Saturday, February 12, 1972

The Allman Brothers Band released Eat a Peach

First posted 4/2/2008; updated 10/17/2020.

Eat a Peach

The Allman Brothers Band


Released: February 12, 1972


Charted: March 18, 1972


Peak: 4 US, -- UK, 12 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: blues rock


Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (4/29/72, #77 US)
  2. Les Brers in A Minor
  3. Melissa (8/12/72, #86 US)
  4. Mountain Jam (live)
  5. One Way Out (live) (12/2/72, #86 US)
  6. Trouble No More (live)
  7. Stand Back
  8. Blue Sky
  9. Little Martha


Total Running Time: 69:24


The Players:

  • Duane Allman (guitar)
  • Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards)
  • Dickey Betts (guitar, lead vocals on “Blue Sky”)
  • Berry Oakley (bass)
  • Jai Johannny Johanson (drums, congas)
  • Butch Trucks (drums, percussion)

Rating:

4.292 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


Awards:

About the Album:

“A tribute to the dearly departed Duane, Eat a Peach rambles…through a side of new songs, recorded post-Duane, spending a full album on live cuts from the Fillmore East sessions, then offering a round of studio tracks Duane completed before his death.” STE

“On the first side, they do suggest the mellowness of the Dickey Betts-led Brothers and Sisters, particularly on the lovely Melissa, and this stands in direct contrast with the monumental live cuts that dominate the album. They’re at the best on the punchier covers of One Way Out and Trouble No More, both proof of the group's exceptional talents as a roadhouse blues-rock band, but Duane does get his needed showcase on Mountain Jam, a sprawling 33-minute jam that may feature a lot of great playing, but is certainly a little hard for anyone outside of diehards to sit through.” STE

“Apart from that cut, the record showcases the Allmans at their peak, and it’s hard not to feel sad as the acoustic guitars of Little Martha conclude the record, since this tribute isn't just heartfelt, it offers proof of Duane Allman’s immense talents and contribution to the band.” STE

On the deluxe edition, “disc two stands as a virtually unreleased concert of the ABB’s final performance at the Fillmore on June 27, 1971 – with Duane, who was killed in October of that year. Two of the disc’s tracks had been previously released – Midnight Rider (on Duane Allman Anthology, Vol. 2) and ‘One Way Out’ (on the original Eat a Peach, which means the track shows up on both discs here).” TJ These two tracks also show up on the deluxe version of At Fillmore East. However, with the exception of those two tracks, this collection serves as At Fillmore East, Vol. 2, capturing the June 27, 1971 performances while the original At Fillmore East gathered recordings from the March 12-13, 1971 shows.


Notes: A 2006 deluxe edition added a second disc of live material – “Statesboro Blues,” “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” “Done Somebody Wrong,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Midnight Rider,” “Hot ‘Lanta,” “Whipping Post,” “You Don’t Love Me,” and another version of “One Way Out.”

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Al Green hit #1 with “Let’s Stay Together”

Let’s Stay Together

Al Green

Writer(s): Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Al Jackson (see lyrics here)


First Charted: November 27, 1971


Peak: 11 US, 12 CB, 2 HR, 36 AC, 19 RB, 7 UK, 43 CN, 19 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.25 UK, 1.25 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 128.6 video, 291.76 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Al Green was booked at a Midland, Texas club on the same night as Willie Mitchell, who had just been named Hi Record’s vice president. BR Mitchell, enamored with “Green’s seductive voice,” NPR asked him to come to Memphis to record. Green responded that he didn’t care for Memphis, but Mitchell persisted. BR

As for how “Let’s Stay Together” came about, Mitchell said, “All My life I have tampered in jazz chords. One Saturday afternoon I was tampering around on the piano and came up with this melody…I played it for Al on the piano…About fifteen minutes later he came back with some words and we started messing with the song.” TC Still, it took Mitchell two more days to convince Green to record it. RS500 Recording finished late on a Friday night RS500 after over one hundred takes.” NPR The single was pressed the next Monday and by Thursday, Green learned that the song would enter the charts at number eight. RS500

Green and Mitchell would continue to make many more great records together, “but none quite so perfect as this.” AMG The song “radiates compassion and understanding… [and] tolerance and love with no strings attached.” AMG It is, understandably, a popular wedding song, SF but also holds a strong spiritual appeal, serving as “a Memphis soul sermon for a nation ripped apart by assassinations, riots, and betrayals.” AMG It doesn’t address any specific issues, it just offers “the heartfelt plea not to give up.” AMG

This song was Green’s only #1 on the pop charts and established Hi Records as “the new benchmark in soul.” TB It also bears the distinction of revitalizing Tina Turner’s career. When she covered it in 1983, it took her back to the charts in the UK and US for the first time in more than a decade.


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Last updated 4/28/2021.

Friday, February 11, 1972

50 years ago: Al Jolson hit #1 with “April Showers” for 1st of 11 weeks

April Showers

Al Jolson

Writer(s): Buddy DeSylva (lyrics)/Louis Silvers (music) (see lyrics here)


First Charted: January 28, 1922


Peak: 111 US, 1 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 0.75 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

“April Showers” ranks as “one of America’s greatest ballads.” PS Louis Silvers composed the music and B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva wrote the lyrics. DeSylva worked with Jolson throughout his career. Silvers had worked as a composer, conductor, and vaudeville pianist. He later became the musical director for Gus Edwards’ vaudeville shows. He also wrote the score for 1927’s The Jazz Singer. PS

Al Jolson introduced “April Showers” in the 1921 Broadway musical, Bombo. His “velvety voice and performance style were perfect for such a great work.” PS “A dreamy opening verse…sets the stage for the loving and delicate melody that follows in the chorus.” PS

It was his 13th #1 song and biggest hit to date PM and became “a well-known Jolson trademark.” WK Only “Sonny Boy,” from 1928, would spend more weeks on top of the chart (twelve). PM The song also became the biggest hit of 1922. WHC

It charted five times in 1922, including the #2 version by Paul Whiteman. Other artists who’ve recorded the song include Carol Burnett, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Eddie Fisher, Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra, Tiny Tim, Mel Tormé, Paul Whiteman, and Jackie Wilson. WK Jolson re-recorded the song in 1946 for the soundtrack of his biopic, The Jolson Story and it charted again. JA-12 In 1948, Jack Carson sang it in the film of the same name. JA-12


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First posted 1/28/2013; last updated 4/22/2021.