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26 Jun 04:44

Saturday Night at the Oldies: Solitary, Alone, Lonely, Lonesome

by Bill Vallicella

Neil Diamond, Solitary Man.  Johnny Cash does it better.  Nothing better than the sound of an acoustic guitar, well-made, well-played, steel-stringed, with fresh strings. This one goes out to Dave Bagwill.

Calexico, Alone Again Or. Original by Love, an underrated '60s psychedelic band.

Roy Orbison, Only the Lonely

While we have the Big O cued up, here is Oh, Pretty Woman, a contender for greatest R & R song, what with its unique blend of the Dionysian and the tender. Legendary sideman James Burton and Bruce Springsteen trade licks on their Telecasters.  Burton was the man behind the guitar fills and leads in the early Ricky Nelson hits such as Hello Mary Lou.  This one goes out to my wife Mary Lou on this our 33rd wedding anniversary.  "I knew Mary Lou we'd never part/So hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart."

Bob Dylan, I am a Lonesome Hobo

Stay free from petty jealousy
Live by no man's code
Save your judgment for yourself
Lest you wind up on this road.

Bob Dylan, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.  Whatever happened to William Zantzinger?  Well, he died at 69 in 2009.  NYT obituary here.

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