Jimmy Lewis - Don't Tell Me What a Man Won't Do for a Woman
For today's "Tuesday Is Blues Day" I'll dip once again into the vast catalogue of Jimmy Lewis' latter recordings for his own Miss Butch concern. I've featured Lewis sides, both '60s and '70s soul and soul-blues, multiple times, so I'll leave you to those posts for any info. Despite the synth-heavy arrangement, "Don't Tell Me What a Man Won't Do for a Woman" is 100% Southern soul of the variety only Lewis could craft. It's a statement of the song's quality that no less than Solomon Burke recorded it for one of his Rounder albums. As good a performance as Burke gave, however, only the "barber shop philosopher" talk-sing style of Lewis does the song justice. I mean, only Lewis can turn a lyric like "a home is not a home if there's no hairpins and rollers up in there."
(EDITOR'S NOTE - Today's selection is dedicated to my wife, Jadda, with whom I am celebrating today eight years of marriage. Don't you tell me what I won't do for her! I love you, Jadda!)