February 15, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 308 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We should be describing our annual Mardi Gras special but something happened this year. We missed the important detail that Fat Tuesday falls earlier this year, today, February 16th, in fact,–until we’d already put together our program. Too late to put it aside and assemble another show. What we have instead is a program with a segment featuring Rhythm & Blues from Chicago independent labels and another segment in the second hour divided between recordings by Blind Boy Fuller with his associates and some later recordings by Piedmont artists. Also, something from the recent EP Lo-Fi Blues and a bit of live Rosetta Tharpe from 1970.

On the Show:

Floyd Smith – Bill Samuels – Tab Smith Orchestra with Chick Young – Alberta Adams – Sugar Brown – Harpdog Brown & the Bloodhounds – Lonnie Johnson & Elmer Snowden – Blind Boy Fuller – Blind Gary Davis – Henry Johnson – Tarheel Slim – Lone Star Playbiys – Rev. Joihn Wilkins – 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 April 13th 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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March 30, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Hour 73 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Program for Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

A full-length special on Gotham Records of Philadelphia. Gotham Records was a medium-sized independent label that was founded on jazz and R&B. Big enough and well-enough financed to acquire titles from smaller labels but without the distribution clout, in the end, of King, Savoy, or even Atlantic, which was a later arrival on the scene. Nonetheless, Gotham assembled an interesting catalogue of jazz, R&B, and, especially gospel. Our special will deal with the artists recorded by Gotham, rather than the masters acquired from Miltone or from Joe Von Battle in Detroit.

We’ve done features on Savoy, King and Atlantic. Those labels had rosters better known to us today and in their time. Gotham had great artists and its share of hit records. Just as importantly, it represented a fascinating segment of the music being played in the clubs, theatres and churches of the day and brought to record sounds we we wouldn’t have available to us today had Gotham never existed.

 On the show: 

Jimmy Preston – Earl Bostic – Dorothy Donegan – Tarheel Slim – Sonny Terry – The Dixieaires – Thelma Cooper – Frank Motley – Tiny Grimes – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Harmonizing Four

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 29th.



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