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“Bama Lama Bama Loo”

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The brain works in weird ways. I was just listening to Little Richard singing the New Orleans ballad “Send Me Some Loving,” and midway through I started thinking about his great rocker “Bama Lama Bama Loo” and that made me think of the time I saw Elvis Costello sing “Bama Lama Bama Loo” on TV.

I hardly ever watched Letterman after I graduated college in the early ’80s, so it was just a fluke that I happened to be awake and Costello happened to be on the show one night in 1995. Was I working late? Was I up with a child? I don’t remember. I do remember that Costello was touring behind his precious covers record Kojak Variety and I didn’t expect much. But this was terrific. The core Attractions quartet was augmented by two top-notch guitarists — James Burton and Marc Ribot — and the six-piece unit grabbed the song and brought it to some new places. Enjoy!

Little Richard:

Elvis Costello and the Souped-Up Attractions:

Written by guterman

May 29, 2008 at 8:46 am

Posted in music

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  1. What a treat! Thanks, Jimmy. Burton rocks! I love Ribot but this is not his element, at least to me…


    May 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

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