Phil & Don…
I hope all is well on your end and that you’re ready for something unusual from late in the career of the Everly Brothers.
I was first introduced to the song ‘Man With Money’ via a tape comp from my friend Mr. Luther, which included a version of the tune (which I was unaware was a cover) by a group called the Wild Uncertainty (on Planet records, home also to the Creation and Thoughts). I thought the tune was groovy, and when I inquired about it I was informed that it had originally been done by the Everly Brothers.
I was surprised.
I was certainly familiar with the Everlys, major movers and shakers in early American rock’n’roll, but I had no idea that they had still been active in the mid-60s.
It wasn’t long before I was prowling around at some record show or other and happened upon a copy of the Everly Brothers LP ‘Beat and Soul’, which included the original version of ‘Man With Money’.
Recorded in 1965, ‘Beat and Soul’ was composed almost entirely of covers ‘Man With Money’ being the only original) of older rock and soul material, including versions of songs by the Impressions, Rufus Thomas, Mickey & Sylvia, Ivory Joe Hunter and others. Despite my assumptions about the Everly Brothers being dated by mid-decade, they actually sound pretty current, especially on ‘Man With Money’ which has a big, ambitious sound. Listening to it, it’s not at all surprising that it had appeal for groups in the UK (in addition to the Wild Uncertainty, the song was covered by the Eyes (I’m Rowed Out’/’When the Night Falls’) and the Who (in an unreleased version).
I hope you dig the tune, and that you seek out the cover versions which are all excellent.
I’ll be back later in the week with something heavy.