Inspired by Taylor Hicks’ recent duo with Gladys Knight.

Elton John at his best:

Gladys with her Pips, who always had great choreography:

Fantasic Marvin live in Amsterdam doing a killer hits medley
with “Grapevine”

A moody old Creedence swamp (or whomp) version:

and Fantasia, with the Motown Funk Brothers:

-content above contributed by Colette


4 Responses to Inspired by Taylor Hicks’ recent duo with Gladys Knight.

  1. colette says:

    Thanks Molly — I included Credence because their treatment is SO different and unique. And does it ever set a mood. It’s just a really macabre short story. I appreciate your insight.

  2. Molly says:

    For me, there has usually been a peculiar thing about a really great song, and it’s this: The song can be so great that it overpowers the performance in that whichever version you hear first can be your favorite version no matter what. I love Fantasia, and god knows I love Marvin Gaye above CCR, but the CCR version is my favorite. The same thing happened with Willie Nelson’s version of Midnight Rider and Van Halen’s Pretty Woman. I know. Allman Bros and Orbison, but there it is. Probably just the sentimental lunatic loyalty of discovering a new first love over and over again with songs like these. Although I feel no similar chagrin or misgivings over Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” because it’s ….well…. way better than Whitney’s, and have no such loyalty to The Band re The Weight when Aretha steps in.

    Great stuff all around though. Thanks, Ash.

  3. OSB says:

    Marvin – damn! Followed by Gladys, Creedence, Fantasia. Sorry, Elton, not doing it for me.

  4. Cali50 says:

    I saw Gladys Knight and the Pips in Las Vegas in the 70s. They were the opening act for Sammy Davis Jr. They were so awesome and so much better than Sammy. The show basically ended when they left the stage!

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