2 May 2005
Not the Web server
I truly love stuff like this:
[A] record written by a white Englishman imitating Native Americans as portrayed by white Americans and made famous by a Dane with a vaguely Hawaiian sound, arranged by a Canadian, became the biggest record in black New York.
Not to mention a British B-side that overtook its flip to sell a million, and the influence of this tune on American surf music.
And that's just the first half-century of Jerry Lordan's "Apache," recorded by everyone from the Ventures to Stan "Hot Butter" Free, lately a source of hip-hop beats. Even the third-worst musician in the world I have reference to me once recorded a version, circa 1976, with my stolid yet fumbling organ work overlaying Free's rhythm bed from four years earlier. (The tape box containing the stereo mixdown of the four-track original has been hermetically sealed and abandoned on Funk and Wagnalls' porch.)
The same article is up at soul sides, complete with sources. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some records to spin.
(Via Jesse Walker at Hit and Run.)Posted at 4:03 PM to Tongue and Groove