Well, the most clicked on here at the MJ, anyway. Some very nice tunes too; thanks for listening. “Release Me” and “Hame Pila” battled it out for first for several weeks due to a lot of interest from the The Steel Guitar Forum. I imagine that “The Twist” and “Orange Blossom Special” got as many visits for the artwork as for the music which is also a good thing. Anyway, here’s our Top 10 for the year and a half we’ve been around. Click on the song title to link to the original post. What will 2013 bring? Stay tuned, and happy new year, you-all.
Once upon a lifetime ago, like many, I discovered lots of great blues and R&B via the Rolling Stones. “Down Home Girl” was one of my favorites, mid-sixties. However you feel about the Stones, you’ve got to admit they had great taste in covers in their pre-writing days. I never even heard of Alvin Robinson till about 15 years after The Rolling Stones Now first hit my turntable. Sometime after that, I was reading the liner notes to a Coasters anthology and the writer made much of his assumption that the Rolling Stones, in their attempt to be heavy bluesmen, missed the humor in the song as evidenced by the Coasters’ version. Well, it’s definitely a funny song as befits a Leiber & Stoller production but I guess that writer had never heard their Alvin Robinson original either!
Sometime around 1980 I dubbed a bunch of tracks from various gospel 45s and LPs onto 3 cheapo cassettes from a broken down record player hooked up to who knows what kind of cassette deck, probably one with auto levels. A lot of the dubs sound pretty rough but one that survived the process in relatively good shape is the opening track from the Dixie Hummingbirds’ 1967 album The Gentlemen of Song. Since James Walker is the lead on this one, you know it’s gonna be in waltz time, and for late Hummingbirds, it’s a nice strong performance with Walker moving smoothly from croon to falsetto to roar as he explains the mathematics behind his future address.