Stuff I Do When I’m Bored

Most were previously posted elsewhere.

Saturday Matinee – Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Joe Cocker & Tom Jones, George Benson, and…

Gary Lewis & The Playboys‘ “She’s Just My Style” reached #3 on The Billboard Hot 100 in January 1966. The chicks dug it.

Joe Cocker‘s take on “Delta Lady” earned him a hit in 1969, and in 1970 he doubled down by performing it with Tom Jones. The chicks dug it.

George Benson‘s recording of “This Masquerade” was a soft jazz R&B hit in 1976, reaching No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot Soul Singles charts [Wiki]. The chicks dug it.

What do those songs have in common? They were all written by this guy:

Yeah, another great rock/soul/jazz/country icon passed away this week. R.I.P. Leon Russell (1942-2016).

Have no worries, these things happen all the time, and nobody lasts forever. Let’s have fun while we can. See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Harp Guitar, Graffiti Removal, Paint it Black, Black Betty

That’s a harp guitar, folks, being played by Andy McKee. This is the same Larson-Dyer version that I learned on; it was my great grandfather’s, and I still have it.  It’s got a wide fretboard with 6 strings and 6 free bass strings above (hence the “harp” moniker).  I’d never heard one played properly until I saw this video.

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal.  [Found via here.  Related post here.]

Okay as long as we’re still talking about painting…

RamJam.  Amazing one hit wonder, based upon Ledbelly’s classic.

Whoa. Meatloaf covers RamJam’s version of Ledbelly’s classic.

And, um, Tom Jones did it, too.  Whoa, whoa, whooaa…

Here’s Ledbelly speaking for himself.

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