HANDY MAN

Latest update on 06/09/2012

Artist: Sparks Of Rhythm
Author: Andrew Barksdale/Charles Merenstein
Label: Apollo
Year: 1956

Vocal: Andrew Barksdale. Inspired by risky My Handy Man by Ethel Waters in '28, covered by Victoria Spivey, later by Maria Muldaur (as Handy Man). Shelved until Jimmy Jones' (ex Sparks Of Rhythm) hit version. All later versions credit Jones/Blackwell. Charles Merenstein was Apollo's label exec.

Covers:

1957:

Jimmy Jones [as The Whistlin' Man for Arrow]

1959:

Jimmy Jones [n°2 US (for Cub) seriously updated by Otis Blackwell]

1960:

Conway Twitty

1964:

Del Shannon

1964:

Baris Manço [as Un Autre amour que toi]

1976:

Otis Blackwell [coauthor]

1977:

James Taylor

1977:

Wild Man Fischer

1982:

Smiths [melody in Reel Around The Fountain]

1994:

Frank Black

Extremely diverging versions; only the lyrics forge a family tie.

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