Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 10

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 10

Postby radiofan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:29 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1969 ... The first hit single for The Band .... "The Weight" ...

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 10

Postby Richard Skelly » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:28 pm

I've tangled with a proprietor or two of other music sites who dispute my contention that The Weight violated Songwriting 101 by failing to include the title in the actual lyrics. To their ears, every version featured the words 'the weight.'

But I stand my ground. Only Aretha Franklin had the moxy to tweak Robbie Robertson's lyrics and ad lib 'put the weight' rather than 'put the load' in the 'right on me' line. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Queen Of Soul's cover significantly outperformed The Band's original release and a same-in-time cover by Jackie DeShannon. The Band peaked at #63 and Jackie at #55 on Billboard in the early fall of 1968. Aretha's interpretation of The Weight peaked at #19 on March 22, 1969.

I rest my case.
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