Simply one of the best love songs ever written, Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey is in a class by itself.
Van starts off saying; “You can take all the tea in China, put in a big brown bag for me…”
This live recording done in Montreaux, Switzerland features a killer sax solo by Peewee Ellis.
According to Wikipedia:
Ellis played with the James Brown Revue from 1965 to 1969. While with Brown he arranged and co-wrote hits like “Cold Sweat” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud“. In 1969 he returned to New York City. He worked as an arranger and musical director for CTI Records‘ Kudu label, collaborating with artists like George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips. In the late 1970s he moved to San Francisco and formed a band with former Miles Davis sideman David Liebman. Between 1979 and 1986 he worked with Van Morrison‘s band as an arranger and musical director and then again from 1995 through 1999.
I’ve seen Van Morrison in concert and he is energetic and passionate. His music is like no other.
There is a certain amount of soulfulness that Van Morrison exudes. His music is magnetic and moving.
I happened to meet David Hayes, who plays bass in this video in a bar once. He was playing in Jesse Colin Young‘s Band. He was friendly and open. as a matter of fact he explained he testified in court during Van’s divorce to Janet Planet.
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