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.

Well, it’s that time again, when we reach out to our listeners to support Eight Track Flashback and WNCU. Our phone number for pledges is…..


What I’ll do here is list the great premiums we have for those who call in and pledge to our great station. I will also try and keep the playlist entries up to date.

First up is a great Rhino compilation from which we played “I heard it through the Grapevine” and Groove Me”. It’s four disks, The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time, for a pledge of $200.

We also have a great 24 track Jackie Wilson CD, “Higher and Higher” is off this, later we’ll play “Lonely Teardrops. Looking for a $60 pledge for this one.

Phone number is 919-560-9628, as they say, Operators are standing by…..They can give you track listings on the over 50 disks we have, ranging from single CDs to a 10 CD set that spans the ’30s to the 50’s. It’s a great German import CD set for a pledge of $375.

Another unusual premium I found is “50 Big Ones-Greatest Hits” by the Beachboys. Lot’s of stuff I remember well from the ’60s and other great stuff from the 70’s and 80’s when they were on the Brother and Caribou labels. This 2 CD set is yours for a pledge of $100.


The London-American Story. This is a UK import, 50 cuts from mostly American artists released on the London label (early Rolling Stones records were on the London label in the US…) This particular 2 CD set is from 1959, includes Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Dee Clark, Duane Eddy and Frankie Ford (Sea Cruise, one of my favorite records from the Ace label..)

Elvis Presley-Rock  20 Cuts including the hits like “Hound Dog” and “don’t be Cruel”, also “King Creole”, Hard Headed Woman” and “all Shook Up”. Also his versions of “Tutti Frutti”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Rip it Up”, released between he did Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog. Also his movie version of “Mean Woman Blues” which was a much bigger hit for Roy Orbison in 1963. Single CD

B B King Live at the Regal single CD, Great early live recording from 1964 when this was not an easy task. The gear was all fragile vacuum tubes and tape recorders that rolled around in cabinets….

Junior Walker & All Stars-Priceless Collection single CD

Ray Charles-Greatest Hits (2 CDs)

Sam Cooke-Portrait of a legend (30 track CD!)

Coasters-Very Best of… single CD

Drifters-Definite Soul Collection (early Atlantic with Clyde and a few Ben E King lead cuts)single CD

Chuck Berry-28 Great Ones single CD

The Sound of Early Motown-real early and obscure material, most rarely available. “Bad Gilr”, Miracles, “Actions speak louder than words” Mabel John (before she was with STAX…), “Come to me” by Marv Johnson and many more… 3 CD set

Group Harmony fans….

The Encyclopedia of Doo Wop (Collectables) 4CD set, different emphasis than the Rhino sets, New York flavor

Doo Wop Box III — 4 CD set, followup to boxes I and II, more obscure material and some great modern stuff, like Boyz to Men doing “In the still of the night”

The Dawn of Doo Wop-Proper Records box set, early 40’s to early 50’s. 4 CD set with many many great but obscure early cuts as well as familiar ones such as “Sixty Minute Man” by the Dominos and “Glory of love” by the Five Keys

4 Single CDs of “The Best of Doo Wop” series from Collectable Records, great New York/Philly selections

Amos Milburn-Let’s have a party. Alladin Recordings, early to middle fifty’s, “Bad Bad Whiskey”, “One Scotch, one bourbon, one beer”. Single CD

Louis Jordan-Best of…20 great cuts from the 40’s, single CD

Louis Jordan-How ‘Bout that. 25 cuts with earlier stuff than the “Best of”, some that are new to me. Single CD

The King R&B Box set 4 CDs, Little Willie John, Midnighters, Wynonie Harris, Bull Moose Jackson, many more

Wynonie Harris-Proper Records. The Man from 1944 (Hurry Hurry) to the early 1950s’, Decca, Bullet, Apollo and of course the King label Hits 4 CD set

Howlin’ Wolf-The Complete Chess and RPM singles 1951 to 1962 3 CD set. Just dynamite. From the early Sam Phillips recordings  to the Chess sessions with Willie Dixon. The Original version of what became “Smokestack Lightning”, called “Crying at Daybreak” from 1951 on the RPM label.

Charlie and Ray-I love you madly, single CD  Early duo on the Herald label, local New York favorites who never charted nationally. Nice material. Interesting back story here…check out on Google…

Robert and Johnny-We belong together, single CD. More successful duo on the Old Town label.  “We belong together” chared, and was covered by The Belmonts, and Buddy Holly. Again nice material which should have had more success.



Well, we are past our fundraiser for the spring (did pretty well, thanks to all who pledged) and my full time job’s Big Event, Radio One’s Women’s Empowerment which was last weekend. The big news is that I am retiring from Radio One, in order to devote more time to my other radio activities, including 8 Track Flashback. So I hope to be posting more and spending more time researching and planning for the show.

WordPress updated my web site (again) so there may be some bumps along the way, but it is my intention to get play lists published for the last few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Well, a wordpress update blew up the underlying database for the playlist pages. Thanks to Chuck Riesinger who helped me out, going in and rebuilding the “Current Playlist” page so I could continue to put in new playlists. You can find old playlists on both pages, but look at “Current” for what we are playing right now.

Thanks to Travis Gales for helping out with 8tfb. I needed some time off, and continue to do so, Travis will continue to do shows as his schedule and my needs dictate. He has access to all the music and is doing a good job,

I get a chance to buy some new music! Found a few items I was looking for, and came across a great song by Pookie Hudson of the Spaniels while listening to a 1971 Gus Gossert aircheck. I found it on a Jerry Blavat oldies collection, so into the great oldies machine here at the station it goes, and on our premium list. So here is what I have for our fundraiser that starts for 8 Track Flashback next Saturday 4/14/2012.

Complete Stax-Volts Singles 1959-1968 9 CDs

The Master-Marvin Gaye 4 CD

Star Time-James Brown 4 CDs

A Man and the half-Wilson Pickett 2 CDs

Born to Hustle-Various 2 CDs very popular set, lots of great early 50’s stuff.

Doo Wop Box I  — 4 CDS

Doo Wop Box II — 4 CDs

Doo Wop Box III — 4 CDs

Sounds of the city-New York area doo wop — 3 CDs

Dancin’ and romancin’ (various well know and obscure, great stuff) — 2 CD

Windy City Doo Wop-Chicago — 2 CDs

Amos Milburn, the Chicken Shack Boogie man — 2 CDs

Nat King Cole, Very best of — 2 CDs

Sam Cooke, 8 Classic albums and bonus single — 4 CD !! wow !! great stuff you probably never heard

Chuck Berry in the ’50s — 3 CDs

Eassential Rockabilly, the Sun Story (not jsut the usual stuff…) 2 CDs

Walter Brown with Jay McShann

Marv Johnson (30 cuts!)

Joe Tex Singles volume 3 1969-1972

The Spaniels, Goodnight sweetheart goodnight

The complete Eddie holland

Dee Clark, you’re lookin’ good

It’s all over-Walter Jackson

Classic Instrumental Hits

The very best of Jackie Wilson

Don Covay, the platinum collecition

Wilson Pickett (this is pre-Atlantic stuff when he was on Lupine…)

Etta James, her best (’60s Argo releases, 20 cuts)

The best of Etta James (another Argo compilation, 18 cuts)

Etta James, Hickory Dickory Dock (this Ace compilation of 22 cuts are the best of her modern label releases, startting with “Wallflower”, lots of great stuff, includes “The Pickup”)

The Royas featuring Charles Sutton and Hank Ballard (lots of pre-Annie ballads, 24 cuts, Ace compilation so great quality and liner notes)

The very best of Sam & Dave

1950’s Original Artists Doo Wop (lots of hits and some interesting early stuff, Orioles, Dominoes, Clovers)

The Soul Era (Vee Jay material, includes original Bobby Parker “you’ve got what it takes”, covered by Marv Johnson in 1959)

Not a good week for the folks who brought us the great music we enjoy on 8 Track Flashback, what with the passing of Etta James, Jimmy Castor and Johnny Otis. All had great careers and continued performing up to the last, they gave us great joy and memories.

I’m working to get caught up on the playlists, it’s been a busy several days with an antenna burnout at FOXY 104 that kept me busy getting them repaired. But that is now done, able to invest some energy in the Radio Show and get the site updated some.

This week, our Countdown from January 1962, and a new find “The Roach” by Wendell and Gene. If you missed it on the show you can find it on You Tube and listen there….

We have some nice premiums–I’ll list them here while they are available and remove when they are gone. All single ?CDs, for a pledge of $60 at 919-560-9628

If you have not received a premium you pledged for and sent in your contribution, call Uchenna Bullinger at 919-530-7445, she wants to hear from you.

Here is our list:

Marv Johnson-30 tracks

It’s All Over-Walter Jackson

Classic Isntrumental Hits

Walter Brown-Forget your truoubles and jump your blues away (orig version of Confessin’ the Blues from 1941)

18 Original Sun Greatest hits-Jerry Lee Lewis

Complete Eddie Holland

Dee Clark-You’re lookin’ good (two 1960 vintage albums on one CD)

20 Greatest hits-James Brown

Ray Charles Live-1964 LA concert (great..)

Sweet and soulful sixties-(I’m your puppet, The Duck, Harlem Shuffle…)

The very best of Jackie Wilson (24 tracks)

Spaniels-Goodnight sweetheart goodnight