Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"You Send Me" by Sam Cooke.

OK, more 50's romance: This R&B ballad was written by the artist and his brother Charles "LC" in '55 and 1st recorded as a demo with just him on guitar. He was a little short on $ and living in his producer's apartment at the time. His 1st non-Gospel composition. He added an "e" to the end of his surname and recorded the definitive version in '57, topping both the Pop and R&B charts and selling more than 2 million copies - his 1st hit of many to come. An artist WAY ahead of his time! #115 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All time. The original Dixie Chicks (when they were REALLY good - before Natalie!) did a killer version on their '92 indie "Little Ol' Cowgirl". Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Desafinado". Check out this video of Joao Gilberto on solo guitar - genius! Where do these Brazilians get those dissonant chords?! Not in any chord... book I've ever seen!

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