I’ve always loved this particular tune. I grew up listening to the Allman Brothers version, and count it as one of my favorites. Like a lot of great rock&roll tunes, though, it has an interesting past. You see, it isn’t just that the old rock bands were inspired by blues. Some of their greatest hits were cover tunes. According to the almighty wiki, this was first recorded by Elmore James who didn’t release it for several years. Later Sonny Boy Williamson put out a couple different versions. I think my own favorite would be the Williamson version with Buddy Guy on guitar.
Nice. Like your title and the backstory. I like both versions, would listen in a bar or if someone happened to put it on. I guess “Eat A Peach” got some play in my crowd back in the day. We went to a lot of concerts but didn’t see Allman Bros, saw Stones, Pink Floyd, Bowie. My taste was eclectic then, Bowie, Santana, CSNY, Neil Young solo, Marley….Still is. Whatever.
All great stuff, and I listen to both versions myself, usually after turning up the volume a bit.
Maria Falvey (@acceleratedstal) said:
Good afternoon for a little music history. Thanks.
It’s what I was listening to that morning. 🙂
University of Illinois, Dr. Alan Horney’s class “Evolution of Blues and Rock.” Amazing class, amazing connections, amazing music. Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Elvis-all had blues roots. Stephen Stills (my personal musical hero) is a blues man from WAY back, and just released a blues album with his new band, The Rides. There would be no rock without the blues. Hey, Northier, I think I’m falling in love with you.
I have fond memories of my own History of Rock&Roll class as well, but that was at UNLV. …and hey baby! (Wink!)
M. R. said:
Whereas I remember a record of King Curtis live as Filmore WEST. What’s the difference (other than compass-oriented)?
Hadn’t heard that album before. Thanks for pointing me to it.
M. R. said:
Never fear, Daniel: I’m going to post a couple of tracks from YouTube, tomorrow! – my favourites from about … oh, I’d say 1973. Ye gods and little fishes! – over 40 years ago …
Laura Lynn said:
Oh man, you just posted my favorite song! I was just rocking out to this driving home…
Happy New Year, Daniel! Thanks for all the great and thought provoking posts! Cheers!