Since I Fell for You

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Since I Fell for You (words and music: Woodrow Wilson “Buddy” Johnson) —  Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra introduced the song in a 1945 recording, the vocal provided by his sister, Ella Johnson. The most successful, and still best known, recording was that by Lenny Welch in 1963, which reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1945 Since I Fell For You-Buddy Johnson-Decca 48016 B (30p)

Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra, vocal: Ella Johnson — recorded on 7 November 1945; issued on Decca 48016 as the B-side of “They All Say I’m the Biggest Fool”

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Dinah Washington – 1947

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The Love Notes – 1954

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The Harptones – 1954

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The Sharptones – 1955

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Nolan Strong & the Diablos – acapella, date unknown

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Vince Guaraldi Trio – from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, 1962

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Lenny Welch – 1963

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The Sonics – from their 1966 album Boom

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Nina Simone – from her LP Nina Simone Sings the Blues, 1967

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Mavis Staples1970

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Laura Lee – from Women’s Love Rights (Hot Wax Records) 1972

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Bonnie Raitt – recorded 22 February 1972 – The source is evidently a bootleg; unrecognized by Raitt’s official website and major discographies, the album is sold under absurdly long titles which give the location and date of the recording, for example, Sigma Sound Studios Rainbow Room, WMMR Philadelphia, PA February 22, 1972.

Bonnie Raitt – guitar, piano, vocals
Dan (Freebo) Freeberg – bass
T.J. Tindle – guitar, harp
John Davis – harp

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Jose Feliciano – Ohne Filter, German TV show, 1988

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Etta Jones — from her 1998 LP My Buddy: Songs of Buddy Johnson

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bill williams
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 15:04:42

    I’m knocked out to discover so much new background on one of my favourite songs – one which I have sung off and on since the mid 60s when I bought the Lennie Welch single (b-side “Are you sincere” wasn’t bad either!).

    Don’t see a mention here of Jimmy Witherspoon’s mean version:
    http://www.emusic.com/album/Jimmy-Witherspoon-And-Groove-Holmes-Groovin-And-Spoonin-MP3-Download/11907270.html
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/groovin-spoonin-remastered/id367932295

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    • doc
      Jan 31, 2011 @ 16:59:27

      Bill, Yeah, The vocal harmony groups have to be recognized. I’ll check out the Groove Holmes-Witherspoon version as soon as I can. – Jim

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  2. Thommy C
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 18:56:34

    Such a great collection of this incredible song, but you’re missing a very important and unique jazz take with David Sanborn and Bob James featuring Al Jarreau on vocals:

    Although arguably both are “new jazz” you can’t deny the bodacious of the sax work and the impeccable vocals!

    Cheers!

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