The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Captain's Log / Space Madness - Ren & Stimpy
  2. What'd I Say? - Ray Charles
  3. Manhattan Project - Rush
  4. You've Got Her In Your Pocket - The White Stripes
  5. C'mon Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Bill Broonzy
  7. Between Us To Hold - Hayden
  8. What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys
  9. Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  10. The Living Dead - Phantom Planet

Let's talk about "Baby Please Don't Go". If you're like me, the version you first think of belongs to Van Morrison. Actually, it was a hit for the band Them, fronted by Van Morrison, but you're forgiven if you think of it as a Van Morrison solo.

That's one of three versions I have of this tune. In addition to the Big Bill Broonzy version I heard today, I have the original by Big Joe Williams. He recorded it way back in 1935.

Since then, acts from The Nuge to Aerosmith, AC~DC, John Lee Hooker and The Doors have taken a swing at this wicked Blues standard. When Morrison recorded the song with Them back in 1964, session guitar work was played by a then little-known Jimmy Page.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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