Prompted by some correspondence from Chris Kennedy in Holland trying to find the correct words for a song Ken had covered, Postman’s Lament, I felt compelled to record my take on this Johnny Wiggins song, with its poignant and weary melody. If you YouTube Ken’s version you’ll see I didn’t quite follow the jazz path on this one… Jordi helps seal the deal by harmonising the last verse. Drums by Mark, rest by me…
Here’s Ken’s version
I’m taking a look at some of the songs that were associated with Ken because of working with Mike Pointon and Ray Smith for the Ken Colyer Trust on the definitive biography of Ken, a large pictorial book, the text of which is taken from interviews with many people who knew Ken, as well as letters to and from Ken.
More information here: https://martincolyer.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/goin-home-the-ken-book/
Here’s K.C. Moan, a song recorded by Ken in the early days of skiffle, with Bill and Alexis. Mike Hammond of The Dodge Brothers added some guitar and a harmony vocal to it, and Mark plays bottleneck on my little travel guitar. Oh, and I bought a Theramin, too and played that on it for more atmosphere! So, drenched in feedback and trains, here’s K.C.Moan…
And, again, here’s Ken’s version
And then Sportin’ Life—I would guess taught to Ken by Brownie McGhee. I use part of Ken’s version here, with Bill on washboard, so I won’t post his version. Ludicrous amounts of guitar and echo and treated backing vox courtesy of yours truly, madly and deeply.
Darkness on The Delta next!