This coming Sunday, our own ‘SPIDER’ JOHNKOERNER turns 70!!! Other Birthdays-in-Blue are a trio of Kansas City Jazz Legends—Mr Five-by-Five—JIMMYRUSHING, The Genius of Modern Jazz—CHARLIEPARKER and PREZ—the President of the Tenor Saxophone—LESTERYOUNG. Additiional Birthdays include the ‘Queen of the Blues’ herself—DINAHWAHINGTON, the Once and Future ‘Mayor of Harlem’ WILLIEBRYANT and GENEALLISON.
The aroma of hot grease in the air means its opening day at the Minnesota State Fair, and the Rockhouse celebrates with songs about sideshows, merry-go-rounds and the midway. Also — a tribute to the late great record man, Jerry Wexler, new music from Irma Thomas and a tear it up set of soul covers from Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band recorded in 1968!!
No list for this day. Too many interviews. Ronn Easton from Ronn Easton’s Soul Revue and Big John Dickerson from the Big John Dickerson Show stopped by to chat with Lady J AND Leon McCormick from Who Nu along with Jerry Eskridge from CBO also stopped by separately for an interview. My guests and I were laughing so much and having so much fun I forgot to keep a list. Especially after Big John and Ronn sang acapella/live in the studio, I lost track of what I was doing.