Friday, August 30, 2013

Love is like a stove - burns you when it's hot (Jim Capaldi) #78

Jim Capaldi Love Hurts/ Sugar Honey (Island K 6201,  1975)

Let's hear it for the working drummer!

Jim Capaldi was multi-talented (he died in 2005): a singer, song writer, pianist and drummer (for Traffic most notably, a group he co-founded with the awesome Steve Winwood).

Love Hurts is not an original song by Jim though. It was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant who wrote some great songs for The Everly Brothers back in the day. The Everly's actually recorded the song first in 1960 but plenty of others have had a go over the years. Nazareth's great rock version is notable but Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris with Gram Parsons, Cher and Rod Stewart have also given it a whirl.

Jim had the biggest success of them all with a #4 position in the UK charts in 1975.

Hidden gem: The B side is a Jim original. His singing voice is a dead ringer for John Lennon's at times and that's the case on this pleasant little rockabilly number. The song does not appear on Short Cut Draw Blood (the parent album to Love Hurts in 1975) so it's reasonably rare as well.

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