An easy to read list of the Juke Box tracks

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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