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Bettye Lavette covering Harrison's "isn't it a pity"....Wow

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Jethro, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Jethro

    Jethro Tele-Afflicted

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    I actually had never heard of this woman until today....Whoa!!! This is pretty damn special!!!


     
  2. Doug 54

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    OMG!


    thank you
     
  3. ASC67

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    Wonderful !
     
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    I dig the record she did with Drive-By Truckers backing her up. Good stuff.
     
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    She is awesome.

    Check out this Who cover and how blown away Pete and Roger are.

     
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    Awesome! Great song, great lyrics, great cover!
    George Harrison doesn't get the accolades he deserves.
     
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    I saw her live in Dallas at a Robert Plant concert. When she did this song, it was truly mind numbing. There were 3000 people in the auditorium that night. At all moments throughout the entire song, you could LITERALLY, hear a pen drop. I know, because I dropped my fountain pen and people all over the room could hear it.

    I have NEVER witnessed such an intense performance of ANY song by ANYBODY.

    Plus, that is one of my top 3 favorite songs of all time. I used to play it a lot. But nobody wants to hear me play it the way I do. She is terribly gifted and very, very under-recognized.

    50 year of Bettye LaVette
     
  8. reverbbb

    reverbbb Friend of Leo's

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    The guitarist in this video was the same that came to Dallas. He was playing a beat up 2 tone Strat. Looked to be like an early 60s Strat. I was totally impressed by his accuracy and raw tone coming from his Fender amp. Bettye is a MUST see event if you ever get that chance.
     
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    Awesome that you got to see her live. Looks like he's using a Gretsch or Gretsch style guitar in the Who cover. I know Pete recorded Quadrophenia with a Chet Atkins hollow.
     
  10. reverbbb

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    I can't think of any other singer that moves me like she does. I tear up just watching her videos.
     
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    She got overlooked. As good as Tina Turner she was sorta popular locally in the 60's but didnt get to the level of popularity she should have.

    One of the best most emotional singers ever.
     
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    She truly is....

    She really manages to evoke and give almost deeper meaning to the words of the song....like she's living them in that very moment. Brilliant talent!!!
     
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    You know you are in for an emotional ride on her first line, "Isn't it a pity . . .". I always enjoyed George's version. Yet, it was squarely aimed at the plight of the people of Bangladesh. Then, I had an ex-friend that I related to this song because of his insensitivity towards others (very narcissistic). When I hear Bettye sing it, I deepened my appreciation of how this was a hard-core blues song as well.

    It is funny how the English language can be interpreted so many different ways. Add the talent of a true artist, and the sky is the limit for open interpretation.
     
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