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Snap Crackle Pop
January 1st, 2004


Roy and Paul started with two cuts by Ray Davies, The Kinks and their gang of angelic voices for this first of two sets of morning songs.

The Kinks - Morning Song

The Kinks - Daylight (both cuts from the 1973 RCA LP Preservation Act 1)

Joni Mitchell - Morning Morgantown (from the classic 1970 Reprise LP Ladies Of The Canyon)

John Martyn - One Day Without You (From the innovative English folkie’s 1974 Island LP Sunday’s Child)
We went on to Fred Neil & Vince Martin’s version of the Bonnie Dobson song, Morning Dew. We played Bonnie’s version last year. Bonnie said somewhere that although Tim Rose took writers credit for changing a few things in Morning Dew, she felt that Fred Neil should have been the one to have a writers credit for coming up with what became the final definitive opening lyric “Walk me out in the morning dew”. Found this album, Tear Down The Walls, shortly after last year’s broadcast. It’s a little rough and yes, it’s available on CD but we don’t always take the easy way out on Snap Crackle Pop.

Fred Neil & Vince Martin - Morning Dew (from the mid 60s Elektra LP Tear Down The Walls – see below for cover scan)

Bob Dylan - As I Went Out One Morning (from Bob’s 1968 Columbia LP John Wesley Harding)

Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain (from Gord’s first 1966 United Artists LP Lightfoot)
From the script:

Tiny rave about Bob’s John Wesley Harding album, supposedly recorded in two or three short sessions. Rave on about Gord. Just the sound of this recording takes one back, reminds us of how great Gord is and how important his work remains. ’You can’t hop a jet plane, like you can a freight train’. Mention Gord’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The CSHF doesn’t have a website as of yet but should have in the New Year.
Paul, ‘
Roy, we’ve had all albums up until now. Where the heck are all of those 78s’? Move in to the ‘blues’ set. All 78s.

Memphis Minnie - Looking The World Over (from the early 40s OKeh 78)

Blind Boy Fuller - Screaming And Crying (from the early 40s Columbia 78)

John Lee Hooker - Turn Over A New Leaf (from the 1952 Modern 78)
From the script:

Mention the huge Kamloops, BC batch of 78s (about 2500) from Wayne Norton where the J L Hooker 78 was found. They weren’t playing John Lee on Kamloops radio in the fifties which means that this 78 is in great shape. Mention that one of RF’s first tours as a shy young folkie, in early 1972, was with John Lee Hooker.

Herbie Fields - Moon Nocturne (from the 40s Victor 78)
Using Herbie’s pretty tune as a setup piece, we played another batch of Moon Tunes, a regular SCP feature.
From the script:

Set up Annette, mention that the larger amounts of Moon Tunes are from the early part of the 20th century. Fave rhyme: moon and June!

Annette Hanshaw - There Ought To Be A Moonlight Savings Time (from the Sunbeam LP It Was So Beautiful. 1927-36 )

Frank Sinatra - Reaching For The Moon (from the 1965 Reprise LP Moonlight Sinatra)

Etta James - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (from the mid 50s Regency 78)
From the script:

Rave on about Annette, one of the earliest unsung jazz singers, on this late 20s recording. Mention RF possibly recording Reaching For The Moon for the jazz project but not quite like Frank does. (On the broadcast, Roy said; ‘Frankly, there’s only one Frank and there’s only one me’.) Of course, Etta James could sing the phone book or, as Paul suggested, Row Row Row Your Boat.
We had time for a couple more tunes about the moon.

Earl Heywood & His Serenade Ranch Gang - Old New Brunswick Moon (from the early 50s RCA Victor 78)

Carmen McRae - Blue Moon (from the early 50s 45 rpm Decca EP)
There’ll Be Some Changes Made has become a New Year’s Day SCP tradition so we had to continue with a version on this NY Day edition. Some great trad jazz from Eddie and the boys.

Eddie Condon & His Chicagoans - There'll Be Some Changes Made (from the mid 30s Decca 78)


Hour two began with two boppish jazz 78s from the collection of Virginia Newman, of Salt Spring Island. Virginia’s husband, Ray Newman, was a jazz saxophonist. The two of them loved these records. When they moved their family from California to Canada in 1970, they brought the collection of shellac along with them. The 78s now reside in Roy’s collection.

Charlie Parker - Scrapple From The Apple (from the 1947 Dial 78 - see below for label scan)
Miles Davis & His Orchestra - Boplicity (from the 1949 Capitol 78)

From the script:

The Miles tune was a part of the 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions. Tune written by Gerry Mulligan.. From All Music Guide, “The Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz….arranged by Gil Evans and featuring such heavy-hitters as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Max Roach”.
Scrapple..” featured Charlie Parker with Miles Davis-trumpet, Duke Jordan-Piano, Tommy Potter-Bass, Max roach-Drums. Recorded Nov 4/47.
Read some mail from Doug Grant
Hello Roy:-
New Year's eve I went to bed feeling somewhat disappointed in not having a New Year's eve gig for the first time in many years.....but on the plus side, I woke up early New Years day to the sounds of Snap Crackle Pop from my under-pillow speaker!   A delight to hear so many great sides that brought back memories; Lee Wiley -   hadn't heard her for many years. Jack Teagarden- still one of my heroes. Oh yes; Sonny Stitt with Bud Powell; wow! I'd almost forgotten Bud's incredible technique and inventiveness. Oscar's 'I got Rhythm' which I believe was his first 78, recorded in 1945 I think,  just shortly before the years I used to go to the Alberta Lounge to hear his trio (with Ben Johnson on guitar, who I later worked some gigs with). It was a Happy New Year start to 2003 for me, and I wish a very happy one to you too......  Best regards, Doug Grant,
Grinrod, BC.

We segued into another set of jazz, this time from a batch of little 45 rpm EPs from Ron Dickey of Vernon, B.C.

Oscar Peterson - The Nearness Of You (from the early 50s Clef EP Oscar Peterson Plays Pretty. Al. # 2)
Sarah Vaughn - Body-And Soul(from the early 50s MGM EP Sarah Vaughn-The Man I Love)

Billie Holiday - Autumn In New York (from the early 50s Clef EP Billie Holiday - see cover scan)
From the script:

Quick yak about RF’s upcoming jazz recording. Play a couple of samples of ‘source material’ for the album.

Jack Teagarden - Where Are You (from the 1962 Verve LP Think Well Of Me)

Mildred Bailey - Willow Tree (from the late 30s Decca 78)

From the script:

Take Another Look”. 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, let’s have a close listen to one we think we know backwards, inside and out -  ‘In The Mood’, from an original US Bluebird 78, courtesy of Virginia Newman of Salt Spring Island.

Glenn Miller - In The Mood (from the 1939 Bluebird 78)
From the script:

Yak up the tune. Trace Glenn’s history a bit, how he started playing ‘hot’ jazz with Teagarden, Red Nichols, etc. How Glenn and the gang kept up the excitement on the 1939 recording of In The Mood using dynamics, fake endings etc. The classic ‘high hat’ figure at the beginning. Paul then comes in with his own memories. Then, bang, right into:

Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men - Good Rockin' Man (from the mid 50s DeLuxe 78)
From the script:

Roy and his hot band establish the good rockin’ mood, fade down and RF talks about being a tape maker from ‘way back. In fact, in 1984, there was a tape called Snap Crackle Pop. Another fave was a tape called They Tried To Rock. Roy says, “I’ve always been fascinated with how people jumped on the R&R bandwagon in the mid fifties, trying to save their careers. Some attempts worked, some didn’t.  Check it out and judge for yourself. Here are a couple of well love MOR performers rockin’ it up”.

Peggy Lee - ListenTo The Rockin' Bird (from the mid 50s Capitol 45)

Perry Como - Juke Box Baby (from the 1956 RCA Victor 78 – this one actually made the top 40, peaking at # 10 in March ’56)
The country folks tried it too, sometimes with more success.

Slim Rhodes Band-Romp And Stomp (from the Charley LP Best Of Sun Rockabillies)

Jimmy Murphy - Sixteen Tons Rock And Roll (from the mid 50s Columbia 45)
From the script:

Roy says, I love the Jimmy Murphy cut. I’ve had it on a reissue album for a decade or two. Finally found the 45 last year. Here are a few other 45s I’ve always wanted and have finally found.

The Maytals - Johnny Cool Man (from the early 70s Trojan 45, from England - see below for label scan)

Bob & Lucille - Eeeny Meeny Miny Moe (from the scarce Quality 45   - see site for ‘label with sleeve’ scan)

We ended the second hour with a 45 that is extremely hard to find. Roy’s pal Ed Lasko was over to Roy’s basement a while ago and brought along this rare Canadian instrumental 45 by The Squires (with Neil Young on lead guitar – Neil’s first record). This is one 45 that Roy would really like to have but will probably never find.

Neil Young & The Squires - Aurora (from the extremely rare mid 60s Canadian ‘V’ 45, most likely recorded in a Winnipeg radio station about 1965)


Rodgers Brothers - Skiffle Fiddle 2:24 (from the early 60s Banff LP Dancing Country Style)
We started the last half hour with The Rodgers Brothers, from
Edmonton Alberta, early 60s recordings. Roy saw Frankie and Hank playing a couple of months ago and they were sounding great. Mostly 78s this time, no big theme. Just fine music. From 1933, here’s Louis…..

Louis Armstrong - Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train (from the 1933 Bluebird 78)

Wilmoth Houdini & His Royal Calypso Orchestra - The Calypso Way (from the mid 40s Decca 78)

W. Lee O’Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys (Vocal-Texas Rose) - I've Got The Blues (from the mid 30s blue and gold Vocalion 78)
From the script:
Don’t know much about
Wilmoth Houdini but love this record. Rave on about Texas Rose. The web tells me that Kitty "Texas Rose" Williamson, had the honour of being the first female vocalist on a Western Swing recording. This tune was probably recorded in the mid thirties. W. Lee O’Daniel went on to become governor of Texas, later going to the US Senate in preference to Lyndon B Johnson.
Now, on to some reeeeeal good stuff. Recorded in 1935, heeeres….

Boswell Sisters - St Louis Blues (from the mid 30s Vocalion 78 - see below for label scan)

Duke Ellington - Dancers In Love  (from the early 50s RCA Victor 45)
From the script:

Roy says, ‘A gift from my pal Frank Rutter on birthday fifty, back in February’.
Some folks like to make NY resolutions. Paul and Roy think that the Carter Family has the right idea. Here, from an original Bluebird 78….

The Carter Family - Keep On The Sunny Side (from the late 30s Bluebird 78)
From the script:

Back to back with Happy Talk, the Aragon label’s only jazz LP. Let Elmer play a bit, fade down and sign off. RF e-mail. CBC mail. Roy thanks Paul. Paul thanks Roy. SCP written and produced by Roy Forbes, etc etc. Elmer takes it on home.

Elmer Gill - Happy Talk (from the scarce late 60s Aragon LP The Three Sides Of Elmer Gill)

Here's a few samples of labels from discs spun on this show. Click on the title for a larger version.

Fred Neil & Vince Martin
Fred Neil & Vince Martin
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Toots & the Maytals
Toots & the Maytals
Bob & Lucille
Bob and Lucille
The Boswell Sisters
Boswell Sisters


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