Wednesday, November 28, 2007

White Women Have No Business Singing

Song: White Women Have No Business Singing
Artist: The Five Irmas
Year : 2007

To all my faithful readers (both of you), I apologize for such a long period between posts. It has been a crazy summer. Not only is my job seasonal (lumber/building materials), my boss passed away in the middle of July. Even more important, he was also my father-in-law, my wife's father. Needless to say, there have been more pressing things to attend to.

That being said, I am not posting a cover today. A special treat - an on-air interview from NPR of Rachel and Mary.

This was around July 12 in Columbus, Ohio. The wife
& I left Detroit on the 13th to catch the show in Pittsburgh. Every time we've seen them, the haven't hit the stage until at least midnight. So we thought we were good to go when we arrived at Mr. Smalls Theater at 11:00. Wrong! They were already into their encores. I don't think the crowd was very interested in the scene, however. The wife & I were able to walk right up to the stage below Rachel. We came in during "Cry On" and they then went into "The Hurt's All Gone", after which the boob next to us requested some Irma Thomas! Rachel had to explain to him that the last two songs were Irma Thomas!!

Although we were disappointed in missing most of the show, we did get a chance to talk to Rachel after the show. She was kind enough to share some interesting tidbits with us.

We were scheduled to see them again the next night in Cleveland but we got that call that my wife's father was fading. Fortunately we were able to get back in time to be with him at his time of passing.

Sorry, don't mean to be so depressing. Take a listen and you'll be rejuvenated by Rachel & Mary's spirit. You'll also understand the title of this post.

I'll be back with more posts soon. I promise.
Thanks for all the encouraging e-mails

Download it now:
White Women Have No Business Singing - The Five Irmas - NPR - 2007 - Part 1
White Women Have No Business Singing - The Five Irmas - NPR - 2007 - Part 2



Virgil said...

thanks so much for the detroit cobras originals!
i've just discovered the cobras without knowing they played covers, drive my friends nuts with all their songs... just thought i found the greatest rock&roll band of this era haha
please keep posting originals, love them!
virgil (black bandit)

boy elliott said...

do you know from where I can get the lyrics for "Midnight Blues". great blog. All the best. This is my email address

phoenixliberty said...

i have puppet on a string original if you still need it
i can't work out how to contact you
email me on

Anonymous said...


i want to send you a folder with six of the songs on your want list. Where can I send 'em.


Anonymous said...


put folder on my macdisc -- Green Light, Funnel Of Love (they never recorded this, did they?) If You Don'T THink Never Change and puppet

I'll it it on my disc for a few days so you can grab it.

Anonymous said...

In the Detroit Cobras singles collection you can get a lot of the 45's you´re asking for. Munster Records put it out. And Funnel of Love is sung by Wanda Jackson in the original version!

You've got a great, great blog! Where I live (in Sweden) not a lot of people know of the Detroit Cobras, it's a crying shame (hoho) that people miss out on such a great band. Coolest girls ever, wish there were more of that kind here :)