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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.


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Options May 2, 2018: The Rhythm and The Blues In Many Forms

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3 
Jimmy McCracklin  The Walk   Options Get On the Right Track Baby  Fantastic Voyage  1958  CD 
The Megatons  Shimmy Shimmy Walk   Options Get On the Right Track Baby  Fantastic Voyage  1962  CD 
Elmore James  Shake You Moneymaker   Options Get On the Right Track Baby  Fantastic Voyage  1962  CD 
John Lee Hooker  Dimples   Options Get On the Right Track Baby  Fantastic Voyage  1964  CD 
Muddy Waters  You Need Love   Options Get on the Right Track Baby  Fantastic Voyage  1962  CD 
 
Blind Lemon Jefferson  Matchbox Blues   Options Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta and Chicago 1926  Proper Box UK  1927  CD 
Blind Lemon Jefferson  See That My Grave Is Kept Clean   Options Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta and Chicago 1926  Proper Box UK  1928  CD 
Blind Willie McTell  Stomp Down Rider   Options The Definitive Blind Wilie McTell  Columbia  1931  CD 
Riley Puckett  A Darkey's Wail   Options A Darkey's Wail  Sony  1927  CD 
Blind Willie Johnson  If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down   Options Dark Was the Night  Columbia  1928  CD 
Blind Willie Johnson  Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground   Options Dark Was the Night  Columbia  1928  CD 
 
Dave Van Ronk  Come Back Baby   Options Folksinger  Prestige  1962  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Dink's Song   Options Dave Van Ronk Sings  Folkways  1961  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Cocaine Blues   Options Folksinger  Prestige  1962  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Talking Cancer Blues   Options Inside Dave Van Ronk  Prestige  1964  LP 
 
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Alley Oop   Options Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Verve  1967  LP 
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Chelsea Morning   Options Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Verve  1967  LP 
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Head Inspector   Options Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Verve  1967  LP 
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  New Dreams   Options Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Verve  1967  LP 
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Clouds (Both Sides Now)   Options Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters  Verve  1967  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Hesitation Blues   Options Dave Van Ronk Sings  Folkways  1961  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Just a Closer Walk With Thee   Options Dave Van Ronk Sings  Folkways  1961  LP 
Dave Van Ronk  Sunday Street   Options Sunday Street  Philo  1999  CD 
Dave Van Ronk and Frankie Armstrong  Alabama Song   Options Let No One Deceive You - Songs of Bertolt Brecht  Aural Tradition  1989  CD 
Dave Van Ronk and Frankie Armstrong  Tango Ballad   Options Let No One Deceive You - Songs of Bertolt Brecht  Aural Tradition  1989  CD 
Dave Van Ronk  Garden State Stomp   Options Going Back to Brooklyn  Reckless  1985  CD 
 
Bobby Darin  If I Were a Carpenter   Options If I Were a Carpenter  Atlantic  1966  CD 
Bobby Darin  Don't Make Promises   Options If I Were a Carpenter  Atlantic  1966  CD 
Bobby Darin  Me About You   Options Inside Out  Atlantic  1967  LP 
Bobby Darin  Darling Be Home Soon   Options Inside Out  Atlantic  1967  LP 
Bert Jansch  Poison   Options Birthday Blues  Transatlantic  1969  LP 
The Yardbirds  White Summer   Options Little Games  Epic  1967  LP 
Roy Buchanan  Down By the River   Options 45RPM Single  Atlantic  1978  45 
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

Helloooooooooooo!!!
Avatar Wed. 5/2/18 10:06pm Jeff Ash:

Why, hello again, sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

Fancy seeing you here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

It seems like it was only this afternoon...
  Wed. 5/2/18 10:09pm little danny:

Hey Larry, hey all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:09pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Danny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

I really feel like I ought to be drinking something stronger than lemon seltzer.
Avatar Wed. 5/2/18 10:10pm Jeff Ash:

That NF Porter finisher still pleasantly rattling around in my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:11pm Funky16Corners:

Such a great record!
  Wed. 5/2/18 10:16pm still b/p:

In a few months of using this phone and its keypads and corrects and weird-ass behaviors, I’ve come to harbor a hot hot hate for it. The first comment I was trying and retrying to type, I gave up on.... and almost this one too. This is my testimony.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 10:17pm Little Danny:

Such a pitch-perfect encapsulation of the UK mod blues aesthetic, that Right Track compilation
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:18pm Funky16Corners:

Hey SBP, my large thumbs are perpetually at war with my iPhone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:19pm Funky16Corners:

@Danny - Yeah, that's one that I had to pick up even though I had a bunch of it on vinyl already, Really well done
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 10:24pm Parq:

Hi, Larry. Welcome back. (Or should you say that to me?) In the interim, I listened to Drummer-Stream alum Matt Fiveash's birthday tribute to Little Walter, so it's a blues evening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:24pm Funky16Corners:

I want to check that out. Love Little Walter!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 10:39pm Little Danny:

Annnnd "Dark Was the Night..." was the inspiring force behind Ry Cooder's soundtrack to "Paris, Texas"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:39pm Funky16Corners:

I did not know that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 10:48pm Parq:

Was Dave Van Ronk the coolest human being ever to walk the face of the earth? I say he's definitely in the running.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:48pm Funky16Corners:

I would certainly put him up there. Have you read his autobiography?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 10:50pm Parq:

No, I didn't even know he had done one! Post a link if you've got it handy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:51pm Funky16Corners:

www.amazon.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:51pm Funky16Corners:

It's amazing.
Avatar Wed. 5/2/18 10:55pm Jeff Ash:

Dave Van Ronk used to play a dive bar in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a couple of times a year when I was going to college there in the late '70s. I confess I had no idea who he was at the time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 10:55pm Funky16Corners:

i never got to see him in person, much to my great regret.
Avatar Wed. 5/2/18 10:59pm Jeff Ash:

I never saw him, either. It seemed like a place, and a gig, I just wasn't cool enough to be part of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:00pm Funky16Corners:

I missed out on some cool things for the very same reason. I don't think we had to worry.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:01pm Doctorjazz:

I saw Van Ronkonkoma in some Village dive years back, though I don't think I knew much more about him than he was somehow connected to Dylan.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:02pm Doctorjazz:

Van Ronkonkoma, like that spell check error!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:02pm Funky16Corners:

One of the problems is that the stylistic breadth of his career has not been well served by reissues.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:06pm Doctorjazz:

Missed the first half of the show, it was a goodn, have to check it out Tomorrow.
Love his Clouds take! What a great/bad voice, love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:08pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, I love to play this for people. It's so emotional, and so different from most of the famous versions.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:08pm Doctorjazz:

He always sounds like he's battling his vocal cords to hit his notes, but he gets it right in the end.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:09pm Funky16Corners:

The sound of whiskey and cigarettes
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:14pm rw:

Hey! Just got here. Damn, I missed a lot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:15pm Funky16Corners:

Hey rw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:15pm Funky16Corners:

Listen to the lyrics on this one
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:16pm rw:

Did hear most of Clouds. Man, that version is amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:16pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, a big fave
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:22pm Doctorjazz:

Take that, Jim Morrison!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:24pm Funky16Corners:

Brecht/Weill is one of my personal obsessions. Some night I'm going yo let it rip here on Testify
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:26pm Doctorjazz:

I think I need this album...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:27pm Funky16Corners:

I think you can still find it around. I love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:27pm Funky16Corners:

This is one of those CDs that I lost between apartments and had to repurchase
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 11:29pm northguineahills:

Well, I made it! Good to hear you again, twice in the same day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:30pm Funky16Corners:

Hey NGH! Good to be heard!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:30pm Funky16Corners:

In case anyone from out of the area is wondering what's going on, these are all New Jersey town names
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:31pm Doctorjazz:

Yup, it's in my Amazon carr
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 11:37pm northguineahills:

How am I not familiar w/ Van Ronk? (although I believe I've heard Garden State Stomp before on WFMU).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:38pm Funky16Corners:

I guess it depends on your proximity to/interest in the NYC folk scene of the early 60s, from whence he emerged
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:38pm Funky16Corners:

Or if you'd seen Inside Llewyn Davis which borrows a lot of his life
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:44pm Dean:

Van Ronk gets a lot of play on a longstanding KPFA folk music show, Across the Great Divide. (Kate Wolf, props!)

Just played a bunch of Jimmy LaFave at home tonight. Would love to hear him on WFMU now and then.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:45pm Doctorjazz:

The retooled hip Darin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:45pm Funky16Corners:

It always amazes me that there's only 6 or seven years between that stuff and Splish Splash
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:46pm Funky16Corners:

Just checked, more like 9 years
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:46pm Funky16Corners:

Still, a pretty big spread
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 11:46pm northguineahills:

That's the problem, Larry, I know and own plenty of the artists Greenwich Village folk scene, and have biographies. How did I miss him???
Avatar Wed. 5/2/18 11:47pm Jeff Ash:

Thanks, Larry, I'm out!
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:47pm Dean:

And very happy to hear Testify! twice in a day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:47pm Funky16Corners:

Nite Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:47pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Dean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:48pm Funky16Corners:

@NGH - I don't know. I guess he was kindof left behind by history, but there's a lot of stuff out there. Unfortunately the only career spanning collection was put out in 1992 on a really small label
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:52pm Funky16Corners:

I also posted a link above to his autobiography, 'The Mayor of Macdougal Street. A great read.
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:54pm Doctorjazz:

Thanks Larry, great show! Isn't Testifying twice some kind of Double Jeopardy?
Night all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:55pm Funky16Corners:

Nite Doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/2/18 11:55pm northguineahills:

One of my favorite covers of Down By the River is by Low. This one hits well too.

Thanks for the link, Larry, and if I don't get back in time, thanks for the double duty today!
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:58pm Dean:

I'm pretty sure that "White Summer" is taken from a public domain folk tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:58pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/2/18 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

It is indeed, as were the other twp songs I mentioned, but Page picked them right out of Jansch's basket
  Wed. 5/2/18 11:59pm rw:

Thank you F16C! Sleep well tonight. You deserve it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/3/18 12:00am Funky16Corners:

Nite rw! I will sleep well tonight!
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