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Continuing with our featured artist, Wilson Pickett, I was surprised to find out quite a few things about his life while researching him, like his relationship with his mother.
And especially the trouble he seemed to get into in his later years.
Aren't you supposed to do that when in your younger age?
We'll open this one with an old single I did not play in the first half.
It seems Engineer Ken Stanley, who is a musician, remembered and liked the one I chose not to play, particularly the lead guitar in it, as that is his instrument of choice.
How could I deny my old pal anything, lol?
I'l have a song by the Wicked Pickett that, although not a hit single for him, I particulalrly like.
And it could be Rock Lives/Rockollections first ever Musical Recipe!
Prompting a smartass comment by me, lol!
Pickett had the good sense and taste use a young Duane Allman as a session guitarist on a hit cover of the Beatles' Hey Jude.
He cut some hits in Philadelphia with Gamble & Huff productions in the early '70s.
He even did a hit version of the Archies' Sugar, Sugar, which is almost tolerable and I could have played, but I doubt I will EVER play by ANY artist!
Let's just call it good taste and a respect for the audience, lol!
I hate that damn song!
All in all, a good show that will definitely bring back memories of remembered and half-forgotten songs- and a time when music formats weren't so rigidly structured, when good music was simply good music, and the beancounters weren't so desperately trying to appeal to the fragmented audience they created.
At the end of the show, we acknowledge Memorial Day, very distinct from Veteran's Day and far more solemn, with a song about the impossible-not-to-be-touched-by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Have a Happy Memorial Day, and remember those brave soldiers who gave their lives...not just the store sales and the barbecues!
Here's the link to have a bowl of soul stew, but watch it with that pinch of organ, at WLSO.FM:
The subtly suggestive and impish,

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Comment by Mike Pell on May 31, 2011 at 1:00am
Just a feeling, lol!
Guess I'll find out soon.
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 30, 2011 at 7:58pm
How do you know they'll be different?  You haven't heard mine yet.
Comment by Mike Pell on May 30, 2011 at 7:41pm

Well, you have given me all the reason to do it.

And I'll have to do an hour.

But I have been making notes, real & mental, for years!

Oh man, what a difference our two shows will be...hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 30, 2011 at 7:35pm
Ah hah!  Now I know what you are saying.  Sorry bro.  Good thing is you can still do it.  I'd love to hear what you come up with.  I think the music, although probably still new to you, will be more to your liking.
Comment by Mike Pell on May 30, 2011 at 7:19pm

The one thing about women and beer that always holds true:  Tapping one can easily lead to tapping the other, no matter which one you start with.


Ah, now that brings back a headful of happy memories, lol!
My softball team does really suck, and since I haven't played in so many years I have been both pleasantly surprised at what I can still do so well, and shocked at what I have lost.
Hell, I was always the best or in the top 3 of any team I was on!
Getting old I guess, but by July who knows? It may be back...or I'll be dead trying, lol!
Happy for your son's team, hope they have a long run in the tournament and win it all.
Actually the only other game I played with these people we lost 22-2, lol!
Family! Love 'em or hate 'em...or BOTH!
Heard that Metal last two-parter, and now I gotta listen to that new show of yours, the one whose Theme you STOLE right from my mind, lol!
Happy Memorial Day pal,

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 28, 2011 at 9:45am

The one thing about women and beer that always holds true:  Tapping one can easily lead to tapping the other, no matter which one you start with.


And yes, you are correct, I'm not a big soul man, but I did enjoy both halves of this show. 


Your softball team must really suck.  Seriously, my son's baseball team was having a terrible season.  There are 6 teams in the league, and his team had only won 3 games, all against the same team.  But, they have now won 4 in a row, just in time for tournament play.  So you guys just need to forget about that game.  It's over and no longer matters. 


Sorry to hear about the family trouble.  That's the thing about family, it's usually trouble.  But you still love 'em. 


Take it easy and have a great weekend.  I'm about to start on a new show myself.

Comment by Mike Pell on May 28, 2011 at 4:11am
That's good to hear about Pt.2, and there are always songs left over.
Tap something eh? Oh yeah women & beer are always tempting...and in that order, lol!
Funny, I wasn't going to play that first song, I didn't know it that well.
But Engineer Ken did, liked the guitar in it and talked me into playing it.
I loved that Memphis Stew song, and sure, cowbell goes with anything...kinda like bread, lol!
How about my pinch of organ quip? I forgot I said that stuff.
It's a sensitive and restricted area, only for invited females, lol!
Having Duane Allman on Hey Jude was a stroke of genius, that lad could play some guitar!
A few years ago I did a long series for the coming of Spring- Flowers & Gardens,
Naturally I couldn't let Grass go by without songs about it, lol!
That song was one I played, Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You.
There is another version of Wall In Washington, but I chose to play the one by Iris Dement, she WROTE it!
A very very touching song about the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, and so perfect for Memorial Day.
That idea came weeks in advance.
My lousy week included a trip to the dentist, not to mention losing 28-0 in a softball game (at least I went 1 for 2!)- but the worst part was/is a brother problem, family can be maddening.
Later today I will be recording a show, and I have no idea what I am doing, probably a trip back to the Movies.
Something usually gets my brain going once I start playing the music.
Thanks for listening to both halves (I know soul music isn't your first pick, lol!) and writing my friend.
Happy Memorial Day,

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 27, 2011 at 9:34am


You had a enough good songs left that I enjoyed part 2 as well.


You said WP always makes you wanna tap something.  That's funny, I've known women and containers of beer that have always made me wanna tap something.


That first song was cool.  I love the way he referred to himself in 3rd person. 


The stew song  is probably my second favorite from this show.   I love the way he added a little of this and a little of that.  Just one problem, I could have used some more snare and some more cowbell.  You know how well cowbell goes with soul music.


The Hey Jude cover was interesting and I thought it was pretty good.  Good choice of guitarists on the song by WP. 


And finally, that song about green grass was very good.  I've never heard it.  Good choice.


Oh yeah, way to end the show with a real tear jerker.  Seriously, that's a nice tribute to fallen soldiers. 


Too bad you had a bad week.  At least it's Friday, hopefully the weekend will be better for you.  Later bro.

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