The tune I bring to you today is one of my favorite covers of one of my (favorite) songs.
John Buck Wilkin recorded ‘My God an I’ on his 1970 album (a genuine lost classic) ‘In Search of Food, Clothing, Shelter and Sex’.
Despite the fact that theis amazing record slipped into obscurity almost immediately, a fair amount of its material ended up getting covered.
Whether this had something to do with Wilkin’s music business connections (his mother was successful country songwriter Marijohn Wilkin), the quality of the songs, or a combination of the two, I cannot say with certainty.
Wilkin’s songs were covered by Bobbie Gentry, Wayne Newton (Apartment 21), Randy Horan (the Daydream) and with ‘My God and I’, Odetta, Hedge & Donna, Bobby Vee, California Earthquake, and Newbury Park.
Odetta, who already had a serious career as a folk singer, went into the studio (in Muscle Shoals and LA) with an all-star lineup of players to record ‘Odetta Sings’, which saw her covering material by young songwriters like Elton John, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Jagger/Richards, and Wilkin.
Her version of ‘My God and I’ features piano by Carole King and guitar by Bernie Leadon, and follows Wilkin’s arrangement, if dialing down things a bit.
Hers is a great version of a song that ought to be much better known.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.
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