Song of the day: Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”

January 19, 2013

I know there are people who would go into paroxysms of ecstasy with the pairing of Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub, but I’m not a huge fan of the music of either. (Please send your strongly worded letters of complaint to pmrscott@tpg.com.au.)

Despite my lack of strong feelings about Teenage Fanclub, Alex Chilton, and Big Star (that email address again is pmrscott@tpg.com.au), I liked the two songs they played in the video.

The main reason I’m playing them here is because of what Alex plays during his guitar solo in the first song. If you want to be surprised, I won’t tell you what Alex plays. But if you hate surprises, he plays this. Or if you want to bypass all that pesky “song” stuff and go straight to what Alex plays, he plays it at the 2:43 mark.

Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) / My Heart Stood Still (date unknown)

The original versions:

Eddie Floyd – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” (1968)

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As for “My Heart Stood Still“, it was written by Rodgers and Hart for their 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, and was recorded three times in 1928. Here they are:

Ben Selvin & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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George Olsen & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still” (1928)

I have no idea which one was the first. Are there any music historians out there?

Update: It looks like we have a winner in the “Who came first?” department. The George Olsen recording is actually from 1927:


Song of the day: Columbus Short – "My Babe"

November 15, 2012

I’m a semi-fan of the blues – i.e., I have to be in the mood for it, otherwise I find it a bit dull.

But when I am in the mood I love it, even when it’s a remake of an old blues song recorded for a movie:

Columbus Short – “My Babe (2008)

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Here’s the original:

Little Walter – “My Babe (1955)

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Thanks to Stephen for letting me know about “My Babe”. Thanks, Stephenita!

By the way, the drumming in Columbus Short’s version of “My Babe” reminds me of a Squeeze song:

Squeeze – “Messed Around (1981)

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Update:

Commenter Duncan (Hi, Duncan!) mentioned that “My Babe” was based upon an old spiritual called “This Train” that was recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Thanks to Duncan’s comment I’ll present you with “This Train”. Sister Rosetta Tharpe recorded it four times in her career: in 1939, 1943, and twice in 1947.

And…

Being the completist I am, here’s the first recorded version of “This Train”:

Wood’s Famous Blind Jubilee Singers – “This Train Is Bound For Glory” (1925)

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Musical coincidences # 225

April 24, 2012

Today’s coincidence is purely lyrical (i.e., it’s the lyrics) – but I’m not entirely sure it’s accidental…

The Church – “Ripple” (1992) (excerpt)

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Al Jolson – “My Mammy (1927) (excerpt)

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I have to ask: “Hey, Steve – was that deliberate?”

Anyway, here are the full versions:

The Church – “Ripple” (1992)

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Al Jolson – “My Mammy (1927)