Posts Tagged ‘Grady Tate’

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

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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.

Saturday Single No. 239

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before.

This morning, I went to Netflix and added to my list of home-delivered DVDs the final episode of the television series M*A*S*H, the February 28, 1983, episode that ties off – as much as it can, I assume – the eleven seasons of the acclaimed (and pervasive) television series.

I’ve never seen it.

Actually, I’ve never seen most of the episodes of the show’s last six seasons, from the autumn of 1977 through that February 1983 finale. I was a reporter at the Monticello Times during those seasons, and the show was aired on evenings when I mostly had other things to do: In 1977-78, M*A*S*H was aired on Tuesdays (according to Wikipedia), and my Tuesday evenings were pretty well filled, what with covering high school games and other sports events, telephoning coaches for results of yet more events and helping to put the weekly newspaper together at the shop.

In the autumn of 1978, M*A*S*H moved to Monday evenings, where it stayed for the rest of its run. Starting that autumn, I had coverage of the Monticello City Council added to my responsibilities. The council met on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. That coverage came in addition to my covering the city council in the nearby city of Big Lake, which met the first and third Mondays of the month. If there were a month with five Mondays – and that happened four or five times a year – I’d get a Monday evening off, at least from that particular beat.

So when it came to M*A*S*H – or to anything else that regularly took place on Mondays – my being able to enjoy it was unlikely. Monday and Tuesday evenings were work nights. That’s just the way it was. I’d never been that much invested in television shows, anyway. Most of my television viewing during my college years had been news, sports and the occasional special.

I did work out one Monday evening arrangement during my years at the Monticello Times. My boss, DQ, was aware of my fervent interest in the Minnesota Vikings, and he and I came to an agreement that if the Vikings played on a Monday evening when I was scheduled to be at a Big Lake City Council meeting, I could stay home and cover the meeting after the fact, through telephone interviews. One condition of our agreement was that if I ever missed an important aspect of a Big Lake story by my absence, that arrangement would end. My attendance at Monticello’s meetings, however, was required.

As for M*A*S*H, I’d seen numerous episodes over the years and had enjoyed them, but the show was not essential viewing for me. The final episode, however, was a little bit different. The prospect of tying up the eleven years intrigued me. I wasn’t alone in that, of course: From that finale’s airing on February 28, 1983, until the February 10, 2010, Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, the M*A*S*H finale was the most-watched show in television history.

And I didn’t get to see it. It was the fourth Monday of the month, so I was at Monticello City Hall, where the council meetings started at 7:30 and usually ran until sometime around 10 o’clock. This particular meeting went until about 9:50. I made my way home, and as I entered the living room, I heard the music of Johnny Mandel’s “Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless),” signaling the end of the show. The Other Half looked up from the couch. “It just ended,” she said.

I asked her not to tell me about it, certain that I would catch it in a rerun. Wikipedia says the episode is part of the show’s syndication package, but I know I’ve never seen the whole thing. I have vague memories of seeing bits and pieces of it, although that might have been in a retrospective on the entire series. I don’t know.

I do know that sometime this next week, a red envelope from Netflix will be in our mailbox, and I’ll spend some time – perhaps with the Texas Gal joining me – catching up on a show I missed twenty-eight years ago.

And given all that, the only possible choice for music is a version of “Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless).” So here’s my favorite version of the tune. It was released by Grady Tate on his 1970 album After The Long Drive Home and it’s today’s Saturday Single.