Louie Louie- Toots & the Maytals
Elbow rose by Joe Ellis at Sacred Electric Tattoo (Leeds, UK)
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Millie Jackson - (If loving you is wrong) I don’t want to be right (Spring, 1974)
I have a theory about this song. Or, rather, I have a theory about Lee Fields’ “It’s all over (but the crying)”. I’d be willing to wager that Fields definitely had Jackson’s 1974 release “Caught Up" in mind while writing that song as well as the rest of the material on his 2012 release "Faithful Man”. Lee was active in 1974, known for his raw, screeching tenor. Caught Up had several charting hits and is well-liked by soul fans, so it’s very possible that Lee knew this record. Definitely the song, it had been done by so many great singers.
The reason why I’m so compelled to suggest ties between the two records is for two primary reasons. First, Fields’ “It’s all over…” has several melodic, harmonic and rhythmic components that are similar to Millie’s “If loving you..”. Follow the form and development of each song. Listen to the delivery of her gritty alto. They’re in the same key. Those string parts. In true 4/4 soul ballad form they play a lot on the plagal (i-iv) chord progression, as well as the passing bassline (1-b7-b6-4).
Still not convinced?
How about this: Track 06 on the record is entitled “It’s all over but the shouting”. Granted, the roots of that song likely go back to the 40s with Patty Andrews singing the torch song “It’s all over but the memories,” and many nonrelated versions have been written across many genres with similar sentiment but different lyrics. Still though, it’s convincing to me and I like to think about the relationships between artists, listeners, and artists as listeners.
NOTE: This track ends abruptly because it’s a part of a 3-track epic medley. I highly recommend listening to both albums, they’re heartbreaking, intense, and exceptionally well-written. You can find them on spotify.
James Nixon & Past,Present, Future - “Boogie Bones” (Chess) - Fun funk 45.
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Tommy Guerrero, frontside air at China Banks in San Francisco, 1986. Photo: J. Grant Brittain.
The Williams Singers - “He Lifted Me” (Checker) - Gospel funk for a Sunday morning. 2nd track I’ve posted from this LP, here’s the 1st:
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