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Wednesday 26 June 2013

A Right Bunch Of Charlies

I promised in yesterday's Bobby Bland tribute he would be back again today. I had intended to post his great version of Charlie Rich's "I Take It On Home", but then I started thinking how many other soul and blues singers had successfully covered Charlie. So I thought I would make into a post of its own.

It's no surprise that Charlie's tunes are such a good fit, because at his best they are as much soul and blues as country. In the 1960s Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records, and he knew a thing or two about soul music. In fact, while there, Charlie released the first ever version of the soul standard "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby".

Enough rambling. On with the show.

"I Take It On Home" - Bobby "Blue" Bland

"Mohair Sam" - Slim Harpo

"Life's Little Ups And Downs" - Latimore

"Behind Closed Doors" - Little Milton

Here's Charlie returning the favour with a fine version of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man".

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