BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE FOR 7/21/24
THE VANGUARD LABEL

This week on BBS we turn the spotlight on one of the big record labels of the Blues Revival – The Vanguard Label. The Vanguard Label was owned and operated by the Solomon Brothers – Maynard and Seymour. Vanguard started as a Classical music label, issuing almost 500 classical music LPS on Vanguard and on the Bach Guild affiliate label. In 1955 Vanguard ventured into the world of Folk music – starting an extended run with an LP by the Weavers. Among noted artists in their Folk music series were Joan Baez, Buffy St Marie, Ian & Sylvia, Mimi and Richard Farina, Odetta, Doc Watson, John Fahey, and the Clancy Bros. If you’ll recall, newly rediscovered Bluesmen of the late 1920s and 1930s were a vital part of the 1960s Folk Boom. Vanguard covered the Newport Festival during this time and issued LPs by Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt among others. In these early years of the Blues Revival Vanguard LPs were often the only microgroove recordings available of these noted Blues singers.  Vanguard is also well known for it Chicago The Blues Today series, produced in 1965 by Sam Charters, which featured nine different Blues singers in the studio with their working bands. We’ll play sides by many of the Blues singers that appeared on the Vanguard label during Hours 3 & 4. Vanguard was a great source of contemporary recordings by a wide variety of vintage Blues artists. It’s the Vanguard Label – Only on BBS!

HOUR 1

IF YOU DON’T THINK I’M LEAVING

DINAH WASHINGTON

I WANT TO ROCK

CAB CALLOWAY

LORDY

CAB CALLOWAY

FOO A LITTLE BALLYHOO

CAB CALLOWAY

AFTERNOON MOON

CAB CALLOWAY

MISTY

ELLA FITZGERALD

I CAN’T FACE THE MUSIC

ELLA FITZGERALD

NO MOON AT ALL

ELLA FITZGERALD

SWEET & SLOW

ELLA FITZGERALD

POOR BUTTERFLY

AL HIBBLER

BY THE RIVER ST MARIE

AL HIBBLER

CHERRY

AL HIBBLER

TREES

AL HIBBLER

HEART OF MY HEART

FOUR VAGABONDS

TABLE TOP BOOGIE

DERYCK SAMPSON

THE LAST MILE

GENE AMMONS

HOUR 2

MARDI GRAS BOOGIE

BIG JOE TURNER

TEN TOES

JOE LIGGINS

LOUISIANA BLUES

PERCY MAYFIELD

BACHELOR BLUES

PERCY MAYFIELD

HOPELESS

PERCY MAYFIELD

THE CAMERA

PIGMEAT MARKHAM

I’LL COME RUNNING BACK TO YOU

SAM COOKE

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY

SAM COOKE

MISSISSIPPI SHIVERS

SYDNEY WILLIAMS

JODY BLUES

MARGARET THORNTON

STATE STREET SPECIAL

MOZELLE ALDERSON

HARD HEADED DADDY

JULIA JOHNSON

MAMA FOLD YOUR HANDS

SADIE JAMES

MONKEY BLUES

ALMA MACK

FLAPPER’S STOMP

EZRA HOWLETTE SHELTON

BALM IN GILEAD

FISK UNIVERSAL JUBILEE SINGERS

ROCK DANIEL

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE

HOUR 3

MOUNTAIN BLUES

SONNY TERRY

CANDY MAN

MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT

DEVIL GOT MY WOMAN

SKIP JAMES

DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY

REV GARY DAVIS

JESUS IS A LISTENIN’

ROOSEVELT CHARLES

ON MY WAY FROM TEXAS

ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS

KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

BROWNIE McGHEE & SONNY TERRY

EMPIRE STATE BLUES

SON HOUSE

FRED’S RAMBLING BLUES

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL

COTTON FIELD BLUES

LIGHTNING HOPKINS

BALM IN GILEAD

PAUL ROBESON

I’M ON MY WAY

GOLDEN GATE QUARTET

HOUR 4

HELP ME

JR WELLS

ONE ROOM COUNTRY SHACK

BUDDY GUY

IT’S A MEAN OLD WORLD

OTISH RUSH

MR COOL

BIG MAMA THORNTON

ROCKET 88

JAMES COTTON

BURNING FIRE

OTIS SPANN

TOO MUCH ALCOHOL

J.B. HUTTO

LAYIN’ DOWN MY SHOES & CLOTHES

JOHNNY SHINES

DUST MY BROOM

HOMESICK JAMES

ROCKIN’ MY BOOGIE

BIG WALTER

HOUR 5

EAST OF THE SUN

DELTA RHYTHM BOYS

HALF THE FUN

DUKE ELLINGTON

KISS & RUN

JOHNNY HARTMAN

THE RULES OF THE ROAD

LENA HORN

HITTIN’ THE JUG

GROOVE HOLMES

THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO etc

NELLIE LUTCHER

I REALLY COULDN’T LOVE YOU

NELLIE LUTCHER

MISTAKE IN LIFE

JIMMY WILSON

POOR POOR LOVER

JIMMY WILSON

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

JIMMY WILSON

YOU BETTER HOLD ME

JAMES REED

BOOGIE ALL NIGHT LONG

LIL GREENWOOD

LOVE IS A COLD SHOT

RAY AGEE

MONKEY ON MY BACK

RAY AGEE

SUFFICIENT CLOTHES

ALFRED BLUES KING HARRIS

ALBATROSS

FLEETWOOD MAC