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1977 week 31 - Sunday July 31 (Dire Straits on Honky Tonk)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:01 pm
by Charlie
Thirty years ago today, the first play for the demo of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.

I'm surprised at how retro the rest of the playlist is - apart from Ry Cooder, the Count Bishops, Bonnie Raitt, Squeeze, Jerry Jeff Walker and Johnny Guitar Watson, most of the rest are from 1950-55. I thought I had moved on a bit by then, having started out playing that kind of stuff in 1972. But no, here I still am, mining the same rich seam. But who the hell was Herman Manzy? I swear I've never heard of him, much less played him on the radio. But this was the week I chose to play something like eight tracks from the same album, Urban Blues, on Specialty, and Herman slipped in and then back out of my memory for ever.

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Seq - Artist - Song Title - label

1 - Ry Cooder - People Are You Ready/Alimony - Reprise LP

2 - Joe Lutcher - Rocking Boogie - Specialty LP

3 - Fats Domino - I'm Gonna be a Wheel - United Artists

4 - Wynona Carr - Please Mr Jailer - Specialty LP

5 - Milton Brown - Texas Hambone Blues - String

6 - Carl Perkins - Hambone - CBS Embassy

7 - Herman Manzy - I'm Your Rockin' Man - Specialty LP

8 - Mary Wells - You Beat Me to the Punch - sountrack

9 - Daddy Cleanhead - Something's Going on in My Head - Specialty LP

10 - The Robins - Smokey Joe's Café - Atlantic

11 - Billy Emerson - Red Hot - Charly

12 - The Count Bishops - Shake Your Moneymaker - Chiswick LP

13 - Jerry Jeff Walker - Rodeo-eo Cowboy - MCA

14 - The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - DJM

15 - Fats Domino - Whole Lotta Lovin - UA

16 - Count Bishops - Taste & Try - Chiswick LP

17 - Bonnie Raitt - Good Enough - Warner LP

18 - Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing - tape

19 - Ry Cooder - School is Out - Reprise LP

20 - Squeeze - Back Track - Deptford

21 - Bill Black - Easy Pickin' -

22 - Bonnie Raitt - About to Make Me Leave Home - Warner LP

23 - Ry Cooder - Dark End of the Street - Reprise LP

24 - Percy Mayfield - Bachelor Blues - Specialty LP

25 - Fats Domino - Sick and Tired -

26 - Wynona Carr - Should I Ever Love Again - Specialty LP

27 - Johnny Guitar Watson - Tarzan - DJM 45

28 - Eddie Smith - When the Clock Strikes - Specialty LP

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:44 am
by Yves Santoire
Herman Manzy played drums with Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joys (circa 1947-1953).

A few words from his son: http://babayshua.com/interview.htm
'My father was on the road all of the time. I never saw my father but I heard great things about him and his musical genius. He was in LA recording, working with Jimmy Liggins and Liggins Groove Band.'
'My father was a jump blues legend, drummer, singer, did some recording in LA in the late 40's and early 50's. His name is Herman Manzy.'
'...my father died in 1980...'

The song you played thirty years ago is available on a compilation called 'Specialty Legends of Jump Blues Vol 1' on Ace Records and a Jimmy Liggins album can also be tracked on the same label. These fine people probably know a lot more about him.

As far as Dire Straits, let's just say they did rather well. Which reminds me that their splendid guitar player is celebrating a birthday pretty soon.