Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wilbert Harrison dies this day in 1994

Wilbert Harrison dies this day in 1994 at the age of 65.  His biggest hits "Kansas City" (1959) and "Let's Work Together" (1969) came 10 years apart but he toured regularly until the time of his death.  The Beatles covered "Kansas City" on their Beatles For Sale LP.  Several others covered "Kansas City" including Little Richard, Dion, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Wanda Jackson and Brenda Lee. Canned Heat had a hit with "Let's Work Together" in 1970 on their Future Blues LP.  The Kentucky Headhunters also covered it for the movie soundtrack of Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.  Here's the originals and fun covers to enjoy...

"Kansas City"

"Let's Work Together"

The Beatles- "Kansas City"

Little Richard- "Kansas City"

Canned Heat- "Let's Work Together"

The Kentucky Headhunters- "Let's Work Together"