The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Soul Stirrers #32

The Kelly Brothers on The !!! Beat

Radio Free Gunslinger #61: The Cutest Bow

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Louis Untermeyer

It is entitled The Cutest Bow

The Content

First Sequence:
Ray Charles - Feudin' and Fightin'
Ella Logan - Look to the Rainbow
The Peddlers - On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Dean Martin - Moments Like This
Burton Lane - Where Have I Seen Your Face Before? (live)

Second Sequence:
The Nat King Cole Trio - Then I'll Be Tired of You
Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orchestra - A Shine on Your Shoes/Louisiana Hayride
Fred & Adele Astaire - Hoops
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra - I Love Louisa
Judy Holliday - Confession

Third Sequence:
Jule Styne - Just in Time (demo)
Ethel Merman - Everything's Coming Up Roses
Jane Russell - Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?
The Animals - We're Gonna Howl Tonight
Lesley Uggams - Hallelujah, Baby (demo)

Fourth Sequence:
Hal Kemp & His Orchestra - With Plenty of Money and You
Marni Nixon - Tomorrow Land
Frank Sinatra - You'll Never Know
Norman Wisdom - You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Wini Shaw - Lullaby of Broadway

Vernon Duke - Homage to Boston; Suite for Piano (Scott Dunn, pianist)

They Were Collaborators #848

Groucho, Buster, and Chico work on At the Circus (1939)

Spirit of '76 #3

Bromley Contingent

pickers #23

Scotty Moore

annals of public performance #74

Sun Ra

Welcome to Show Business! #71

Kurt Cobain

Before and After #322: Cary Grant



Twilight of the Dreamboats #82

B is for Beaton #39
The Gunslinger Guide to Elizabeth Taylor #14

Watts! #30

Seminal Image #1101

The Long Voyage Home
(John Ford; 1941)

Vietnam - Dramatis Personae #189

James Brown performs for US Troops in Vietnam 1968

The Heretofore Unmentioned #184

Charlotte Greenwood

The Art of Cinema #565

Peeping Tom
(Michael Powell; 1960)

Self Portrait #24
Shutterbugs #19

Vivian Maier

The Art of War #70

The King #3

Artists in Action #821

Hank Ballard dances to Syd Nathan's tune

The Art of Jazz #144

The Bix Beiderbecke Story, Vol. 3: Whiteman Days
(Columbia Records; 1953)

They Were Collaborators #847

Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward

In the Studio #140

Isham Jones & His Orchestra

They Were an Item #169

Charles Chaplin and Lita Grey

The Gunslinger Guide to Stanley Kubrick #4

When Legends Gather #818

Frankie Avalon and Sam Cooke square off

the lost highway #7

Cowboy Copas

annals of public performance #73

David Bowie performs with Cher on her TV Show (1975)

it was the beat generation #10

Carolyn Cassady (28/04/1923 -20/09/2013)

Guardian Obit here

Stacks o' Wax #26

Battle of the Blues
Roy Brown & Wynonie Harris
(King LP 607 , 1958)

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The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #27

Arthur Rubenstein and Bette Davis get a lousy cup of joe.

And We Will Never Know Their Names #5

Rural family, South Carolina, circa 1930, with captured opossum.

pickers #22

Lowman 'Pete' Pauling

Artists and Animals #114

Lon Chaney, Jr.

Spirit of '76 #2

Siouxsie and the Banshees

How to Peddle the Zeitgeist #10

Artists in Action #820

Allman Brothers get full service

And Then It Was Ephemera #90

Studying One's Craft #18

Jimi wants to be a Gunslinger

The Record Men #6

Syd Nathan, founder of King Records
'He was, perhaps, the perfect specimen of the cigar-chomping record man of the mid-twentieth century who changed American music and, in turn, changed the world'
(from King Of The Queen City by John Hartley Fox)

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #17

Mac Curtis

The Art of the Soundtrack LP #3

Your Cheatin' Heart
(MGM Records; 1963)

When Legends Gather #817

Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper

Radio Free Gunslinger #60: Candor

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is I.F. Stone

It is entitled Candor

The Content

First Sequence:
Nancy Harrow - Take Me Back, Baby
Jaki Bayard - Flight of the Fly
Art Hodes - High Society
Clark Terry - Blue Waltz (La Valse bleue)
Max Roach - Freedom Day (Abbey Lincoln, voc.)

Second Sequence:
Lucky Thompson - Say That to Say This
Richard Williams - I Can Dream, Can't I?
Benny Bailey - Hard Sock Dance
Marty Paich - Tommy's Toon
Bud Shank - Dance of the Little Ones (live)

Third Sequence:
Guillermo Klein - El Minotauro
Hector Martignon - My One and Only Love
Toshiko Mariano - Toshiko's Elegy
Hilton Ruiz - Mr. Kenyatta (live)
Mongo Santamaria - Bonita (live)

Fourth Sequence:
Don Ellis - Sweet and Lovely
Steve Lacy - Introspection
Cecil Taylor - O.P. (take 1)
Pee Wee Russell - Tin Tin Deo
Booker Little - Moods in Free Time

Charles Mingus - R&R

Behind the Scenes #37

Party at the Batcave

Spirit of '76 #1

Jah Wobble and Johnny Thunders

When Legends Gather #816

Keith meets Lynyrd

Soul Stirrers #31

Little Willie John

annals of public performance #72

The Replacements

Before and After #321: Mary Pickford

Before and After