Month: January 2022
Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania
Gerrymandering in New York
I don’t approve of gerrymandering anywhere but aggressive Republican gerrymandering elsewhere means Democrats must fight back.
Covers: Key to the Highway
“Key to the Highway” is a blues song that has been recorded many times beginning in 1940. Of the versions I know, my favorite is the Little Walter one.
‘Key To The Highway’: Unlocking Bill Broonzy’s Classic Blues Song
Covers: Thank You for Being a Friend
“Thank You for Being a Friend” was a 1978 single by Andrew Gold. The song is best known as the theme for The Golden Girls TV show.
Urine therapy is the latest terrible anti-vaxxer idea
The media keeps giving Republicans a free pass
Covers: Younger Girl/Prison Wall Blues
Here’s another 1960s rock song taken from an earlier blues record. “Younger Girl” was written by John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful. Versions by The Critters and The Hondells were both popular in 1966 but I only remember The Critters’ record.
The song is based on “Prison Wall Blues” (1930 by Cannon’s Jug Stompers.
Covers: Grizzly Bear/When I Woke Up This Morning She Was Gone
“Grizzly Bear” was the first successful; single by the Youngbloods and reached #52 in 1966. It’s on their self-titled album. The Grizzly Bear was a dance from the 1910s. It is a remake of a 1928 blues song by Jim Jackson called “When I Woke Up This Morning She Was Gone” who didn’t get credit on the Youngbloods’ version.
Covers: Hooray Hooray
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder have included “Hooray Hooray” on their upcoming album of songs by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. The Sonny Terry record is from 1953.
There was a prior Sonny Terry record from 1952 called “Women Is Killin’ Me” which is the same song.