WNCW, my home radio station, asked me to produce a two-hour radio special around the new 5-cd box set, “Stax ’68: A Memphis Story”. The program features over three dozen tracks from the set and backstory/context for the songs. I thought you soul fans would enjoy it, so here ’tis!
We’ll enjoy music by Grapefruit, Morning Glory, the Association, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Sweetwater, the Beach Boys, girl group the Bittersweets, Ella Washington, garage band 45s, and more.
45s by garage bands Richard & The Young Lions and the Morticians, one from soul master Edwin Starr, some sultry soul on a ’65 single by Brenda Holloway, a trippy ’68 album track by the Animals, plus Tommy James & the Shondells, the Zombies, the Standells (above), and much more.
You’ll hear a KILLER 1968 live cut by Bobbie Gentry off the “Girl from Chickasaw County” box set; a single-only release by Canned Heat; tracks from the ’67 debut albums by Al Green, Fairport Convention (pictured), and Procol Harum; 45s by garage bands the Moving Sidewalks, the Aardvarks, and the King Bees… and much more.
Album tracks by the Kinks, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Beatles; 45s by Margie Hendrix, the Gants, the Foggy Notions, and Saturday’s Children, and Howard Tate; plus songs by the Grateful Dead, the Gestures, Dantalian’s Chariot, the American Breed, and many others.
Qued up for you: album tracks by the Troggs, Status Quo, and Aretha Franklin; a 1967 single by James Taylor’s first band, the Flying Machine; cool soul 45s by the Other Brothers and Willie Gauff with the Love Brothers; a Rolling Stones b-side that got well into the US top 40; plus songs by the the Sorrows, Marianne Faithfull, and American garage bands.
Here’s a partial list of the records we’ll listen to: a cut from the debut album by Chicago Transit Authority; 45s by garage bands the Us Too Group, the Regents, and the Foggy Notions; a late ’66 single by Van Dyke Parks; B-sides by Joe Cocker and the Left Banke; plus Peter & Gordon, Richard & Mimi Farina, and the Steve Miller Band.