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Down Home Girl – The Rainbow Girls

I heard this, did some research and found the original by Alvin Robinson (fantastic voice, arranged by Joe Jones), another by the Coasters (Lieber-Stoller production), then the Stones version. The song was written by Jerry Lieber and Artie Butler. I always loved the song, but could never quite figure out the lyrics, but in one search, someone said “…it was filled with the coded language of New Orleans…”

I set it up to play in this order: Alvin/Coasters/Stones/Rainbow Girls (who sing 3-part harmony).

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Zoe Fitzgerald Carter and Sugartown – Ode To Levon

This is such a great Berkeley band. I ran across them by chance. The musicians are just excellent, every one of them. Zoe is a force of nature. I think they should get discovered.

I just started playing this on this cloudy Christmas Eve early afternoon.

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Great Day/Night Out in Bay Area – Zoe Fitzgerald Carter & Sugartown


I was on my way home Thursday after a great day “over the hill.” Early morning latte at Cafe Trieste in North Beach, then breakfast at Bette’s diner, Berkeley with bookpals Kevin & Elise, then across bridge again, go swimming in warm (for us, 60+ degrees) water in Aquatic Park cove, sauna at South End Rowing Club, then Irish coffee across street at Buena Vista cafe (hey, the place is so great, all the tourists don’t even spoil it), meet a fellow SFO native, we talk about the city we still love, and he buys my drink. Great dinner at Fiorella “neighborhood Italian” restaurant. THEN, I stop in at 19 Broadway bar in Fairfax on the way home and heard this incredible band — Sugartown, fronted by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter. And there were like 5 people in the bar. Couldn’t believe it, both the excellence of this band and the fact that no one was there. Sheesh!

If you’ve read this blog before, you may know I’m prone to over-enthusiasm, can’t help it.

That said, I think this is a world-class band, and as far as I can tell, undiscovered.

I had 3 shots of Jack Daniels while sitting at a table in front, only one other person there. Couldn’t believe my luck.

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Nadine – Chuck Berry

Recorded in 1963, just after Chuck got out of jail. Essence of rock and roll. Johnny Johnson (I would guess) on piano here. Johnny was a big and relatively little-known integral part of Chuck’s success. I saw Johnny in NYC some years ago. I closed my eyes when he was playing and saw shimmering diamonds. And yeah, I was stoned. So?

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