Friday Night Music: The Wild Night Variations

I worked retail filling in for a friend this week. Classic rock radio was played; some of it is pretty good, some of it cringeworthy. I hereby confess that I’m burnt out on Brown Eyed Girl  and think they  should change Van Morrison tunes and play Wild Night. Big hit, great tune. Here are 3 versions including John Mellencamp’s wonderful 1994 cover version.

First, the original 1971 single:

Here’s a 1980 live version featuring a fabulous sax solo from the great Pee Wee Ellis who was a veteran of James Brown’s band.

Finally, here’s the artist once known as Johnny Cougar: