The Johnny Otis Show: “Willie And The Hand Jive” b/w “Willie Did The Cha Cha”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #12 – The Johnny Otis Show: “Willie And The Hand Jive” b/w “Willie Did The Cha Cha” – Capitol Starline 45 RPM Single X-6040 (C2/D2) Johnny Otis was known as the original “King Of Rock & Roll” long before Elvis Presley donned the title. […]

Cream: “Sunshine Of Your Love” b/w “SWLABR”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #11 – Cream: “Sunshine Of Your Love” b/w “SWLABR” – Atco 45 RPM Single 45-6544 (1967) (A2/B2) Today’s Jukebox classic was the biggest hit single by classic rock supergroup Cream. While some were spray painting the buildings of England with proclamations that Eric Clapton […]

Paul & Linda McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” b/w “Too Many People”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #7 – Paul & Linda McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” b/w “Too Many People” – Apple Records 45 1837 1971 (M1/N1) Lyrics were never his strong suit…and the lyrics from “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” are at best incoherent. However, you’d be hard pressed to argue […]

“Birthday” by The Sugarcubes

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Birthday” by The Sugarcubes Possessing an otherworldly approach to singing and an obtuse sense of fashion, Iceland’s greatest musical export is Bjork! Go ahead…name another! Bjork started out as a children’s recording artist making her first record at the age of 11. By the late ’80s, she […]

The Kinks – “Starstruck” b/w “Picture Book”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #4 – The Kinks – “Starstruck” b/w “Picture Book” – German Pye 45 DV-14795 (G1/H1) In a year that saw the release of The Beatles’ White Album and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, it’s no surprise that a low-key gem like The Kinks Are The […]

Brian Wilson “Caroline No” b/w “Summer Means New Love”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #2 – Brian Wilson “Caroline No” b/w “Summer Means New Love” – Capitol 45 5610 (C1/D1) “The Jukebox Series” focuses on the 80 records that inhabit my 1963 Seeburg LPC1 jukebox. I’ve had my jukebox (or as I like to call it “the prehistoric […]

Dale Hawkins: “Susie Q” b/w “Don’t Treat Me This Way”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #1 – Dale Hawkins: “Susie Q” b/w “Don’t Treat Me This Way” – Checker 45 #863 – 1957 (A1/B1) Today marks the beginning of a new semi-regular series for Song of the Day by Eric Berman. “The Jukebox Series” will focus on the 80 […]

“Nutted By Reality” by Nick Lowe

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Nutted By Reality” by Nick Lowe The album title, Pure Pop for Now People is the American name of Nick Lowe’s 1978 debut solo record which across the pond carried the much cooler title Jesus Of Cool. The American and English editions of the record featured similar […]

“I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith Whistler’s brother? Actually, no. Then who was Whistling Jack Smith, and why is his sole hit from 1967 haunting me? I played an album of British Invasion hits released on the Parrot Record label from the late ‘60s […]

“Poem 58” by Chicago Transit Authority

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Poem 58” by Chicago Transit Authority The fact that Chicago Transit Authority was the horn band of the late 1960s has obscured the fact that Chicago was also one hell of a great guitar band. Proof positive is this somewhat obscure track from their eponymously titled debut […]

“Good Shepherd” by Jefferson Airplane

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Good Shepherd” by Jefferson Airplane The epiphany of an eight year old… The backdrop of my childhood played out with images of the Viet Nam war and the unrest that culminated in the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention coming over the television screen. While I wasn’t […]

“Thelma” by Paul Simon

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Thelma” by Paul Simon It boggles the mind how a song this good could have been left in the can, but that was indeed the fate of the Paul Simon outtake “Thelma,” which was originally intended for his 1990 album The Rhythm Of The Saints. (The song […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Kill Your Sons” by Lou Reed

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Kill Your Sons” by Lou Reed After the huge success of the Transformer album and its top-twenty single “Walk On The Wild Side,” Lou Reed delivered his most beautifully disturbing album as a follow up. The concept album, Berlin was considered at the time to be a […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Fox On The Run” by Sweet

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Fox On The Run” by Sweet Boy, I hated this song when it was a huge hit back in 1975. It stood for everything I disliked about commercial rock ‘n’ roll. The band was totally lightweight and poppy, and their brand of glam rock had no teeth […]

Groovy Movies by The Kinks

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Song of the Day – Groovy Movies by The Kinks The Great Lost Kinks Album isn’t really the great lost Kinks album. That distinction goes to Reprise Records RS-6309 which would have been released in late 1967 or early 1968 as Four More Respected Gentlemen. But for reasons unknown, that record was never released and […]