#12 – “I’d Rather Go Blind” – Etta James (1967)…

‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ is a blues song written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster and Etta James. It was first recorded by Etta James in 1967, released in 1968, and has subsequently become regarded as a blues and soul classic. Etta James wrote in her autobiography Rage To Survive that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington ‘Fugi’ Jordan when she visited him in prison. She then wrote the rest of the song with Jordan, but for tax reasons gave her songwriting credit to her partner at the time, Billy Foster, singer with doo-wop group The Medallions. Etta James recorded the song at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. …”
Wikipedia, YouTube: Etta James – I’d Rather Be Blind (Live at Montreux 1975), Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Dion – The Wanderer, Chad & Jeremy – I Go to Pieces, The Yardbirds – For Your Love, Petula Clark – Downtown, Joe Tex – Skinny Legs and All, Sam & Dave – When something is wrong with my baby, Eric Burdon & The Animals : San Franciscan Nights (Live 1967), CSNY – Southern Man – 1970 @ Fillmore East

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