What’d I Say
Starting and ending with ‘What’d I Say’ made famous by Ray Charles, we made a playlist powered by Hittin’Around. It has Shirelles, Howling Wolf & The Wolf Gang, Etta James, Cliff Richard and many more.
Rolling Stone: “Later on, people said it was vulgar,” Charles continued, referring to that irresistible, sexually heated vocal bridge. “But, hell, let’s face it, everybody knows about the ummmmh, unnnnh. That’s how we all got here.”
Mix : Even with Dowd’s editing, the song was very controversial. “Not everyone dug it,” Charles wrote in Brother Ray. “It was banned by several radio stations. They said it was suggestive. Well, I agreed. I’m not one to interpret my own songs, but if you can’t figure out ‘What’d I Say,’ then there’s something wrong. Either that or you’re not accustomed to the sweet sounds of love.”
Freaky Trigger : I don’t know the ins and outs of his catalogue, but my suspicion is that Cliff Richard never does “lonesome” terribly well: upbeat, yes; affirming, maybe; self-satisfied, well of course. But his security-blanket voice doesn’t lend itself to melancholy or worse.
The British Beat Boom : In search of repeating their success, and under the guidance of the adventurous team of Vanda and Young, the Easybeats recorded in a variety of different styles including soul, psychedelia and ballads, but none of their efforts met with much success and The Easybeats folded in 1969
Old School Music Lover : Fans of the Flamingos, Chantels, and Little Anthony and the Imperials as well as the Bobbettes, The Shirelles received a large part of their musical education by listening to New York’s premier R&B station at the time, WWRL.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum : In 1968, Etta James adapted a grittier Southern-soul edge, cutting “Tell Mama” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which remain among the most incendiary vocal performances of the era.
Toots and the Maytals. : With musical backing from Dodd’s house band, the legendary Skatalites, the Maytals’ close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, overshadowing Dodd’s other up-and-coming gospel trio, The Wailers.