Thanks to diverging opinions on the true date of his birth, we get to celebrate Little Junior Parker again (following a birthday party in March). We do know for certain that Peggy Lee was born on the 26th, and we celebrate her here as well.
Mahmoud Ahmed, of Ethiopia comes to the Fine Line Cafe in Mpls. this Sat. May 24, part of the fourth annual MN. Sur Seine Festival. Also a preview of Portland OR. world music group, Vagabond Opera, next month, June 12.
On today’s show, I was able to get in about 35 tunes. How? By not talking as much! I’d had so many interviews the last few shows, I decided to stop all the grinning, and just keep spinning from 3p to 6p with non-stop blues.
Birthdays-in-Blue for Five-Count ‘Em-Five RECORDMEN—Emile Berliner, inventor of the flat disc(records as we know ‘em): RALPHPEER, pioneering AR Man who discovered both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the ‘Big Bang’, of Country Music, MILTGABLER, founder of Commodore Records-one of the first independent labels-and later producer of both Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bill Haley and many others for DECCA; Henry Glover of KING and CHESS infamy; and BUMPSBLACKWELL of Specialty Records.
We celebrate their legacy with a number of tunes from the recent BEARFAMILY release ONEMORERECORD. Other Birthdays-in-Blue include Unsung Motown Hero SHORTYLONG, FATSWALLER, ARTIESHAW and Our Own BOBDYLAN who turns 67 on Saturday. And, of course, it’s NATIONALBICYCLEWEEK. Look out for RUSTY J……