Saturday Single No. 304

It’s getting late on a Saturday morning. I’ve already frittered away some hours sleeping in and then digging without any good results into various radio surveys. I can tell you that the No. 1 record on four of the five surveys I found from August 18, 1969, was the Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women.” At one Canadian station, the No. 1 record was Vik Venus’ “Moonflight,” a Dickie Goodman-like cut-in record spoofing the space program’s recent Apollo 11 moon landing. (The record recast the mission as Achilles 13, a name that sends a little shiver through me, considering the fates of the legendary Achilles and the next spring’s Apollo 13 mission.)

Anyway, this will be brief, as I do have several errands to run this morning, some of a standard variety and a couple – more urgent – that are linked with the Texas Gal’s Saturday task of canning green beans, a project already underway in the kitchen here on the East Side.

Sadly, I have no tunes about green beans. Red beans, well, that’s another story. Not long ago, I got hold of an archive of music by Jimmy McGriff, one of the masters of the Hammond organ. So here’s “Red Beans,” the title track from an album McGriff released in 1976, and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


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