Recordmen: Collector, Producer, DJ


September 9th, 2009 ~ We're hauling out the vinyl and giving it a spin this week on American Routes. First we'll revisit our 2005 interview with the late Jerry Wexler, who produced many soul and R&B hits on Atlantic Records. Then we'll go down into Maryland record connoisseur Joe Bussard's basement to sample his wall to wall collection of rare blues and country 78s and massive sound system to play them. Also, a visit in Shreveport, Louisiana with record producer Stan Lewis to learn about his days producing pop, blues and R&B on the Jewel and Paula labels. Plus Bird Brain, the legendary Shreveport DJ who "broke" the records in the local black community... and nationally.

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  • Open Bed: Tipitina Dr. John
    Gumbo , Atlantic
  • Mr. Record Man Willie Nelson
    Nite Life: Greatest Hits & Rare Tracks: 1959-1971 , Rhino
  • Rockin' Record Hop Carl Perkins
    The Classic Carl Perkins , Bear Family
  • Rock and Roll Records J.J. Cale
    Any Way the Wind Blows: The Anthology , Mercury
  • Rock and Roll Music Chuck Berry
    The Chess Box , MCA/Chess
  • Instrumental: Record Hop Al Sears
    Giants of the Blues and Funk Tenor Sax , Prestige
  • Trouble in My Way Como Mamas featuring Mary Moore
    Como Now: The Voices of Panola Co., Mississippi , Daptone
  • Rev. Moses Lou Donaldson
    Blue 45s: The Ultimate Jukebox , Blue Note
  • People Get Ready Aretha Franklin
    Lady Soul , Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Jerry Wexler
  • Instrumental: The Genius After Hours Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
    Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting , Atlantic Jazz
  • Who's Been Fooling You Professor Longhair
    New Orleans Piano , Atlantic Jazz
  • Huey Smith Medley Dr. John
    Gumbo , Atlantic
  • Abaniquito Tito Puente with Vicentico Valdes
    The Complete 78s Vol.1 , Fania
  • Check Him Out The Bleechers
    Lee Perry & the Upsetters: The Upsetter Shop, Vol. 2 , Heartbeat
  • The Big Beat Fats Domino
    Out of New Orleans , Bear Family
  • End Bed: Mission Impossible Jackie Mittoo
    Tribute to Jackie Mittoo , Heartbeat
  • Open Bed: New Orleans Jump Roosevelt Sykes
    The Jewel / Paula Records Stor, Capricorn
  • It's Getting Late in the Evening Bobby Powell
    Into My Own Thing , Jewel/Paula
  • In the Same Old Way Tommy Ridgley
    From Chicago to Shreveport: Deep Soul, Vol. 1 , Fuel
  • SEGMENT: Claude "Bird Brain" Davis and Stan Lewis
  • Instrumental: Shimmy Toussaint McCall
    Nothing Takes the Place of You , Fuel 2000
  • Night Time is the Right Time Joe Turner
    The Jewel / Paula Records Story , Capricorn
  • I Want Everyone to Know Fontella Bass
    From Chicago to Shreveport: Deep Soul, Vol. 1 , Fuel
  • Wonderful Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
    Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Specialty
  • Heaven's Radio Molly O'Day and The Cumberland Mountain Folks
    Roots N' Blues: The Retrospective , Columbia
  • Instrumental: Short String Strut Guitar Rascals
    Fonotone Records , Dust to Digital
  • SEGMENT: Joe Bussard
  • Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers
    You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole & the Roots of Country Music , Sony
  • Wood's Traveling Blues Smoky Wood & His Wood Chips
    Western Swing and Country Jazz , JSP
  • Goin' Crazy with the Blues Mamie Smith
    Jazz the World Forgot, Vol.1 , Yazoo
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 Bob Dylan
    Greatest Hits , Columbia
  • Canned Music Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
    Striking It Rich , MCA
  • Sad Songs and Waltzes Willie Nelson
    Songbird , Lost Highway
  • End Bed: Steelin' Away Bud Issacs
    The Swingin' Steel Guitar of Bud Issacs , Bronco Buster