I'D RATHER GO BLIND

Latest update on 12/11/2018

Artist: Etta James
Author: Ellington Jordan/Bill Foster
Label: Cadet
Year: 1967

Cut in Muscle Shoals for her Tell Mama album and B-side of that title track's single version. Etta claims coauthorship (under her ex husband Bill Foster's name), claims she visited Fugi in Chino Prison in '67. Fugi is author Ellington Jordan, a thief who couldn't defend himself. Fugi served time for robbery and desertion and swears no Etta James visited him or sat next to him at no piano. He claims he wrote this in the piano room of San Quentin prison following the break-up with his girlfriend.

Covers:

1969:

Chicken Shack [sung by Christine Perfect, soon to join Fleetwood Mac, hit UK]

1969:

Clarence Carter

1970:

Spencer Wiggins

1970:

Fugi [author as I'd Rather Be A Blind Man also on Cadet, see note]

1972:

Rod Stewart

1972:

Bettye Swann

1973:

Margie Joseph

1977:

Christine Perfect

1985:

Wilfredo Vargas [as El Ciego; merengue version]

1986:

Ruby Turner

1987:

Koko Taylor

1987:

B.B. King [with Etta]

1990:

Sydney Youngblood

1993:

Long John Baldry [vocal: Kathi McDonald]

1995:

Paul Weller

2002:

Mary Coughlan

2008:

Dana Fuchs

2009:

Trixie Whitley [with Daniel Lanois]

2011:

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

2012:

Mick Hucknall

2012:

Leela James

2016:

Beyonce

2018:

Helmut Lotti

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