An interesting photo of nineteen- or twenty-year-old John Lennon, photographed in Hamburg in the fall of 1960 and, I believe I have read somewhere, sent home to his Aunt Mimi in Liverpool with a line of verse and the words "I love you" written on the back.
Which about describes my mood this morning after one more drummer stood us up last night for his scheduled try-out. And that's the second time in a week this particular guy has done this! We've had five or six guys waste our time in the last month or so with lots of talk, but in the end they can't walk the walk. Or so it seems. Why on earth is it so hard to find a capable and dependable drummer? Seems nothing has changed from when I was in high school all those years ago. But I digress!
In any case, the Hamburg and Liverpool-era Beatles included lots of American rockabilly in their sets at places like the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg and the Casbah Club in Liverpool. And one of those many tunes was Lonesome Tears in My Eyes. The song was written by Dorsey Burnette and recorded by the Johnny Burnette Trio for their first record album, issued in 1956. Click on the previous highlighted link to listen to the original version of the song. Fortunately, for Beatles fans, the tune was recorded during the famous BBC sessions in the early-mid 60s, and finally issued on CD in the mid-1990s. Click HERE to hear John Lennon singing lead on that version of the song.
My band own THE INDRAS does a reasonable version of this song, though our current drummer is not always consistent in his interpretation of the rather rapid and lively tempo it SHOULD have. On a good night, our rendition of the song crackles and gets a good response from an audience. On an off night, however, it drags painfully. So, if any of you know of a good drummer in his 30s, 40s, or 50s, who wants to move to the American Midwest and join a Hamburg-era Beatles tribute band, send his name our way, please! ;-)