I’ll Do It, Maybe

At this blog, I pride myself on offering not merely entertainment, but anything else you, the esteemed blog reader, might need. I have limits, however. Here’s a short list of six things I’ll do, and four things I won’t.

“I’ll Make Love to You Anytime”/Eric Clapton. From Backless, an album that many critics consider lifeless to the point of needing electroshock, but one I once dug quite a bit. (I’ve listened to a lot more Clapton in recent years, and I like Backless a lot less now as a result.) On this track, Clapton does not merely channel J.J. Cale, he does an impression of him.

“I’ll Remember April”/Miles Davis. The records Miles recorded for Prestige in the early 50s are about as good as he ever got. This is from Blue Haze, released in 1954 from sessions in 1953 and 1954. This track and several others feature Horace Silver on piano; Charles Mingus provides piano on one track.

“I’ll Understand”/Soul Children. An early single by the group Isaac Hayes and David Porter formed at Stax after their primary project, Sam and Dave, left the label. The group’s J. Blackfoot claimed Porter discovered him singing outside a liquor store on McLemore Avenue near the Stax studios, which is an R&B story if ever there was one.

“I’ll Close My Eyes”/Jimmy Smith. This was the flipside of the single release of “Organ Grinder Swing,” which crept to Number 92 on the Hot 100 in October 1965, a beautiful late-night ballad with Kenny Burrell on guitar.

“I’ll Always Love You”/Spinners. An early track from 1965 by the group known in England as the Detroit Spinners.

“I”ll Be Around”/Spinners. On the radio this week in 1972, when they were still known in England as the Detroit Spinners.

“I’ll Never Sail the Seas Again”/Detroit Emeralds. A group not known in England, or anywhere else to my knowledge, as the Emeralds, and also not from Detroit.

“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”/Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. I have a couple of friends who are pained greatly by the knowledge that I generally have no use for Elvis Costello. It’s an opinion that goes back to the 1970s, and one that was reinforced by his early slur on Ray Charles, done in a craven attempt to get publicity. I gotta admit, however, that I admire quite a bit of what I’ve heard from him in recent years, especially this version of the Dionne Warwick classic, from a 1998 collaboration with its co-author.

“I’ll Never Be the Same”/Nat King Cole Trio. Recorded long about 1943. The trio at this time featured Nat at the piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass, although this particular track is a piano solo.

“I Will Not Dance”/Chi Coltrane. Also on the radio during this week in 1972 was Chi Coltrane’s indelible “Thunder and Lightning.” She never did anything else quite as good, but she’s still gigging, and her website’s got the pictures to prove it. Here she is on German TV circa 1973:

One More Thing: You have probably noticed the Christmas-themed TV ads already. Some of our favorite blogs are getting ready for the holiday, too: AM, Then FM is seeking requests for this year’s Three Under the Tree, and Popdose is preparing another dose of Mellowmas. We’ll do something around here, too. But not for a while yet.

3 thoughts on “I’ll Do It, Maybe

  1. Costello once made a rather snide remark about Toto, so on their 2002 covers album they covered Watching the Detectives just to see if they could raise his ire a bit.

    Like you I don’t really get all the love many critics give Costello. He ocassionally turns some clever lyrics, I’ll grant him that but so do a lot of other musicians I’d much rather give my time and attention to.

  2. porky

    jb, I haven’t paid much attention to Costello since about ’84 but the donnybrook between he and Bonnie Bramlett was a HUGE threat to his career and not really a craven attempt to get publicity. He was at the end of three respectable-selling albums for “that type of music” i.e. not Boston, Foreigner, Toto, Styx, REO, Supertramp etc.

    His press conference relating to the fight and verbal sparring was his John Lennon/Bigger than Jesus moment. Plus Elvis probably didn’t see getting his ass kicked by a Southern woman in the course of an argument in which he severely degraded Southern black musicians as a career- boosting moment.

    I would say that Bonnie Bramlett, taking this story to the press, was more hungry for the publicity. She was, at the time, reviving her career as a singer on tour with Steven Stills.

  3. Yeah, I thought Elvis Costello’s comment was made not in an attempt to gain publicity, but in a drunken attempt to piss off Bonnie Bramlett.

    I also very much enjoy the drunk-to-the-point-of-catatonic sound Clapton perfected on his ’70s albums. His subsequent stuff (what I’ve heard of it) has been too poppy for me.

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