With each year the ripples widened into the folk revival and beyond, to a British Invasion band called the Animals that arranged the breakthrough version —The Hit— the one you hear in your head when you think of the song. It is the story of modern mass culture, of taking something old, adding something personal and creating something universal. Each put it on a phonograph record and passed it to thousands more. To be fair, the band remained faithful to their blues rock roots, the line up remaining unchanged save for the departure of bassist Tom Harris. Recommended to all 70's Heavy Prog lovers. One of my favorites is 'Drivin' Blues' that reminds me to John Mayall style or people called is white blues.
The band had bought several blocks of studio time, but they were so well rehearsed that they had time left over in the session. If you listen just right, you can hear the chorus that came before. They started releasing singles in 1969, in the hope of getting some success. The music here is certainly not over complicated, but the proficiency of these quasi-live recordings is clear, and the band's ambitions becoming apparent. Frijid Pink continued touring until 1979 with Rick being the only original member but as the eighties dawned it ground to a halt and Rick briefly played in a bar band for a time before taking up a regular job with a Jeep Truck Engineering company in Ohio. It was a throbbing uniquely 1960s anthem.
Up from the folkways, onto the highways and beyond. Her voice is preserved on that old Lomax acetate disc in a climate controlled Library of Congress archive and the library has copied it onto a cassette, which sits on the table, next to the ketchup in a handheld recorder. The old recording of her singing the song, tracked down by Associated Press writer Ted Anthony, was provided to family members within the last few weeks. I must've played that thing to death, still do! The opening track 'God Gave Me You' is a straight forward classic rock music that reminds me to the time when music was characterized by riffs and guitar solo. But even before that, mountaineers of English, Scots and Irish stock including some Turners, built lives in the hills and in their isolation, preserved a rich tradition of music and balladry.
For me personally this album serves a change when I get bored with digital recording where everything is so clean. Ashley, who said he taught it to Roy Acuff, may have recorded it in the 1920s, and the Library of Congress cites but does not have a couple of 78-rpm records that apparently date from before Georgia Turner sang it in 1937. He is discussing his mother, Georgia Turner, who died of emphysema in 1969 after 48 years of life. Even so, by the mid 1930s, the son was using that very technology to capture people singing songs ladled from the stew of regional experience. Frijid Pink was formed by Rick Stevers and was completed by Gary Thompson, Kelly Green and Tom Harris and was one of the most successful hard rock bands emanating from Detroit in the late sixties.
Roots music was popping up everywhere. Through the decades, artist after artist claimed it and reshaped it: Disco, Country rock, Jazz, Punk, Cajun, Elevator music, even Germany tango and harmonica renditions. Around 1941, she and her baby, Reno, moved north to Monroe, where her husband, Roy Taylor had found work at the River Raisin Paper Co. Lomax, motivated by reasons unknown, tracked Georgia down and wrote a letter in 1963, indicating that she would get a share of royalties to date. In one of the most obvious examples of a double edged sword, those ambitions would be realised on the next album, but not before a couple of unexpected departures. They formed in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit located in the southern part of Wayne County, a picturesque locale with tree-lined streets and neat brick houses and was once closely associated with the Ford Motor Company. I got it from some of my grand people.
I guess if you have one hit and it lives forever you can probably live on the proceeds for the rest of your life, but if you only have one hit that rarely receives airplay, do you give up? But then I started getting deeply into progressive rock and soon after I discovered their third album Earth Omen, which in my opinion is there only prog album. I decided I wanted to put a band back together and do what I had the opportunity to do the first time, which was to make some really, really good music. Meanwhile, the song was recorded by singers of all stripes and became a big hit when The Animals released their version. It probably started as a bowdlerization of British folk songs. As I mentioned in my review of the band's first album, both of Frijid Pink's 1970 releases would have constituted excellent proto prog albums had they been released a few years earlier. The closing blues track 'Boozin' Blues' is a very good blues music.
They were on the road constantly sometimes driving hundreds of miles. In here they use harmonica to demonstrate the blues style, combined beautifully with guitar solo. Many have covered the song since including Josh White in 1942 as House of the Rising Sun first as a soloist and later as the guitarist for Libby Holman. Her favorite song is a ringing tone for a mobile phone in Hong Kong. Stevers said that both he and Harris had stacks of uncashed checks in their dresser drawers during that amazing first year of success. And that old receipt still has some value.
One American tune of many, up from the folkways, onto the highways and beyond — propelled by technology and globalization and the desire to make two things: money and a difference. White, especially, took to the song. The album contains longer songs, which call for longer instrumentation, which makes it my favorite Frijid Pink album of all time. Georgia Turner, dead and silent 31 years, is still singing the blues away. Well, sometimes I need to return to the old times and this music is really good representing the seventies.