Category: take me to the river

On this day in music history: November 4, 1978…

On this day in music history: November 4, 1978 – “Take Me To The River” by Talking Heads is released. Written by Al Green and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, it is the first US top 40 single for the New York based band. Issued as the first single from their second album “More Songs About Buildings And Food”, the song was co-written and originally recorded by Al Green on his album “Al Green Explores Your Mind” in 1974. Green’s version was not released as a single at the time, and another version by his label mate Syl Johnson is released in 1975, hitting #7 on the R&B singles chart and #48 on the Hot 100. David Bryne hears Al Green’s original version, and be intrigued by the songs mixture of gospel flavored spirituality and implied sexuality, and suggests to his bandmates that they record it. Talking Heads version produced by the band and Brian Eno, is recorded in mid 1978. Their version peaks at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 10, 1979, becoming their first major hit and a staple of their live performances.

On this day in music history: November 4, 1978 – “Take Me…

On this day in music history: November 4, 1978 – “Take Me To The River” by Talking Heads is released. Written by Al Green and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, it is the first US top 40 single for the New York based band. Issued as the first single from their second album “More Songs About Buildings And Food”, the song was co-written and originally recorded by Al Green on his album “Al Green Explores Your Mind” in 1974. Green’s version was not released as a single at the time, and another version by his label mate Syl Johnson is released in 1975, hitting #7 on the R&B singles chart and #48 on the Hot 100. David Bryne hears Al Green’s original version, and be intrigued by the songs mixture of gospel flavored spirituality and implied sexuality, and suggests to his band mates that they record it. Talking Heads version produced by the band and Brian Eno, is recorded in mid 1978. Their version peaks at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 10, 1979, becoming their first major hit and a staple of their live performances.