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As a 2nd installment of Our Blues Roots for this month, this is a song that I first heard from Alvin Lee & Ten Years After – I Can’t Keep From Crying.
As I looked into it, on one live performance, Alvin attributed it to Al Kooper but later on his last CD entitled The Final Show – Alvin mentioned that it was a song that Al Kooper had stolen. Alvin being a bit of historian of older blues, swing & jazz music was in a position to know so as Ronnie Van Zandt sang – He sent me searching…….
First video is the take from Alvin’s The Final Show;
2nd, is the version that I first heard from Ten Years After from the Recorded Live! album of 1973. If you haven’t heard this album, I think it is 2nd only to the Allman Brothers Band Live At The Fillmore. The version of this song is amazing as is the entire album.
3rd, is Al Kooper’s version from his time with Mike Bloomfield
4th is song by a young performer from the Kansas City area – Danielle Nicole – but her version is lyically closer to the older versions and entitled Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying. Danielle’s voice is one of the greatest and impassioned that has come along in quite a while. Check out her You Tube channel
5th, is what may be the original recording – who knows how many times it was done by other musicians – but the recording is Blind Willie Johnson
Many have done this song and versions of it over the years – I included a You Tube search if you are interested in hearing other versions – including Phoebe Snow
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