Saturday Song Open Thread - Sitting on Top of the World

Hey, it's songday. I pick a song that I believe warrants it and publish an assortment of the covers of that song by various persons and or groups. Pick a few that are new to you and have a listen. It is also, of course, an open thread to talk about anything you feel like.

Today's song is: Sitting on Top of the World

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Mississippi Sheiks

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Salty Dog Sam

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Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Red Murrell

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Ray Charles Trio

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Curtis Gordon

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Howlin' Wolf

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Carl Perkins

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Doc Watson

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Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

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Grateful Dead

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Cream

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Jerry Reed

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The Blue Velvet Band

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Sam Chatmon

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Totta's Bluesband

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Johnny Shines

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Taj Mahal

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The Asylum Street Spankers

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Ellen McIlwaine

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Mock Duck

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Van Morrison & Carl Perkins

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Jack White

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Ana Popovic

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Bill Flagg

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Jeff Healey

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B.B. King

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The Robert Cray Band

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The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band

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Pat Travers

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Chris Goss & The Forest Rangers

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Ronnie Earl

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So, the thread is open, the floor is yours'.

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I was just a young pup working for a sound company out of New York when they sent me to work on the tour this video came from. I worked the show this video came from. The Capitol Theater in NJ was home turf and I will never forget "crazy eights" there. That was when eight guys would chip in $10 each for an $80 gram of cocaine and snort the entire thing at once just before doing the load out. Working with that band turned into lots and lots of work for me with both Billy Cobham and David Sancious on some of their other projects. I'll add a song that is perhaps apropos for today's political climate.

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@jbob

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@jbob

Where in Jersey?

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@HenryAWallace Though I'm like most NYers and don't commit a lot of brain space to the geography of New Jersey for some reason.

Saw a great raucous show there in the late 80's of friends on the LA scene, Fishbone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in what was sadly one of original guitarist Hillel Slovak's last shows before he was found decaying for a few days from a heroin overdose in his L.A. apartment.

If it's gone now it wouldn't surprise me, in this age of Wall St plunder, corporate hijacking and austerity economics razing our town squares and especially all those places that house any kind of art. Hey, they don't want people gathering together and questioning what's going on. Probably a CVS or a bank now. Criminal bastards.

Wasn't there also a Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, or am I mixing them up?

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"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC"

- Kurt Vonnegut

@Mark from Queens @Mark from Queens

I've never been in Passaic or Port Chester. However, family members have spoken of the Lincoln and Capitol Theaters in Union City, NJ.

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Funny how I always think of a song or tune based on where (and from whom) I learned it. I still have this record where I originally learned this song (2 min)...

Lost of other interesting versions you've posted. Hope you all have a great day!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Dave Archer ‏@Arrowdavida 24h24 hours ago

@HISTORY Episode suggestion for 'SIX' -- Seal team 6 evacuate wounded /dead members leaving this 8yo Yemeni girl to lay there 2 hrs to die.
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I want a Pony!

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@Arrow

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris How could I forget.

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I want a Pony!

Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys (1958)

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I appreciate these threads very much.

My comments.

Great song. I love the image of a pair of legs dangling off the top of the planet. Blues in the US is the musical version of aboriginal people. (I have no idea why I thought that.)

Mississippi Sheiks I really liked this version, although it may have been helped by being first. In addition to the interpretation of the song, I loved the idea of sheiks in Mississippi. I like to imagine that they got their name from Rudolph Valentino films.

Sam Chatmon-It's 1930-1940-ish. I'm sitting on the porch somewhere in the South on a hot day, staring at a dirt road and hoping for love--and I've never sat on a porch in the South in my life. IOW, this version is very evocative. Same for Jeff Healy's version, which may have the best piano of the lot. Totta's Bluesband-similar comment, but I'm in a "honky tonk" (in which I've never been, either).

Liked Johnny Shines' version a lot. Pure and authentic

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee-liked it Also Jerry Reed's version.

Carl Perkins This illustrates his influence on Elvis Presley I like the one with Van Morrison and Carl Perkins much more. Van Morrison always seems to get things right. I listened to their version all the way through, even though I very much wanted to get to Jack White's version. If it were someone other than White, I might say his vocal interpretation was "too twangy" for my taste. However, just because it's Jack White, I like it anyway. I find him so interesting generally, as a person. Love the instrumentals.

Like Cream's version a lot. I like it more than the Grateful Dead's. I guess I just like it better as a blues song because that is how it began. I didn't like the bluegrass, country, cowboy, rockabilly or rock versions, although I did find Doc Watson's version soothing, for some reason. Of course, Eric Clapton worships, and is to be worshipped, at the altar of blues. I didn't listen to every version all the way through but I did Cream's version version.

Ray Charles To my surprise, I did not like his vocal interpretation much. However, I loved the piano and other instruments. Same for BB King.

I liked the music on Ana Popovic's version, but found the lyrics hard to understand. I don't see any good reason for that.

Anything I didn't mention was just not my favorite.

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fascinating, isn't it? The lyrics change from version to version in the verse.

I'd guess the melody is old, old, old! "Traditional"

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@Shahryar trad or anon.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Recorded in 1962, originally released on Spivey Records (as in Victoria Spivey).

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@native

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --