“Listen -The Platters – I Get The Sweetest Feeling – MP3″
I hope all is well in your corner of the universe, and that you’re ready to close out the week with something fine and mellow.
Today’s selection is a cover of a longtime fave that I only became aware of after I blogged the original version by Jackie Wilson.
The Platters, one of the great R&B harmony groups of the 50’s are one of the few prominent groups of that era to continue on into the soul era (the other being the Flamingos, more on that in a minute).
The original version of the Platters had its last big hit in 1960 with ‘Harbor Lights’. The years that followed saw the group fall apart, splitting into a few separate factions that fought over the name for a few years. Buck Ram, the songwriter/entrepreneur that put the group together in the first place, had by the middle of the 1960’s reassembled the group for a string of 45s and LPs on the Musicor label. This version of the group (with Herb Reed being the only member of the original Platters), which managed to hit the Top 40 a number of times in 1966 and 1967 had a much more contemporary sound.
Interestingly enough, one of the vocalists in the “new” Platters was none other than Nate Nelson, who sang the memorable lead on the Flamingos’ ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’.
The Platters’ version of ‘I Get the Sweetest Feeling’ was the title track from their 1968 LP ‘I Get the Sweetest Feeling’. They take the tune at a somewhat more measured pace than Wilson (whose more danceable version is popular with the Northern Soulies), squeezing every drop of sweet soul out of Van McCoy’s melody.
I’m always up for a new and different version of a great tune, especially when the song in question is one of my favorites.
I hope you dig it too.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.