“I have been reading and planning for about 3 days now, so I know basically what I wish to write about tonight. I will take a look at a song from 1971 and one from 1955, both really uneventful.
Let’s look at the 1971 song written by Steve Goodman, believe it or not about a train, yes a train song, has absolutely no controversy around, I just love the song. Steve wrote the song, put it on his album and one night in Chicago at the Quiet Knight Bar in Chicago he played it and sold the idea to Arlo Guthrie who agreed to add it to his repertoire.
Well add it he did and in 1972 he recorded it and to his surprise it reached #18 on BB. I just love the song, but I had to wait until 1984 to hear the best version (in my opinion) by one of my country favourites, Willie Nelson and that version I love and play today.
The song was never a huge hit on BB but it was recorded by a number of very significant artists and here are just a few.
1971 / Steve Goodman /
Now I will take you back to 1955 and look at a song that has been added to Library of Congress’s Recording Registry both the A & B side, Bo Diddley and I’m a Man. The self titled song was recorded in Chicago April 1955 and released on the Chess subsidiary Checker Records.
I will go a little further and look at who it influenced to write a song with that “Hambone” beat. Let’s look at the original by Ellas McDaniel or Bo Diddley.