But It's Alright

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"But It's Alright"
But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson.jpg
Single by J.J. Jackson
Released 1966
Length 2:55
Label Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Songwriter(s) J.J. Jackson, Pierre Tubbs
Producer(s) Lew Futterman

"But It's Alright" is a song co-written by J.J. Jackson and Pierre Tubbs that became a hit on the pop and soul charts in both 1966 and 1969. The song was later covered by Huey Lewis and the News, among others.

History[edit]

Described as being "driven by one of the catchiest guitar hooks in the history of rock & roll and a devastating vocal performance",[1] the song was first released by Calla Records in 1966. Subsequent to acquiring the Calla Records catalogue, Warner Bros. Records re-released the song in 1969.

The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, and was one of the first R & B hit singles to have been recorded in England.[2] The song featured some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums.[3]

When first released in 1966, the song reached number 22 on the Billboard charts. When re-released in May 1969, the reached number 45, and remained on the charts for nine weeks.[4] A Spanish version of the song was also recorded by Jackson and released in 1969.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Brother Jack McDuff, with David "Fathead" Newman, covered "But It's Alright", as an instrumental version, on their 1967 album Double Barrelled Soul. The song was also released as a single.[6] The song was also covered in 1967 by Eddie Floyd and included on Floyd's Knock on Wood album. In 1981, Australian band Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons covered the song, which was released as a single from their Step Lively album.[7][8] In 1994, the song was covered by Huey Lewis and the News and included on the album Four Chords & Several Years Ago. The Lewis 1994 cover was also released as a single, including both studio and live versions of the song.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush, Review of "But It's Alright"; AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  2. ^ Back Tracking; ska2soul. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  3. ^ Smith and Morrissey would later co-found the successful jazz-rock band If.
  4. ^ Joe Troiano, Review of "But It's Alright"; Joe T's Soda Shop. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  5. ^ Particulars of "Pero Esta Bien"/"No Esta Bien"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-29. Being Spanish versions of "But It's Alright" and "That Ain't Right".
  6. ^ Brother Jack McDuff Quintet feat. David Newman - But It's Alright; Funky16Corners. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ Particulars of "But It's Alright"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-20. The single release included a spoken intro on one side, and the song on the other.
  8. ^ Particulars of Step Lively; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  9. ^ Particulars of "But It's Alright"; Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-27. EP CD single, released in Germany, on Elektra Records.