I would like to talk a little bit about the two people who produce this Blog. First off myself, Gary who writes, posts, provides the music and videos, and Russ who does the maintenance and up keep for the blog . Even though we where not close friends in High School, in our old age and meeting each other again, we found one huge thing in common, “Music”. Now, Russ is the musician; he loves much more intricate types of music, and generally understands the compositions much better than I do. Me, I’m just a straight ahead Rock & Roller, nothing fancy. That’s why I like old Dick Clark’s American Bandstand rating system: “It has a good beat and you can dance to it”. It is for that reason that I will show you just how simple I am. There are probably 100 great songs I really enjoy and my top 10 would surprise you. I am an “Old” Rocker by definition. So with that in mind I will spotlight a song. I think it is by definition a 12 bar blues; if not, Russ will remind me. It has been done by lots of Artists. Now this song, which made it too #11 on Billboard in 1964 is Tommy Tucker’s “Hi Heel Sneakers”.
It has been recorded by many people, so I will present some of the different versions that I enjoy.
The Killer / Jerry Lee Lewis in England / Mid-Sixties /.Little Gary Ferguson / emulated James Brown in the mid-sixties / I have no idea what happened to him /.The Seekers / Shindig maybe 65 /.2014 Austria / Highway Blues (not bad) /.Very different a swing jazz version / Cedar Avenue Big Band /.
Other versions I enjoy:
1. Luther “Houserocker” Johnson
. 2. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
. 3. Paul McCartney
. 4. Dee Clark
. 5. The Everly Brothers
. And just to keep my “Jazz” Partner happy… 6. Ramsey Lewis:
. Tommy Tucker (born Robert Higginbotham, (March 5, 1933 – January 22, 1982) was an American blues singer and pianist. He was born in Springfield, Ohio. Tucker is best known for the 1964 hit “Hi-Heel Sneakers” that went to number 11 on the Top 40 U.S. chart. Over 200 artists have covered this song. These include: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCarthy, Sammy Davis Jr., Janis Joplin, Tom Jones, John Lee Hooker, Cleo Laine, Pharoah Sanders, Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead and many more. “Hi-Heel Sneakers” has appeared on several documentaries, movies, commercial jingles and television sitcoms, plus sporting events, magazines and every genre of media and music. It was voted in the Top 5 as a rhythm and blues standard in the history of music.