Diddy Wah goes gospel

Monday was Easter Monday and so I got my gospel on for this sanctified instalment of the Diddy Wah radio saga. Joshua, Elijah, Shadrach, Meshach and all the old testament crew were shaking hands, shouting, marching and generally feeling alright. It was a happy day.

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Each time I cling to your kiss, I hear music divine

Richard Berry - Besame Mucho

mp3: Richard Berry - Besame Mucho

Here's one of the Richard Berry records that Flip released between Louie Louie in 1957 and Have Love Will Travel in 1959. Yep, you guessed it, Besame Mucho arrived in record stores for the first time in 1958. I've posted several versions of this, famously written by a fourteen year old girl and the most covered Mexican song of all time, but this is my fave so far.

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Johnny Adams - Come On

Johnny Adams - Come On

mp3: Johnny Adams - Come On

Johnny Adams had a very long singing career, but this is from way back near the start of it. Come On was released in 1959 on Ric Records out of New Orleans, Adams' home town. I love the way NOLA R&B is all interconnected; the fantastic production is thanks to a teenage Mac Rebennack. The backing vocals are the icing on cake for me, so I guess that makes the whistle solo the cherry. I played this record twice at Joe's last night, but that wasn't nearly enough.

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Jam Up Twist GIVEAWAY!

Jam Up Twist box set

To promote the release of DJ Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist US Edition compilation CD and to celebrate Record Store Day, Cultures Of Soul are releasing a very special 7x7" box set. Put together by Andy and Deano Sounds, it features a top selection of 50s/60s R&B rockers, rockabilly, northern soul, and sleazy shakers. The box set will be available in stores only on April 19th, but there may be a few extras available after Record Store Day here. The CD version will be out on May 6th. Here's a mini-mix to give you a taste.


Cultures of Soul are generously giving Diddy Wah visitors the chance to win one super prize promo pack which includes the following:
  • Jam Up Twist US Edition CD
  • Jade - Siesta is Over 7inch
  • Roy Roberts - So Much In Love 7inch
  • Emanuel Taylor - You Really Got A Hold on Me 7inch
  • Juicebox - My Baby Likes to Boogaloo 7inch
To enter, just Like or leave a Comment on the Jam Up Twist box set photo on the Diddy Wah Facebook Page and I'll draw a name out of a hat on Record Store Day. The competition will close before then though, so don't delay.

Jam Up Twist super prize promo pack

If you're in London this Thursday, I'll be joining Andy on the decks at his Jam Up Twist club night at Joe's in Camden, so come along and let's get Easter started right!

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The Rondels - Cover Charge

The Rondels - Cover Charge

mp3: The Rondels - Cover Charge

The Rondels were a four-piece from Boston. Their first and best selling single was the drum-heavy Back Beat No.1, which I included on my surf inspired instrumental mix Mashi. I've also featured the brilliantly named Satan's Theme, the b-side of their second single, on these pages almost five years ago. Today, I'm back with The Rondels' fourth release, from 1962, the explosive Cover Charge. It's got everything one could hope for from a rockin' instrumental; a frantic beat, wailing sax and some guy sporadically exclaiming "Hey!".

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The Wailers' Mau Mau

The Wailers - Mau Mau

mp3: The Wailers - Mau Mau
mp3: The Wailers - Beat Guitar

Here are a couple of tasty early-garage instrumentals. The Wailers aka The Fabulous Wailers don't really require an introduction around these parts. Mau Mau was their second single. It came from the same recording session as their first and biggest hit, Tall Cool One. As the title suggests, Mau Mau is somewhat exotic sounding. Like many groups who made instrumental rock'n'roll music at the time, The Wailers would have been well aware of the mega-success of The Champs' Latin tinged Tequila. Although originally released in 1959, my pressing comes from 1964, when Mau Mau was released as the flipside to Beat Guitar. Unfortunately, the label on the Beat Guitar side, which included a picture of the band, is missing on my copy. According to fellow 45 fiend, Wailers fan and future Heavy Sugar guest DJ, Colonel Spencer Evoy, this is often the case with those labels.

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Bill Robinson, The Quails and The Cow

Bill Robinson - The Cow

mp3: Bill Robinson - The Cow

Bill Robinson, a singer from Tampa, Florida, recorded with his group, The Quails, for several different labels. He toured with many of the early soul stars and, at times, sang lead in The Ink Spots and The Platters. Today's selection, The Cow, was released on American Records in 1963. It's an animal inspired dance-craze record. I imagine the accompanying dance involves motioning as if milking a cow, which is why it might have been confused with The Monkey.

The Cow, The Monkey and many more animal and non-animal inspired dances will be performed at the next Heavy Sugar club night. With special guest DJs Corrina Greyson and Colonel Spencer Evoy, we're going all out for dance-crazes and girl-groups. We're also enticing serious twisters down with a cash prize for the winner of the inaugural Heavy Sugar Twist Contest. So, make your plans now to head down The Alibi in Dalston on Friday May 23rd and be sure to don your best dancing boots.

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