The first NRBQ single was a statement of purpose: Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" with Sun Ra's "Rocket Number 9" on the flipside. Call them eclectic or catholic: the Q have always believed that great grooves can be found in any genre or era.
Their catalog of studio and live albums contains a wide range of cover songs that date all the way back to 1907. NRBQ plays blues, country, doo-wop, jazz, R&B, rockabilly, children's music and song poems -- often in the same set. They are the CBGB-OMFUG of bands.
Terry Adams has kept the music going for over 50 years. Omnivore Recordings released a new NRBQ album (Dragnet) in 2021, as well as the 5 disc career overview High Noon and reissues of NRBQ's 1969 debut and 1977's All Hopped Up.
Today we have the first of three sets of NRBQ's Jukebox. This one includes many of the pianists who influenced Terry: Fats Waller, Fats Domino, Charles Brown, Floyd Dixon, Piano Red, Tiny Bradshaw, Little Richard, Big Joe Turner, and Sun Ra.
Two more volumes of NRBQ's Jukebox will follow, once I find the polka song "Daddy-O". Grooves In Orbit credits it to "Santos". Is it a norteño? A Daniel Santos composition with new lyrics? If you can tell me where the Q got "Daddy-O", I've got apples and peaches for you!