Down the Road a Piece

Down the Road a Piece
"Down the Road a Piece"
Single by Will Bradley Trio
B-side "Celery Stalks at Midnight"
Released 1940 (1940)
Format 10" 78 rpm record
Recorded August 12, 1940
Genre Boogie-woogie
Length 3:10
Label Columbia (Cat. no. 35707)[1]
Writer(s) Don Raye

"Down the Road a Piece" is a boogie-woogie song written by Don Raye. In 1940, it was recorded by the Will Bradley Trio and became a top 10 hit in the closing months of the year. Called "a neat little amalgam of bluesy rhythm and vivid, catchy lyrics,"[2] the song was subsequently recorded by a variety of jazz, blues, and rock artists.[3]

Contents

Original song

"Down the Road a Piece" was recorded in 1940 by members of the Will Bradley/Ray McKinley Orchestra as the "Will Bradley Trio" (a misnomer as Bradley does not perform on the song, while a fourth, the song's writer Don Raye, does). Three musicians are mentioned in the lyrics:

The drummer man's a guy they call 'Eight Beat Mack'
And you remember Doc and ol' 'Beat Me Daddy' Slack

"Eight Beat Mack" refers to drummer Ray McKinley, "Doc" refers to bass player Doc Goldberg, and "Beat Me Daddy Slack" refers to pianist Freddie Slack (a reference to "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar", a hit recorded earlier in 1940 by Slack with the Bradley/McKinley Orchestra). Vocals for "Down the Road a Piece" were provided by McKinley and Raye.

Lyrics

Although the original lyrics were used by Harry Gibson in 1945 and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (led by Ray McKinley) in 1946, subsequent recordings of "Down the Road a Piece" often changed the lyrics that referred to the musicians. Amos Milburn, who recorded the song in 1946, included the reference to "Eight Beat Mack", but changed the next line to "You remember me in beat me daddy's shack" removing references to the other two. When Ella Mae Morse sang the song in the early 1950s, she deleted Doc and Slack from the lyrics and replaced them with "Sam and Spider-Finger Jack", but kept the "Eight Beat Mack" reference, in spite of the fact that McKinley was not in the band, but Slack was. In 1956, Merrill Moore sang "Eight Beat Joe ... Beat Me Daddy Moe". Chuck Berry, who recorded the song in 1960, changed the lyrics further, removing "Eight Beat Mack" and replacing him with "Kicking McCoy", and re-wrote much of the song. Berry's version was copied by many later rock musicians, such as the Rolling Stones and Foghat.

Other versions

References

  1. ^ Subsequently reissued as Columbia 36958.
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Don Raye – Biography". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/don-raye-p117281/biography. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Down the Road a Piece". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/search/track/Down+the+Road+a+Piece/order:default-asc. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Road of the Dead — is a 2006 novel by Kevin Brooks about teenage brothers living in London who travel to the moorland in search of their sister s killer. It is shorlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal. ISBN 978 1 905294 26 8.Plot summary The Road of the Dead opens as …   Wikipedia

  • The Arkansas Traveler (song) — The Arkansas Traveler was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963, and has been the state historical song since 1987. The music was composed in the 1800s by Colonel Sanford C. Sandy Faulkner (1806 1874); the current official lyrics were… …   Wikipedia

  • The Rolling Stones No. 2 — The Rolling Stones No. 2 …   Википедия

  • piece — /pees/, n., v., pieced, piecing. n. 1. a separate or limited portion or quantity of something: a piece of land; a piece of chocolate. 2. a quantity of some substance or material forming a single mass or body: a nice piece of lumber. 3. a more or… …   Universalium

  • piece — 1 noun (C) 1 SEPARATE PART a part of something that has been separated, broken, or cut from the rest of it: She cut the cake into pieces. (+ of): How many pieces of toast would you like? | pieces of broken glass | in pieces (=broken into many… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • piece — [[t]pis[/t]] n. v. pieced, piec•ing 1) a limited portion or quantity of something: a piece of land[/ex] 2) a quantity of some substance or material forming a single mass or body: a piece of lumber[/ex] 3) a portion or quantity of a whole: a piece …   From formal English to slang

  • piece — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing Date: 13th century 1. a part of a whole: as a. fragment < pieces of broken glass > b. any of the individual members… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • On the Road Again (Canned Heat song) — On the Road Again Single by Canned Heat from the album Boogie with Canned Heat B side …   Wikipedia

  • On the Road (film) — On the Road Directed by Walter Salles Produced by Rebecca Yeldham Nathanael Karmitz Charles Gillibert Screenplay by Jose Rivera Based on …   Wikipedia

  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (film) — The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Directed by Ted Kotcheff Produced by John Kem …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”