On Fri, 21 Dec 2018 08:16:13 -0800 (PST), Bob Roman
These daily Breihans should be free of all funky characters now and easier =
to read for everyone. Thanks Ken.
Apart from the apostrophes coming out as "=E2=80=93" all else is fine
Pat Boone =E2=80=93 "Moody River"
HIT #1: June 19, 1961
STAYED AT #1: 1 week
It's hard to find anything nice to say about Pat Boone, as an artist or as =
a human being. A big hunk of noisily Christian, clean-cut white bread, Boon=
e owes his entire early career to racism and to unscrupulous music-business=
This is sheer nonsense of course.
It was always ill advised for Boone who had little "feel" for much of
the R&B material he was given to record to even attempt it but he did
what he was told to do. And I fail to see exactly what is racist about
that ? Also there's the fact that at least one R&B hit he was given to
remake paid off in a pretty decent version when he revamped Ivory Joe
Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind" in a quite decent version that
reached #1 on a BB chart).
As for "unscrupulous business practices" covers and remakes have been
around almost as long as the record business and I personally have
never seen anything wrong in the practice although of course many of
the resulting records leave a great deal to be desired
He made his name by recording hit covers of songs by black arti=
sts (Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame," Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti") t=
hat white radio wouldn=E2=80=99t touch. Later on, he campaigned, whenever p=
ossible, for conservative fundamentalist candidates, helped spread the "Bar=
ack Obama is ineligible to be president" lie, and showed his terrifying gia=
nt teeth on The 700 Club. And his only career #1? Well, that sucks, too.
Only career #1???
What about "Ain't That A Shame","I Almost Lost My Mind","Don't Forbid
Me","Love Letters In The Sand" and "April Love"? All of them were #1
hits on one or more of the Billboard charts before the Hot Hundred
came into being.
"Moody River" came from the country and rockabilly singer Chase Webster.
Breihan of course is unaware that "Chase Webster" was merely the stage
name of Gary Bruce who wrote "Moody River". He also appears unaware
that Webster scored big when Boone covered his song since his reward
was not only songwriting royalties on Boone's #1 hit version but also
a lucrative contract with Dot Records for him that Boone recommended
by way of a thank you present.
The original's a pretty bad song, too, but Webster's delivery at least dials =
into the song's tragic concept. Lyrically, "Moody River" is a teenage tearj=
erker along the same melodramatic lines as Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel," but=
it's somehow even more absurd. And Boone didn't even have the decency to s=
ell its absurdity.
The two versions are very alike in delivery with the biggest
difference being that Boone has a better voice
Here's the plot: A guy goes to meet his girlfriend at the riverbank, where =
they'd always met. She's dead. She's committed suicide. And she's left a no=
te: She's cheated on him, and she's wracked with guilt: "No longer can I li=
ve with this hurt and this sin / I just couldn't tell you that guy was just=
a friend." That's terrible! That's about the most simplistic, goo-goo-eyed=
depiction of teenage suicide that anyone could possibly formulate! But Boo=
ne didn't even bother to sing it like it was a sad song. The cheesy, uptigh=
t brio in his voice, the thing that helped him get famous by singing neuter=
ed versions of great songs, keeps the song from even being effective manipu=
lation. Also, the piano riff is really irritating.
The piano piece is pretty much the same in both versions
Ridiculous! I have Boone's version which is certainly one of the best
records of his career as a 7 and Webster's original as 6 (seperated
only by Boone's better vocal and overall better sound) . in the UK
Boone scored a #14 hit with the song
Here's how it did in the 1961 Singles Battle
6 Sammy Turner - Raincoat In The River - Big Top 3089
14 Pat Boone - Moody River - Dot 16209
16 LaVern Baker - Saved - Atlantic 2099
13 Pat Boone - Moody River - Dot 16209
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