THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX (Special Radio Flashback Edition "The Phil 'n' Jerry Show" April 1967)
A long, long time ago — before many of you were born — there was a wondrous thing called "progressive" or "free-form" radio. These were the days when rock radio stations were programmed by people who actually knew and loved music, rather than the accountants and marketing analysts who now control the airwaves. During this time it was possible to hear, in a single program, music by artists as diverse as the Beatles, Ravi Shankar and Miles Davis, to name but a few, picked and played by DJs who spoke to, rather than at, their audience. One of the pioneering stations in this adventurous era of radio was KMPX-FM in San Francisco, which was instrumental in letting the world know about the explosion of great music in the Bay Area in the late 60s.
One fine April evening in 1967, the station's co-founder, the legendary Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue, invited Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia to play guest DJ on his nightly KMPX show. Phil and Jerry discussed the Grateful Dead's then-brand-new debut album (they promised the next one would be much better!), as well as such arcane topics as a top-secret military project to develop a "sound gun" that could kill or maim everyone for miles around with super-low-frequencies. Best of all, they brought along some of their favorite records to play on the air. As you might expect, it was a most unpredictable batch of tunes indeed.
The following is a playlist from Phil and Jerry's guest DJ shift, as broadcast on KMPX-FM in San Francisco, sometime during the last week of April, 1967.
SWAN SILVERTONES - (Song title unannounced) CHARLES MINGUS - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON - Lord I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes RAY CHARLES - I Don't Need No Doctor JAMES BROWN - It's A Man's Man's Man's World JAMES BROWN - Ain't That A Groove BOB DYLAN - Maggie's Farm ENSEMBLE OF THE BULGARIAN REPUBLIC - The Moon Shines CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET -Dream Weaver (Station Ads - Avalon Ballroom) JUNIOR WELLS - Ships On The Ocean LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI/AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCH. - Charles Ives: Symphony # 4 (2nd Movement) IAN & SYLVIA - Jealous Lover IAN & SYLVIA Four Rode By SKIP JAMES - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues ARETHA FRANKLIN - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' IKE & TINA TURNER - River Deep, Mountain High LOU RAWLS - Trouble Down Here Below ROLLING STONES - Gotta Get Away OTIS REDDING - Day Tripper GRATEFUL DEAD - Cold Rain And Snow GRATEFUL DEAD - New, New Minglewood Blues
Location: counting flowers on the wall ... Gender: Zodiac: Chinese Yr:
Dec 25, 2014 - 7:35am
Uriah Heep ~ Salisbury Widespread Panic ~ Little Lily Neko Case ~ Stinging Velvet TNP ~ The Bleeding Heart Show Paul Revere and the Raiders ~ Hungry Cocker ~ Hitchcock Railway Pretenders ~ Room Full of Mirrors Garbage ~ Stupid Girl Mountain ~ Nantucket Sleighride live 30+ min version ... Keren Ann ~ My Name Is Trouble Supertramp ~ Goodbye Stranger The Stranglers ~ Skin Deep TFF ~ Everybody Wants to Rule the World Peter Schilling ~ Major Tom full version Stones ~ You Can't Always Get What You Want
I think I need to spend more quality time on SoundCloud. I saw a Christmas song from Ian Gomm (and family) which is cute but I prowled thru some really low-budget stuff and some interesting things too. All of it has that B-level pop attitude that's pretty sweet. Remember "Hold On"?
Here's something more recent...
Cool. Loved Ian Gomm's track Hold On. Still works today, IMO.