Also, I found this interview
It is long to print
a part of the interview:
DD: Well, the other day we did the history of laughing records here on the Doctor Demento show; that one can certainly go in the "sobbing" hall of fame.
FZ: Well, actually, that one--that should go into the hall of fame with "Death Of An Angel." You remember that one?
DD: Oh yes, sure do.
FZ: For those of you who do remember "Death Of An Angel," you might remember that a lot of people committed suicide to that record. Do you remember that?
DD: [skeptically] Yeah, at least that was the story.
FZ: Yeah, people were killing themselves all over the place.
DD: Tell me how you got to know that kind of music, Frank.
FZ: I just heard it someplace, and I liked it, and I went out and found as many examples of it as I could.
DD: Did you hear it on the radio?
FZ: Uh...they didn't play very much of it on the radio then.
DD: Yeah, that's what I was thinking.
FZ: I heard--I think one or two cuts escaped to white-person radio in those days, see...I believe that there are a few stations in the United States right now that still have this tendency to not play black music. They play, you know, white-person music. And this one station in Los Angeles, which was a very white-person kind of a station, actually allowed some black-person music to get on there one time, and I heard it, and it was all over. I went out and started looking for those kind of records, and...
DD: Where did you find them?
FZ: Well, you know, they had these white-person record stores that wouldn't carry these black-person records, and so it was not easy to find them, so I had to go to places like jukebox dumps. There was this place in San Diego that was located in the Maryland Hotel that was a place that sold used jukebox records and you could get great things for 10 cents apiece down there. And some of the real good rhythm and blues--you know, like guitar/harmonica-type rhythm and blues records--were on a label called Excello, and they had a policy that stated that if you had a record store and you wanted to carry Excello records, you couldn't just get the blues cuts, you had to take their gospel catalog. So that kept a lot of stores from carrying the entire line. And so if you wanted to get a Lightnin' Slim record, or a Slim Harpo record, or Lonesome Sundown or something like that, you had to really go out and scrounge around for it.
DD: Well, growing up in Minneapolis as I did, I know that scrounging. And I know the jukebox dumps, too. We have a blues record here, it looks like.
FZ: Yeah. This is of fairly recent vintage. This isn't from the '50s; I believe this is from the '60s. I don't know the exact date that it was released, but it's on a label called The Blues, and the artist is Big Moose, and the featured Hawaiian guitar player on this record is Freddie Roulette, and the name of the song is "Ramblin' Woman."