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Long John Baldry — Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie
Album: It Ain't Easy
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:25
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'bout as good as it gets ...;-}
Thanks for playing this Bill. We actually do hear this one from time to time on classic rock stations here in Vancouver but Long John Baldry spent a lot of time here. Will always be grateful to "Sugar Bear" for saving Elton's life that night a long time ago :)

**

I see Hannio posted about about the Sugar Bear connection a while back too.
You know, I remember a few years ago
Some funny things used to happen to me
About 1956-57

At that time there was no blues scene
Or not really any kind of scene in London
I used to go out and play my guitar in the streets
And sing things with passing my hat down

I remember one particular night
I was playing the guitar in a little alleyway
Just off of Wardour Street in Soho
And I got busted by the police

This policeman come up and dragged me and my guitar
And my hat full of pennies off to the police station

Anyway, the next day
I had to appear in Marlboro Street Police Court
And it was quite a day
Police officer giving his evidence

I was proceeding in a southernly direction, mi-lord
When I heard strange sounds
Coming from Wardour Place, mi-lord
A sort of boogie woogie music was being played

On further investigation, I saw the defendant
Standing there with a guitar and an old hat
On the floor collecting pennies
Well, I decided that he was contravening

A breach of the peace there, as there was
A traffic jam about five miles long down Wardour Street
Wondering what all the fuss was about

So then I arrested the defendant
Ah, just one moment, officer
Well, what is this boogie woogie music
Here we're talking about?

"Oh, well, mi-lord", said the officer
Getting out his notebook, obviously
Been doing up his homework
It's a kind of jazz-rhythm music
Peculiar to the American-Negro

Oh, and what was the defendant doing
Playing this kind of music there in Wardour street?

Anyway I got off with a caution
A years conditional discharge
But I'll always remember that policeman
And his boogie woogie music
So don't try to lay no boogie woogie
On the king of rock and roll

Don't tell me nothing, don't lies, a woman
'Cause all you know I've told
Don't sell me no alibis, sister
'Cause all you've got I've sold

You better leave at a-midnight slinking
To the one who works it out
I don't want to hear no rackem-tackem squeaking
To go on and shut your mouth

And everything is gonna work out tight
If you ain't like you been told
Just don't try to lay no boogie woogie
On the king of rock and roll

Don't feed me no TV dinners
When you know that I'm used to steak
I don't need no rank beginners
When it's time to shake the shake

You better pull your thing together
'Cause you've been bested out
And if you feel that you just can't dig it
You know you don't know what it's all about

It ain't a matter of par convenience
That's gonna justify your soul
Just don't try to lay no boogie woogie
On the king of rock and roll

Don't try to lay no boogie woogie
On the king of rock and roll

You and I started to drive
So don't pull nothing on me
You didn't arrive til late '45
But your head's in '53

You got what it takes, give your heads a spin
Down by the lonely shack
But you come on just like a fool woman
In the back of a red Cadillac

You can't come across the Upsalquitch
Until you pay the toll
So don't try to lay no boogie woogie
On the king of rock and roll
 ziggytrix wrote:

From about the 10th time on that you've heard this song, you can really do without the long-winded intro, IMO. Maybe it never gets old for some folks tho. *shrug*
 
Yes, for folks who enjoy a piece the way the artist wanted it delivered.  *eye roll*

It's part of the song as far as Long John was concerned. And a very fun part at that. Bill seems to like it.

Quit your whinging.
Música maravilhosa!!!
I just remember that I've seen him in concert,  40 years ago that was good. 
hahaha, givin' me goose bumps! shake it !!!
common people , this is totally  original and brilliant musical composition averiging 6.5 ?
Another treasured track that takes me back to high school days. The distinctly British rock explosion that follows the monologue is so energizing. I've been listening to this several times this week and then googled around for "boogie woogie piano" and lots of you tubes come up. I then looked up Jerry Lee Lewis to see how he's coming along with his stroke recovery. Odd that Jerry Lee and Elvis were friendly colleagues and yet this songs lyrics mention "Don't try to lay no boogie woogie on the King of Rock n' Roll" when that is exactly what was going on and Elvis sure didn't complain.
It's just wrong that this gets more airplay than Alice's Restaurant.
 ziggytrix wrote:


 BCarn wrote:

Bah! It's part of the song. Learn to live with it.
 

It's not like I'm campaigning Warner records to have it removed. Just stating my opinion.
 
And I'm simply commenting on your opinion. If you're not receptive to replies or comments on your posts, then don't post.

Awesome song!  I saw him several times in Saskatoon & once with Kathy MacDonald in his band.  Amazing performances.  He really struggled with ol' demon alcohol as did many musicians of his generation.  One of the taller gay folk.  Wonderful man.
 BCarn wrote:

Bah! It's part of the song. Learn to live with it.
 

It's not like I'm campaigning Warner records to have it removed. Just stating my opinion.
"I come home one particular evening..."
Dreadful.
I saw LJB in a club called "Grossmans" in Toronto in either 1978 or 1978. Maybe 50 people in total for this show!
 ziggytrix wrote:

From about the 10th time on that you've heard this song, you can really do without the long-winded intro, IMO. Maybe it never gets old for some folks tho. *shrug*
 
Absolutely love this song. But I agree. Edit out the intro jabber.
Alice’s Restaurant ? !
One of the most awesome base riffs ever!
 ziggytrix wrote:

From about the 10th time on that you've heard this song, you can really do without the long-winded intro, IMO. Maybe it never gets old for some folks tho. *shrug*
 
Bah! It's part of the song. Learn to live with it.
I haven't heard this tune in YEARS........great job Bill.  {#Bananajam}
LONG LIVE RP!  you've outdone yourself. 
Let r Rip John!
"Alexa skip"
 Prius wrote:
Took him a while to stop talking... But now, great rhythm.

 
From about the 10th time on that you've heard this song, you can really do without the long-winded intro, IMO. Maybe it never gets old for some folks tho. *shrug*
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! rip
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Yes}{#Roflol} This had me doing the boojee wooojeee in the office!
Kinda fun when the boo-jee woo-jee finally kicks in.  {#Bananasplit}
"a sort of Boo Gee Wooo Geeee" that gets my mahoovis ramblin'  Yaa-hoooo!!!  : )
 markthecarp wrote:
I just love this silly thing.  Thanks for playing it.  It makes me laugh to imagine the actual scene—if there was one.

 
First time hearing this song - I like it :)
I just love this silly thing.  Thanks for playing it.  It makes me laugh to imagine the actual scene—if there was one.
Once a year, that's fine. Reminds me of the old FM radio days.
What's with the the mid - song documentary? Hurry up and finish. {#Wall}
Love this song and album. Have it and a few others of LJB's, and was fortunate enough to see him live 3 times. An amazing influence on early 60s rock/blues in London, Britain...and he had a great sense of humour. We were lucky to count him as a 'local', after he moved to Vancouver, BC. Miss this voice...
Great pick.  This one of those songs that is great to hear twice a year.  Thanks! 
It doesn't get much better then this.
great voice! (wow, he was 6' 7"! and performed with major players for decades : )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_John_Baldry



                                       Ron Wood on guitar.


 

 ciarataylor wrote:
He was a popular gay figure in Vancouver art scene.  Reggie and David Furnish were an item.

 
Big deal. Your point?
Saw Long John at the Colonial on Yonge Street in Toronto.   An insanely powerful voice.
 
He was a popular gay figure in Vancouver art scene.  Reggie and David Furnish were an item.
 shellbella wrote:
Didn't Elton John play with Long John when he was still known as Reginald Kenneth Dwight?  And isn't that where he got his last name from?

I think that's a true story but I know there are a LOT of people in the know that listen to RP.  Just wondering....

 

Baldry is also the sugarbear in Taupin/John's song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight".
Love it.

Am incredibly jealous of those of you who got to see him live and sometimes impromptu in downtown Vancouver.

I saw LJB live in Calgary in the mid-1970s.   It was amazing.  We all wanted to stand up and dance and the bouncers would not let us.  My buddy's older brother wanted to punch somebody out (Calgary.....) but fortunately it did not come to that.   
A classic tune - and gentlemen!  
This was a song I first heard in college.  That's when you first realize that there's a whole lot going on out there that's not being played on the local radio station.
Weird! I was just thinking of this song about a half hour ago! Great number.
What kind of music is this......"booooogie woooooogie"?
Been a fan of this one a very long time.
God I love Rock and Roll!! RP, I can t get no work done when I m dancing! 8
Grew up with this album.  Shame I missed LJB when he came to Edmonton :(
what a voice!  that's super-excellent piano (Ian Armitt) along with Long John's killer vocals WOOOOOO-HOOOO!!!

"boo-gee woo-gee". : )
 
DanFHiggins wrote:

I'm with you on this!
That piano is awesome 



Me too.... think this is cool fun!
 



 Jelani wrote:
9>10.
This is just plain old cool. 

edit: and fun.

 
I'm with you on this!
That piano is awesome 
I just purchased a Naim streaming device and this channel was on pre-set 1! Brilliant, have been listening all day{#Notworthy}. And, no I did not create a login to just to say that.{#Smile}
I had the volume low, I thought it was William Shatner faking a British accent!
 justin4kick wrote:
Bill, this is interesting but why not put Morning Dew on the playlist as well?

 
Morning Dew, I agree. Long time I haven't heard that one, just may need to dig out the LP.


it's really too bad the lyrics aren't available....i love this song - was so different way back when
I always love hearing this.  Could this be considered early, early rap?
ah, it's the 70s and I'm lying on the floor listening to KLOL out of Houston and they've just finished the National Lampoon Radio Hour Half Hour and in a bit they'll play Headphones Only and then this is on...
Please SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!
Wheee!
Bill, this is interesting but why not put Morning Dew on the playlist as well?

I lived in the metropolitan NYC area back in the day when this track got considerable FM airplay. That's Ian Armitt on the piano for this song. Look at the lineup:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Ain%27t_Easy_(Long_John_Baldry_album)

 

 


At the end, I wonder why he decided to live and die in Vancouver, BC.....

P.S.  Cannot for the life of me understand the 6.5 rating.  This song is iconic.  
Took him a while to stop talking... But now, great rhythm.

One of my favorite songs of all time.
Apparently, I'm not old enough to appreciate this. Just horrible!
One of the great ones. I saw him live and it was a high energy treat. Great combo of rock n roll and blues. He played with and mentored some famous musicians such as Rod Stewart and Elton John. He was also an early supporter of The Rolling Stones. 
 eveliko wrote:
Can't understand a single word of what he's talking about but love it. That's the piano I wanna learn to play and nothing else.

 

I too would love to play piano like that!
I only had this at 9.  Who am I kidding?  When it starts now I race over to turn it up.
Stop.  Talking. 
"...booggie wooggie..."

love it. 
 eveliko wrote:
Can't understand a single word of what he's talking about but love it. That's the piano I wanna learn to play and nothing else.

 
Then you have something to look forward to che because the lyrics are the best part.
Can't understand a single word of what he's talking about but love it. That's the piano I wanna learn to play and nothing else.
Classic LJB!  Love it!

Many years ago, I saw LJB in a pub, promoting his 'Baldry's Out' LP.  Within a week of that show, I saw the Stones.  Without a doubt in my mind, the LJB show blew the Stones's show right out of the water (and the Stones were GOOD!).  One of the big concert surprises of my life.

LJB  Gone to soon! 
Ronniegirl wrote:
I spent about 20 years looking for FLYING by LJB. I overheard someone at a dinner mentioning him, found out he had the RECORD, and borrowed it to get a copy. Oh, Please, Play FLYING! I spent years of my life looking for it. I do have the CD now. LOVE LJB.

In the 70's I worked on TV sports shows shot on 16mm and aired the week after they were shot. I would get to put music to the opening montages etc. My fondest memory was using "Flying" as the track for a sequence of aerial skiing tricks....lost track of the album and spent a long time looking for a replacement.Great cut, great artist!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnbWnSu4YBU
Wow! Ain't he a regular Tom Jones?

{#Bananajam} 
Stop waffling and sing something. It's not even funny. It's like listening to a parent tell a story they think is hilarious but is really just embarrassing...
Good point - I guess I was trying for the 3rd use:  "loose rhetorical sense"  meant to show the rarity of the exception!
Fredrikson wrote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exception_that_proves_the_rule

 


I grew up next to this guy just outside Dundas, Ontario. He would play the occasional local show and bring along some pretty big names into the small venues, we had no idea how lucky we were. Good times.
9>10.
This is just plain old cool. 

edit: and fun.
It's started at last phew! I was losing the will to live there.
Gotta luv LJB{#Dancingbanana}.  RIP.  I was fortunate enough to have seen him at the University of Regina Students Union lazy Owl with Kathy ? singing back-up vocals.  Best show I ever saw.
 drife wrote:
Really pretty awful.
 

Yeah.  Sorry John, your story just isn't that interesting or funny.
 shellbella wrote:
Didn't Elton John play with Long John when he was still known as Reginald Kenneth Dwight?  And isn't that where he got his last name from?

I think that's a true story but I know there are a LOT of people in the know that listen to RP.  Just wondering....
 
I believe you are correct. That's how I heard it, anyway, hence my comment below.
Didn't Elton John play with Long John when he was still known as Reginald Kenneth Dwight?  And isn't that where he got his last name from?

I think that's a true story but I know there are a LOT of people in the know that listen to RP.  Just wondering....
Can I get you a beer John?
Really pretty awful.
sorry, just not in the mood for this.
Hell, gave this a 5, then he started singing...up to 7  {#Bananajam}
ok, it was fun the first 10 times - but please, can you stop overplaying this?
Hey...it's boogie woogie...

RIP Long John.
Was good to see LJB turning up on first series of Treme. 
I was on the board of the Vancouver Press Club when Baldry played a solo gig there. Good thing the fire marshal didn't pop in, because we were jammed to about twice our listed seating capacity. Vancouver, his adopted home since the late 1970s, embraced him long after his star faded in his native U.K., and his death in 2005 was much mourned on the coast. Don't think he ever made it big in the U.S.
Incidentally, the cover art shown is from a 1999 album, "It Still Ain't Easy." I'm attaching the correct art, but I have no idea if it will come through. Cheers.

 
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
I second that comment... never ever heard this before, so bless RP
 
Yes indeed. LJB is one of those names I might have heard somewhere, but didn't know a thing about. Now I'm a fan. That pie-anner player is good enough to make a name for himself someday too...
I second that comment... never ever heard this before, so bless RP
C'mon folks, this is an easy 7 or 8. Just for the "boogie wooie"  vernacular.

It's rock no roll. Sadly...this is something that is dead or dying in the year 2012.

P.S. That ain't no vernacular.. that's a derby! Thank god the three stooges still live in reruns!
What a great find. I can't think of another British rocker from that era that payed a more loving tribute to the rhythm and blues.
 jmsmy wrote:
And that my lord is why we listern to rp
 
Amen!
And that my lord is why we listern to rp
 jsn65 wrote:
a novelty song—wears off after 2 or 3 listenings
 
Don't lay no "novelty song" on the KING OF ROCK OF ROLL!!!

Everlasting !

And I hate to repeat myself.    But I have to say it again...  "He blew the roof off the house" at the Colonial on Yonge Street in Toronto when I was fortunate enough to get there.
 
a novelty song—wears off after 2 or 3 listenings
Once you get past the painful, inane intro...rockin.
Indeed. Make no such attempt, bromigos.
 Randomax wrote:


Much earlier than Alice's Restaurant...since I was listening to it on underground radio in Jr. High, that would have to have been late 60's.
Alice was in the 70's
 
{#Snooty}

Alice was from the 60's. 

Great KFAT memories.. I haven't heard this song in years, and only KFAT and KPIG would ever play it, until now.
Thanks Bill, really enjoy hearing this again!!
the year was 1971, natch.
 Baby_M wrote:
Well, beggin' yer Lordships' pardon, it wor true in me own carefully considered opinion that this, ah, "boo-jee woo-jee" is rather right good stuff, it is, if ye don't mind me sayin' so usin' me faux-Cockney turn o' phrase 'ere.
 

That would be "Mockney" to which you are referring, squire.
Thank you for this...to wash the bad taste of that bad Santana tune out of my head.
 elderg wrote:
Rock and Roll rule 16b:  There are no good songs with talking in them.

This one is the exception that proves the rule.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exception_that_proves_the_rule

 elderg wrote:
Rock and Roll rule 16b:  There are no good songs with talking in them.

This one is the exception that proves the rule.
 
Maybe "Far Away Eyes" from the Stones would be the other exception ;-)
Rock and Roll rule 16b:  There are no good songs with talking in them.

This one is the exception that proves the rule.
 fredriley wrote:

Actually, I think it's pretty damn funny, but I guess you need to be English to really appreciate the cop and judge accents that yer man puts on. It's pretty feckin' good once the story's over and the band and backing kicks in, real toe-tappin' stuff, nice back to basics honky-tonk blues. I'd have loved to hear this live with a pint in my hand. Long live Boojee Woojee!! 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 

Actually, you don't need to be English to get this blues rap.  Being from the 'colonies' and having some familiarity with English social classes and humour helps.

I suspect that Americans who have dealt with 'the man' are familiar with the drill.  A bunch of years ago, Frank Zappa did a wonderful skit of how he and his band had to drop their drawers before entering Canada to play at UBC in Vancouver.

I'm almost ashamed to admit that the first time I heard this song, it was by Tim Curry. I don't even remember the venue - could have been vinyl.  I love this song, no matter who does it - but it's sorta difficult for me to listen to it when images of Tim Curry in fishnet stockings and a corset keep invading... {#Roflol}
 maplebed wrote:
I like this, but feels like it's coming around a little too often...
 
I agree..... once a year for novelty's sake would be plenty

Less talk - more music Long John.
Yet another song that supports my theory that songs about music are invariably awful. This applies especially when they are about rock and roll (consider 'We built this city on rock n roll' and 'That ol' time rock and roll'); but also applies to boogie woogie (this one), reggae (any song that goes on about reggae music) or disco (any song that mentions a DJ). The only exception is Joan Jett's 'I love rock and roll'.
Well, beggin' yer Lordships' pardon, it wor true in me own carefully considered opinion that this, ah, "boo-jee woo-jee" is rather right good stuff, it is, if ye don't mind me sayin' so usin' me faux-Cockney turn o' phrase 'ere.