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Richard Pegue lives on

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Legendary Chicago DJ Richard Pegue died in March 2009 at the age of 64, but his legacy seems to have only grown in the years since. One of his most popular events, the Dusty Record Convention—actually a steppers' ball, not an event where records are sold—has carried on since his death, and this Saturday there's one at St. Elizabeth Church at 41st and Michigan. According to the promoter, admission is "still $20.00 at the door only—no advance tickets—BYOB—no smoking." Doors open at 7 PM and music begins at 8.

Ben Joravsky wrote a fantastic cover story about Pegue in 1998, and while it does a great job describing the DJ's fascinating life and the art of his dance parties, it doesn't say too much about Pegue's efforts as a songwriter, producer, and label owner. That part of the story gets characteristically obsessive attention in a lavish set due from the Numero Group on November 22. Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels collects 24 terrific sides from Pegue's two imprints, with selections dating from 1967-1973. I've only had time to listen to the collection a couple of times, but it's kind of mind-blowing that some of these songs didn't become big hits. I hope to write about the compilation in greater depth soon, but for now you can get a taste of the music below.

Jerry Townes, "Just Say the Word"

Today's playlist:

Various artists, Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From the Vaults) Vol. 1 (Kent)
Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, and Collin Walcott, The Codona Trilogy (ECM)
Bill Fay, From the Bottom of an Old Grandfather Clock (Wooden Hill)
Miguel Poveda con Juan Carlos Romero, Tierra de Calma (Discmedi)
Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart, July Mountain (Engraved Glass)

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