I first met Ronny Elliott in 2003 at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. I was blown away with his songwriting, and vocal delivery. It was a bonus when I found out that he had personal stories about meeting Elvis, and working with Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. I particularly like the one about when he opened for Jimi Hendrix, and was asked to help hold up an amp while Jimi humped his guitar up against. Oh, did I mention, Ronny has lots of stories, and is a great story teller? Go see for yourself.
Here’s a Til Willis track from the album Rumors of A City. This track was recorded at Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, TN. It features horns by Wayne Jackson (of the Memphis Horns) and Tom McGinley. This track and Sensation off the same album were the last time that Wayne Jackson and legendary producer Willie Mitchell ever worked together.
I had trouble choosing a song from the Bacharach/David songbook to post because they are ALL incredible and legendary, but in the end the obvious choice was this version of this song by their muse, Dionne Warwick. I much prefer it to the Aretha version.
RIP Hal David. Thank you for the music. x
I am just chillin’ on some Bacharach and David sung by Dionne Warwick tonight. Rarely has pop music been more perfect. Loooooove this!