THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE…
Every time I come home to my hovel I think of all the homeless people across America and how lucky I am to have a home.
If I had the money I would spend it building homes for this shockingly ignored segment of the population.
Shamefully, the billionaires and millionaires who do have the money ignore the homeless. They step over them on their way to their filthy rich selfish lives.
‘You gotta have a home’
ANATOMY OF A SONG
The boll weevil, a beetle that feeds on cotton buds, infested American cotton fields in the 1920s and caused widespread devastation to the industry. The critter also spawned many songs.
Songs about the boll weevil were recorded by several blues musicians during the 1920s through the 1940s. ‘Mother of the Blues’ Ma Rainey recorded a song called Bo-Weevil Blues in 1923, and Bessie Smith covered it in 1924. In 1929, blues pioneer Charley Patton recorded a song called Mississippi Boweevil Blues describing the first time the narrator saw the boll weevil.
But the song didn’t gain genuine popularity until legendary blues singer Lead Belly recorded a version in 1934.
Fast forward 27 years to Brook Benton’s The Boll Weevil Song which was a hit single during the summer of 1961. It became the highest-charting single of Benton’s career — No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks and No. 2 on the R&B chart.
I am reminded of all this because Brook Benton died on this day April 9, 1988, at the age of 56.