Saturday Matinee – The Chantays, The Ventures, Johnny Thunders & The Vaughan Brothers

The Chantays were from Santa Ana, California. The oldest was 17, the youngest 14, when they recorded their 1962 hit “Pipeline” (according to the liner notes on my LP.) I was a kid in the midwest when I first heard it, and I liked it, but I didn’t equate it with surfing. I imagined a rock n’ roll sludge pump.

According to Wiki, the Chantays originally called the song “Liberty’s Whip” but I have my doubts.

A year later, The Ventures co-opted the classic. Not sure if royalties were paid but their version didn’t make Billboard’s Top 100.

Johnny Thunders‘ (nee New York Dolls) take was kinda different. Clip is apparently from here, circa 1989(?).

Jimmy Vaughan taught his brother guitar IIRC, and SRV took it from there. Video above from New Orleans 1987.

Jimmy Vaughan is an unsung guitar hero IMO.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow for more awesome than any human being can possibly handle.

Saturday Matinee – Wednesday Addams X3, Jimmy Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

Pure awesome [via]. It’s a series that’s been going on for a while, and I find it hilarious, but let’s clean the palate. How ’bout a jam from  Jimmy Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band?

“Boom Bapa Boom” recorded at JazzOpen Stuttgart 2014.

One of my earliest memories was puking on the Tilt-A-Whirl at LeSourdsville Lake and I loved the ride ever since. Have a great weekend, folks, see you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Imelda May, Jimmy & The Rackets; Ron Levy & Ronnie Earl; J. Geils, Duke Robillard & Gerry Beaudoin

Imelda May is way cool. That’s her version of  Buddy Holly’s “Looking For Love” which was also covered by The Stray Cats. It was never covered by Andy Tielman as far as I know, but here on The Saturday Matinee, one vid and three links just don’t make the nut.

Yep. That’s Jimmy & The Rackets as if I had to tell you, but now I’m torn between two more vids to post. I’ll resolve the dilemma by posting them both, back-to-back, because each of them made me smile for different reasons. Have a great weekend folks, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.


Saturday Matinee – Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, Stevie Ray & Jimmy Vaughan, Kim Wilson

Roy Buchanan’s version of Link Wray’s  “Jack The Ripper.” Guitar or chainsaw, you decide.

Link Wray’s “Switchblade.” Sorry, no action video, but that song is so nasty, I’m gonna listen to it again while I fish for other stuff, like this:

Link Wray’s version of  “Unchain My Heart”  from 1975.

Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan on a single doubleneck guitar. Great stunt with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and speaking of Kim Wilson…

I’ve prolly posted some of these before, but so what. Some are worth reposting, and it’s been a long week. Have a great weekend folks, see you back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – Cows & Cycles, Kim Wilson, W.C. Clark, Angela Strehli, Jimmy Vaughan, Little Walter, Coco Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Leon Redbone, and a link to Marion Harris

Cows & Cows & Cows. (Tip o’ the tarboosh to Bunkarina.)

If that wasn’t odd enough, try Cycles. (Thanx, Possum.)

Whoa. Whatta lineup. Kim Wilson, backed by Jimmy Vaughan and W.C.Clark with Angela Strehli. Might have posted the vid before, but so what.

Little Walter was an excellent harp player. Here he is with Coco Taylor in 1967, playing Howlin’ Wolf’s “Wang Dang Doodle.”

What was truly pitiful in the 60s was that the Brits were the ones to reintroduce American blues to Americans. (Look who introduces the great Howlin’ Wolf on this clip.)

Let’s wrap up with a healthy dose of Leon Redbone. Poor video, but a nice version of this song from 1916.

Have a great weekend, but be back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – American Dialects, W.C. Clark & the Fabulous Thunderbirds

American regional dialects are curious, and when I hear one I haven’t heard in a while I try to identify where the speaker grew up. If you listen closely, you can hear the ancestral accents and phrasing as well: English to the north, Scottish and Irish to the south. As for me, I have no accent, but Mrs. Strutts says I do… I sound a lot like central Ohio mixed with some faint Texan stuff. (Here’s a simple online test if you’re curious what accent mix you have.)

W.C. Clark backed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and featuring Angela Strehli is an awesome mix of Texas blues. Never heard of W.C. Clark? Try this:

Yep, that’s Stevie Ray Vaughan with W.C. Clark. Next question?

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