Song of the Day: Charlie McCoy, Ray Stevens, Bobby Bare, Don Schlitz, “My Babe”

Country harmonicist Charlie McCoy turns 81 today. Here’s a video from Ray Stevens’s CabaRay (date unknown) of Ray, Bobby Bare, Don Schlitz and Charlie playing a blues standard, written by Willie Dixon for Little Walter back in the ’50’s, "My Babe."

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Charlie McCoy, Ray Stevens, Bobby Bare, Don Schlitz, “My Babe”

  1. I like any song with a harmonica being played. Interesting song and seems to be a mix of genres. A little country and a little jazz.

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    1. More blues than jazz: It was written by Willie Dixon, who I call “the poet laureate of the blues,” and originally done by Little Walter, a legendary harmonica player who played with Muddy Waters before going out as a solo artist. It’s amazing how well country and blues go together. A classic example is an album called “Rhtythm, Country, and Blues,” where country stars and R&B stars pair up and sing country and blues songs. It amazes me that the two sound so much alike, despite one being done primarily by White artists and the other primarily by Black artists. The common root is the South…

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