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24 October 2014

Ode To Billie Joe (Ft Clydie King)

Album: It's A Blues Thing, Monad B000003J7X, 1995 (1968).


F.l.t.r. Merry Clayton, Alex Brown, Gwen Berry, Clydie King at Newport Jazz Fest on July 7, 1968. From Michigan Daily 
(Jul. 13): "Charles is an unequaled musical institution. He closed 
his performance with High-Heeled Sneakers [= Hi Heel 
Sneakers], bringing the house down 8 times. One highlight of the 
remarkable afternoon was the performance of Ode To Billy Joe by 
Sister Clara [= Clydie] of the Raelets. The Ode will never 
sound the same."
The Raelette singing this great song is "Sister" Clydie King. The tune first appeared on a bootleggish live CD, It's A Blues Thing, released in 1995 (cf. Amazon). The concert was in 1968.
I have a strong hunch that the version on the compilation CD Clydie King - The Imperial And Minit Years (EMI Europe, 2007; track #18) is from (or goes back to) that 1968 live version, even though someone who listened to both releases wrote, "On the [EMI] CD you can barely hear Ray's ad-libs. [...] I think these are different performances. The CD runs a bit faster and sounds like a studio recording whereas the [Blues Thing version] is a concert recording". In the liner notes of her compilation CD Clydie declared that Ray arranged her version.

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