TOBACCO ROAD

Latest update on 08/02/2019

Artist: John D. Loudermilk
Author: John Loudermilk
Label: Columbia
Year: 1959

John D's related to the christian Louvin Brothers, more enclined to the Salvation Army (where he learned to play music), not so much to the psychedelic hippie bands who passed his tune around. Inspired by a bad neighborhood in his birthplace East Durham, NC. It's called Marvin's Alley nowadays. Loudermilk who used to deliver telegrams in the fifties was afraid to enter there. His own original was only a hit in Brisbane, Australia, as B-side of Midnight Bus (see there).

Covers:

1960:

Frank Ifield [first cover (Columbia)]

1963:

Lou Rawls

1964:

Nashville Teens [produced by Mickie Most]

1965:

Dick Rivers [in French]

1965:

Billy Lee Riley

1965:

Serendipity Singers

1966:

Jefferson Airplane [turned it into a rock standard]

1966:

Blues Magoos

1966:

Ramsey Lewis Trio

1966:

Leaves

1967:

Tommy Cash

1968:

Junior Wells

1968:

Love Affair

1968:

Spooky Tooth

1968:

Bobbie Gentry

1969:

David Clayton Thomas

1970:

Eric Burdon & War

1970:

Rare Earth

1970:

Edgar Winter

1970:

Shocking Blue

1971:

David Allan Coe

1975:

Mud

1976:

Steve Young

1978:

Jimmy Johnson

1978:

Little Bob Story

1982:

Chris Stamey

1985:

Dan Seals

1986:

Boogie Boy

1986:

Roy Clark

1986:

David Lee Roth

1986:

Blues Band

1987:

Restless

1990:

68 Comeback

1993:

Mark O'Connor

1994:

Roy Loney

1995:

Tav Falco

1995:

Hank Williams Jr.

1995:

Fredericks-Goldman-Jones [live]

1996:

Clarence Gatemouth Brown

1997:

Rhythm Kings [with Bill Wyman]

1997:

Cicadas

2002:

Ash Grunwald

2003:

Status Quo

2007:

Southern Culture On The Skids

2016:

Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin

2017:

Freek De Jonge [as Schilderswijk]

2019:

Mercury Rev

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