Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is from Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog.  Before Elvis got his hands on it, this song was a No. 1 hit for Big Mama, spending 7 weeks at the top of the R&B charts in 1953.  Per Wikipedia, the guitar is by Pete Lewis of Johnny Otis' band.  The song is part of the birth of rock and roll, with Big Mama belting the song in a blues style, but the riffs somewhat like Dale Hawkins' Suzy Q.  She might not be much to look at, but boy could she wail.  We give you two versions - the record itself, and a live version of Big Mama with Buddy Guy on guitar. 

1 comment:

  1. When Big Mamma got the blues; you got blue. This is still my favorite version.


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