Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Since I Fell For You"

OK, back to the 40's: This blues ballad and big-band standard was written by band leader Buddy Johnson in '45. First recorded by his sister Ella accompanied by his orchestra. Covered by, among many others, Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and The Rascals. The most famous version was by a relatively unknown Lenny Welch on Cadence Records in '63 (#4 on Billboard). It broke into the top 40 on Nov. 23, 1963, the day of JFK's assasination and stayed in the charts for 3 months.

Yesterday's answer: "Outside Woman Blues". Delta Blues at its best! "If you lose your money, great God, don't lose your mind. And if you lose your woman, please don't fool with mine."

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