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Episode #440: This Week in Miserlou AND music from Russ Meyer films

1/9 in a nutshell…

OK, so our minds blanked on the Hepcat again, so we’re just gonna let it go already. Time to move on! A 10” 78 from Soweto actually got the “Ooh” going this week, that being “Eddie’s Ska” by the Soweto Stokvel Septette. By the time Sherwood’s was in view, we’d plowed through some Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole, and all the way from the beaches of California… Annette! Byron Lee, whose “Jamaica Ska” Annette covered, checked in with “Dumplins” and Bob Marley and Prince Buster turned up in the mix. Sherwood played stretchers from new cool collective and Victor Feldman, after opening the Voovie Doo with Shorty Rogers and making two cd players lock up by attempting to feed them Echo’s “Night and Day” …hey, same thing happened to Cozy ‘n’ the Cap’n on “Driving West”… Moving on, Mr. Funn padded his time out with the help of Drain, m-flo, Capsule, Henry Mancini and Cedar Walton. Oh, and Perfume’s hypnotic “23:30” as well. “Cool Benny” Velarde wobble-cha’d us over to the Home Stretch where the no-repeat “Lollipop”-ing continued with Akatz, from Akatz A-Go-Go. A brass band called Les Miserables GotchaSKAvered “Phoenix City” this week, the Froggies 5@5:05’d, the Cap’n took another vocally-percussive whack at Perfume’s “Clockwork” and all was smooooooth sailing up to “The End” and the transition to the merry band of coffeemakers brewing up the Morning Blend. But we’ll be back… tune in and stay tuned!

World music giants like Santana, Hugh Masekela, Alpha Blondy, and a set of Brasilian stylings highlight today’s program. Also a tip of the hat to Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion playing at the Cedar for two shows this weekend.

I celebrated 20 years on the air at KFAI, today by playing my special discoveries from over the last two decades.
What I have loved most was the music of the big, bold, beautiful babes of Blue Chicago. I also included a few of the wonderful ladies from other parts of the country as well.
It has been my pleasure to bring you the magic of the ladies’ side of the blues for 20 years.

Roberta Gambarini called in to talk about her Monday night show at the Dakota. I also played music from Craig Yaremko, Thelonious Monk, The Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Yusef Lateef, Zacc Harris Trio, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Palmieri, Billie Holiday, and Lester Young. The 45 of the week was Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You, by The Johnny Hodges Orchestra.

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