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Before the Tubes, You Could… Spill The Beans

This is the Beans record that was never released. Three vintage songs pressed onto delicious clear 10” vinyl and housed in a gorgeous die cut jacket, with multi-color insert describing the story of The Beans from start to finish written by Arizona music historian John P. Dixon (Johnny D). Prior to morphing into The Tubes in 1972, The Beans recorded these three songs in [...]

Barney Kessel – Live at the
Jazz Mill 1954 – CD and Red Vinyl

Unearthed tape from a jazz icon. Thanks to a 21-year-old with a tape machine, we can all experience the majesty of guitar legend Barney Kessel at his 1954 best!Even if you don't know Barney Kessel, you know Barney Kessel -- as a first-string member of the group of LA session musicians nicknamed "The Wrecking Crew," Kessel's guitar is heard on just about every LA-based [...]

Remembering Jack Miller

Jack Miller was born on Christmas Eve, 1932 into a musical family. His father Bernard played banjo, his mother Dorothy sang; music was part of the Miller family's everyday life in Chicago. Like his parents, Jack loved music, playing the coronet and piano. But performing was not the relationship Jack would develop with music; recording it became the passion [...]

Arizona Music 586 for 02-03-16, the guest is Johnny D.

Arizona Music 586 for 02-03-16, guest is Johnny D, Arizona music archivist and historian, with recorded examples of the 1950s and ’60s “Phoenix sound:” Al Casey-Ramrod, Caravan, Sanford Clark-The Fool Duane Eddy-Rebel Rouser Denny Reed-A Teenager Feels it Too Waylon Jennings-My World […]

The MCI Records Story 1954-61

In 1956, singer Sanford Clark, guitarist Al Casey and producer Lee Hazlewood laid out the all-time rockabilly classic "The Fool" and put Phoenix, Arizona, on the music world's radar. "The Fool" came out on the tiny MCI imprint and, energized by the national hit, the label for the next five years turned out more Rock 'n' Roll gems by the likes of [...]


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