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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

I’m Decidedly Not In With the In Crowd

Aw yeah. That’s 1964. Dobie Gray on Shindig, one of the many musical variety shows on TV back then. It was only broadcast for a couple of years, but managed to showcase lots of good artists. The first show had Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, and The Righteous Brothers, for instance.

The In Crowd had several popular iterations. Dobie’s was the first. A little later, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis decided it would make a fun jazz cover.

Jazz was very big in the fifties, but rock ‘n roll steamrolled it in the sixties. Despite that, The Ramsey Lewis Trio had a big hit with it, sold a million copies, and got a Grammy for their trouble. The song has more or less become a jazz standard on the back of Lewis’ version. In the seventies, Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music took a run at it, and made the hind end of the charts again with a… a… well, a Bryan Ferry sort of version of it.

The three versions couldn’t sound more different. Dobie sounded playful singing the song. Ramsey sounded sophisticated. And Bryan sounded like he had a pocket full of rohypnol, and was cruising a louche bar in Marseille.

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  1. Ah, one of Dobie Gray’s two forays into the top 40 (the other being”Drift Away”).
    And Ramsey Lewis sort of gets bored with the song he’s doing, and runs off with a ride, while the band gets a cigarette break cause they don’t have clue where he’s going. But they come back with Mr Johnson laying down some pre-Superfly funk and they decide to close it out. No lip syncing here. No lip, even. You have to wonder why there’s four guys in the Trio, but then, music ain’t math.
    The third one need Christoper Walken doing the video. (The Continental.)

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