Boog at Blues Dance!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Ratta swing at Blues Dance.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Ratta swing at Blues Dance.

As part of a cultural exchange program that was in effect for the month of March, DJ Ratta was guest DJ last week (March 14) at the Dynagroove, hosted by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. On March 22, Ratta hosted Blues Dance with Phast Phreddie as guest DJ.

Blues Dance is Ratta’s night—usually held the third Saturday of the month—at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Although called, “Blues Dance,” it is not an evening that restricts itself to that fine 12-bar form of music. NO WAY! Blues Dance features all sorts of hot music, especially stuff that Ratta excels in playing, such as surf music, mambo, rocksteady and R&B. The night is great fun and could just have easily been called “Dance Your Blues Away” because that’s exactly what goes on at this swingin’ affair.

There were bands playing in the back room, and at least one of them had a blues theme: The Cannibal Ramblers, a duo consisting of an old guy playing loud, wild, slide guitar on a homemade instrument, backed by a youngster keeping beat on drums. Songs covered such topics as drinking, South Miami, Satan and drinking. It was good!  The Boog strongly suggests attending the duo’s next gig when it shows up in your town.

The Cannibal Ramblers

The Cannibal Ramblers

Meanwhile, here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Blues Dance:

  • The Ventures–Walk Don’t Run ’64 (Dolton)
  • Billy Boy–I Wish You Would (Vivid)
  • Lone Star–Rio Sin Fin [River Deep Mountain High] (La Voz de u Amo; Spain)
  • Sorensen Brothers–Do the Ska (With Me) (Tip)
  • The Wailers–Jerk in Time (Coxsone; Japan)
  • Sonny Ace & the Twisters–Chili Pepper (Atlantic)
  • Hank Ballard–Do It Zulu Style (King)
  • Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers–Veedeboom Slop Slop (Polydor; Germany)
  • Los Faros–Se Llama Eufrasia (NoVoLa; Spain)
  • Johnny Zamot–Mambo Village (Decca)
  • Billy Wade and the 3rd Degrees–Tear It Up Part I (ABC)
  • Ted Taylor–You Give Me Nothing to Go On (OKeh)
  • Vince and the Victors–Some Kind of Drums (Jerdon)
  • Lionel Hampton/The Inner Circle–Them Changes (Brunswick)
  • Laurel Aitken–Reggae 69 (Nu Beat; UK)
  • Chris Powell and His Five Blue Flames–I Come From Jamaica (Spanish Town; UK)
  • Los Rebeldes del Rock–Me Quieres Dejar (Orfeon)
  • Tommy Raye–You Don’t Love Me (Pen)
  • The Slickers–Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Ice; Jamaica)
  • Los Socios Del Ritmo–La Gallina (Capitol; Mexico)
  • Preston Epps–Rockin’ in the Congo (Flodavieur)
  • The Hawketts–Mardi Gras Mambo (Sapphire)
  • The Charmer with Johnny McCleverty Calypso Boys–Back to Back Belly to Belly (Monogram)
  • Laurel Aitken–Do the Boogaloo (Big Shot; UK)
  • Jimmy Castor–New Boo-Ga-Loo 67 (Winley)
  • Howlin’ Wolf–Killing Floor (Chess)
  • Honey-Duo-Twins–Come on Baby (Yam-Bo)
  • Earl Grant–House of Bamboo (Decca)
  • Xavier Cugat–Watermelon Man (Mercury)
  • Los Gritos–Tuset Street (Belter; Spain)
  • Los Yaki–Murmullo [Hush] (Capitol)
  • Dale Kahr & Christy Boughn–Black Is Black (Foggy Love)
  • Bruno Lomas–Corre Corre [Keep on Running] (Regal; Spain)
  • Freddy King–The Stumble (Federal)
  • Otis Spann–Walkin’ (Blue Horizon)
  • Maytals–Fever (Dragon)
  • Los Brincos–Flamenco (NoVoLa; Spain)
  • Elmore James–Stranger Blues (Fire)
  • Bo Diddley–Down Home Train (Checker)
  • Bruno Lomas–Jungle Hop (Discophon; Spain)
  • Emilina and Her Brazilians–The Carnival Yeh Yeh Song (Mulata ie ie ie) (Columbia)
  • Grupo 15–El Olé (Regal; Spain)
  • Pierre Perpall–Je Ne Peux Te Laisser Partir (Citation; Canada)
  • The Shakers–Hippy Hippy Shake (Polydor; Germany)
  • Los Beats–Eres Tu (Orfeon; Mexico)
  • The Eagles–Stalactite (Smash)
  • Noble ‘Thin Man’ Watts–Hot Tamales (Baton)
  • Errol Scorcher–Frog in a Water (Tippa; Jamaica)
  • Perez Prado y Su Orquesta–Mambo de King Kong (Infopesa; Peru)
  • Little Willie John–Uh Uh Baby (No No Baby) (King)
  • Cuco Valtierra–Hay Que Bailar Rock and Roll (Musart; Colombia)
  • Royal Rockers–Swinging Mambo (Bee)
  • Santo & Johnny–Bullseye (Canadian American)
  • The Afrosound–La Sampuesana (Fuentes; Ecuador)
  • Tito Puente and His Orchestra–A La Salud (God Bless You) (RCA Victor)
  • Juanucho Lopez and His Orchestra; vocalist: Mon Rivera–El Twist (Spanoramic)
  • The Chanters–Bongo Bongo (M-G-M)
  • Nino Ferrer–Alexandre (Rivera; France)
  • [no artist listed]–Dance the Slurp (7-Eleven)
  • ‘Baby’ Earl & the Trini-Dads–Back Slop (S.P.Q.R.)
  • Toots & the Maytals–Pressure Drop (Beverley’s; UK)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers–Trench Town Rock (G & C)
  • Chico and Buddy–Can You Dig It (Tay-Ster)
  • Freddie McCoy–Summer in the City (Prestige)
  • Earl King–Let the Good Times Roll (Ace)
  • Ko Ko Taylor–All Money Spent (On Feeling Good) (Checker)
  • The Venturas–The Corrido Twist (Donna)
  • Cookie and His Cupcakes–I’m Twisted (Paula)
  • Anna King–Mama’s Got a Bag of Her Own (End)
  • Johnny Preston–Willie and the Hand Jive (Hall-Way)
  • Johnny Little John–Can’t Be Still (Terrell)

None of these records are for sale.

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