Musical coincidences # 70

January 26, 2011

Yesterday’s Song of the day was a 1959 blues song called “Just A Little Bit ” updated just a little bit for Australian youngsters by groovemeister Tony Worsley and his backing band of hipsters The Blue Jays. Their version was based on Rosco Gordon’s 1960 version of “Just A Little Bit”, and is built around this riff:

Tony Worsley With The Blue Jays – “Just A Little Bit” (1965) (excerpt)

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Hmmm. I wonder if Paul McCartney ever heard that riff.

The Beatles – “Birthday (1968) (excerpt)

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Hmmm.

Here are the full versions:

Tony Worsley With The Blue Jays – “Just A Little Bit” (1965)

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The Beatles – “Birthday (1968)

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Because there’s a fairly slim chance that P.McC. heard Tony Worsley’s version, this is what Paul McCartney may or may not have heard somewhere around 1960:

Rosco Gordon – “Just A Little Bit” (1960)

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Song of the day: Tony Worsley With The Blue Jays – "Just A Little Bit"

January 25, 2011

I enjoyed yesterday’s song from the Sixties so much that I’m in the mood for another one.

Here’s Australian artist Tony Worsley and his band The Blue Jays with a song that I find irresistible:

Tony Worsley With The Blue Jays – “Just A Little Bit” (1965)

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Here’s the original version:

Tiny Topsy – “Just A Little Bit” (1959)

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If you’re wondering why the remake sounds nothing like the original, it’s probably because Tony Worsley’s version was modelled on another remake of the song. It’s by the American blues shouter Rosco Gordon, recorded a year after the original:

Rosco Gordon – “Just A Little Bit” (1960)

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again plenty more times: I love music trivia.