Saturday, June 11, 2011

"River Deep, Mountain High" by Ike and Tina Turner.

OK, back to the 60's: Even though this '66 recording is credited to Ike and Tina Turner, Phil Spector paid Ike $20,000 cash to stay AWAY from the studio and only Tina' voice appears (the recording cost $22,000 to produce). Composed by Spector/Barry/Greenfield it peaked at only #88 which caused Spector to leave the studio for four years. Eric Burdon successfully covered it in '68, causing the original Turner version to be re-released the following year, becoming one of Tina's signature tunes. Considered by Spector to be his "best work", it is ranked #33 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Leon Russell on keyboards, Glen Campbell on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums.

Yesterday's answer: "Anji" by Davey Graham. Another one of those tests of manhood in the 60's - you HAD to be able to play "Anji" if you were worth anything as a guitarist. I was awed when I saw Paul Simon and his brother play it on the Kraft Music Hall.

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