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We were in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so I thought we might stick around for their definitive sound.
Rock & Roll, from its earliest days, most assuredly owes a debt to the artists who came out of
that relatively small city.
And it was very difficult making the selections for this show- so much music I had to choose from, so many folks I had to leave out.
But I did the best I could with my spontaneous picks, and now I'll get to see if you like them.
Fish Frys, Good Times, Original Versions of Songs You Know By Others, the Legendary Producer & Writer Allen Toussaint, a Boxer named Kid Chocolate who became a Singer- and that's just the first half, with more of it to come in the second.
You know something?...I Like It Like That!
Here's the link down the Mississippi River to the Big Easy, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on March 9, 2012 at 11:23am
I take it you thought the fish fry song was funny- everything about it!
Well, it is kind of funny, although I don't understand why the place gets raided.
But you are a almost always make me laugh, lol!
Ya Ya was done by Steve Miller?
See, you can't hear them all...but I am trying!
As for the coal mine song, ever hear that original before?
You and Scott thanking me are making me feel older than I am.
Hell yes, I know Devo!
We ARE Devo, lol!
Thanks as always for the listen, the writing, and the laugh,
Comment by Mike Pell on March 8, 2012 at 6:47pm
You are no stranger than anyone else who listens to me, lol!
And actually, your cumulative knowledge about New Orleans is pretty good.
I know their food, music and some other things, but since they don't have a hockey team I hardly pay attention to their sports.
Hey just thought, they don't even have a baseball team!
I had the very same thought about Fish Frys being more traditionally on Fridays.
Guess it's all that crawfish they have, probably on Fridays AND Saturdays!
Good point about Coal Mining & New Orleans.
Maybe you have to travel to the mines, or maybe it is just poetic license.
Which reminds me, I have to renew my poetic license, lol!
Funny line by you at the end- I liked it like that too!
We ARE Devo!
Thanks for the listen & writing,
Comment by Jon on March 8, 2012 at 4:56pm

This was cool, the fish fry song was funny for some reason. It's a song about a friggin' fish fry! Liked the chorus where there was a tiny pino solo and than geetar. Found that funny too. Don't know why.

As for that Ya Ya song, I have heard it before from someone else. I know that Ike & Tina Turner did it (tee hee) as well as Steve Miller but it definitely wasn't the former and COULD be the latter but don't think so.

And the coal mine classic is that? I echo Scott and thank you for the Devo mention!

Comment by Scott on March 8, 2012 at 11:52am

Boo!!  A stranger is listening!  hahahaha


Interesting topic.  Heres my cumultive knowledge about New Orleans...

- Saints

- Hornets (which Im still bitter about)

- Katrina

- Jazz

- Mardi Gras

- Bourbon St

- SuperDome

- Drew Brees


I probably know a little more but those are the highlights... 


I thought Fridays were fish fries?  Who changed this?


Coal Mining?  New Orleans?  What am I missing?  And thanks for the DEVO flashback!


Hey Mike!  I liked it like that!

Comment by Mike Pell on March 7, 2012 at 10:43pm

Guess the old bugger who runs the place is still pissed, lol!

And I still don't know why!

I'd ask, but he ignored me when I wrote before, so screw it now.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 7, 2012 at 10:27pm

Yep, sometimes it appears immediately, and sometimes it takes a while.

Comment by Mike Pell on March 7, 2012 at 9:58pm

Never mind!
I just went there ans see that you did.

Another meeting of the minds, lol!


Comment by Mike Pell on March 7, 2012 at 9:56pm
I can't figure...I must have just caught you at the right time, right mood.
I figured most people had heard that first Shirley and Lee song, glad you liked the much less heard 2nd one.
There really isn't that much difference to me with Working In A Coal Mine by Lee Dorsey and what Devo did with it- pretty much the same sound effects but I think Devo's version is longer.
Now that is really odd for the Golden Pell!
If there were 2 two songs that I would have bet most people were hearing for the first time, those two contenders would be the ones.
Saturday Night Fish Fry was from 1949, and I played it because I thought it segued nicely from the two songs I opened with.
And did you notice how long it was for 1949? Over 5 minutes!
But the Golden Pell winner, Holy Cow by Lee Dorsey, like Saturday Night Fish Fry, I just happened to like.
I never remember hearing either one on the radio...ever!
Every other song in that half hour I had heard on radio, either as a kid or in later years on an Oldies station.
For you to zero in on those two is almost eery!
Man, we were on the same wave length there, lol!
In Part Two, please pay particular attention to the first Dr. John song I ever heard.
It's a trip, lol!
Thanks for listening, writing, and the meeting of the minds,
Oh, and could you please post at WLSO?
Makes me feel more important, lol!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 7, 2012 at 9:41am

Now this show I really liked...go figure.


Maybe New Orleans music isn't so bad after all.  Out of the two Shirley and Lee songs, I have heard the first one, but I actually like Feels So Good a little better.  Nice choice.


It was also great to hear the original version of Working In A Coal Mine. 


Now, for the Golden Pell.   For most of the show, I thought it would definitely go to Saturday Night Fish Fry.  That song was fun and just great to listen to.   And you say it's from the 40'!  I would have never, ever guessed that.


But I never actually award the Golden Pell until the show is over, so this week Holy Cow by Lee Dorsey snuck in and stole the trophy.  That's a terrific song.  You might think the lyrics are a bit repetitive, but it doesn't matter.  The melody is just so strong.  Very nice selection my friend. 

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