Roots & Branches 09: Sugar In My Bowl

Detroit radio legend Ernie Durham—The Frantic One, retired from years of service to WJLB Radio, initiated a new program series at WDET-FM, Public Radio in Detroit, on Saturday, July 7, 1991, replacing the Blue Sensations show produced by John Sinclair every Saturday night from midnight to 2:00 am, immediately preceding Blues & Music After Hours with Famous Coachman. A box of cassettes containing the first 20 Ernie Durham shows on WDET was discovered in 2009 by Frank Bach in his garage on the east side of Detroit and the tapes were digitally transferred and edited for broadcast by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam and Detroit Life Radio. Here’s an hour of the first show…more to follow!


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Ernie Durham, WDET-FM, Detroit, July 7, 1991 [18419]


Opening Theme

Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On

Dobie Gray: The In Crowd

The Dells: Oh What A Nite

Etta James: At Last

[Unidentified Artist]: When I See Her

Impressions: Keep On Pushing

Rick James: Give It to Me Baby

Night Liters: K.G.

Big Joe Turner: Shake Rattle & Roll

Marvin Gaye: Ain’t That Peculiar

Ruth Brown: Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

Hugh Masekela: Grazing in the Grass

The Clovers: Blue Velvet

Kim Weston: Come Rain or Come Shine

Luther Ingram: For More Reasons Than One

Nina Simone: I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl

[Unidentified Artist]: Checking on You



Hosted by Frantic Ernie Durham for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Ernie Durham for WDET-FM, Detroit

Recorded by Frank Bach

Digital transfer, post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Frank & Peggy Bach and Celia Sinclair


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