The Door To Yesterday Vol. 4, No. 20.Alan Wrner. 2020

 

a taste of vinage new orleans. favorite r&B. the door to yesterday.

 From the late 40’s through into the 70’s,

 New Orleans was a veritable hotbed of glorious rhythm & blues music. 


Hits by a range of remarkable artists led by Fats Domino,

 Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Barbara George,

 Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Ernie K-Doe and Aaron Neville kept

the cash registers ringing.


But beyond the ongoing cascade of best-sellers, 

there were stacks of unforgettable singles which graced 

many a jukebox at the time but sadly never made it into 

the Hot 100 record charts.


Here are just a few of my recommended Crescent City 45’s 

along with YouTube links…


ALL NIGHT LONG (Part 1) 

(Robert Parker/Larry McKinley)

by Robert Parker 

(Ron: 1959) 

https://youtu.be/ttS2t_zWTH0 

A magnificent stompin’ instrumental from 

saxman Robert Parker who’d played on early 

Professor Longhair tracks and clocked up his 

own major dance song “Barefootin’” in ’66.


CHA DOOKY-DOO 

(Mae Vince)

by Art Neville 

(Specialty: 1958) 

https://youtu.be/zMhhJX-C670

Singer/songwriter/keyboard playing Art Neville 

co-founded the Neville Brothers and this tasty slice 

of early New Orleans funk was one of his best 45’s.

Roy Montrell. The Door To Yesterday. New Orleans. Crescent City.

 (Every Time I Hear) THAT MELLOW SAXOPHONE 

(Roy Montrell/John Marascalco/Robert Blackwell)

by Roy Montrell & His Band

Pro: Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell 

(Specialty: 1956) 

https://youtu.be/w8aCxE70vxY  

Multi-session guitarist Roy Montrell’s one memorable single which

 Bob Dylan revived on his ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’. 


GREAT BIG EYES (And Great Big Thighs) 

(Dave Bartholomew)

by Archibald

Pro: Dave Bartholomew 

(Imperial: 1952) 

https://youtu.be/uPu_-2AtkkY  

Pianist/singer Archibald (aka Leon T. Gross) 

had enjoyed chart success with STACK-A-LEE 

two years earlier.


GRUMBLIN’ FUSSIN’ NAG NAG 

(Naomi Neville)

by The Del Royals

Pro: Allen Toussaint 

(Minit: 1961) 

https://youtu.be/IExliw0I5AM 

Song also known as ALWAYS NAGGIN’

The Del Royals were led by Willie Harper 

and Calvin LeBlanc.


I’M WISE 

(Edwin Bocage/Albert Collins/James Smith)

by Eddie Bo 

(Apollo: 1956) 

https://youtu.be/NUyj5f3loME 

This song started out as I GOT THE BLUES FOR YOU 

by Al Collins in ’55. Singer/pianist Eddie Bo rewrote it as 

I’M WISE and then Little Richard turned it into 

SLIPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’ (Peepin’ And Hidin’).


JAM UP 

(Tommy Ridgley)

by Tommy Ridgley & His Band 

(Atlantic: 1954) 

https://youtu.be/kRVovYbQ_PI 

Singer/bandleader Tommy Ridgeley created 

this pulsating jam which DJ Jerry Blavat used 

as his theme tune. 

Jams Sugar Boy Crawford. New Orleans. THe Door To Yesterday.

 JOCK-A-MO 

(James Crawford)

by Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters 

(Checker: 1954) 

https://youtu.be/PgOrIar_qGk 

A longtime favorite during the Mardi Gras celebrations,

 JOCK-A-MO by James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford was adapted 

a decade later as IKO IKO by a New Orleans family girl group, 

The Dixie Cups.


LIGHTS OUT 

(Seth David/Mac Rebennack)

by Jerry Byrne

Pro: Harold Battiste 

(Specialty: 1958) 

https://youtu.be/EOW8lFaBK4U 

Co-written by singer Jerry Byrne’s cousin Dr. John.


OH LITTLE GIRL 

(Dee Clark)

by Dee Clark & The Original Little Richard Band

(Falcon: 1958) 

http://youtu.be/gW0X63BbKvI

For this 45, Dee Clark of “Raindrops” & ‘Hey Little Girl” 

fame adopted Little Richard’s vocal style

 and turned up the heat!


RICH WOMAN 

(Millet McKinley/Dorothy LaBostrie)

by Li’l Millet & His Creoles 

(Specialty: 1955) 

https://youtu.be/kSUgplCvdmk 

This is singer/pianist Li’l Millet’s original 

of the song revived by Robert Plant & 

Alison Krauss in 2007.


SINGLE LIFE 

(Billy Tate/Dave Bartholomew)

by Billy Tate

Pro: Dave Bartholomew 

(Imperial: 1954) 

https://youtu.be/o_VGkm_agJo 

When the piano intro begins,

 you think its going to be followed by a Fats Domino vocal

 but instead you hear blind singer/guitarist Billy Tate. 

A great example of a terrific single which should

 have had a moment in the sun.


SOMEDAY YOU’LL WANT ME 

(Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)

By Smiley Lewis

Pro: Dave Bartholomew

(Imperial: 1956) 

https://youtu.be/9sLTqjR2yD0  

Dave Bartholomew was always very proud of 

this song and later recorded it himself under the title 

SOMEBODY NEW.


SNEAKIN’ SALLY THROUGH THE ALLEY 

(Allen Toussaint)

by Lee Dorsey

Arr: Allen Toussaint

Pro: Allen Toussaint & Marshall Sehorn 

(Polydor: 1971) 

https://youtu.be/JBWcK1VtUcs 

A perfect  showcase for Lee Dorsey’s 

infectious, good-humored vocal style.

 Robert Palmer used SNEAKIN’ SALLY 

as the title song of his 1974 Island LP.  

Earl King. The Door To Yesterday. Trick Bag. Alan Warner. 2020.

 TRICK BAG 

(Earl King)

by Earl King

Pro: Dave Bartholomew 

(Imperial: 1962) 

https://youtu.be/neZ6kMjDiG0 

Jimi Hendrix cut Earl’s COME ON (Part 1) 

on “Electric Ladyland” in ’68 and TRICK BAG 

was memorably revived by Robert Palmer on his 

1985 album ‘Riptide’.  


TWO WINTERS LONG 

(Naomi Neville)

by Irma Thomas

Pro: Allen Toussaint (Minit: 1962)

https://youtu.be/4DZrF5wNm74  

Motown-influenced mover from the 

Queen of New Orleans soul.


Rock on.


Alan Warner


As in all my postings, the songs and recordings listed above are 

personal choices and are in no way intended as a definitive collection of the genre.


Please send any comments or suggestions to 

thedoortoyesterday@gmail.com


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