I considered posting a hangover song but decided to start the new year out in a classier fashion. What’s classier than George Harrison and the Beatles? Not a damn thing.
Because of the holiday, we’re having our second consecutive early Cocktail Hour: “Hair of the dog and all that rot, eh wot.”
Uh oh, I sound like Bertie Wooster. Not a good look. I’d rather be Jeeves and say “Indeed, sir.”
George Harrison wrote Something for Abbey Road, and it became an instant classic. It was the sort of song that allowed some of our Cocktail Hour regulars to say, “I don’t like that rock and roll shit but the Beatles are okay.”
We begin with the Beatles original:
Miss Peggy Lee knew a good ballad when she heard one:
The Chairman of the Board had a grudging respect for the Beatles even if he thought their hair was too damn long:
Lou Rawls often performed Something in a medley with Feeling Good:
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard James Brown’s version of Something:
Next up, a countrypolitan version from Johnny Paycheck:
Here’s George’s old pal Macca and some bloke named Eric:
Finally, what would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental?
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Count Basie?
That’s it for this edition. It’s time to toast the end of one of the worst years in recent memory. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.