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Playlist for 17 May 2012 Options | Playing in traffic

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Fanny Brice as Baby Snooks

Artist Song Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Gelbart  Interstellar   Options The Banjo Tapes  Birdsong    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Three Dog Night  Heaven Is in Your Mind   Options Three Dog Night  Dunhill    0:03:40 (Pop‑up)
George Barnes & Art Ryerson  Love Is Just Around the Corner   Options       0:06:08 (Pop‑up)
Freelance Hellraiser  It Ain't Hard To Tell (Nas vs. Doors)   Options       0:09:17 (Pop‑up)
Ruth Etting  Button Up Your Overcoat   Options 78  Columbia  lots of info!  0:13:30 (Pop‑up)
Lou Reed  Vicious   Options Transformer  RCA    0:16:13 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bonefish Sam & His Power Orchestra 
Struttin Along and Then Somethng Neat Happens   Options Fake Fun  Coming in Second    0:19:15 (Pop‑up)
Ann Jones & Her Western Sweethearts  Be Safe, Be Sure, Be Careful   Options Ann Jones & Her Western Sweethearts  Cattle Compact    0:22:45 (Pop‑up)
NY State Dept. of Safety  In the Middle, In the Middle, In the Middle   Options Tee Vee Tunes: The Commercials  TVT  written by Vic Mizzy, sung by his daughter  0:25:26 (Pop‑up)
Nat King Cole  On the Sunny Side of the Street   Options       0:26:21 (Pop‑up)
Judee Sill  Things Are Lookin' Up   Options Dreams Come True  Water    0:28:36 (Pop‑up)
Rolling Stones  2120 South Michigan Avenue   Options 12 X 5  London    0:31:49 (Pop‑up)
Quantic & Alice Russell (with the Combo Barbaro)  Look Around the Corner   Options Look Around the Corner  Tru Thoughts    0:34:15 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jimmy Smith 
Walk on the Wild Side   Options Bashin; (re-ish: History of Jimmy Smith)  Verve  Oliver Nelson, arranger  0:38:30 (Pop‑up)
Trio  Out in the Streets   Options Trio and Error  Mercury    0:42:13 (Pop‑up)
Delftse Studenten Big Band  Even Terug (On the Sunny Side of the Street)   Options Klemtonen    thanks for this, Katya!  0:46:55 (Pop‑up)
Rex Gildo  On the Street Where You Live   Options My Fair Lady, German cast      0:49:28 (Pop‑up)
Shangri-Las  Give Him a Great Big Kiss (45 @33)   Options 7-inch single  Red Bird    0:52:16 (Pop‑up)
Jackson Five  The Love You Save   Options 7-inch single  Motown    0:55:18 (Pop‑up)
Fanny Brice, as Baby Snooks  Baby Snooks Learns About Crossing Streets   Options Baby Snooks Learns  Capitol  found here, on the Kiddie Records website  0:58:21 (Pop‑up)
Dan Arthurs  Street Song   Options America Volume 1: Vox Populi (various artists)  none    1:02:00 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
George Wright 
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue   Options Encores  High Fidelity    1:04:26 (Pop‑up)
Dolly Mixture  Side Street Walker   Options Demonstration Tapes      1:10:15 (Pop‑up)
Blossom Dearie  I Walk a Little Faster   Options Give Him The Ooh-La-La  Verve    1:13:03 (Pop‑up)
Al Kooper  Coloured Rain   Options I Stand Alone  Columbia    1:17:18 (Pop‑up)
Paul McCartney  Waterfalls   Options McCartney II  EMI    1:20:08 (Pop‑up)
Rickie Lee Jones  Low Spark of High Heeled Boys   Options It's Like This  Artemis    1:24:58 (Pop‑up)
Jorge Mautner  Sheridan Square   Options Para Iluminar a Cidade  Pirata/Polygram    1:29:57 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Piero Umiliani 
Open Space   Options Today's Sound      1:34:15 (Pop‑up)
The Roches  Big Nuthin'   Options Speak  Paradox/MCA    1:38:23 (Pop‑up)
Adam Gottlieb  Maxwell Street   Options Louder Than a Bomb (DVD soundtrack)    info on this great film  1:42:58 (Pop‑up)
George M. Smith  Strollin' Thru Manhattan   Options Guitar Rarities: Volume One  nternational Association of Jazz Record Collectors     1:46:19 (Pop‑up)
  I had a problem with my internet connection for a few minutes here, so the start times for the next bunch of songs are off!
Kenneth Goldsmith (aka Kenny G)  Traffic (excerpts)   Options An Evening of Poetry at the White House, May 11, 2011   
Video here. Kenny begins reading at 8:50; Traffic begins at 13:05. (Also, the afternoon teen poetry workshop is here; Kenny G begins at 45:00.)
1:54:21 (Pop‑up)
The Accents  22 Del Rio Avenue   Options Jubilee Stereo Sonic Vocal Sampler (various artists)  Jubilee    1:54:39 (Pop‑up)
Jerry Goldsmith  Room 222 Theme   Options theme from TV show       
The Sandwiches  2222 Nicollet Avenue   Options Hey Cats, We're the Sandwiches  Edible    1:55:15 (Pop‑up)
Murmaids  Paper Sun   Options Girls Go Zonk!! (various artists)  RPM    1:57:17 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Art Van Damme 
Nicolette Avenue Breakdown   Options A Perfect Match  Columbia    2:00:17 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jimmy Smith 
Walk on the Wild Side   Options History of Jimmy Smith  Verve    2:03:31 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  11:37am listener james from westwood:

whatever happened to baby snooks?
  11:49am Michael:

Made it back from an insufferable meeting - hiya charlie and James. That looks like a Funny Girl!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am charlie:

Hi James!
Hi Michael (welcome back)!
see y'all soon...
  11:55am listener james from westwood:

howdy michael, hello charlie, and good thursday, all a' y'all!
  11:56am Michael:

Hey James - you in westwood NJ?
  11:59am ndbob:

Hey Charlie and everyone!
  12:00pm Artie:

On board.
  12:01pm Alf from Upstate:

On board, never bored.
  12:02pm ndbob:

RIP Donna Summer
  12:04pm ?:

Nothing but bad news recently, bye the bye hello folks. The State of Independence was a wonderful record.
  12:05pm listener james from westwood:

@Michael: Yes indeed. Not as nice as CA, but slightly fewer quakes.
  12:05pm listener james from westwood:

@ndbob: Dammit! What's with all the death?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm charlie:

Hi Bob! Artie! Alf!
Bummer about Donna ...
  12:08pm Michael:

James: does the 166 or is it 165 bus still run to Westwood? I lived in Weehawken for a few years and took it to work in NYC every day.
  12:09pm ?:

I may be a mere cypher, Charlie but HELLO.
Three Dog Night doing Traffic, bonkers.
  12:09pm listener james from westwood:

165. Used to take it into NYC myself. Had the benefit of being the last stop heading out of the city, so if I fell asleep in the Lincoln Tunnel, I wouldn't end up in Spring Valley as I would on the train.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm charlie:

Hello, and welcome, "?"
Glad you liked the Traffic cover.
165 riders - reprazenting!
  12:16pm listener james from westwood:

love that view from weehawken; i took the express in along the turnpike, but sometimes had to grab the early-early local bus, and sunrise over manhattan made the brutal wake-up time worth it. especially in winter with smoke rising from the buildings and ice flowing down the hudson.
  12:17pm Michael:

It is and was an amazing view. When I was there in the early 80's there was really no development along the Hudson - just old rotting piers. Now quite different but the view is still pretty nice.
  12:18pm ?:

Love the eloquence, james.
  12:19pm northguineahills:

Donna Summer, not DJ Donna Summer.
  12:23pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, ?! (Should I use an interrobang for that?)
@Michael, I got a sense of that with all the building around the bus station, in what developers would like to call Clinton, I think, but is actually Hell's Kitchen. Many new apartment/condo towers over the first half of the 00s within walking distance of the terminal.
  12:23pm Doug S.:

Listener James, the muse of smoke and ice.
  12:23pm listener james from westwood:

hell, ngh, i don't wanna lose either of 'em!
  12:25pm Aaron in Jcity:

great set charlie!!
  12:26pm Michael:

James - you're right about the West Side in Manhattan - I was talking about the Jersey side. The development from Hoboken to the GWB has been pretty amazing. Heck from Jersey City to the GWB really.
  12:27pm Michael:

Should be careful crossing:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm charlie:

g'mornin' @Aaron!
  12:30pm Jan:

15 minutes late to the party, but it's swingin.
  12:30pm ?:

Hey Doug, better than most governments; the muse of smoke & mirrors.

james, the ampersand was for you.
  12:32pm Doug S.:

I am a Judee Sill swooner.
  12:32pm listener james from westwood:

@Michael: I noticed the Hoboken development when I began taking the train. South Hoboken got a similar burst of building to what happened in Jersey City: pilings and factories replaced w/ retail and residential towers. Edgewater, too, went from seedy waterfront to family-friendly through the 90s/early 00s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm charlie:

Welcome, @Jan!
@Doug -- I agree, she's marvelous!
  12:36pm Brian C.:

I used to love my view from Weehawken at 961 Blvd East, c.1993-96. Moved out and the development seemed to start right afterward.
  12:37pm Van in DC:

Hi Charlie. Late I am, but such a lovely day here it would have been criminal NOT to go enjoy the National Mall for lunch :)
  12:41pm Van in DC:

What? Did I just see that Donna Summer has died?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm charlie:

Hiya, @Van, welcome, glad you enjoyed a nice Nat'l Mall lunch... Sorry about Ms. Summer.
  12:50pm ndbob:

It was a TMZ report Van - not sure if it's been confirmed elsewhere.
  12:50pm Dervish:

This show has street cred.
  12:53pm Van in DC:

Yes, the family confirmed it just moments ago apparently
  12:55pm jason:

this (give him a great big kiss) sounds awesome at this speed.
  12:55pm Van in DC:

  12:57pm listener james from westwood:

AP's got the Summer report, too.
  12:59pm listener james from westwood:

brian, i dated a woman once whose goal in life was to live along blvd east, or that nest of houses near the alexander hamilton monument right where blvd east turns and dips down to the helix. i seconded that emotion.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm charlie:

lol, @Dervish
shangri-las 45 at 33 rule! (ty, and hi @Jason)
  1:02pm Jan:

Donna Summer! Just read the Obit. Remember how startling it was to hear "Love to love you baby" for the first few times- was? Fast forward to Celo Green. What is to come in the future? I wring my hands!
  1:03pm still b/p:

Streety Beaty Big & Bricey
  1:05pm northguineahills:

I didn't pick up "Love to love you Baby" on vinyl until 1.5 years ago, so I was a little late to that party, albeit I had her other stuff.
  1:05pm Michael:

Brian and James: I lived just off Blvd East by the park on Liberty Place. While I did not have the view, catching the bus each morning was pleasure because of it. Now Port Authority - what a hellhole that was in the 80's. Dunno if it still is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm charlie:

ha ha still b/p
  1:14pm listener james from westwood:

Bus terminal still has its character (and characters) at certain hours, but as of 2005 it was considerably less chaotic during am/pm commute times. outgrowth of the disneyfication/9-11 security clampdown. lotsa dogs & rifle-toting cops during my last 4 years using the bus station.
  1:28pm Jan:

Had to break from lunch to tell you that the program is excellent.
  1:28pm doyle dean:

i like this song! (not to change the subject)
  1:29pm doyle dean:

and the math quiz, love the math quiz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29pm charlie:

hi Doyle!
ty, Jan -- I thought Paul McC had cleared the room!
  1:32pm paula pc:

I LOVE that Paul McCartney song, and that Rickie Lee Jones covering Traffic is new to me and is AMAZING!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm charlie:

hi paula pc -- glad you liked 'em both!
  1:36pm don:

late to the game.. excited to catch the beginnings on the archive though. so happy to finally be here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm charlie:

we were beginning to worry 'bout you, don!
  1:44pm listener james from westwood:

thanks for the delightful show, charlie; must head out early but will catch this show on the archives!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm charlie:

see ya james! thanks for dropping by.
  1:47pm ?:

John Barleycorn must live. Did Donna ever cover Dear Mr. Fantasy?
  1:51pm ?:

Did Donna ever record Dear Mr. Fantasy?
  1:51pm Lewis:

kenny g! charlie - can you point me to this recording? I have been looking without much success...

groggy here in the mid-west
  1:52pm Doug S.:

Inspired by Charlie's show, I have programmed the Drummer stream to play nothing but street savvy songs for a good long set. Keep it tuned to Give the Drummer Radio for more sounds of the street, thanks to Busy Doing Nothing!

More live radio returns to the stream tomorrow morning at 9am (ET) with Give the Drummer Some (and then another A Rough Mix from Steinski at noon).
  1:53pm Lewis:

kenny g! charlie - can you point me to this recording? I have been looking without much success...
groggy here in the mid-west
  1:53pm charlie:

sorry, having computer prob upstairs -- can't update playlist right now !
  1:54pm still b/p:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Doug S.:

When I was in junior high school, I had an afro bigger than Bernie on Room 222!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm charlie:

Lewis -- will e-mail link later, and put a link on the playlist page!
  1:57pm Lewis:

Thanks Charlie!
  1:58pm still b/p:

And haven't we seen that 'fro of substance pic here somewhere?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Doug S.:

You haven't seen the half of it, still b/p. Literally.
  1:59pm ndbob:

ah strange cover here - by a fake Murmaids I think.. "your meat has all run out"
  1:59pm northguineahills:

what Lewis said... Thanks!
  2:00pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm charlie:

Thanks, y'all!!!!
See you next time!
  2:32pm Van in DC:

Oh, hey, thanks Charlie.
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