[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"I Can't Quit You Baby" is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Chicago blues artist Otis Rush in 1956. In his autobiography, Willie Dixon explained that "I Can't Quit You Baby" was written about a preoccupied relationship Rush was having at the time. Dixon used this statement to draw out an impassioned performance by Rush. Rush's original Cobra single was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1994, which described it as "a Willie Dixon production revealing Rush as an extraordinary talent with an impassioned approach."

In 1948, while still a teenager, Rush had made the trek from Mississippi to The Windy City to make his mark as a guitarist and singer. Several years later, he was playing at the celebrated 708 Club in the Bronzeville neighbourhood of Chicago when he met Dixon, a former heavyweight boxer turned renowned songwriter and musician. Dixon was then working for Cobra Records – after falling out with Chess – and Rush recalled, “Willie sort of helped me get started with Cobra Records. Before I made the first record I didn’t know Willie too well. Him and the owner Eli Toscano came by and asked, did I want to record? I said, ‘Yes!’ Imagine me, hearing myself, playing back a record on me! It was really exciting, the first record.”

Rush, a key figure in the formation of the so-called “West side” guitar style, has an instantly recognisable sound. His potent playing and emotional vocal delivery on his debut record were helped by the driving rhythm of Big Walter Horton on harmonica, Red Holloway on tenor saxophone, Al Duncan on drums, Lafayette Leake on piano and Wayne Bennett on second guitar. Composer Dixon played bass guitar.

Live Zeppelin version

[–] thedirtypuma [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I really like that Otis Rush version. I still probably like Zeppelin's version a bit more though.

Thanks for pledging your time to post these. I enjoy them. :)

[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's the best appreciation I've received. There's always a lyric or song for everything, and it always says more than the words.

[–] derram 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

https://www.invidio.us/watch?v=29PSPafL54o :

Led Zeppelin - I Can't Quit You Baby - YouTube

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