Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Things I Used To Do

"The Things That I Used to Do" is a song written by Guitar Slim (aka Eddie Jones) and his 1953 recording of it in New Orleans, was arranged and produced by a young Ray Charles. It was released on Specialty Records in 1954 to become a bestseller, staying in the rhythm and blues charts for 42 weeks'. I can't find that version but Buddy Guy discusses him here


Ray Charles's arrangement and piano accompaniment emphasizes the religious tone of intense but philosophical regret in the singer's voice, giving the song a gospel-influenced feel.
I would be interested of course in friends comments - which version is the 'best' and why?

The song has been covered by many artists, including

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Albert Collins

Junior Parker, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Big Joe Turner, The Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy

A Rare version by Jimi Hendrix

Chuck Berry

A very, very good version by Earl King

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