July 4, 2012
Yes friends, there really was a musical group known as Doctor Sausage and His Five Pork Chops. Mind you, this was a fringe act, and today very little is known about them. They recorded 2 singles for Decca Records in 1940, four more in 1950 for Regal (including a Top 10 R&B single with Rag Mop) and then were never heard from again. Considered a Novelty Act throughout their career, they provide an interesting if brief peek into the late 30′s and 40′s East Coast “hep culture” and “Race Records” – an era of music I find both fascinating and one that directly laid the foundation for contemporary Rock music today.
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May 20, 2012
Last night’s awesome performance by Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck instantly had me remembering my friend Dave MacMillan. David has been a friend for roughly 28 years, and even though we don’t see each other as often anymore (he lives in Toronto, and I’m in California) he’s the type of friend that no matter how much time goes between seeing each other, we just pick up where we left off. Long-time camping buddy & canoe partner we’ve weathered family events and marriage breakups, and I always know that if I needed David, he’d be there.
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January 21, 2012
It was a sad week for fans of old school R&B, as we lost 2 titans of the genre. The passing of Etta James on Friday (January 20, 2012) was duly noted in most of the main-stream media, but somewhat lost was the equally sad news of Johnny Otis’ passing 3 days earlier (January 17, 2011). What many may not realize is that it was Johnny Otis who discovered and promoted Etta James at the beginning of her career, and without Johnny we may never have had Etta.
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December 4, 2010
Over the past couple of weekends I’ve completed the task of converting my Christmas CDs to MP3, and through the wonders of the internet and freely available software, I can now open my entire Christmas collection (all 2,000+ MP3s) to you to stream to your computer. Point your web browser over to http://johnfoliot.subsonic.org, log in, and enjoy.
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