Saturday, March 17, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 187 SONG # 218

Day 187: A song that connects to the last two posts

Now, we stay down south, although North Carolina is the northernmost state (geographically) of the Confederation, as far as I do understand. Tobacco Road is a song that is said to describe the upbringing of its author, John D. Loudermilk, in his native environment, NC. This song, anything but a success in the version recorded by the man who wrote it, has been recorded by so many singers and bands of at least minor importance in the history of popular music: that I neither have a plan of rendering all the essential versions - and - that at least, Mr. Loudermilk should be able to make a living on the royalties. Among all those versions (f.e.: Spooky Tooth - Grand Opera, the precursors of Heavy Metal), I have chosen the one by Lou Rawls, and the other one by Eric Burdon & War - from one of my favourite albums - EB declares WAR. The song has also been recorded by the Animals, but Eric did the best version with War. Enjoy!

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