The Power of The 45

Did you ever have a record player?  Not a stereo.  A record player that played records.  The kind with the built in speaker, hinged top with clasps to secure it when you picked it up by the handle to move it.  The kind you could put a stack of records on that would automatically drop after one side was finished and the tone arm lifted and move away for the next record to drop.  The kind that had a funky shaped 45 adapter that fit over the center pin.  Me too.  Tonight’s show was dedicated to the record player.

This week, I was listening to Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys tune “The Power of The 45 (Pt. 1).”  In the song, Big Sandy sings about all the singers who got significant turntable time on record players of the 50s and 60s.  I went in search of the artists mentioned in the song and put together a 40 minute set featuring these artists.  Listed in the playlist below, they follow “The Power of The 45 (Pt. 1)” and end with Little Willie John’s “I’m Shakin’.”  I had a great time putting tonight’s show together.  If you listened, thank you.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Buck Owens Tequila Sunrise Buck Sings The Eagles Omnivore Records
Dwight Yoakam Suspicious MInds The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Reprise
Neko Case Whip the Blankets Furnace Room Lullaby Anti/Epitaph
Tom Russell The Rose of the San Joaquin The Rose of the San Joaquin Hightone Records
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men Highway 99 Out In California Hightone Records
The Derailers Knee Deep In The Blues Full Western Dress Rhino/London-Sire
77 El Deora Twisted Blue Line Western Independent Recordings
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Power Of The 45 (Pt. 1) Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
Don Julian & The Meadowlarks Boogie Woogie Teenage High School Reunion Rolled Gold Classics
Janis Martin Blues Keep Calling The Female Elvis – Complete Recordings 1956-60 Bear Family Records GmbH
Glen Glenn Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music AMB
Joe Pain Sugar Creek Bottom The Spar Records Story – Nashville’s Great Unsung Indie Label Yellow Label
Richard Berry Louie Louie The Roots of Van Morrison Snapper Music
Lazy Lester Alligator Shuffle Harp and Soul Alligator Records
Chuck Berry Brown Eyed Handsome Man Chuck Berry: The Anthology MCA Records
Junior Parker Mystery Train Next Time You See Me Universe
Vernon Taylor Your Lovin’ Man Essential Rockabilly – The Sun Story One Day Music
Janis Martin Drugstore Rock ‘N’ Roll The Female Elvis – Complete Recordings 1956-60 Bear Family Records GmbH
Little Willie John I’m Shakin’ Fever: The Best Of Little Willie John Rhino
Eleven Hundred Springs Every Time I Get Close to You Country Jam Palo Duro
The Flying Burrito Brothers Christine’s Tune The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe A&M
Gary Stewart Back Sliders Wine The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Buck Owens I Always Get a Souvenir Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins Sundazed Music
X Burning House Of Love Beyond & Back: The X Anthology Elektra
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings Loves Gonna Live Here Outlaw Reunion, Volume 1 Craze Productions
Whiskeytown What May Seem Like Love Faithless Street Outpost Recordings
Bill Kirchen Truck Stop At The End Of The World Seeds and Stems Proper Records
Clarence White I’m Tied Down to You Tuff & Stringy/Sessions 1966-68 ace
Red Meat That’s What I’m Here For Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Johnny Paycheck A-11 All Time Greatest Hits Goldenlane Records
Tommy Collins What’cha Gonna Do Now Swing West Volume, Vol 1 Razor & Tie
Rosie Flores Girl Haggard Once More With Feeling Rounder Records
Billy Mize Solid Sender That’ll Flat Git It, Vol. 9 (DECCA) Bear Family Records GmbH
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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