Friday, October 07, 2005
Dr. Feelgood and The Interns - Doctor Feel-Good
Dr. Feelgood (real name Willie Perryman) started his career as Piano Red in the 1950's. By the early 1960's he and his band were recording as Dr. Feelgood and The Interns. My introduction to him came via the single "What's Up, Doc"/"Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo" (Okeh 7156), a nice rollicking two-sider and a record that I've had for several years. Today's selection was a recent find. "Doctor Feel-Good" made the national pop chart in 1962. Interestingly, the record seems less common than "What's Up Doc", even though I don't believe the latter one charted at all.
On "Doctor Feel-Good" the good Dr. is singing about his love for women. More specifically he's professing his passion for large women. He says, "Hey all of you women, now don't come around, unless you weigh about 400 pounds". "If you don't weigh want I want baby, don't come around at all", he adds. I guess that makes it perfectly clear, huh? He goes on to say that he's hard to please. I can picture him letting someone down easy with a line like, "Put on another 250 pounds and we'll talk".
The song has Dr. Feelgood's piano, some rat-a-tat drumming and guitar. It's upbeat but has a blues structure. The Doc's singing comes to a shout on several occasions and there are backing vocals. There's no break of any sort and the song wraps up in about 2:15. Overall, a good record that shouldn't take much bite out of your budget.