Original v. Cover — #35 in a Series

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NOTE:  I’ve been invited to a local event kicking off the candidacy of a local politician, so this presents a great opportunity to find out firsthand what her stated positions are on various matters.  I doubt that I will be able to return by the time this publishes.  If someone could kindly post an opening comment for ponies on my behalf, I would be very appreciative.  Thanx.

This week’s selection takes us back to 1975, when a cover version of a number written by Grammy-winning songwriter Skip Scarborough climbed to #11 on the U. S. Black and #39 on the U. S. Pop Singles charts. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.  

The album on which this song appeared enjoyed considerably greater success, occupying the #1 position on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart for three consecutive weeks, was the second bestselling R&B album of 1976 and received triple platinum certification.  This album was reissued in 2000.    

The songwriter, Skip Scarborough (1944-2003), was best known for his romantic ballads, winning the Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Song, i.e., Anita Baker’s “Giving You the Best That I Got.”  

The band that popularized this song enjoyed considerable acclaim, winning six Grammy Awards and four American music awards.  They were also inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Having sold more than 90 million albums, they rank #7 on the list of best-selling American musical arists.  Rolling Stone magazine described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculatd yet glavanizing and added that they “changed the sound of black pop.”  In 1998, VH1 ranked this group at #60 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of Rock N’ Roll.    

The introduction now complete, without further ado, this week’s selection is the minor hit by Earth, Wind and Fire from 1975, entitled, “Can’t Hide Love”, which appeared on their double album, “Gratitude.”  

Creative Source (1973)

Earth, Wind and Fire – 1975

Hammond B-3 extraordinaire Jimmy Smith turns in a fine performance in this 1976 rendition, which can be found on the album entitled, ‘Sit On It.”

Carmen McRae (1976)

Hummingbird performs their interpretation of “Can’t Hide Love”, which is included in their 1977 album, entitled, “Diamond Nights”…

Dionne Warwick’s vocal talents are placed in full display in this live performance from 1977 or 1978…

Najee turns in a fine performance on the saxophone, from his debut album, “Najee’s Theme” from 1986…

D’Angelo’s 1996 rendition is captured on this import CD, entitled, “D’Angelo – Live at the Jazz Cafe, London”…

Gazzara turns in a dance-style rendition, with revised chord sequences, on January 13, 1998…

Former University of Oklahoma, Olympic gold medalist and NBA basketball star Wayman Tisdale took a rather interesting career turn after retiring from the game in 1997, enjoying some success as a jazz musician (i.e., a smooth jazz bassist). He was the first collegiate basketball player to ever be named by the AP as a First Team All-American in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.  He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and despite his best efforts to survive, passed away on May 15, 2009.

Of the eight albums he recorded, “Can’t Hide Love” was included on his 2001 album, entitled, “Face to Face”, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.  

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  1. I`m responding now to open the tip jar (I think).

    I`ll finish the reading & listening then I`ll be back.

    Have a nice evening.

  2. First, a few bonus cover versions…

    The Randy Watson Experience with Bilal turns in a very nice performance on March 27, 2007, which can be found on their Earth, Wind & Fire cover album, entitled, “Interpretations”…

    The John Tropea Band performs a live instrumental version at The Cutting Room in NYC on December 17, 2007.  This video quality is somewhat lacking, but the sound quality of quite good…

    Prince performs live at the 21 Nights Release Party in New York City on October 10-11, 2008…

    Bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten turns in a rather interesting instrumental performance of “Can’t Hide Love”, posted in 2009…

    Runnersup for the image appearing at the beginning of the article…

    Woman with a Veil (La Donna Velata), RAFFAELLO Sanzio, 1516. The idea of being hidden was less evident, although the one might conclude that the veil is used when needed.

    The painter is better known as Raphael.  This writer had the privilege of seeing this incredible work of art at a one-painting exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (OR) last year.  

    Woman with a Veil (La Donna Velata), RAFFAELLO Sanzio, 1516 Pictures, Images and Photos

    “La Loge” or “The Theatre Box” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir from 1874. Apparently, this work of art is currently located at Courtauld Institute Galleries in London.  The painting may not immediately appear to tie in with the “Can’t Hide Love” theme; however, closer perusal of it invites a number of questions.  Are the man, the woman, or both in love (recognizing that sometimes there is overlap between love and lust)?  If so, with each other?  The woman appears to be gazing intently in the opposite direction of the man she is with, perhaps in the direction of a love interest.  The man also looks to be preoccupied with whatever it is he is viewing through his opera glasses, more specifically something or someone who is located at a higher elevation than the two of them, perhaps someone sitting in a higher theatre box. Even if we cannot determine what is occurring, some of us may ultimately ask ourselves, “Do we care?”  

    "La Loge" or "The theater box" Renoir Pictures, Images and Photos

  3. Seven of EW&F’s albums made it to the Top Ten of the Billboard album charts.  

    Their only #1 single, “Shining Star” from 1975…

    “After the Love Is Gone”, #2 in the U.S., #4 in the U.K.,

    from 1979…

    “Let’s Grove”, #3 in the U.S., #3 in the U.K., from 1981…

    “Sing a Song”, #5 in the U.S., and was also #1 on the R&B charts for two weeks in 1976…

    “Boogie Wonderland” (featuring The Emotions), #6 in the U. S., #4 in the U.K., from 1979…

    A great song to celebrate the autumnal equinox (listen to the opening line for the clue), “September”, #8 in the U.S., #3 in the U.K., from 1978…

    A great cover “Got to Get You Into My Life” from the Beatles’ 1966 “Revolver” album, which was not released as a single for the Beatles until 1976, when it reached #6 on the charts. EW&F’s cover version climbed to #9 in the U.S. in 1978…

  4. The Prince cover, the one I most wanted to hear, is disabled.

    The addition of the artwork which you haven`t always done, is very cool.

    I `ve only seen it in the last four or five essays.

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