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3/5/10 – History Of “Milk Cow Blues” & More!

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blues, Rock n' Roll, rockabilly | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments »

The History of

“Milk Cow Blues”

Do you ever wonder where classic songs come from?  I do constantly.  That’s a major reason why I’m tracing the interesting history of a true blues and rock n’ roll classic, “Milk Cow Blues.”  On this week’s program, I trace this song’s evolution over NINE songs.  However, only FIVE of those NINE are in contention in the Friday Night Cat Fight!  Please pick your favorite and vote for it.

This week’s show also contains a rare record by character actor Jim Backus, one of Ray Charles’ spiritual influences, a tribute to Patsy Cline and a few “notes” on the Beat Generation.  Listen, vote and dig, baby! 

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12 Comments on “3/5/10 – History Of “Milk Cow Blues” & More!”

  1. 1 Stickball Eddie said at 3:01 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Not a song I was familiar with in the first place. Elvis’ rendition was the one that made it worth listening to. Difficult choice for me this week.

  2. 2 Sierra said at 4:53 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Another no brainer for me; Elvis hands down! I’ve always loved everything he did, and he’s as bluesy as I care to get. Didn’t know there were so many versions to choose from, but there could have been 100, and Elvis still would have had my vote. Thanks, Matt; good job.

  3. 3 Yum Yum said at 8:42 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Ricky ! Matt !! Yum Yum !!!short and sweet just like when the Cat Fight was on the radio and i called in !! Those were the days my friend we thought they never end !! Yum Yum

  4. 4 Long Island Bob said at 8:51 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Hey, Matt:

    It’s a real treat having you back for a full hour. Thanks for taking the time.

    Gotta admit two of the versions you played I had never heard before. Thus, you are still my furry leader FOREVER.

    I gave a slight edge to Johnnie Lee Wills by a whisker over “The Prez.”

    Oh, and thanks for giving me my daily dose of my fave – “Slow Down.”

  5. 5 David said at 9:19 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    For the second time in a row in two recent opportunities, I went with Elvis even though, as I keep posting, I am not a big Elvis fan. But this is 1955/early Elvis when he was at his most energetic and original and he got it done, Baby! I really enjoyed the whole show this week. Thank you, Matt!!!

  6. 6 Rich Howe said at 10:54 pm on March 5th, 2010:

    Cool Cat Fight this week. I voted for Eddie Cochran. His was the one that really moved me of the 5 choices.

    Like I said above, cool Cat Fight; but even better entire Cat Fight podcast. This one really captured the magic of the old Friday Night Cat Fight on the Night Prowl Show. Thanks for bringing back the best format of them all; the Night Prowl Show. I know you may not be able to do the long form podcasts every week; but this one was indeed special. Thanks for all your hard work. It is absolutely appreciated by all of us; old and new Night Prowlers.

  7. 7 Charlene said at 3:33 am on March 6th, 2010:

    Wow Matt! I’m so glad you love what you do and work so hard at it! I really feel sorry for Jimmy. He’s the one that found you on XM, cause he’s on the road all the time and now he can’t listen to you anymore. This show would have had him rockin’ in his truck!

    I had a terrible time choosing. I really liked Johnny Lee, Eddie, Ricky and Elvis. Finally, I had to vote for Ricky.

  8. 8 timevac3 said at 3:35 am on March 6th, 2010:

    I went with Eddie. Although the lyrics may be lacking compared to the others, his version was the one that did it for me.
    Matt, thanks for fleshing out the cat fight this week. We do appreciate it.

  9. 9 dave said at 9:13 am on March 6th, 2010:

    great show as usual furry leader speaking for all us night prowlers thank you thank you

    tough call for me this week between the king and ricky but just love how ricky rocks it so ricky it is

  10. 10 Virginia said at 12:59 pm on March 6th, 2010:

    So, after deliberating for almost 24 hours I will cast my vote for Ricky, but it was a tough choice between Elvis, Eddie and Ricky. I think the deciding factor was the enthusiasm the rock-a-billy theme added. What a wonderful reminder this FNCF was of the variety of music the old Nightprowl Show provided for our listening pleasure. Thank you, Matt for taking so much time out of your life to entertain us.

  11. 11 Pinball Wizard said at 2:34 pm on March 6th, 2010:

    Like David, I am not the biggest of Elvis fans but I voted for him this week.

    btw, I appreciate the great sound quality you get from the old recordings.

    Also thanks for taking the time to do the long form show. My family really appreciates it.

  12. 12 The Shadow said at 7:10 pm on March 7th, 2010:

    Yo Furry Leader
    That was a fantastic cat fight show. It’s so great to have a full show occasionally. I realize how much work goes into each show, and we really appreciate all of your hard work. Thanks for doing these long cat fight shows, from time to time. As far as the Jim Bacus thing. it was cute, but probably should stay buried. I really dug your tribute to Patsy Cline. I actually worked with the guy who used to drive her tour bus, and he told me many stories about Patsy. They were very close friends.
    As far as the cat fight goes, I wouldn’t vote for Elvis if he were the only one running. I really enjoyed the progression of Milk Cow Blues, and loved the true blues renditions. The rockabilly, and western swing versions were good as well, but in the end, I had to go with Eddie Cochran. He made the song rock, while still keeping the blues flavor in the song.
    Great job on the show, and thanks again for all your hard work. KEEP ON PROWLIN>

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