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I knew I recognised the guitar from somewhere. A little brain-racking came up with "Love Is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia, an unusual sounding song that came to modern prominence via the soundtrack of the movie "Dirty Dancing"
Check this out at 1m15s.
"At a concert at Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Mickey and Sylvia heard Jody Williams play a guitar riff that Williams had played on Billy Stewart's debut single "Billy's Blues". "Billy's Blues" was released as a single in June 1956 and the instrumentation combined a regular blues styling with Afro-Cuban styling. Sylvia Robinson claims that she and Mickey Baker wrote the lyrics, while Bo Diddley claims that he wrote them. The personnel on Mickey and Sylvia's hit recording of the song included Mickey Baker and Sylvia Robinson on guitar, King Curtis on tenor sax, Haywood Henry on Baritone Sax, Ernie Hayes on piano, Abie Baker on bass, and Panama Francis."
Interesting to see a lady guitarist too, not seen every day.
So there we have it, a direct link. It just amazes me that a brain can pick things like this up so fast, without even trying really. I was checking my emails at the time, not even solely listening to music.
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I was checking up on Dick Dale, to confirm my vague memory that his Surf music was influenced by Middle-Eastern music (it was, he was of Lebanese descent), when I checked out this early number from 1961. I pricked up my ears pretty quick. Coincidence or influence?