assembled the program, we wound up taking a different track from the one we had started with. We wound up concentrating on the early years of R&B, starting with a few records from the war era and proceeding barely into 1947. We’ll resume this survey with next week’s program, taking us further into the R&B era.

On the Show:

Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra – Cecil Gant – Erskine Hawkins – Joe Turner – Gatemouth Moore – Helen Humes – Roy Milton – Wynonie Harris – Julia Lee – Amos Milburn

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 October 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 30th)

We continue into the late 1940s with our R&B survey.

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