smiley lewis, known best for his song "i hear you knockin'" was a big player in the early soul/ R'n'B scene in new orleans. he died way too early in 1966, but he managed to leave behind a wealth of amazing singles, one of them being this amazing jammer "TORE UP". this song fucking COOKS! huge orchestration, perfect harmonies and horns, a jumpy upbeat, a languid sax solo that drips with soul, and of course front and center is lewis' amazing NOLA-style bluesy belt and doo-wop picking. put this on and i guarantee bodies will move. heavy in the running for this summer's #1 jam.


1 comment:

  1. thank you! just found your blog, it is full of gems! this song is great.