Sunday, April 15, 2007

Some other guy?

One R and B great whose death I somehow missed last year was Richard 'Ritchie' Barrett, whose 1962 classic Some Other Guy was covered by just about every British beat group of the time. Ritchie, who died of cancer last August, discovered or promoted such names as Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Chantels and the Three Degrees and also sang with the Valentines. His first solo single, according to Wikipedia, was for MGM in 1958 and was a Platters-influenced version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes under the name of Dickie Barrett. I picked up a copy of this very collectable 45 at my local car boot sale and it's an interesting version of the standard. But is it really Ritchie Barrett or some other guy? The Rare Record Guide doesn't make a connection with the later hit, so I wonder. I think it probably is, judging by the voice, but does anyone know for sure?
New Orleans Jazzfest is getting close and the full running order has now been published. Would you believe it? Jerry Lee Lewis is on at the same time as Irma Thomas. Are the organisers mad or just incompetent?


At 1:49 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats wrong with Jerry Lee & Irman Thomas on the same bill?? sorry don't get it.

You can hear them both on the new internet station

Great station!

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At 11:19 am , Anonymous Nick said...

The point is Jerry Lee and Irma are performing at exactly the same time - at different ends of the festival - and I can't be in both places at once!


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