Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Record Rendezvous

Tune in every friday at The Doowop Café were i'm hosting "The Record Rendezvous", playing oldies but goodies. From 2 till 4pm (EST U.S.A. time), 20:00 till 22:00 (Eur. Central time)

Tune in Dial Up:
Tune in Broad Band:

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Popcorn Cha Cha Cha Vol. 1

Well i just heard that the weather is going to be beautiful soon so i'm in the mood for some Latin Music. This is one of my own compilations, i made specially for a good friend from Belgium a couple of months ago. The tracklist is in the comment.
So let's Cha Cha Cha...

Download link:

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Earl Palmer - Percolator Twist And Other Twist Hits

Here are 12 great twist performances-tunes that'll keep yourparty twisting around the clock-and around the calender!
Along with a lineup of smash twist hits are such hit titles as
"Hey! Baby" and "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)". Although not originally written as twists, they're absolute "naturals" for twisting. Give them a whirl. You'll see!
(liner notes from the album Percolator Twist And Other Twist Hits)

Here's the link to download the album:

Earl Palmer

He is one of the main architects of modern music.
He is one of the inventors of rock & roll.
He is mister Back Beat...
His name is Earl Palmer.

Earl Palmer was a first-call drummer on the New Orleans R&B recording scene from 1950 to 1957. Talk about a supreme recommendation — in a city renowned for its second-line rhythms and syncopated grooves, Palmer was the man, playing on countless sessions by all the immortals: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, and too many more to list here.

Born to a mother who was a vaudevillian, little Earl was learning rhythmic patterns as a tap dancer at age four. Such contacts led him to be around drum kits on a regular basis, and it didn't take him long to master them. Bebop jazz was his first love, but R&B and blues paid the bills starting in 1947, when Palmer joined Bartholomew's band after a stint in the army. He recorded extensively with Bartholomew protege Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Smiley Lewis and other New Orleans artists at Cosimo Matassa's famed J&M studio. He also played on the seminal rock and roll recordings of Little Richard, who wrote in his autobiography that Palmer "is probably the greatest session drummer of all time."

Palmer remained the king of the traps at Cosimo Matassa's fabled recording studio until 1957, when a Shirley & Lee session led to an A&R offer from Aladdin Records boss Eddie Mesner. Palmer found studio work just as plentiful in Los Angeles, making major inroads into the rock, jazz, and soundtrack fields as well as playing on countless R&B dates with his frequent compadres Rene Hall on guitar and saxist Plas Johnson. Occasionally, Palmer would record as a leader — the instrumental "Johnny's House Party" for Aladdin, a couple of early-'60s albums for Liberty.

He's played on literally thousands of rock, jazz, R&B and soundtrack sessions over the years. From his home base in Los Angeles, Palmer drummed for producer Phil Spector and for Motown. His list of session credits includes artists as diverse as Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Duane Eddy, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Otis, Neil Young and Elvis Costello. Though Palmer's first love was jazz—"I lived in a jazz world," he allowed in his 1999 autobiography Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story—he laid the foundation for rock and roll drumming with his solid stickwork and feverish backbeat.
But even the best session men grapple with a certain sense of anonymity.

So the next time you pull out Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," Smiley Lewis "I Hear You Knockin'," Lloyd Price "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," or Fats Domino "The Fat Man," please keep in mind that it's Palmer feverishly stoking that beat — with a saucy second-line sensibility that drove those songs in fresh, utterly innovative directions. (From

Here are some links:
If you want to buy his biography:
This is a great compilation on Ace records:

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Dick Baker Combo - Heartless Lover

This second post is a great tune by Dick Baker & His Combo on the Kit Kat label. I couldn't find any information about him, the only thing i know is that he was a jazz pianist and this is not his only recording. There are two tunes on this A side the instrumental version plus the vocal version of "Heartless Lover". Both versions are very popular Popcorn tunes. If you like this then send me your comments and i will post the B side too.
Here are the links:

Monday, June 19, 2006

Margie Rayburn - Unexpectedly

Here's my first upload and i hope this will work.
Margie Rayburn is known for that one hit she recorded in 1957 "I'm Available". Though she recorded a couple of other songs like "Ooh What A Doll", "Maker Of Raindrops And Roses", "The Get Acquainted Waltz", and "Freight Train". She was born in 1924 Madera, CA, U.S.A. and died the 14th of june 2000 of an heart attack. She started as a member of The Sunnysiders ("hey Mr. Banjo") and she also toured with The Ray Anthony Orchestra. During her life she only recorded one album for Liberty Records in 1959 called "Margie". But my favourite Margie Rayburn song is "Unexpectedly" recorded in 1958 for Liberty Records. the orchestra is conducted by Don Ralke and you hear some great session musicians like Earl Palmer on drums.

Here's the download link:

Hello Music Lovers,

Welcome to this new blog. The reason i started it is because i like to share my ideas and thoughts of the music that i like. Ska, Rock Steady, Popcorn, Latin, Jazz and many more. Just music from the days that a musician had to play an instrument well before they could record it in a studio. Once in a while i will upload some music from my own collection. And if you have any ideas or comments then let me know.