Thursday, May 04, 2006:

Betty Everett -- My Love

Betty Everett -- My Love
This track is from Mr. Dixon's Workshop, a collection of Willie Dixon tunes performed by bluesmen like Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and Otis Rush--tunes with gritty lyrics and typically fiery deliveries. Then there's this track from a young Betty Everett, a sweet bit of bubblegum R&B that puts me in mind of Seamus Heaney (of all people). In one of Heaney's books, in among the meaty intellectual poems, there's a page with nothing more than a haiku about walking with a cane on ice. It's striking in its simplicity, and oddly affecting.

Betty Everett might be best known for her song "You're No Good," which Linda Ronstadt made famous, or maybe "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)." She's been featured on Soul Shower and also featured on Number One Songs in Heaven, for good reason.
[Mr. Dixon's Workshop at amazon.com]
[and also at emusic]
[Willie Dixon bio @ allmusic.com]

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This is a lovely song. Joyous and haunting, teenage-y and mature all at the same time.

You wrote about it better than I did. Somebody should offer you a writing gig somewhere. :-)

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