Saturday, August 18, 2007

david coverversion: kenny rogers vs. willie nelson vs. ray charles

so back to 'the big lebowski'. do most of us know this song from this scene? i dig kenny rogers though much more in my younger days as 'kenny rogers greatest hits' was my first cassette. i might have said that before. meh. i never got into the first edition phase of his career until lately, for some reason, and probably heard 'just dropped in' for the first time when i saw lebowski for the first time. whatever. written by townes van zandt's old running buddy, mickey newbury, it was kenny's first top ten hit. many people have recorded version of this song, including mojo nixon, supergrass, jerry lee lewis, die haut with nick cave, etc... resident chronic tester willie nelson recorded a fairly laidback version for his 2001 album 'rainbow connection'. willie also serves up a version of the hoagy carmichael and stuart gorrell tune 'georgia on my mind' most famously performed by ray charles. the song eventually became georgia's state song in 1979. no need to change that, unlike their flag which was this until 2001. edgy! ah delicious racism, do you know no bounds?

kenny rogers and first edition - just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in)
willie nelson - just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in)
willie nelson - gerogia on my mind
ray charles - georgia on my mind

go buy whatcha likes and delete whatcha don't

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