On September 22, 1919--Yeah, 1919!-- Bert Williams had the #1 tune in the nation and it had to do with folks minding their own buisness, Here's that tune:
Who would have ever thought that the covers and versions of this tune, about a preacher man who was getting harassed by the general public, would have had such an impact on the EVOLUTION OF ROCK 'N Roll!?!
Wasn't long before Billie Holliday made the tune her own:
Everybody did this tune! The least of which not being Jimmie Witherspoon:
Along came Taj Mahal in the 1960s and made it a monster again!
Otis Spann put that all important Chicago spin on it
Eric Clapton puts the British slant on the tune:
Freddie King electrified the tune:
Gladys Knight, Etta James and Chaka Khan did a bit of an update in concert (with B.B. King, no less!):
Diana Ross did her GREAT covers in the movie, "Lady Sings The Blues" and then took it on the road:
Amy Winehouse (R.I.P.) even took a shot at the tune in 2010!
Who would have thought that a cat in 1919 would have penned and recorded a tune that would be a theme in THE EVOLUTION OF ROCK ‘N ROLL!?!