New Music For Old People: Michael McDonald, Jimmy Hughes, Minnie Riperton

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “Hey Girl” — Michael McDonald

I always liked the original record by Freddie Scott, produced by the legendary Gerry Goffin. It’s nice to hear MM’s voice on this great song, however, no matter when.

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2. “Neighbor, Neighbor” — Jimmy Hughes

One of the least known great goodies from the Fame label and studios in rustic Alabama. What a great groove — great guitar and horn parts. My scratched-up single has the best mix of all, so forgive the clicks and pops.

3. “Light My Fire” — Minnie Riperton

This is totally obscure and pretty bizarre, from the string intro to the addition of a duet partner whose voice you’ll surely recognize in the fade (hint: it’s not Jim Morrison). The late Minnie thankfully recorded a great deal in her comparatively short life. I’ve never heard THIS track outside my man cave however. A tip of the hat to a great artist who left us way too soon.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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