Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021
|ARTIST||TRACK||LABEL||YEAR||TOWN / CITY|
|Rockin' R's||Mean Woman Blues||Norton||1959||Metamora|
|Arlie Miller||You Tear Me Up||Buffalo Bop||1959||Danville|
|Fred Netherton||Matchbox||Rural Rhythm||1962||Sullivan|
|Jerry Moore & The Drifters Four||My Baby||Den Ric||1964||Rockford|
|Keith Kallen & The Thuderbirds||Hey Joe||Royce||1964||Oblong|
|The Vanguards||Roll Over Beethoven||- no label -||1966||Mendota|
|Dean Carter||Forty Days||Big Beat||196?||Champaign|
|Rockin' R's||Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On||Norton||1959||Metamora|
|Lenora Crider||Oh Lonesome Me||Cal-Gor, Inc||1965||Quincy|
|Art Buchanan||Hi Yo Sliver||Dixie||1963||Wayne City|
|John Mark||Tribute To Tobin (Think It Over)||Big J||1962||DePue|
|Patey Bros. (Eddie & Lee)||Hey Doll Baby||Ron-Mar||1959||Belleville|
|Kookie||Ooby Dooby||Milky Way||1965||Danville|
|DeWayne Beavers||Johnny Be Good||Bonny||197?||LaSalle Co|
|The Black Hollow Ramblers and Sharon||Kansas City||Bonny||197?||LaSalle Co|
|Tobias||Blue Suede Shoes||MRS||1979||Clinton|
|The Other Side||Lawdy Miss Clawdy||Motion||1969||Peoria|
|Dean Carter||Jailhouse Rock||Milky Way||1967||Danville|
Thursday, December 2, 2021
|TEARDROPS ON THE ROCKS|
|ARTIST||TRACK||LABEL||YEAR||TOWN / CITY|
|Roy Waldrup||Chokin' My Chicken||T.P.||1980||East Peoria|
|Wildchild Gipson & Sharon Bryant||Bobby "Kewanee" Brains||Music 55||1989||Peoria|
|Country Friends||Grandma Was A Go Go Girl||Bonny||197?||LaSalle Co|
|The New Watermelon Rhythm Band||Lengthy Conversation||Rumble||1979||Peoria|
|Pork & The Havana Ducks||The Drummer Calls Her Darlin'||- no label -||1979||Decatur|
|Poker Flatts||Red Neck Daughter||Silver Dollar||1977||Macomb|
|Mackinaw||I Gave Her The Ring||GDS||1979||Peoria|
|Fuzzy DeLisle||She Got The Dog||Riverdog||1980||Champaign-Urbana|
|J.J. Dickens||Teardrops On The Rocks||Bonny||1978||Utica|
|Mike Higgins||Seagrams Feeling||Bonny||1979||LaSalle Co|
|Red Tuck||Barroom Socializing||Tall Tree||1981||Streator|
|Lloyd Benton & The Country Four||Monkey See Monkey Do||Mootrey's Studio||1972||Ashton / Franklin Grove|
|Jeris Ross||I'd Rather Be Picked Up Here (Than Put Down At Home)||ABC||1975||East Alton / Bloomington|
|Jan Croxton & The Rythmaires||I Know Everything About Her||Tower-Tone||197?||Peoria|
|Johnny Durham||Holding Things Together||Music||1977||Fairbury|
|Arkansas Travelers||Just One More||Traveler||1960||Champaign-Urbana|
|Frank Durbin||A Drink Of Courage||Merryman||1969||Kappa|
|Maxine House||The Bottle Took Control Of You||Lincoln Land||1973||Springfield|
|Jerry Moore||Drink To Milwaukee||Illini||1973||Rockford|
|Lonesome Jay & The Bush Hoggers||One More Drink||- no label -||1979||Sparta|
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Sunday from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
In this phone interview with Decatur radio station WSOY, Hunter talks extensively about growing up in Decatur. He mentions some of his early influences, his beginnings on Hawaiian guitar as well as his early exposure to the blues. He explains where the titles "Jasper St. Viaduct Gitar Rag" and "Eldorado Street" came from (both reference locations in Decatur). He also briefly mentions fellow Decatur musician John "Polar Bear" Sauter who played with Mitch Ryder's Detroit and helped Hunter secure a spot in the group which ultimately launched his career.
Here are some highlights from Steve's early career as a session guitarist as well a few cuts from his first album.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
|HALLOWEEN 2021: NIGHTMARES, MONSTERS, MURDERS|
|ARTIST||TRACK||LABEL||YEAR||TOWN / CITY|
|The Nightmares||The Nightmare!||Fredlo||1960||Quad Cities|
|Frank Gay & The Gayblades||Down Bound Train||Cuca||1963||Rockford|
|Jim Friis & The Valiants||Serpents and Spiders||Ridge||1964||Rockford|
|Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra||The House Is Haunted||Brunswick||1934||Roanoke|
|Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm||She Made My Blood Run Cold||Federal||1957||East St. Louis|
|Lloyd Haun||Morbid Melody||Bonny||1971||Bureau Co|
|Smiley Burnette||Minnie The Moocher At The Morgue||(unissued)||1935||Summum|
|Carl Sandburg||The Hearse Song||Columbia||1959||Galesburg|
|The Voodoos||The Voodoo Walk||Night Owl||1968||Rockford|
|Max Load||Monster Disco||BDR||1982||Belleville|
|Immortal Mice Men||Nocturnal Zombie||Emir||198?||Galesburg|
|S.O.S. (Souls of Sound)||To The Woods||Cinema||1970||Nokomis|
|Eldon Rice||Hillbilly Swampman||White Label||1965||Carrier Mills|
|Kookie Cook & The Satalites||Space Monster||Big Beat||196?||Danville|
|Mildred Bailey & Red Norvo Orchestra||The Little Man Who Wasn't There||Vocalion||1939||Beardstown|
|Dean Carter||Shadow of Evil||Big Beat||196?||Champaign-Urbana|
|Russ (Big Daddy) Blackwell||The Little Monster||Vincent||1968||Rockford|
Thursday, October 21, 2021
JIM CUOMO & FRIENDS (1968-1974)
- The Spoils of War - "What Happens Now" : From their self-titled mini-album released in 1969. James Cuomo - organ, saxophone, recorder, vocals / Anne Williams - vocals / Al Ierardi - guitar / Roger Francisco - bass / Frank Garvey - percussion / James Stroud - trombone & sound manipulation. Music by Cuomo, lyrics by Michael Hanks.
- Mormos - "Great Wall of China" : The title track from Mormos' debut album released by CBS (France) in 1971. James Cuomo - domra, soprano recorder, vocals, balalaika / Annie "the Hat" Williams - vocals / Elliot Delman - guitar, vocals / Ernest "Rick" Mansfield - flute, alto flute, balalaika, alto recorder / Sandy Spencer - cello, vocals / Tobia Taylor - balalaika, zither, soprano recorder, vocals. Music by Cuomo, lyrics by Tobia Taylor.
- Jim Cuomo - "Ring Magic Telephone, Ring" : From the Cuomo's Record EP released in 1970 on Depot Records. Vocals by Steve Larner with Anne Williams, Kathleen Bennett and Elliot Delman. James Cuomo - vocals, piano, dombra, saxophone / Charlie Braugham - drums / Bob Witmer - bass / Cal Drake - bass / Larry Dwyer - trombone / Al Ierardi - guitar. Lyrics and music by Cuomo.
- Jack Treese - "I Can't Play The Fiddle" : Jack Treese was an American guitarist / banjo player living and performing in France. Mormos was the backing band for Treese's The John Leroy Album released in 1972 on the Saravah label.
- Al Ierardi (The Spoils Of War) - "You're The Girl" : Lyrics and music by Al Ierardi. Recorded with members of The Spoils of War probably sometime in 1969.
- Arlie Neaville - "Tawney" : Early rock 'n roller from Champaign Arlie Neaville aka Dean Carter with 'Tawney," a song written by Jim Cuomo. Neaville's single was also arranged and produced by Cuomo and released in 1969 on Tell International. (It was recorded at Golden Voice in South Pekin.)
- Mormos - "Rit Yellow" : From the group's second album, The Magic Spell Of Mother's Wrath, released in 1972 by CBS (France). Jim Cuomo - clarinet, saxophone, domra, vocals / Annie Williams - lead vocals, bass, balalaika / Ernest Mansfield - flutes, piano, harmonica, spoons, triangle / Elliot Delman - guitars, vocals / Sandy Spencer - cello. The song has its beginnings with The Spoils of War and was performed live by the group in the late 1960s.
- (The Spoils of War) - "In Again Out Again" : Jim Cuomo - vocals, domra, rubab / Sandy Spencer - cello, vocals / Dianne Taylor - balalaika, vocals. Lyrics and music by Cuomo. Released on the Spoils Of War II compilation of previously unreleased material. Recording date unknown.
- Mormos - "Now Is Made In America" : From the group's debut album, Great Wall of China, released by CBS (France) in 1971. James Cuomo - domra, soprano recorder, vocals, balalaika / Annie "the Hat" Williams - vocals / Elliot Delman - guitar, vocals / Ernest "Rick" Mansfield - flute, alto flute, balalaika, alto recorder / Sandy Spencer - cello, vocals / Tobia Taylor - balalaika, zither, soprano recorder, vocals. An earlier version was released by The Spoils of War in 1969. Music by Cuomo, lyrics by Debril Brandybuck.
- Jacques Higelin - "I Love The Queen" : Members of Mormos were in the backing group on the French pop singer's debut album, Jacques "Crabouif" Higelin, released in 1971 on the Saravah label.
- (The Spoils of War) - "Morning Be Merciful" : Jim Cuomo - vocals, domra, clarinets / Patrice Lemoine - piano / Clive Griffiths - bass / Bernie Holland - drums / Demelza - percussion / Alan Mark - background vocals. Lyrics and music by Cuomo. Released on the Spoils of War II compilation of previously unreleased material. Recording date unknown.
- Skyfarmer - "Torch Poem" : After Mormos several of the members (Anne Williams, Elliott Delman and Ernest Mansfield) moved to Boscobel, WI and helped form the band Skyfarmer. "Torch Song" was written by Jim Cuomo and recorded live at Ruby Gulch in Champaign on 10/31/1974. Released on the Amazing Grace CD compilation.
- François Béranger - "Ma fleur" : Mormos was the backing band for Béranger's 1971 album "Ça doit être bien..." released by CBS in France. Cuomo is credited with co-authoring this song.
- Mormos - "Cows In My Colorbook" : From the group's second album, The Magic Spell Of Mother's Wrath, released in 1972 by CBS (France). Jim Cuomo - clarinet, saxophone, domra, vocals / Annie Williams - lead vocals, bass, balalaika / Ernest Mansfield - flutes, piano, harmonica, spoons, triangle / Elliot Delman - guitars, vocals / Sandy Spencer - cello. The song was written by Daniel Hanks and Ernest Mansfield.
- Jim Cuomo - "Susan Never Smiles / Remembering (for KB)" : James Cuomo - vocals, piano, dombra, sax / Charlie Braugham - drums / Bob Witmer - bass / Cal Drake - bass / Larry Dwyer - trombone / Al Ierardi - guitar. From the Cuomo's Record EP released in 1970 on Depot Records. Lyrics and music by Cuomo.