In an earlier bulletin titled
“In Their Own Words” (Vol.5, No.1),
I gathered together a group of songs performed
by the actual writers themselves rather than the
more famous interpretations by other artists.
These included Jimmy Webb singing and playing
BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX which was famously
popularized by Glen Campbell in 1967 and also Carole King
performing her YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND that was a
chart topping success by James Taylor in ’71.
Following are a further dozen classic vintage ballads
as performed by those who composed and first committed them to paper.
I think you’ll enjoy them.
by J.J. Cale
Pro: Audie Ashworth
A #18 Pop hit by Eric Clapton in 1970.
First recorded by J.J. Cale in 1966.
AFTER THE GOLD RUSH
by Neil Young
Pro: Neil Young & David Briggs with Kendall Pacios
A #21 UK and #22 US Pop by Prelude in ’74.
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY
by John Prine
Pro: Arif Mardin
Famously covered by Bonnie Raitt in 1974.
FATHER AND SON
by Cat Stevens
Pro: Paul Samwell-Smith
A #2 UK hit in 1995 by Boyzone
and also a #2 UK hit in 2005
by Ronan Keating & Yusuf
(aka Cat Stevens).
by Bonnie Dobson
Pro: Dave Bird & Jack Richardson
Bonnie wrote this in 1961and first recorded it in ’62.
It was famously recorded by Tim Rose on his 1967 debut album
for which he took co-writer credit.
MORNING DEW became a #52 Pop hit
here by Lulu in ‘68.
POOR POOR PITIFUL ME
by Warren Zevon
Pro: Jackson Browne
A #31 Pop & #27 AC hit in 1978 by Linda Ronstadt.
RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA
(Tony Joe White)
by Tony Joe White
Pro: Billy Swan
A 1970 R&B and Pop smash by Brook Benton
and a Top 20 UK hit in 1981 by Randy Crawford.
by Larry Weiss
Pro: Larry Weiss/Co-Pro: Ray Wetzler
Strings & Horns Arr & Cond: Jimmie Haskell
(20th Century: 1974)
A #1 Billboard Pop & Country hit
by Glen Campbell in 1975
by Billy Joel
Pro: Mick Jones & Billy Joel
A #1 Country hit by Garth Brooks in 1991.
THE SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN
by Ellie Greenwich
Pro: Ellie Greenwich
Arr: Jimmy Wisner
(United Artists: 1968)
A Top Ten UK hit by Elkie Brooks in 1977
and a Top 5 UK hit by Berri in ’95.
WE’RE ALL ALONE
by Boz Scaggs
Pro: Joe Wissert
Arr: David Paich
A #7 Pop hit on the Hot 100
by Rita Coolidge in ’77.
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM
by Jackie DeShannon
Pro: Dick Glasser
Arr & Cond: Jack Nitzsche
A #3 UK hit and a Top 40 Pop hit here by The Searchers in ’64
and later a #2 Country hit by
Pam Tillis in ’94.
As in all my postings,
the recordings listed and referenced above
are in no way intended as definitive collections.
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