Top Tune of the Week

Week of September 11, 2013

Dr. John - If My Friends Could See Me Now

We’re going to save you the trouble of having to watch the 2005 film, Son of the Mask (you’re welcome, we know you had that bad boy all queue’d up) and cut right through to the bright spot from the soundtrack; Dr. John’s indelible bluesiana take on the Coleman/Fields standard, If My Friends Could See Me Now.

In the late ’50′s, when he was a teenager still known as Mac Rebennack, DJ gained prominence in the New Orleans R&B scene as a session keyboardist, guitarist, producer and arranger. After a gun accident damaged Mac’s hand in the early ’60′s, he gave up the guitar to concentrate on keyboards exclusively. Rebennack headed for Los Angeles for many years of session work until he transformed himself into Dr. John, The Nite Tripper. His underground following soon crossed into the mainstream over several albums for Atlantic Records and successful collaborations with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jerry Wexler, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Dan Auerbach to name a few. His eclectic and eccentric stage shows, vocal style and love of R&B, funk, and jazz are legendary.

This song is yet another staple from the 1966 hit musical, Sweet Charity, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics from Dorothy Fields. Other versions have been recorded by Pearl Bailey, Linda Clifford, Sammy Davis Jr., Connie Francis, and Dusty Springfield. Do turn up this version by Dr. John and thanks as always for listening!

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