Sometimes You’re Up …


… and then you’re gone

I’m just back from the Guildhall where I pasted up some photos including a couple with Dave Mussell (Generation and Thumper) – came home, checked my emails and there was Dave to convey the sad news of the death of soul man Don Covay. I used to sing the high part in a cover of this cracker – these days I can hardly hear the high part!



Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

7 thoughts on “Sometimes You’re Up …

  1. Well I had a ‘stay at home’ feeling today , and am now a little more saddened by the passing of another ‘old hero’………………
    See Saw was on the play list in the early days (also on the songlist at that Cellars gig a while ago) as was Mercy Mercy and this other fine piece from Donald Randolph who at 19 was driving for Little Richard and taking support spot on his tour….

    R I P in soul heaven Mr C

  2. Don Covay was both a soul singer and a rhythm and blues man. RIP DC .

  3. Jimi Hendrix was the session man on Mercy Mercy. I read somewhere that he played at least three guitar parts on it.

  4. Yes Paul, certainly Jimi I’m intrigued by that three parts notion. As far as I’m aware studios then used four track machines so I doubt everything else went on one track UNLESS they were ‘dumping down’. It would be interesting to know.

    • I thought they called it “Bumping Down” – sounds less lavatorial. Yeah, I know – depends on how crap the song was.


  5. I’ll see if I can find the reference Dave.

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