Here's a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week's show, "Lipstick Traces":
Here's a short interview with the great Dave Bartholomew.
And here's an interview with Cosimo Matassa, talking about how he got his start, and about working with Dave Bartholomew.
We only mention the great New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer for a minute in this week's program, due to time limitations -- but his contributions to New Orleans R&B, and to all music, were immense. This video includes his demonstration of the simple-sounding but actually complex drum arrangement of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'." Plus a brief performance including Allen Toussaint on piano!
Here's a 1992 article by former WWOZ show host John Sinclair about the great Tommy Ridgley.
Here's a video of the late but very great Johnny Adams performing "Walking on a Tightrope." Featuring George Porter, Jr. on bass, Jon Cleary on piano, Danny Caron on guitar, and Kenneth Blevins on drums.
Here's New Orleans piano legend Allen Toussaint performing "Party Goin' On" at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
"Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)" was written by Allen Toussaint, as personally witnessed by the late Benny Spellman in this week's episode. But the track is technically credited to one "Naomi Neville." What's the story? Toussaint says that while he was going to court to get out of a publishing contract, he needed to publish songs under a different name. He used his mother's maiden name, Naomi Neville (no relation to the Neville Brothers), because he knew he could trust his mother. (Source: I Hear You Knockin': The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, by Jeff Hannusch, Swallow Publications, 1985.)
And we're sad to admit there isn't any video available of Benny Spellman performing "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)." So we're leaving you with the late New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin performing this classic track, with George Porter Jr of the Meters.
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
(show opening music bed was Dave Bartholomew Big Band - "I'm Walkin'")
Dave Bartholomew - "Jump Children"
Lloyd Price - "Chee Koo Baby"
(music bed: James Booker - "Cool Turkey")
Dave Bartholomew - "Shrimp and Gumbo"
Shirley and Lee - "Let the Good Times Roll"
(music bed: Earl Palmer & his Ten Piece - "Drum Village (part 1)")
Dave Bartholomew - "Love No More"
Tommy Ridgley - "I've Heard that Story Before"
(music bed: Tommy Ridgley - "Shrewsbury Blues")
Jewel King - "3 x 7 = 21"
(music bed: Dave Bartholomew - "My Ding-a-ling")
Smiley Lewis - "One Night of Sin"
(music bed: Alvin 'Red' Tyler and the Gyros - "Hey Mama (take 6)")
Dr John (Mac Rebennack) - "Storm Warning"
(music bed: Dr John - "Sahara")
Allen Toussaint - "Whirlaway"
(music bed: Allen Toussaint - "Bono")
Benny Spellman - "Lipstick Traces"
(music bed: Irma Thomas - "Hittin’ on Nothing")
Irma Thomas - "Ruler of My Heart"
(music bed: Dr John - "The Ear Is On Strike")
Johnny Adams - "Losing Battle"
(music bed: Dave Bartholomew Big Band - "Troubles of My Own")
King James and the Special Men - Live set recorded at DBA New Orleans
(closing music bed: Dave Bartholomew Big Band - "Good News")
Host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, intrepid field recorder, and co-producer is George Ingmire.
Dave Ankers is the producer.
Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Vocal tracks produced by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Live tracks mixed by George Ingmire, Damond Jacob and Tony Guillory.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.
Special thanks to:
Sally Young and Crystal Gross, for their voice talents;
WWOZ’s Dwayne Breashears, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Maryse Dejean;
Rachel Lyons, Dolores Hooper, and the Archives of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation;
the staff of d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans;
and to WWOZ's interns: Olivia Broslawsky, James Bullard, Candace Crawford, Ben Russell, and Lily Wasserman.