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Oct 27, 2022 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
With John Wendland
Join John Wendland for Memphis to Manchester, a fun-filled and action-packed three hours of soul, R&B, rock, pop, country and other great music.
The Jaguars Night Walker
Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights The Numero Group 2018
WARNING: What is about to come over the airwaves is nor for the faint of heart. Enter at your own peril because you are about to experience the sheer terror of the annual M2M Halloween show. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Don't say you weren't warned!
Music bed. Halloween mood setting instrumental by the band out of Douglas, GA. They opened for bands such as Ike & Tina Turner and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and they also backed up Charlie Rich.
Don Redman & His Orchestra Got the Jitters
Halloween Stomp Jass Records 1990
Written by John Jacob Loeb, Billy Rose, and Paul Francis Webster and originally released in 1939 on the Parlophone label.
Louis Armstrong with Jimmy Dorsey Skeleton in the Closet
30s and 40s Era Halloween Red Devil Records 2012
Recorded in 1936 with Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra for the film "Pennies From Heaven."
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Jack, You're Dead
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five JSP Records 2001
A perennial M2M Halloween favorite. Recorded in 1946. "What's the use of having muscles / When your life hangs by a thread / If you ain't got no red corpuscles / Jack, you're dead!"
Kay Starr The Headless Horseman
The Shadow Knows: 34 Scary Tales From The Vaults Of Horror Bear Family 2018
Composed by Gene DePaul and Don Raye and recorded in 1948. Musical backing by The Billy Butterfield Quintet.
June Christy Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
The Cool School Capitol Records 1960
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. She approached this collection of children's music the same way she did with her "This Time of Year" collection of Christmas/winter songs. That is without cloying sentimentality and pleasurably listenable by all ages. Musical backing by the Joe Castro Quartet.
Lyn Cornell Demon Lover
Songs for Swinging Ghosts Croydon Municipal 2015
Lyn Cornell was from Liverpool and started out with the Vernon Girls. This was recorded for Decca in 1960.
Duke Ellington's Orchestra Haunted Nights
Swingin' at the Séance : Jazz for a Halloween's Night (Ghostly Selections from 1919-1953) Document Records 2020
Music bed. 1929 instrumental composition by Duke Ellington. Arranged, conducted, and piano by Duke Ellington.
Charles Sheffield It's Your Voodoo Working
Satan's Holiday: The Devil's Jukebox Atomicat 2019
Written by Charles Sheffield and recorded for the Nashville-based Excello label in 1961. This is a big favorite on Sunny Boy Mason's highly recommended Howzit Bayou program which airs every Tuesday from 4-7 pm.
The Atomic Fireballs Man With the Hex
Torch This Place Atlantic Records 1999
From the Detroit band's debut album. Written by John Bunkley. This one will get the Halloween party in full swing!
LaVern Baker Voodoo Voodoo
Monsters, Vampires, Voodoos, and Spooks Jasmine 2017
Released as a single in 1961 by Atlantic. Quite a musical line-up on this one: LaVern Baker (vocal), Urbie Green (trombone), Leon Cohen (alto sax), King Curtis (tenor sax), Ernie Hayes (piano), Everett Barksdale and Al Caiola (guitars) and Milt Hinton (bass).
Bettye LaVette Witchcraft In the Air
Northern Soul All Nighter One Day Music 2014
Originally released as the a-side on a 1963 LuPine single under the name "Betty Lavett." She would have been around seventeen when this was recorded.
The Johnson Brothers Casting My Spell
Hallowscream! 2 (Horrors of The Black Museum) Atomicat 2022
This is the original version of a song recorded by a number of other artists such as Johnny Otis, The Spellbinders, and Wilko Johnson. Written by Alvin Johnson and Edwin Johnson and originally released in 1959 on the Valor label.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with the Leroy Kirkland Orchestra I Put a Spell on You
Blues, Blues, Hoodoo, Halloween - Scary Blues & Jazz Recordings from 1925 to 1961 Document Records 2014
There are a lot of great versions of this song. I played the Nina Simone version earlier this year. The Alan Price and Annie Lennox versions are also highly recommened. Can't go wrong with the original version of this song. Recorded in 1956 for the OKeh label and written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
Martin Denny Voodoo Dreams
Hypnotique Liberty 1959
Music bed. Instrumental composition by the immortal Les Baxter.
Herbert L. Strock I Was a Teenage Frankenstein movie trailer
Halloween Nuggets: Monster Sixties a Go-Go RockBeat 2014
Trailer from the 1957 spooky cinema less-than-classic. Starring a young Michael Landon and Yvonne Lang who is "appealing as the girl who loves him."
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller Frankenstein Walk
The Legacy of Gene "Bowlegs" Miller Fat Possum 2009
Written by Gene "Bowlegs" Miller and recorded in 1969 for the Hi label.
The Crystals Frankenstein Twist
Twist Uptown Philles 1962
Written by Kate Henry and Leo McCorkle and produced by Phil Spector.
Archie Bleyer The Rockin' Ghost
Trick Or Treat: Music To Scare Your Neighbors - Vintage 45s From Lux And Ivy's Haunted Basement Righteous 2019
The best Halloween release of 2019 - two CDs of vintage 45s culled from Lux and Ivy's (of the Cramps) haunted basement. This was originally released as a single on the Cadence label (which Archie Bleyer founded) in 1956. Written by Steve Allen. Archie Bleyer also produced the Everly Brothers in the late fifties.
The Flat Five The Raven
The Raven - Single Bloodshot Records 2017
There's no way I'm leaving this off a Halloween show. You, too, can sing along to this continually modulating musical adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe poem by the ridiculously talented Chicago band made up of Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall.
The Hues Corporation There He Is Again
Blacula (Music from the Original Soundtrack) RCA Victor 1972
Recorded a couple of years prior to their "Rock The Boat" hit. Beware the vampire! Highly recommended funk and soul soundtrack.
Mae Young You Got Me Under Your Spell
Local Customs: Burned At Boddie Numero Group 2011
Close enough to a Halloween theme for me. Lots of gospel came out of the Cleveland-based Boddie label. This is not that.
Percy Sledge Spooky
Percy Sledge: The Atlantic Recordings Rhino / Atlantic 2010
Not often heard version of the Classics IV song very often. Recorded in 1968. "Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams / So I'll propose on Halloween / Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you."
The Nite Caps Haunted Sax
The Mojo Mans Halloween Party Koko-Mojo 2020
Music bed. 1958 ghostly sax-fueled instrumental which came out on the Chess label.
Tony Hatch Ghost Squad
Look For a Star: 1959-1962 El 2014
Music bed. Instrumental written by Philip Green and recorded by Tony Hatch for the British TV series.
Robin Bienemann Vampires Are Not Zombies
Songs about Lessons Learnt Robin Bienemann 2016
This is another perennial M2M Halloween favorite from the fine guitarist and singer/songwriter out of Chicago.
George Barnes Spooky
Follow Me to the Popcorn: The Untold History of the Belgium Popcorn Scene Jazzman 2016
The aforementioned Robin Bienemann is the one who made me aware of George Barnes. Instrumental penned by guitar virtuoso George Barnes and recorded in 1962 for the Mercury label.
Lana Del Rey Season of the Witch
Season of the Witch (From the Motion Picture "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark") - Single Polydor Records 2019
Fine version of the Donovan song.
Tom Mennerick On Halloween L N
On Halloween (single) Self-Released 2022
Tom Mennerick is a local musician who doesn't really play out (to the best of my knowledge, anyway) but he's a prolific songwriter and loyal listener. He pulls off the not-often achieved task of writing a poignant Halloween song. Like I said about his last year's contribution of a song called "Hallow's Eve,' this is a lo-fi Halloween gem.
Neko Case Things That Scare Me
Blacklisted Anti/Epitaph 2002
"Fluorescent lights engage / Blackbirds frying on a wire / Same birds that followed me to school / When I was young / Were they trying to tell me something / Were they telling me to run"
Southern Culture On the Skids Goo Goo Muck
Mondo Zombie Boogaloo Yep Roc 2013
Great version of a song first recorded by the Gaylads but then made popular way later by the Cramps. Mary Huff on lead vocals.
The Bomboras A Fistful of Terror
Halloween Hootenanny Geffen Records 1998
Music bed. Instrumental from this Rob Zombie produced compilation.
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror V-Medley: Controlling the Transmission ...
Songs in the Key of Springfield Rhino 1993
Written by Alf Clausen and Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman This Is Halloween
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Walt Disney Records 2006
Written by Danny Elfman for the 1993 Tim Burton film classic.
Gene Wilder & Peter Boyle Puttin' on the Ritz
High Anxiety Original Soundtrack / Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits feat. The Fabulous Film Scores of John Morris Rhino/Elektra 1977
Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle recorded this for the 1975 Mel Brooks film, "Young Frankenstein." "Super duper!" Arranged by John Morris who worked as a composer and arranger on most of Mel Brooks' films.
Los Straitjackets Theme from Young Frankenstein
Mondo Zombie Boogaloo Yep Roc 2013
Written by John Morris. Los Straitjackets are always masked for Halloween.
John Wesley Harding If You Have Ghosts
Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye Sire Records 1990
Recorded in 1990 and found on this compilation of various artists covering songs written by Roky Erickson. One of my favorite Roky Erickson covers.
Milton DeLugg & The All-Stars The Munster's Theme
These Ghoulish Things Ace 2005
Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Epic label.
Roky Erickson Creature With the Atom Brain
The Evil One CBS Records 1980
Written by Roky Erickson. Produced by bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Elmer Bernstein Excerpt from Suite (From the Movie "Psycho")
Bernard Hermann Film Scores: From Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver Milan Records 1992
Elmer Bernstein conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on this Bernard Hermann composition that remains as one of the most imaginative, well-known, and influential film scores.
Chuck Prophet Castro Halloween
Temple Beautiful Yep Roc Records 2012
"Halloween was here, but now it's gone / Men in skirts and heels are marching on, Halloween is gone"
Aimee Mann Frankenstein
I'm With Stupid Geffen 1995
Written by Aimee Mann & Jon Brion and featuring Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook on background vocals.
Alessandro Alessandroni 'Seq 1' from `Lady Frankenstein'
Vault Of Horror: The Italian Connection Vol.2 Demon 2019
Music bed. Instrumental composition by Alessandro Alessandroni for the 1971 Italian horror movie.
Dean Owens Weeping Skulls N
La Lomita EP Self-Released 2022
Music bed. Instrumental collaboration with singer-songwriter Dean Owens, drummer John Convertino of Calexico, and guitarist Naïm Amor.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Tombstone Shadow N
Live At The Royal Albert Hall/London, UK/April 14, 1970 Craft Recordings 2022
Live 1970 version of a John Fogerty-penned song. After fifty years, this live concert is finally being released. Coming out at the same time is a documentary concert film "Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall." Restored and mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell.
The Blenders Graveyard
The Mojo Man's Halloween Party Koko-Mojo 2019
Originally released by the New Orleans band in 1962 on the A.F.O. label.
Dorothea Fleming The Devil Is Mad
Satan's Holiday: The Devil's Jukebox Atomicat 2019
Originally released as a 1954 single B-side on the Jaguar label.
The Revels Dead Man Stroll
These Ghoulish Things Ace 2009
Written by Revels member Billy Jackson and recorded in 1959 for the Norgolde label. Spooky doo-wop out of Philadelphia and a perennial M2M Halloween favorite.
Fabienne Delsol I'm Gonna Haunt You
No Time for Sorrows Damaged Goods 2004
"I'm goona haunt you until your dying day."
Gurf Morlix Comin' Back to Haunt Me (radio edit)
The Tightening of the Screws Rootball 2021
All songs on this album were written by Gurf Morlix and the formidable musical line-up is as follows: Gurf Morlix-vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion / Rick Richards-drums/ Ray Bonneville-harmonica/ Nick Connolly-B3. Good news - the Texas singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has a new album out called "Caveman." You'll hear tracks from that in weeks to come.
The Nightmares The Nightmare
Monster-O-Rama Jukebox Music Factory – 2017
Music bed. Originally released as a single B-side in 1960 on the Fredlo label.
Scatman Crothers Dead Man's Blues
Slow Grind Fever - Vol. 2 Stag-O-Lee 2014
"I had three million dollars, some other man had four." Written by Riff Charles and recorded in 1948 before he took an ax from Jack Nicholson.
Unknown Beat Girls Grave Digger
Shel's Girls From The Planet Records Vaults Ace 2019
Previously unreleased recording circa mid-60s. Produced by Shel Talmy.
The Minus 5 Lies of the Living Dead
In Rock Yep Roc Records 2004
Written by Scott McCaughey.
Sara Lee The Living Dead
Love is Good / The Living Dead - Single Rhythm Bomb Records 2020
Sara Lee is based out of Finland and this cover is a single B-side from 2020. Originally recorded in 1961 by Jim Burgett. ""The living dead are those who live without love."
Attica! Damnably 2014
Written and sung by Lisa Walker. "It reminds me of when I was 14 at the fair / Declaring things I'd never been / Well you always said it was just like Sugar Mountain / But I didn't know it then / And it felt like Halloween / Everyone was waving as the car pulled out to leave / And that old song came back to me / Like something you'd remember from a dream"
The Civil Tones Dia De Los Muertos L
Rotisserie Twist Pravda Records 1996
Music bed. Instrumental composition by Robin Allen.
Tom Waits Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
Blue Valentine Asylum 1978
Written by Tom Waits and backed by New Orleans session greats Alvin "Shine" Robinson", Harold Battiste, Scott Edwards, Earl Palmer, and Herb Hardesty.
Concrete Blonde Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
Bloodletting I.R.S. Records 1990
Written and sung by Johnette Napolitano.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Red Right Hand
Psyched: The Soundtrack To Your Surfing Life Warner Music Australia 2015
Taken from this collection of different songs that accompanied surf movies. This menacing song was in a film called "Dear Suburbia" and was originally recorded in 1998. Written by Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, and Thomas Wydler. It has found newfound fame by being the theme song for "Peaky Blinders."
The Frantics Werewolf
Stomp! Northwest Killers 1960-64 Norton 2001
Music bed. Instrumental from this Seattle band that recorded from 1956-66. Jerry Miller and Bob Mosley from the Frantics later went on to form Moby Grape. The scream on this is by Bonnie Guitar.