Sid Phillips & His Band, Squeakin’ Shoes/Basin Street Blues  (1954)
I bought a few 78s just to have – for the look and feel of them. I bought a gramophone a few years later, one of those replica-ones; it worked. Still works. I’ve just given it to my folks to store/display. I’ve run out of time and room for it I reckon. For now. But of course as soon as I give it away I find something in the collection I’ve never actually played – good old YouTube will save us though. So here’s Sid Phillips and his band. Big-band leader out of the UK and – apparently – the dad of Simon Phillips (the great drummer). Wiki also reminds us there’s another Sid Phillips – the monster-kid from the original Toy Story. But anyway, I do love the ol’ 78s – or did when I could play them. I’ll play them again one day for sure. This is pretty great. Good songs – I love that Squeakin’ Shoes (the instrumental) has the instruction ‘Quickstep’ next to it on the label. And Basin Street Blues (featuring singer Betty Miller) has ‘Slow Foxtrot’ as its suggestion. Funny. Helpful I guess.
Sample Track 1: Squeakin’ Shoes
Sample Track 2: Basin Street Blues
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