Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tales From the Under the Counter Culture

From 1964, please enjoy once and future Little Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee and her reading of Ray Charles' "What I'd Say." Recorded in England, and featuring some guy named Jimmy Page on guitar.




As you can hear, that's transferred from vinyl; apparently, it's never been on CD. In any case, I'd never encountered it before last week and talk about a revelation; Lee sounds -- in Nick Tosches' immortal phrase -- like she could fry eggs on her G-Spot.

[h/t Eric C. Boardman]

10 comments:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

yes she can do the boogie all night long ... love the telecaster kinda twang in the break as well

thanks man

Peter said...

great drums, too

arlene ninotchka smith said...

little miss dynamite with a dash of lorrie collins and wanda jackson!

DeepKarma said...

I'm...speechless. An incredible find Steve.

Gummo said...

That performance would have been right at home on The T.A.M.I. Show.

Thanks, steve!

Brooklyn Girl said...

My very first LP was this one ... Jambalaya, I'm Sorry, Sweet Nothin's ... considering how much it's going for, I really hope I still have it somewhere! :-)

Dave said...

One class act. Flip over "I'm Sorry" and listen to "That's All You Gotta Do," which rocks hard.

Billy said...

as Golden Earring would say, "Brenda Lee's Coming on Strong."

How 'bout some love for the drummer? Wow.

You can tell it's Page, it has his trademark sloppiness. He was also on Brenda's "Is It True," her attempt to fight the British Invasion.

MJConroy said...

Never been on cd?

How about:
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7910
"American fans never got to hear ‘What’d I Say’. Cut in a single take, ‘What’d I Say’ appears here on CD for the first time and makes a tremendous closer to this engaging set by the Queen of Rock’n’Roll’"

steve simels said...

Oops.

I regret the error.