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BluePower Presents....Banned In Boston!


This is a re-run from February 25th, 2007

During the late 1940s and the 1950s, there were a lot of records made that were a bit past the "blue"side....in fact, these records were downright "gray". So much so, that these records were banned in Boston.

Now banned in Boston is just a term borrowed from the late twenties when there was an organization (which was housed in Boston) that literally banned books from entering public libraries and stopped these books from being sold in America.

In the instance of these recordings however, it was white owned radio during these years which banned what they called "Race" music. Race music in the late forties was merely black music. That title did not change until a young editor from Billboard Magazine came up with a catchy phrase....the rhythm and blues. That man was Jerry Wexler and he would go on to produce some of the greatest rhythm and blues music of all time.

This music spawned some of the greatest labels America has ever known. Atlantic, Atco, Chess, Checker, Argo, King (from which label many of the cuts heard tonight hail), Federal, and on and on. These records needed to be heard. Black radio stepped in to fill the gap and a whole new business was created.

One of the terms of many of these records is "rock and roll" and everyone thinks that Alan Freed coined the phrase. I personally believe that Mr. Freed loved this wild music as much as any of us did at the time and simply borrowed the term. It stuck....and American music would never be the same again.

Tune in as I play many of my favorite "dirty" songs. The songs my step-father did his best to stop me from listening. As you can hear....he failed.

Here's tonight's music:

1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
2)...."My Big Ten Inch"....Moose Jackson....King Records
3)...."I Didn't Want To Do It"....The Spiders....Imperial Records
4)...."My Babe"....Little Walter....Checker Records
5)...."Herpes Blues"....Matt Lucas....BJCD Records
6)...."Sixty Minute Man"....The Dominoes....Federal Records
7)...."Lovin' Machine"....Wynonie Harris....King Records
8)...."Work With Me Annie"....The Midnighters....Federal Records
9)...."I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man"....Muddy Waters....Chess Records
10)..."It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion"....The Swallows....King Records  
11)..."Yield Not To Temptation"....Bobby "Blue" Bland....Duke Records
12)..."Turn On Your Lovelight"....Bobby "Blue" Bland....Duke Records
13)...."Good Mornin' Little School Girl"....Junior Wells....Chess Records
14)..."All She Wants To Do Is Rock"....Wynonie Harris....King Records
15)..."Sexy Ways"....The Midnighters....Federal Records
16)..."My Ding-A-Ling"....Dave Bartholomew....King Records
17)..."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records

I made a serious mistake in this show. Be the first to point it out to me and I will send you a great new live concert DVD.

Thanks for listening!
John Rhys-Eddins/BluePower.com



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1 Comment

  • Not sure if this is the mistake you're referring to, but it's a mistake: Junior Wells didn't record "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" for Chess.