Wednesday, November 26, 2014

40 Year Itch : If Your Child Needs a Daddy

   Recorded in two takes, Billy Swan's farfisa-laden "I Can Help" is one of the catchiest and best selling singles of 1974, moving 5 million copies and helping Swan's album top the US country charts.  

    The one time security guard at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate had written a Top 10 hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962 called "Lover Please". He also backed up Kris Kristofferson's band as a bass player. Suddenly, with this song that harkens back to the roots of rock'n'roll while sounding as contemporary as Ringo's latest hit,  Billy Swan found himself squinting in the bright lights of The Midnight Special

   The album has a lot of filler and includes a morose cover of " Don't Be Cruel". For those who always thought this was a Ringo song, well, it WAS in 1980. For his 1975 album. Today, Elvis also covered "I Can Help".

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