Monday, June 24, 2002

Hi Turtledoves:

So it's Sunday but I'm not doing Musical Six Degrees of Separation this week. That's going to have to be bi-weekly, because it's too much damn work. If I do it once a week I will burn out on it faster than you can say Connect Bessie Smith and Tiffany.

Did I just say that?

Aw, nuts.

OK, just this one. But it's gonna be short as hell.

So here goes.

One of blues great Bessie Smith's biggest hits was "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out."

Everybody and their crazy sister recorded this song, including, in 1970, Derek and the Dominoes, a.k.a. Eric Clapton Just Before He Got Totally Whack.

(He also did a yuppie dentist-office version on his "Unplugged" album in 1992, wherein he actually expected us to buy the line about "If I get my hands on a dollar again..." They shoulda suspended his poetic license for that shit.)

We all know the Clapton/Beatles connection, which contains as much GF-swapping as anything, but just to put a single concrete connection down: Clapton played the guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

He also played lead guitar on "Yer Blues" in the Rolling Stones' "Rock 'N' Roll Circus" supergroup (w/John Lennon [a.k.a. "Johnny Legthigh"] on lead vocals, Keith Richards on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums.)

The Beatles once wrote a little song called "I Saw Her Standing There" which you may recall.

Tiffany covered the song in 1988 but, chump-like, she changed the gender to a "him."

In rock-ish music, you can really separate the chumps from the champs on this single question. Example: Jack White does not change the gender when he sings Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Minor Tangentialism:

Tiffany also covered Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now" in 1987.

Tommy James had a hit in '82 when Joan Jett covered his wonderful "Crimson and Clover."

Joan, who is a champ, did not change the gender.

The End.



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