Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.
One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed”, a cover, and “something blue”, a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title. The rest is history.
‘Something’ in Music 164
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Green River” by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by John Fogerty. It was first released as a single in July of 1969. A month later, the album of the same name hit the record racks.
Our “something new” for this edition is the song and music video “Outlaw For Your Love” by the American romantic country duo, Poppyiris. Poppyiris consists of singer-songwriter and producer Deedee O’Malley and fellow recording artist Mike Lusk. According to their official website, they “both grew up singing background harmonies for artists such as Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Cagel, Stephen Bishop, Glen Campbell, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert” and others. The focus of this song concerns how far people are willing to go to find love.
By request, our “something borrowed” this time is the song “It’s Gonna Be Alright” by the British beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers. It was written by frontman Gerry Marsden. The song first appeared on the movie soundtrack Ferry Cross the Mersey which dropped back in 1965.
This live version is by the American roots music act Eric Brace & Last Train Home. It was recorded at Strathmore in North Bethesda, in Bethesda, Maryland in 2010 for inclusion on the 2012 double CD, Strathmore Presents a Tribute to the British Invasion. (Keep an eye out for the group’s new disc Everything Will Be.)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the blues bit “I Want Some Of Your Pie.” It was written and recorded by the American blues guitarist and singer Blind Boy Fuller. This popular double-entendre “hokum” song was originally released in 1939. It featured Fuller on guitar and vocals, Oh Red a.k.a. Bull City Red on washboard, and Sonny Terry on harmonica.