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This Week on Blues Unlimited - More Smash Hits of the Early 1950s (Hour 2)
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July 19, 2016 08:31 AM PDT
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Join us for more smash hits of the early 1950s, this time from the years 1953 through 1955. Using our top secret formula, we've come up with a list of 36 selections, and we're counting our way down to the biggest number one hit of all! Blues and R&B classics from Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and many more.

Pictured: Chuck Berry’s game-changing piece of wax from 1955, “Maybellene.”

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ju4ofnw

This Week on Blues Unlimited - More Smash Hits of the Early 1950s (Hour 1)
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July 19, 2016 08:26 AM PDT
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Join us for more smash hits of the early 1950s, this time from the years 1953 through 1955. Using our top secret formula, we've come up with a list of 36 selections, and we're counting our way down to the biggest number one hit of all! Blues and R&B classics from Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and many more.

Pictured: Chuck Berry’s game-changing piece of wax from 1955, “Maybellene.”

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/jdc7vyx

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Smash Hits of the Early 1950s (Hour 2)
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July 12, 2016 11:45 AM PDT
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Join us as we count down the number one smash hits of the early 1950s! Using our top secret formula, we've made a list of the biggest R&B records to hit the charts between 1950 to 1952, and aren't stopping till we get to number one! Along the way, we’ll hear music from Little Esther, B.B. King, Ivory Joe Hunter, Lowell Fulson, The Clovers, Ruth Brown, and many more.

Pictured: One of the top #1 hits from one of the top labels of the early 1950s

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/z6po4lh

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Smash Hits of the Early 1950s (Hour 1)
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July 12, 2016 11:39 AM PDT
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Join us as we count down the number one smash hits of the early 1950s! Using our top secret formula, we've made a list of the biggest R&B records to hit the charts between 1950 to 1952, and aren't stopping till we get to number one! Along the way, we’ll hear music from Little Esther, B.B. King, Ivory Joe Hunter, Lowell Fulson, The Clovers, Ruth Brown, and many more.

Pictured: One of the top #1 hits from one of the top labels of the early 1950s

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hu2ll6z

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Three from Imperial: The Desert Island Classics, Part 2 (Hour 2)
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July 05, 2016 09:09 AM PDT
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Join us for another installment of "Desert Island Classics." This time, we turn the spotlight on three LPs that came out on the Imperial label in 1968, called "Rural Blues." Compiled by Bob "The Bear" Hite and Henry Vestine of Canned Heat, almost 50 years later, they’re still considered essential listening. We'll hear selections from Volume 1, subtitled "Goin' Up The Country;" Volume 2, "Saturday Night Function;" and Volume 3, "Down Home Stomp." Includes music from Lightnin' Hopkins, Thunder Smith, Clifton Chenier, Lil' Son Jackson, J.D. Edwards, Papa Lightfoot, Slim Harpo, Snooks Eaglin, Boogie Bill Webb, and more.

Pictured: The Distinctive cover art from the three-LP series, "Rural Blues," issued 1968.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/jzkx3tq

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Three from Imperial: The Desert Island Classics, Part 2 (Hour 1)
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July 05, 2016 09:01 AM PDT
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Join us for another installment of "Desert Island Classics." This time, we turn the spotlight on three LPs that came out on the Imperial label in 1968, called "Rural Blues." Compiled by Bob "The Bear" Hite and Henry Vestine of Canned Heat, almost 50 years later, they’re still considered essential listening. We'll hear selections from Volume 1, subtitled "Goin' Up The Country;" Volume 2, "Saturday Night Function;" and Volume 3, "Down Home Stomp." Includes music from Lightnin' Hopkins, Thunder Smith, Clifton Chenier, Lil' Son Jackson, J.D. Edwards, Papa Lightfoot, Slim Harpo, Snooks Eaglin, Boogie Bill Webb, and more.

Pictured: The Distinctive cover art from the three-LP series, "Rural Blues," issued 1968.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zrxazaw

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 1: Leroy Carr (Hour 2)
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June 27, 2016 08:10 AM PDT
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Join us for the start of a new series, dedicated to the great song writers of the blues. Our first installment pays tribute to pianist Leroy Carr, who — along with his guitar playing partner, Scrapper Blackwell — became one of the biggest sellers of the day. "How Long, How Long Blues," cut during his debut session as a leader in June 1928, became an "instant hit," and catapulted the two of them into the limelight. Over the next seven years, until his untimely death in 1935, he would go on to write some of the timeless classics of the blues. With his trademark understated delivery and generally introspective lyrics, his music demonstrated an urban sophistication that would go on to influence generations of musicians to come. Join us then, as we pay tribute to the great Leroy Carr, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the most beloved duos of the blues — Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, whose 1928 recording, “How Long, How Long Blues,” was one of the biggest sellers of the era. Image by R. Crumb.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/j6cttkx

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 1: Leroy Carr (Hour 1)
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June 27, 2016 08:01 AM PDT
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Join us for the start of a new series, dedicated to the great song writers of the blues. Our first installment pays tribute to pianist Leroy Carr, who — along with his guitar playing partner, Scrapper Blackwell — became one of the biggest sellers of the day. "How Long, How Long Blues," cut during his debut session as a leader in June 1928, became an "instant hit," and catapulted the two of them into the limelight. Over the next seven years, until his untimely death in 1935, he would go on to write some of the timeless classics of the blues. With his trademark understated delivery and generally introspective lyrics, his music demonstrated an urban sophistication that would go on to influence generations of musicians to come. Join us then, as we pay tribute to the great Leroy Carr, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the most beloved duos of the blues — Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, whose 1928 recording, “How Long, How Long Blues,” was one of the biggest sellers of the era. Image by R. Crumb.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hu9ob7h

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Instrumental Madness: Classic Grooves & Hot Rockers from King & Federal Records (Hour 2)
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June 20, 2016 10:48 AM PDT
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Join us for an all-instrumental extravaganza, as we put the spotlight on King and Federal Records. While other labels certainly recorded instrumentals, it was King who made them into an institution. We’ll hear from Bill Doggett, Freddy King, Pete "Guitar" Lewis, Jimmy Nolen, King Curtis, Ike Turner, and a whole lot more. It’s King and Federal instrumentals, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

We're number one! Pictured: Bill Doggett, whose game-changing "Honky Tonk" spent 13 weeks at the very top of the Billboard charts.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zlzf5xm

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Instrumental Madness: Classic Grooves & Hot Rockers from King & Federal Records (Hour 1)
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June 20, 2016 10:26 AM PDT
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Join us for an all-instrumental extravaganza, as we put the spotlight on King and Federal Records. While other labels certainly recorded instrumentals, it was King who made them into an institution. We’ll hear from Bill Doggett, Freddy King, Pete "Guitar" Lewis, Jimmy Nolen, King Curtis, Ike Turner, and a whole lot more. It’s King and Federal instrumentals, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

We're number one! Pictured: Bill Doggett, whose game-changing "Honky Tonk" spent 13 weeks at the very top of the Billboard charts.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/z9xlpag

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