The Jesters (1965-66)

THE JESTERS stompity stomp (1965-66)
They sound a little like a crazed ’60s garage band (if that’s not a redundant description) that owes far more to ’50s rock & roll, rockabilly, and R&B than the usual such group — not as if they’ve digested those influences primarily via British Invasion bands, but more like they’ve studied the original ’50s performers themselves. Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry might be the most audible of those influences, but certainly you can hear some Carl Perkins.


THE JESTERS get gone baby (1965-66)


THE JESTERS strange as it seems (1965-66)


THE JESTERS the big hurt (1965-66)

Interview: “Frankie Lee Sims” – Blues Unlimited #119 + Specialty 487 – via Wired For Sound…

Wired For Sound

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011

Frankie Lee Sims on Specialty 487

Frankie Lee Sims – Rhumba My Boogie / I’ll Get Along Somehow (Specialty 487)

“Rhumba My Boogie”


“I’ll Get Along Somehow”


Frankie Lee Sims’ Lucy Mae Blues LP on Specialty, released in 1970 (but kept in print through the ’90s), and drawn from sessions made in Dallas in 1953-54, is probably the single finest blues album by a Texas artist. The only contenders for that title are Lightnin’s Herald album and/or Lightnin’s Texas Blues Man LP. Sadly, it came out too late for it to benefit Sims, who died just before it was released. Sims should have been “rediscovered” in the early ’60s, but wasn’t. Cue “O Fortuna” here.

Lucy Mae Blues was compiled by Barry Hansen, a man of impeccable taste. Hansen carefully listened to all of Sims’s Specialty masters and selected the 12 best. For a long time, I assumed that these were “the complete” Specialty recordings of Frankie Lee Sims. Wrong. Hansen deliberately left out several masters, including both sides of this, Frankie’s final Specialty single, from 1954. 

Above: Frankie Lee Sims c. 1969, among his huge collection of rare 78s and LPs. 

I don’t blame Hansen for leaving “Rhumba My Boogie” off the LP. It is the weakest track Sims ever recorded, a goofy attempt to cash in on the current pop craze for rhumbas. A rural Texas bluesman recreating himself as Xavier Cugat is not going to produce great music, but the music world being what it is, it isn’t hard to picture “Rhumba My Boogie” becoming a huge hit and Sims becoming known as “The Texas Rhumba King” for the rest of his career. Billboard said on April 3, 1954, that “there’s no denying the power of this Latinized R&B effort.”

“I’ll Get Along Somehow” is better, but only marginally, being a generic “Worried Life Blues” re-write. 

Only one photograph of Sims exists, taken a year before he died by Chris Strachwitz, who also interviewed him. Sims was born in New Orleans and absorbed some of that city’s culture (he claimed “Buddy Bolden’s Blues” the first song he learned) but grew up in Marshall, Texas. One reason why he wasn’t “rediscovered” might have something to do with the fact that he shot a man in Dallas (“drinking all that wine, all that mess”) and must have spent some time in jail. As with everything else to do with Sims, the dates are hazy. 

Below is the complete Sims interview by Chris Strachwitz. Click images to enlarge. 

“Frankie Lee Sims” – Blues Unlimited #119

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Bonzo Dog Band – Do Not Adjust Your Set (FLAC)

Here you will discover the rare recordings of “Canterbury” and “UK Prog Rock”. Mixed in of course with other bands as well!

Bonzo Dog Band – Do Not Adjust Your Set (FLAC)

Bonzo Dog Band – Do Not Adjust Your Set 1968/1969 (FLAC)

Do Not Adjust Your Set (DNAYS) was a British children’s television series produced by Rediffusion from December 1967 to May 1969 in which the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band performed one or more songs what gained them a big cult following in the UK.

This audio collection from these shows is compiled from several sources. The bulk of the songs here are a straight rip from the 2005 DVD release (a MUST for every Bonzo’s/Monty Python fan!!) which contains nine of the surviving programmes. Other tracks are sourced from the very rare Seventies vinyl bootleg album ‘Loose Caboose’ and a few are from that other essential Bonzo’s release the double DVD-set ‘Talking Pictures’. The overall quality is very good to excellent although some tracks leave something to be desired because they where sourced from scratchy vinyl. The last three tracks are taken from the 1967 Granada TV-show ‘New Faces’ and fit in nicely with the rest of this compilation. Hope you like it.

Track listing
01 Monster Mash
02 The Equestrian Statue
03 Hello Mabel
04 Brief
05 Look Out There’s Monster Coming
06 Hunting Tigers Out In Indiah
07 I’m The Urban Spaceman
08 Love Is A Cyndrical Piano
09 The Intro And The Outro
10 Beautiful Zelda
11 Tubas In The Moonlight
12 By A Waterfall
13 Metaphorically Speaking
14 Death Cab For Cutie
15 The Sound Of Music
16 Mr Apollo (Excerpt)
17 Ready-Mades
18 Shirt
19 Da Story Of Da Bonzo’s Itself (The Bride Stripped Bare)
20 The End Of the Show (Granada TV, New Faces 1967)
21 The Equestrian Statue (Granada TV, New Faces 1967)
22 Little Sir Echo (Granada TV, New Faces 1967)

Running time: 49:20

Tracks 01-06, 08-11, 13-15 from ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ 2005 DVD.
Track 7 ‘Talking Pictures’ DVD.
Track 12 Christmas Special ‘Do Not Adjust Your Stocking’.
Track 16 ‘Inside The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’ 2005 DVD.
Tracks 17-19 ‘Loose Caboose’ vinyl album.
Tracks 20-22 ‘New Faces’ Granada TV 1967.

About Do Not Adjust Your Set
Do Not Adjust Your Set took its name from the message which was displayed when there was a problem with transmission. Although the show was originally conceived as a children’s programme, it quickly acquired a cult crossover following amongst many adults. The programme comprised a series of sketches, often bizarre and surreal, frequently satirical with a disjointed style which was to become more famous in the more daring Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which followed five months later.

Many of it’s actors and comedians later became famous, such as Denise Coffey and David Jason. Contributers Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Eric Idle became, together with John Cleese and Graham Chapman, part of the hugely successful Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

The first series of ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ ran from January 4th until March 28th, 1968, with the fourth winning first prize at the Prix Jeunesse international TV festival. A new series was scheduled for the following February 1969. The second series would prove to be the last of this higly influental TV-series.

All my own rips, sorry no artwork.

Have fun! BeatleV!

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