If music be the food of love, play on!
That William knew a thing or three when he fed the line to Orsino in Twelfth Night and we mere mortals certainly love the love music – though sometimes become a little
maudlin muddled as to the sentiment!
Unrequited, obsessive, dreamy, regretful, name it, we write songs about it. But on occasion having the object of your desire stolen from under your nose brings out the best.
This number, the original here, was definitive for pretty much every Brit Beat Band in the ’60’s. Written by Lieber and Stoller (with help from Richie Barrett) – I absolutely love it to bits.
‘Some other Guy’ was covered by just about every one including (from the 18 I have found) the Beatles, Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans and …
…the best (if you can put up with one of Glynsky’s favourite songs again) Dave Edmunds
However, as a ‘love song’ I have absolutely no idea what this bunch of wierdos thought they could achieve with Black Betty (I always thought it was a book about a horse!) in late ’69 – is it rock, punk or thrash? Did she respond? Did she like it?
– even stranger, it keeps being unearthed and replayed.
Maybe she had a lot of daughters!!
Yours, diablog, between rock and a place