You’ll remember this perhaps from some weeks ago, the Hank Williams number.
There are other honourable mentions as well – the young man whom I think is a tad kind to some of these artists, e.g. Phil Collins, does it best where there seems a real culture clash or even appropriation, might one say.
The secret is that he’s a nice young chap and for him to see something from a historically opposite culture and react to it is entertaining in itself. But behind that is my respect for a black guy’s sense of rhythm – I for one think they have no peers – just see some of our jazz on Sundays.
When he was sent Louis Armstrong by one of his subscribers, it didn’t do a lot as a reaction – he listened, he said yep, that’s Louis all right but there wasn’t a lot more he could say.
With Patsy Cline, it was a bit different. A Virginian and became part of the Nashville sound – he was familiar with much of it – that was OK but didn’t quite cut it as a surprise. Joe Cocker and the Righteous Brothers were though.
This one was always going to be an interesting reaction – this is southern white to the bone:
Confession time – there’s something about those southern States which seeps into the soul if you let it – gotta watch those wimmin down that way too. And the accents get me too, I can listen to them all day.