Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Finger Lickin' Good!

Johnny Jones & The Beat Boys - Finger Lickin'

For today's selection I revisit the comp The Rogana Story (featured in this post from nearly a month ago). I'll defer to the Funky 16 Corners article about Jones for more details, but I'll say here that Jones' group stayed mighty busy playing in Nashville, not only in the clubs, but also on two important early soul TV programs, WLAC's Night Train (some of the earliest footage of Jimi Hendrix - then a member of the group - comes from this series) and Hoss Allen's The!!!!Beat, where Jones and his group served as the house band, although in the latter series Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown fronted the group for the first 13 of its 26 episodes. Jones and the group are best known for their sides for Peachtree and Brunswick as "Johnny Jones & The King Casuals," but this lowdown blues is a favorite of mine. "Finger Lickin'" was released on Hollywood as by "The Beat Boys" (the name used for the band on the TV show), and it finds Hoss Allen, sounding pretty besotted, talking trash while Jones lays down some solid, lowdown blues with the band.

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