Playlist for Wednesday May 21, 2008
The Blind Show
hosted by Greg Denton and Jesse Whiteside
1. Sugar In The Gourd - The Holy Modal Rounders (theme)
2. Man Of Gusto - Arthur Renwick
3. Committed - Mo' Kauffey
A nod to Arthur Renwick and Mo' Kauffey who were performing together at the Renaissance Cafe in Toronto that night.
4. Miracle Cure - The Who
From Tommy, we snuck this short 12 second spot in behind a station ID and Public Service announcement.
5. Blind - The Talking Heads
6. The Blind Child - Levon Helm
7. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
8.The Ballad Of Donald White - Blind Boy Grunt (Bob Dylan)
Dylan recorded this song for Broadside Magazine. As he was under contract with Columbia at that point, he used the pseudonym 'Blind Boy Grunt' for a number of recordings he did for Broadside. He also used the name as harmonica player on a Richard Farina & Eric Von Schmidt recording. Other pseudonyms Dylan has used? "Bob Landy" on Elektra's The Blues Project (He plays piano on "Downtown Blues"). That's him as "Tedham Porterhouse" in 1964 playing harmonica on Ramblin' Jack Elliott's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." And hilariously, he uses "Robert Milkwood Thomas" as pianist and backup vocalist on Steve Goodman's early 70s song "Somebody Else's Troubles". Janis Ian, it should be mentioned, used the name "Blind Girl Grunt" when she recorded for Broadside. Dylan was 21 years old when he recorded The Ballad of Donald White. This Saturday (May 24, 2008) marks Bob Dylan's 67th birthday.
9. Third Street Woman Blues - Blind Joe (Willie Reynolds)
10. Blind Blues - Blind Thomas (John Fahey)
This was a set that we called the "fake" blind guy set. We acknowledged that Blind Joe (Willie Reynolds) was most likely not faking the blindness, but suggested he was maybe faking the "Joe". It turns out he was faking the "Willie" and the "Reynolds". His real name was actually Joe Sheppard and he was originally a street singer from Louisianna. H.C. Spier, a Memphis record store owner/talent scout (famous for recommending delta blues legend Charlie Patton to Paramount, among others) arranged for him to record in the late 1920s. He recorded for Paramount under the name Blind Joe Reynolds, and then later for Victor as Blind Willie Reynolds. Third Street Woman Blues was recorded for Victor in 1930. Joe's blindness sure wasn't faked. It was granted to him courtesy a shot gun blast to the face during an altercation with another man in the mid 1920s.
11. Blind Love - Tom Waits
12. Mother's Love - Blind Joe Taggart
13. If You Don't Give Me What I Want - Blind Boy Fuller & Floyd Council
14. Honey In The Rock - Blind Mamie Forehand
15. The Great Pumpkin Waltz - Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Great Pumpkin Waltz was played in tribute to Howard Dill (1935 - 2008) "The Pumpkin King" from Windsor, Nova Scotia. He set the record for giant pumpkin growing in 1979 and ruled the international competition for 3 years. Today the pumpkin seeds he developed "Dill's Atlantic Giant" are sold to competitors world wide. He passed away from Liver Cancer this week, at the age of 73.