It’s The Killer’s birthday

This 1964 Star Club performance is one of my favorite live recordings. Jerry Lee IS on fire, with a band equally aflame, as he puts his trademark stamp and stomp, on a slew of American classics.

Here’s a couple of live clips from the same year as the Star Club date.

The Killer gets totally outta control on this raucous Whole Lotta Shakin’.

and another version, coz Keith Richards is absolutely killin’ it, AND ya got Mick Fleetwood on the beat.

Jerry and Keith sharing vocal duties on Little Queenie

The Killer, his cousin, Mickey Gilley, and Carl Perkins

And more Carl, getting raunchy

And one of my favorite Country killers


Best wishes to Norton Records honcho, Billy Miller

Billy has been battling Multiple Myeloma, and recently underwent a leg amputation to stave off further complications. For more info, click the link and get the story straight from Billy’s wife and partner at Norton, not to mention original Cramps drummer, Miriam Linna. The pair have been tireless champions of quality music, exposing the world to some of the wildest sounds ever recorded, and deserve endless thanks for it.

Billy Miller and Miriam Linna of Norton Records and The A-Bones, photographed in front of their record collection at their home in Brooklyn, NY.

Billy Miller and Miriam Linna of Norton Records and The A-Bones, photographed in front of their record collection at their home in Brooklyn, NY.

Happy birthday to the Hoochie Coochie Man, Willie Dixon

Check out the tunes attributed to Willie Dixon that are now accepted standards of the Blues and Rock and Roll. Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Workin’, My Babe, Spoonful AND Little Red Rooster (both of which are essential tracks in Howlin’ Wolf’s discography, as well), You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Bring It On Home, Wang Dang Doodle. An inescapably massive influence.

A Willie penned tune, on which he plays bass here. Covered by everybody, everywhere

Happy birthday to Bunker Hill

Once a member of the popular gospel singing group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Bunker Hill was a pseudonym used by one, David Walker. Under the name Bunker Hill, Walker released some of the most deranged and outta control R&B to ever rip it’s way outta the influence of Little Richard, not to mention he was abetted by Link Wray and His Ray Men, as his backing band, thanks to Link’s brother, Vernon, being the producer.

You may recognize Hide and Go Seek from John Waters, Hairspray, where it’s the soundtrack to a dance party at Motor Mouth Mabel’s record shop.

Song Of The Day: The Phantom – Love Me

In honor of Poison Ivy Rorschach’s birthday, here’s a slice of demented genius that The Cramps brought to wider attention via their cover.

and thanks to the always insightful Dangerous Minds for giving us the back story to it

Happy Birthday, Ray Sharpe

Apparently the shock I experienced after finding out that Ray Sharpe was black, was, in fact, a common reaction. According to wikipedia, one of Sharpe’s producers declared Sharpe, “the greatest white-sounding black dude ever”. Prior to the proliferation of promotional pictures and videos, there were numerous examples of particularly soulful white performers that were assumed to be black, but this is a rare case of the reverse, due both to his vocal style and the fact that some of his output was Rockabilly. In fact, legend has it that Sharpe and fellow Texan and teen Rockabilly legend, Ronnie Dawson, had designs on forming a band called, with tongue firmly in cheek, The Oreo Cookies, and, years later, Sharpe would record with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix. All that being said, there is no mistaking that Sharpe was a soulful performer, and one adept at many styles (listen to Bermuda, posted below, for further evidence).

The classic, original, Linda Lu, produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring the ubiquitous Al Casey on guitar.

Hear the unreleased Rolling Stones take from the 1979, Compass Point sessions.

Happy Birthday To The Original Mr Shakin’ All Over, Johnny Kidd

1960’s #1 UK hit, Shakin’ All Over, has become a Rock and Roll standard, and deservedly so. Covered by everyone from The Who, The Guess Who, The MC5, The Flamin’ Groovies, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, The Vibrators, The Gibson Bros (one of my faves), Those Darlins, et al, just look at the wiki list,

Today should be National Little Richard Day!

Happy birthday to the one and only, Richard Penniman, a Rock and Roll legend if ever there was one!

and lest I forget how funny the man was…

little richard
And any story from John Waters is worth a read