Trick Bag with Neil The Night Howler

Neil Pellegrin spins obscure tracks from the mid-20th century, celebrating some of the most important artists of our time.

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  • 13 – Bobby Mitchell (Part 2)

    I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday – A Rare Interview with Bobby Mitchell (Part 2) This episode is Part 2 of a showcase on New Orleans R&B man Bobby Mitchell, featuring a rare early ’80s interview from the collection of New Orleans historian Rick Coleman. Also thanks to Coleman’s archive, we’ll hear interview clips from producer Dave…

  • 12 – Bobby Mitchell (Part 1)

    Try Rock and Roll – A Rare Interview with Bobby Mitchell (Part 1) In this episode, Neil the Night Howler shares an extremely rare interview with New Orleans R&B man Bobby Mitchell. Bobby’s recording career started in 1953 and spanned only a decade, but in that short time, he undoubtedly left his mark. The recordings he made are…

  • 011 – Mary Jane Hooper

    This installment of Trick Bag presents a special showcase of New Orleans soulstress Mary Jane Hooper. After releasing only a handful of singles between 1968 and 1970, this brilliantly talented vocalist (whose real name is Sena Fletcher) faded into obscurity. Her music has since garnered a dedicated following among R&B/soul collectors and much speculation has arisen about…

  • Episode 10: He Sang, She Sang – R&B Duos

    On this episode of Trick Bag, Neil digs into great male-female R&B duos of the ’50s and early ’60s. Some of these acts — like Los Angeles’ Gene and Eunice, New York’s Mickey and Sylvia, and New Orleans’ Shirley and Lee — found success on the charts and with the concert-going public. In other cases, these duos…

  • Episode 9: Ray Charles and Percy Mayfield

    The Genius of Soul Meets The Poet of the Blues: The musical collaborations of Ray Charles and Percy MayfieldMayfield, dubbed “The Poet of the Blues” for his seemingly never-ending stream of beautifully-woven song lyrics, laid down his first sides for Gru-V-Tone Records in 1947. He hit it big in 1950 with the now-iconic “Please Send Me…

  • Episode 8: The Story of Guitar Slim (Lawrence Cotton Part 2)

    This edition of Trick Bag will pick up from where the last episode left off. We’ll hear another helping of engaging stories about Guitar Slim stories from his piano player, Lawrence Cotton. Also featured in this installment are recordings Lawrence made with Guitar Slim, Edgar Blanchard’s Gondoliers and Danny White.  Join host Neil the Night Howler and…

  • Episode 7: The Story of Guitar Slim (Lawrence Cotton p1)

    On this edition of Trick Bag, we’ll hear the story of one of the most colorful, dynamic and intriguing characters in New Orleans music history — Guitar Slim — as told by his piano player, Lawrence Cotton. Guitar Slim hit it big in 1954 with “The Things That I Used to Do.” Complete with Slim’s stunning guitar…

  • Episode 6: Montel Records

    This edition of Trick Bag showcases one of the great independent record labels of Louisiana. S.J. Montalbano’s Baton Rouge-based Montel Records issued its first single in late 1958. Over the course of the next ten years, Montel and its sister labels, Carmie, Michelle, Stephanie and Debbie — the latter three named for Montalbano’s three daughters — provided a platform for…

  • Episode 5: Mardi Gras

    Happy Mardi Gras! On this edition of Trick Bag, we’ll get a taste of classic New Orleans Mardi Gras music. Most of these songs received very little to no attention outside of New Orleans, but in the city, they’re considered perennial anthems of Carnival season. If you’re from New Orleans, you should have a blast hearing the stories behind…

  • Episode 4: Clover Part 2

    The Clovers were one of the top R&B vocal groups of the 1950s scoring 21 chart-toppers between 1951 and 1959. These include “Don’t You Know I Love You”, “One Mint Julep”, “Blue Velvet”, “Ting-A-Ling”, “Devil or Angel”, and “Love Potion No. 9”.  On this installment of “Trick Bag”, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with Harold Winley, the…

  • Episode 3: Clover Part 1

    The Clovers were one of the top R&B vocal groups of the 1950s, scoring 21 R&B chart-toppers between 1951 and 1959. These include “Don’t You Know I Love You,” “One Mint Julep,” “Blue Velvet,” Ting-A-Ling,” “Devil or Angel” and “Love Potion No. 9.” On this installment of Trick Bag, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with Harold Winley, the…

  • Episode 1: Dr. John Part 1

    Osiris Media proudly presents Trick Bag, the place to be for classics and rare gems from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. Trick Bag is hosted by disc jockey and R&B aficionado Neil Pellegrin and is inspired by his weekly radio show on WWOZ in New Orleans, where he spins vintage tracks (and the…

  • Episode 2: Dr. John Part 2

    This episode of Trick Bag concludes our musical journey through the early work of Mac Rebennack, aka Dr. John.  Tracks Featured in this Episode:Clarence “Frogman” Henry, “Long Lost and Worried”Benny Spellman, “Walk On, Don’t Cry”Bobby Mitchell, “There’s Only One Of You”Mac Rebennack, “Good Times”Johnny Fairchild,  “A Fool Or a Wise Man”Shirley and Jessie, “You Can’t Fight…

  • Trick Bag – Pilot

    Trick Bag is a musical podcast experience that brings the listener deep into the sounds of R&B. Inspired by his weekly radio show on WWOZ, disc jockey and vinyl aficionado Neil Pellegrin spins obscure tracks from the mid-20th century, celebrating some of the most important artists of our time. Each episode features the stories behind…