woensdag 8 april 2009

"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)"

"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)", also known as "Call It Stormy Monday", or just "Stormy Monday", is a blues song written by T-Bone Walker and first recorded in 1947. Confusingly, it is also sometimes referred to as "Stormy Monday Blues", although that is actually the title of a different song, a #1 R&B hit recorded in 1942 by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine; Walker titled his song as he did to avoid the name collision.

T-Bone Walker, the master of the Eletric Blues guitar playing his classic Stormy Monday

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.

Lou Rawls with Les MacCann trio featuring Stanley Turrentine(ts) 1989

Walker re-recorded the song with better fidelity and a somewhat different arrangement on his classic 1959 Atlantic Records album T-Bone Blues.

Stormy Monday by Eva Cassidy, Jan 3,1996,Live at Blues Alley, a small nightclub, in

The song became a standard for blues and blues rock artists, and over the years was recorded by Albert King, Eva Cassidy, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Jethro Tull, and others. Trouble ensued when artists named it "Stormy Monday Blues", however, as for instance Bobby Bland did on a well-known rendition, as it was mis-credited and royalties went to the Hines-Eckstine song rather than Walker's. This may have also happened on some of the treatments that were just called "Stormy Monday".

The classic T-Bone Walker's tune by John Mayall & The Original Bluesbreakers ft. Albert King.
This was recorded in June, 1982 at the New Jersey's Capitol Theatre.

Albert King: vocals, guitar
John Mayall: Keybords
Mick Taylor: guitar
Frank Dunbar: bass
Collin Allen: drums

The song was most popularized by The Allman Brothers Band, who included a sterling live performance (as "Stormy Monday") on their classic album At Fillmore East in 1971. Initially introduced as "an old Bobby Bland song," in reference to his aforementioned take, a correction is made and T-Bone Walker is given proper recognition. It garnered considerable airplay on progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio formats during the 1970s.

Eric Clapton at Pavarotti & Friends

BB King
The 1988 Mike Figgis film Stormy Monday was named for the song, and includes B. B. King's performance of it over the opening credits.

Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker or Oak Cliff T-Bone (May 26, 1910March 15, 1975 was an American blues guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter who was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar. His electric guitar solos were among the first heard on modern blues recordings and helped set a standard that is still followed. He was ranked #47 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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