Early Morning Boogie, Wini Beatty & Slim Gaillard (1946)
Slim “McVouty” Gaillard had much success, and he’s anything but an unknown. Although Wini Beatty also appeared on many recordings, I found scant information about her.
Show Stopper, The Cashmeres (HEM Records, 1965) There is little information about this soul group from Washington D.C. (not be confused with The Cashmeres, a doo-wop group from Atlanta GA, or The Cashmeres from Brooklyn NY, or The Cashmeres from Portland OR). A 45rpm copy of Show Stopper is a rarity; according to Discogs, prices range from $680 to $1800 depending on condition.
My Good Pott, Doc Pomus & Curley Russell’s All Stars (1948)
Jerome Felder, better known as Doc Pomus, was one of the grandfathers of rock and roll. He wrote and performed rhythm & blues, a genre that belonged almost exclusively to black American artists whose 78s were often categorized as “race records.”
“By the late 1950’s he was established as one of the best songwriters in the business which is where he’d make his name and cement his legend. During that time it’s doubtful anyone buying his classic compositions performed by The Drifters, Dion & The Belmonts, Ray Charles and the ultimate white-Negro Elvis Presley, were even aware Pomus once sung this kind of music before any of those artists had even cut their first record.”
Brazil, Geoff & Maria Muldaur (1970) In 1939, Ary Barroso was stuck in his house during a rainstorm, so he wrote Aquarela do Brasil. Three decades later, multi-talented musician Geoff Muldaur and his wife Maria (nee D’Amato) recorded it as Brazil. In 1985, Terry Gilliam adopted the song for his cinematic vision of a retro-future dystopia, and now it’s immediately recognizable as theTheme to Brazil.
Funbar, Deerpeople (2013) I heard this song years ago (on Atomic Flash Deluxe Hi-Fi Radio) but didn’t know the title or the band name until recently. Formed in 2012 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Deerpeople were described as psychedelic folk rockers. One day they just stopped performing and recording for no particular reason, but reunited to officially disband in 2019.
The numbers adjacent to the titles indicate ranking for the previous 12 months, followed by the previous year’s ranking, and the third number is for all-time popularity (August 2007 – August 2022).
“NR” denotes “Not Ranked.”
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No. 11/2/35 – Bigass Ammonite Fossil is not a Bigass Ammonite Fossil
No. 10/NR/423 – Monetary Disfigurement
No. 9/NR/17 – Meet The Beetles
No. 8/NR/352 – The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel
No. 7/NR/405 – The .Gif Friday Post No. 377 – Break Dance Bear Classic, Morticia & Gomez Dance Hard & Buster Keaton Escapes From Himself.
No. 6/NR/258 – The .Gif Friday Post No. 606 – The Twerk Police, A Dumpster Dumper & A Chilla Gorilla
No. 5/8/36 – Kluck Klams – The Ghost of Walt Kelly Speaks
No. 4/NR/82 – Professional Shadow Puppetry
No. 3/NR/14 – The .Gif Friday Post No. 445 – Demolition Demon, Roll Survivor & Rock This Way
No. 2/3/47 – Pelicans Trying To Eat Other Animals
And the NO. 1 POST for the past year:
The Most Terrifying Bird In The World
Posted on 1 June 2021, this garnered a surprising rank of 1/NR/58. That’s a hella score for barely one year since posting it AND THE BIRD IS PURE AWESOME.
This year it occurred to me that I might add one more category – AUDIO.
For several years I’ve been posting .mp3 files of rare (and not so rare) recordings, along with a few oddities. The most popular this year was a stunner; I found a recording ofan agitated penguin and slowed it way down.
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Love is All Right, Cliff Nobles & Co. (1968) Cliff Nobles recorded this A-side for the 45rpm, but the B-side, The Horse, was the instrumental hit. It became one of the most recognizable instrumentals ever, and EVERY high school band played it. The Horse was also the theme song for Radio Veronica, a popular dutch pirate radio station that broadcast from a ship on the North Sea in the 1960’s & 70s.
Thunderbirds, A. Aallon Rytmiorkesteri (2000) A. Aallon, also known as A. Aalto and A. Aalto’s Rhythm Orchestra, is an iskelmä (pop) music group from Ylöjärvi, Finland. Interesting mix of styles, but this particular space western surf instrumental struck a chord with me.
Real Wild Child, Jerry Allison & Buddy Holly (1958) The Crickets had toured Australia in February 1958 and recorded the cover with drummer Jerry Ivan Allison singing lead. The song was partly a tribute to Australian Johnny O’Keefe, who wrote the original titled The Wild One.