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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.

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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.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The Consolations - Groovey (sic) Grubworm (single)

The Consolations recorded their version of Groovey Grubworm (complete with a misspelled title) for Hill Records, a small label based in Kokomo, Ind. That would have been some time in 1969 or '70, just after the original version by Harlow Wilcox and the Oakies was a hit on both the country and pop charts.

The Hill label had a very short lifespan, with the company's entire output consisting of four singles. I have no information about the Consolations. This appears to their only recorded effort. The "A" side of this single has them backing a vocalist, George Moses.

Groovey Grubworm

As for the original hit version of Groovy Grubworm, Harlow Wilcox (1943-2002), a guitarist from Norman, Okla., and his band the Oakies recorded the tune for a local label, Impel. The record somehow came to the attention of Shelby Singleton, head of Plantation Records in Nashville, who put it out on his label and onto the national charts.

Groovy Grubworm was Wilcox's only national success and after a couple of singles and a like number of LPs it was back to Oklahoma.

Both of Wilcox's Plantation albums are available as downloads but not on CD. Used vinyl copies turn up fairly often.

The Consolations' recording has been included on several semi-bootleg CD collections including Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 9 (Buffalo Bop, 2006). It's for sale on line, but it's not cheap.

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