This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here.
Ronni was the inspiration for this column. I hope she doesn't mind. (Ronni here: Of course, I don't mind.)
I'll start with the song that provided the column's name. The song isn't actually called that, it's part of the lyrics, but I'm sure that if asked, most people who know the song would refer to it that way. It's by ROBERT PALMER.
The official title is Bad Case of Loving You, but you can call it anything you want. I know I do.
The two best albums THE BEATLES recorded were "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver". From the latter one we have Doctor Robert.
I always think of them as part 1 and 2 of the same album because I didn't buy them when they came out. It was later when I got them on CD at the same time, thus my conflating them that way. Here is that song.
It seems only fair that we follow that one with the ROLLING STONES. Something from their best album "Beggars Banquet".
It's far from the best song on the album but it fits this column’s requirement. The song is Dear Doctor.
Unlike everyone else today, RAY CHARLES doesn’t need any medical advice.
Ray says that I Don't Need No Doctor. Well, I suppose he doesn’t anymore.
From very early in his career, indeed from his first album, JACKSON BROWNE gives us Doctor My Eyes.
This made the pointy end of the hit parade (something that seldom happened for Jackson) and besides that, it was covered by quite a few other artists, so it turned into a nice little earner for him.
I thought of Doctor Jazz before I even started searching for songs. I remember back in the fifties’ and sixties’ trad jazz revival it was almost de rigueur to include it in every concert. I knew I had quite a few versions. When I spotted JELLY ROLL MORTON, I decided it had to be the one.
His was the earliest version I have. It was written by King Oliver in 1926 and Jelly recorded it the same year. As far as I can tell this was the first recording of the tune.
JOHN D. LOUDERMILK was mostly a songwriter, he wrote many hits for others in the fifties and sixties.
He also liked to record some of his own songs, several of which did really well on the charts. One of those, in our category today, is Callin' Doctor Casey. Those who watched TV in the early sixties will know of whom he sings.
I’m quite a fan of MILLIE JACKSON, so I was surprised to find I have only included her in a column once before. So, here she is again.
This is far from her best, but even ordinary Millie is well worth a listen. She’s calling for a Love Doctor.
Rather surprisingly, I was unfamiliar with the GUY CLARK song I selected. I thought I knew them all, but there it was on one of his albums ("Old Friends").
Norma, the Assistant Musicologist didn't know it either but when I played it we both agreed that it should be included. Well, we pretty much think that anything Guy did was okay with us. The song is Doctor Good Doctor.
Rather than, as with everyone else, going to the doc, MUDDY WATERS has decided that he’s one himself.
I don’t know if I’d want him to operate on me, but if he played and sang for me I’d be all for it. Here he is telling us that I'm Your Doctor.
...and last and certainly least we have DAVID SEVILLE.
This was the recording name of Ross Bagdasarian who was a noted songwriter. He was also responsible for the Alvin and the Chipmunks songs, films, TV programs and what not. Let's hope that Ronni doesn't visit the Witch Doctor.