‘I’ve Been Alone So Many Nights . . .’

Someone in the Texas Gal’s office was generous last week. He or she shared with coworkers a nasty little bug, probably a virus. Over the weekend, the Texas Gal noted she had a sore throat and a headache and we figured that I would end up there as well. (I should note that before the bug set in deeply, the Texas Gal and I did finish the work on sixteen half-pints of the curry apple-raisin chutney I mentioned in last Saturday’s post. It’s quite delicious, even if we’re not entirely sure how we’re going to use it. I’m thinking ham.)

Anyway, I did end up hosting the bug. It’s not entirely awful; I’ve had worse maladies. But it does make it difficult to concentrate, something I noticed yesterday as I began to dig into the recording history of “Love Has No Pride,” the song written by Eric Kaz and Libby Titus sometime – one would assume – in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The song was first recorded, according to the website Second Hand Songs, by Bonnie Raitt for her 1972 album Give It Up, with numerous cover versions following. The best known of those – and “the only version that matters,” according to the Texas Gal – was Linda Ronstadt’s cover, which went to No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1974.

We’ll dig into all that Thursday, assuming that Mr. Virus will have moved on by then. In the meantime, here’s what I think is a lesser-known cover of “Love Has No Pride.” Jazz drummer and singer Grady Tate has shown up here once before, with his 1970 cover of “Suicide Is Painless (Song from M*A*S*H).” He covered “Love Has No Pride” on his 1974 album Movin’ Day, and it’s a version I like a great deal.

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4 Responses to “‘I’ve Been Alone So Many Nights . . .’”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    Curry apple-raisin chutney? Forget the ham; I’d be happy with just a spoon! (Hmmm… I wonder how that would work as an ice cream flavor with vanilla as a base? I don’t recall seeing it in Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard.)

    That’s a really nice version of “Pride,” but I’m inclined to agree with the Texas Gal.

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