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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The "Oh! Susannah" Riffs Keep Coming: Shocking Blue's "Venus"

The "Oh! Susannah" riffs just keep right on coming it seems.

As we mentioned recently, with all of the anticipation for the upcoming album Americana by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, there's been a lot of focus on the song "Oh! Susannah".

And just as we were reminded about The Byrds version of "Oh Susanna" and James Taylor with Johnny Cash's version of "Oh Susanna" along comes another "Oh Susanna" version.

Here's the cult classic video of Shocking Blue's "Venus" which has the "Oh Susanna" riff.

Ahhh, those '60's....

Check it out.

ps - and just wait until you see tomorrow's video...

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At 4/27/2012 12:52:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

I remember the connection to Venus when I first heard the Bridge cover. Went to bed with Susannah on my mind and woke up with Venuus in my head.

At 4/27/2012 03:18:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Tim Rose came up with the riff first back in 1962. It's just coincidental. Like "She's So Fine" and "My Sweet Lord."

Are ya'll to young to know about that ridiculous law suit against George Harrison?

BTW, maybe someone should look up Tim to see if he's got anything to say about why he changed the name "Oh Susannah" to the "Banjo Song."

At 4/27/2012 04:16:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

MNOTR - please give it a rest...


At 4/28/2012 04:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocking Blue - At Home
They really wanted to make a folk album. The majority of the influences for this album came from folk music from Spain, Greece and Israel. Robbie van Leeuwen was learning to play sitar at that time in a museum. No words on the Banjo Song in a documentary about the album that aired last week. At the end of the documentary he played an instrumental version of Venus on acoustic guitar. Completely different song.

The song Love Buzz from this album is covered bij Nirvana on Bleach.


At 4/28/2012 03:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan, I don't know what you mean, "give it a rest." What I meant to say is that it's just coincidental that "Venus" sounds like the earlier version of "Oh Susanna" recorded by the Big Three in 1963, but listed as the "Banjo Song" on the album which I have right here in my collection.

Do people actually think that Neil came up with this riff on his own? Doesn't he give Tim credit in the liner notes that he's using Tim's arrangement from 1963?

Back to the garden,

At 4/28/2012 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tim Rose's "Banjo Song" (which is the same arrangement that Neil uses for "Oh Susanna") officially enters into the public domain 2012-2015 depending on what record label release date you go by.

VeeJay was a very well known "parent record company" that owned several labels famous for making some very cool R&B, Blues, Jazz & RR record albums, two of which produced The Big Three's single and the album.

At 4/28/2012 04:44:00 PM, Anonymous Tony Hammond said...

Thank you Thrasher. I had this nagging felling I'd heard that riff before. Now I realise I was channelling the Bananarama 1986 cover version. Ahh the Eighties....


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