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Cream of The Crate #6

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From the Cream of the Crate Collection – An album in my collection that is irreplaceable, and simply a classic!

Number six in the series of albums I’m featuring is part of a series of albums. This is the Cruisin’ Series, which consists of 16 albums covering 1955 to 1970.

What makes these albums so desirable is that apart from the best music of each year, these albums also contain ‘grab’s from the “top DJ” of that year, along with the adverts they would run. I have a number of the albums (sadly not the lot), but it is great to see that more recently they have been re-released on CD; for me my vinyl copies are special.

The one I hold as my prized copy, is the Cruisin’ 1961 album. Yes it has some Ok music – but it does features the voice and performance of Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg. Arnie Ginsburg (born August 5, 1926) was a well-known American disc jockey in the Boston radio market from the mid-1950s to the 1970s.

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It was at WMEX that Ginsburg became a popular disc jockey. He was unusual, and not just because of his voice (he jokingly referred to himself as "Old Leather Lungs" or "Old Aching Adenoids"). It was an era where top-40 DJs were given non-descript and non-ethnic radio names, Ginsburg kept his birth name and did not change it.

So, as the LP cover notes declare, “The Year is 1961 and Cruisin’ presents radio, just as it was then. Arnie was the city of Boston’s #1 disc jockey and his WMEX show as called Night Train.

There were far better years for music than 1961, in fact R & R was largely emasculated during this period and we were still waiting (without knowing), for the explosion that would come from Britain. There are two outstanding tracks on the album, Chick Berries ”Nadine”, and Lee Dorsey, “Ya Ya”. These two fabulous tracks are supported by Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry with “But I Do”, and Freddie King with “Hideaway”.

But holding the music world together during these dark days were the irrepressible DJ’s like Arnie Ginsburg. His voice combined with kazoo, cowbell, buzzer, Bermuda bell, car horn, oogah and train whistle epitomised the noisy awkwardness of teenagery, and provided a form of entertainment that up until this time, had only been alluded to. As we listen to this record, we are completely transported back to 1961.

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Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg

I have included some of the best of the pieces of Arnie, so do check out the sound clips, and, IF you believe that the period 1955 to 1965 was indeed the Golden Age of Radio – then you need to add these recordings to your collection.

Side One (20:48): Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- The 3D's Blue Moon -- The Marcels (2:15) WMEX Tower of Talent My True Story -- The Jive Five (2:30) Adventure Car Hop commercial Nadine -- Chuck Berry (2:25) WMEX jingle Wooden Heart -- Joe Dowell (2:00) WMEX Mystery City Contest But I Do -- Clarence "Frogman" Henry (2:15) 1961 Ford Commercial Beep Beep -- The Playmates (3:04) WMEX station ID

Side Two(20:26): Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- Freddie Cannon Tossin' & Turnin' -- Bobby Lewis (2:10) WMEX Teacher of the Day contest Daddy's Home -- Shep and The Limelights (2:47) Pal Mal Rock Commercial -- Mal, The 3D's, and Arnie Runaway -- Del Shannon (2:17) WMEX jingle Barbara Ann -- The Regents (2:12) Fenway DJ promo Ya Ya -- Lee Dorsey (2:17) 1961 Pontiac commercial Hideaway -- Freddie King (2:34)


Cruisin' 1961 - Part 1 (Featuring a selection of material from Side 1)




Cruisin' 1961 - Part 2 (Featuring a selection of material from Side 2)




A video clip of Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg talking about,
how he got his name and, his show!


Previous Cream of The Crate Albums


#1 – Howling Wolf: Real Folk Blues
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#2 – Otis Redding: Otis Blue/ Otis Redding Sings Soul
tooraktimes.com.au/entry.php/194-The-Cream-of-The-Crate-Record-2

#3 – Dr John The Night Tripper: Gris Gris
tooraktimes.com.au/entry.php/196-The-Cream-of-The-Crate-Record-3

#4 – Spectrum: ROYGBIV
tooraktimes.com.au/entry.php/208-The-Cream-of-The-Crate-Record-4

#5 – Son House: The Real Delta Blues
tooraktimes.com.au/entry.php/212-Cream-of-The-Crate-5

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