Alright everyone, it’s time to stop kissing Valentino by that crystal blue Italian stream because Monday is finally here! That means it’s time to crack open the vault and treat you to another lost sonic boom straight out of the uncharted depths of The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive! Our international ambassador of forgotten tunes, DJ Scratchy, is pulling a real gem out from under America’s Hat today… and the Sponkies are pumped because unlike their mama Sparkleponeh, Aunt Scratchy is perfectly willing to let them play some rock and roll!
Jerry Doucette is not a name that instantly comes to mind when you think of 70’s rock… in fact, unless you’re from Canada, you probably wouldn’t ever come up with his name at all. Unless, perhaps, you were from St. Louis where Doucette’s lone big hit north of the border also found its way into our local rock heritage after being picked up by legendary rock station KSHE-95 in the late 70’s. “Mama Let Him Play,” the title track from Doucette’s debut album in 1977, only reached #72 on the US Billboard Hot 100… but still gets occasional airplay on the local rock stations in the STL today, making it one of the most popular of our vast array of regional favorites…
This is one of those songs that blends so seamlessly with the rock of that era, that it’s practically impossible to comprehend why it DIDN’T become a huge national hit. A flat out rocker that encourages parents to let their kids
annoy the hell out of the neighborhood explore rock and roll music so they can become the next generation of drug addled guitarists. And Jerry Doucette even bears a vocal resemblance to David Lee Roth… what’s not to love!?!?
I’ll let you kids rock out to another awesome lost song next Monday!