Song of the Day: Paul Davis, “I Go Crazy”

The hirsute singer-songwriter Paul Davis had a half dozen Top 10 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, but only one Top 10 on the Hot 100: “I Go Crazy,” which reached #7 and, strangely enough, didn’t reach the Top 10 on the AC chart (#25). For a while, it held the record for most weeks (40) on the Hot 100 chart. Casey Kasem said Davis presented it to his record company, begging to have Lou Rawls record it, believing Lou could make it a hit. When they saw how much faith had in the song, they cleaned up his demo and released it himself. I’d have loved to hear Chicago’s own Lou Rawls sing it, but Paul’s version is superb.

Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Louis Prima, “One Mint Julep”

One of the things about Jim’s prompts that I think is good is that he’ll give you a whole range of prompts. Instead of giving us a prompt of “herbs and spices,” he’ll be more specific: “Cinnamon, Mint, Parsley, Pepper, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Thyme.”

“One Mint Julep” was written by Rudy Toombs, who wrote a lot of R&B tunes. The Clovers sang it first and had a hit with it in 1952, but it was Ray Charles who turned it into an R&B classic. It’s been covered by many artists, both as a vocal and an instrumental. I’m going to use Louis Prima’s version, because I like it the best.

The lyrics, from SongLyrics.com:

One early morning
As I was walking
I met a woman
And started talking
Went in a tavern
To get a few nips
And all I had was
A mint julep
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
I dont remember
Just how it started
But all i know is
We should have parted
I stole a kiss and
Then another
I didnt mean to
Take it for her
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
Oh the nights were burning low
There in the tavern when through the swinging door
Up jumped a father he said I saw you when
You kissed my daughter got to wed her right now
Oh face the slaughter
I didnt know just
What I was doing
I had to marry

A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
Now listen I dont wanna bore you
With all my troubles but from now on I’ll be
Thinking double and I’ll buy her roses
And maybe maybe tulips
I got too much trouble from buying tulips
I dont remember
Just how it started
But all I know is
We should have parted
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
One mint julep
Yes one mint julep
Was the cause of it all!

You might remember this story about my grandfather in Louisville, Kentucky around Derby Day. The mint julep figures in the tradition of the Derby, as you might know, and in my story as well. Read the story, it’s a funny one.

That’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for May 31, 2020.

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Song of the Day: Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Linus & Lucy”

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My introduction to Vince Guaraldi’s music was, as you probably know by now, the 1965 animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, starring the characters from Charles M. Schulz’s popular Peanuts comic strip. One of the songs Guaraldi wrote was subsequently added to the score of all the Peanuts specials, “Linus & Lucy,” played when the blanket-toting Linus and his bossy fussbudget sister Lucy made their first appearance in the show. Those of you who have seen the specials know what I’m talking about. The Wikipedia article on the strip and the page on Don Markstein’s Toonopedia will give you some background if you aren’t.

Song of the Day: Bola Sete and the Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Outra Vez”

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Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete recorded three albums with the Vince Guaraldi Trio (Guaraldi, piano; Fred Marshall, bass; Jerry Granelli, drums) between 1963 and 1966. Here’s a video of an appearance they made on Jazz Casual, hosted by noted critic Ralph J. Gleason, in 1963. “Outra Vez” (“Again”) was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and is a bossa nova standard.