Bagdad Beat

The Triplets Bagdad Beat 45 (Dore, 1963)

Here's a gem to end the year with: A cool instrumental number by San Jose's the Triplets, featuring the Brothers Black - Bobby & Larry. Those guitar aficionados among you might recognize the name Bobby Black. Black is a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and played years with country artists like Lonnie Mack, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody, and others. Here he is sliding away in this exotica cum garage instro song. It is some sweet playing. Too bad Bagdad of 2007 doesn't sound this way. See you next year!

Nice tune, good new year.
This is actually a rather nice cover of Edmundo Ros's 1949 hit, The Wedding Samba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnEh--R7nAk)--which was itself an adaptation of a Yiddish song, "Der Nayer Sher," composed by Abraham "Abe" Ellstein in 1940 (http://www.amazon.com/Ellstein-Yiddish-Milken-Archive-American/dp/B0000C508K). Interesting how these songs get adapted from one style to another, isn't it?

Thanks so much for this info! I learned to play blues slide guitar before anything else, now play a National steel tricone resonator guitar. But my musical tastes have evolved, and I actually selected this song from crudcrud because I thought it might help me make the transition to slide klezmer - so you can imagine my delight to read your comment!


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