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.
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.
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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