Hound Howl #91 – 20210502

Originally aired live May 2, 2021 on thehoundnyc.com. The Hound Howl is also available as a podcast on Amazon Music PodcastsApple Podcasts and Google Play.

Link Wray Birthday Tribute
Birthday Salutes to Hasil Adkins and Little Walter
Hound Rants on the Pitfalls of Modern Technology

Instrumental – Link Wray Covers

  1. Sundowners – Rumble
  2. Vikings – Rawhide
  3. Continental Four – Jack The Ripper
  4. Invaders – Rawhide 1965
  5. Jack Nitzsche – Rumble

On Mic
11:13 – 12:58

2nd Set

  1. Link Wray – Good Rockin’ Tonight
  2. Chuck Higgins – Here I’m Is
  3. Cosmo & The Carnations – I’m A Little Mixed Up
  4. Robert Nighthawk & His Nighthawks Band – Kansas City Blues
  5. Hasil Adkins – Truly Ruly

On Mic
26:15 – 28:32

Blues Hangover

  1. Joe Hill Louis – Gotta Go Baby
  2. Sidney Maiden & His Ramblers – Hurry, Hurry, Baby
  3. Bobo Jenkins – Nothing But Love
  4. Papa Lightfoot – Mean Old Train
  5. Big Mac – Rough Dried Woman (Part 2)
  6. Little Walter & His Jukes – I Hate To See You Go

On Mic
44:00 – 46:18

4th Set

  1. Johnny Powers with Stan Getz & Tom Cats – Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips
  2. Bunker Hill – The Girl Can’t Dance
  3. Jerry Arnold & The Rhythm Captains – Race For Time
  4. Ronnie Branam – Puppy Dog Love
  5. Five C’s – Whoo-Wee Baby
  6. Link Wray & His Ray Men – Mashed Potato Party

On Mic
1:00:35 – 1:03:10

5th Set

  1. Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers – Birmingham Bounce
  2. Lucky Wray with Link & Doug Wray – Teenage Cutie
  3. Blanders – Jitterbug
  4. Joe Therrien Jr. & The Sully Trio – I Aint Gonna Be Around
  5. Willie Egan – Rock & Roll Fever
  6. Howard Chandler – Wampus Cat

On Mic
1:17:56 – 1:19:57

6th Set

  1. Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim
  2. Blue Notes – A Good Woman
  3. Vern Pullens – Bop Crazy Baby
  4. Johnny Wright with Ike Turner – Suffocate
  5. Dale Hawkins – Take My Heart
  6. Nite Riders – Women And Cadillacs

On Mic
1:34:29 – 1:36:29

7th Set

  1. Link Wray & The Raymen – Hidden Charms
  2. Roy Brown – Ain’t Gonna Do It
  3. Dean Carter – The Rockin Bandit
  4. Platters – Maggie Doesn’t Work Here Anymore
  5. Sid King & The Five Strings – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
  6. Rusty Bryant & The Carolyn Club Band – Pink Champagne

On Mic/Outtro
1:51:38 – 1:53:02

  1. Link Wray – Girl From The North Country
  2. Link Wray & The Wraymen – Ain’t That Lovin’ You Babe

Hound Howl #054

The Hound Howl is also available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Aired 03/08/2020
Length 1:53:52

– Set List –


1) Wailers – Mashi
2) Lenny & The Star Chiefs – Warpath
3) Jerry Warren & The Tremblers – Rompin’
4) Rocky Curtis & The Harmony Flames – Crossfire
5) Bees – Terror

Set Break
10:58 – 13:39

2nd Set

1) Smiley Lewis – Ain’t Gonna Do It
2) Los Locos Del Ritmo – Chica Alborotada (Tallahassee Lassie)
3) Texas Red & Jimmy – Comin’ Home
4) Mel Robbins – Save It
5) Fats, Jr. – Dream Girl
6) Bobby Lumpkin & The Kapers – One Way Ticket

Set Break
26:24 – 30:11

Blues Hangover

1) Howlin’ Wolf – Well That’s Alright
2) Les Vendor (Joe Hill Louis) – I Cried For Love
3) Sam “Lightning” Hopkins – Big Mamma Jump
4) D.C. Bender – Boogie Children
5) John Brim & His Stompers – Gary Stomp
6) Doctor Ross – New York Breakdown
7) John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Set Break
49:11 – 53:43

4th Set

1) Tony Mason with The Starfires – Woe Is Me
2) Emmet Davis – You Changed My Night Into Day
3) Hasil Adkins – Is That Right
4) Dominoes featuring Clyde McPhatter – Do Something For Me
5) Lynn Pratt – Tom Cat Boogie
6) Classie Ballou & His Tempo Kings – Loving Huggin Kissin My Baby

Set Break
1:10:43 – 1:13:55

5th Set

1) Al & Nettie with Al Smith Orchestra – Move Baby Move
2) Johnny Lane & The Hot Rodders – Rocking On The Dragstrip
3) Del Victors – Oh Lover
4) Link Wray – Girl From The North Country
5) Johnny Brooks – Pig Latin
6) Charles Page – Able Miss Cable

Set Break
1:30:38 – 1:34:17

6th Set

1) Edgar Blanchard & Prince Royal – Somebody’s Doing Me Wrong
2) Marty Roberts & His Nightriders – Baby
3) Veltones – Fool In Love
4) Bobby Roberts with Highpockets’ Delta Rockets – Big Sandy
5) Richard Berry – Yama Yama Pretty Mama
6) Scotty McKay – Rollin’ Danny
7) Socialites – The King Tut Rock
8) Eddie Burns – Hello Miss Jessie Lee

Set Break/Outtro
1:52:50 – 1:53:52

Robert Nighthawk & Link Wray- Two Guys I Never Met….

     I know I just posted this clip (see the Ike Turner posting) but it’s so great and it fits today’s subject Robert Nighthawk so here it is again, from the film …and this is Free a documentary about Maxwell Street in Chicago’s Jewtown section which used to be a flea market and gathering place for street musicians every Sunday. The city tore down all of Maxwell St. and moved it across the road into a mall several years back so scenes like these are long gone as is Mr. Nighthawk (born Robert Lee McCollum in Helena, Arkansas, Nov. 30 1909, next year is his centennial. He died on Nov. 5, of ’67 just before the blues revival that might have put a few bucks in his pockets arrived).
     Nightawk had a long recording career in years, short in output. He recorded under the name of Robert Lee McCoy for BlueBird in ’37-38, and again billed as “Peetie’s Boy” (to cash in on the popularity of William Bunch aka Peetie Wheatstraw “The Devil’s Son In Law”) in 1940. After World War II he changed his name to Robert Nighthawk (supposedly on the run from the law, but who knows…).  His post war sides are great, some of them are almost rockabilly (, best are the ones recorded for the United and States labels which are incdredibly rare although they’ve been re-issued on the Pearl label which is owned by Delmark (which is owned by the guy who runs the Jazz Record Mart, one of the last great record stores in the U.S.). A 78 of “Maggie Cambell” just sold on Ebay for over $500 (the financial meltdown doesn’t seem to have effected the price of rare records yet, at least not the ones I want). He recorded for Aristocrat (which became Chess) in ’48 and ’49, I have a Japanese LP of all those recordings which are also scattered about on various compilations. Here’s one of  rockers, his version of  “Kansas City Blues.  Oddly enough Ernest Tubb would cover this one and his version (here) is as bluesy as Nighthawks’ is country. Don’t you love the way Tubb says “chump”? “Nighthawk cut a last session for the Testament label in ’66 with his guitar teacher Houston Stackhouse. Here’s a five song tribute with some interview stuff spliced in, taken from an old aircheck. The tunes are “Prowlin’ Nighthawk” from Blue Bird, 1937, “Maggie Cambell” issued on States in ’52, “”Goin’ Down To Eli’s” and “Anna Lee Blues” were recorded live on Maxwell Street in ’63 (and are from the film) and the final tune, a version of Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues” is from the Testament LP

When talking about slide players, the old timers always put Robert Nighthawk at the top of the list, he was one blues man who really could play. He was so good he was hired to be the entertainment at Muddy Waters’ wedding party.

The Link Wray clip is from the Jack Spector TV show which showed locally in Providence, RI, an after school Bandstand type show. Not Link’s best tune but dig that Danelectro Longhorn! It’s the only early TV footage of Link I’ve ever stumbled across. He’ll be gone three years now this month, he died on Nov. 5, 2003. Here’s an aircheck set of five Link instrumentals to remember him by. The tunes are “Fat Back”, “Slinky”, “Vendetta”, “The Swag” and “The Earth Is Crying”. The good folks at Norton records have an incredible amount of Link Wray stuff in their catalogue including four volumes of rarities (Missing Links Vol.1-4), a double CD of the complete Swan Recordings, and best of all the Norton Jukebox 45 series which has a dozen killer 45’s which is still the best way to hear rock’n’roll.

Link lived in New York City for many years and played at Max’s many times and except to get a record signed I never really talked to him. The only impression I got of him was that he was rather nice and very taciturn. He did lend Quine his Ampeg amp which Quine used on much of Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ Blank Generation album.   Even when Link descended into bar band heavy metal in the later years, he shows always started off great, nobody could smoke a cigarette, play an E chord and walk backwards quite like Link could.
If you’re keeping up with the financial bail out plan you need to look at this.
I still think my plan was better (see “The Hound Saves Capitalism”). If Obama is serious about change something has to be done about the way business is done these days, as in, fuck the workers, fuck the stockholders, let’s downsize and/or out source to save money and redirect our savings to executive pay/bonus/benefit packages.
That bail out money that was supposed to jump start the banks is not being lent out, it’s being used to leverage buyouts and of course huge executive paychecks. Now that we have a guy headed to the White House that’s got our hopes up that he’s serious about doing the right thing I gotta wonder, is it even possible? Bush’s speech at the UN last week, where he blamed the financial meltdown on “too much regulation” needed a laugh track. The subtext however was painfully obvious– “we tried to give the poor blacks and Latinos home ownership, they just don’t deserve it”!    My prediction, to
paraphrase Hallie Sallasse is “War! War in the east, war in the west, war everywhere”.
Look at history and then look at the world. Pick your spot and watch it explode.
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