Monday, February 8, 2010

Repeat (1): Sweet Baby of Mine by Ruth Brown

Egads! I've been gone from the blogosphere too long! So long, that I've lost a follower, unfortunately. Don't fear! Pop-o-matic Deluxe is not dead, just a bit stalled; school, interning and freelance projects have really picked up recently, but I'm here. And though I haven't left tons of comments, rest assured that I'm reading.

To refresh our memories: Repeat (1) is where I feature the songs of days gone by that are stuck in my head. These days, I find myself singing Sweet Baby of Mine by Ruth Brown in the shower.

What a song. The melody is pretty standard 50s rhythm and blues, full of bluesy guitar and walking bass, but she really delivers the yearning that comes from not seeing your darling for a long time. Really great lyrics, my favorites being

"If I had a million dollars,
I wouldn't be worth a dime
If I couldn't spend that million dollars
With my valentine."

It's the catchy, toe-tapping stuff that made music of the 50s so much fun. And fun fact: her nephew is the rapper Rakim!

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  1. Great song! Don't worry about hitting a stall, the thing I have to remember myself is that your blog is for you and all of your followers are just along for the ride! Looking forward to future updates!

  2. Ruth Brown! You've gotta love rRuth Brown, but I had no idea she was such a stunner when she was younger!

    Don't worry about not being able to blog so much--it happens to all of us. And I lost a follower last week too!

    I'm off to listen to some Ruth Brown now! :)

  3. I just love Ruth Brown. Great song!
    -Andi x

  4. Good news...I've awarded your blog with the One Lovely Blog award - congratulations! I've listed the winners on GoRetro.

  5. I'm glad you're back. I keep checking in anyway. Ruth Brown is great. My dad raised me up on the worlds best music, (he was a radio disc jockey for a couple of years when I was little in the 70's) and Ruth was on his list. My favorite though is Ella Fitzgerald and Julie London runs an extremely close second...actually maybe they share my number one spot; I guess it depends on how I feel that day, lol.


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