Archive for February, 2010

14th February
written by Matt The Cat

Dale Hawkins

1936 – 2010

We lost one of the all-time greatest rock n’ rollers on Saturday, February 13th as Dale Hawkins left us after 73 years of rockin‘. He died in Little Rock, AR following several fights with colon cancer. When I interviewed him a few years ago, he was just going back into treatment after his cancer had made a comeback. Dale was a very strong fighter and he had lived through things that probably would have killed a weaker man. He was a charming, happy, southern gentleman. I tried to get in touch with him when I heard that he had fallen ill again, but it was too late. He was too sick to talk. I have so much respect for him. He made me feel like I knew him and I only spoke to him a few times. Not many people can make you feel so welcome and so comfortable and I’ll never forget that about Dale Hawkins. I only wish I could have said goodbye. Goodbye, Dale.

For some biographical info, click HERE.

To listen to my interview with the late Dale Hawkins, click HERE.



12th February
written by Matt The Cat

My Funny Valentine

Rodgers and Hart wrote “My Funny Valentine” for their 1937 musical, “Babes In Arms” and over the years it has become a true classic. So many great versions of this song exist, but for the sake of sanity, I have chosen 4 to compete in this week’s Cat Fight. Please listen to all four in their entirety and then vote for the one you DIG THE MOST! Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy Mardi Gras. If you’d like to hear last years New Orleans Mardi Gras Cat fight, please click here!

CLICK HERE to listen to the Cat Fight Podcast

5th February
written by Matt The Cat

I Promise To Remember

This week, we get to the bottom of a doo wop classic! This week’s song, “I Promise To Remember” was co-written by and originally recorded by Jimmy Castor with his 1956 group, The Juniors. It failed to go anywhere, until Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cut their own version. The Teenagers hit #57 on the pop charts and #10 on the R&B; charts during the summer of 1956 with “I Promise To Remember. Listen to both of the versions and then decide which one you DIG the MOST and VOTE!

We wish the legendary Porky Chedwick a very happy 92nd birthday with a little tribute at the end of this week’s podcast.

Click Here To Listen To The Podcast