Friday, March 18, 2011
DEREK MARTIN - DADDY ROLLIN' STONE
First recorded in the fifties by Detroit doo-woppers the Raves (of which Derek Martin was a member), this version was recorded ten years after it was written by the great Otis Blackwell, once again by Martin but this time as a solo artist. Perhaps the song was on his mind as one he could wax the definitive version of (which he did); this is the type of record that should make you stop in your tracks and wither let your jaw hang in awe or simply start shakin' it.
Like so many others, I first heard this as covered by the Who, in their maximum r&b era, and was also mentioned during one of John Lennon's guest DJ sets where he spun his favorite 45's (a highly inspirational set for this writer that put me on the hunt for r&b for life). Those fellas had great taste, and The Who cut a blazing version as well; however, nothing comes close to the delicious call and response female vocals gettin' it on with Martin's spirited lead, matched with a band that swings so hard it HURTS.