Really Old Music

Bird Dog - Everly Brothers

1958 HITS ARCHIVE: Bird Dog - Everly Brothers (a #1 record–original version
Bird Dog (Bryant) by The Everly Brothers Million-seller for Don & Phil was their chart-topping follow-up to “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” When you hear the duo singing this in stereo, you’re hearing a later re-recording. See also the flip side “Devoted To You":
BIRD DOG RECORD

A lifetime ago, during my youthful times, I used to row in bow position in an Eight at Walton Rowing Club and the brother’s records were always playing on the club’s spinner :+1:

Every Day I Pray For The Bomb [1950s cold war/fallout music]

Once thought lost to time, this obscure 1950s song exploring a young man’s dreams of ashes and nuclear fallout to get out of eating his vegetables struck the wrong chord in an America plagued by McCarthyism. Protests erupted in Atlantic City where participants – now known to have been paid in casino vouchers – burned mountains of Dean Franko Jr.’s vinyl records. Franko Jr.’s whereabouts remain unknown after he openly testified against alleged Atlantic City mob bosses in 1958 regarding their role in the disappearance of beloved house band Elroy And The Farmhands. Franko Jr. would enter the witness protection program soon after.

My Commie Queen (
…obscure 1950s rock vinyl)

The fallout from this cold war rock classic, restored from vinyl via AI, earned genre pioneer Gary Eagles a spot on American Bandstand…and a congressional hearing. After some digging, Almost Vinyl has obtained part of original transcript:

Congressman: Mr. Eagles, are you now, or have you ever been a member of the communist party?

Eagles: Oh no sir, I ain’t no commie. But if they come around, it’s definitely a party.

[audible grumbling and minor snickering]

Congressman: You claim no ties to the USSR and yet this “song” – if you can call it that - of yours endorses obscene practices with sworn enemies of our nation.

Eagles: Enemies? No sir, not enemies. Just the one. It’s about all I can handle. These commie lad—

Congressman: Mr. Eagles, do you not see how fornicating with the enemy constitutes conduct against The United States of America?

Eagles: Mr. Congressman, I can’t think of anythin’ more American than deliverin’ sweet democracy unto the adversary.

Congressman: Then you see this as colonization rather than fraternization?

Eagles: Yes sir, I couldn’t have put it better.

[rabbling and nodding]

Congressman: One final question then.

Eagles: Yes sir.

Congressman: In the song you mention not – and I quote – “trading The Eagle” for –

Eagles: The Eagle is my [redacted].

Congressman: [sighs] That will be all.

Eagles: God bless America!


Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet - Blues In Time (1957) [Full Album]


Jimmy Smith - Jimmy Smith Trio Plus Lou Donaldson [Full Album]

Kenny Burrell Quintet - Midnight Blue (1963) [Full Album]

John Coltrane - Tenor Conclave (1956) [Full Album]

My Commie Queen (obscure 1950s rock vinyl)

The fallout from this cold war rock classic, restored from vinyl via AI, earned genre pioneer Gary Eagles a spot on American Bandstand…and a congressional hearing. After some digging, Almost Vinyl has obtained part of original transcript:

Congressman: Mr. Eagles, are you now, or have you ever been a member of the communist party?

Eagles: Oh no sir, I ain’t no commie. But if they come around, it’s definitely a party.

[audible grumbling and minor snickering]

Congressman: You claim no ties to the USSR and yet this “song” – if you can call it that - of yours endorses obscene practices with sworn enemies of our nation.

Eagles: Enemies? No sir, not enemies. Just the one. It’s about all I can handle. These commie lad—

Congressman: Mr. Eagles, do you not see how fornicating with the enemy constitutes conduct against The United States of America?

Eagles: Mr. Congressman, I can’t think of anythin’ more American than deliverin’ sweet democracy unto the adversary.

Congressman: Then you see this as colonization rather than fraternization?

Eagles: Yes sir, I couldn’t have put it better.

[rabbling and nodding]

Congressman: One final question then.

Eagles: Yes sir.

Congressman: In the song you mention not – and I quote – “trading The Eagle” for –

Eagles: The Eagle is my [redacted].

Congressman: [sighs] That will be all.

Eagles: God bless America!

I Can’t Get It Up (rare early 60s vinyl)

Lyrics:

I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)
I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)

Brought a lady home with me tonight (oooh)
We were huggin’ and a kissin’ and holdin’ on tight
And though this gal looked like a movie star
My little guy was sleepin’ at the wheel behind the car

I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)
I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)

I’ve tried drugs
I’ve tried pictures
I’ve stared at ancient paintings and marble sculptures
I’ve tried herbs
I’ve tried voodoo
But nothin’ gets him movin’ no matter what I do!

I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)
I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)

I’ve been to France
I’ve been to Spain
I’ve had acupuncture done and felt the pain
I’ve quit drinkin’
Been to porno theaters
I’ve set up camp for weeks on European beaches!

I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)
I can’t get it up (he can’t get it up)

Went to the doctor to get checked out (ooh)
He prodded and he fondled, and he threw it all about
And when he put on the glove to check my colon out
I felt my man wake up and start movin’ all about

But I can’t get it up (The doc got it up)
No I can’t get it up (this counts as up!)