My Generation of Sunday 31 July: Psychedelic Lollipop, Shakey Vick pt. 2 [Ed’s Show 2016-31]
Specials The Blues Magoos, Shakey Vick pt. 2 **
SHOWTIME CET (Brussels) Sundays 12:00 noon > 16:00 hrs ** Repeated 16:00 > 20:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs > 24:000 hrs midnight and 24:000 hrs midnight > 04:00 hrs Monday Morning.
SHOWTIME GMT (London) Sundays 11 a.m. > 3 p.m. ** Repeated 3 p.m. > 7 p.m., 7 p.m. 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. > 3 a.m. UK Monday morning.
MY GENERATION & BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
MY GENERATION (new show)
SPECIAL THE BLUES MAGOOS Psychedlic Lollipop ** THREESOME: IAN MATTHEWS ( MATTHEWS’ SOUTHERN COMFORT ** FAIRPORT CONVENTION) ** LONGPLAYING: BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN, 1968 ** AND ALSO: BRYAN FERRY **
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (new show)
SPECIAL Shakey Vick pt. 2: Exclusive Radio 68 Interview Snippets and feat. SHAKEY VICK, CHRIS YOULDEN, WAYDOWN feat. Chris Youlden, SAVOY BROWN with Chris Youlden, BIG JOE LOUIS, BILLY BOY ARNOLD, JUNIOR WELLS CHICAGO BLUES BAND; OTIS SPAN’s SOUTH SIDE PIANO ** AND ALSO: Dr. JOHN ** THE RISING SONS: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
MY GENERATION (repeated)
SPECIAL SINGLES 1966 THE BEATLES ** THE SMALL FACES ** THE CREATION ** THE KINKS ** THE WHO ** THE YARDBIRDS ** THE HOLLIES ** BILLY J. KRAMER ** THE FOUR PENNIES ** SIMON & GARFUNKEL ** LONGPLAYING: CRISPIAN ST. PETERS: FOLLOW ME ** ** THREESOME: KEITH RELF
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (repeated)
SPECIAL: OTIS SPANN: THE BLUES NEVER DIE, 1964, THE ENTIRE ALBUM feat. Muddy Waters, James (aka Jimmy) Cotton, James Madison, S.P. Leary ,** AND ALSO: RUTHIE FOSTER ** ROGER CHAPMAN, 2016** LUCINDA WILLIAMS from “GOD DON’T NEVER CHANGE, the songs of Blind Willie Johnson”, 2016, Alligator, thanks to Alligator Records and V2 Records Belgium ** ALEXIS KORNER Inc. Feeat. Duffy Power ** Voice: Malcolm X.
MY GENERATION, incl. BLUESIDE: THE SHOW
MY GENERATION / BLUESIDE is a four-hour show. Each week, a new 60 minute episode followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend. BLUESIDE: a new 60 minute episode every week, followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
THE BLUE MAGOOS PSYCHEDELIC LOLLIPOP
(…) That album was Psychedelic Lollipop — one of the first albums to use the word “psychedelic” in its title — and it took them onto the charts with the self-penned garage-punk classic single We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet . The album showed they had songwriters in their ranks — the Byrdsian jangle of One By One came from Ron Gilbert and Peppy Thielhelm (only 16 at the time), others from Gilbert with Ralph Scala and Mike Esposito. But it was the other material which showed them with one foot firmly in their club and dancehall past: they cover James Brown’s crowd-pleasing I’ll Go Crazy, J.D Loudermilk’s Tobacco Road and the ballad Sometimes I Think About (which they claimed writing credits on). There was some filler to: She’s Coming Home right at the end.
But it was more than merely promising debut and — as with the debut albums by Moby Grape and Country Joe and the Fish the following year — Psychedelic Lollipop covered a lot of ground from rock and soul to ballads and pop. So where was the “psychedelic” bit, the hints of trippiness that would take the world by storm within six months? Oddly enough it was in their treatment of the familiar Tobacco Road which boasts a skewing guitar part by Esposito. It crams an exciting trip into just four and a half minutes (source: not traced)
(…) It was also in 1960 that he recorded his first full-length album, the extraordinary “Otis Spann is the Blues,” with Robert Jr. Lockwood on guitar, for a brand new company, Candid Records. This is considered his finest effort. He went on in the ‘60’s to record some fine records for Storyville, “Piano Blues,” Portrait in Blues.” Decca, “The Blues of Otis Spann.” Prestige, “The Blues Never Die!” He did sessions for Testament, some memorable Vanguard records, and recorded for other labels. A lot of his work has been reissued, and is available. Just as Spann’s superb and singular talent was being recognized as worthy of far more than sideman status, his health started to fail. Contemporary reports tended to suggest that this was alcohol related but his death in Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 1970 was through cancer following a series of debilitating illnesses. Probably best remembered for the much needed subtle and complementary support he provided for Muddy Water’s music, both on stage and in the recording studio, Spann nonetheless proved himself a fine recording artist in his own right. A variety of circumstances prevented him from demonstrating this particular skill as often as many of us would have liked.
Otis Spann was an authentic blues legend, and one hell of a piano player.
Source: James Nadal https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/otisspann
1966 THE SINGLES
I tend not to agree entirely with Jon Savage who claims that 1966 was the year that the decade – and pop music – exploded. I do, however, agree to say that 1966 spawned an amazing amount of fantastic pop singles and some wonderful LPs. And “1966.The Year the Decade Exploded” is a great read anyways!
Radio 68 collected some LP tracks, b-sides and more stuff you may have forgotten about (Eddy Bonte)
“Nineteen sixty-six was the year of Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown a nd Paint It Black and Pet Sounds; the year of Revolver and John Lennon saying “we’re more popular than Jesus now”, which came back to haunt them when they toured America later in the year. It was also the year in which the Vietnam War continued to escalate, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale started the Black Panther Party, and the first gay riot, predating Stonewall by three years, took place in San Francisco”. Source: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/main-book-review-20160311-gngse5
Born in 1937, Graham Vickery aka Shakey Vick for most of us, was among the lucky and privileged few who attended the first gigs by those famous American blues musicians who were being flown over to the UK at the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties. He picked up the harmonica his brother-in-law had given him for his ninth (!) birthday and formed his first group with singer-guitarist Chris Youlden in 1963. Although Shakey Vick would never equal the success of bands like The Yardbirds, he did record an entire album for Pye in 1969. Youlden eventually joined Savoy Brown and Shakey’s guitarist Rod Price found fame with Foghat. Being a bit of rebel who hates being told what to do, he stuck to his love for Chicago blues and the harmonica. In his own words: “Getting nowhere, but enjoying myself”. Or: “My blues life has been about me doing my direction and other people coming along with me, but not coerced”. It certainly did not stop him from recording and from touring the UK, Europe and the US. At the age of 78, Shakey can still be found playing Chicago blues at local venues in London. Radio 68 interviewed this modest and true British blues phenomenon in December 2015.
in Part 2, you can listen to interview snippets, tracks form the 2005 cd Greek Street, Savoy Brown feat. Chris Youden plus many of Shakey’s heroes.