New Music For Old People: Bobby Charles, Silver Condor, Womack & Womack



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. “Put Your Arms Around Me” — Bobby Charles

With his rebirth as a Woodstock-ian in the ‘70s (“Small Town Talk” on Bearsville) most folks had no idea of his Nawlins heritage and his ‘50s discography on Chess Records. One night Dr. John and I were backstage and with his phone in ear Mac asked me if I had anything to say to Bobby, who had just called him. I asked who was the drummer on this great track. Charles thought for a moment and replied, “Some white guy…” That’ll have to do — for now. Have loved this track since I was a wee lad and still have the 45. Hope you enjoy it. Great white drumming as well.

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2. “For the Sake of Survival” — Silver Condor

I’ve always liked this — its origin is 1983. I had it on a cassette of fave tunes which I transferred to iTunes in 2003 but without artist credit. My wife’s iPhone listened to it and identified the artist. Silver Condor put out two albums, a self-titled debut in 1981 and Trouble at Home in 1983. The band’s lineup changed entirely between the two albums, with the only constant being lead singer Joe Cerisano.

3. “Eyes” — Womack & Womack

This is extremely soulful, in a Bobby Womack way and no wonder. It’s Womack brother Cecil, who married Sam Cooke’s daughter Linda, and that is top soul breeding. They are top songwriters as well, with covers by Aretha, Teddy Pendergrass, Wilson Pickett and others. This is mighty fine. You should only have ears for this, if I may play on their lyric.

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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