and now for the songs — October 9, 2021

191) Johnny Taylor — “Watermelon Man” The Philosopher of Soul pours some soul into Herbie Hancock’s composition on this track from his ’67 album. Alex Henderson says in All Music Guide that “[a]dding lyrics [to] Herbie Hancock’s ‘Watermelon Man,’ Taylor removes the song’s jazz elements and turns it into pure Southern R&B.” 192) The PaupersContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 9, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 8, 2021

188) Them — “I Can Only Give You Everything” Them, actually Him – Van Morrison ‘66. Nuggets II says that the single possesses a “magnificent, soul-stirring vocal, spawning a thousand garage-band imitators.” “I can’t give you more than what I’ve got. I can’t expect to give what I have not. I-I-I can only give yaContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 8, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 7, 2021

185) Gabor Szabo and the California Dreamers — “A Day in the Life” Yes, that “A Day in the Life”! Douglas Payne says in All Music Guide that: [The album by the Hungarian guitarist] celebrates much of what was important to [him] — the new world of rock music, the lure of California and theContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 7, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 6, 2021

182) Smokey Robinson and the Miracles — “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” Off his ‘70 album of “wedding” songs. As Andrew Robinson says in All Music Guide: A stunning concept album . . . that should have fared better. . . . Every selection is a wedding song, and Smokey caresses the lyrics likeContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 6, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 5, 2021

180) The Orange Seaweed — “Pictures in the Sky” B-side of the English group’s only single in April of ‘68. Dazzling pop-psych. “There goes a prince with a trick up his sleeve carrying a message to the sun.” 181) Willie Mitchell — “That Driving Beat” Grooving ‘66 song by trumpeter/bandleader (and later force behind AlContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 5, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 4, 2021

177) Dr. John — “Mama Roux” Off of Dr. John’s debut album Gris-Gris (’68) — “the spookiest album ever recorded” (Trunkworthy) — “Mama Roux” is a song that Alison Fensterstock described in Rolling Stone as a “co-composition with local New Orleans R&B star Jessie Hill” that is “spooky [and] snaky” and that “[w]ith incantatory backgroundContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 4, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 3, 2021

175) The Bread and Beer Band — “Mellow Yellow” Groovy cover of Donovan by Elton John’s first band. “The album was planned for June of 1969, but cancelled, and the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve. . . . Reginald Dwight was enlisted by aspiring producer Tony King to joinContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 3, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 2, 2021

172) The Plastic Cloud — “Art’s a Happy Man” Sole album (‘68) by the Canadian folk-rockers. Expose yourself to Art: “Art’s a happy man saying “Smile, if you please”. . . . with his cameras all the time . . . with his family by his side . . . with his pictures as hisContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 2, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 1, 2021

169) Georgie Fame — “Seventh Son” Georgie’s version of Willie Dixon’s oft-covered classic reached #25 in the UK in December of ‘69. The video is such a guilty pleasure! “I can talk these words that will sound so sweet. They will even make your little heart skip a beat. I can heal the sick andContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 1, 2021”