On Sunday January 22, a BIG TEN INCH took place at the Hi-Fi Bar in the East Village of Manhattan. Along with host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, eight other folks showed up to spin 78s: Adam Lore, Alex DeLazslo, Tony Salvaje, Andy Upsetter, John Clemente, Michael McMahon, Juke Joint Jonny and Rich Sibello. Each came packing hot 78s that were each played at the proper speed.
Highlights included a 12-inch V-Disc recording of Machito and his Orchestra and a 1968 recording by Ramito—an ode to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had just been assassinated. The latter is proof that 78s were part of the Latin music market well into the sixties and it is probably one of the most recent 78s that will get played at the BIG TEN INCH. Both of these were played by Andy Upsetter.
Another high point of the event was when spontaneous swing dancing took place. This often happens when a hot swing or jump blues record is spinning.
Let’s not forget Adam Lore’s full set of nothing but John Lee Hooker records! “Too Much Boogie!” I don’t think so.
John Clemente always prints out a list of the records he brings, and often plays them in the order in which they appear.
In all, it was another fabulous evening of platters, pizza and pilsner at the Hi-Fi Bar. Here’s a list of all the 78s played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:
- Mario Hernandez y sus Diablos del Caribe; cantan: Ignacio y Mario–Navidad en Mi Terruño (B.M.C.)
- Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra; vocal chorus by The Hamptones–Pink Champagne (Decca)
- Richard Huey and His Sundown Singers–Blues Boogie Woogie (Decca)
- Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons–Movin’ the Boogie (RCA Victor)
- Jesse Price and His Blues Band–Baby Let’s Be Friends (Capitol)
- Bill Crosby–Come for a Ride (Columbia)
- Cozy Cole’s All Stars–Look Here (Continental)
- King Houdini and His Calypso Parliament–Brave Son of America (Apollo)
- Freddie Mitchell Orch.; featuring Rip Harrigan on piano–Aul Lang Syne Boogie (Derby)
- ‘Gatemouth’ Moore; Budd Johnson’s All Stars–Bum Dee Dah Ra Dee (National)
- Bo Diddley–Bo Diddley (Checker)
- Dave Bartholomew–An Old Cowhand From a Blues Band (Imperial)
- Wynonie Harris–Night Train (King)
- Red Prysock–Blow Your Horn (Mercury)
- Big Bill–When I Been Drinking (OKeh)
- Tiny Bradshaw–One, Two, Three Kick (King)
- Luke Jones and Orchestra–Mama Oh Mama (RPM)
- Moose Jackson–Big Ten-Inch Record (King)
None of these records are for sale