Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Standard of the Week: Five Long Years

In 1952, bluesman Eddie Boyd released what would become a blues standard, 'Five Long Years' on the J.OB. label. The song is a straight up slow tempo 12-bar blues, where the singer tells us about how his woman is never satisfied with all the hard work and money he is slaving for.

Here's a live version from 1965:

It went on to become a number one hit on the Billboard R & B charts, and has been covered by many artists, such as:

Muddy Waters

Buddy Guy

Eric Clapton

B. B. King

Freddie King

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