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Radio Anaphylaxis: Local Cincinnati Records Part 2, 10-18-1988
Time-length-icon 37m 2s
Publish-date-icon October 1, 2011
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An early extrapolation of my interest in records of the local Cincinnati and Okiana regional variety, this segment mostly given to the "generics" of the 1950s. This was one of the first public appreciations in this field of research, and a lot more is known now about these records than in '88, so a few corrections are in order: (a) Dick Warren's "Rock Around the Clock" is FAR from being the first rock 'n roll record made in Cincinnati; in fact, it's not even close, as it is argued that some King Records from the period of 1947-50 qualify just as much as this one. (b) The Cincinnati Gateway label folded in 1958, and other companies used the name later. (c) The singer of "Settin' the Woods on Fire" is Delbert Barker, a prolific Cincinnati recording artist of the 1950s; I got out the first name, but not the last. (d) The Harp and Baron labels were manufactured, not distributed, by Rite Records and featured country music artists from Hamilton, Ohio. (e) Of course, you can recognize James Brown, but at the time I felt that his instrumental sound was not as well known as his vocal grooves. There is some measure of print thru on the source tape, and this is not digital quality to say the least; it's WAIF from over 20 years ago, using "junk" records. But I deeply appreciate this world as a kind of alternate universe whereby the hit-makers of the 1950s are replaced by local people from Cincinnati, and what could be more off the wall than that? Length: an action packed 37 minutes.

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