The Silver Fox (aka Charlie Rich) was born on this day in Colt, Arkansas in 1932. He was handsome and devastatingly talented with an unusual ability to be equally effective in the field of R&B as he was in country. Interestingly, jazz was his first love and early in his career he tried to cut it as a jazz pianist.
The Record of the Day is Charlie's rendition of "Big Boss Man", a song originally a hit for Jimmy Reed in 1961. This song was composed in part by Luther Dixon who is best known for his work with The Shirelles. I have an affinity for "Big Boss Man" because it challenges the powers-that-be and can have nuanced meanings depending on who is singing it. It can be a song challenging racial power structures, it can be taking on gender power dynamics, it can be a protest song about class issues, OR it can be all three of those things at the same time. It's pretty fantastic!
What do you hear when Charlie performs it?
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!