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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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

John Too Cool McCool - 50 Years of Gold

I've had a track from this independently released album by John Too Cool McCool on my hard drive for a dozen years and just recently resurrected it. I've no idea where I got this pretty slick version of Mason Williams' hit Classical Gas as I don't own the CD and can't find anywhere that offers it as a download.

What can I tell you about the artist? Not much. He's from Mississippi, doesn't have a website but does have a Myspace page that hasn't been updated in years, literally. Much like the majority of that site, unfortunately.

McCool appears to favour electric blues judging by the sound samples at Myspace, unlike the earlier (2000?) pop-rock-R&B covers on 50 Years of Gold. In any case I like what he does with Classical Gas and you can get it below.

Classical Gas

I can find no indication whether McCool is active as a working musician, although he does have a YouTube playlist of  some of his music, including a crackerjack version of Ghost Riders in the Sky, which you can view below. It would be a shame if he weren't still playing live and recording. Let me know if you can shed any light on the matter.


  1. Hey!! I love your Blog. Thank you for sharing this, it’s things like this web site and people like you that keeps us aspiring musicians going. Keep up the awesome work.

    I’m John Too Cool McCool; I still play as much as I can with a full time job. I can be found on Facebook as “John TooCool McCool” if anyone would like to say hey.

    Also the song Mississippi Blue was used in the film "Coming Home" "One Vietnam Veteran documents his experience in the war and subsequent return to the United States, by Herbert Sennett".

    A few years ago my logon got compromised on “My Space” and, in trying to fix it; I got locked out and can’t get back in LOL.

    Thanks again :)

  2. Thanks for the info, John. It's great to know that you're still playing.

    Ghost Riders has always been among my favorites with versions by The Ramrods, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and you at the top of my playlist.

    Again, a pleasure to hear from you.