Blues and News 5/28/17: Dr. Mable John

Today’s show is dedicated to the memory of one of our loyal listeners, Ms. Tremaine Simon.

For today’s show, I had the utmost privilege of interviewing Grammy and Academy Award-Winning, Dr. Mable John. Dr. John was the first lady to be signed to Tamla (Motown) Records and is best known for her hit, “Your Good Thing (is About to End) on Stax Records which peaked at #6 on the R&B Charts in 1966. She also was a Raelette behind Ray Charles for several years.

During the interview, Dr. John shared stories about her experiences with her brother, the late Little Willie John, Tamla (Motown) Records, Stax Records, Ray Charles and much more. Click on the link above to listen to the show in its entirety.

For more information about Dr. Mable John, you can go to Below is a playlist from the show:

Next week, I will be interviewing Wolf Records Recording Artist, Vance Kelly. You do not want to miss that show!

Below is a playlist from today’s show:

Don’t Burn Down The Bridge – Albert King

Three into Two Won’t Go – Z.Z. Hill

Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Eyes Open – Koko Taylor

Fever – Little Willie John

Able Mable – Mable John

Bad Water – The Raelettes (Mable John on Lead Vocals)

Your Good Thing Is About To End – Mable John

How Much Longer – Deitra Farr

Who You Callin’ Baby – Redd Velvet

She’s Better Than You – James Carr

You’re The One – Memphis Slim and Buddy Guy

My Babe – Little Walter

Rockin’ Daddy – Howlin’ Wolf

How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf

Don’t Answer The Door – B.B. King

Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker

Stay Out The Kitchen – Mable John

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker






Blues and News: May 21, 2017

On Sunday, May 21st, I aired an interview with Donna and Lisa Pellegrino from the Kingston Mines Blues Club. We talked about the history, legacy, and future of Kingston Mines. I had a great time interviewing them.

Sunday – Thursdays, college students (and faculty) can get into the club for free. Fridays- Saturdays, college students(and faculty) can get a discounted rate. You need a valid ID for the discounted rates, and you must be 21 years or older to go to Kingston Mines.  They offer two bands on two different stages, every night.

Kingston Mines is open every day of the year (including holidays).  They are located at 2548 N. Halsted Street. For more information about the Kingston Mines, then you can visit their website at

Doc Pellegrino is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In February of 2004, Doc was awarded the “City Partner Award” from the University of Illinois Alumni Association for his “outstanding contribution to the vitality of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan Area. His daughter Lisa Pellegrino and son, Frank Pellegrino are also UIC Alumni.

Below is the playlist from the show:

Down Home Blues – Willie Clayton

A Fool For You – Valerie Wellington

Too Many Highways – Eddie Shaw

Angel of Mercy – Carl Weathersby

Spider in my Stew – Willie Mabon

Cry To Me – Solomon Burke

Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding

Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You – Wilson Pickett

Bread of Heaven – Johnny Dodd

Touch Me Lord Jesus – Margaret Allison & The Angelic Singers

My Heart is Hangin’ Heavy – Jimmy Burns

Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown

Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Leavin’ – Tyrone Davis

Still Called the Blues – Johnnie Taylor

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker