Retrospective 008: Big Chief Specials

Presenting a selection of shows from the RFA vaults with a focus on New Orleans Mardi Gras, and the sounds of the mighty mighty Big Chief.

Two shows by John Sinclair, and a show by DJ Soul Lucille in between, 3 hours of authentic rump shaking funk, uplifting street soul, unique spirituals and pure party jams. Buckle up, light up, switch off the TV and relax, come into the sweet and loverly vibrations.

–Steve Fly


GO GET YOUR BIG CHIEF

I was at Unified Indian Practice at the Handa Wanda club at 2nd & Dryades on the evening of Sunday, January 27, 2008, when I decided to whip out my compact Olympus 320M digital recorder and take down the proceedings, which were centered on Big Chief Little Bo of the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Roddy of the Black Eagles, and assorted Indian singers who took over the mike from time to time in front of the massive drum choir on the stage behind them. I recorded again the next Sunday, when it was “Two More Days” until Mardi Gras, and then chopped the results down to an hour’s worth of Wild Indian music recorded in context just before Carnival Day.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

GO GET YOUR BIG CHIEF

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 191

Handa Wanda’s, New Orleans, January 27 > February 3, 2008 [20-0809]

Big Chief Roddy & Big Chief Little Bo: Indian Red w/ Intro

Big Chief Little Bo: Two More Days > Indians Here Dey Come >

Big Chief Little Bo > Big Chief Roddy: Shotgun Joe

Wild Magnolias: Oo Na Nay >

Big Chief Little Bo: Got to Go Downtown >

Big Chief Roddy: Early in the Morning

Wild Magnolias: Indians Here Dey Come > Go Get Your Big Chief

Big Chief Roddy: Shoo Fly > No No No No No

Big Chief White Cloud: Indian Red

Big Chief Peppy: Golden Arrows

Wild Magnolias: Indian Red

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Music tracks recorded “live” by Khalid Hafiz at Handa Wanda’s, New Orleans for WWOZ-FM and by John Sinclair

Produced, edited & assembled by John Sinclair on City of New Orleans, AMTRAK, February 20-21 > Chicago, February 21 > Detroit, February 27 > Amsterdam, March 12, 2008

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Tom Morgan & Hild Creed, Big Chief Bo Dollis & Big Queen Rita of the Wild Magnolias, Glenn Gaines Jr, & Khalid Hafiz in New Orleans

© 2008, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


 

BIG CHIEF

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by The Flirtations, Barbara & The Browns, The JB’s & Fred Wesley, The Counts, The Temptations, Fatback Band, Billy Vera, Wendell Harrison, Was (Not Was), Fela Kuti, and Mandrill.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BIG CHIEF

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 131

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, February 6, 2018 [18080]

The Flirtations: Once I Had Love

Barbara & The Browns: Watch Dog

The JB’s & Fred Wesley: Funky & Some

The Counts: At The Fair

The Temptations: Power

Fatback Band: Wicky Wacky

Billy Vera: Big Chief

Wendell Harrison: Love Juice

Was (Not Was): Wheel Me Out

Fela Kuti: 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free

Mandrill: Bust Loose

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.


Episode 23 is another Mardi Gras Indian Special on the Blues & Roots show, aired on Super Sunday morning 1998 with selections by the Golden Eagles, the Wild Magnolias, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Roger & The Gypsies, the Flaming Arrows, Snooks Eaglin, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John with Guardians of the Flame, and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, plus blues from Willie Mabon and Muddy Waters to start off the show.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BIG CHIEF

BLUES & ROOTS 23

John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, Super Sunday 1998 [JSBR-0023]

Little Walter: Juke

Willie Mabon: Seventh Son

Muddy Waters: Trouble No More

Golden Eagles: Indian Red

Wild Magnolias: Oops Upside Your Head

Professor Longhair: Big Chief

Dr. John: Mama Roux

Roger & The Gypsies: Pass The Hatchet

Wild Magnolias: New Suit

Flaming Arrows: Sew Sew Sew

Snooks Eaglin: Big Chief

Wild Tchoupitoulas: Big Chief Got A Golden Crown

Wild Magnolias: Golden Crown

Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John with Guardians Of The Flame: Hu Ta Nay

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Big Chief

Golden Eagles: Indian Red

Little Walter: Lights Out

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

© 1998, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Retrospective 004: Warm The Pot / Big City Funk

Today, we present two show selections, on a upbeat funk tip. Warm The Pot by DJ Soul Lucille, and Big City Funk, by DJ Linda Lexy will lay down the beat you need.

Two shows jam packed with funk from all corners, from New Orleans, To Michigan, New York To L.A, mixes beaming out from Florence, Italy and Detroit, these shows highlight the international culture under a groove. Keepin’ the funk alive.

–Steve Fly


WARM THE POT

 

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Fontella Bass, Bobby Byrd, Chuck Jackson, Willard Burton & The Pacifiers, Leon Thomas, The Dramatics, Pat Lundy, Love Committee, Rebirth Brass Band, the Wild Magnolias, Rasputin’s Stash, Milton Wright, Gil Scott-Heron, O.V. Wright, The O’Jays, and Robert Parker.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WARM THE POT

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 119

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, November 15, 2017 [DLSL-0119]

Fontella Bass: Its Hard To Get Back In

Bobby Byrd: Never Get Enough

Chuck Jackson: I Keep Forgetting

Willard Burton & The Pacifiers: Warm The Pot

Leon Thomas: Bags’ Groove

The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Pat Lundy: Work Song

Love Committee: Just As Long As I Got You

Rebirth Brass Band: Buck

Wild Magnolias & Rebirth Brass Band: Oops Upside Your Head

Rasputin’s Stash: What’s On Your Mind

Milton Wright: Friends And Buddies

Gil Scott-Heron: Gun

O.V. Wright: I Don’t Know Why

The O’Jays: Put Your Hands Together

Robert Parker: Hip-Hugging

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.


BIG CITY FUNK

Episode 4 of the Party Train show with Linda Lexy features music by Tino Gross, Ray Charles, The Sultans, The Valentinos, Little Ann, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Intensions, Sly Stone, The Meters, The Commodores, Lee Fields Sugarman & Co., The Howling Diablos, Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army, Pam Kellum, the Royal Blackbirds, the Staples Singers, Spearhead, and Longneck Strangler.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
BIG CITY FUNK
PARTY TRAIN 04
Linda Lexy, Funky D Studios, Detroit, May 3, 2016 [LLPT-0004]

[01] Linda Lexy Opening Comments & ID
[02] Opening Theme: Tino Gross: Little Soul Sister >
[03] Ray Charles: Hit The Road Jack
[04] The Sultans: Lemon Squeezing Daddy
[05] The Valentinos: What About Me
[06] Little Ann: Possession
[07] Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Ain't That A Bitch
[08] Intensions: I Don't Get Down Like That
[09] Sly Stone: I Get High On You
[10] The Meters: Just Kissed My Baby
[11] Commodores: High On Sunshine
[12] Lee Fields & Sugarman & Co:.Stand Up
[13] Howling Diablos: Good Good Vibes
[14] Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army: Big City Funk
[15] Pam Kellum: What You See You Can't Get
[16] Royal Blackbirds: I'm Goin’
[17] Staples Singers: Oh La De Da
[18] Spearhead: Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Linda Lexy for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by Linda Lexy & Tino Gross at Funky D Studios, Detroit
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Linda Lexy. Used with permission.

The Soul Lucille Show 117: Green Power

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Ann Peebles, Bobby Womack, Black Ivory, Curtis Mayfield, Little Richard, Little Sister, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Sounds Orchestra, Robert Lowe, Lloyd Parks & U Brown, Graham Central Station, Milton Wright, the Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, Mandrill, and Allen Toussaint.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

GREEN POWER

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 117

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, October 30, 2017 [DLSL-0117]

Ann Peebles: 99 Pounds

Bobby Womack: Arkansas State Prison

Black Ivory: I Keep Asking You Questions

Curtis Mayfield: Billy Jack

Little Richard: Green Power

Little Sister: You’re the One (Parts 1 & 2

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Fall Out

Sun Sounds Orchestra: Letter To Prospect Township

Robert Lowe: Back To Funk

Lloyd Parks & U Brown: Reach Out

Graham Central Station: Hai

Milton Wright: You Don’t Even Know Me

Gary Bartz Ntu Troop: Uhruh Sasa

Mandrill: Ape Is High

Allen Toussaint: Last Train

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.

Soul Lucille Show 116: Fast Lane

 

The Soul Lucille Show

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Thelma Houston, Merry Clayton, The Chi Lites, Clarence Reid, Esther Phillips, The Fatback Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Rebirth Brass Band, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Howard Tate, The O’Jays, Gil Scott-Heron, and the Roy Hargrove Quintet.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FAST LANE

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 116

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, October 24, 2017 [DLSL-0116]

 

Thelma Houston: Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Merry Clayton: Southern Man
The Chi Lites: Inner City Blues Make Me Wanna Holler

Clarence Reid: Till I Get My Share

Esther Phillips: Your Love Is So Doggone Good

The Fatback Band: Mister Bass Man

Walter “Wolfman” Washington: At Night In The City

Rebirth Brass Band: H.B.N.S.

Isaac Hayes: Chocolate Chip

Curtis Mayfield: Make Me Believe In You

Howard Tate: Ain’t Nobody Home

The O’Jays: Survival

Gil Scott-Heron: Fast Lane

Roy Hargrove Quintet: Greens At The Chicken Shack

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.

Soul Lucille Show 115: Here Comes The Judge

The Soul Lucille Show

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by James Brown, Shorty Long, Cannonball Adderley, Marlena Shaw, Black Nasty, Chet Baker, The Temptations, Sweet Claudette, Singin’ Sammy Ward, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Albert King, Mandrill, The New Birth, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Pearson.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 115

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, October 18, 2017 [DLSL-0115]

 

[01 James Brown; I Can’t Stand It

[02] Shorty Long: Here Comes the Judge
[03] Cannonball Adderley: Up And At It
[04] Marlena Shaw: California Soul
[05] Black Nasty: Getting Funky Round Here
[06] Chet Baker: Vehicle
[07] The Temptations: I Can’t Get Next To You
[08] Sweet Claudette: Hee-Bie Gee-Biues

[09] Singin’ Sammy Ward: Before It’s Over
[10] Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: It’s Your World
[11] Albert King: Cold Sweat
[12] Mandrill: Don’t Stop
[13] The New Birth: Damn

[14] Ella Fitzgerald: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

[15] Duke Pearson: Chili Peppers

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Lucille Show 114: Wind It Up

The Soul Lucille Show

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Clarence Reid, Lou Johnson, Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack, Charles Williams, Andre Williams, Wilson Pickett, Thornetta Davis, Teddy Edwards, The Chi Lites, Andy Bey, Mutiny, and the Wynton Kelly Trio.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WIND IT UP

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 114

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, October 2017 [DLSL-0114]

 

[01] Soul Lucille Theme Music with John Sinclair Intro

[02] Clarence Reid; Nobody But You Babe
[03] Lou Johnson; Beat
[04] Curtis Mayfield; Ain’t Got Time
[05] The Isley Brothers; Ohio > Machine Gun
[06] Bobby Womack; Wind It Up
[07] Charles Williams: Moving Up

[08] Andre Williams: Thunder Thighs
[09] Wilson Pickett: She’s So Good To Me
[10] Thornetta Davis: Rock Me A Little While
[11] Teddy Edwards: Glass Of Water
[12] The Chi Lites: Are You My Woman
[13] Andy Bey; I Know This Love Can’t Be Wrong
[14] Mutiny: Funk N Bop

[15] The Wynton Kelly Trio: Kelly Roll

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.