Covers: I Want to Take You Higher

Tina Turner’s birthday reminded me of “I Want to Take You Higher”.   The great original version was by Sly and the Family Stone from 1969.   Ike and Tina Turner covered it in 1970.  The Ike and Tina version hit #34 on Billboard while the Sly single hit #38 in 1970.

If you didn’t see Sly and the Family Stone in their prime, you missed one of the best bands of the era.  I saw them in 1969 and 1971 and they were much better than their records.  They were so loud, they made the built-in hockey rink wall in the Philadelphia Spectrum vibrate.  They were great in the film Woodstock too.

This is the album version which is longer than the single:

The 45 version:

Look at the amazing dancing by Tina and the Ikettes before the song:

Covers: You Don’t Miss Your Water

songwriter:  William Bell

Bell recorded the original version of “You Don’t Miss Your Water” in 1961 for Stax Records.  Covers include Otis Redding (1965), King Curtis (1967), The Byrds (1968), Taj Mahal (1968), Otis Clay (1968) Percy Sledge, Johnny Adams (1998) and a live version by Sturgill Simpson from 2017.

William Bell

Otis Redding

King Curtis

The Byrds (released version)

The Byrds  (Gram Parsons vocal)

Taj Mahal

Otis Clay

Percy Sledge

Johnny Adams

William Bell at the White House

Sturgill Simpson