Recordmen: Collector, Producer, DJ


January 19th, 2011 ~ 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 the 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
    Anyway 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 Story, 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