THE FRANTIC ONE! 05 – GET READY

The late great Ernie Durham is here with the first of five special programs taken from the Vintage Radio Vaults, recorded in the 1990s for WDET-FM in Detroit. When I was growing up outside of Flint, Michigan in the 1950s the Ernie Durham show on WBBC-AM radio was at the center of my musical consciousness; I listened every night for several years and gained my appreciation and knowledge of rhythm & blues from the Frantic One. Our fifth and final program in this series has recordings by B.B. King, The Ravens, Hank Crawford, Funkadelic, Brook Benton, Gene Allison, The Impressions, Rare Earth, and Famous Coachman.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
GET READY
THE FRANTIC ONE! 05
Ernie Durham, WBBC-AM, Flint, MI, 1991 [22237]

B.B. King: When Love Comes to Town
B.B. King: Sweet Sixteen
The Ravens: Green Eyes
Hank Crawford: Mean Time
Funkadelic: Me and My Thing
Brook Benton: I’m Losing You
Gene Allison: You Can Make It If You Try
The Impressions: Gypsy Woman
Rare Earth: Get Ready
Famous Coachman conversation with Ernie Durham
After Hours with Famous Coachman

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Frantic Ernie Durham for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Ernie Durham at BBC-AM, Flint
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2022 The John Sinclair Foundation.

THE FRANTIC ONE! 04 – FUNKY STREET

The late great Ernie Durham is here with the first of five special programs taken from the Vintage Radio Vaults, recorded in the 1990s for WDET-FM in Detroit. When I was growing up outside of Flint, Michigan in the 1950s the Ernie Durham show on WBBC-AM radio was at the center of my musical consciousness; I listened every night for several years and gained my appreciation and knowledge of rhythm & blues from the Frantic One. Our fourth program in this series has recordings by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Ivory Joe Hunter, Arthur Conley, the “5” Royales, Jackie Wilson, Wynonie Harris, Lonnie Johnson, Joe Tex, Bob Hopkins, The Charms, Earl Bostic, Marvin Gaye, Redd Foxx, Eddie Floyd, and Mary Wells.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
FUNKY STREET
THE FRANTIC ONE! 04
Ernie Durham, WBBC-AM, Flint, MI, 1991 [22223]

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters: Finger Poppin’ Time
Ivory Joe Hunter: Guess Who
Arthur Conley: Funky Street
The “5” Royales: Dedicated to the One I Love
Jackie Wilson: Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher
Wynonie Harris: Good Rockin’ Tonight
Lonnie Johnson: Tomorrow Night
Joe Tex: Don’t Advertise What Your Man Can Do
Bob Hopkins: Honky Tonk
The Charms: Loop the Loop
Earl Bostic: [Title not provided]
Marvin Gaye: Hold On
Redd Foxx: Reminiscing
Eddie Floyd: Ain’t No Love Like My Baby’s Love.
Mary Wells: You Beat Me to the Punch

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Frantic Ernie Durham for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Ernie Durham at BBC-AM, Flint
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2022 The John Sinclair Foundation.

THE FRANTIC ONE! 02 – SUPER FINE

The late great Ernie Durham is here with the first of five special programs taken from the Vintage Radio Vaults, recorded in the 1990s for WDET-FM in Detroit. When I was growing up outside of Flint, Michigan in the 1950s the Ernie Durham show on WBBC-AM radio was at the center of my musical consciousness; I listened every night for several years and gained my appreciation and knowledge of rhythm & blues from the Frantic One. Our second program in this series has recordings by Bob Hawkins, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Scott, Parliament/Funkadelic, Joe Williams, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Dynamics, and Cal Tjader.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
SUPER FINE
THE FRANTIC ONE! 02
Ernie Durham, WBBC-AM, Flint, MI, 1991 [22181]

Theme Music
Bob Hawkins: Honky Tonk
B.B. King: When Love Comes To Town
Ray Charles: What’s I Say
Jackie Wilson: No Doubt About It
Jimmy Scott: Falling in Love Is Wonderful
Parliament/Funkadelic: Got to Have the Funk
Joe Williams: Night Time Is the Right Time
Gladys Knight & the Pips: I Heard itt Through the Grapevine
The Dynamics: Super Fine
Cal Tjader: Doxy

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Frantic Ernie Durham for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Ernie Durham at BBC-AM, Flint
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2022 The John Sinclair Foundation.

THE FRANTIC ONE! 01 – GREAT GOOGA MOOGA

The late great Ernie Durham is here with the first of five special programs taken from the Vintage Radio Vaults, recorded in the 1990s for WBBC-AM in Flint and WDET-FM in Detroit. When I was growing up outside of Flint, Michigan in the 1950s the Ernie Durham show was at the center of my musical life; I listened every night for several years and gained my appreciation and knowledge of rhythm & blues from the Frantic One. Our first rogram in this series has music by Jackie Wilson, The Quintones, The Miracles, Kenny Martin, Al Smith, The Imperials, The Spaniels, Dale Hawkins, Red Prysock, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Bill Doggett, Texas Red, Peggy Lee, Thurston Harris, Ivory Joe Hunter, Count Basie & Joe Williams, and Cozy Cole.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
GREAT GOOGA MOOGA
THE FRANTIC ONE! 01
Ernie Durham, WBBC-AM, Flint, MI, 1991 [22181]

Theme Music
Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops
The Quintones: Down the Aisle of Love
The Miracles: Money
Kenny Martin: I Apologize
Al Smith: [Title not provided]
The Imperials: Tears on My Pillow
The Spaniels: Here’s Why I Love You
Dale Hawkins: Cross Ties
Red Prysock: [Title not provided]
Jimmy Reed: Down in Virginia
Chuck Berry: Vacation Time
Bill Doggett: [Title not provided]
Jackie Wilson: I’m Wandering
Texas Red: Turn Around
Peggy Lee: Fever
Thurston Harris: Over and Over
Ivory Joe Hunter: Yes I Want You
Red Prysock: [Title not provided]
Count Basie & Joe Williams: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Bill Doggett: Hold It
Cozy Cole: Topsy (Part 2)

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Frantic Ernie Durham for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced & recorded by Ernie Durham at BBC-AM, Flint
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2022 The John Sinclair Foundation.

Roots & Branches 12: No More Dogging

The Frantic One is back from the RFA Vintage Radio Vaults and on the scene with his crazy-playing record machine—nothing but the best, and later for the rest—spinning on WDET-FM in Detroit in October 1991 with recordings by Edwin Starr, B.B. King, The Ravens, Hank Crawford, Funkadelic, Brook Benton, Gene Allison, Roscoe Gordon, The Impressions, Rare Earth, and Erskine Hawkins.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

NO MORE DOGGING

ROOTS & BRANCHES 12

Frantic Ernie Durham, WDET-FM, Detroit, October 20, 1991 [18461]

 

Edwin Starr: 25 Miles

B.B. King: When Love Came to Town

B.B. King: Sweet Sixteen

The Ravens: Green Eyes

Hank Crawford: [Unidentified Selection]

Hank Crawford: [Unidentified Selection]

[Unidentified Artist & Selection]

Funkadelic: You and Your Folks

Brook Benton: I’d Rather Have It That Way

Gene Allison: You Can Make It If You Try

Roscoe Gordon: No More Dogging

The Impressions: Gypsy Woman

Rare Earth: Get Ready

Ernie Durham Outro Comments with Famous Coachman

Erskine Hawkins: After Hours

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 11: Finger Popping Time

Your Ace from Inner Space is in the house again with a posthumous presentation of his Soul-dies show for Detroit’s WDET-FM in 1991 featuring music from Arthur Conley, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Ivory Joe Hunter, the “5” Royales, Jackie Wilson, Wynonie Harris, Lonnie Johnson, Joe Tex, Earl Bostic, Otis Williams & the Charms, Eddie Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Redd Foxx, and Mary Wells.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FINGER POPPING TIME

ROOTS & BRANCHES 11

Frantic Ernie Durham, WDET-FM, Detroit, October 20, 1991 [18447]

 

Opening Theme

Arthur Conley: Funky Street

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters: Finger Popping Time

Ivory Joe Hunter: Guess Who

The “5” Royales: Dedicated to the One I Love

Jackie Wilson: Higher and Higher

Wynonie Harris: Good Rocking Tonight

Lonnie Johnson: Tomorrow Night

Joe Tex: Another Woman’s Man

Earl Bostic: Flamingo

Otis Williams & The Charms: Hearts of Stone

[Unidentified Artist & Selection]

Eddie Floyd: Ain’t No Love Like My Baby’s Love

Marvin Gaye: Your Unchanging Love

Redd Foxx: Dedications

Mary Wells: You Beat Me to the Punch

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 10: Killer Joe

This episode is the second hour of The Frantic One’s Soul-dies Music Plus program on WDET-FM in Detroit for Saturday night, July 28, 1991 and features the inimitable delivery of Ernie Durham and music by Cal Tjader, Big Joe Turner, Quincy Jones, Roy Hamilton, Brook Benton, Little Walter, Ray Charles, Jesse Belvin, Aretha Frankln, Funkadelic, and Stevie Wonder.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

KILLER JOE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 10

Frantic Ernie Durham, WDET-FM, Detroit, July 28, 1991 [18433]

 

Cal Tjader: Doxy

Big Joe Turner: Stormy Monday

Quincy Jones: Killer Joe

Roy Hamilton: You’ll Never Walk Alone

Brook Benton: The Boll Weevil Song

Little Walter: Juke

Ray Charles: The Jealous Kind

Jesse Belvin: Goodnight My Love

Aretha Franklin: Dr. Feelgood

Funkadelic: Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

Stevie Wonder: Fingertips (Part 2)

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

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

SUGAR IN MY BOWL

ROOTS & BRANCHES 09

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation