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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Joe Tex and Arthur Alexander - the sequel: I'm Not Going to Work Today

Obviously I'm not one to belabor a point, but here's a second connection between Mr. Ichibans of December and February. This time it comes courtesy of Clyde McPhatter.

On a 1966 Amy/Stateside 45 (seen here in its non-styrene UK pressing) Clyde covered the early Arthur Alexander hit, "Shot of Rhythm and Blues".

And on the flip he drops his version of "I'm Not Going to Work Today", Joe's calypso-fied ode to parental exhaustion.  The song's from Hold What You've Got but must have been around for a while - Boot Hog Pefferly and the Loafers released it on Sound Stage 7 in 1963, and Hold What You've Got didn't come out 'til 65.

Me neither, Boot.


phipps11 said...

I'll bet you know this already, but one of the more obscure Joe Tex sides is covered here:

cheers, Jon

Dr. Filth said...

I meant to post something about that single or at least do some more legwork on it, but hadn't gotten around to it. Thanks for the link.