1/6/2005 03:42:03 PM|||peter patnaik|||I have that Joe Tex song "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You" stuck in my head, for like 3 days running. This is all thanks to this person on a.b.s.r.a.b posting his top 300 ! songs of the 1960s, which is a pretty remarkable feat. Most of the songs are pretty obvious, but I'm shock that I had never heard Brenda Holloway before, "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "When I'm Gone" are amazing songs.

Today's posting is by request, one of my friends really wanted me to post my favorite Blind Willie McTell song, as they have only heard the White Stripes cover of Southern Can Mama. McTell's voice is what I like about him the most, he tells great stories and convey both great happiness and great sadness, often in the same breath. This track "Savannah Mama" features I think McTell's best vocal performance and some understated guitar playing. The track was recorded in 1933 under the name Blind Willie McTell and Partner, but no partner is listed.

  • Blind Willie McTell - Savannah Mama

  • |||110504568376754230|||If Sugar...1/7/2005 11:56:23 AM|||Anonymous|||I like BWM's vocal style too, and it shows up really well on this track. My impression is that the slide guitar here is less typical the 12-string finger-style that he is better known for -- you posted that great East St. Louise track a while back. I got the Yazoo Best of BWM for Christmas, and I'm lovin' it.
    ~Steve H.1/10/2005 01:59:01 PM|||Anonymous|||I agree with your 'ability to express both great happiness and sadness' observation. "Savanna Mama" is a great example. One of my favorite tunes that exhibits this dynamic of BWM's is "You Got to Die" from the Atlanta Twelve String album.