Night Music: Esther Phillips, “Don’t Put No Headstone on My Grave”

I remember where I was and what I was doing when I first heard this song on the radio in 1973, sung by Jerry Lee Lewis. (I was digging ditches to install lawn sprinkler systems in Littleton Colorado.) It turns out it was written by Charlie Rich, but I fell in love with the song immediately. Years later I tried to find the 45 of the JLL version, but the only record of his that seemed to have him singing it was a multi-CD live recording from the Palomino. Today I found this, which is pure gold. Different and beautiful.

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