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Lennon's Jukebox

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  • Lennon's Jukebox

    Not sure if this item has already been posted.

    John Lennon carried a portable jukebox with forty of his fav 45 rpm singles (80 sides) on the road as the Beatles toured in early and mid '60s. The jukebox complete with records turned up at an auction a year or two ago, was snatched up for, I think, $2,500, a documentary was filmed and re-shown on PBS this last Wednesday, pretty great. Here is the playlist alphabetized:

    Arthur Alexander-You Better Move on/A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
    The Animals-Bring It on Home to Me/For Miss Caulker" 1965
    Richie Barrett-Some Other Guy/Tricky Dicky" 1962
    Len Barry-1, 2, 3/Bullseye" 1965
    Fontella Bass-Rescue Me/The Soul of a Man 1965
    Chuck Berry-No Particular Place to Go/You Two 1964
    The Big Three-Some Other Guy/Let True Love Begin 1963
    Gary US Bonds-New Orleans/Please Forgive Me 1960
    Gary US Bonds-Quarter to Three/Time Ole Story 1961
    Booker T. & the M.G.'s-Boot-leg/Outrage 1965
    Bruce Channel-Hey! Baby/Dream Girl 1962
    The Contours-First I Look at the Purse/Can You Do It? 1965
    Donovan-Turquoise/Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) 1965
    Bob Dylan-Positively 4th Street/From a Buick 6 1965
    Buddy Holly-Brown Eyed Handsome Man/Slippin' and Slidin' 1959
    The Isley Brothers-Twist and Shout/Spanish Twist 1962
    Little Richard-Long Tall Sally/Slippin' and Slidin' 1956
    Little Richard-Ooh! My Soul/True Fine Mama 1958
    The Lovin' Spoonful-Daydream/Night Owl Blues 1966
    The Lovin' Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic/On the Road Again
    Derek Martin Daddy-Rollin' Stone/Don't Put Me Down Like This 1963
    Jimmy McCracklin-The Walk/I'm to Blame 1958
    The Miracles-Shop Around/Who's Lovin' You 1960
    The Miracles-Ain't It Baby/The Only One I Love 1961
    The Miracles-What's So Good About Goodbye?/I've Been Good to You
    The Miracles-The Tracks of My Tears/A Fork in the Road 1965
    Bobby Parker-Watch Your Step/Steal Your Heart Away 1961
    Wilson Pickett-In the Midnight Hour/I'm Not Tired 1965
    James Ray-If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody/It's Been a Drag
    Otis Redding-My Girl/Down in the Valley 1965
    Paul Revere & the Raiders-Steppin' Out/Blue Fox 1965
    Timmy Shaw-Gonna Send You Back to Georgie/I'm a Lonely Guy 1963 Edwin Starr-Agent Double-O Soul/Back Street 1965
    Barrett Strong-Money (That's What I Want)/Oh I Apologize 1959
    Tommy Tucker-Hi-Heel Sneakers/I Don't Want 'Cha 1963
    Gene Vincent-Be-Bop-A-Lula/Woman Love 1956
    Larry Williams-Short Fat Fannie/High School Dance 1957
    Larry Williams-She Said, Yeah/Bad Boy 1959
    "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

  • #2
    I'd read about the portable jukebox, but I haven't seen the playlist, before.

    Good call, Talisant! A lot of those tracks look worth checking out. :)

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    • #3
      I grew up hearing most of the songs, great stuff, still have a number of the 45s, but only recently heard Barret Strong's version of Money on XM radio, a really great cut with cool drums, and I'd forgotten about James Ray's If You've Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody - wonderful song, I'm more familiar with the later Freddie and the Dreamers version, but just a/b'd them and Ray's sounds better imho. There's a cd compilaton of A sides plus a few notable B sides available through Amazon type purchase portals.
      "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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      • #4
        Re: Lennon's Jukebox

        Originally posted by Talisant
        Tommy Tucker-Hi-Heel Sneakers
        I have that on a tape somewhere... I love songs with strange, or absurd, images like that. There's another Blues song (possibly on the same tape) where the singer declares that he has an axe-handle pistol, built on a graveyard frame. Nonsense, of course, but very evocative.

        Oh... after a quick Google search, I discover the sneaker song was covered by Janis Joplin... who also recorded a special song for Lennon, shortly before she died... although I think I read that he didn't hear it as such... I'm gibbering now...

        It was pointed out to me a while ago that, even though I consider John the "coolest" Beatle, most of my favourite songs were actually Paul's. How very shallow of me. :(
        "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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        • #5
          "Axe-handle pistol" could be Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley, covered by many others.

          Haven't heard the Joplin-for-Lennon song, sounds interesting.

          Somewhat ditto as to your Lennon/McCartney statement, I like more McCartney songs than I realized.
          "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Talisant
            "Axe-handle pistol" could be Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley, covered by many others.
            I've definitely heard that song, so could be...

            Originally posted by Talisant
            Haven't heard the Joplin-for-Lennon song, sounds interesting.
            I've only read about it in a biography, but I believe it was added to the recently re-released Pearl. "Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails)" is the title, according to Amazon.
            "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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