Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop: John Oates & Johnnie Allan


March 22nd, 2017 ~ While they don't all have blue-eyes, the white soul and swamp pop guys and gals from Philadelphia and South Louisiana have created distinctive regional sounds of national significance. In Philadelphia, we sample soul roots of the famed band Hall & Oates; and learn from John Oates that -- despite years of pop music, big hair and synthesizers-- at heart he is also a folkie into country blues and flat-picked guitar a la Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt... which he plays live for us! The angelic-voiced Daryl Hall, on the other hand is more disciple of the Temptations who we'll hear along with the Orlons, The O'Jays and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In south Louisiana the simmering pot of music that draws on Cajun, R&B, soul and country ends up as a tasty dish called Swamp Pop. Johnnie Allan (Guillot) is a Cajun Swamp Pop chef extraordinaire with hits like "South to Louisiana" and a version of the "Promised Land" played on the French accordion. He's surrounded by music from Earl King, Cookie & the Cupcakes, and Slim Harpo. Tasty indeed!

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  • Open Bed: Pallet John Oates
    Mississippi Mile, Victor
  • Blue Railroad Train Doc & Merle Watson
    Lonesome Road/ Look Away , Southern Music Distribution
  • I'm Satisfied Mississippi John Hurt
    Today!, Vanguard
  • Kokomo Blues Bonnie Raitt
    Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread
  • Dance Hall Girls John Oates
    Mississippi Mile, Victor
  • Instrumental: See See Rider Jimmy Smith
    Home Cookin' , Blue Note
  • South Street The Orlons
    Cameo Parkway, 1957-1961, ABKCO
  • This Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    The Original Soul Sister, Proper
  • Love Train The O'Jays
    Back Stabbers, Philadelphia International
  • Don't Ever Want to Lose Your Love Babara Mason
    Cooler Than Ice: The Arctic Records Story, Arctic
  • You Make My Dreams Daryl Hall & John Oates
    Voices, RCA
  • Instrumental: Papa Was a Rolling Stone The Funk Brothers
    The Best of the Funk Brothers, Motown
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do The Temptations
    The Very Best of the Temptations, Motown
  • Good-Bye The Temptones
    Cooler Than Ice: The Arctic Records Story, Arctic
  • SEGMENT: John Oates
  • Sitting on Top of the World John Oates
    Live at Preservation Hall, original recordings
  • Miss the Mississippi and You John Oates & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Live at Preservation Hall , original recording
  • End Bed: So Long Blues Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Best of the Early Years, Preservation Hall
  • Open Bed: Promised Land Johnnie Allan
    The Essential Collection, JIN
  • Allons Rock and Roll Lawrence Walker
    Allons Cajun Rock and Roll, Ace
  • Okie Dokie Stomp Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
    The Original Peacock Recordings , Rounder
  • I Hear You Knockin' Lazy Lester
    Sound of the Swamp: The Best of Excello Records Vol. 1, Rhino
  • Fais Do Do Rod Bernard
    Swamp Rock 'N' Roller, Ace
  • Basic Lady Coteau
    Highly Seasoned Cajun Music, Rounder
  • Cajun Twist Lil' Band O' Gold
    Lil' Band O' Gold, Shanachie
  • Instrumental: Wang Wang Blues The Revelers
    The Revelers, The Revelers
  • SEGMENT: Johnnie Allan
  • Those Lonely, Lonely Nights Earl King
    Earl's Pearls: The Very Best of Earl King1955-1960, Westside/Ace
  • Un Autre Soir d'Ennui Belton Richard
    The Essential Belton Richard Cajun Music Collection, Swallow
  • I'm a Fool to Care Joe Barry
    I'm a Fool to Care, Demon
  • Instrumental: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Revelers
    Play the Swamp Pop Classics, Vol. 1- EP, The Revelers
  • Rainin' in My Heart Slim Harpo
    The Sounds of the Swamp: Excello Records Vol. 1, Rhino
  • You'll Lose a Good Thing Barbara Lynn
    The Jamie Singles Collection 1962-1965, Jamie
  • Got You on My Mind Cookie and the Cupcakes
    Kings of Swamp Pop, Ace
  • Evangeline Feufollet
    Feufollet, Feufollet
  • See You Later Alligator Bobby Charles
    Walking to New Orleans: The Jewel and Paula Recordings 1964-65, Westside
  • End Bed: Burgher's Beat John Hart with Lil' Bob & the Lollipops
    Lafayette Soul Show, Ace