JUKE BOX FEBRUARY 2016
1. TROY SHONDELL – THIS TIME
The track that gave Troy his biggest US hit in 1960 was a revival of a 1958 recording by Thomas ‘Tragedy’ Wayne. Troy’s recording was turned down by several labels and took six months to chart!
2. OTIS CLAY - YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER
One of scores of top class soulful sixties sides by under-rated Otis.
3. RED SIMPSON - DIESEL SMOKE, DANGEROUS CURVES
A memorable 1966 country hit by the singer who became synonymous with truck driving songs.
4. KITTY KALLEN - LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
Little seems to have been written about the passing of this ex-big band vocalist who took this track to the top of both the US and UK charts in 1954.
5. LONG JOHN HUNTER – BETTY LOU
The late Texas blues man with an often overlooked 50s goodie.
6. TROY SHONDELL – GOODBYE LITTLE DARLIN’
A catchy 1959 recording by the underrated act.
7. RED SIMPSON – TRUCK DRIVING MAN
The truckers anthem sung by the trucker’s favourite.
8. OTIS CLAY – I TESTIFY
One of the early recordings by the supreme soul stylist whose later recordings included the original version of ‘The Only Way Is Up’.
9. THE WHISPERS – AS I SIT HERE
Top notch 1965 recording by the ever popular soul vocal group who included, one of the group’s founders, second tenor/baritone Nicholas Caldwell, who died in January.
10. LONG JOHN HUNTER – RIDE WITH ME BABY
Another standout track from the blues man.
11. AMERICAN BREED – I’VE BEEN TRYING
The group best known for recording the original US hit version of ‘Ben Me Shape Me’ with a 1968 rendition of the popular Impressions song. It features vocalist Gary Loizzo, who died in January.
12. OTIS CLAY – THAT’S HOW IT IS
The 1967 track that gave Otis his first US R&B chart entry.