Saturday, December 11, 2010

"You Can't Judge A Book By The (Its) Cover" by Bo Diddley.

OK, back to the 60's: This Willie Dixon composition was first recorded and released by Bo Diddley in '62 and was one of Diddley's last hits (#21 R&B, #48 Pop). "Willie Dixon's lyrics use a series of metaphors of all sorts of things you can't (discern) by their appearances before landing on the title phrase". Covered by the early Rolling Stones in '62, by The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton in '63 and by The Fabulous Thunderbirds in '92. Stevie Wonder co-wrote and released a completely different song by the same title in '69.

Yesterday's answer: James Moody's "Moody's Mood For Love" was his landmark sax solo on "I'm In the Mood For Love". Masterfully covered by Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Queen Latifah, Amy Winehouse and Quincy Jones, among many others.

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