Monthly Archives: June 2012

Eli’s Victrola Favorites, Part Five: Ooby Dooby

Roy Orbison is the little match girl of rock ‘n’ roll; he’s neither here nor there. He’s perfect for 2 a.m., for lonely couples parked amongst trees and dark nights of the soul. He’s an everyman for the rest of … Continue reading

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Daddy, Oh 1940s Daddy

In 1949 a 6 foot 7 1/2 inch Texas singer named Bill Lister recorded an odd little “daddy” themed song with Oklahoma singer and pal Del Dunbar. They sing it in close harmony, just the two of them with guitars … Continue reading

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Dolly says “Daddy, Come and Get Me”

It’s Father’s Day Eve and I’m not having a very good time of it as I’m putting together tomorrow’s Walkin’ the Floor’s Father’s Day show. Some years I’ve played a bunch of raunchy, randy songs with Daddy or Papa in … Continue reading

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No One Here But Us Lone Pilgrims

I make a poor mystic as I believe more in coincidence than fate and absurdity rather than retribution. So, I can’t say I was drawn through the contours of the lines in my palms to this song, but I will … Continue reading

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The Patron Saint of Community Radio

Vernon Oxford was so poor that, well you’ve all heard this one before haven’t you? I mean c’mon, if I have to hear one more story about how poor some half forgotten country singer was… Okay, we won’t go there. … Continue reading

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Wynn Stewart Pointed Out the Moon

The fact that Wynn Stewart isn’t a giant in our collective memory of singers and stars is all the proof needed that sheer talent, exuberance, great songs, fantastic musicians, clean production, a savvy business sense and good looks remain only … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury: Someone Wonderful That Way Goes

We lost the patron saint of tall tales weird and strange today. Though I would prefer to think Ray Bradbury abducted or time traveling or maybe just rocketing off into the blackness of space with a pile of books and … Continue reading

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