Mistaken Identity?

Here’s a weird one, I always thought this one was a Paul Simon tune, but I heard this the other day

Now, I was intrigued so I did a little digging. Although you normally associate Rocksteady with the Fifties and early Sixties, this one was actually recorded by The Tennors (I also saw it spelled Tenors) in 1973, and was, indeed, originally written by Paul Simon.

Song Lyric Sunday (26 July 2020) – Same Difference

Last week, NewEpicAuthor over at A Unique Title For Me set a theme of cake (my selection). This week, we are talking about the same difference.

Gonna stretch the theme a little this week, because my choice’s title is the same word, repeated. Do you fancy some Blues?

This song was written and recorded by John Lee Hooker, in 1961. Although the song has become synonymous with Hooker, it was panned at the time by music critics. It was a lukewarm chart hit, reaching only #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did, at least, reach #16 on the R&B Chart. In fact, this song was Hooker’s only Hot 100 hit. It must have had something, though, because it was recorded by many artists and was a staple cover for many Blues bands in the early Sixties.

The song went international a full three decades later. Picked up by a jeans commercial, the song was released in the UK and reached #16 here. Here’s Boom Boom.

That featured image, by the way, is me. Early Nineties/mid-twenties, on the steps of Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, and the guy on the tee…John Lee Hooker. Don’t I look young?

Boom, boom, boom, boom
I’m gonna shoot you right down
Knock you off of your feet
And take you home with me
Put you in my house
Boom, boom, boom, boom

Ow ow ow ow ow
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm
I love to see you strut
Up and down the floor
When you’re talking to me
That baby talk
I like it like that
Oh yeah

Talk that talk
Walk that walk

Won’t you walk that walk?
And talk that talk
And whisper in my ear
Tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that
You knock me out
Right off my feet
Ho ho ho ho

Well, talk that talk
And walk that walk
Oh yeah

John Lee Hooker

Song Lyric Sunday (19 July 2020) – In the Patisserie

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor over at A Unique Title For Me) set the old elements (my selection) as the theme. This week, he gives us the topic of cake.

Well, as soon as I heard about cakes this week, it started off a train of thought.. I almost chose The King of Wishful Thinking, from the movie Pretty Woman, because,,,,me and cake…that’s me!

But back down on earth, I came up with one this week from the Motown stable – there’s still a cakey link, though. We all know Diana Ross, right? Well, this is one of her later recordings, actually written by a couple of band-members of Chic, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and recorded by Ross in 1980.

This was a big hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 in a host of other countries worldwide, and #2 in the UK. In the UK, it was Ross’s biggest hit since I’m Still Waiting, way back in 1971, and was kept off top spot by ABBA’s Winner Takes It All. So I hope this one brings back a few memories, this is Upside Down. A big shout-out for Eighties hair!

I said upside down
You’re turning me
You’re giving love instinctively
Around and round you’re turning me


Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I say to thee
I’m aware that you’re cheatin’
When no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

I know you got charm and appeal
You always play the field
I’m crazy to think you’re all mine
As long as the sun continues to shine
There’s a place in my heart for you
That’s the bottomline

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moment with you
Respectfully I see to thee
I’m aware that you’re cheatin’
But no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round, round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round, round

Upside down you’re turning me
You’re giving love instinctively
Around and round you’re turning me
I say to thee respectfully

Upside down you’re turning me
You’re giving love instinctively
Around and round you’re turning me
I say to thee respectfully

I said a upside down you’re turning me
You’re giving love instinctively
Around and round you’re turning me
I say to thee respectfully

Upside down you’re turning me

Song Lyric Sunday (12 July 2020) – The Elements

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor over at A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of superlatives (my selection). This week, he gives us the theme of the the old elements of air, earth, fire and water.

I came up with a few this week, two of which were by former Beatles, but George got the nod over Paul – because his music was far and away my favourite.

So the track I will present today goes way back to 1973, the opening track on George’s album Living in the Material World. It was also released as a single, and topped Billboard’s Hot 100, although it only reached #8 in the UK. Unsurprisingly, it also appeared when George released his greatest hits album, and was performed by Jeff Lynne at the Concert for George, which commemorated George’s legacy, a year after his death. This is Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

Won’t you please
Oh won’t you

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

George Harrison