Behind Closed Doors

I wish I had a C-note for every time I’ve quoted the classic refrain of this week’s song: “No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.”

Behind Closed Doors was written by Kenny O’Dell in 1973. It was first recorded by Charlie Rich and made him a cross-over star as it charted on both the pop and country charts. Charlie Rich’s music wasn’t just for the Grand Ole Opry anymore.

We begin with the man who made this week’s tune such a huge hit.

Diana Ross’ version is best described as Motown goes Countrypolitan.

Stax recording artist Little Milton put a Memphis soul spin on the song. It’s appropriate: Charlie Rich got his start at Sun Records in Memphis.

It doesn’t get more country than the late Loretta Lynn:

Speaking of Memphis soul spins, Perry Sledge recorded the O’Dell-Rich classic in 1974:

Dolly Parton. Say no more.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without an instrumental version of the week’s tune? This time, the brilliant jazz guitarist John Scofield who first came to my attention as a member of Billy Cobham’s fusion band.

That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to the makers of Peaky Blinders who wouldn’t let DeSantis fuck with them. It’s what Waylon, Johnny, Willie, and Kris would want. Never argue with The Highwaymen.