Back at the station for another edition of 8 Track Flashback. Using the spare time to get some new music in the system, finally loading the Chess New Orleans 2 CD set, some great material there by artists I had not been aware of. Also a recent acquisition from Not Now music called “Harlem Stroll”, R&B from around 1955 into the early 60s’.

One thing worth mentioning…when going to “pages” to look for the current playlist you need to scroll through the various playlist to get to the current one.

Thanks for listening, and if you can make a contribution to WNCU and 8 Track Flashback, times are getting tougher with opportunities for our usual fundraising activities limited.



Now that the orders for stay at home are modified I am back at the studio for the show. So I can take phone calls, feel free to call but best to do so immediately after I stop talking on the air. The number is 919-560-9628.

I hope you enjoyed my little Richard retrospective last week, as a result of that I did some digging and have purchased a 3 CD Little Richard Specialty Records session set (not the HUGE Ace records set, too expensive…) and will be getting some of that material reviewed and ready for next week. Take care and stay safe…

So we’ll try Eight track Flashback home edition again. Made some tech changes and no rain over night so hopefully will work better. We shall see…

Will update after we get underway. In any case should have a playlist up.

Thanks for checking by…Jim Davis

Update–seems to work ok. About two hours in and internet working fine.

BTW–for anyone who might want to call, we have our special phone number set up, 919-606-2525 if you would like to call

BUT–please call AFTER I stop talking on microphone, since the phone will ring. I may just take it off hook while talking.




Hope you are well and staying distant. So this will be the third week of doing 8tfb from the house. I was able to program music remotely, so now all the volunteer work is remote.

Was able to get last week’s playlist on the site while doing the show, but have not gotten to past shows, just too busy. Hope to have this week up as I broadcast, and maybe get some old ones up later.

Managed to get phone access working, so if you want to call me you can. I would suggest listening (of course…) and call right after I go off microphone. That way the phone won’t ring while I am on the air and I will have some time to talk to you.

The number is 919-606-2525, a special number for 8tfb, not answered any other time and will probably give a canned message rather than a ring.

But for now is good…Thanks for listening. Jim Davis

Post script–Well the internet connection from the station is crashing intermittently, so I came in to the studio, did a few breaks and some voice tracks. With the new order of things we are most likely look at going forward even after this immediate situation (hopefully) resolves, my expectation is we will need to significantly upgrade our internet service, hopefully we can find the resources to do that and a provider that can work with the campus IT folk to get it done. I think the rain has affected our current connection, so maybe live next week.  –JWD

So we have managed to keep the show on the air in spite of the Corona virus pandemic. We are now social distancing by not coming to the station to do volunteer work for the radio show, while still coming in only as needed for the technical operation. One week we simply voice tracked the show as we have done in the past when unable to come in due to other commitments or being out of town with no substitute like Travis or Michael Reese being available to fill in.

This past weekend I did the show remotely from my home office, using the internet to control the music and send my voice to the station. I think that went pretty well. The challenge now is programming the music into the computer for next weekend remotely, I have a way to do that which should work, and will try that out in the next day or so.

I now have access to this web site from my home office, and will try and get around to posting playlists for the past two shows as time permits.

Technology allows us to stay safe in ways unimaginable twenty or even ten years ago. The problem for many folk is inadequate internet service, and I hope the carriers and the government will help remedy that situation after the immediate crisis is over. In the meantime radio provides a medium of connectivity and entertainment which works without the need for complicated infrastructure reaching so many of those who would listen, and I hope you will continue listening and support WNCU and 8 Track Flashback.

Say safe now…Jim Davis

We still have some of the CDs which we can mail to you. Listen for your chance to win!

Our fundraising for 8 Track Flashback and WNCU starts next Saturday October 19th and run through Sunday October 27th. So you have two opportunities to support the show.

So plan on listening and calling in at 919-560-9628 or go to our web site at to support the show and Public Radio in Durham and on line everywhere!

Thanks, Jim Davis

It is a fact of life that there is no free lunch. Public Radio is no different so we come to fans of 8 Track Flashback from time to time to help the station out financially. Well this time there is another way you can help.

Contact us to record a testimonial about what you enjoy about 8 Track Flashback and WNCU and why the station deserves financial support for listeners like you. As a reward for participating, you can get a free Group Harmony (aka doo wop…) CD featuring some of the great group sounds of the 50’s and some rare tracks you may not be familiar with, but which I remember and play on my show.

To help out and have this free CD mailed to you please email me to give me some contact information for Uchenna Bulliner our development director to contact you about recording a testimonial.

Thanks in Advance, Jim Davis

Well we have been  busy, the end of year fundraiser, and two weeks of documenting every song I played for Sound Exchange reporting, which is required when we stream music on the internet. While it is a real pain and means I can’t do the play list on my web site due to lack of time, it does mean there is money to pay artists, or perhaps their families, hope it’s not just going to folks who have cheated the artists out of their music rights (aka Big Record Companies…).

Thanks to all who pledged during the fund raiser, and to the volunteers who answered the phones and Roger Crawford who sat in with me and helped make the case for community supported radio. Please now send in your pledges so we can get all these CDs out of here!

The snow on Sunday meant the Gospel folks did not get their time to pitch, so if you enjoy what they do, then when you listen tomorrow, call in and support them and the station as a whole.

So back to this week’s play list, and have a great Holiday Season.

Thanks for dropping by… We had a server configuration issue last week and I had to reach out to my former assistant and still friend Chuck Resinger for help and he got it all fixed up again. I will try and get last week’s playlist up as time allows.

The fall fundraiser is behind us, we did ok, not as well as we have in the past, but well enough to continue. Thanks to all who pledged and donated, I think we had some nice premiums for those who participated. Remember you can donate any time.

Listener support is very important for WNCU and 8 Track Flashback, it both supports station activity but also lets management both at the station and at the university administration that the community supports this important resource.

That said, please let us know if there is something in particular you would like us to do more of, and also if there is something you would like scaled back to make way for something else. This is a two way street. As always you can call me during the show at 919-560-9628, if you don’t get an answer right off, try again in 5 or 20 minutes. You can also post comments to the web site.

–Jim Davis


Public, Listener supported Radio is just that, and 8 Track Flash Back is no exception. You enjoy listening and I have enjoyed putting it together each week for the last twenty years or so.

But for Public Radio in general and 8 Track Flash Back to continue we need financial support, and the time is now.

Our phone number for pledges during the show this Saturday is 919-560-9628, the WNCU website for donations any time is So we hope you will participate. Any amount is appreciated, we have some great CD premiums starting with pledges of $75, and I am listing some of those below. We have some quantities of some which the station has obtained, and I have found some interesting items while pursuing new music for the show.

Aretha Franklin-Platinum/Gold     $75 pledge

She is gone, but here music lives on. We play a lot of Aretha and are pleased to offer this CD as a premium. Respect, Think, Who’s Zoomin’ Who, Freeway of love. A lot of her later material.

Aretha Franklin-Best of     $75 pledge

Her early Atlantic sides, I Never loved a Man, Chain of Fools, Natural woman.

………………now some early stuff…………….

T-Bone Walker-The Hustle is on   $75 pledge

This is a 20 track CD from the EU with most all the early hits, a few from the Imperial years and two from a 1955 Atlantic Records session. I found 6 on this which I did not have, and I have a good  bit of T-Bone.

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson-Very Best of

27 tracks from Collectables records with liner notes by noted dealer and expert Victor Pearlin. These are track cut for King records, where he worked in the shadow of Wynonie Harris, and did not really get his due. Really great material here 1949-1952.

Motown, Soul and Rock and Roll

Another Collectables release, later soul form middle sixties to late 70’s. Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley, Chairmen of the board, Tavares, Little Anthony & Imperials, Earth Wind and Fire, and Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin & Blue Notes.

30th Birthday Celebration-Ace Records

A premier reissue company out of the UK. Some great stuff here, believe me. Rockabilly instrumentals, Bobby Day & Satellites, Paul Peek (great guitar rocker, the intro is enough to make it a classic), Medallions, etc.

The Vee Jay Records Story         $150 pledge

This is the third,differnet compilation of Vee Jay sides I have handled. Lots of Jimmy Reed, the Eldorados, Spaniels, Gene Allison, Gene Chandler and two Four Seasons cuts (sorry, no Beatles) 4 CDs, lots of obsucre stuff as well..

Eddie Cochran-Absolutely Essential Collection      $100 pledge

All the hits (not that many, he died young…) and a lot of interesting material of varying quality. If you don’t have “Somethin’ Else”, “C’mon Everybody”, “Sitting in the Balcony” then you need this. “Teenage Heaven” is hilarious, and “Cut across Shorty” is the original version covered by Rod Stewart in 1970.

Little Willie Littlefield CDs (three single CDs $75 pledge each)

He did the original version of “Kansas City” which was a big hit on 1959 for Wilbert Harrison and covered by most everyone else in the world at the time. Little Willie John recorded for Modern Records and then  the King label Federal subsidiary, two of these are his Modern sides and one is Federal. Such great material from 1949 to about 1954. He played piano, wrote songs and was a good vocalist as well.

When Rock and Roll was young-Collectables    $250 pledge

140 tracks over ten CDs. Ranging from Earth Angel and Blue Suede Shoes to Western Union by the Five Americans and Chad and Jeremy this covers all flavors of pop music and much more. Quite a selection.

Otis Redding-The Definitive Soul collection (2 CDs)    $100 pledge

From “These arms of mine” to “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay”, 30 tracks of Otis with some  LP cuts as well as all the big hits.

Chuck Berry-The Millenium Collection   $75 pledge

Maybelline, Sweet Little Sixteen and My Ding-a-ling (live). Great material from the first real Chess Rocker.

25 Ultimate Soul Legends-Rhino Records   $75 pledge

Mostly Atlantic Records material. Doris Troy, Just one look. Coasters with Poison Ivy, but later stuff too, Knock on wood by Eddie Floyd, Memphis Soul Stew from King Curtis. Some obscure stuff, from the first LP for Donny Hathaway, I believe in my soul. 25 great tracks.

Doo wop 45s on CD-Collectables     $75 pledge

A whole lot of east coast group sounds. Crest, Capris, Lee Andrews and the Hearts, In the still of the night by the five Satins, Get a job by the Silhouettes. 25 tracks with some obscure tunes that are really great.

Soul Uprising-Not Now Music  $100 pledge

Not Now Muisc is European and colelcts some really great material in this 2 CD package. Includes some great pre-Atlantic Aretha Franklin, Pre Motown Four Tops, but also great hits like Stand by me from Ben E King  and Sad Moods from Sam Cooke. Also a really neat early Otis Redding cut from 1960 that really rocks.

Greatest Soul Divas-75 Original Classics (3 CDs)          $150 pledge

Dionne Warwick’s first Scepter Records reelase “Don’t make me over”. “At Last” by Etta James. “Uptown” by the Crystals. Also lots of obscure, great early cuts from otherwise well known artists.

Teach me to monkey-20 R&B Hipshakers $75

King/Federal label obscure tunes to be sure. But they all rock, lot of these artists are well know for other, better known tunes, sometimes for other labels.. Some really funny stuff like “Mr Astronaut” by the Drivers, they also did a takeoff on Dry Bones by the Delta Rhythm Boys called “Dry Bones Twist” which is on another CD, Hipshakers Volume 3.