February 3, 2017 It Certainly Fooled Me!

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Elvin Bishop, Struttin’ My Stuff, Capricorn CP-0165, 1975

Elvin Bishop is one of the most accomplished blues guitarists of all time.  He’s in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and The Blues Hall Of Fame.  He played with most of the other greats in both Rock and Blues music too.  But most people, when they hear the name Elvin Bishop, think of a hit single billed as “Elvin Bishop” that features another singer.

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Gravelly voiced Bishop is quoted as saying his limitations as a vocalist improved his songwriting.  So when recording this album, he asked one of his background singers, Mickey Thomas, to lead sing a ballad called Fooled Around And Fell In Love.  No one really thought much about it at the time, but a few months later, the song was released as a single and it zoomed to #3 on the charts.  With no mention of Mickey Thomas on the record, legions of fans thought that Elvin Bishop was the singer.

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Unless of course, they heard the rest of the album.  There, you hear the gruff Bishop Struttin’ His Stuff, which really is, I have to say, a fantastic name for a mid 70s blues rock album.  It’s a fun album, but I also have to say the best part is the 4:44 extended version of the single I though for 35 years was by “Elvin Bishop”.

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October 11, 2016 Looking’ For A Home

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Brook Benton, The Boll Weevil Song, Mercury SR-60641, 1961

I love the smokey deep voice of Brook Benton.  His material was very often syrupy love songs with lush arrangements, but this album produced his biggest hit.  It’s a novelty rendition of a delta blues classic, but very much done in a novelty version.  It doesn’t play well these days, but it’s an ok little tune.

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But what really caught my eye was the sleeve.  Besides the other great Brook Benton albums available from your Mercury Record’s dealer, there’s not a picture of the artist on it!  It is sad to say that it’s probably because he was an African American artist who became popular with white audiences at a time when there was rampant segregation in parts of the country.  Stores in those parts of the country wouldn’t stock record with non white faces on them.  So the biggest hit Brook Benton had came out without his picture on it.

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So while I’m glad I found this record, it isn’t something to be very excited about.  But I think I will go through the bins to look for other records like this.  Time for another theme week soon!

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