Sunday, June 17, 2012

Funny how time slips away

Ain't it funny how time slips away? It's all of 19 years since I and some fellow Woodies came across Jimmy Elledge playing in a neighbourhood bar in Metairie, just outside New Orleans. The gig wasn't advertised and I think we were probably the only people in there who weren't locals. Jimmy played at a piano, with another guy playing a second piano as I recall, and he sang his million selling RCA hit Funny How Time Slips Away in his sweet high pitched voice to perfection. He was a fine boogie woogie pianist, as the Jerry Lee Lewis styled B side Swanee River Rocket demonstrated, and he went on to record some country material for the Hickory label. But his Chet Atkins-produced version of the Willie Nelson song remained his finest achievement. Now Jimmy has slipped away aged 69. RIP.


At 10:38 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad news about Jimmy; that RCA 45 is an absoulte classic.
John S

At 5:41 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with John S, 'twas a great double sider. First pic I've seen of JE.
Gordon F


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