William Bell: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 10, 2022

443) William Bell — “I Got a Sure Thing”

This song is a sure thing. Bell co-wrote it with Booker T. Jones. Ollie and the Nightingales first released it in ‘68, and reached #73 (#16 R&B). Bell’s version is so much better in my mind . . . it’s so smmmmooooooth, it’s criminal! The lyrics might be a bit dated. 😆

Jason Ankeny:

[Bell was a] principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound. . . . After joining the Stax staff as a writer, Bell made his solo debut in 1961 with the self-penned “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” an archetypal slice of country-soul and one of the label’s first big hits. A two-year Armed Forces stint effectively derailed his career, however, and he did not release his first full-length album . . . until 1967 . . . . That same year, Albert King also scored with another classic Bell [and Jones] composition, the oft-covered “Born Under a Bad Sign.”

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/william-bell-mn0000578744

“A man can’t do no more than a woman’ll let him. She won’t make mistakes if she knows she’ll regret them. A woman’ll stick by you through thick and thin. And with a woman like this, I know I got to win. I know (chorus: I know I got a sure thing). People, I know (I know I got a sure thing). I say I know (I know I got a sure thing). I got a sure thing with my baby. Me and my baby been together through all kinds of weather. And no matter what happens, we’re always together. If I see her talking to some fellow out on the street, when the conversation is over she comes straight to me. I know (I know I got a sure thing). I know (I know I got a sure thing). I said I know (I know I got a sure thing). I got a sure thing with my baby. I go to work in the morning with a satisfied mind. I don’t have to worry about that woman I left behind. When I come home in the evening my aching back she’ll rub. My dinner’s on the table and my water’s in the tub. I know (I know I got a sure thing). Oh, I know (I know I got a sure thing). I tell you I know (I know I got a sure thing, sure thing with my baby). Mmmm (Sure thing with my baby).”

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