This is undeniably one of the most pleasurable version of this track ever set to tape.
The Mississippi Sheiks, who penned and recorded that track in the ‘30s, were one of the early familial dynasties in recorded music. Using the moniker Carter, but actually being named Chatmon, the family’s figurehead, Ezell, was the uncle of Charlie Patton and was a popular performer during the waning days of slavery. His sons, any combination of Lonnie, Bo and Sam along with Walter Vinson, comprised the shifting line up of the Mississippi Sheiks.
J.J. Cale, a singer, songwriter and pretty sedate figure who has made a career of music for the better part of a half a century. He isn’t the most well known name in any genre, even if he’s written more than one tune that’s been covered by some other band or performer and subsequently made them a few dollars. That isn’t the way by which to figure success, but it is a good way to figure a personality. And Cale seems to be one genuine dude
Lee Hazlewood impacted the rock medium more than most would be able to figure. Although his most commercially successful works would come behind the boards as a producer or engineer, the music that Hazlewood had a hand in, regardless of what he was doing, fused together disparate elements of rock and country that could arguably be considered the foundation of country rock.