Alley Jazz

March 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM CST

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This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’ll hear Joe Lee and other Alley recording artists.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at ten, right here on KASU.

For more about Joe Lee and Alley Records go here.

Something Blue – Alley Jazz

Joe Cyr-Alley 1005-Too Wild Too Tame

Welcome to Something Blue. I’m Hairy Larry and I’ve got the blues, for you.

Joe Lee-Alley 1016-Arkansas Gal
Joe Lee Combo-Alley 1015-Susan Melinda Jane Brown

All right now, that’s the great Joe Lee revealing his Mississippi heritage singing a song he wrote called “Susan Melinda Jane Brown”. Before that he sang “Arkansas Gal” and kicking us off tonight we heard Joe Cyr sing “Too Wild To Tame”. These songs are all from singles released by Alley, Joe Lee’s recording label. I want to thank Harold Ott for digitizing the singles we’re listening to tonight.

Now here’s Dick Kail with one he recorded at Alley, “Gather Your Dreams”.

Dick Kail-Alley 1030-Gather Your Dreams
Donna Kaye-Alley 1041-I Would Move A Mountain
Dick Kail-Alley 1030-On and On

And that was Dick Kail singing “On and On. Before that we heard Donna Kaye do “I Would Move A Mountain”.

Joe Lee was raised on a farm outside of Inverness, Mississippi. He recorded at Fernwood in Memphis with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. He was the first band director at Trumann High School. Then he started Alley Records in Jonesboro. His first release “Arkansas Twist” by Bobby Lee Trammel was a million seller. He recorded all kinds of music but jazz was his first love.

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I’m Hairy Larry, host of Something Blue and I can’t tell you what it means to me to be able to play these Alley recordings for you. Learn more about Joe Lee and Alley at Here’s three songs Joe recorded on his own band, the Joe Lee Combo, “Sincerely”, “Sweet And Lovely” and “Lazy Gal”.

Joe Lee Combo-Alley 1014-Sincerely
Joe Lee Combo-Alley 1014-Sweet And Lovely
Joe Lee Combo-Alley 1015-Lazy Gal

Oh yeah, one of my favorites, “Lazy Gal” by Joe Lee recorded at Alley right here in Jonesboro. Now here’s an instrumental by The Cotillions called “Sahara” and then on a lighter note it’s King Joseph And The Hunters doing “Eat More Possum”.

The Cotillions-Alley 1003-Sahara
King Joseph And The Hunters-Alley 1055-Eat More Possum
Joe Ross-Alley 1029-I’m The Man To See
Paul Lovelace-The Best Of Alley-Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t
Joe Lee-Alley 1016-They Lied About You

Now that’s what I’m talking about, Mr. Joe Lee doing “They Lied About You” a song he recorded at Alley. Before that we heard Joe Ross sing “I’m The Man To See” and Paul Lovelace do the jazz standard “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t”.

Coming up next is the title track from the Joe Lee and Friends “Boppin At The Forest” CD.

Joe Lee and Friends-Boppin At The Forest-Boppin’ At The Forest
Joe Lee and Friends-Boppin At The Forest-Natural Thing To Do
Joe Lee and Friends-Boppin At The Forest-Thats All

Oh yeah, that’s Joe Lee and Friends playing a song Joe made his own, “That’s All”. Before that they played “Natural Thing To Do”.

Something Blue is broadcast on KASU, 91.9 FM and streaming on the internet at

I’m Hairy Larry, host of Something Blue where you can hear real music by real people that you know. Visit the Something Blue website at to listen anytime.

Now from the Joe Lee Swings On CD here’s “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Winter Blues”. Until next time this is Hairy Larry reminding you once again, blues is the mainstream.

Joe Lee-Swings On-Makin’ Whoopee
Joe Lee-Swings On-Winter Blues

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