Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gotta Keep Smilin'!

Johnnie Morisette - Gotta Keep Smilin' (So Trouble Won't Come)

"Two Voice" Johnnie Morisette has been featured on this blog before, so on this hectic day I'll simply say that today's selection is just what the doctor ordered for my tired soul. The optimistic lyrics of "Gotta Keep Smilin'," a 1964 SAR single, are buoyed by a New Orleans-sounding beat, and Johnnie's vocals are nice and warm most the way, although he manages to get some squalls in there on a chorus or two and at the end. I just love the firm "Amen!" that closes the song out; amen, brother!

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