Saturday, December 25, 2010

"Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard.

OK, back to the 50's: This '56 Blackwell/Johnson/Penniman early rock classic was originally titled "The Thing". Enotris Johnson wrote the core of the lyrics for Penniman to record so she could pay her ailing aunt Mary's medical bills. Killer 12-bar blues chord progression, smokin' piano by the singer and memorable sax solo by Lee Allen. Pat Boone had a hit with his cover of the artist's "Tutti Frutti" so they purposefully made it so upbeat and fast that Boone couldn't cover it. #1 R&B and #6 Pop - #56 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. The Beatles covered it in '64 as part of an EP. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel. Sometimes I forget Paul Simon's understated mastery of the folk guitar while listening to their ethereal harmonies but then I hear "Homeward Bound" and I say, "DANG HE'S GOOD!"!

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