The ABCs of DE, Vol. 1

Regular visitors to AM, Then FM, know that Dave Edmunds is one of our favorites, whether solo or on soundtrack or in Rockpile.

The Welsh-born Edmunds has been a rock ‘n’ roll traditionalist almost from the start, 40 years ago. I got hooked on his stuff way back in 1970, when I heard “I Hear You Knocking,” a cover of a tune that was a hit for New Orleans R&B musician Smiley Lewis in 1955.

Today, we begin a regular series that’ll serve up a whole bunch of tunes by Dave and his friends.

Dave has plenty of friends. By all accounts, he’s one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people in the music business. His pals have included Nick Lowe, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Jeff Lynne, Led Zeppelin, the Band and the Stray Cats.

Dave turns 64 on Tuesday. Slowed by heart problems, he hasn’t toured much in recent years.

Let’s start with his cover of a tune done first by the Chordettes in 1956. As he so often does, Dave plays all the instruments and does all the vocals on this one. The Wall of Sound production is right out of Phil Spector’s book.

“Born To Be With You,” Dave Edmunds, from “Subtle As A Flying Mallet,” 1975. It appears to be out of print.

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One response to “The ABCs of DE, Vol. 1

  1. I’ve been reading (and re-reading) a lot of the ‘classic’ books about rock and roll lately (including ‘Mystery Train,’ ‘Sounds of The City,’ and ‘Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom’) and I’m really enjoying the holistic knowledge I’m getting about pop music. All the influences — from southern blues to country — come home to roost in Dave Edmunds music. He’s like the sweet spot of rock and roll. Thanks for the post.

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