Monday, April 7, 2008

Who Cleaned Up the Clean Up Woman?

Above is a tune called "Clean Up Woman," by Betty Wright. This tune was responsible for making Betty Wright a star and it also put TKO records on the map as well as Miamia (in terms of soul music). This song was also instrumental in betting Ms. Wright a contract with the esteemed Stax Records. Also, Little Beaver plays on the track and even wrote the guitar hook to it. Although his name is not credited as a writer of the song, he claims that he made the song the power house heard above. Below is one of Littler Beaver's biggest hits, "Party Down," off of the album of the same name.

Now the big question you are all asking is "who cleaned up the clean up woman?" Some of you even might be wondering what this question even means. The key is below. Recently I was turned on to a recording of the Benevento Russo Duo with Mike Gordon. Although this is not my favorite group, I noticed that they covered "Clean Up Woman," in a way that gives new force to the song. It is a powerhouse jazz funk cover of the tune. That being said, I had to share the tune with all of you. Other highlights of the show include a cover of the Yes song "Roundabout," the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones tune "Hoedown," and "Mike's Song" for all you Phish Phans. Dig the background noise too. It sounds like everyone is having a wonderful time. I hope you all can enjoy this immensely too.

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