This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1038: The Ninth Annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio‘sfirst presentation of DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT aired on 7/1/2012, commencing with a spin of Parliament‘s “Tear The Roof Of The Sucker (Give Up The Funk).” It’s been a much-anticipated annual event ever since, and now we’re delighted to bring you The Ninth Annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT. 

Is it hot in here? Oh yes. And about to get hotter. This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like in DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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Hey, Carl’s writin’ a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 155 essays about 155 songs, each one of ’em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here.

TIRnRR # 1038: 8/16/2020: The Ninth Annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)/


THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze (Epic, Greatest Hits)

MERRY CLAYTON: Gimme Shelter (Columbia, VA: 20 Feet From Stardom OST)

SHARON CASH: Fever (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers)

GIL EVANS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Crosstown Traffic (RCA Bluebird, VA: Flying Groove)

VICKI ANDERSON: If You Don’t Give Me What I Want (I Gonna Get It Some Other Place) (MOJO, VA: James Brown’s Funky Summer)

MARION BLACK: Come And Gettit (MOJO, VA: Heavy Soul)

DESMOND DEKKER & HIS ACES: 007 (Shanty Town) (Trojan, VA: This Is Trojan Rock Steady)

THE MAYTALS: 54-46 That’s My Number (Trojan, VA: This Is Trojan Rock Steady)

DANDY: Rudy, A Message To You (Trojan, VA: This Is Trojan Rock Steady)

THE PARAGONS: The Tide Is High (Trojan, VA: This Is Trojan Rock Steady)

JIMMY CLIFF: Miss Jamaica (MOJO, VA: Jamaican Explosion)

MILLIE SMALL: My Boy Lollipop (Caroline, The Best Of Millie Small)

LONNIE LISTON SMITH & THE COSMIC ECHOES: A Chance For Peace (Sony, VA: Flying Funk)

BETTY DAVIS: If I’m Lucky I Might Get Picked Up (MOJO, VA: Heavy Soul)

NINA SIMONE: Save Me (Sony, VA: Flying Funk)

WEST COAST REVIVAL: Feelin’ Alright (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers)

BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND: Don’t Cry No More (Geffen, The Anthology)

AL GREEN: I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Right Stuff, Green Is Blues)

LITTLE JR. PARKER: Taxman (Groove Merchant, VA: The Best Of The Blues Singers)

STANLEY TURRENTINE: Spooky (Blue Note, VA: The Lost Grooves)

SUGAR PIE DeSANTO: Hello, San Francisco [Part 1] (Putumayo, VA: Putumayo Presents American Blues)

BETTYE SWAN: The Heartache Is Gone (MOJO, VA: Raw Soul)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers)

CURTIS MAYFIELD: Move On Up (Curtom, single)

GODWIN OMABUWA & HIS CASSANOVA DANDIES: Do The Afro Shuffle (Soundway, VA: Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970s Nigeria)

TINARIWEN: Tenhert (The Doe) (MOJO, VA: Africa Rising)

ORCHESTRE VEVE: Venus (No Smoke, VA: Cazumbi: African Sixties Garage Vol. 1)

THE UNTOUCHABLES: Tighten Up (MOJO, VA: Trojan Reggae Nuggets)

BUNZU SOUNDS: Zinabu (Luaka Bop, VA: World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing)

P. P. ARNOLD: (If You Think You’re) Groovy (Sequel, The First Cut)

IKE & TINA TURNER: He’s The One (MOJO, VA: Raw Soul)

SANDRA PHILLIPS: I Wish I Had Known (Deram, VA: Honeybeat)

FONTELLA BASS: I Surrender (MOJO, VA: Chess Classics)

THE MARVELETTES: Locking Up My Heart (Motown, 20th Century Masters)

GLORIA JONES: Tainted Love (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)

RICHARD BERRY & THE PHARAOHS: Louie Louie (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)

SAMMY AMBROSE: This Diamond Ring (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)

TOMMY TUCKER: Hi-Heel Sneakers (MOJO, VA: Chess Classics)

LITTLE RICHARD: She’s Got It (Specialty, The Georgia Peach)

JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL STARS: (I’m A) Road Runner (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)

LEE DORSEY: Ride Your Pony (Arista, The Essential Lee Dorsey)

BOBBY ANGELLE: Too Much For You (Money, single)

JAMES BROWN: Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Universal, In The Jungle Groove)

THE LOADING ZONE: No More Tears (Sony, VA: Flying Funk)

RICHARD “GROOVE” HOLMES & BRENDA JONES: This Is The Me Me (Not The You You) (Sony, VA: Flying Funk)

LAURA LEE: What A Man (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers)

THE 5TH DIMENSION: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) (Arista, The Ultimate 5th Dimension)

OTIS & CARLA: Tramp (Rhino, OTIS REDDING: Otis!)

ELLA FITZGERALD: Sunshine Of Your Love [live] (Oxford American, VA: 10th Anniversary Edition)
ERMA FRANKLIN: Baby I Love You (Oxford American, VA: 10th Anniversary Edition)

ISAAC HAYES: Title Theme (From Three Tough Guys) (Stax, Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?)

ELIZABETH COTTEN: Holy Ghost, Unchain My Name (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Shake Sugaree)

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