This is the original from 1961, sung–but not written–by Bobby “Blue” Bland.
FUN FACT: Jabo Starks on drums!
NOT-AS-FUN FACT: Love Light was written by a fellow named Joe Scott, but the thieving cracker-ass cracker who owned the studio stole half the credit.
THROW YO PANTIES AT THE STAGE!
From ’69, and whoever is playing the wikka-wakka guitar on the right should be given a state pension and a comfortable dacha by the Black Sea.
Any votes for the Killer? Not mine, and it’s all due to that damnable acoustic guitar in the left channel. I’ll make you a deal, The Universe: keep your strummed acoustic guitars out of my soul music, and I won’t slather any greasy-ass B3 organ on your folk tunes.
NOT-FUN-AT-ALL FACT: Jerry Lee Lewis has murdered at least one of his wives.
There’s that grease I was talking about. 1972 from the hardest working band in Michigan.
FUN SHIBBOLETH: If you pronounce it Duh-TROIT instead of DEE-troit, then you’re a cop.
The wild, shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner! The bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher! The competent drum work of Don Brewer!
FUNK FACT: Seven minutes long, but it didn’t need to be.
This rendition hit #1 in Japan.
FUJI FACT: The Japanese have utter shit taste in everything but seafood.
Also, some semi-defunct choogly-type band covered the tune once or twice, but I can’t find any recordings.
I’m trying to keep this current digression to America, but fuck it: BEST EVAR song about a Nepalese city. I do love me some Bob Seger. He was a blue-collar Rock Star; he brought his cocaine to the studio in a brown paper bag.
Also: how has Bobby not covered this? It absolutely sounds like a song from one of his solo albums from the 80’s.