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Ma and Fats

Ma and Fats
I really enjoy finding songs that have interesting origins and sometimes a very long past. “See See Rider” (Blues) or also recorded as C.C. Rider Original version and the writer (with Lena Arent) of the song, Ma Rainey-1924 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9duTAcatzIM Ma Rainey (called the “Mother of the Blues”) from what I have read was a larger than life performer who was a major recording artist for Paramount Records in the 1920’s. Born Gertrude Pridgett, she married another singer known as Pa Rainey, hence the name Ma. However, she made it no secret she preferred the company of women and referred to this in more than one of her songs. She started in traveling shows as a young teen and worked her way up to head lining her own shows. She was by all accounts a smart business woman and mentor to Bessie Smith (another time I can talk about "the Empress of  the Blues"). An inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 she paved the way for both black men and wome…

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (part 1)


We all know the King of Rock and Roll or at least recognize a song or two or three from him. Why do we (maybe not you but a lot of us) still listen to Elvis songs, many of which are now over 60 years old? Music for most of us is a personal thing, we like what we like because somehow on some level we can connect with it. Why is it when we play our favorite song for someone else they often offer a friendly nod or say, “that’s nice”? Why don’t they love it as much as you do? It could be the style or genre, maybe the artist, melody or the lyrics they don’t connect with, maybe it’s just missing the context that made you love the song. We could say it’s the music of our youth that sticks with us, but many people change their preferences over time. Hey, my sister talked me into going in on buying a Partridge Family album when I was 12 so I know this is true! For me Elvis has an amazing voice and a unique way of delivering a song. Elvis wasn’t known for his song writin…

First Post

Here is the type of thing I like to talk about and share. Cover versions, that is songs re-recorded from the original or a variation of the original. These particular songs below relate to some of my longest and dearest friends and some of their musical interests.


R.E.M. "There She Goes Again", REM 1983, Velvet Underground, 1967


"Dust My Broom"

Written by Robert Johnson 1937

Elmo (Elmore) James version recorded in 1951, ZZ Top plays the James adapted version 1979


Graham Parker's "Turned up too Late"

Pointer Sisters 1979, Parker in 1976


"Gypsy Woman" by the Impressions (Curtis Mayfield) 1961

Brian Hyland (of Itsi bitsi teeny weeny polka dot bikini fame) 1970, Bruce Springsteen in 1994


"Bad is Bad" A song written by Huey Lewis et al but first recorded by Dave Edmunds in 1979 (Repeat When Necessary)


Then Huey in 1983


Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "You Got to Move" 1950 cover count 32 (see more about her below), Rolling Stones 1971

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