What Gets Me Up To Frank Zappa?

5-3-12             What gets me up to Frank Zappa?

Singer Bing Crosby born 1904, Soul Brother #1 James Brown born 1928; Take Me To The Bridge.

Been doing lists lately; what records did I hear before I arrived at “Freak Out” by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention?  List is roughly from oldest to newest.  Roughly.

Lonzo & Oscar – “I’m My Own Grandpa” (1947) also “Dormant Volcano”

Slim Gaillard – “Smorgasbord” (1951/2) – I first heard it when it got re-issued in Japan in the 80’s.

Tom Lehrer – “Songs By Tom Lehrer” (1953) and “An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer” (1959), comedy.

Bill Haley & The Comets – “Rock Around The Clock” b/w “13 Women” (both approx. 1954) also “Razzle Dazzle”, “See You Later Alligator” etc.

Perez Prado – “Mambo Mania” (1955), jazz.

Harry Belafonte – “Calypso” (1956) also “At Carnegie Hall” (1958).

Elvis Presley – “Elvis” (his debut album) (1956) and his single “Shake Rattle & Roll” (1956), together with “Elvis’ Golden Hits Vol. 1” (1958)

The Coasters – “The Coasters” (1956) also “Coast Along With The Coasters” (1962)

O.S.T. – “The Man With The Golden Arm” (Elmer Bernstein, 1956), jazz.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put A Spell On You” (1956), R&B.

Gil Melee – “Patterns In Jazz” (1956), jazz.

Chet Atkins – “Finger Style Guitar” (1957), instrumental C&W.

Stan Freberg – “A Child’s Garden of Freberg” (1957/8) also “Stan Freberg Presents The United States Of America” (1961), comedy.

Horace Silver – “The Stylings Of Silver” (1957) and “Song For My Father” (1964).

Spike Jones – “Dinner Music For Those Who Aren’t Very Hungry” (1957), comedy; also “Thank You, Music Lovers” LP.

Ken Nordine – “Word Jazz” (1957), jazz + spoken word.

Jimmie Driftwood – “The Battle Of New Orleans” (1958) – the whole album!

Lord Rockingham’s XI – “Hoots Mon” (1958) original 45 version.

Sonny Clark – “Cool Struttin’” (1958), jazz.

Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” (1958), novelty.

Miles Davis – “Kind Of Blue” (1959), jazz.

Charles Mingus – “Blues & Roots” (1959) and “Mingus Ah Um” (1959), jazz.

John Cage / David Tudor – “Indeterminacy” (1959), spoken word.

David Seville & The Chipmunks – “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” (1959?) also “Alvin’s Harmonica” (1959), novelty.

“Highlights of Vortex” (1959), experimental music.

Bill Black Combo – “Smokie” (1959), instrumental music.

Joe Meek & The Blue Men – “I Hear A New World” (1960), experimental music.

Floyd Cramer – “Hello Blues” (1960), instrumental music.

Barry Humphries – “Sandy Agonistes” (1960), comedy / spoken word.

“Beyond The Fringe” (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore etc.) (1960), comedy.

Ivor Cutler – “Who Tore Your Trousers?” (1961) also “Get Away From The Wall” (1961), spoken word; and all subsequent releases.

Jorgen Ingman – “Apache” (1961), instrumental music.

Sue Thompson – “Meet Sue Thompson” (1961), notably her single “Norman”.

John Leyton – “Johnny Remember Me” (1961) and other assorted singles.

Allan Sherman – “My Son, The Folk Singer” (1962) and all subsequent releases.

Ray Stevens – “1,837 Seconds Of Humor” (1962), especially “Ahab The Arab”.

The Tornados – “Telstar” (1962), instrumental music.  Joe Meek!

Booker T. & The MG’s – “Green Onions” (1962) also “Hip Hug Her” (1967)

Charlie & Inez Foxx – “Mockingbird” (1962)

The Beatles – “Love Me Do” (1962) and all subsequent releases.

Bert Kaempfert – “A Swinging Safari” (1962), instrumental music.

O.S.T. – “West Side Story” (1962)

Gerry Temple – “Seventeen Come Sunday” (1962)

Bob Dylan – “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” and the rest of his 60’s albums.

Freddie & The Dreamers – “I’m Telling You Now” (1963) and “Do The Freddie”.

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – “Bad To Me” (1963) and “I’ll Keep You Satisfied”.

The Swinging Blue Jeans – “Hippy Hippy Shake” (1963)

The Rolling Stones – “Come On” (1963) and all subsequent releases.

Sonny & Cher – “Baby Don’t Go” (1963)

Lee Morgan – “The Sidewinder” (1963), jazz.

Gerry & The Pacemakers – “It’s Gonna Be Allright” (1964)

The Newbeats – “Bread & Butter” (1964)

Eric Burdon & The Animals – “It’s My Life”

Manfred Mann – “Do Wah Diddy”

Herman’s Hermits – “Museum” and most other mid-60’s hit singles by HH

Don Rendell & Ian Carr Quintet – “Dusk Fire” (1966), British jazz.

Dion McGregor – “The Dream World of Dion McGregor” (1964?), spoken word.

Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – “Twine Time”

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – any of their initial A&M LP material

The Graham Bond Organization – anything from their 2 x EMI-Columbia LP’s

The Fugs – “Fugs’ First Album” (1964?) and all subsequent releases

Donovan – “Epistle To Dippy” and most other mid-60’s hit singles by Donovan

The Who – “My Generation” (1965) and all subsequent releases

Junior Walker & The All Stars – “Shotgun” (1965)

John Mayall with Eric Clapton – “Bluesbreakers” (1965)

The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Do You Believe In Magic?” (1965)

Richard & Mimi Farina – “Celebrations For A Grey Day” (1965)

Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames – “Outrage” (1965)

The Hollies – “Stop Stop Stop”

The Mamas & Papas – “California Dreamin’” (1965) and all subsequent releases

William S. Burroughs – “Call Me Burroughs” (1965), spoken word.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – “Debut album” (1965?)

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – “Little Red Riding Hood”

Cream – “Fresh Cream” (1966) and all subsequent releases

Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Featuring Janis Joplin” (1966) also “Cheap Thrills” (1968)

The Spencer Davis Group – “Keep On Running” (1966)

The Music Machine – “Talk Talk” (1966)

The Association – “Along Comes Mary” and most other mid-60’s hit singles by them

Arriving at:

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – “Freak Out” (1966) and all subsequent releases

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