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Snap Crackle Pop
Notes for January 1st, 2003

Hour One

Artie Shaw - Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (from the Bluebird 78) We started with a batch of morning songs, beginning with the great Artie Shaw and his Orchestra from an original Bluebird 78.

Jimmie Rodgers - Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8) (from the RCA Victor album, ‘The Best Of The Legendary Jimmie Rodgers’) …and one of Jimmie’s classics. “..good mornin’, Captain…”

Charles Brown - Risin' Sun (from the Aladdin 78) Great Charles Brown morning tune.  78 courtesy of Nelson Becker of Nelson, B.C.

Bob Dylan - Pledging My Time (from the Columbia album ‘Blonde On Blonde’) Blonde on Blonde is a desert island classic for me.  The work is timeless. I can never hear this album too many times.

Diamond Joe White - Maybe In The Morning (from the Stony Plain 45) see label scan below.  Joe’s tune is from a Stony Plain 45.  As I recall, he wrote it for his daughter, Joline.

Next, Paul Grant brought in a batch of morning songs.

Kris Purdy – Morning Show Blues (from the CBC broadcast recording LP ‘Coast To Coast III’) CBC broadcaster, Kris Purdy, wrote this one about her Morning Show ‘fill in’ experiences. Recorded in Winnipeg, 1987. Produced by Ross Porter.

Ma Rainey - Morning Hour Blues (from the Milestone LP ‘Ma Rainey - Classic Jazz’) Recorded in Chicago in 1927, this cut features Blind Blake on guitar. Paul and I couldn’t resist quoting the Dylan line ...’Ma Rainey and Beethoven once unwrapped a bed roll, tuba players now rehearse around the flag pole…’. Go here for the full lyric.

Bonnie Dobson - Morning Dew (from the Rhino CD ‘Troubadours Of The Folk Era’) From the script: Hey Paul!  What’s that CD in your hand?!?! As you probably know, a lot of the records we play are hard to find.  However, a lot of great music is constantly being reissued on CD. CD reissue for this show is – Troubadours Of Folk Era Vol 1, Rhino Records. A great looking series. I want them all! It looks like none of Bonnie’s albums are currently in print. Gary Cristall has interviewed Bonnie for his upcoming book on Canadian folk music. Gary says she now lives in England - has since the early 70s.  Gets back to Ontario occasionally.  Has a whole new career in academic administration. Go to for info on Bonnie or on just about anything musical. A great resource for SCP research.

Then, we pulled out a stack of ten inch LPs. Before they were twelve, they were ten. These little things are generally hard to find, especially in playable shape.  The Jeri Southern will have a bit of noise but consider the crackle as being like a romantic fireplace!         

Lee Wiley - Street Of Dreams (from the Columbia ten inch LP ‘Night In Manhatten’)

Mildred Bailey - I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (from the Columbia ten inch LP (‘I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart’)

Jeri Southern - Everytime We Say Goodbye (from the Decca ten inch LP ‘Warm. Intimate Songs in the Jeri Southern Style’) see below for cover scan.

From the script:

Rave on.  Listen to the way Lee sings the word ‘midnight’. Is Diana Krall kind of ‘Jeri like’?  Mildred is Mildred.  More, you say?  Well, gee, I just happen to have a few more ten inchers, featuring some fine fellas. …..

Louis Armstrong and his All Stars - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (from the Decca ten inch LP ‘New Orleans Days Vol 1’) Featuring great vocals and solos from Louis and Jack Teagarden. Jack sings ‘it’s after hours and you can’t get in’ like he really means it.

Ike Rogers - Screamin' The Blues (from the Riverside ten inch LP ‘The Fabulous Trombone of Ike Rogers’) see below for scan. From the script: Ike Rogers – three note trombone player. King of the gut-bucket blues.  An early re-issue LP of 78 rpm sides from the twenties. The liner notes say that he used a wire mesh with his mute – that’s how he got that wild animal sound. Cool stuff, like lots of things you’ll hear on Snap Crackle Pop.

And now, on to perhaps my favorite ten inch LP.  Picked it up for fifty cents at my local Sally Ann, on a whim.  Threw it in the pack, got it home, put it on and it took off the top of my head.  An SCP favorite – cuts by Amalia have probably generated the most mail.

Amalia Rodrigues - Zanguei-Me Com O Meu Amor (from the UK Columbia ten inch LP ‘Os 8 Maiores Exitos’) see below for scan..

Carlos Paredes - Cancao Verdes Anos (from the Capitol LP ‘The Magnificent Portuguese Guitar of Carlos Paredes’) Although we ran out of time for both breathtaking Carlos cuts, I had hoped to have Paul read the paragraph from the album where Carlos is heard playing in Amalia’s living room. Notes by Alain Oulman ... “..the first time I heard him play was at the house of Amalia Rogrigues.  We were all shattered. Amalia was crying – a reaction she has when moved by anyone’s artistry.  Alain goes on to say “.. his love for Portugal he expresses in hauntingly berautiful melody…one golden song after another overflowing from the hearty and hands and soul of this prodigous new guitarist composer..”

Carlos Paredes – Danca (from the Capitol LP ‘The Magnificent Portuguese Guitar of Carlos Paredes’)

Hour Two

All 78s, from seven till eight.

Oscar Peterson - I Got Rhythm (from the Victor 78)

Welcome to SCP, where you’re never quite sure what you might hear next. Thanks to the CBC for the chance to share these discs.

Hi Roy: Caught the CBC broadcast today and it was great! Especially liked the Kai Winding and Billy Eckstine sides. Sure hope this gets to be a regular program... Good luck and best wishes.. Happy Thanksgiving! Doug Grant – Grinrod. BC.

We did a feature on the Be Bop Batch a year or so ago. I found a couple of boxes of great jazz 78s at Cash’s New and Used in North Vancouver.   Alas, Cash’s New and Used has closed but the Be-Bop Batch lives on.

Jon Hendricks & The Dave Lambert singers – Cloudburst (from the Decca 78) Dave Lambert and John Hendrix before they met Annie Ross

Charlie Ventura & Orch. v-Jackie Cain & Roy Krall - I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (from the National 78) Sublime vocals from Jackie Caine and Roy Krall with some nice playing from Charlie and the band.

Sonny Stitt Quartet - All God's Children (Got Rhythm) (from the Prestige vinyl 78) see below for scan. From the script: Hot stuff! Rave on about Bud and Sonny.  Set up Mel and Mel Tones – a mini Cole Porter set.

Artie Shaw w/ Mel Torme & The Mel Tones - What Is This Thing Called Love (from the Musicraft 78)

The Ravens - I've Got You Under My Skin (from the Mercury 78) One of the slinkiest, sleaziest versions of this Porter classic I’ve ever heard.

We’ve played ‘Changes Made’ several times on New Years Day SCPs – usually more modern, uptempo recordings.  This time, we heard Marion Harris with an early rendition, from June, 1924. This 78 courtesy of Tobey Callahan, Denman Island, BC.  Thanks, Tobey.

Marion Harris - There'll Be some Changes Made (from the Brunswick 78) see below for label scan.

The next batch of 78s came from the Ottawa Folklore Center, summer 2001.

I was in town a few days before the Ottawa Folk Festival, doing a songwriting workshop as part of the Musical Mentors series.  While chatting with OFC head honcho, Arthur McGregor, he mentioned a couple of boxes of 78s, which had been donated some years earlier.  We dug out a couple of boxes (they had been through a small flood) from the furnace room.  Here are a few that I rescued.  A great batch.

Augie Goupil & His Royal Tahitians – Hitiraa (Oui Tahiti) (from the Decca 78)

Thrasher Wonders - Blind Old Barnabus (from the Disc 78) see below for label scan.

Vidal Bolado-con Ritmo De Tambores – R-itmo Afro-Cubano No. 5 (from the SMC Pro-Arte 78’)

Almanac Singers - The House Of The Rising Sun (from the General 78)

From 1941, The Almanac Singers – Woody and Pete.  This rendition’s bit different from the Animals version. When you hear Woody, you really hear the influence on Dylan, especially the harmonica.

From the script:

Sometimes, we hear a song or recording so often, we take it for granted.  There must have been a reason why it was so popular in the first place. This time, on Take Another Look, we re-visited the classic Chuck Berry number, Johnny B Goode – from an original Canadian Quality 78, courtesy of Phil and Sam Lyons. From the script:

Notice that there are two guitars – a rhythm part done with the band track and an overdubbed lead guitar. Check out the solo – the rhythm part does the big stop-time lead break (the break has a more distant sound), the overdub guitar takes over the solos from there. Of course, there’s Johnny Johnson on piano, dancing throughout, like a pixie elf, holding the whole thing together. A great and classic rock and roll record.  Hey, it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. 

Chuck Berry - Johnny Be Goode (from the Quality 78)

Johnny B Goode – the lyrics are the thing, as they are in most of Chuck’s songs.   Chuck paid attention to the great writers and was one himself.   His lyrics tell a story. Loads of images – log cabins made of earth and wood, guitars in gunnysacks, sittin’ by the railroad tracks, playin with the rhythm that the drivers made.  Not a wasted word.  Lyrics pay attention to the melody (sing examples).  Chuck really captured the North American 50s teenage experience. It’s a treat to hear the original after hearing tons of bar bands butchering the tune (but in a loving manner).  Hell, I’ve butchered it myself.

We then got into a nice batch of Canadian country 78s from the fifties.

Courtesy of Steve Fruitman from Toronto: Mac Beattie began singing about his beloved Ottawa Valley with his group The Ottawa Valley Melodiers in 1929. He was widely known as Mr. Ottawa Valley. Indeed, he performed with the Gavans of Quebec, stepdancing great Donnie Gilchrist, as well as hosting radio and television programs, including 11 guest appearances on the Don Messer show. He died in 1982 leaving us a legacy of great identifiably Canadian songs. Go to  for more info on Mac as well as other early Canadian country and folk artists. Steve Fruitman – Back To The Sugar Camp - CIUT-FM 89.5 University of Toronto   

Mac Beattie & The Ottawa Valley Melodiers  - The Log Driver's Song (from the London 78)

The Calgary Kid (Allen Erwin) - Move On Little Doggies, Move on (from the Decca 78) I don’t know a thing about The Calgary Kid.  I do know that in about a three week period, I found three 78s by the fella.

Buddy Reynolds & The Rhythm Pals - Roly Poly Heart (from the Aragon 78)see below for scan. Roly Poly Heart was for Wayne Adams, who writes: Hi Roy, I'm just enjoying your Thanksgiving show and giving thanks. Appreciating you sharing your passion. I heard a song about two or so years ago that you played on one of your cbc shows. Its called Roly Poly Heart. I loved it but the name is all I was able to get. Who wrote it, did it, what label and where I could get it. Thank you. Wayne Adams

Winston (Scotty) Fitzgerald & His Radio Entertainers - Cape Breton Medley: Champion, Lady Menzie (from the Rodeo 78) see below for scan. Note the great rope script used for the Rodeo logo.

The Last Half Hour

Canadian All Stars - The Things We Did Last Summer ( from the Discovery EP)

Canadian All Stars. Recorded in Montreal, 1955. Al Baculis (clarinet), Gordie fleming (Accordion), Yvan Landry ([iano), Hal Gaylor (bass), Billy Graham (drums).

We decided to just ‘spin a few’.

Maddox Brother & Rose - Hangover Blues (from theArhoolie LP            ‘Maddox Brothers & Rose Volume II’) Fine maniacal sounds from the irrepressible, the only, the most colorful Hillbilly band in the land. This tune could be appropriate for some of our listeners. Are some of you still up from the night before?

Williard Robison - Deep River Blues  (from the Pathe 78) see below for scan. Why had I not heard Willard until a year or two ago?  He’s great. Look for more from this guy on future SCPs.

Sylvia Tyson   Bitter Pride (from the Stony Plain 45) From Canadian musical royalty, I first heard this song sitting beside Sylvia on a workshop stage at the Edmonton Folk Festival.  It sent shivers up my back.  Still does. Great tune.

We just spun a few more.

Original Gospel Harmonettes - Wade In The Water (from the Specialty 78) (from the Federal 45)

Gotta have another ‘high voiced guy’ on the show. Hank Ballard, of course, wrote and released the first recording of ‘The Twist’. 

Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - (I Wanna Go Where You Go, Do What You Do) Then I'll Be Happy (from the Apex 78)    From the script: Fletcher Henderson from Nov 19. 1925.  Coleman Hawkins on sax, Buster Bailey on clarinet, Charlie Green (Bessie Smith’s ‘Trombome Cholly’) on trombone.  Whew! What a band. Louis Armstrong didn’t record with them that day.  Mention how Don Redman’s vocal reminds me of Jackie Washington.  I’m sure I’ve heard Jackie sing this tune at some festival party somewhere.  He knows hundreds of tunes. I sent it out to Jackie.

Set up the High Keyes. Another SCP favorite.

The High Keyes - Que Sera Sera (from the Atco 45)

From the script: Sign off. Roy thanks Paul, CBC and the faithful SCP listeners. Keep those notes coming! Paul thanks Roy. Produced and written by RF. Mail etc etc      

James P Johnson - Snowy Morning Blues (from the VJM EP ‘Carolina Shout-James P Johnson Piano Solos’)

Diamond Joe White
Joe White
Jeri Southern
Ike Rogers
Amalia Rodriguez
Marion Harris
Blind Old Barnabus
Blind Old
Buddy Reynolds
Sonny Stitt Quartet
Winston Scotty Fitzgerald
Willard Robison


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