Monday, January 10, 2011

Ray Bryant Combo

Ray BryantRay Bryant had a prolific career as a bandleader and pianist, but he only clocked into the top 100 twice: once with the Madison Time in 1960, and then in 1967 with a cover of Ode To Billy Joe which lost in the chart sweepstakes to The Kingpins’ competing cover.

Ray Bryant Combo:

The Madison Time Part 1 – The Madison is apparently some kind of dance, and the narrator on the record, who may or may not be Bryant, calls out instructions to the dancers, which is all pretty tame until you listen and realize that the instructions are spoken in what sounds like some kind of extra-terrestrial code. From the spring of 1960. Cleveland box? Hit it!

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