NY NIGHT TRAIN TO EURO FESTIVALS

– June 19 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival with JT and the Libertines, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pop Group, OFF!, etc
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– June 21 Dublin, Ireland – Body and Soul Festival with JT and Super Furry Animals, Savages, etc
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– June 25 Paris, France – Badaboum
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– June 26 Marmonde, France – Garorock Festival with Die Antwoord, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, etc
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– June 28 Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi: JT e Better Call Soul Beach Party!
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– July 4 Belfort, France – Eurockeennes Festival with JT, Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Foxygen, etc…
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– July 5 Paris, France – JT secret gig TBA next week

– July 6 Calvi, Corsica – JT at Calvi on the Rocks Festival with Big Freedia, Omar Souleyman, and more
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– July 7 Lausanne, Switzerland – JT DJ gig at Festival de la Cité Lausanne
– July 8 Lausanne, Switzerland – Soul Clap & Dance-Off at Festival de la Cité Lausanne
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– July 17 Salacgriva, Latvia – Positivus Festival with JT, Placebo, etc
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– July 18 Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival with JT, Lauren Hill, Horace Andy, Agnostic Front, Acid Baby Jesus, Hatebreed,and more
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– July 19 Benicassim, Spain – Festival Internacional De Benicassim with JT, Portishead, Franz Ferdinand + Sparks, Public Enemy, The Cribs, A-Trak, etc
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Curtis Knight and the Squires (W/Jimi Hendrix): Hornet’s Nest (RSVP, 1966): Today’s YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train just started a record of the day playlist on YouTube – the NYNT Daily Party Platter Hit up NYNT YouTube channel every day to see what’s cookin’…

A couple of years before he became the Jimi Hendrix we’ve all experienced, the struggling chitlin circuit sideman/session guitarist met Harlem r&b bandleader Curtis Knight in the lobby of the NYC hotel where they both were residing and started playing together. More »

Sugar Boy Williams “Little Girl” (Herald, 1960): Today’s NY Night Train YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train’s Daily Party Platter YouTube just kicked into gear! Visit the playlist every day to see what’s cookin’…



Who the heck is Sugar Boy Williams? Because the publishing credit goes to Leon Williams, a lot of folks assumed this was Chicago blues guitar god Jody Williams (whose real name is Leon). But this seems unlikely… Who is Sugar Boy Williams? Listen to that wild guitar, those pleading vocals,… a mysterious sound with mysterious origins and a burner of the first order…

Leon Gibson, “Do The Roller” (Ru-Jac, 1967): Today’s NY Night Train YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train’s Daily Party Platter YouTube just kicked into gear! Visit the playlist every day to see what’s cookin’…



This one will fit tight for your Saturday night! I obtained this one a way’s back from Mr. Mojo quite a ways back and it keeps finding its way back to the turntables.I haven’t been able to find out much about Leon Gibson except that he was a Washington, DC club owner and his “The Leon Dance Jive Part One / Part Two” single on his own One-Shot label was produced by James Brown! This one’s a tight party jam with plenty of drum breaks and screaming in the right places. Its a familiar narrative – he’s got a brand new dance that’s catching all over the country… New York City, Washington, D.C.,….

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While I don’t have any good Leon Gibson links, here’s an excellent archive that includes details about records by Gibson and other D.C. soul artists….

http://www.dcsoulrecordings.com/

Jett Powers, “Go, Girl, Go” (Design, 1958): Today’s NY Night Train YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train’s Daily Party Platter YouTube just kicked into gear! Visit the playlist every day to see what’s cookin’…



What ever happened to Jett Powers?

Houston teenager James Marcus Smith, motored west to L.A. to make it as an actor and musician in 1957. Hollywood agents Gabey, Lutz, Heller and Loeb signed him up and christened him “Jett Powers”. The showbizzy name makes sense when you consider that they were also the managers of Liberace, Kay Star, Frankie Laine, etc. Next they proceeded to record “Go Girl Go” and another 45 “Loud Perfume” for the budget label Design. Despite really ripping music (no pun intended PJ) by, in this case Vince Parlo and The Raunch Hands, and on the “Loud Perfume” by thee legendary Bumps Blackwell Orchestra, neither got off the ground. You may notice from the label that Design is a division of a Pickwick – another budget indie best known today as where Lou Reed got his start as a songwriter, recorded “The Ostrich” and “Sneaky Pete,” and met John Cale to start the Velvet Underground..

In 1961 Sharon Sheely (who wrote “Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson, got Jett Powers a contract with Liberty Records where she changed his name to P.J. Proby. So the legendary saga of P.J. Proby, an illustrious music career that continues to this very day, was sparked here with this steller teen rockabilly bopper… “Go, Girl, Go”

http://www.pjproby.net/biography/

Prince Conley “I’m Going Home” (Satellite Records, 1961): Today’s NYNT YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train’s Daily Party Platter YouTube just kicked into gear last week! Visit the playlist every day to see what’s cookin’…

This was recorded directly from the original 1961 Satellite Records 45 Prince Conley’s “I’m Going Home”

I learned the mysterious Memphis pearl I often turn during the wee hours wind-down from thee excellent DJ BeyondaDoubt many moons ago.

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Shakin’ All Over and more…

– June 11 New York – Berlin Bar: Grand Opening with JT
– June 12 Chinatown – Home Sweet Home: Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down! with JT and Paul Paul from SF’s Saturday Night Soul Party at Elbo Room
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– June 13 Pittsburght, PA – CANCELLED!

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Little Esther “Wild Child” (Warwick, 1961): Today’s NY Night Train YouTube Party Platter

NY Night Train’s Daily Party Platter YouTube just kicked into gear last week! Visit the playlist every day to see what’s cookin’…

This was recorded directly from the original 1961 Warwick Records 45 LITTLE ESTHER’s “WILD CHILD”

By the time 25 year-old Little Esther Phillips wailed her way all over this minor-key snapper, she was a show-biz veteran at a low point in a career that was jump-started by her Savoy Records million-seller “Double-Crossing Blues” (1950) – recorded over a decade before when she was only fourteen years old. By the mid-1950s, fast living, early stardom, and drug addiction moved the teen star back from Los Angeles to her father in Houston (where she was in the room with Johnny Ace when a game of Russian Roulette ended his life). By the late-1950s this prolific artist’s recorded output had reduced to a trickle as she she rambled around the southern chitlin circuit – putting the breaks on every now and then to bounce between her father in Houston and Lexington, Kentucky’s storied U.S. Public Health Service Hospital (which housed everyone from fictional characters like the narrator of William S. Burroughs’ “Junky” to real-life music heroes like MC5’s Wayne Kramer).

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