Today April 9th is our spring fundraiser for 8 Track Flashback and WNCU. As always we have some great bribes…uuhhh Premiums to entice you to donate money to the station and thank you for your support, and I am listing some of those below so you can look them over. As always we welcome donations of any amount, while my time to do the show is free as part of my donation to the station (I do give them cash as well…) there is electricity, transmitter maintenance, salaries for our few, hard working staff members and all the other expenses of a functioning radio station that is more than a jukebox designed to sell product to the masses.

Born to hustle-49 Top Ten rhythm and blues chart toppers. We gave out two of these last year, it’s a great collection of early 50’s material, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Billy Ward and his Dominos, Smiley Lewis, Big Mama Thornton, Fats Domino.

2120 South Michigan-Great Blues from Chicago’s Chess Records. A two CD set (and we have two of these sets..) from the Aristocrat Record days up to the middle ’60s. Memphis Slim (Mother Earth), Juke (Little Walter), Fattening Frogs for Snakes (Sonny Boy Williamson), Reconsider baby (Lowell Fulson), and the Viagra song, aka Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf).

Wilson Pickett-A Man and a half-Another 2 CD set, all the hits and more, from “I Found a love “(Falcons, 1962) up into the 70’s.

The Very Best of Jackie Wilson-Ace Records always does quality stuff, this 24 track collection is no exception. Starts with Reet Petite, goes through You Got me Walking (1972), all the hits and more.

A Cellar full of Motown-2 CDs, 50 tracks of obscure Motown stuff, tracks never released, some great material with a very good set of liner notes.

I Love Rock and Roll-20 tracks, Rockabilly, Pop, some doo wop. All hits.

Smooth Grooves the 60’s Volume 2-Rhino. When a man loves a woman (Percy Sledge), Stay with Me (Lorraine Ellison), I’m so proud (Impressions), Natural Woman (Aretha). I play cuts from this CD a lot on the show, every cut has been on the air at one time or another.

This is Sun Rockabilly-Cross section of all the Sun artists (except Elvis..) 15 cuts. Some I had not heard before…

The Doo Wop Years-From the BMG conglomerate that swallowed the RCA catalog. So we have the original Lollipop by Ronald and Ruby (coverd by the Chordettes), Get Rich Quick by Little Richard from his early recordings on RCA, but also a lot of other label material from I Need Your Loving (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford) to Story Untold by the Nutmegs. And Elmore James….And Faye Adams… and Kitty Lester (Love Letters Straight from your Heart). 20 cuts.

Blues at Sunrise-Ivory Joe Hunter-I may keep this one, all the 50 cuts on 2 CDs are from before he went to Atlantic. MGM, King label, early stuff immediately after WWII. This is from the well respected Indigo Records label.

Motown classics Gold-Lots and Lots of hits from Hitsville USA. Starts with Money by Barett Strong, has My Girl, I Can’t Help Myself, Jimmy Mack. 40 cuts on 2 CDs.

Ray Charles-Genius & Soul. The big 5 CD box. From his early Swingtime releases into the 90’s. Atlantic and ABC-Paramount labels, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Country and Western. He did it all and a lot of it is here.

Chuck Berry-The Chess Box. A 3 CD set with a great book of liner notes. All the big records and more up through “Tulane” which came out in 1969 after he returned to Chess after a few years spent with Mercury records.

Vee Jay-The definitive collection. Along with Chess Records, Vee Jay, founded a few years after Chess around 1953 helped define Chicago’s position as a major Record town. This 4 CD set chronicles their extensive catalog with examples from Blues, Gospel, R&B, Rock and Roll and Pop. Early Jimmy Reed, Staple Singers, some John Lee Hooker, the Spaniels are here just to name a few.

The Doo Wop Box II-Rhino Records great compilation, 4 CD set. Early Moonglows, Larks, Harptones, as well as 60’s Classics such as Wilson Pickett’s lead on the Falcon’s “I Found a Love”. I think we have two of these…

Hitsville USA-The Motown Singles Collection-This 4 CD set was one of the first I bought when I got a CD player in the early 90’s. I really wanted to hear how some of my favorites sounded right off the singles mix master tapes, and it was great then, and still great today. All the hits and some gems you may have missed.

Nappy Brown-Night Time is the Right Time. Two CD set includes the title track, recorded two years before the Ray Charles version (we have that one for you too…). Includes “Coal Miner’, hits like “Don’t be angry” and “Open up that door”. This is from the Savoy Jazz series.

R&B Confidential No. 1-The Flair Label. Flair was a Modern Record subsidiary, Richard Berry, Elmore James and the Ike Turner Orchestra were released there, as well as a hilarious cut, “Hey Dr. Kinsey” by Big Duke Henderson and his Orchestra.

Sweet and Soulful 60’s-One from my collection, good selection including “The Duck” by Jackie Lee, “Shoop shoop Song” Betty Everett, and “Harlem Shuffle”. 16 tracks.

The Down Home soul of Z Z Hill-Does not include”Down Home Soul”, these are tracks from his 1960’s tenure at Kent Records, recording with the Maxwell Davis Orchestra. Some great middle sixities R&B here, along with “I need someone (to love me)”, which charted in 1971, even though it was recorded in 1964.

James Brown-Soul on Top-Reissue of the 1969 Album with a real Jazz flavor to it, he revisits some of his earlier hits, and does great verions of some standards as well as some newly released unedited versionsmade possible because the CD can hold twice as much music as the original LP.

Dee Clark, Volume 2-This CD from Collectables is a reissue of two Dee Clark LPs from the early 60’s, “You’re looking good” and “Hold On it’s Dee Clark”. This includes “Raindrops” (in Stereo), “24 Boyfriends” and 20 more releases, some of which were singles as well.

The Flamingos-Rhino release, includes some Chance label releases (Golden Teardrops, perhaps the greatest “doo wop” song ever recorded), some Parrot material, the big Checker hits, a Decca cut (these guys got around) and the End label singles “Lover’s never say goodbye” and “I only have eyes for you”.

Soul Men-Booker T. & MGs-The group had 8 albums back in the day (excluding compilations), Fantasy Records which owns the rights to their catalog have put together a 9th (now CD) with instrumental versions of many 60’s hits, very listenable with their great rhythm section. Play “name that tune” with your firends….

It’s All Over-Walter Jackson-A very underappreciated vocalist on the Okeh label in the mid sixties. His smooth style borders on Pop, but there are some great soul cuts on this 28 track compilation. Do you recall the Walter Jackson tune that was in a “Cosby” episode? A clue, Dr. Huxtable was in his basement.

Billie Holiday-Billie’s Best-Change of decade from Walter, but still smooth and wonderful. Verve material  from 1952 to 1959. From my collection (aka, case is a little beat up…)

Jerry Lee Lewis-18 Original Sun greatest hits. “Great Balls of Fire”, “Whole Lotta Shakin”, as well as “Crazy Arms”, and “High School Confidential”. He also does covers of some other Sun songs by other artists, including verions of “Ubangi Stomp” and “Matchbox.

Very Best of Jackie Wilson. If you miss the Ace CDs listed above, this one is also very good, Rhino so the quality is top notch but this one is 16 tracks.

Ray Charles Greatest Hits-You can pick up “Night Time is the right time” (another Cosby series favorite) as well as “One Mint Julip”, Covers Atlantic and ABC-Paramount/Impulse label sides, 16 cuts.

Marv Johnson-You got what it takes. 2 copies of this 30 track CD. Marv was instrumental with getting Motown off the ground, “Come to me” was the first Tamla release distributed locally in Detroit before being leased to United Artists for national distribution, and hits like “You got what it takes” financed the operation in it’s early years. They are all here along with much more. Marv never had a hit on a Motown label, but was an integral part of the company in production and management. Label is Black Tulip, high quality and includes a discography from 1958 to 1966.

Rock and Roll Legends-The Spaniels. Not sure I would consider the Spaniels “Rock and Roll”, but this 30 track Charly Compilation covers the hits, some great LP tracks, and obscure singles from this very important Chicago Urban Group Harmony ensemble.

Goodnight sweetheart goodnight-Spaniels. This is from Vee Jay records itself (or what’s left of the company…) 25 tracks. Similar to above, some different cuts. Either is a good Spaniels compilation.

MGM Doo Wops #3. The fact that there are two more CDs of MGM doo wop should let you know these guys are serious about their music. The Twilighters are a great middle 50’s ballad group, the Blenders appear, as well as the Billy Williams Quartet.\

Forget your troubles and jump your blues away-Walter Brown with Jay McShann’s Orchestra. If Walter Brown had done nothing more than write “Confessin’ the Blues” (the 1941 recording is here), his place would be secure, but he did so much more, this covers from the prewar period to about 1949, covering several labels including Decca, Mercury and Capitol.

My name is Annie-Various artists. Includes “Work with me Annie”, “Annie had a baby”  and “Annie’s aunt Fanny” by the Midnighters, “Annie’s answer” from Hazel McCollum and the Eldorados on Vee Jay, “Annie met Henry” by the Cadets, along with other records that have nothing to do with the mother of Henry’s baby, such as “Polk Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White and “Annie get your yo yo” by Junior Parker (at least I don’t think so…). 26 cuts, ending up appropriately enough with “Annie Kicked the bucket” by the Nutones.

San Fran vintage Hits-Classic Instrumental Hits. I have found that instrumental compilations don’t always hve the “Originals”. This one is fine, “Cast your fate to the winds” in stereo, “Midnight in Moscow”, “Alley Cat”, and two Ferrante and Teicher cuts.

The complete Eddie Holland-31 cuts, early Motown from a big part of the Holland Dozier and Holland team that crafted so many Motown hits.

The Soul of a Bell-William Bell. His first album for Stax/Volt, the CD reissue includes additional material, stereo re-recordings of “You don’t miss your water” and “Any other way”. The original mono tracks are here too.

The Rivintons-Papa Oom Mow Mow. The only thing wilder than the title track is Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow. All sorts of Libery record material, 23 tracks. Includes the much sought after “Cherry”.

One hit wonders-A Group Effort. Big hits like “Earth Angel” and “Let the good times roll”, lesser known gems such as “Who do you love” by the Sapphires “I’ve had it” by the Bell Notes. Not all these were really one hit groups, but still a great 30 CD collection, both Pop and R&B.

Dancing shoes-Various artists. Starts out with Sam Cooke’s “Feel it” and that’ pretty much the only hit. Lots of interesting obscure material here to dig through.

Dionne Warwick-I Say a little prayer. Good 14 track collection notable for the original verison of “Wishing and hoping” which was covered by Dusty Springfield who had the hit version in 1964.

Golden Era Doowops-The groups of Parrot Records-Donn Fileti, Eddie Gries and Walter Devenne mined the gold of record company vaults for years in the 60’s and probably are responsible for saving who knows how much material from the trash bin before folks started being interested in this stuff en mass. Thank goodness.. This is one of many CDs from that effort that reissues and expands the original LPs. The Flamingos were with Parrot briefly after leaving Chance Records and before they went with the Checker label. Also here are some 5 Chances, Swans and Orchids. If you like ballads in the more primitive style of the early Chicago scene, this a a good choice.

Rhythm ‘N’ Blues, Fine Brown Sugar-All Ladies, all the time, a great 4 CD set covering early 40’s through middle 50’s. Lots of hits (Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton) and stuff that is now to me, but just great.Ii will play some of this off the CDs since it is not in the stations’ system yet.

Also, it is my understanding we have some copies of a new CD of a 1964 live performance of Ray Charles in Los Angeles from 1964. I have not heard it yet, but I hear it’s great. We’ll play some of that as well…

By a somewhat roundabout route I was made aware that at least one fan of the show missed some playlists for Februrary, namely 2/5, 2/12 and 2/19. The last two did not get on the site since I was busy during the show putting entries in the Sound Exchange music log for WNCU’s webstream. Sound Exchange is the entity that collects and distributes payments from those who stream music on the web, and from time to time the station has to log everything they play for a two week period, and I have to do that. My only real concern is that the proper amount of that money does go to the artists and not just line the pockets of the music companys who very often cheated them in the first place back in the day.

I really don’t remember why I didn’t do one for the 5th, though I might have been out of town that weekend. Anyway, I am glad that someone was interested enough to contact me about it and I had some time this weekend to get caught up.

This coming Saturday we count down our 18 top R&B chart records from March, 1961, and are getting ready for the upcoming fundraiser on April 9th. In particular with the budget cutting targeting NPR in particular and public radio in general, support for stations such as ours is ever more important. Additionally stations at Universities have to watch their backs as the powers that be look for sources of revenue to deal with cash shortfalls, which means that stations that don’t support themselves and require university funding may find themselves up for sale to the highest bidder. Happened here in North Carolina with Campbell College (WCCE), out at the University of San Francisco (KUSF), and at Rice University (KTRU).

So I hope you will consider making a contribution to WNCU in general and 8 Track Flashback in particular, three Saturdays from now on April 9th. Or any time the spirit might move you as you hear some particular tune I play that you like.

Jim Davis

A nice day in Durham NC, better weather than in a while.

Taking requests, call 919-560-9628 or post a comment.

Live playlist on the “current playlist’ page.

Jim Davis

Fundraising is one of the necessary evils of Public Radio. It would be nice if listeners just sent in a few bucks now and then to support the programs they enjoy, but it doesn’t seem to work that way.

Also, it is always a small minority of folks who call in and contribute, or check out the website (www.wncu.org…) and support us that way. As a volunteer who also contributes money at pledge time, I ask that you volunteer some cash if you enjoy the radio show.

It’s crunch time,  I don’t have any CDs as premiums this time around,  but we do have a drawing for the trip on the WNCU website (note that you DO NOT need to contribute to sign up for the drawing…) and some neat WNCU paraphenailia, so it’s that and the tax deduction, and the warm feeling of supporting something you want to continue. We are looking for 100 new members, and personally I think $25 is a good level on contribution for a weekly show like 8 Track Flashback.

Thanks, in advance, Jim Davis

Happy day before Halloween. We won’t play Superstition or Thriller or Ghostbusters or even Monster Mash (how much can we stand) but did play Dinner with Drac (1958), Morgus the Magnificent (1960) and The Mummy (1959) which turned up in stereo.

Our Fall Fundraiser was for the most part a success, and thanks to all who pledged. We are still $650 short of the $4000 goal for the four hours we were on, and if you missed your chance, you can go pledge through the WNCU website. And as an 8 Track Flashback website special, I will extend my 100 year NCCU Centennial celebration 1910 Lincoln Penny premium to at least the first 20 pledges of $35 or more that come in the door. Prompt payment is the determiner, if we get more than 20 payments I will see what I can do about getting more pennies.

Thanks for listening…Jim Davis

Goal for the station: $56463.00    goal for 8 Track Flashback  $4000, we raised $3350.00

Well, the time is here where once again we need listeners to help us keep the show on the air on WNCU. Radio shows have come and gone on WNCU over the years, the reason 8 Track Flashback has survived (even a brief period when I left the show..) is because the listeners want to hear this music on the air and support the show and the station financially.

See the list of premiums on the page at the top of the site, and call if you see something in particular you would like before it gets gone.

So even if you can’t pledge enough to get a CD as a premium, don’t think you can’t help. $25 and $35 pledges add up, and every little bit helps, so give us a call, 919-560-9628 and make a pledge during the show to demonstrate yout support, or this time next year we may be gone.

We would like to thank the following who have shown their support and pledged:

James Davis

L H Lazarus

James Smith

Cathy Cole

Margaret Eason

Patrick Marlin or Martin (volunteer’s hadwriting ambiguous…)

Jon Miller

Some one who had pledged previously requested Palisades Park by Freddie Cannon

A donor also requested Frenzy by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

John Clifford

(we have more to thank, just waiting for info…)

We have a nice selection of premiums, I’ve set up a page for them with some comments. Next Saturday is the big day, I am hoping we will get good participation, a bunch of $10-20 pledges from folks who don’t necessarily want a CD but want to support 8 Track Flashback would really help to demonstrate to the station that the listeners are out there and enjoy the show. The number to call is 919-560-9628, or go to the website at www.wncu.org

So call us up, make a pledge, and ask for something, we’ll do your requests, dedications and shout outs for four hours Saturday October 23rd.

Glad the cooler weather is here. Fall is my favorite season.  Last week we did our monthly countdown of the top 18 R&B chart records from September 1960, and while I was putting a few tunes in the system I came across some material I had not added yet, in particular some early Reggae from ‘Johnny Nash (Stir it up, Cupid), Desmond Dekker (007-Shanty town from 1967) and Jimmy Cliff.  Also a Percy Sledge album with some of his earlier stuff, and the Tymes “Trustmaker” album.

Fall means our fall Fundraiser at WNCU. Every doller is important and in these tough economic times Public/noncommercial radio stations are particularly vulnerable as their parent institutions are cash strapped and looking for money. Stations at Rice University and Vanderbilt have gone on the block, and Pittsburg may lose one of it’s Public stations if a community group can’t pony up cash to buy WDUQ.

So remember to call in and support WNCU in general and 8 Track Flashback in particular. Looks like we will be pitching on October 23rd.

To that end, I’d like to get suggestions as to what CDs you would like to see as premiums, I’ll see what I can find and get a listing up here on the website. Just send me a comment and Thanks in advance for your support.

Nice weather in Durham today, and looks like that for the weekend. Storm season, but that was not the reason the station was off the air for a while Wednesday night, a power fialure on campus and the generator did not start (again). By the time I got over, it was running and we just had to bring stuff up again. Seems like we had had this problem before…

Of course our transmitter site does not have a generator, and that’s interrupted my evenings as well.  Enough tech talk…

Check out the current playlist for what’s on the air this weekend, and scroll down for earlier playlists as well. It would be my goal to post these under the previous playlist page, but just can’t seem to find the time to get it done.

Anyway a better use of my time is digging through my library to find music that either hasn’t been played in as while, or stuff I’ve never played to put on the air today.

Sidney Joe Qualls has a real Al Green flavor to his music, sounds Southern (he’s from Ark) but recorded in Chicago. “How can you say goodbye” is a gem from one of his superlative albums.

I don’t believe I’ve played “Doggone Right” from 1969, even though it was top ten.

By the way, our fall fundraiser is coming up in October, please comment back to me with anything you think would make a good donor premium in the way of CDs of books.

Hour #2-Dux Femina Facti (Virgil’s Aeneid…) A Woman was the leader of the deed, in reference to Carole King, songwriter and singer, our offerings starting out the hour “Locomotion” from Little Eva which she wrote and “It might as well rain until September”, which she recorded as a demo, and then released it as a single. Another tune of her’s we play is “Oh Neil”, an answer to “Oh Carol” by Neil Sedaka. Worth a listen…

I enjoy digging into the novelty records of the era, particularly those that poke fun at the music. So this time around it’s Stan Freberg and “Old Payola Roll Blues part 1”.  Part 2 get rather pedantic, and my copy of it isn’t very good sounding anyway. Both sides of Arbogast and Ross’s “Chaos” are worth playing,  though some of it might be a little offensive (like shooting the engineer, the drunk driving traffic reporter and the parody of the recently deceased Richie Valen’s hit  “Oh Donna” that get rehashed as the “new hit” through the record). But nevertheless it hits home to what Top 40 Radio was like, enough to get it banned from radio airplay.

First hour, sixties music with an album cut from one of Otis Redding’s last LP as well as TV Slim.

Second hour we count down 18 great and surprising sides from July 1960.

Third hour 1950’s and group sounds.

And finally heading to the forties with some boogied by Amos Milburn, Cecil Gant and the great Albert Ammons band.