Sleepy Sunday, Vol. 25

Today brings unseasonably cool weather and much-needed rain to our corner of Wisconsin.

Sleepy LaBeef, national treasure, is cool in any season.

Of course, Sleepy’s singing about a lost love on today’s selection, but as far as we’re concerned, he could be singing about the loss of our nice summer weather as we begin a week of vacation.

We’re doubling your pleasure today, with two versions of Sleepy covering this Slim Harpo tune.

The first version was recorded at Singleton Sound Studio in Nashville. I’m guessing it’s from the late ’70s. The CD doesn’t say.

Sleepy duets with Maria Muldaur on the second version, from his 2000 album, “Tomorrow Never Comes” on M.C. Records. Here’s what Sleepy has to say about Muldaur on the liner notes: “She sings good harmony and she has a lot of soul in her delivery.” I’ll leave it to you to be the judge on how effectively they work as a duo.

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“Raining in My Heart,” Sleepy LaBeef, from “The Human Jukebox,” 1995.

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“Raining in My Heart,” Sleepy LaBeef with Maria Muldaur, from “Tomorrow Never Comes,” 2000.

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