I'VE GOT A SAVIOUR

Latest update on 22/12/2017

Artist: Bailey Gospel Singers
Author: Thomas Ward
Label: Columbia
Year: 1951

Covers:

1951:

Bells Of Joy [as Let's Talk About Jesus for Peacock; labelboss Don Rowey was responsable for the beat]

1953:

Southern Tones [Texas gospel as It Must Be Jesus]

1954:

Ray Charles [n°1 R&B as I've Got A Woman; the idea to mix R&B lyrics with gospel melodies came from his trumpet player Renald Richard, who was credited all right]

1956:

Elvis Presley [idem on his debut lp, millionseller]

1958:

Little Walter [as Walkin' On; instrumental with Muddy Waters on guitar]

1961:

Staple Singers [as Good News with the intro of What'd I Say]

1962:

Jimmy McGriff

1963:

Beatles [for the BBC]

1963:

Rick Nelson

1963:

Freddie Scott [as I Got A Woman]

1964:

Sam Cooke [same tune in Ain't That Good News, number he knew from The Pilgrim Travelers ('49)]

1966:

Them [all as I Got A Woman]

2005:

Kanye West [as Gold Digger; n°1 US, n°1 AUS, n°2 UK; vocals by Jamie Foxx from the Ray biopic]

2015:

Amy Helm [as Good News]

Furthermore, Ray Charles' I've Got A Woman borrows lyrically from spiritual Ain't That Good News, where the "got a woman" line was an "I've got a crown, a harp, a robe," etc. Early recordings: The Birmingham Jubilee Singers ('29) and The Heavenly Gospel Singers ('39). Among all later versions only Sam Cooke and The Staple Singers link both melody and rhythm with Ray Charles.

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