One of our finer pickers

It’s a measure of something that roughly half the online tributes to the late, great Roy Clark will toss in a reference to Charles Aznavour’s “Hier encore,” known to us Statesiders as “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” somehow a #19 pop hit for Roy in 1969. But Aznavour’s been gone himself for only six weeks or so, and the word “overkill” keeps flashing in front of my eyes. So we’ll move up a year or so, to Roy’s 1970 album I Never Picked Cotton — and what kind of cotton-picking title, as Brian Davis might say, is that? — and a couple of singles, neither of which were pop hits. (The higher-charting of the two stopped at #90.)

Both of those tunes were irresistibly jaunty, enough to pull your mind away from that Aznavourian wallow.

5 comments »

  1. Brett »

    18 November 2018 · 2:01 pm

    I also saw the clip from The Odd Couple where he closed with “MalagueƱa.” Unreal.

  2. CGHill »

    18 November 2018 · 2:15 pm

    He did some pretty wild things as a session man, too. His picking on Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love,” which Capitol thought was B-side material at best, borders on surreal.

  3. Roger Green »

    18 November 2018 · 8:03 pm

    I DO think the proximity of Roy and Charles’ death (which I somehow missed for a week until I read it on a UK blog) caused the overkill. I thought about whether I could find another example like that; Tom Petty covered Chuck Berry’s Carol live, at least.

  4. CGHill »

    18 November 2018 · 9:09 pm

    Yep. Then again, everyone with a rock-and-roll sensibility has to cover Chuck Berry now and then. Both the Beatles and the Stones tried their hand at “Carol,” the Stones on Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, the Fab Four on a compilation of live BBC recordings.

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