Pop Chronicles Interviews #164 - Bumps Blackwell

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  1. Early career and musical background 0:05:36
  2. General Ensley Llewelyn; military service; early fellow musicians; association with Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett, Roscoe Weathers; Bumps Blackwell Junior Band; move to Los Angeles; Lloyd Price, Fats Domino; Morgan family (Hite; Dorinda; Bruce); Specialty Records 0:06:54
  3. Little Richard; "Tutti Frutti"; Pat Boone; breaking out of rhythm and blues charts; "Long Tall Sally"; "Confidential" 0:06:22
  4. Sam Cooke; experience with S.R. Crain, Soul Stirrers, and gospel music; Lou Rawls; gospel-pop crossover artists; question about "You Send Me" 0:06:33
  5. Blackwell responds; "I'll Come Running Back to You"; Sam Cooke; Bill Cook and Atlantic Records; "Summertime" and "You Send Me"; The Pied Pipers; Art Rupe; Keen Records 0:07:58
  6. Keen Records; "You Send Me" and "Summertime" continued; Ed Sullivan Show; impact of Sam Cooke's style 0:06:01
  7. What kind songs he tried to find for Sam Cooke; "Twistin' the Night Away"; stylistic influence of gospel music; story about playing a record for Jerry (possibly Johnny) Mandel, Quincy Jones, and Benny Carter; accompaniment for Sam Cooke; admiration for Duke Ellington; meeting Mercer Ellington; arranging for Sam Cooke 0:06:10
  8. Arranging for Sam Cooke continued; arranging for Little Richard; Hugh McDonald (or McDowell); sound engineering 0:07:01
  9. Importance of A&R and sound engineering knowledge; Rex Productions with Lou Adler Herb Alpert, Fred Smith, Goldsmith; Herb Alpert; Thomas Dorsey and gospel music and jubilee music; Clarence Fountain; Bessie Griffin 0:12:46


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing bandleader, songwriter, and producer Bumps Blackwell in Los Angeles for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John April 3, 1968.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing bandleader, songwriter, and producer Bumps Blackwell in Los Angeles for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (65 min., 19 sec.)


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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • April 3, 1968

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #164 - Bumps Blackwell, audio recording, April 3, 1968; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692066/: accessed March 20, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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