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Alabama, Race, Hendrix, and Brown (E19)


An Interview with Ralph “Cork” Burroughs

Cork and I thought we were just going to do another LTNF music show. Talk a bit. Play a track. Move on to the next song. Well, thanks to the beauty of radio, the ability to dive into our record collections, and Cork’s riveting stories, this episode of Lester the Nightfly took on a life of its own. Born in the north, raised in Alabama, Cork (an self-described “long hair”) found himself through the music of the early to late 1960’s. James Brown. Jimi Hendrix. Howlin’ Wolf, The Almond Brothers, Janis Joplin filled his ears. And on a clear night, the music from far away came to Cork in Alabama — from WLS in Chicago… and even stations in New York.

When Memory Lane Sheds Light on a Nation’s Past

Cork reached out to buy a single in a black-owned store – on the other side of town. And his world changed forever then and there.

The single cost less than a dollar and featured James Brown. It was called The Popcorn. Cork became a life-long fan of JB after that. And Jimi Hendrix. And Howlin’ Wolf. In fact Cork explored music all over the nation. It all started with that purchase.

We are so fortunate to get to listen in on the life of this marvelous man. Cork is a man of many sides. Many talents. A true intellectual. And an everyman. A man who gives to his fellow travelers with great generosity. Get to know Cork Burroughs and his view of growing up in Alabama in the 1950’s and 60’s on Lester the Nightly: Alabama, Race, Hendrix and Brown (E19).

Ralph Cork Burroughs

The Music of a Changing Time

Cork brings us some incredible stories and ground-breaking music. Below is a playlist.

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The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
PopcornJames Brown / The Popcorn1958
Stone FreeJimi Hendrix / Are You Experienced1967
Crosstown TrafficJimi Hendrix / Electric Ladyland1968
Try MeJames Brown / Please Please Please1959
Night TrainJames Brown / Night Train1961
Playlist: Cork Burroughs

A Video for You

I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand out music from inspired musicians.

Alabama, Race, Hendrix, and Brown

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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  1. Adelaide Ewing

    Neat!!!!!!! Like all of these shows are so good!!!!!

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