Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Friday, December 23, 2011

Radio Vickers Broadcast #21

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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This is Mira Como Los Pollos off an album by Jack Costanzo entitled Bongo Cha Cha Cha. This really bops along in that unique Cha Cha way. Lots of bono-type things being hit. Aribba!



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Very nice sax workout by Arnett Cobb, the title track from his Jumpin' at the Woodside album from 1974.



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Everybody Loves Somebody by Billy Vaughn. This is a crack-up. I can hear this coming out of my parents stereo cabinet, even now. It wreaks of crew-cuts and whiskey sours in the living room. He makes Diino's version sound like Metallica.



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This interesting little musical piece is El Parajor Chogui by Los Amigos Del Amambay. There’s a little El Condor Pasa flute going on in this song.



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A great little piece of early and foreign rock and roll. This is Los Mustangs with Le Snap. They’re singing in French but Los Mustangs would make you believe they were Spanish. I’m sure if I were more industrious and looked it up, all would be revealed.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers Broadcast #20

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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It Takes a Long Time To Heal from Emmett Tinley’s self-titled album.  A plaintive and pretty song of longing. 



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And on a slightly different note....here is Jimmy Mitchell and Tony Mottola doing the theme from Hawaii Five-O. Reminds me of the terrific movie, The Dish.



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When I first heard Hide Your Colors, it didn't really hit me. How could it compare to anything of the brilliant Smile album by the Jayhawks? But, I heard it driving to the gym the other day on CSUN radio and I gained a new appreciation. It's a damn fine tune. And here it is.



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I'm stuck in a weird musical space right now. This is Hal Mooney from his Voices in Song and Percussion album with Perdido. You may want to invite your parents to listen to this.



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I really like this album by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (The Seas are Deep). Fans of Appalachian music will find this very appealing. She has a haunting voice.  This is one of those songs that might give you goosepimples if you're goose-pimply inclined. 



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Here's some Billy Vaughn and the title track from his Sukiyaki album. It gets very TV western sounding at the end of the song. Perhaps that's intentional.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers Broadcast # 19

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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This is Blind Willies with One Dime Down from their new album Needle, Feather and Rope. There was something about this album, which I quite like that reminded me of the great Lewis Furey. See below.



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This is Hustler's Tango off Lewis Furey's debut album. I first heard him on blessed CFNY, back in the day. Top Ten Sexes and Desire Machine are absolute classics. This song will give you a taste of this unusual artist.



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Laughing Jack the Pimp is a sad tale of a pimp who is very happy until the Russians try to take his business. This is by Geoff Berner from his new Victory Party album.


This is a very tasty rendition of a great song by Dolly and The Hot Tub Trio from their new album Gypsy Swing.

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I Can’t Give You Anything But Love is a nice little folky ballad by Nick Camillo off his new album Ad Infinitum. His voice reminds me a little of the guy from Bright Eyes. That can never be a bad thing.



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Begins With an S is a bizarre little song by Spielgusher. It's like a Sesame Street lesson on acid. And…if you’re like me, you’d like to see some of the Sesame Street characters on acid.



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Please Sparrow is a very pretty tune by Dana Falconberry off her Daytrotter Session Ep of last year. Who doesn't like pretty?



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers Broadcast # 18

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Low is sort of a grunge-country tune. John Moreland & the Dust Bowl Souls (great name) from their new album, Everything the Hard Way.



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This is The Jigsaw Seen with What About Christmas off their new Winterland Cd. Nice rockin’ Christmas tune.



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Fado maybe the music of regret but you won’t regret listening to Misia. Fados Das Violentas is from a new album Sehora Da Noite. You don't need to speak Portuguese to intuit that nasty things are afoot in a song with that title.



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Cuba Libre Guaracha is a very bouncy tune off a Xavier Cugat album called Cugi's Cocktails. What an irresistible title. He was probably too tired to play like this after he married Charo.



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A little cheese to go with your pop. This is Enoch Light doing I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha. If this doesn't put you back in your parents rec room, nothing will.



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I first heard Cary Brothers on the Garden State soundtrack. Blue Eyes is a tremendous song. Ghost Town proves that Blue Eyes wasn’t a fluke. Very nice piece of pop.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Radio Vickers Broadcast #17

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Fats Waller and his Rhythm – Buck Jumpin' You don't usually associate Fats Waller with featuring jazz guitar but this is a really nice piece called Buck Jumpin'. Highly recommended.



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This is Freddie Jenkins & his Harlem Seven. This is off a CD of Jazz Guitar but there's a lot of nice playing going on here.



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This is a demo version of Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard of the new Paul Simon set. Very nice, unplugged version of the song.



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Sometimes you put a CD on not really expecting much and something catches your ear. Butch Walker's song My Way did that. This is off his 2002 album Left of Self-Centered. Great title and a really catchy song.



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There's a new mutli-cd release of Paul Simon's first 9 albums with bonus tracks. This isn't a bonus track. This is Mother and Child Reunion, which has always been one of my favorite tunes of his.



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This is a band called The Road and this is the lead off song (I'm Trying) from their self titled album from 1972.  It kind of reminds me of Blind Faith or perhaps Peter Frampton.



Nice, catchy country-tinged song. This is Andrew James O'Brien off his new album Songs for Searchers. House on Fire catches your ear right away. He has a nice way with a lyric too (providing he wrote this).



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers Broadcast # 16

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Le Jour D’apres – Siku Ya Baabaye - This is Baloji from his latest album Kinshasa Succursale. He's is known as a Congolese rapper but there is too much music and tune here for me to consider him that. This is very appealing pop (albeit in a world music sense) and well worth a listen.



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Dancers in Love - From the guitar to the piano. From the Congo to Harlem. This is Duke Ellington from the middle 50's doing Dancers in Love. Very bouncy little piece.



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Red Norvo and his Swing Octet – We’re still in a jazzy mood here at Radio Vickers. A bouncy little tune by Red Norvo and his Swing Octet. Bughouse is a lot of fun. I once lived in a bug-apartment but not a whole house.



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George Barnes & Ernie Varner – More Jazz. More tasty playing. This is some terrific guitar duo playing by George Barnes and Ernie Varner with the wonderfully titled tune, Swoon of a Goon.



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Mary Lou Williams Girls Stars – More Jazz but with chicks, this time. This is the Mary Lou Williams' Girl Stars with Harmony Grits. Very tasty guitar playing in this sucker. And some nice xylophone to add to the joy.



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Eddie Lang – Melody Man’s Dream – Some nice acoustic guitar plucking by Mr. Lang. Not in Django’s class but certainly tasty. A little bluesy in spots.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers Broadcast #15

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.


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Canadoes – Oga Sorry - Radio Vickers is music without boundries.  For those in an international mood, this is Canadoes from Ghana. Nice guitar work here.



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Kate Smith – A Merry American Christmas - It's also music without weight limits.  What could be greater that Kate Smith singing A Merry American Christmas?



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Sparks – Angst in My Pants - One of my favorite mid career Sparks songs. The title song from Angst in My Pants. Haven't we all suffered that from time to time, fellas?



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Sparks – As I Sit and Play the Organ - This is the Sparks' version of Bohemian Rhapsody. It is not literally Bohemian Rhapsody, but you will see how ambitious and successful this piece of music is. It is off their 2006 album, Hello Young Lovers.



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Johnny’s Gone - Fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan might like Austin's JT Coldfire a lot. This is off his new album Crazy Sun. Nice, rockin' blues.



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Highway Cars – Another one of those songs that just catches you ear. This is Desert Noises off their new album Mountain Sea. You will hear influences here and there in this song but you will probably like it.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #15

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing about 350 songs. (out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems, almost lost to the mists of time. (some pretty old ones this time)

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Ada Jones & Walter Van Brunt – Knock Wood - This is the first of two songs by Ada Jones. She had a lot of songs on the charts in the early part of the last century. This is With Mr. Van Brunt who also had dozens of hits. This comic song was a hit for a number of people around this time. It was not uncommon for 5-10 artists have a hit with the same song in the same year, back then.




Ada Jones and Chorus – Girl With A Brogue – Very Irish. You may need headphones to pick out the words on some of these songs. This one was made it to #87 in 1910. That’s 101 years ago, (almost 102) after all.



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Harry Tally – When I Dream in the Gloaming of You – The gloaming seemed to be a much more popular subject back in the early 1900s’s than it is today. Many songs have it in the title. This one reached #95 in the year end charts of 1909.


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 I couldn't find a picture of Evan/Henry so I thought this might suffice. 

Evan Williams as Henry Evans (These guys sang under many different names so they could record for more than one record company) The Song That Reached My Heart. This made it to #92 in 1909. It’s a bit laborious but Evan/Henry gives it his best. The music industry is full of Irish tenors at this time because they were the only ones loud enough to scream into a big recording horn while the band played behind them.



If you could give one of my band's videos a watch,while you're on the site, it would be much appreciated.