Thursday, April 14, 2022

Soundtrack of My Misspent Youth - IV

This is the fourth part of a chronicle of my old high school band.

British Invasion!

We were not immune to the influx of British Bands that came after Beatles, although most of their songs which we covered were also covers, primarily of black artists (there's a theme going on here.) Be that as it may, the reason they were covered was that they were great songs, fun to play, and all of them rock standards:

Money - Berry Gordy wrote it, we got it via The Beatles

Do You Love Me - Berry Gordy, via The Dave Clark Five

Reelin’ and Rockin’ - Check Berry, via The Dave Clark Five

Mona - Bo Diddley, via The Rolling Stones

Route 66 - Bobby Troup, via The Rolling Stones

The Last Time - Jagger/Richards, The Rolling Stones

Satisfaction - Jagger/Richards, The Rolling Stones

Gloria - Van Morrison, Them

Tobacco Road - John D. Loudermilk, via The Nashville Teens

You Really Got Me - Ray Davies, The Kinks

We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place - Mann, Weill, via The Animals

Two of the above songs, Route 66 and Tobacco Road, were by “established” songwriters and not originally “rock” tunes. Route 66 had been done in the 1940s by Nat “King” Cole and also Bing Crosby with The Andrew Sisters!

The following songs were all done by The Yardbirds, a group that we had actually seen perform in person. They really inspired us to stretch out musically, although these kind of songs (“Rave-ups” with extended guitar solos) were not as popular with the girls!

Shapes of Things - McCarty/Relf/Samwell-Smith

Train Kept a Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw, made popular by The Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio

I'm A Man - Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniel)

Smokestack Lightnin' - Howling Wolf (Chester Burnett) 

Wrap-up of this series tomorrow…

By Professor Batty


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