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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.

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Options January 17, 2018: Under the Covers With Testify! Two Hours of Unusual and Stimulating Cover Versions!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format
Funky16Corners  Testify! intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3 
Them  Route 66   Options Here Comes the Night  Parrot  1965  LP 
Lee Montgomery  Hello LA Bye Bye Birmingham   Options 45RPM Single  Liberty  1970  45 
Mae West  Shakin' All Over   Options Way Out West  Tower  1966  LP 
Owen B  Nowhere To Run   Options 45RPM Single  Janus  1970  45 
Beauregard and the Tuffs  Ramblin' Rose   Options 45RPM Single  Decca  1965  45 
Jeff Beck Group  Shapes of Things   Options Truth  Columbia (Germany)  1969  LP 
 
Dee Irwin and Mamie Galore  Day Tripper   Options 45RPM Single  Imperial  1969  45 
Phil Moore Jr  Ain't No Mountain High Enough   Options Right On  Atco  1969  LP 
Lou Johnson  Walk On By   Options 45RPM Single  Big Top  1966  45 
William Bell and Mavis Staples  I Thank You   Options Boy Meets Girl  Stax  1969  LP 
Eddie Floyd and Mavis Staples  Piece of My Heart   Options Boy Meets Girl  Stax  1969  LP 
The Bar-Kays  A Hard Days Night   Options 45RPM Single  Volt  1968  45 
Booker T and the MGs  No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)   Options And Now  Stax  1966  LP 
Quincy Jones  Oh Happy Day   Options Walking In Space  A&M  1969  LP 
Dorothy Morrison  Spirit In the Sky   Options 45RPM Single  Buddah  1970  45 
Junior Walker and the All Stars  Holly Holy   Options A Gassssss  Soul  1970  LP 
Mitch Ryder  When You Were Mine   Options 45RPM Single  Riva  1983  45 
 
Sandy Nelson  Sock It To Em JB   Options 45RPM Single  Imperial  1966  45 
George Tindley  Ain't That Peculiar   Options 45RPM Single  Wand  1969  45 
ZZ Hill  Don't Make Promises   Options 45RPM Single  Kent  1969  45 
Gladys Knight and the Pips  The Nitty Gritty   Options 45RPM Single  Soul  1969  45 
Jackie Wilson  Hold On I'm Coming   Options Do Your Thing  Brunswick  1968  45 
Jackie Wilson and Count Basie  Uptight   Options 45RPM Single  Brunswick  1967  45 
Sam and Dave  We Can Work It Out   Options 45RPM Single  Contempo  1977  45 
Don Covay  Money (That's What I Want)   Options 45RPM Single  Mercury  1973  45 
 
Sharon Tandy  Our Day Will Come   Options 45RPM Single  Atlantic  1967  45 
CB Victoria  Anytime At All   Options Dawning Day  Janus  1976  LP 
The Bobby Green Selection  What's That Sound (For What It's Worth)   Options The Dutch Explosion  White Whale  1969  LP 
The Coopers  Leave This Man Alone   Options The Dutch Explosion  White Whale  1969  LP 
Morgana King  Sunshine Superman   Options I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely  Verve  1968  LP 
David McCallum  1-2-3   Options Music A Part of Me  Warner Brothers  1968  LP 
Newbury Park  Green Tambourine   Options Newbury Park  Cream  1971  LP 
Baker Street Philharmonic  Love At First Sight (Je T'aime Moi Non Plus)   Options 45RPM Single  World Pacific  1969  45 
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band  These Days   Options Rare Junk  Liberty  1968  LP 
Kenny Rankin  The Dolphins   Options Mind Dusters  Mercury  1967  LP 
Fever Tree  Come On In   Options For Sale  Ampex  1970  LP 
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:01pm Gary:

Cover me!
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:01pm Jeff Ash:

Greetings from Green Bay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:01pm Funky16Corners:

Gary! Jeff!
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:03pm Jeff Ash:

Thought this was the Stones at first.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:03pm Funky16Corners:

Angry young Van!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

If this wasn't an all covers show I would be duty bound to follow this with the WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:09pm still b/p:

I believe Mae West could've done a passing imitation of Lena Horne, and vice versa.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

Hey SBP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

That Mae West album is actually pretty good in spots
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:15pm Jeff Ash:

Been digging a bunch of early Rod Stewart stuff lately, like this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:16pm Funky16Corners:

My favorite period of Rod's stuff
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:16pm still b/p:

He's got a lot to answer for since.
  Wed. 1/17/18 10:17pm cupcakejenny:

Omg you should see Ron funches on match game! He’s super thin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:17pm Funky16Corners:

oh yeah
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:22pm Funky16Corners:

@Jenny - Remember we saw him on Speechless and almost didn't recognize him
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:22pm david w:

The covers are off!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:23pm Funky16Corners:

Hey David!
  Wed. 1/17/18 10:26pm cupcakejenny:

@funky yeah he really looks good
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:30pm still b/p:

I was recently thinking someone should do a tasteful fresh cover of Walk On By with a discriminating approach to modern production. If not tasteful or discriminating...get out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:31pm Funky16Corners:

I can't believe someone hasn't done a recent all Bacharach/David album
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:32pm Uncle Michael:

Like this, still b/p?
www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:33pm Funky16Corners:

hey Unk!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:33pm Uncle Michael:

Hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:34pm Uncle Michael:

And Larry, that's from Rumer's 2016 Bacharach/David album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:35pm Funky16Corners:

I will check that out
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:35pm david w:

What do you get when you fall in love? Pneumonia. And they didn't even phone 'ya... Brilliant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:37pm Funky16Corners:

Yes indeed. Hal David doesn't get enough credit
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:39pm Uncle Michael:

I think Burt's outsized image, relative to Hal's, has a lot to do with his personal glamor. He embodied '60s jet set better than anyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:39pm Funky16Corners:

I agree. Hal lives in those lyrics, though. I was listening to Aretha doing 'Say a Little Prayer' the other day and marveling at the words
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:40pm Uncle Michael:

Who covers The Brass Ring...I ask you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:41pm Funky16Corners:

Who?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:41pm Uncle Michael:

That Aretha was on my Listener Request show. I have some hep listeners.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:41pm Uncle Michael:

Booker T!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:41pm Funky16Corners:

I always associate that song with the T-Bones, they had the hit
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:42pm Uncle Michael:

Oops, T-Bones...brain fart.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:42pm Jeff Ash:

Nice tribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:42pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:43pm Uncle Michael:

I confused it with "The Dis-Advantages Of You"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:43pm Funky16Corners:

@UM - That cover is my favorite thing on that album. They really transform it
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:47pm still b/p:

That Walk On By is pretty nice, UM. Tasteful and certainly respectful...very straight. I'd also like one that's in the tough zone of giving an interestingly distinct hue but not losing...the thing. I think, for example, Fugees did a fair job in that zone with Killing Me Softly. which grew on me. Hearing part of Rumer's This Girl's In Love...she seems kinda too neutral in approach.

Burt can do jet-setter better than Hal can,
Anywhere Hal can show, Burt can cram glam,
No, he can't
Yes, he can
No, he can't
Yes, he can...
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:48pm Jeff Ash:

I have this record. Kinda cool cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:49pm Funky16Corners:

Yes, very cool
  Wed. 1/17/18 10:49pm Dean:

Must disagree. David got almost equal billing in my house (almost). Lyric writers should recognize that in the domain of recorded music, they are at a disadvantage. Hearing is radically distinct from reading/listening-to-words.

Top cover of "Walk on By": The Stranglers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:50pm Funky16Corners:

My Pop always taught me to appreciate lyricists.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:51pm Funky16Corners:

Agree on the Stranglers, too
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 10:56pm melinda:

I like the Walking in Space album, I have been listening to it in my car lately, good for driving.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 10:56pm still b/p:

Mighty tough, I'm sure, as in any creative field, to be truly and consistently good and a successful collaborator , but, man, it would've been fun to be a capable lyricist in the middle third of the 20th century.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:01pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:02pm Funky16Corners:

@SBP - Yeah, during the maturing of the Tin Pan Alley days, when things started to get a little more artsy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:07pm Uncle Michael:

I've yet to hear a bad version of Don't Make Promises. It's one of those bulletproof songs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:08pm Funky16Corners:

One of my faves
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:08pm Funky16Corners:

God bless Tim Hardin
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:09pm Jeff Ash:

The Nitty Gritty. One of my all-time faves!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:09pm Funky16Corners:

Mine too, esp Gladys' version!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:10pm Uncle Michael:

Saw Gladys last year...still got it.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:11pm Jeff Ash:

Love the guitars on this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:11pm Funky16Corners:

The best singer in the Motown organization IMHO
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:12pm still b/p:

Was just gonna ask if Gladys was still at it at all. Good to know.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:12pm Jeff Ash:

Agreed, Larry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:12pm Uncle Michael:

I'd tend to agree.

OK, I'm turning the lights out...Thanks for the nice warm covers.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:13pm still b/p:

A few of her numbers that were just pop background stuff for me as a youth....I listen occasionally now and it's "Ohh, my...!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:13pm Funky16Corners:

Nite UM!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:14pm Funky16Corners:

Gladys and the Pips Norman Whitfield stuff is very funky and hard hitting
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:14pm Uncle Michael:

Daddy Could Swear (I Declare)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:15pm Funky16Corners:

'You Need Love Like I Do' is a lost classic.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:16pm Jeff Ash:

Bought this record last summer. Love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:16pm Funky16Corners:

I remember when you got it
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:33pm Jeff Ash:

Thought for a moment this was gonna be a Hot Chocolate cover.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:34pm still b/p:

Exactly what I thought I might be hearing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:34pm Funky16Corners:

It does kind of sound like that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:35pm Funky16Corners:

This is from 1968
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:35pm Funky16Corners:

I wonder if Hot Chocolate heard it?
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:41pm still b/p:

Morgana could also do a fair Lena, I'm guessing. I don't know if Lena would've appreciated all this guessing and assuming.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:42pm Funky16Corners:

I think Lena would have dug Morgans, who had a jazz background.
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:42pm still b/p:

...or if the other artists would say, "I'll do MYSELF just fine, thank you."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:42pm Funky16Corners:

I have some cool Lena things for the next all-covers show
Avatar Wed. 1/17/18 11:43pm still b/p:

Oh, good.
Where was David...cowbelling...?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:45pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, seriously. If the credits are to be believed, he was there for the cover shots
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:48pm fleep:

Needs moaning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/17/18 11:49pm Funky16Corners:

Serge and Jane were beezy
Avatar Thu. 1/18/18 12:02am Jeff Ash:

Thanks, Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/18/18 12:03am Funky16Corners:

Thanks Jeff!
Avatar Thu. 1/18/18 12:03am still b/p:

Thanks for Tastyfying!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/18/18 12:03am Funky16Corners:

Thanks SBP!
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