19 episodes

Trick Bag is a musical podcast experience that brings the listener deep into the sounds of R&B. Inspired by his weekly radio show on WWOZ, disc jockey and vinyl aficionado Neil Pellegrin spins obscure tracks from the mid-20th century, celebrating some of the most important artists of our time. Each episode features the stories behind the music, including rare artist interviews and archival recordings of performances and recording sessions.
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Trick Bag is a musical podcast experience that brings the listener deep into the sounds of R&B. Inspired by his weekly radio show on WWOZ, disc jockey and vinyl aficionado Neil Pellegrin spins obscure tracks from the mid-20th century, celebrating some of the most important artists of our time. Each episode features the stories behind the music, including rare artist interviews and archival recordings of performances and recording sessions.
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    Bobby Hendricks of The Drifters

    Bobby Hendricks of The Drifters

    Among aficionados of classic R&B, the legendary Drifters vocal group is divided into two factions -- the "old Drifters" and the "new Drifters." The "old" group is the one that was founded by Clyde McPhatter in 1953 and, with many personnel changes, ran until 1958 with tremendous success. In the spring of that year, the group's manager, George Treadwell, fired the entire group, and, because he held exclusive rights to the name, he hired a group called the Crowns and rechristened them with the Drifters name. This group, also with many personnel changes over the years, is the aggregation that fans refer to as the "new Drifters." They enjoyed a string of R&B and pop hits stretching into the mid '60s.  
    Of the "old" (pre summer of 1958) group, there is only one survivor -- Bobby Hendricks. I had the chance to interview Bobby in June of 2013. Being a huge Drifters fan (particularly the "old" group), it was a real thrill for me to chat with him. Other topics we discussed were his early influences, his pre-Drifters musical endeavors and his success as a solo artist. I'm happy to share my talk with Bobby Hendricks on this latest edition of Trick Bag!
    Your host,
    Neil the Night Howler
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    Songs: 
    Drifters - Drip Drop
    Drifters - Moonlight Bay
    Drifters - Suddenly There's a Valley
    Flyers - My Only Desire
    Settlers (Drifters) - Sugar Plum (rare recently discovered recording)
    Settlers (Drifters) - Come Home (rare recently discovered recording)
    Bobby Hendricks - Dreamy Eyes
    Bobby Hendricks - Itchy Twitchy Feeling
    Bobby Hendricks - I Want That
    Bobby Hendricks - Psycho
    Bobby Hendricks - Honey Drip
    Bobby Hendricks - Good Lovin'
    Bobby Hendricks - Let's Get It Over
    Bill Pinkney & the Originals - The Masquerade Is Over
    Bobby Hendricks - Go On Home Girl
    Bobby Hendricks - A Thousand Dreams

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    • 59 min
    A Capella

    A Capella

    It's an all a cappella showcase on this installment of Trick Bag. Vocal groups were a hot commodity in the '50s and '60s, but it wasn't common for record labels to release recordings without instrumental backing. Fortunately, many a cappella tracks were recorded and preserved. I've picked out some real gems to share with you on this episode.  
    Your Host,
    Neil the Night Howler
    Trick Bag is presented by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Neil Pellegrin. Produced by Kirsten Cluthe. Edited by Matt Dwyer and Justin Thomas (Revoice Media). Executive produced by Patrick Mitchell (EAC Productions). Artwork by Katherine Boils..
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    Music in this episode:
    Casanovas - Night Rider
    Dovers - Only Heaven Knows
    Volumes - Miss Silhouette
    Nutones - Love Affair
    King Crooners - School Daze
    Royal Counts - Way Over There
    Nutmegs - Hello
    Eagle-Aires - Money Honey
    Titans (Vitamins) - It's So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry
    Juveniles - Beat In My Heart (live on Wide Wide World TV show)
    Tymes - Lover's Plea
    Ad Libs - The Boy From New York City
    Hollywood Flames - Roseanne of Charing Cross
    Elegants - Little Star
    Kripp Johnson's Versatiles (feat. Chuck Jackson) - Cold Feet
    Debonairs - In My Memories
    Sharps - I'm Such a Lovin' Man
    Avalons - Love Me Now Or Let Me Go
    Lillian Leach & the Mellows - You're Gone
    Dappers - Good Lovin'
    Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away
    Miracles - Ooo Baby Baby

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    016 - An Evening With Dan Penn (Part 2)

    016 - An Evening With Dan Penn (Part 2)

    It's time for Part 2 in a spotlight on Dan Penn, the great R&B songwriter who wrote hits for Aretha Franklin, James & Bobby Purify, Percy Sledge, Joe Simon, James Carr, Conway Twitty and many others. In this episode, we'll hear the biggest hits from the Dan Penn songbook and some great behind-the-scenes stories from the man himself. The depth of soul found in Dan's music combined with his down-home, charming demeanor makes this episode especially captivating and one you'll undoubtedly want to listen to more than once!
    Your Host,
    Neil the Night Howler
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    Songs:
    James Carr - The Dark End of the Street
    Dan Penn - The Puppet
    James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
    Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
    Barbara Lynn - You Left the Water Running
    Otis Redding - Your Left the Water Running (demo with overdubs)
    Janis Joplin - A Woman Left Lonely
    Percy Sledge - Out of Left Field
    Van Broussard - Feed the Flame
    Warren Storm (as "Abel") - My Far Away Cow
    The Sweet Inspirations - Sweet Inspiration
    Clyde McPhatter - Denver
    Dan Penn - See You In My Dreams

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    • 59 min
    An Evening With Dan Penn (Part 1)

    An Evening With Dan Penn (Part 1)

    An Evening With Dan Penn (Part 1)
    This episode is Part 1 of a spotlight on one of the all-time great R&B songwriters - Dan Penn. Dan has written hundreds of songs that have been recorded by an array of artists, including Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Conway Twitty, Joe Simon, the Box Tops, Brenda Lee, James Carr, Otis Redding, Irma Thomas, Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke, Etta James and countless others. He's responsible for penning some of the greatest R&B and soul classics ever recorded.  
    I had the pleasure of chatting with Dan live in the studio for my radio program on WWOZ in New Orleans on April 23, 2019. I'm digging that conversation out of the archive to share with you here on Trick Bag!
    Your Host,
    Neil the Night Howler
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    Songs: 
    Dan Penn - You Don't Treat Me Right
    Conway Twitty - Is a Blue Bird Blue
    Jimmy Hughes - I Worship the Ground You Walk On
    Jimmy Hughes - It's a Good Thing
    Irma Thomas - Cheater Man
    Irma Thomas - Good Things Don't Come Easy
    Tony Borders - Pass the Word
    Brenda Lee - My Dreams
    The Ovations - I'm Living Good
    The Box Tops - The Letter
    Betty Wright - Cry Like a Baby
    Joe Simon - Nine Pound Steel
    Percy Sledge - It Tears Me Up

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    • 1 hr
    In the Can - Unreleased Gems (New Orleans Edition)

    In the Can - Unreleased Gems (New Orleans Edition)

    In the Can -- Unreleased Gems (New Orleans Edition)
    In this edition of Trick Bag, Neil takes you on a journey into unreleased gems recorded in New Orleans in the '50s and early '60s. The criteria for the tracks featured on this episode is that all the recordings have to have been left unissued -- or "in the can" -- for at least two decades before they were released. 
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    songs:
    Li'l Millet - Rock Around the Clock
    Roy Brown - I'm Convicted of Love
    Smiley Lewis - Mama Don't Like
    James "Sugar Boy" Crawford - The Facts
    Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Lady With the Hat Box
    Jerry Raines - Dixieland Rock
    Pee Wee Crayton - Wondering Why
    Shirley & Lee - The Real Thing
    Little Richard - Heeby Jeebies Love
    Art Neville - I'm a Fool to Care
    Bobby Charles - Lonely Street
    Earl King - Something Funny
    The Tropicals - Sweet Sixteen
    Paul Gayten - Down Boy
    Richard Berry - Mad About You
    Cesta Ayres - That'll Get It
    The Spiders - Without Love
    Jerry Byrne - My Little Girl
    Tommy Ridgley - Ding Dong School
    Snooks Eaglin - Mama, Talk to Your Daughter
    Tami Lynn - World of Dreams
    Larry Williams - Oh Baby
    Jewel King - Go Now

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    13 - Bobby Mitchell (Part 2)

    13 - Bobby Mitchell (Part 2)

    I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday – A Rare Interview with Bobby Mitchell (Part 2) 
    This episode is Part 2 of a showcase on New Orleans R&B man Bobby Mitchell, featuring a rare early '80s interview from the collection of New Orleans historian Rick Coleman. Also thanks to Coleman's archive, we'll hear interview clips from producer Dave Bartholomew, songwriter Roy Hayes and Bobby's wife, Marcie.  We'll pick things up from 1957 tonight, the year that Bobby recorded one of his all-time classics -- "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday." Featured in this installment are some real rarities, including the original demo of "Wheel" by the song's writer, Roy Hayes, as well as Bobby's last commercial recordings done for Earl Stanley's Thunder Productions -- two tracks that have never been heard by the public!
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    Songs:
    You Always Hurt the One You Love
    I Would Like to Know
    Roy Hayes - I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday (demo)
    I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday
    You Better Go Home
    64 Hours
    I Love to Hold You
    Well, I Done Got Over It
    Just Say You Love Me
    Send Me Your Picture
    You're Doing Me Wrong
    Mama Don't Allow
    I Never Knew What Hit Me
    I Got to Call That Number
    My Southern Belle
    Walking In Circles
    You Can't Resist Me, Baby (unreleased recording courtesy of Earl Stanley)
    A Lot of Lies (unreleased recording courtesy of Earl Stanley)

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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