Tuesday, December 25, 2012

THANK YOU REEL RADIO FOR POSTING THE DECEMBER 9th, 2001 "... All Christmas, All The Time" CHMB-AM / 1320 GROOVIN' BLUE FOR THE 2nd YEAR IN A ROW and A HUGE THANK YOU TO RADIOCOLOGIST JON PEARKINS FOR ORIGINALLY ADDING THE SHOW TO HIS "JON PEARKINS COLLECTION"



learn about the contributor and enjoy the other selections in this collection
REELRADIO HOLIDAY SPECIAL
This exhibit was available as a special holiday presentation in 2011, and again in 2012.
PLAYBill Reiter Soul Christmas, CHMB Vancouver B.C.
December 9, 2001 
(61:54)
. . . as we like to say to the hop-hippers . . .
[Description by contributor Jon Pearkins]

Picture of
Left: DJ Zig Zag (Bill Reiter),
Right: Sweet Daddy Fonk (Sunny Wong)
The 2011 REELRADIO Holiday Presentation of this aircheck marks the tenth anniversary of the CHMB broadcast on December 9, 2001. There were some parts missing in the original recording, so a few segments from the December 2, 2001 show were merged into this exhibit.
Bill Reiter's impact on Vancouver radio is substantial. His voice is still heard most days on the radio as far away as Edmonton, Alberta. This special All Christmas, All The Time show is a continuation of his franchise Groovin' Blue show, featuring "New World African Music", comprised of "Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Blues and Gospel".
Groovin' Blue, produced and hosted by Bill Reiter, first aired on Vancouver radio station CKLG-FM in October, 1967. CKLG management wanted to air a unique program that echoed the type originally hosted in San Francisco by Russ "The Moose" Syracuse on KYA's "All Night Flight". AM 1320 CHMB LogoSince that original show, the Groovin' Blue format has aired on other Vancouver radio stations including CKST-FM (Coast 1040), CJVB-AM/1470, and CHMB-AM/1320.
For this special Holiday show, Bill is DJZigZag, and his co-host Sunny Wong appears as Sweet Daddy Fonk. Sunny never worked in radio, other than with Bill. One promo that includes short clips from Wolfman Jack on XERB and Art Laboe offers a clue for Reiter's influences. He dedicates a song to the incarcerated ("things are bad, but they could be worse") and tells a story about receiving a Rooty Toot for a Christmas present.
©2011,2012 REELRADIO, Inc.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HECK YEAH ! ! IT'S THE 2nd XMAS GROOVIN' BLUE FOR 2012


WHETHER Y'ALL HAVIN' TURKEY FROM THE OVEN, CROWN ROAST OF PORK, FRIED CHICKEN FROM CHURCH'S OR A BEAUTIFUL BEEF WLLINGTON (as shown) MAY THE JOY OF THE SEASON BE IN YOUR HEART AND IN THE JOY OF "GETTING SOMETHING" FROM THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND NOT JUST GETTING SOMETHING.  TO ALL OF OUR FAITHFUL FANS ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO'VE BEEN WITH US SINCE CHRISTMAS 2008 - WE SEND THE 2nd XMAS GROOVIN' BLUE FOR 2012 OUT TO Y'ALL.

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photo: "Beef Wellington" by cnik

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR LOYAL LISTENERS FROM EVERYONE AT WAGRadio - HERE IS THE FIRST XMAS 2012 GROOVIN' BLUE ! ! !


MERRY 2012 XMAS TO OUR NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC PLANET ! ! !

BEST WISHES FOR XMAS 2012 AND A HEALTHY AND FULFILLING 2013 ! !


And a huge end-of-year Doh Jeh ! ! to WAGRadio's cast and crew . . .

Ted Bishop - Staff Announcer
Don Chessa - Creative Department
*Marnie Coulter - Executive Copy Editor
Mike Cvetkovich - Co-Host/Creative Dept.
DJZigZag - Music Director/Host-Producer
Blu Mankuma - Staff Announcer
Miss A - Station Manager
Ebba Reiter - Staff Photographer
Ron Simmonds - Creative Dept./Music Contributor
Morgan Tanner - Creative Dept./Music Contributor
Jason Vanderhill - Contributor/World Wide Web Engineer
Keith White - Head Engineer
Sunny "Sweet Daddy Fonk" Wong - Host-Producer
*Ms. M. Coulter was recently chosen as "Employee of The Year - 2012" - Congrats!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

ROCKIN' OUT, FUNKIN' IN, JAZZIN' UP and SOCKIN' IT ABOUT . . . THE ALL NEW GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 12 (The last one for 2012) IS UP AND PODCASTED FOR YOUR LISTENIN' DELECTATION ! ! !























AHHHHhhhhhh  YES ! ! !
GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 12 IS WAITING FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT . . .
THIS TIME WAGRadio's DJZigZag MIXES OLD - MILLIE JACKSON, CASSANDRA WILSON & CHIC . . . WITH THE NEW - NAZIZI, KON & THE GANG, LOYAL FLAMES and AVANT.  BRO' ZAG MIXES IN THE JAZZIE - WAYNE ESCOFFERY with THE IRIE - ROMAIN VIRGO, POPCAAN, DEMARCO for A GROOVIN' BLUE TO END THE YEAR ! !
DELECT, ENJOY and SAVOUR ! ! !

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

LOOKIN' OUT THE WAGRadio STUDIO 'B' WINDOW AT THE FRASER RIVER AND THE NEW PORT MANN BRIDGE. WORKIN' ON THE LATEST GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 12


GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 12 IS BEING READIED FOR PODCAST !  
AND AFTER THAT IT'S CHRISTMAS 2012 GROOVIN' BLUE . . . 
BUT LET'S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES.  THE LATEST G.B. SHOULD BE READY FOR THE LOYAL WAGRadio FANS IN THIS THE LAST WEEK OF NOVEMBER, 2012.
FEATURED ARTISTS include . . .  FAITH EVANS, WAYNE ESCOFFERY, R KELLY, AVANT & KEKE WYATT, PHAROHE MONCH, TRE WILLIAMS and the REVELATIONS, MILLIE JACKSON and so many . . . .  MORE !  YES ! ! !

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Photo: Ebba Reiter

Friday, November 23, 2012

THE FINEST JAZZ SINGER TO COME OUT OF CANADA? YOU BE THE JUDGE . . . Ms. JOANI TAYLOR - THIS SUNDAY 1:00 to 4:00 - PAT'S PUB (The Patricia Hotel - 403 Hastings Street East)



SUNDAY, NOV. 25th 1 - 4 in the afternoon . . . IT'S Ms. JOANI TAYLOR.  A GEM OF A SINGER.  LARGELY UNHERALDED BY THE PUBLIC (although she is an award winner and JUNO nominee).  A READY-FOR-NEW YORK KINDA CHANTEUSE ! !  
AND SPEAKING OF READY  !  !  !   Ms. TAYLOR'S BACKUP QUARTET IS MORE-THAN-ABLY FILLED by Mr. HENRY YOUNG on GEETAR, DOUGLAS LOUIE on KEYBOARDS, PAUL BLANEY on BASS and BLAINE WIKJARD (pronounced "wikjard") on DRUMS.

THIS SUNDAY - THE PATRICIA HOTEL - 403 EAST HASTINGS STREET - IN THE HEART OF EAST VAN ! ! ! 
COME EARLIER AND ENJOY THE GREAT FOOD, MEET OLD & NEW PALS - - - THEN  DANCE TO THE MUSIC or SIT AND DIG THE SOUNDS . . .

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

THE MOST WONDERFUL BLOG 'VANCOUVER WAS AWESOME' HIGHLIGHTS ONE OF TWO NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC CLUBS FROM THE 1960'S WITH A MEMORY-STRETCHING '66 PHOTO OF THE MOONGLOW CABARET and some REMINISCENCES by TOMMY CHONG.


Excerpt from the blog; VANCOUVER WAS AWESOME
http://vancouverisawesome.com/2012/11/21/vancouver-was-awesome-moon-glow-cabaret-1966/

The Moon Glow was already closed for a few years when this photo was taken, but in the late 1950s and early 60s, it was an R&B club. Tommy Chong talks about playing there with The Shades, his band from those days:
"The Moon Glow was owned by Daddy Clark, a railway porter who loved The Shades and wanted to see us back together. Railway porters played a big part in our development as blues musicians because they were the ones who brought records up from the States, turning us on to Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, who did tunes like “Sexy Ways,” “Annie Had a Baby,” and “The Twist.” They brought us the latest records from Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and a host of other blues artists who were otherwise unobtainable. We would learn these great tunes and then play them for a grateful audience, who would be hearing them for the first time, since they were never played on the radio."
The VANCOUVER IS AWESOME blog goes on to say . . . 
Tommy Chong became well known in the local live music scene and had a brush with fame when his band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, signed with Motown. After that effort fizzled, Chong turned his brother’s topless bar at Main and Pender, the Shanghai Junk, into a comedy club where he paired up with Cheech Marin to form Cheech and Chong.

WAGRadio contributor and co-host and former DJ on Canada's first underground radio station CKLG-FM - Mr. Mike "KingaDaBlues" Cvetkovich has talked to DJZigZag in length about the Moon Glow Cabaret in Chinatown (just up the block from Sweet Daddy Fonk Wong's house).  Mike C. has regaled DJZZ with stories of legendary Rhythm 'n' Blues artists like saxophonist Joe Houston playing the Moon Glow.
For VanCity musicologists the band Tommy Chong talks about was known to East Van Black Music lovers as the Calgary Shades because there was already a dynamic group in VanCity known as The Shades [Charlie Austin (pn), Gordie Richardson (dm), Tom Wilson (sx), Danny Raceovich (gtr), Ron Kasaka (bs), Don Wilson (sx) and lead vocalist - the mighty Laverne Gerrard - brother to Donny].  The (Calgary, AB) Shades were so good and of such a high musicality though that the West Coast group soon became known as The Vancouver Shades.
DJZigZag remembers walking into the Britannia High School gymnasium in the early sixties and hearing the unmistakalbe beginning strains of "Honky Tonk" by Bill Doggett's combo.  It wasn't Mr. Doggett's group playing though.  It was The Calgary Shades with Tommy Chong on guitar, Wes Henderson on bass, Bernie Sneed on organ and his brother Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night) on drums with the soulful lead R'n'B vocals by Tommie "Little Daddy" Melton.
DJZZ feels that even King Records' owner Syd Nathan would have thought he was listening to the original hitmakers rather than this young group of lads from Alberta, Canada.
ZigZag also notes that the Stratford Hotel was the away-from-home overnight lodgings of the Winnipeg porters making a turn-around run from Manitoba to B.C. and back home again.  In his youth, DJZigZag was a porter on the C.N.Railways and got to know many of the brothers who the company lodged in the Stratford Hotel.  
Mike Cvetkovich would shop at two record stores in Washington State.  Bob Summerise, a well-known discjockey, owned what was Mike C.'s favourite record store in Seattle.  The 2nd store in the city's black Central District was called Little Record Mart.  Owned by Ms. Ollie M. Frazier this was the younger DJZigZag and pal's record store of choice in the Emerald City.  Ms. Frazier often asked Mike if he would save her some postage as well as time and take 45 rpm (7 inch) records to the owner of "the Stratford".  These same records were the Calgary Shades musical inspiration.  Vancouver was awesome but also a small town in the 1960's - especially if you dug New World African Music.

Read Tommy Chong's books "The I Chong: Meditations From The Joint" (Simon Spotlight Entertainment / 2006) and "Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography" (Simon and Schuster / 2009)

Thanks, once again, to Jason Vanderhill for hippin' us to this latest post from VANCOUVER IS AWESOME.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A MUSICAL HERO DURING DJZigZag's TEENAGE YEARS. THE INCOMPARABLE HOWLIN' WOLF ! ! HERE HE SINGS "SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD".




THE BACK-UP BAND IS LED BY GUITAR GIANT HUBERT SUMLIN and SAX GREAT EDDIE SHAW.  THAT'S ROBERT PLUNKETT ON DRUMS and more-than-likely EDDIE SHAW's SON VAN SHAW ON GUITAR or BASS.  IT COULD ALSO BE SHORTY GILBERT on BASS.
LET US KNOW IF WE'VE GOT ANY NAMES WRONG.
THE GIG HAPPENED IN 1974 AND DA WOLF IS IN GREAT FORM and LOOKS GOOD ! !

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

*** ARTWORK FEATURES THE ORIGINAL HOME OF BILL & BOB'S RECORD SHOP - THE SAM KEE BLDG. - 10 WEST PENDER STREET in VANCOUVER, BC CANADA's CHINATOWN (where the EAST END begins) . . .



This original painting by Vancouver, Canada artist Carolyn Jia depicts the Sam Kee Building at the corner of Pender and Carrall streets in VanCity's Chinatown.
The bottom part of the narrowest building in the world (Ripley's Believe It Or Not) is divided by a staircase which leads to a 'room' which runs the full length of the top of the structure.  To the right of those stairs as our view shows was the home of Bill & Bob's Record Shop owned by Bill Reiter (aka DJZigZag) and Bobby "Pea Dow Cha Siu Wat Dan Faun" Garrison.
It was the second record store in VanCity to sell only New World African Music.  Heart and Soul Record Store on Commercial Drive (owner: Russell Mar) was the first.  Bill & Bob's operated in the late sixties for two and a half years.

To buy an inkjet print, framed 12" x 16" of "Narrow Chinatown" by Carolyn Jia go to this site . .

http://reflections2013.tumblr.com/post/33821627873/16-6-narrow-chinatown-by-carolyn-j-inkjet


* Thanks to Jason Vanderhill for hippin' us to this.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

THIS IS A BIG CHOON FROM WAGRadio's GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 11 . . . SWEET VOICED VIVIAN GREEN and her HOT, HAWT, HAUGHT single "ANYTHING OUT THERE" . . .

BOY, AIN'T THIS A UNIQUE VIDEO ! ! BILLY MARTIN & WIL BLADES AT THE MAIN PUB IN MANCHESTER, CONNETICUT . . .

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SIX - COUNT 'EM SIX - CAMERA ANGLES ON THE DRUM/ORGAN DUO OF BILLY MARTIN and WIL BLADES . . . PLAYING A CUT "MAE MAE" FROM THEIR NEW Cd and ALL IN AN INTIMATE CLUB SETTING.
THIS WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL Y'ALL !

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MASH UP A HANK BALLARD COIFFURED BROTHA WITH A FILM MAKER THAT OBVIOUSLY IS A FAN OF THE BRIT T.V. SERIES "MISFITS" and YOU GET THIS "ADORN" video featuring MIGUEL . .



A FIXATION ASSOCIATED WITH WHITE TILED BATHROOM WALLS AND FETISHLY 'TIED-UP' NET STOCKING FACED WOMEN CAN GET A GUY IN TROUBLE.  
DJZigZag sez HE SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY ON THIS MATTER.  THIS BEGS THE QUESTION - WHAT DO OUR MAIN MAN & MIGUEL GET UP TO WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR PERSPECTIVE STUDIOS??
MIGUEL's "ADORN" IS ONE OF THE HUGE GROOVIN' BLUE HITS FROM THE SUMMER/AUTUMN and finally HERE IS THE VIDEO (already viewed by almost eleven million peeps).

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 11 HAS BEEN PODCASTED FOR THE BEGINNINGS OF AUTUMN . . . DJZigZag sez, 'DROVE THROUGH SNOW IN THE MORNING JUST THIRTY KILOMETRES FROM VANCITY ! !"

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GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 11 . . . THE FIRST G.B. FOR AUTUMN IS READY TO BE TASTED AND TESTED . . .
FRANK OCEAN SEEMS TO BE THE FEATURED ARTIST THIS TIME OUT.
MASSPIKE MILES, CHUCK FENDA, BRUCE BARTH, THE TEMPTATIONS, USHER, WARREN G, ANDRE 3000, LYRICSON, BOHANNON and A WHOLE LOT MORE NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC ARTISTS DRIVE THE HUMMIN' ENGINE OF THE ALL-NEW                                                                            GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 11 ! ! ! 
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN - ONE OF THE FINEST SOULFUL JAZZ QUARTETS IN NORTH AMERICA PLAY VANCOUVER, CANADA's 'PAT'S PUB' THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON . . . NOON TO 4:00 P.M.

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THE HENRY YOUNG 4-TET
is at THE PATRICIA HOTEL's * PAT'S PUB * THIS SUNDAY (Oct. 21st)

STARRING 
HENRY "Mung-Jung" YOUNG on geetar
DOUG "Mo-Yung" LOUIE on keyboards
PAUL "Gwai-Lo" BLANEY on bass
JUSTIN "Time" JAMES on drums

SUNDAY AFTERNOON from NOON to 4:00 pm
PAT'S PUB - 403 HASTINGS STREET (In The Heart Of the EAST END)

For all of you who know this band -  y'all know it's hot ! !
Pat's Pub's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series is a very soulful way to spend a lazy Sunday.
Y'can have some lunch (food is good and reasonable) . . . spend time with old pals and new . . . . . kick back . . . and enjoy the very funky jazz sounds of H. Young and his quartet.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

* * * * * * * * The WAGRadio TOP 100 for AUTUMN 2012 * * * * * * * * (as compiled by DJZigZag) ** . . .



* * * * THE WAGRadio TOP ONE HUNDRED for AUTUMN 2012 * * * *
(as compiled by DJZigZag)                                                   Last revision Oct. 14, 2012

1.  "Sweet Life" - FRANK OCEAN [Island Def Jam] Cd #1578802 "Channel Orange"
2.  "Green Light" - R KELLY [RCA Records]
3.  "We All Try" - FRANK OCEAN [Island Def Jam] Cd #1578802 "Channel Orange"
4.  "I'm All Out Of Love" - MASSPIKE MILES [Maybach Music/Warner Bros.]
5.  "Dive" - USHER [RCA Records]
6.  "Sixteen" - RICK ROSS feat. ANDRE 3000 [Def Jam]
7.  "Lately" - ANITA BAKER [Blue Note]
8.  "La La La" - SNOOP LION feat. JOVI ROCKWELL [Vice] Prod. Major Lazer
9.  "Mamma Mek Mi Deh Yah So" - SIZZLA KALONJI [Breadback Productions] 
Long Life riddim
10."Maeva In Wonderland" - IBRAHIM MAALOUF [Mi'ster Productions] 2011 Cd #IBM3 "Diagnostic" - Zalinde (batacuda), Nenad Gajin (gtr), Ibrahim Maalouf (var. inst)
11."Want It Want It" - CHUCK FENDA [H20 Records] - Affection riddim
12."Love Crimes" - FRANK OCEAN [Island Def Jam] Cd #1578802 "Channel Orange"
13."If You Only Had Today" - CHRIS CAB [Mercury Records]
14."And Her Too" - SPEAKERS [Capitol Records] - Keon B and Blair Taylor
15."Cyaan Believe (Bubble Up)" - BUSY SIGNAL [Di Genius Records] - Bassline riddim
16."Light Of Mine" - ANTHONY B [Irievibrations]
17."Be Strong" - LYRICSON [Jugglerz Records] - Street Soul riddim
18."Wiggins" - KENNY GARRETT [Mack Avenue Records] Cd #1063 "Seeds From The Underground" - Nat Reeves (bs), Ronald Bruner (dm), Benito Gonzalez (pn), Rudy Bird (perc), Kenny Garrett (alt & sp sax, pn) Prod. Donald Brown & Kenny Garrett
19."Dope Chick" / "Dope Bitch" - THE-DREAM feat. PUSHA T [Universal Music]
- real name Terius Youngdell Nash
20."Chill Spot" - CHRISTOPHER MARTIN [Chimney Records] - Chill Spot riddim
21."I Still Hate Hate (Santiga Original Mix)" - RAZZY BAILEY [Lifted Music]
22."Hustlin' (Vocal/Inst.)" - MR. 704 feat. 8BALL MJG & MARVEL [Fenced In Entertainment]
23."Tonight (Best You've Ever Had)" - JOHN LEGEND / "Tonight (Best You've Ever Had) Remix" - JOHN LEGEND feat. PUSHA T [Vice]
24."Cherry Wine" - NAS feat. AMY WINEHOUSE [Cash Money Records]
25."Adorn" - MIGUEL / "Adorn (Remix)" - MIGUEL feat. WIZ KHALIFA [RCA Records]
26."American Wedding" - FRANK OCEAN [Odd Future Records]
27."Better" - BOW WOW feat. T-PAIN [Cash Planet/Universal Republic]
28."My Road (Do My Thing)" - NE-YO [Def Jam]
29."So Good" - B.o.B. [Atlantic Records]
30."Only Man She Want (Remix)" - POPCAAN feat. BUSTA RHYMES [SoUnique Records]
31."Still In Love (Inst.)" - WARREN G [Olsen/Smalltown Supersound]
32."Reunion (Inst.)" - BEANIE SIGEL [EMI Group]
33."Gone" - DIVINE BROWN [Universal Music Group]
34."Find Myself Thinking Of You" - GRAMPS MORGAN [Dada Son Entertainment]
35."Come Over" - BUSY SIGNAL [VP]
36."Underrated" - TANK [Sony Music Distribution]
37."Superlove (Redtop Original Extended Re-edit)" - AVICII  Vs  LENNY KRAVITZ 
[White Label]
38."One More Time" - GROOVEATECH ORCHESTRA [JMD Distribution]
39."Just The Way You Are" - JOHNNY GILL [Notifi Music]
40."Ghetto Yutes Rise" - E-DEE feat. I-OCTANE [Unseen Lab Records]
41."Jah Blessings" - SCARRA MUCCI [Broken Silence/Soul Force/Sound Quake]
42."Name On It" - URBAN MYSTIC [Sobe Entertainment] - real name Brandon Williams
43."The Recipe (Vocal/Inst.)" - KENDRICK LAMAR feat. DR. DRE 
[Aftermath] - Prod. Scoop DeVille
44."Climax (Mike D Remix)" - USHER [RCA Records]
45."I Got Life (Inst.)" - TREV EYEZ [Eye 'n' Eye/Wheela Music Group] - real name Trevor Leighton Andell Wheeler  * samples "Be Thankful For What You Got" - William DeVaughn
46."Walk Away" - AARON MICHAEL COX [RCA Records/Jive]
47."TNT" - TIM COLLINS [Nineteen-Eighteen Records] Cd # 10212011 "Castles And Hilltops" - Danny Grissett (pn), Matt Clohesy (bs), Tommy Crane (dm), Tim Collins (vb) - Prod. Tim Collins
48."Be Good (Lions Song)" - GREGORY PORTER [Motema] Cd #75 "Be Good" - Chip Crawford (pn), Aaron James (bs), Emanuel Harrold (dm), Keyon Harrold ((tpt), Yosuke Sato (alt sx), Tivon Pennicott (tn sx) - Prod. Brian Bacchus / Ass. Prod. & Music Dir. Kamau Kenyatta
49."Thank You" - ESTELLE [Homeschool/Atlantic Records]
50."Take It Easy" - ADRIAN CAMPBELL [Smart Move Records) - EZ riddim
51."Rhythm-a-ning" - ERIC REED [Savant Records] Cd #2118 "Baddest Monk" - Etienne Charles (tpt), Henry Cole (dm), Seamus Blake (tn sx), Matt Clohesy (bs), Eric Reed (pn) - Prod. Eric Reed
52."High Grade" - BLACK BLUNT and TIPPIE IRIE [Lockdown Productions] - Driver riddim
53."Have A Good Time (Real House Mix)" - BOHANNON [HnA Records]
54."The System (Acoustic Version)" - ROMAIN VIRGO [VP]
55."No Cigarette Smoking In My Room" - STEPHEN MARLEY feat. MELANIE FIONA 
[Sony Music Distribution]
56."L.O.V.E.Y.O.U." - I-OCTANE [VP]
57."Blessed" - SCHOOLBOY feat. KENDRICK LAMAR [Top Dawg Entertainment]
58."Thinking About You" - FRANK OCEAN [Def Jam]
59."Little Red Corvette (Schizofreniks Mix)" - THE SCHIZOFRENIKS [Play All]
60."My Man's Gone Now" - BRUCE BARTH [Highnote/Savant] Cd #42219 "Three Things Of Beauty" - Steve Nelson (vb), Ben Short (bs), Dana Hall (dm), Bruce Barth (pn)
61."Marsha Brady" - TONY WILLIAMS feat. FONZWORTH BENTLEY & CHIP THA RIPPER [Def Jam] - Prod. Chris Cutta
62."Without You (Vocal/Inst.)" - MONICA feat. WARE [RCA Records]
63."Headphones (Todd Edwards Dub)" - LITTLE BOOTS [Universal Music Group]
64."So Listen" - CODY SIMPSON feat. T-PAIN [Atlantic Records]
65."Won't Make A Fool Out Of You" - MARCUS CANTY [Epic]
66."The System" - MIGUEL MIGS feat. CAPLETON [Salted Music]
67."Redbone Girl" - ERIC BENET feat. LIL WAYNE [Jordon House Music]
68."Will You Be There" - K'JON [Universal Music Group]
69."Whistle" - FLO RIDA [Poe Boy/Atlantic Records]
70."Bad For You (Dave Doyle Remix)" - WINSTON WARRIOR [Vintage R&B]
71."In The Middle Of The Game (Blazing Encore West Harlem Retouch)" 
- BETTY WRIGHT & THE ROOTS [White Label]
72."Leaving Come The Morning" - BONAFIDE BAND feat. VYBZ KARTEL [Amibug Group]
73."Love You" - ESTER DEAN [Interscope]
74."Visual Friday" - OSTINATO [Kyosaku Records]
75."Express Yourself" - LABRINTH [Sony Music Group]
76."You Don't Know Nothing About Love" - RYAN SHAW [Razor & Tie/RSM]
77."Still" - LENNY WILLIAMS [Geffen]
78."Happiness" - SAM SPARRO [EMI]
79."Bring Me Coconut" - BIG ALI feat. LUCENZO & GRAMPS MORGAN [Sony Music]
80."Cloud 10" - KENDRICK LAMAR [Top Dawg Entertainment] - Prod. Nosaj Thing
81."Mousetrap" - CUSSY [Dance Plant Records Inc.]
82."Blame It On The Boogie (Kore Radio Edit Remix)" - JERMAINE JACKSON 
[Airplay Records] France
83."You & I" - AVANT feat. KEKE WYATT [MO-B Entertainment Inc.]
84."1960 What?" - GREGORY PORTER [Expansion 12" # 1010] / [Motema] Cd #41 "Water"
85."Life Has A Way" - ANTHONY HAMILTON [Sony Music Entertainment] 
Cd #88696-99136-2 "Back To Love"
86."Longtime" - GAPPY RANKS [Special Delivery Music]
87."I Made You (First Class)" - SMOKE DZA feat. K. YUNG & LORE'L 
[Black Hard Theme Music Mix Tape]
88."Share My Love" - R KELLY [Universal Music Group]
89."You're On My Mind" - KEM [Universal Music Group]
90."I Do" - Trey Songz [Atlantic Records]
91."Wings (Inst.)" - LITTLE MIX [Sony Music Group]
92."Bad Timing (Inst.)" - LA TOCHA *formerly of X-SCAPE [Meade Music Group]
93."Coming Back" - MASSPIKE MILES 
[Maybach Music Group] - Prod. Dunny Brass & RG Drama of NBH 
94."Keep Focus" - LOYAL FLAMES [Village Productions] - Focus riddim
95."Pick Pocket" - BILLY MARTIN & WIL BLADES [Amulet/Royal Potato Family] Vinyl # 1124 / Cd #1123 "Shimmy" - Billy Martin (dm), Wil Blades (org)
96."World Of The Bardo" - WAYNE ESCOFFERY [Sunnyside Records] Cd #1320 "The Only Sunshine" - Hans Glawischnig (bs), Orrin Evans & Ricky Rodriguez (bs), Jason Brown (dm), Adam Holzman (kybd), Wayne Escoffery (tn/alt sx) - Prod. Wayne Escoffery
97."Damage" - PHAROHE MONCH [W.A.R. Media]
98."Feelin' Single (Remix)" - R KELLY [Big Machine Records]
99."Promise" - ROMEO SANTOS feat. USHER [Sony Music Entertainment]
100."Tears Of Joy" - FAITH EVANS [Interscope Records]





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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ALL THE EAST END PAESAN LOVED LOUIS PRIMA AND HIS BAND - SAM BUTERA AND THE WITNESSES ! ! !

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THANKS TO MIKE CVETKOVICH'S BRO' Mr. GEORGE BALKOVEC FOR SENDING THIS GREAT VIDEO OF SAM BUTERA & THE WITNESSES.
KEELY SMITH (Louis' wife) DOES HER CHEROKEE-STRAIGHT FACE and NEW ORLEANS BORN PRIMA DOES HIS "Hey, Whatsa Matta" ITALIAN RESPONSE.  WONDERFUL ! !
WE'RE ALSO SAYIN' A BIG "COME STAI" TO LEGENDARY TENOR MAN FREDDIE CAROTENUTO.  SAM BUTERA WAS DA CARR-MAN'S MUSICAL INSPIRATION ! !  
A REAL VAN EAST MUSICAL HERO.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

VANCOUVER B.C. SUN NEWSPAPER SCRIBE-EXTRAORDINAIRE - Mr. JOHN MACKIE SENT WAGRadio THIS AD FROM THE 1960'S of The SMILIN' BUDDHA WHEN NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC ACTS RULED ! !


YA GOTTA WONDER WHO WAS IN THE HOUSE BAND "THE KINGSMEN"?  
WAS IT DOUG CUTHBERT on DRUMS?  HENRY YOUNG on GEETAR?  LARRY VOLEN on TENOR SAX?  And I KNOW THAT Mr. MACKIE FEELS IT'S THE SEATTLE BAND BUT I HAVE A GUT FEELING THESE "KINGSMEN" were LOCAL VANCITY MUSICIANS. . . and MOSTLY EAST ENDERS.  TRUTH TO FOLLOW?
AND LOOKAHERE ! !  THE WONDERFUL TEDDY FELTON - THE M.C. THAT DEFINED JIVE TALKIN' AND GOOD-LOOKIN'.  TEDDY WOULD SAY STUFF LIKE, "We gonna take a break and lissin' to J.B.  That's not James Brown, that's the jukebox" and "It's time for a coke and a smoke and then we'll be  back".  IT WAS Mr. T. FELTON WHO INTRODUCED THE MIC-CHECK PHRASE, "Tastin'.  Tastin'" INSTEAD OF, "Testing, testing" to the musicians of VanCity.    
DJZigZag CLAIMS THAT EVEN THOUGH HIS PALS WERE IN THE HOUSE BAND  . . . HE WAS AFFEARED OF GOIN' TO THE GIT-DOWN WHALIN' SMILIN' BUDDHA.
ANYBODY KNOW HOW THE PLACE GOT IT'S NAME?
THANK YOU JOHN MACKIE FOR SUCH A GREAT GIFT.

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Century+Vancouver+reveal+surprising+glimpses+early+Vancouver/7315795/story.html

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

BRITISH T.V. - CIRCA 1965 . . . ESTHER PHILLIPS sings "AND I LOVE HIM" - LIVE ! !

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WHAT A VOICE.  
COURSE Y'ALL KNEW THAT FROM THE GIT-GO!
Ms. ESTHER PHILLIPS SINGS HER HUGE BEATLES-WRITTEN 
1965 ATLANTIC RECORDS HIT
"AND I LOVE HIM".

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AH YES ! THE SOULFUL, SLICK-WILLIE SILHOUETTES AND THEIR 1958 CHART-DOMINEERING "GET A JOB" ! !



THESE EMBER RECORDS RECORDING STARS ARE FROM PHILADELPHIA.  THEY'VE GOT THE NUMBER ONE RHYTHM 'N' BLUES RECORD IN THE U.S.ofA. AND THEY ARE ON DICK CLARK'S PHILADELPHIA T.V. SHOW 'AMERICAN BANDSTAND' IN 1958.  
FORMERLY THE TORNADOES - EARL BEAL, RICHARD "RICK" LEWIS, RAYMOND EDWARDS and lead singer WILLIAM HORTON were THE WONDERFUL SILHOUETTES.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

** LATEST COPY OF ENGLAND'S 'BLUES & RHYTHM' MAGAZINE ARRIVES ** PERFECT TIMING CUZ DJZigZag IS RECUPERATING AT HOME . . . NOW LET'S SEE THOSE BACK COPIES TOO ! !



We here at WAGRadio have subscriptions to a few good magazines.  Each and every issue of "In The Basement", "Juke Blues", "Jazziz", "Blues & Rhythm" and "Wax Poetics" is read from cover to cover and passed around the station.  Sweet Daddy Fonk's favourite is "In The Basement" and he looks forward to seeing this wonderful  mag up and running again soon.  
It seems that DJZigZag is always anticipating the latest issue of "Blues & Rhythm".  Editor Tony Burke and his co-horts - Byron Foulger, Tony Watson, Phil Wight, Mike Stephenson, Ray Templeton and Norman Dawson have always been a group of, not only, very professional journalists, but just-plain-good-guys in our dealings over the years.  
Interestingly, the cover design is by local Vancouverite Bob McGrath (originally a Brit) who also publishes through Eyeball Productions, the much-heralded Soul, Blues and R&B Indies discographies.  Bob's latest gem (co-produced with Les Fancourt) is 'The Blues Discography: 1943-1970'.  
DJZigZag just spent an hour with Bob McG. in West Vancouver, B.C. chatting and picking up 4 copies of this current tome for;  WAGRadio's library, Mike "EastEndKingaDaBlues" Cvetkovich, Ari "King Records" Anas and Co-Op Radio's "Blues In The Night" host and producer Ron Simmonds.
One of the great things about Blues & Rhythm magazine is the generous New World African American Music knowledge that pours forth from each new monthly issue (currently #274).  
While DJZZ and WAGRadio's 'Groovin' Blue' program features Frank Ocean, Usher, Masspike Miles, R Kelly, Andre 3000, Sizzla Kolonji  etc - we are also very knowledgeable of and have lived the music in the 1950's and '60's.  The stories and history of West Coast black-musicologist Mike Cvetkovich also provides us with a look-back to the wonderful 1940's.  Not only does Blues & Rhythm fill in the details and sweep us along the New World African Music road to days long in the past they also feature the music we grew up with plus today's Soul, R'n'B and Blues scene.  What a great, great magazine.


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* * GOIN' WAY BACK FO' DIS CHERE - MUDDY WATERS IN THIS WONDERFUL "HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN" SEGMENT FROM THE FULL LENGTH FILM "CHICAGO BLUES" * *

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"Ya gotta go ta' church, ta get this paticulah thang in y'soul" sez McKinley "MUDDY WATERS" Morganfield at the end of this four minute clip from the 1970 British film "Chicago Blues".
Great shots of the '70 crowd in a Chi-Town blues club.  With Buddy Guy (gtr), Paul Oscher (harp).

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OH HOLY 5H1+ - OUR BOY'S DONE IT ONE MO' 'GAIN . . . USHER DA BRUVVA has a HUGE WAGRadio HIT SINGLE WITH "DIVE" - LOOK FOR IT ON THE UPCOMING WAGRadio FALL 2012 TOP ONE HUNDRED as well as GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 11 ! ! ! SOUL SHEARS IT'S WAY INTO OUR HEART WITH BRUVVA USHER ! ! !

* * GREAT HOUR AND A HALF DOC 'BOUT TURNTABLEISM (Hip Hop DJing) - full film . . .

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Oh, I know ya' gon' enjoy this full length documentary "SCRATCH" by film-maker DOUG PRAY.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

HERE'S THE LATEST GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 10 ! GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW ! ! ! GREEZY GOODNESS ON A HOT PLATE ! !

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DA LATEST GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 10 IS PACKED W/ JAZZ, SOUL, REGGAE, FUNK . . .
SOME OLD - TEMPTATIONS, MELODIANS, DEE DEE WARWICK - A WHOLE LOT NEW . . SNOOP LION, FRANK OCEAN, DIVINE BROWN, CHRIS CAB, BEANIE SIGEL . . . SOME JAZZY - IBRAHIM MAALOUF, KENNY GARRETT, RAY BRYANT . . . AND A WHOLE LOT SOULFUL - TERRY "FINGERS" BRADFORD QUARTET, JOHN LEGEND, ANITA BAKER and MR. 704 . . .  THE COMPLETE SPECTRUM OF NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC ! !

Photo: "Bacon and egg breakfast" - bour3

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

THE WONDERFUL 'JAZZWAX' MUSIC BLOG DOES IT AGAIN . . . by featuring THE THREE PART BBC TV SERIES "REGGAE: THE STORY OF JAMAICAN MUSIC - One hour each . . .

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THE MIGHTY FINE MUSIC BLOG 'JAZZWAX' originating FROM THE MIND OF Mr. MARC MYERS (2012 Jazz Journalist's 'Best Blog Award)
HAS JUST TURNED ALL OF US HERE AT WAGRadio ON TO THE 2008 BBC TV SERIES DEFINING  JAMROCK MUSIC.  
THIS IS THE PERFECT FOLLOW-UP TO OUR RAMBLINGS REGARDING SNOOP LION &  RASTAFARIANISM.
Part Two & Three can be found on the DOCUMENTARIES - YouTube channel.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

ANOTHER GIANT SUMMER HIT ON WAGRadio - IT'S THE MUCCI MAN - SCARRA MUCCI and HIS WINNER "JAH BLESSINGS" (Weedy G Soundforce Prod.)



A TOP TEN SUMMER HIT ON WAGRadio - THE RELENTLESS JAMROCK SOULFULNESS OF Mr. MUCCI and "JAH BLESSINGS" !

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ALL THIS VIDEO IS . . . IS GRATUITOUS SEX . . . SO IF HALF, SEMI & FULLY NAKED BIG BOOTIED WOMEN ARE WHERE YOU SIT INTELLEKTCHALLY . . . THIS VIDEO IS FOR ALL Y'ALL ! ! !

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MRS. WILLIAMS SON BRANDON DONE CALLED HISSEFF URBAN MYSTIC and WITH THAT NAME CHANGE . . . BROUGHT US A TOP THREE HIT ON WAGRadio !
"NAME ON IT" WAS A FAVOURITE OF ALL OF US AND FIT THE GROOVIN' BLUE FORMAT PERFECTLY.  
"There's a key at the front desk (and then) I'm gonna put my name on it ! !"
HA HA -  Oh Lord, URBAN MYSTIC.

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WORLD WIDE STAR SNOOP DOGG BECOMES RASTAFARIAN - CALL HIM SNOOP LION . . . * * THIS REBIRTH IS HUGE IN THE NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC WORLD ! ! ! * *

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WE HERE AT WAGRadio SELDOM MOVE INTO A POLITICAL or RELIGIOUS MODE.
WE HERE AT WAGRadio HOLD NO POLITICAL or RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

THAT'S NOT TO SAY WE DON'T HAVE FEELINGS OR IDEAS ABOUT RELIGION and POLITICS.
WE HAVE SPOKEN OUT RECENTLY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC PREJUDICE IN JAMAICAN MUSIC (in fact we recently edited out homophobic lyrics in the choon "Take You There" by HEFLA NYAH).

WE HERE AT WAGRadio MAKE THIS OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT Mr. CALVIN CORDOZAR BROADUS, Jr. better known as SNOOP DOGG BECOMING A  RASTAFARIAN AND ADOPTING THE AWE-INSPIRING NAME - SNOOP LION.

FOR A LONG TIME WE'VE HELD THE THEORY THAT RASTAFARIANISM WILL ONE DAY ATTAIN THE STATUS OF A MAJOR WORLD WIDE RELIGION PLAYING OUT ITS COURSE ALONGSIDE JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, BUDDHISM, MOSLEMISM, HINDUISM etc.

WITH GANJA (marijuana) HAVING A MAJOR ROLE IN THE SACRED RASTAFARI RITUALS AND THE LOVE OF WEED IN THE REST OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION REACHING LAW-CHANGING PROPORTIONS THIS "... LARGEST, MOST IDENTIFIABLE, INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT IN JAMAICA (as well as) the UNITED STATES, GREAT BRITAIN, CANADA and AFRICA" WILL BECOME (we predict) A MAJOR WORLD RELIGION IN SIXTY YEARS.
THE POWER OF THE NYABINGI DRUM (the root of Reggae) HAS ALSO BECOME A WORLD FORCE IN POPULAR MUSIC.  REGGAE ARTISTS' TOUR ITINERARIES OFTEN INCLUDE ASIA, EUROPE, AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA IN A THREE MONTH TOUR.  A TOP JAMROCK ARTIST CAN PLAY CAPETOWN ONE NIGHT AND BERLIN AND BOSTON THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS.  

WITH THE PHENOMENALLY SUCCESSFUL ARTIST SNOOP DOGG ANNOUNCING THAT HE IS NOW A FOLLOWER OF THE BLACK MESSIAH, HAILE SELASSIE, FORMER EMPEROR OF ETHIOPIA, THE STAGE IS SET FOR OTHER NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSICIANS, POLITICIANS and PERSONALITIES TO JOIN THE MESSIANIC MOVEMENT (its been around since the 1930's).

ALL OF US HERE AT WAGRadio WILL HAVE LONG-LEFT THIS MORTAL COIL (more than likely) WHEN  OUR PREDICTION COMES TO FRUITION.  OUR REAL HOPE IS THAT THE GENTLENESS OF THIS RELIGION SUPPLANTS ITS MISTRUST OF OTHER RACES AND ITS CULTURAL  HOMOPHOBIA BY THE TIME THIS WORLD FORCE COMES TO POWER.

quoted excerpt is from: "The Rastafarians" by Leonard E. Barrett, Sr.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

WAGRadio's STUDIO "B" WAKES TO THE TIDAL MEANDERINGS of the MIGHTY FRASER RIVER SLOWLY SLIDING BY and BRINGING PROMISE OF AN ALL NEW GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 10


Recently, at its most tumultuous, the Fraser River cutting around the bend in front of WAGRadio studios has pushed 11,500 to 13,000 cubic metres of itself out to the Pacific Ocean.  And that's per second!
The constantly changing waterway - one of the world's great rivers - is a creative inspiration to and enhances the New World African Music sound of WAGRadio's Groovin' Blue format.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

THIS AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A FOTO OF "B" . . . SO HOW COME IT MAKES US FEEL SO GOOD (suppressing a little chuckle at the main man's "yeah, baby-ness")



We here at WAGRadio are guessin' 1956 . . . makin' the Blue One 29 or 30 years old . . . 
What do you think?

Thanks to one of our constant contributors Bro' Don Chessa.

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WESLEY ! WESLEY ! ! WESLEY ! ! ! - A LITTLE BIT O' "TWISTED BLUES" by THE WES MONTGOMERY QUARTET (Belgium 1965)





THIS WAS TWO YEARS BEFORE GROOVIN' BLUE FIRST AIRED ON CKLG-FM in VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA but THE Hastings Street East BOYZ was already deep into DIGGIN' MASTER MONTGOMERY from their East Van home. . .

Jimmy Lovelace - drums
Harold Mabern - piano
Arthur Harper Jr. - bass
Wesley Montgomery - geetar

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OH MAN, OH MAN . . . THIS AMERICAN 1977 SONNY ROLLINS T.V. COMMERCIAL for PIONEER HOME STEREO ELECTRONICS IS GUARANTEED TO GIVE YA' A SHIVER SOMEWHERE ALONG ITS SIXTY SECOND LENGTH. WONDERFUL SPOT ! !

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Thanks to JAZZWAX blog for hippin' us here at WAGRadio to this great TV commercial.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

HOT SUMMAH TIME 2012 ! THE ALL-NEW GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 09 IS SITTIN' ON YOUR PLATE - READY TO BE ENJOYED . . .


Simple and soulful.  That's the kind of summer music meal we want.
Keepin' it soulfully simple are FRANK OCEAN, MASSPIKE MILES, R KELLY 
for the young'uns  . . .
and BRENTON WOOD, ETTA JAMES and LORD TANAMO 
for the grandmamas & grandpapas . . .
Also, the JAM-ROCK sounds of BUSY SIGNAL, GRAMPS MORGAN, CHRISTOPHER MARTIN and the sizzlin' one - SIZZLA KALONJI.
THROW IN the SUMMERTIME JAZZ of GROOVEATECH, TIM COLLINS with some JOHNNY GILL, SPEAKERS and TANK . . . AND WE GOT OURSELVES 
GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 09 ! ! !

Photo: Potatoe salad and smoked mackerel - Niklas
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GET READY Y'ALL CUZ THIS IS HOT ! ! FROM WAGRadio's GROOVIN' BLUE 12 - 08 . . . it's BETTY WRIGHT with her huge hit - "IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME" - (David Letterman - Feb. 10, 2012)



Can't get enuff of Ms. B. Wright.  Still soulful afta' all these years.

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