music clip of the day


Category: rockabilly

Wednesday, July 23rd

Johnny Cash, live (Town Hall Party), 1958-59



art beat: more from Thursday night at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Czechoslavakia, 1963
Nationality Doubtful, through September 14th


Tuesday, July 22nd

only rock ’n’ roll

Gene Vincent (1935-1971),* Eddie Cochran (1938-1960, 40:45-),* live (Town Hall Party), 1950s


*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):

Gene Vincent
1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. High Blood Pressure
3. Rip it Up
4. Dance to the Bop
5. You Win Again
6. For Your Precious Love
7. Rocky Road Blues
8. Pretty Pearly
9. Be-Bop-A-Lula
10. High School Confidential
11. Over The Rainbow
12. Roll Over Beethoven
13. Over The Rainbow
14. She She Little Sheila

Eddie Cochran
1. C’mon Everybody
2. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
3. Don’t Blame It On Me
4. Summertime Blues
5. School Days
6. Be Honest With Me
7. Money Honey

Thursday, July 4th

Happy 4th of July!

It’s easy, sometimes, to take even great blessings for granted, like, for instance, living within walking distance—yes, walking distance—of a wonderful club (FitzGerald’s), where, last night, at their annual American Music Festival (three stages, four days), now in its thirty-third year, I saw these folks.

Joe Hall & The Louisiana Cane Cutters, live, Louisiana (Breaux Bridge), 2009


Sleepy LaBeef, “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (plus interview), TV show (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), 1994


The Paladins, “Kiddeo,” live, Netherlands, 2007




Today, celebrating one of his birthdays (a long story), WKCR-FM (Columbia University) will be playing Louis Armstrong—and nothing but—all day.

Saturday, 6/23/12

basement jukebox

Ray Harris, “Where’d You Stay Last Night” (1956)


Ronnie Self, “Rocky Road Blues” (1957)


Johnny Powers, “Long Blonde Hair” (1957)

Saturday, 3/3/12

only rock ’n roll

A lot of early rockers recorded in Memphis, in the 1950s, for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. Some, like Elvis, became famous. Others, like this guy, didn’t.

Malcolm Yelvington, It’s Me Baby (1997)

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“Drinkin’ Wine Spodee-O-Dee” (Sun 1954)


“Rockin’ With My Baby” (Sun 1956)

Friday, March 2, 2012

only rock ’n’ roll

Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore, guitar), TV shows, 1956

“Money Honey”


“Heartbreak Hotel”


“I Got A Woman”

Friday, 7/22/11

only rock ’n roll
(an occasional series)

The great thing about rock ’n roll is you don’t have to understand
a single word for it to make perfect sense.

Hasil Adkins, “She Said”

Take 1: live

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Take 2: recording (1964)

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More? Here.



Friday, 6/24/11

only rock ’n roll
(an occasional series)

Hasil Adkins with SCOTS (Southern Culture on the Skids), “Hubcap Hunch”
Live, Sleazefest, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1994

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Tuesday, 5/17/11

soundtrack for an indoor road trip

Henry Flynt, “Rockabilly Boogie”
(recorded 1982; Spindizzy, 2003, 2011)

More? Repeat.

Friday, 2/4/11

fringe dress festival (cont’d)

Wanda Jackson, live (TV broadcast [Town Hall Party]), 1958

Vodpod videos no longer available.
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