Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers.

OK, back to the 70's: The 1st #1 single for this San Jose, CA band came in '75 with a Louisiana-swamp roots rock tune penned, played and sung by Patrick Simmons, their lead guitarist. Inspired by Mark Twain's writings about the Mighty Mississippi. KILLER fiddle work and a cap(p)ella vocals. Curiously, neither one of the band's two #1 hits in the 70's was written or sung by Tom Johnston, their lead vocalist and main songwriter. Band? Song? For extra credit name their other #1 hit from the 70's.

Yesterday's answer: "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Powerful tune! Check out MCC's little Rickenbacker and John Jennings' KILLER guitar work.

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