Elmore James — It Hurts Me Too

GnØ βØdι – Apr 9, 2015 – 3:17
h/t Misanthropic Humanitarian on A♠ Overnight Thread

Wikipedia: It Hurts Me, Too

Elmore James versions

Several versions of “It Hurts Me Too” were recorded in the 1940s and 1950s, including those by Stick McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. When Elmore James recorded it in 1957, he (or Chief’s owner, Mel London, who is credited on the release) supplied some of the lyrics that are most familiar today:

You say you hurting, you almost lost your mind
The man you love, he hurts you all the time
When things go wrong, go wrong with you
It hurts me too

James’ 1957 Chief version did not appear in the charts, but after he recorded the song again in late 1962 or early 1963 for the Fire/Fury/Enjoy group of labels, it became a hit. The song used the same lyrics as his earlier version, but featured more prominent slide guitar work. When it was released in 1965, two years after James’ death, “It Hurts Me Too” spent eight weeks in the R&B chart, where it reached No. 25. The song also appeared in the Billboard Pop chart at No. 106, which was James’ only single to do so. Subsequent versions of “It Hurts Me Too” often showed Elmore James’ influences, either in the lyrics or guitar parts.


Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs – Sugar Shack (Official Audio)

Ace Records Ltd – Aug 19, 2014 – 2:05
h/t Bertram Cabot, Jr. on A♠


“Sugar Shack” is a song written in 1962 by Keith McCormack. McCormack gave songwriting credit to his aunt, Faye Voss, after asking what are “those tight pants that girls wear” to which she replied “leotards”. The song was recorded in 1963 by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. The unusual and distinctive organ part was played by Petty on a Hammond Solovox, Model J. The original instrument can still be viewed on display at the Norman Petty Studios today.

“Sugar Shack” hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (where it spent five weeks from October 12 to November 9, 1963) and Cashbox singles charts (where it spent three weeks from October 19 to November 2, 1963). It ended up being Billboard’s number 1 song of 1963. (“Surfin’ U.S.A.” was originally listed as the number 1 song of the year, but later lists place “Sugar Shack” at number one). Its run on the Billboard R&B chart was cut short because Billboard ceased publishing an R&B chart from November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965. “Sugar Shack” has the distinction of being the last single to make it to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart because Billboard did not publish an R&B chart for fourteen months. In Canada the song was No. 1, also for five weeks, from October 14 to November 11. On November 29, 1963, the song received RIAA certification for selling over a million copies, earning gold record status. In the UK, “Sugar Shack” also reached No. 45 on the Record Retailer chart. Gilmer and The Fireballs were the last American band to chart before Beatlemania hit.

The song is featured in the films Mermaids, Dogfight, Forrest Gump, Congo, Stealing Sinatra and the television show Supernatural.

In December 1965, the song was covered by Steve Brett, a singer from the Midlands area of the UK, and was released as the B-side of his single “Chains On My Heart”, on the Columbia label (catalogue number DB7794). His backing group, The Mavericks, included Noddy Holder, who eventually came to fame with Slade.

Don’t Lie To Me — Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Swain Paramour – May 17, 2011 – 10:08

“Don’t You Lie to Me” (sometimes called “I Get Evil”) is a blues song recorded by Tampa Red in 1940. It became a standard of the blues, with recordings by various artists. The song was also interpreted by rock and roll pioneers Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

Original song
“Don’t You Lie to Me” was recorded by Tampa Red approximately mid-point in his prolific recording career, representing the transition from his earlier hokum recordings to his later early Chicago-blues combo style. This was the same period when he began playing the electric guitar and recorded his best known blues classics, including “It Hurts Me Too”, “Love with a Feeling”, and “Anna Lou Blues”, the B-side of “Don’t You Lie to Me”

Albert king’s versions
In 1962, Albert King recorded “Don’t You Lie to Me” as “I Get Evil” (Bobbin 135), which was included on his first album The Big Blues. King’s version uses an Afro-Cuban style rhythm, which he would later use for his 1967 hit “Crosscut Saw”. Later, King with Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded it live for television in 1983, which is included on Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session. In 1977, B.B. King recorded the song for his King Size album. Gary Moore recorded it using both titles “Don’t You Lie to Me (I Get Evil)”, which follows Albert King’s version, for his 1992 After Hours album.