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Posts Tagged ‘swing’

The .Gif Friday Post No. 603 – Mood Swings, Balloon Boy & It’s Your Move

Friday, 20 September 2019

[Found here, here and here.]

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The .Gif Friday Post No.601 – Lil’ Mr. Not Amused, Ewe Fly Don’t Bother Me & School Taunt Fail

Friday, 6 September 2019

[Found here, here and here.]
3rd one seems to have originated from here.

Saturday Matinee – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks had an unusual sound for a band based in San Francisco at the peak of the psychedelic music era. From an obit in the New York Times 7 February 2016:

“He came to call his music “folk swing,” but that only hinted at the range of influences he synthesized. He drew from the American folk tradition but also from the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Western swing of Bob Wills, the harmony vocals of the Andrews Sisters, the raucous humor of Fats Waller and numerous other sources.”

Hicks was still performing up until his demise at the age of 74.

THAT is the prettiest (and only) cover of Tom Waits‘ classic “The Piano Has Been Drinking” I’ve ever heard. The backup vocals are sultry, and note the subtle hat-tip at about 03:00.

Have a great weekend folks, and a long one if you’re taking advantage of a mid-week Independence Day.

Saturday Matinee – Vinyl Throw, Blackboard Jungle, Groovie Movie, & Hellzapoppin’

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Even though it looks like a hoax, it makes me sad – no respect.

Yeah Daddio, Blackboard Jungle, 1955. Not much has changed since then, and they busted 78s in that movie, too. On the other hand, it introduced Bill Haley & The Comets, redefined them from rockabilly into rock and roll.

“Groovie Movie” short from 1944 – How to Jitterbug. Pay attention – there’s some hot stuff there, but nothing beats the Slim Slam Allstars.

Slim Galliard (piano, guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass) from the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin’. Killer stuff, that. Yeah, we posted it before, but so what. It’s great, especially because the clip begins with a tribute to jazz that was still popular just a few years prior.

Have a great weekend, folks, and tell your mom Bunk said Happy Mothers Day.

Saturday Matinee – Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart

Saturday, 13 December 2008

As I arrived at TR HQ today, I found a CD sitting all alone.  Turns out the lovely Mrs. Strutts scored a copy of Slim Gaillard’s “Slim’s Jam.”   Better yet, the missus got it for nothing.   WOW.  “Flat Foot Floogie” for free.  Good God, I’ve heard this guy’s stuff.  He played lead guitar when guitar was looked down upon as a mere rhythm instrument.  Gaillard was WAY ahead of his time. (Listen for his pre-Chuck Berry licks on the second video.)

You ever wonder where Little Richard came up with “Tutti Frutti?”  It was from Gaillard’s  advanced musical tublications.  FACT.

“R-A-G-G-M-O-P-P RAG MOP”

[Just a few years later, it looked like this, from Uncertain Times.]


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