• The Dixie Cups

    30 jan. 2010, 23h06m

    Last month I had much fun with The Dixie Cups. Classic bubblegum pop or in Dutch: bakvissenmuziek. They are most famous for their hit "Chapel of Love". Is it already getting spring or what? :)

    I already knew that song and it was that song that lured me in to find a compilation of The Dixie Cups. I found some nice songs that are a bit quicker than Chapel of Love, but the lyrics stay sugar coated sweet most of the time. Check out:
    1. I'm Gonna Get You Yet (great original 60s tv performance)
    2. All Grown Up (Link to Amazon, press the button "Preview" to listen)
    3. Ain't That Nice (Link to Amazon, press the button "Preview" to listen)
    4. Gee Baby Gee
    Some extra's:
    1. You should have seen the way he looked at me (not a great song, but it is a original 60s tv performance)
    2. A weird one: the ABC-song of The Dixie Cups
  • Compilation: collector items Vol. 3

    24 jan. 2010, 19h12m

    Link to original article with download link:

    Another year, another compilation. Each year I try to make a compilation of the best songs that I came across in the previous year. This year I couldn't keep it that short that it could fit on a audio cd. It's now 2 hours of music.

    So, what's on it?
    In 2009 I found some great music in the following genres:
    1. Soul. The compilations of the label Numero Group proved to be a goldmine. Many songs are found through these compilations. They are full of good-but-not-so-famous vintage soul. Through the label I found great songs like these:
      - Helene Smith - Thrills and Chills
      - Shirley Ann Lee - There's a Light
      - Young Deciples - Bang Bang Bang
      - The Rolles - Knockin at the Wrong Door
    2. American music before 1950. Through the year I found some good blues & country. One of the compilations that proved to be a nice source of good old music was "Pop music: The early years 1890-1950". You can find a lot of old stuff on my compilation:
      - Little Richard
      - Hasil Adkins
      - Aunt Jemina
      - Gene Greene (+-1910!)
      - Bayless Rose
      - Danny Kaye and the, oh dear, Andrew Sisters.
      - Nugrape Twins
      - 22
      - Roy Brown
    3. Non-western music. This year I made a point in finding world music that did not let you feel like a tourist. Cream of the crops is the Ethiopian Seyoum Gebreyes & the Wallias Band with the song Muziqa Muziqa. Ok, you clearly hear the influences of western music in the form of funk and jazz, but it's also clearly not made by westerners. And it rocks! Other songs are from:
      - Lord Astor
      - Lucho Bermudez
      - King Fighter
      - Abdel Hadi Halo And The El Gusto Orchestra Of Algiers
      -Tefera Kassa & Imperial Bodyguard Band (also ethiopian)
      - Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (real russian folk before the sovjets replaced it with balalaika).
    2009 was a good year to diversify my music collection even more and I hope you can hear that.
  • Pop Music: The Early Years 1890-1950

    24 déc. 2009, 20h37m

    A few weeks back I had much fun with the 2-disc compilation Pop Music: The Early Years 1890-1950 that I found on Bravo Juju. The title of the compilation pretty much explains it all. Disc 1 starts with the "Washington Post March", which may scare you off because of it's poor recording quality and because, well, it's a march. But stay in there. The second song "King of the Bungaloos" already sounds a lot better.

    Other favorites are:
    1. How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? - Nora Bayes
    2. Black and Blue - Ethel Waters
    3. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Aunt Jemima
    4. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra (who doesn't love a song with a title like that? :) )

  • Shirley Ann Lee

    12 sept. 2009, 19h14m

    I found a great weblog called World Music ( to find, well, all kinds of world music. There I came across an album called "Local Customs: Downriver revival". On the album I found a few songs of Shirley Ann Lee. It were simple, but beautiful gospel songs. Listen here to There's A Light by Shirley Ann Lee.

    There was not much information about this Shirley Ann Lee. The artist page on was intriguingly empty. Lucky for me some Michael Goldberg wrote some something about Shirley on his blog. There should be much more songs of Shirley Ann Lee, but have all been forgotten.

    Until now. A label called The Numero Group is looking for great stuff to re-release and came across old recordings of a label. So 40 years after Shirley Ann Lee sang her songs in the studio, people come to her door to show her her own music on cd.

    Her songs were not only saved from being lost in oblivion, she could also hear her own songs after decades. But they had to listen to it in a car, because she did not have a cd player in her home. It resulted in a cute youtube movie.

    You'll probably thinking what's so interesting about it. There is much more in the world than that. Well, this is just a small story, but somehow it's very heart-warming to find that there are people that try to save music from oblivion. And the internet is full of interesting little stories. It's a good that I have children and a job. Otherwise I could easily fill my days with tracking down these little musical pearls and the stories behind it (and blogging about it).
  • Collector Items Volume 2

    2 avr. 2009, 17h12m

    Well, Collector Items Volume 2 is online! It's full of what I think is fun or out of the ordinary. Hope you like it.
    (link will eventually 404)