Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #7 – Ain’t Nobody’s Business But Our Own
This week’s radio show is a bit of a free-for-all with no real specific theme – just a lot of our favorite music. All with the all-powerful Oklahoma connection, of course.
The show kicks off with a band originally from Norman called The Disciples. They went to L.A. and made a couple of albums with the Blue Thumb label. We’re playing one of my very favorite songs of all time called Boogie Woogie Country Girl (originally by Big Joe Turner). Southwind had a real west coast hit with their version, opening a sold out Forum show for Credence Clearwater, and touring with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. There’s a great tune by one of our favorite ok r&r regulars, Joe Liggins, from Guthrie. Joe’s record this week is called The Shuffle Boogie, which I love to the absolute maximum amount allowed by law. Slipping a bit sideways, we play a record by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Oklahoma’s own Kay Starr – the title song for this week’s show: Ain’t Nobody’s Business. The record also features Oklahoma steel player Speedy West. As I say on the show…. “Somebody stack up all the awards in the world and give them to Speedy West!” And then (grab your butts and hold on)… a Leon Russell record before he was Leon Russell. Don’t miss it, kids. Leon kicks off a segment of Okies & Limeys with Elvis Costello and The Rolling Stones, mixed up with the Taj Mahal Band, featuring Chuck Blackwell and Gary Gilmore (both from Tulsa) and Jesse Ed Davis from Norman and Oklahoma City. Also, the amazing Chet Baker. Roger Tillison makes his ok r&r debut with his song called Nobody’s Lover, and J.J. Cale does a Roger Tillison song: One Step Ahead of the Blues. John Lennon counts us off and sings a song with Tulsa drummer Jim Keltner and guitar player Jesse Ed Davis. Other great stuff as well, including Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing, and some Johnnie Lee Wills featuring Curly Lewis on vocals. Country super star, Ronnie Dunn, tells his tale of R&B icon Rudolph Isely from The Isley Brothers. The show closer is a never-before-heard recording by Leon from the Muscle Shoals Sessions in 1974.
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