Five On Friday - Stormy Monday

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, July 30, 2010

Before we begin today, I want to mention a 'project' Brother Rich has begun that is very cool...

The object of the Lyric for Every Day of the Year Project is to come up with songs that mention, or refer to, every single one of the 366 days of the (leap) year. The aim is nothing more than simply coming up with a really cool, really long list of song titles.

This is a cool thing indeed...some great dates are already filled in, but there are many more to go...

Check it out HERE

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

This week, I picked one of my favorite songs EVA! And decided to share five versions of it. The song was written by T-Bone Walker and originally released in 1948.

The song is based in the standard 12-bar blues format. The lyrics portray a person who is separated from their love, and is suffering from guilt in some way because of what they have done.

The original recording appeared on Black & White Records, produced by Ralph Bass, and was one of Walker's breakthrough sides in pioneering the idiom of electric blues guitar. This recording also featured smoky trumpet work from sideman Teddy Buckner. It reached #5 on the R&B charts in 1948. B.B. King has said that "Call It Stormy Monday" inspired him to begin playing electric guitar.

We start with the originator, Mr. T-Bone Walker.

Then a collaboration between Mr. B.B. King and Mr. Albert King (no relation BTW.

Next is Mr. Bobby "Blue" Bland with his interpretation.

Then a female version from Ms. Eva Cassidy, who like many artists was not discovered until after her death in 1996. I love the smokiness of her voice.

Finally, a version I had never heard before, by the duo of Goodnow & Baldwin. It is interesting to hear their version.


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10 Of Your Sparks

  1. CiCi Says:
  2. Wow, Eva Cassidy sure has a great voice. I really like her, thanks for steering me to her.

  3. DrillerAA09 Says:
  4. B.B. King is going to be in the area in late August and we're going to be out of town at the time. I hate it when that happens. Love the different arrangements. Have a great week-end.

  5. Jay Says:
  6. I remember back when I was in college I was at this club where a blues band was playing. There was a really, REALLY drunk guy, who just happened to be my Western Civ. professor that semester there. After every song he would yell "PLAY STORMY MONDAY!!!" And when they didn't he would get pissed. Finally he got up and left. Right after he was gone, they played "Stormy Monday."

    Just thought I'd share that little story with ya. ;-)

  7. Stormy Bondo Says:
  8. ...thoroughly enjoyable Good Sir....

  9. TECHNOBABE: You are welcome. She has a fantastic voice indeed.

    DRILLERAA: He is playing here in town at his club also. Can not swing it this time, but did see him on his last visit.

    JAY: OK..
    1. Did the band know he left and played it at that point to spite him?

    2. Did anyone tell him afterward?

    STORMY: Appreciate it Sir...

  10. Travis Cody Says:
  11. I love that you did this. Each cover is recognizable as the classic, but each artist makes it feel unique.

  12. One of these days I must tell the story about why it is B B King's fault that I have a daughter. :-)

    In the meantime any excuse to hear Lucille is a good one and this group of musicians doing the same song is equally wonderful.

  13. Mimi Lenox Says:
  14. You know Eva is one of my favorites. Wanna hear that story, Jamie...

  15. TRAVIS: Thank you, it is what I was hoping

    JAMIE: Please tell the story...

  16. MIMI: I do know...and Techno was just introduced to her


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