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Saturday Single No. 438

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

A couple of strands of things I like a lot came together in the past few days, as sometimes happens. Those strands are: the pop rock of the years 1969-75, cover versions of pop songs, and instrumental music of the 1960s and 1970s.

Those strands occasionally coalesce into something that doesn’t work well at all. I recall the dreadful 1974 cover by Ray Conniff of Ringo Starr’s “Photograph,” which, if I recall correctly, sparked the idea for the long-ignored Train Wreck Jukebox. Clueless covers of the Beatles’ “Michelle” and “Yellow Submarine” by Hank Levine and his crew come to mind as well.

But sometimes things work out well. As I’ve moved gingerly these past few days, I’ve often done so with the Beatles’ “Come Together” running through my head: “One and one and one is three . . . got to be good-looking ’cause he’s so hard to see!” That’s no doubt a product of recalling in Wednesday’s post the first time I heard the record late at night. So with John Lennon’s classic still running through my brain this morning, and with said brain idling along in search of an idea for a post here, I thought I’d look at covers of the tune.

Six covers of the song from 1970 reside in the EITW files (as do two others from later years, but we made those two sit in the corner this morning). We long ago listened to the deliciously crazed version released as an album track by Diana Ross, and we’re not much interested in the single version by Ike & Tina Turner from the same year, even though it went to No. 57. Herbie Mann’s ten-minute workout on the album Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty seemed excessive, and the version cut by the Chairmen of the Board was kind of limp.

The other 1970 covers of the song perked up our ears though. A slinky take on the song from Count Basie & His Orchestra showed up on the album Basie On The Beatles. And then, sax player Ernie Watts joined organist Richard “Groove” Holmes for some studio work that year, and “Come Together” was the title track of the resulting album. Since I love me some saxophone and I love me some organ, well, what else can I do but make the track today’s Saturday Single?