Thursday, December 12, 2019

WESN Show #36 - Dec. 12, 2019

Rockin' Roulette

ClawCathouse StompDiggin' InGDS1980Peoria
FarmStatesboro BluesS/TCrusade1971Mt. Vernon / Sparta
Duke Tumatoe & the All Star FrogsIt's A LieRed Pepper Hot!Trouserworm Tunes1976Champaign-Urbana
R.E.O. Speedwagon157 Riverside AvenueS/TEpic1971Champaign-Urbana
StrongholdBig Man-RCA1971LaSalle-Peru
The Finchley BoysWho's Been Talkin'Everlasting TributesGolden Throat1972Champaign-Urbana
FuseCruisin' For Burgers -Epic1969Rockford
Ilmo SmokehouseWatch Jimmy CrashS/TRoulette1970Quincy
Dave Chastain BandOne In The SunRockin' RouletteRumble1980Peoria
The JetsBe For Me- Marigold1974Pekin
Daddy WarbuxCatch The Breeze-Golden Voice1975?
David ChalmersHotel RoomPrimeval RoadRiver1976Bureau
Head EastNever Been Any ReasonFlat As A PancakePyramid1974Champaign-Urbana

Thursday, November 21, 2019

WESN Show #35 - Nov. 21, 2019

You Keep Me Hangin' On

Inmates, morticians, night owls and rockers unite!   A collection of 1960's rock, pop and a little bit o' soul from downstate Illinois.  Plenty of covers in this show:  Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and others.   

Plus we hear a "Sloopy" song from Decatur that came out six months before the McCoys' bubblegum smash hit "Hang On Sloopy."

Freddie Tieken & The RockersLittle Latin Lupe LouIT1965Quincy
The InmatesAround and Around (live at ISU's Wright Hall)Reaction1966Bloomington-Normal
The IntrudersThe World You've Created (In Your Mind)Claremont1966Rockford
The Nite-OwlsCome On BackRembrandt1966Carbondale
Bobby LeeEverydayDecca1961Peoria
Bill Keen & The TradewindsDon't Call MeLesley1961Bloomington-Normal
Paul Bearer & The MorticiansBarbara- no label -1965Paw Paw
The HolidaysI Want To Do ItDixie1966Springfield
The War LordsI've Got It BadThor1966Bloomington-Normal
The VanguardsRoll Over Beethoven- no label -1966Mendota
Jim Friis & The ValiantsBop A LenaAllstar1963Rockford
John MarkTribute To TobinBig J1962DePue
The Staccato'sMoondogKandy Kane1964Peoria
Dean Carter SoundMary SueTell1967Danville
Lee RustDid You Ever Kinda WonderRofran1965Bloomington / Springfield
Dave Scherer & The CastelsSloopy Can PenguinLoki1965Decatur
The KokaysTalken GirlMilam1965Peoria
The Changing TimesYou Keep Me Hangin' OnThunder1967Bartonville
The Other SideLawdy Miss ClawdyMotion1969Peoria
Willie Guitar Taylor & The Dark Cloud BandForty Going NorthM.S.R.1968 / 1971Decatur



Thursday, November 14, 2019

WESN Show #34 - Nov. 14, 2019

STARDAY-DIXIE-NASHVILLE : Downstate "Custom Series" Singles 1957-1967

A selection of 45s by downstate Illinois musicians released by Starday Records as part of their custom pressing series.   

Starting in the mid-1950's any group or singer could send Starday their recordings.  In exchange for $115 and the publishing rights, the record company would provide the artist with 300 copies of their own single to send out to radio stations or to sell.  On the early releases, artists often used their own label names.  Later on Dixie and eventually Nashville were used for these vanity pressings.
Bobby MackWaiting For You To CallB-Mac1958Peoria
Art Buchanan w/ The PioneersQueen From Bowling GreenDixie1960Wayne City
Bill & Ben and the Arkansas TravelersThe Sun Shines BrighterTraveler1958Champaign-Urbana
Carl Trantham w/ The Rhythm All StarsDeedle Deedle DumStarday1958Peoria
The Beck BrothersJust Like YouMid West1960Colchester
Carl Trantham w/ The Rythm All StarsWhere There's A Will (There's A Way)Lincoln1957Peoria
Bobby MackWho Put The Blues In Your HeartDixie1959Peoria
Art OntarioIt Must Be MeDixie1959Wayne City
Lyle KeeferA Fool Doesn't KnowLincoln1959Elmwood
The Beck BrothersScreamin' MamieMid West1959Colchester
Howard Mayberry w/ The Sangamon BoysThis Just Can't Be Puppy LoveDixie1961Decatur
Ray KingI'm An Old Pipe LinerNashville1963Pekin
Junior Garner w/ The Sangamon BoysBlind DateDixie1961Decatur
Jim DurdelBright Lights UptownNashville1962Arthur
Bill & Ben & The Arkansas TravelersMy One MistakeNashville1961Champaign-Urbana
The CasualsIt's Gonna Work Out RightNashville1964Decatur
The HolidaysConcussionDixie1964Springfield
Bobby MackTell You What I'm Gonna DoNashville1967Peoria
Jim Wheeler & The Country PlayboysHughes RambleGen-Nell1964Danville
Gene PiersonEngineer MountainNashville1963Springfield
Marguerite SandersSecond Fiddle To An Old GuitarStar1967Sullivan
Junior GarnerGo On And Live With The DevilNashville1963Decatur
Art Buchanan (aka Art Ontario)
Jim Durdel
Ray King

Thursday, October 31, 2019

WESN Show #33 - Halloween 2019

Monsters, Murders, Nightmares and A Dog Named Spookie

The Staccato'sNightmareKandy Kane1964Peoria
Jimmy Friis & The ValiantsSerpents and SpidersRidge1964Rockford
The EchosHauntedSage1960Mattoon
Ronny & JohnnyMassacreLucky1960Danville
Eldon RiceHillbilly SwampmanWhite Label1965Carrier Mills
Russ (Big Daddy) BlackwellThe Little MonsterVincent1968Rockford
The HolidaysPearl DiverDixie1963Springfield
Dean CarterShadow of EvilBig Beat196?Champaign-Urbana
Keith Dorrough & The ThunderbirdsWindy CityRoyce1964Oblong
Howie Thayer & His Psycho-Electric HappeningMovin' Groovin' Fairy TalePsychedelic Sounds1968La Moille
Kookie Cook & The SatalitesSpace MonsterBig Beat196?Danville
Lloyd HaunMorbid MelodyBonny1971Bureau Co
The 12th KnightDeath RowBig Beat1972Danville
Dave Scherer & The CastelsMy Dog SpookieTalmont1965Decatur
Brillo & The FirebirdsCalling Red RoverGolden Voice1969Macomb
Ron CarrollHarold, You're So WeirdCo-field1976Metamora
North Bridge CompanyStrange Land, Strange PeopleSand "G"1968Peoria
The LancersGoreIT1965Quincy
Sound effects heard during this show were from a found ¼ reel to reel tape simply labeled "Halloween Sounds." 
Sources unknown.  Courtesy of Reverberation Vinyl.


The Holidays
Jimmy Friis & The Valiants
The Echos