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The unsung heroes of rock 'n' roll, presented at 45 RPM: 50s/60s bop, slop, & schlock. (Visit homepage.)

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Options February 20, 2021: The Billy Curtis Memorial Playlist

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Artist Track Label Comments Approx. start time
The Surfers  Widgit   Options DRA    0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Rockets  Danger   Options Lo-Nel    0:05:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Nite Caps  Wildcat   Options Bryte    0:07:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Rhythm Rockers  Crisis   Options Gaity    0:10:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tommy "Jim" Beam and the Four Fifths  My Little Jewel   Options 100 Proof    0:14:23 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pete and Jimmy and the Rhythm Knights  So Wild   Options Castle  From Boonton, NJ!!  0:17:23 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jim Hunter and The Princeton Tigers  Bad Boy   Options Adore    0:19:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sweetie Jones  Baby Please Don't Leave   Options Scottie    0:21:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jerry Paul  Step Out   Options Holiday    0:23:46 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Cannonballs  Be-Bop-A-Lula   Options Bobby    0:26:22 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Moon Mullican  Shoot the Moon   Options King    0:28:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gene Hall  Monkey On The Moon   Options Ark    0:31:43 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Chuck Wells  Down and Out   Options Rice    0:33:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Curt Gibson  Wild Red Rose   Options Beverly    0:42:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Don Lewis  Drinking Moonshine   Options Clark    0:46:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jack Clement  My Voice Is Changing   Options Hall Way    0:49:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Larry LaPole and the Polecats  A Place Called Viet Nam   Options West Wind    0:51:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dick Ryan  Once, A Million Times   Options Dee-Jay    0:53:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pig Meat Markham  Let's Have Some Heat   Options Cosmopolitan    0:58:26 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tommy Lomonte  Yeah, Yeah, Yeah   Options Imperial    1:01:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sugarboy Crawford  You Call Everybody Sweetheart   Options Checker Unissued    1:04:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bobby Peterson Quintet  Mama Get Your Hammer   Options V-Tone    1:05:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Louis Prima  Civilization   Options HBR    1:08:42 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Big Maybelle  New Kind of Mambo   Options Okeh    1:12:25 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Lloyd Lambert And His Band featuring the Sax of Joe Tillman  Whistlin' Joe   Options Specialty    1:14:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hill Roberts  New State Rock   Options Knox    1:19:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Metronomes  The Chickie-Goo   Options Maureen    1:22:29 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Memories  Little Bitty Girl   Options Old Sound    1:24:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Blue Dots  Saturday Night Fish Fry   Options Ace    1:27:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Revels  Foo Man Choo   Options Norgolde    1:29:48 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Royal Teens  Harvey's Got a Girl Friend   Options ABC Paramount    1:35:09 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Katie Sweet (three years old)  I Love To Rock   Options Deck    1:37:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Roscoe and the Green Men  Skinny Louise   Options Four Winds    1:40:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Creep  Betty Lou's Got A New Tattoo   Options Oakridge    1:41:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Tidal Waves  Laugh   Options Right!  Now a cool reish 45 on the Teen Beat Club label!  1:44:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Argyles  White Lightin'   Options Pic 1    1:45:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Atilla and the Huns  Mojo Cools   Options Beaux-Art Sound    1:47:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Underbeats  Foot Stompin'   Options Garrett    1:50:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Honkers  Do You Promise?   Options Okeh    1:52:54 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jim Henson  Tick-Tock Sick   Options Signature    1:55:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 12:59pm Rex:

Part of a complete breakfast...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Mister Dobalina:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm dave wuz here:

i got here as soon as i could
Avatar 1:01pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Okay, let's get this show on the road
  1:01pm The Brez:

Saturday, yay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Mister Dobalina:

I'm ready for my 3 hour tour, 3 hour tour!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm spodiodi:

aloha, Rex!
hi fools!
please pass the hash browns
Avatar 1:02pm Juke Joint Jonny:

(Just saw the Alfred Hitchcock episode that show on the road drop-in derives. Rip Torn!)
Avatar 1:02pm Rex:

All hail The Brez!
  1:02pm Andres:

Waiter? More coffee, please.
  1:03pm davefromtoronto:

tune in, turn on and drop your IQ.
Avatar 1:03pm Mailman Tom:

Is there an actor with a better name than Rip Torn?
Avatar 1:03pm Rex:

Juke Joint Jonny: I also used the "This is a police line-up" line from the same Hitchcock ep!
Avatar 1:04pm Juke Joint Jonny:

It was a stand out episode, for sure!
Avatar 1:04pm Rex:

Is there an actor better than Rip Torn??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Been trying to eat healthier, so I switched from Count Chocula to Frankenberry.
  1:05pm The Butterman:

Widget is like that “ wiggle like a penguin” song. Again, on “turn that hi-fi down”
Avatar 1:05pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Got to get your antioxidants, Greg!
  1:06pm davefromtoronto:

his brawl with norman mailer might be his greatest performance.
Avatar 1:06pm Rex:

Greg- You might also consider Fruity Pebbles...
  1:06pm The Brez:

Ohh, sweet!
Avatar 1:06pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Frankenberry had a fist fight with Mailer!?
  1:07pm davefromtoronto:

he may have but i was referring to rip torn!
Avatar 1:07pm Juke Joint Jonny:

The New York Literary scene was real a jungle back in the Sixties
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm dave wuz here:

switch to lucky charms mid march- try to eat for the season.
Avatar 1:09pm Mailman Tom:

Let's not forget Boo Berry
  1:09pm Andres:

It was a fight with Boo Berry. Mailer couldn’t land a punch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Mister Dobalina:

Adults eating kid's cereal, was just discussing this with a friend last night. The conversation didn't go to far, needless to say.
Avatar 1:10pm Rex:

Dried marshmello is my favorite food group!
  1:10pm gene sculatti:

Radio Like You've Never Heard It Before!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Mister Dobalina:

& what's up with Grape Nuts, there are no grapes, there are no nuts.
Avatar 1:10pm DjLorraine:

I hope y'all are safe and cozy
  1:12pm Andres:

Crisis is hot!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Mister Dobalina:

Grape Nuts was such a disappointment, more so than the time I found out that there are actually no onions in Funyuns.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Rick from SC:

Avatar 1:12pm TheManWhoLaughs:

If Euell Gibbons says Grape Nuts is good food, then you can't go wrong
Avatar 1:13pm DjLorraine:

I was just told that i need to put Fool's Paradise on the speaker so my bf can hear too!
  1:13pm davefromtoronto:

on frankenberry's wiki page it says he did get into a fight with norman mailer when they were both appearing on the mike douglas show...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Mister Dobalina:

Now this is an artist I can stand by!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm listener 126464:

Sorry, I'm here.
Avatar 1:16pm Hubig Pie:

Kaboom was what all the healthy kids had for b-fast
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Mister Dobalina:

I remember loving Ninja Turtles cereal, it was delicious.
  1:18pm davefromtoronto:

cap'n crunch all day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm spodiodi:

super sugar crisp or gtfo
Avatar 1:19pm StringOFperils:

Reliving the golden age when Frosted Flakes were still called Sugar Frosted Flakes...and they were. Like little cinnabons of financial servitude to the dental industry. Sometimes I even added some milk, just for laughs.
Avatar 1:19pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Norman Mailer always struck me as the muesli type. Probably the start of the trouble with Frankenberry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm spodiodi:

SOp sweet to see you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Mister Dobalina:

Speaking of Boonton, NJ, there is an exotic meats market in that town, I've been wanting to visit. I've been wanting to try kangaroo & rattle snake, not cheap eats either.
  1:20pm Andres:

Franken Berry and Boo Berry characters have been updated but not for the better.
Avatar 1:20pm StringOFperils:

Big love and a tip 'o the raccoon hat, Spod!
  1:22pm egould310:

Sounds like Gun Club
Avatar 1:22pm StringOFperils:

These records are laced with artificial sweetener. Whatever worked I guess..
Avatar 1:22pm TheManWhoLaughs:

  1:22pm Andres:

Sugar Smacks is now Honey Smacks. Boo!
  1:27pm davefromtoronto:

we weren't allowed sugar cereal in our house when i was a kid. had to go to my friends for a fix.
  1:28pm The Butterman:

I gotta get me honeycomb cereal. That shit was good. I’m sure it, like Honeysmacks, is overflowing with REAL honey.
  1:28pm davefromtoronto:

never loved the marshmallow based sugar cereals. too much filler.
Avatar 1:30pm DjLorraine:

Don't judge me...but i had Clackers twice and i enjoyed them. Graham cracker circles that made a cog. I think the commercial irritated the folks that watched tv.
Avatar 1:30pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Okay, we can all go home. This Moon Mullican record is the best record of all time. No reason to look further.
Avatar 1:33pm Rex:

All teens want more Moon!
Avatar 1:33pm TheManWhoLaughs:

Monkey On The Moon is a strong candidate for greatest song of all time
  1:35pm Cooh John:

Political correctness has infiltrated the cereal business, Andres. DjLorraine! 🙋‍♂️
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm Handy Haversack:

Rex and all the Fools! Sorry I'm late! Still some room left to slump over in the corner?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm spodiodi:

wb, Handy! hope ya got some sugar cereal while out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm myron feld:

"Down And Out" might be the best song ever to use the word "craven." Throw in the morphine and you've got yourself a bona fide classic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Handy Haversack:

I spend money only on things that are bad for me, spodi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm joe mulligan:

my man Moon! one letter off and no relation
  1:40pm Sylvia's Mother:

Oooh, I love cereal killers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Went to an estate sale last weekend and the owner of the house graduated Princeton in 1935. There was a whole room full of ancient PU swag, and I nabbed an orange Budweiser can with a cartoon tiger on it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Handy Haversack:

@Greg from Zone 5, the S4L T-shirt looks great! But I can't even tell you how excited I am for the Marty McSorley tallboy koozie! I might have to get two! Otherwise, Kate and I are gonna fight over 'em.

Marathon's a-coming!

DJ Premiums are up! wfmu.org...
Avatar 1:42pm TheManWhoLaughs:

They were listed in the Terror of Tiny Town credits as 'Jed Buell's Midgets'. He apparently owned them
Avatar 1:42pm Mailman Tom:

Pinto Colvig was the voice of the Disney cartoon character, Goofy
Avatar 1:42pm StringOFperils:

I just watched Shrinking Man last week. Overlay with meaning of your choice.
  1:42pm mrmikestandsir:

Pinto Colvin!!!
Was Bozo on records and the original voice of Goofy.
  1:43pm mrmikestandsir:

Colvig. Yes Colvig.
Damn spellcheck
  1:43pm Ed:

Woohoo! Wow! Billy Curtis-- a small man with huge ---acting credits!
  1:44pm ?:

was Rose Irish?
Avatar 1:45pm Dominick:

Pinto also voiced many memorable Schlesinger (WB) characters
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm joe mulligan:

Rex is Curt Gibson your alias?
Avatar 1:45pm Schnormal:

Rex, it sounds like you singing Wild Red Rose!
  1:46pm egould310:

A murder trip!!!
Avatar 1:46pm Rex:

Full disclosure: I am not Curt Gibson.
  1:46pm The Butterman:

That’s bullshit. I’ve done moonshine and acid and I’ve never killed anyone.
  1:47pm Ed:

I see you have a moon theme today. Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Greg from ZONE 5:

When you mix moonshine and LSD is it customary to use a parasol?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I'm not a cat.
Avatar 1:47pm HyperDose:

I'm paying too much for my moonshine
  1:48pm ?:

whats with all this tutti frutti moonshine crap...whats this cuntree comin to
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm joe mulligan:

hahaha @KenFHP
  1:48pm davefromtoronto:

rex i'm trying to not start drinking until 5!
  1:49pm ?:

a boy named Sue?
Avatar 1:50pm Dominick:

This is Jack Clement !?!?!?
I remember this one.
Avatar 1:50pm TheManWhoLaughs:

Is this Tiny Tim's father?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm steveo:

Howdy, Rex. Wonderful to hear you today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm skid:

More of same.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, steveo! Happy Saturday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm steveo:

You too, Handy!
  1:52pm Cooh John:

That area in Ohio supplied Al Capone with product for his 'business'.
Avatar 1:54pm DjLorraine:

Bumpershoot will have to do
  1:55pm CRYING LUIGI:

1988 waywayoutback:

One of Curtis’s sons, Ben, 37, is said to feel so bitter that he even refused to attend his father’s funeral last October.
  1:55pm davefromtoronto:

what kind of accent is that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Zetti:

Rex, sounding great as usual, thanks man.
  2:01pm P-90:

Ahh, those bygone days of “all reet”
  2:01pm annette:

too much fun, y'all.
Avatar 2:05pm Mailman Tom:

I nominate Pigmeat Markham for next week's memorial playlist
  2:06pm ?:

wonder what record Billy is fixin to punch up on that ol juker
Avatar 2:06pm Juke Joint Jonny:

This here's a mover
  2:07pm ?:

i'm guessin..'cut across shorty'
Avatar 2:07pm Rex:

Yes! A mover with a message!
  2:08pm davefromtoronto:

"short people" ?
  2:08pm ?:

quicker than warm milk
  2:09pm Ed:

OOh I gotta ad that movie to my must watch list!
  2:09pm ?:

primo Prima?..you be da judge
Avatar 2:09pm TheManWhoLaughs:

American International, proprietors of the classiest films!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Steve from Dunwoody:

Oh Danny!
  2:11pm annette:

cant wont eat. dog dont sleep. sun coming in. one song away from haiku.
Avatar 2:11pm StringOFperils:

they call the wind Bacteriahh
  2:12pm ?:

stylish articulation indeeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm Steve from Dunwoody:

@SOP Ha!
  2:13pm ?:

Mariah's sister Baccy
Avatar 2:13pm TheManWhoLaughs:

I know how to mambo, I just don't know when to go 'umph'
  2:15pm ?:

UNGH...get it right laffin boy
  2:15pm Sylvia's Mother:

I have that same problem!
  2:16pm davefromtoronto:

my dog just jumped through the window!
Avatar 2:17pm StringOFperils:

My cat's head was spinning around.
  2:17pm Andres:

People and pets in the house all perked up to that whistling!
  2:17pm annette:

@dave. hope it was open...
  2:18pm winston legthigh:

swingin with rex oh yeah! gday fools! hiya handy! just cracked the first guinness of 2021, destined to better than all the 2020 guinnessies combined ;;;)))
  2:18pm davefromtoronto:

umph or ungh, i'll show her when to go...
  2:18pm annette:

@string. you got an owl. not a cat.
  2:19pm ?:

mambo bands need conductors for the audience
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:20pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Doin' the New State Rock over here, boss…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:21pm Handy Haversack:

Nice, winston! I brought in a load of cider for poker luck. Apples are lucky, right?
  2:22pm ?:

pour on tha GOO
  2:23pm Andres:

"these bearded, stumbling palookas in their peasants' breeches"
Avatar 2:23pm Rex:

Greg! Get with the Chickie-Goo!! And keeping smiling!
  2:25pm winston legthigh:

whatever it takes handy, may the poker gods be with u!
  2:26pm ?:

  2:26pm ?:

Avatar 2:28pm JohnEBGood:

Hi Rex and WFMU family. I here the sun is out in the NYC area. Enjoy and thanx for the great music. 🎸
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm Mister Dobalina:

More of a lo-mein kinda guy, myself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:33pm Handy Haversack:

Jive tatters are the specialité de la casa tonight. In aboogie-woogie reduction.
Avatar 2:34pm JohnEBGood:

Catching up on the comments. Love Rip Torn on Columbo when his idiot nephew gives him his million dollar lottery ticket to cash in. Of course you know happens to the nephew.
  2:35pm davefromtoronto:

i smell stupidity in the air...
Avatar 2:35pm TheManWhoLaughs:

Thanks to WFMU. I haven't done anything constructive on Saturday afternoons in over 10 years
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:35pm listener 126464:

The guest cats just left the room.
  2:35pm choggie:

Foo Man Chu, Chinese food, PART OF THE PLAN!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:36pm steveo:

i may be a negative number brow
Avatar 2:36pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Harvey needs to get some better friends
  2:37pm ?:

there's a Brow in the deepest part of the Marianas trench..we will find it's owner YET
  2:38pm Choggie:

Yayyyyyyy Katie Sweet!
  2:38pm Sylvia's Mother:

I should get Sylvia to sing this!
  2:38pm davefromtoronto:

shirley templeless
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Why does Rex torment his listeners with things like this? Because he can!
Avatar 2:39pm HyperDose:

How many juice boxes has she had today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Handy Haversack:

And he loves to rock, Lizzie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

True fact Handy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Wow, cutest Fool ever!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41pm Birdman:

Hello y'all. Great show!
  2:41pm The Brez:

Records sure were funny back in the olden days.
Avatar 2:41pm Rex:

Lizzie gets the family discount!
  2:42pm Choggie:

She wants a tattoo for only half a dolla
  2:46pm winston legthigh:

the old rockin chair gettin a workout rex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm White Lightnin’:

Rock and Stinkinn rolll
Avatar 2:47pm JohnEBGood:

I hope my cheap desk chair holds up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:48pm Doug in JC:

Thank you for playing Harvey's Got a Girlfriend... I totally forgot about that song
  2:48pm ?:

singin wit attitude
  2:48pm Andres:

Not sure why everyone was baking sourdough when there are plenty of Moonshine recipes to be found.
  2:49pm davefromtoronto:

this is like proto capt beefheart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm Greg from ZONE 5:

I hope The Sonics lawyered up for this one!
Avatar 2:49pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Not bad, for a nomad
  2:50pm ?:

hunnish fo sho
  2:51pm Kpx:

hi rexall pharmacy.
  2:51pm The Brez:

Foot tapping, even.
  2:51pm ?:

I can see the VFW from here MAMM!
Avatar 2:51pm TheManWhoLaughs:

The Underbeats has to be one of the worst band names ever
  2:52pm ?:

if yer from OZ...maybe
  2:53pm ?:

Avatar 2:54pm woim:

Avatar 2:55pm Don Gorden:

The VFW is across the river from me MAMMA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm spodiodi:

thanks, Rex!
thanks, Ruth!
go with it, fools 🐵
Avatar 2:55pm DjLorraine:

Fantastic show thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Doug in JC:

Of Jimmy from Pete & Jimmy: "I liked how he disregarded the false dichotomy of 'high' and 'low' culture"

A true no brow man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, Rex! I am once again reliably debrowified and can face another week.

Thanks again, Ruth.

Later on, Fools!
Avatar 2:56pm woim:

de tox man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm listener 126464:

Thank you Rex, thanks Ruth.
Avatar 2:57pm Don Gorden:

syncopated CLOCK!!
Avatar 2:57pm Rex:

Thanks for tuning in! See you next week with more of same! Thanks to Ruth in the Booth for beaming this mess skyward....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Birdman:

Thank you!
  2:57pm winston legthigh:

white hot set thanks rex, foolios!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks Rex & Ruth!
Avatar 2:58pm Don Gorden:

MAMMA! next week
Avatar 2:59pm TheManWhoLaughs:

Until we meet again, Cosmic Rex....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Zetti:

Thanks Rex and Ruth
  2:59pm Kpx:

Someone tells me to break it up and move along, and then spaceman tells me to stay where I am. What should I do.
  2:59pm Andres:

Some fine lunkhead today! Thank you, Rex!!
Avatar 2:59pm woim:

legs still wobbly
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