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Son of Dave - 28 April 28, 11.15pm (online for 7 days)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:28 am
by Charlie
Son of Dave plays live session and game of radio ping pong

Cathy Coffey, Julie Higgins and Son of Dave
[photo by CG]

CG (left) and Son of Dave (right) play radio ping pong,
observed by Cathy Coffey and Julie Higgins
[photo by Sam Hickling]

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:24 am
by Gordon Neill
Great show last night! It felt like a slab of the old BBC London show again, with radio ping pong, an engaging guest, and some unexpected records. And that was very brave and unfashionable to play a track from Carla Bruni!

For some reason, I was actually expecting the show to open up with Blue Sky Boys, I just guessed the wrong track. But that was pretty well all that I guessed. And I've now become a Son Of Dave convert. I wasn't surprised at his choice of Little Walter's 'Teenage Beat' - it was just the record that sprang to my mind when I heard him do his thing. Great stuff.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:27 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Blue Sky Boys - Are You From Dixie? - The Very Best of Classic Country - Remastered - USA - JSP - JSP7782C

3 - Carla Bruni - Le Toi Du Moi - Quelqu'un m'a dit - France - Naïve - 43411

3 - Le Trio Joubran - Laytana - Majâz - France - Randana - RAND 002

4 - Umalali - Nibari - The Garifuna Women's Project - Belize - Cumbancha - CMB-CD-6

5 - Son of Dave - Old Times Were Good Times - Live in session

6 - Son of Dave - Nike Time - Live in session

Radio Ping Pong with Son of Dave (his selections marked *):

*7 - Little Walter - Teenage Beat - 7" single - USA - Checker - 845

8 - Melingo - Julepe en la Tierra - Maldito Tango - Argentina - Manana - MM525009

*9 - Freddy Roland y su Orquestra - Tequila - 7" single - ? - Sono Radio - 10084

10 - Lhasa - La Frontera - The Living Road - Canada - Tot ou Tard - 5050467-0122

*11 - The Latin Souls: - I've Got You - 7" single - USA - Kapp - K-898

12 - Idrissa Soumaoro - M'Bas Den Ou - Desert Blues Vol 3 - Mali - Network Medien - 495122

*13 - Lou Monte - Have Another - 7" single - USA - RCA Victor - 47-7554

14 - Gert Vlok Nel - Beautiful in Beaufort-Wes - Beautiful in Beaufort-Wes - South Africa - Munich - MRCD 281

*15 - Stonewall Jackson - Why I'm Walkin' - 7" single - USA - Columbia - 4-41591

16 - Gabi Lunca - Azi e nor, mâine-i senin - Sounds from a Byegone Age, Vol 5 - Romania - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR 1508

*17 - Big Maybelle: - Baby Won't You Please Come Home - 7" single - USA - Savoy - 45-1558

18 - The Harbours Band - Koma Mosi - Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6 - Nigeria - Soundway - SNDWCD009

*19 - Lord Brynner with Cyril Diaz and his Orchestra and the March of Dimes - Gang War - 7" single - Trinidad - RCA - 7 2086

End of Ping Pong

20 - Son of Dave - Your Mercedes - Live in session

21 - Son of Dave - Lover Not A Fighter - Live in session

22 - Julien Jacob - Dierel - Barham - Benin - Volume - VOL 0701

23 - Mor Karbasi - Nuestros Amores - The Beauty and the Sea - UK/israel - Mintaka - MINBT003

24 - Momo Wandel Soumah - Toko - Afro Swing - Guinea Conakry - Fonto Musicali - fmd 217

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:29 am
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:For some reason, I was actually expecting the show to open up with Blue Sky Boys, I just guessed the wrong track.

I was planning to play Turn Your Radio On, but switched at the last minute because its chorus seems to go around one or two many times without changing.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:33 am
by garth cartwright
Very nice show with SOD proving an excellent ping-pong guest: the sync between Gabi Lunca and Big Maybelle was perfect radio. I got in from the Barbican and switched on obviously just after u had played Carla - again, synchronicity of sorts!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:48 am
by Gordon Neill
Charlie claimed:

I was planning to play Turn Your Radio On

Yup! That was the one I guessed you'd open up with.

Oh, and thanks for alerting me to volume 5 of Songs From A Bygone Age, from Gaby Lunca. I'll need to shell out for that one.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:57 am
by Ketsbaia
Gnnn, please tell me this will be on 'Listen Again'...


PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:02 am
by Gordon Neill
Yes, it's on Listen Again. Filed under 'World on 3' ... shtml?link


PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:46 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Jason Foley, Cambridge

I am seeking the name of the artist that Charlie Gillet interviewed on the Saturday evenings show (26th April). He also played live in the studio. In the interview he sounded British and sung with an unusual voice.

i would like to purchase hi album but cant remember his name etc as i was almost asleep at the time.

many thanks,



2. Peter Sampson, Manchester

Hi Charlie,

just a quick not to say great show last night - good to see that you've managed to get a "tradititional" CG show on R3, complete with Radio Ping-Pong. The session with The Son Of Dave was very entertaining.

My gem from last night's show was the Israeli singer Mor Kabasi - though the Carla Bruni track was good too - and a great sign-off with Momo Wandel Soumah.

Looking forward greatly to next week's show - and long may World On 3 continue with you getting at least 1/3 of the slots - it's really great to have you back on national radio (where you belong).

Kind regards,




Martin Goldman

Your absence has been palpable, as one tunes across the airwaves and searches the internet for consistently interesting sources of music radio. Not only that, Radio Ping Pong has returned!

Good to hear you in better voice, sounding stronger and healthier than for some time. Perhaps you need to be more circumspect about which countries you visit, avoiding those with the dodgiest viruses.

I do check World Service when I remember. Listen Again is a brilliant institution.

I agree, Son of Dave is/are very tasty and deserve greater acclaim.

On another tack... one evening back in 1974 I borrowed a pair of your headphones, with assistance from a guitarist by the name of Adrian Putty Pietryga. These aided the live recording of a band that he played in, called Ocean, at Clapham hostelry The Two Brewers. Not my finest recording moment, but it does evoke the spirit of the time and the band, rather better than attempts made at Pathway or a huge complex at Wembley.

Should this be of interest, I'll send you a CD; let me know your postal address. I've at last managed to extract the audio from an old quarter-track, and cleaned it up digitally.

Please feel free to say no... I realise that you have a lot of records to be getting on with.

best wishes


PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:55 pm
by uiwangmike
From Wikipedia, an update on Stonewall Jackson:
In 2006, Jackson sued the Grand Ole Opry for $10 million, claiming age discrimination. As a member of the Opry for over fifty years, Jackson believed that management was sidelining him in favor of younger artists. In his court filing, Jackson claimed that Grand Ole Opry general manager Pete Fisher stated that he didn't "want any gray hairs on that stage or in the audience, and before I'm done there won't be any." Fisher is also alleged to have told Jackson that he was "too old and too country."

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:27 pm
by ralphyt
cracking show, have dearly missed the rounds of gentle musical ping pong. would be great if this one was posted on mondomix sometime soon.

i was rather charmed by the carla bruni track, although i shan't mention that to the french girlf - fine specimen though my missus is, mrs sarkozy's singing voice is rather better.

i fear itunes is going to take a hammering after hearing so many top tunes.....thks charlie for a great 90 mins.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:14 pm
by Gordon Moore
I do hope that you who listen to the replay will pay attention to the maths programme on Galois first!!!

No, not the cigarettes, Galois, Evariste, founder of Group Theory, a French anarchist and spurned lover, who was fatally wounded in a duel over some trampette. *(Possibly blonde ahem)

What do you mean you don't know what Group Theory is, Philistines. It's like me not knowing what a gerund is?

What's a gerund?

p.s. I want to say how much I'm enjoying the show, but I'm struggling to get a good feed, it keeps breaking up - I'll try again later.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:18 am
by Con Murphy
Great to see the return of ping-pong. It's the CG USP and has been much missed.

garth cartwright wrote:Very nice show with SOD proving an excellent ping-pong guest: the sync between Gabi Lunca and Big Maybelle was perfect radio.

Agreed, and the one between Le Trio Joubran and Umalili. If you'd have followed that with Donsoke, the excellent opener to Bako Dagnon's new album (which started in my head as that sequé happened), I'd have been doing cartwheels down the street.

Speaking of the Bako Dagnon, is the harmonica player on the Idrissa Soumaoro track Pascal Mikaelian, I wonder? What with the Bréant/Bogolan link between the two albums (and similar tone) I'd bet on it.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:21 pm
by tulsehill charlie
Thanks for a really enjoyable show Charlie. I'm glad you included Gert Vlok Nel, who is a South African poet who writes in Afrikaans. There's a lot of good Afrikaans songwriting and music coming out of South Africa at the moment. "Beautiful in Beaufort West" is a touching song of lost love. Beaufort West is farming town in the Great Karoo (in the Western Cape). Here are the lyrics in Afrikaans and English. if it reads strangely it's because I've kept the original sentence structure.

En jy was beautiful in Beaufort-Wes
en ek was so verskrik en verskriklik lief vir jou
en jy het op grafte en op treine
en op Ford Fairlaine se agterseats gevry
en nou is jy en jou man both computer analysts
en laas winter you tried to slit your wrists
en nou kan jy nie meer slaap nie,
nie meer lag nie,
nie meer iets vir jouself doen nie,
nooit ooit weer vir my soen nie

En mooi mooi mooi was jou woorde ook
terwyl jy menthol sigarette rook
en daai sweet sweet dinge vir my se
terwyl jy sweet sweet in my arms le
en die presiese woorde het ek presies vergeet
ek onthou net die rook en die sweet in Beaufort-Wes
en jou kaal liggaam onder 'n cool summer cotton dress
nie meer slaap nie, nie meer lag nie
nie meer iets vir mekaar doen nie
nooit ooit weer vir mekaar soen nie

En dis miskien soos 'n storie uit die huisgenoot,
maar jy't een aand skielik vir my weggestoot
en in die rear view mirror jou gesig gekyk
en gese "miskien moet ek gelukkiger lyk"
daardie aand kon ek nie aan die slaap raak nie
en het gevoel hoe my hart losruk uit my lyf
en soos 'n roeiboot in die rivier afdryf
ek kon nie meer slaap nie, nie meer lag nie,
nie meer iets ooit reg doen nie,
nooit ooit weer vir jou soen nie

En die laaste herinnering waaroor ek sing
is die nag toe ek en jy die melktrein aan en aan in die nag in ry
tot anderkant die ding dong gong
van die breakfast waiter in die gang verby
en dit was my wake-up call my lief
jy't gese wees asseblief lief vir my
maar ek het gedroom ons het in Beaufort-Wes gaan woon
en ek kon nie meer slaap nie, nie meer lag nie,
nie meer so iets doen nie,
nooit ooit weer vir jou soen nie

And you were beautiful in Beaufort West
And I was so scared and frighteningly in love with you
And you had on gravestones and on trains
And on Ford Fairlaine back seats been free
And now you and your man are both computer analysts
And last winter you tried to slit your wrists
And now you can’t sleep any more
Not laugh any more
Not do anything for yourself any more
Never ever again kiss me

And beautiful beautiful beautiful were your words also
While you smoke menthol cigarettes
And say those sweet sweet things to me
While you sweet sweet lay in my arms
And the precide words have I precisely forgotten
I remember only the smoke and the sweat in Beaufort West
And your naked body under a cool summer cotton dress
No more sleep, no more laugh
No more do anything together
Never ever again kiss together

And this perhaps like a story out of the Huisgenoot
But one evening you’d suddenly pushed me away
And looked at your face in the rear view mirror
And said “perhaps I should look happierâ€

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:47 pm
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Excellent show, although it made me sad to think I never got to hear any of the old BBC London ones. If this is what they were like, then it's a damned sad loss to radio that they're not still on.

Too many great tracks to list.

Thank you.