[Dixielandjazz] Re: Blues over Bodega (Lu Watters)

Bob Shoring bobshoring at california.com
Wed Apr 9 22:34:16 PDT 2003

Thanks Dan and everyone for all this great info.  This is a great 
album, and I continue to be amazed at how good Lu sounds on trumpet 
considering he had stopped playing for years when this album was 
recorded.  After all, Lu quit the music business when Hambone Kelly's 
closed on New Year's day 1951.  As far as I know the only other time 
he played publicly after that was an appearance at Earthquake McGoon's, 
besides this album.  And Bob Helm was terrific on clarinet and
occasional soprano sax on this album.  Besides "Blues over Bodega" and 
"San Andreas Fault" two other Lu Watters' compositions are on that 
album -- "The Villain" and "Emperor Norton's Hunch."

Bob Shoring
San Francisco

Dan Augustine wrote:

> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 20:17:26 -0500
> From: Dan Augustine <ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu>
> To: DJML <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Blues over Bodega
> >Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 11:42:32 -0700
> >From: Bob Shoring <bobshoring at california.com>
> >
> >Does anyone know if Lu Watters was the composer of "Blues over Bodega?"
> >This is a tune Lu recorded in 1963 as part of an album of the same name.
> >
> >--
> >Regards, Bob Shoring.............San Francisco, California, USA
> >bobshoring at california.com
> **------------------------------------------------------------------------**
> Bill Haesler replied that:
> Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 08:31:54 +1000
> From: "Bill Haesler" <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
> Dear Bob,
> Regarding: >Does anyone know if Lu Watters was the composer of "Blues over
> Bodega?"
> >This is a tune Lu recorded in 1963 as part of an album of the same name.<
> The answer is - yes. Although the album title on my copy says the 'Memories Of
> The Bodega Battle'.
> And do not overlook the other Lu W original on that LP.
> "San Andreas Fault".  A great tune.
> Question? Has this LP (Homespun H-105) ever been reissued on CD?
> Kind regards,
> Bill.
> PS: Thank you for reminding me of that record. I am playing it now.
> Great stuff.
> But is it 'dixieland'?
> 8>)     Just kidding!
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Phil O'Rourke replied that:
> From: "Phil O'Rourke" <philor at webone.com.au>
> To: "Bill Haesler" <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
> Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 08:59:53 +1000
> Bill et al
> I have a Watters' CD entitled "Blues Over Bodega" but it has none of the
> tracks mentioned.
> It was recorded at a protest rally against building a nuclear power plant.
> The Murphy band made up the rest of the musicians.
> I don't know if the radicals that wanted to construct the power plant got
> away with it or not..
> Phil OR
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> My response:
>      I also have a CD entitled "Blues over Bodega" (Good Time Jazz
> GTJCD-12006-2, 2000; see www.fantasyjazz.com). It was originally
> recorded in 1963 and released (it says) as Fantasy 5016.  It was
> remastered in 1999.
>      The tunes are: San Andreas Fault, See See Rider, The Villain,
> Some of These Days, Blues over Bodega, Willie the Weeper, Pork and
> Beans, San Francisco Bay Blues, and Emperor Norton's Hunch.  The
> players are Lu Watters (tr), Bob Mielke (tbn), Bob Helm (clar), Bob
> Short (tuba/bass), Monte Ballou (banjo), Wally Rose (piano), Thad
> Vanden (drums), and Barbara Dane (vocals).
>      Lu Watters is listed as the composer of "Blues over Bodega"
> ("publ. unknown").  P. G. & E. abandoned plans for a nuclear power
> plant at Bodega Head (See
> http://www.fsm-a.org/stacks/AP_files/APBodegaHead.html).
>      Dan

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