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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Monday, January 07, 2013

The T-Bones - Doin' the Jerk

This 1965 album by the T-Bones, a Los Angeles-based session group, predated the band's one significant hit No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In), which came out later that year and had its origins in an Alka Seltzer jingle. An album of the same name also made the charts.

The T-Bones had already released a couple of surf and hot-rod albums before Doin' the Jerk, an album that was issued to cash in on another of the seemingly endless series of dance crazes that cropped up in the '60s.

There were a couple of other albums after the T-Bones' big hit and then the group folded. However, the core members -- guitarist Don Hamilton, bassist Joe Frank Carollo and drummer Tommy Reynolds -- went on to form Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, a trio that had a couple of big pop hits (Don't Pull Your Love (Out), Fallin' in Love) in the 1970s.

Here's a link to a sample track from Doin' the Jerk.

Bread and Butter

Doin' the Jerk has never received a legal digital reissue and used vinyl copies tend to be pricey. However, the hit album No Matter What Shape is easy to find on CD -- and a used copy is cheap, too.

An astounding 52 T-Bones tracks (not including the Doin' the Jerk LP)  are available on iTunes, but these may be sourced from vinyl, so proceed with caution.

Here are the T-Bones performing their big hit on TV. The source for this YouTube clip isn't given.

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