A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues

Thompson, 1962.  Recorded: 17-10-62

Johnny Kidd (vocals) - Mick Green (lead) - Johnny Spence (bass) - Frank Farley (drums)

A superb, atmospheric choice for release, and coupled with "I Can Tell", it became Kidd's first hit after nearly two years away from chartdom.  Unusually, Mick Green's solo and fadeout were overdubs, maybe an artistic decision to ensure the single attained a commercial edge, probably something that a guitarist of his ability would ordinarily never need to do. onto the rest of the track.  Both songs were popular amongst the growing number of Merseyside bands and the single was cited by the noted rock historian Spencer Leigh as the single that paved the way for Merseybeat Boom.  Having honed their skills over in Hamburg, competing in long sets against many a good Liverpool band, maybe that was not a little coincidental....

 
Well when your hands start a-clappin', and your fingers start a-poppin'
Well your feet start to move around
Then you get to swing and sway and the band starts to play
To a real cool and way out sound
And you get the cant-help-its and you can't sit down
Feel like you've gotta move around

     (Need a shot of rhythm and blues)
     With just a little rock 'n' roll on the side, just for good measure
     (Need a pair of dancin' shoes)
     With your lover by your side don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Don't you worry 'bout a thing, start to dance and sing
And the chill-bumps come up on you
That rhythm finally gets you and the beat hits you too, now
Here's the thing for you to do
Well, honey now

(instrumental break)

     (Need a shot of rhythm and blues)
     With just a little rock 'n' roll on the side, just for good measure
     (Need a pair of dancin' shoes)
     With your lover by your side don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Don't you worry 'bout a thing, start to dance and sing
And the chill-bumps come up on you
That rhythm finally gets you and the beat hits you too, now
Here's the thing for you to do
Hey, honey now
 
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