“Hey Doll Baby” began as and R&B song written by Titus Turner that was an R&B success for the Clovers. I first heard it as a country song by the Sweethearts of the Rodeo several decades later in 1986. The Everly Brothers had recorded it in 1958.
Month: May 2019
Covers: Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
I know “Pouring Water on a Drowning Man” because of the magnificent 1966 recording by James Carr but it appears that Percy Sledge recorded it first.
For more on James Carr, see Peter Guralnick’s book Sweet Soul Music.
Covers: I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren song)
Todd Rundgren wrote “I Saw The Light” and played all of the instruments on his 1972 recording.
I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job but it has been covered.
Trump’s war on statistics
It’s just part of his war on the truth.
Covers: That’s What My God Is For/That’s What My Man Is For
Delaney and Bonnie & Friends took Bessie Griffin’s gospel song and made it secular.
Trump’s extreme language
Texas voter fraud claim was phony
Trump administration attack on climate change
This is disgraceful. We will all pay for their ignorance and greed.
It’s not just Trump. It’s a whole party out of step with facts and the rest of the world.
Articles on best Rolling Stones albums and songs
Rolling Stone: 100 Best Rolling Stones songs
Esquire: Rolling Stones Studio Albums, Ranked
My top five Rolling Stones Albums:
- Exile on Main St.
- Let It Bleed
- Beggars Banquet
- Sticky Fingers
I haven’t listened to all of their albums, especially the later ones.
Exile on Main St. has really grown on me since 1972. There is no one song that is among their best but the album as a whole is the finest demonstration of the Stones’ love of American music – country, blues, 1950s rock and roll. Although it was not all recorded and written and the same time, it sounds like it was.
Beggars Banquet sounds like it was recorded in one group of sessions because it was. It got back to the roots after the psychedelic period. Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed don’t hang together as albums. They display their roots as collections of songs recorded at different times. Let It Bleed is better because it has stronger songs. No song on Sticky Fingers ranks with “Gimme Shelter” or “Let It Bleed”. No song on Let It Bleed is as weak as “I Got the Blues”.
Aftermath (which had different UK and American releases) has some of the best early Stones songs such as “Under My Thumb” and “Out of Time” in addition to “Mother’s Little Helper” (UK) or “Paint It, Black” (US).
I finally saw the Stones in concert in 2006. I was impressed how they could play two hours without going to the bathroom. They played a very safe playlist that was mostly greatest hits. They can afford great sidemen like Blondie Chaplin (singer on the Brach Boys “Sail On Sailor” and Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers keyboard player starting on Brothers and Sisters). Lisa Fischer did a great job with her powerful vocals on “Gimme Shelter”. Even though the concert was excellent, there was something missing. One of the great things about the early Stones was their rebelliousness. Now, they’re the establishment with commercial sponsors.
The Rolling Stones had not played Baltimore since 1969. Baltimore loses out on many big concerts because the arena is small (capacity of about 12,000) and it’s a dump from the early 1960s. The top ticket price in 1969 was $7.50. Ticket prices in 2006 were $400 and $160.
Trump’s Pennsylvania rally May 20, 2019
He is getting more unhinged. This is scary stuff (and I am including his cult members, not just Trump).