Ack, I didn't intend for it to be so long between posts again. Sorry it worked out that way. I hope that everyone's week has gone well. Today, I have four more records from my trip to St. Louis that are all getting spun on a regular basis.
Freddy Cannon - "Everybody Monkey" Freddy Cannon recorded a slew of 45's for the Swan label between 1959 and 1964. He hit it big with "Tallahassee Lassie", "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" and "Palisades Park", all top 10 smashes. "Everybody Monkey" is one of his later releases for the imprint, from the summer of '63. As you might expect, it's an upbeat dance number, using The Marathons' "Peanut Butter" as a blueprint. Here, the word "monkey" is repeated about 100 times, while Freddy tells us that he can do the step. Heck, everyone can do it, hence the title. There's some cool organ work and a nice sax break. Just when you think the tune is over, he yells "one more time" and you're treated to another verse. A good, fun disc.
Garnell Cooper & the Kinfolks - "Green Monkey"/"Long Distance" Continuing with our monkey theme, here we have a nice, medium tempo instrumental that reminds me of "Green Onions". I guess that's why the title is "Green Monkey". Bass guitar is a prominent feature, along with some honkin' sax and a lead guitar gets it's chance to jump up front about half-way through. There's also an organ but it stays in the background. It's a nice groover. "Long Distance" might be even better. The tempo is similar and the bass is even heavier, almost overdriven. The sax and guitar are back, both getting some time up front. This time, the Hammond B3 makes a surprise entry and gets equal time. Hooray!
Little Walter - "Diggin' My Potatoes"/"Shake Dancer" Another twin spin here, with both sides in regular rotation. "Diggin' My Potatoes" is a vocal number that starts with an elongated guitar intro. The tune is upbeat and in the blues tradition, the vocal slurred and sometimes shouted. There's a guitar break and the whole thing is a great one to dance to. "Shake Dancer" is an instrumental, with lots of good guitar, plenty of harmonica and a strong beat. It's taken a bit slower but, as the title implies, is still a good mover. Nice record and highly recommended, especially if the price is right.
Jim Doval and the Gauchos - "Love Me (1) More Time" I'd been hoping to run across a Jim Doval single for ages. His records don't seem to appear that often, so I snapped up this one when given the chance. Not sure of the year here, probably 1963 or '64. "Love Me (1) More Time" has a call and response gospel feel, with female backing vocals. It's predominately a frat rocker, with horns, guitar, a tad of organ and added crowd noises. The flipside is part two and more of the same. I can see this being a crowd pleaser at some keg party. Now if I can only find a few more of the Gauchos' records to add to my collection.