Lost Treasures: Bill Doggett – “Honky Tonk” Parts 1 & 2

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In the 1950’s & 60’s, some lengthy LP tracks appeared on 45’s chopped up into ‘Parts 1 & 2’ on the “A” & “B” sides of the record. Jazz and R&B keyboardist Bill Doggett released several of these throughout his recording career.  The best known & most successful of these was this 1956 release on the King label.  “Honky Tonk Part 2” charted on both top 40 & R&B stations & playlists.  However, Part 1 of this 45 isn’t often heard.  In spite of several CD releases with edits of the entire song “stitched together” into 1 long track, these were actually recorded as separate pieces of music & there is a distinct fade-out on Pt 1 that does not match up with Pt. 2.  Editing software makes this an easy track to join together to seemingly sound as one.  The above mp3 file has both parts separate as I recorded them & as originally released.  This ahead-of-it’s-time instrumental is often regarded as the birthstone of “funk” and I can’t disagree with that statement! Happy weekend readers…it’s Friday!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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